If you have an electrician on staff, your job may include the installation of an 110 to 12 volt converter or power strip. There are several advantages to a harness/power strip combination that makes it a practical choice for a wide variety of applications. First of all, the individual wirings in a power strip are usually difficult and expensive to install. Attaching a new wirings in place of an old one, requires not only drilling holes and wrapping insulation around the wirings, but also soldering a connection wire to a new wirings and crimping the terminals.
When there is no power to connect the wirings, you will have to operate from a manual setting on the electrician’s work bench. Often, there are safety issues involved with operating an electrical device without being connected to a power source. The need to convert from low voltage to higher voltage can be quite risky, even when you have the manual setting. It is better to convert to high voltage at the beginning, so there is no risk involved.
Safety precautions are further involved with using a high voltage converter. When there is no power to operate the electrical device, there are far less chances of shorts in the wiring or electric shock. The power surge that a short can create will not affect the safety of the people around the electrical device, but it could easily kill someone. With the higher voltage, there is far less voltage drop across the wires, which greatly reduces the chance of an electric shock.
By converting the power from the automotive to the automotive voltage, there is the assurance of safety. The electrical device can be a life saver in many situations. You may use a harness/power strip to convert the power, because the car just needs to be charged to run. This gives the automotive the ability to run on battery power for emergencies, which is much safer than using a jumper or cigarette lighter.
A power strip allows you to connect different power sources into your car, like your cigarette lighter and cigarette chargers. A jumper will allow you to charge up the batteries, while the cigarette lighter is needed only for starting the car. In an emergency, both sources can be used. However, when the battery is low on power, the power strip and the jumper are necessary for the car to start.
There are several different styles and materials for the harnesses. They are also available in different lengths. The style of the converter harness will be dependent on the make and model of the vehicle. For example, an automatic transmission will need a different length than a front engine car. The size of the vehicle will also dictate the type of conversion harness required.
Auto salvage yards and local dealerships will sell the appropriate harnesses for most vehicles. The cost varies depending on the brand and size of the vehicle. It is also important to make sure that the harnesses fit properly. They should not be too long or too short.
If purchasing and installing a harness, it is important to know what kind of safety features are installed. Check the voltage rating and ask the dealer or mechanic if any safety devices are installed. Many have breaks for the battery cables, and they will warn you if anything is loose. Installation of the power strip is also important and you must be careful not to plug the harness into more than one source so that you have extra safety features.
Safety features will vary from vehicle to vehicle. Many vehicles have amber lights and warning lights to alert other drivers that the power is off. It is important to pay attention and follow any instructions carefully when working on these items. A voltage converter harness will have instructions and a safety warning lights on it. It is wise to read and understand them before working on the item.
Be sure to check all cords and plugs for damage. Some cars use a small choke at the end of each cord to prevent power surges. This device is also available on some newer cars. Power surges can also damage internal electronic components and increase the risk of shorting out the power.
Installing a voltage converter harness is not very difficult. Most do-it-yourself manuals will show you step by step instructions. You will need to have an electrical outlet nearby to use the new harness. If you buy a new Toshiba laptop, you will need to purchase a power adapter so that your laptop will work when it is plugged into the harness. Make sure the adapter matches the voltage requirement of your Toshiba laptop.