Charles Industries Introduces Intelligent Marine Chargers
- By WorkBoat
Charles Industries’ Marine & Industrial Group has introduced its new Intelligent Marine Chargers (IMC), a series of four-bank programmable chargers designed to seamlessly manage mission-critical onboard charging and monitoring of DC electrical systems.
The units’ universal AC input (120/208/240 volts) and selectable DC output per bank (12/24 volts), as well as selectable battery type, make it possible for one single charger to be programmed for different voltage and battery types, the Rolling Meadows, Ill., manufacturer says. Configured for use with AGM, gel, lead acid and NiCad batteries, the company says IMC chargers provide the charging flexibility to be the all-in-one solution for marine customers.
“The IMC is the most sophisticated battery charger to enter the marine marketplace,” stated Lyle St. Romain, general manager, Charles Marine & Industrial Group, in a company press release. “This product sets entirely new standards and offers customers ultimate flexibility.”
Defining features of the new chargers include a microprocessor controlled high temperature VFD (vacuum fluorescent graphic display), soft touch user controls and a comprehensive list of regulatory monitoring and alarm functions.
According to Charles Industries, the IMC is easily customized to any application by simple programming selections on the unit’s bright, fully digital touch-screen display. Intuitive menus for fast configuration include DC output voltage, charge current, charge mode, battery type, battery fault indicator and over temp indicator with auto current reduction.
The IMC’s unique charging parameters can then be stored on a removable Smart Memory Button, creating easy setup and tailored operation of the charger for specific marine applications. Quick-connect plugs for all optional accessories ensure ease of installation, the company says.
IMC Series chargers are designed to meet the following certifications: Marine UL 1236, ABS, FCC and; and carry a 3-year manufacturer’s warranty. Six IMC models are available in 20 amp increments from 20 to 120 amps to suit virtually all sizes and types of power and sail boats.