One thing was glaringly obvious at SEMA 2018: the overlanding trend is hot, with no signs of slowing down. And whether you’re a wanderlust veteran or new to the movement, you know that having quality equipment is vital to staying alive in remote, often treacherous, off-grid locations. So, while you’re eyeing up a fancy new comms system or deluxe mini-fridge, don’t forget about the power it takes to keep all these add-ons working properly. And if you want the best-of-the-best advanced electronics solution at an affordable price, then you need REDARC.
Outback Seal of Approval
Renowned in Australia, REDARC has been churning out top-of-the-line portable electronic solutions for more than 35 years. Lucky for you, the industry-leading manufacturer has decided to partner with Keystone Automotive and drop a warehouse smack dab in Smithfield, North Carolina, meaning you’ll be seeing much more of their innovative products across North America.
“The global interest in REDARC’s portfolio is growing rapidly. We are proud to be partnering with Keystone and the opportunity this provides us to offer our world-class products to retailers and installers throughout North America,” says Jessica Marrano of REDARC.
This expansion is a testament to REDARC’s humble beginnings in vehicle ignition systems and voltage converters. According to the company, the name itself even pays homage, as it comes from the supposed “red arc” of an ignition spark. Fast forward through the blood, sweat, and tears, and today REDARC stands out as an internationally renowned, award-winning power conversion specialist. “If it moves. If it has a battery. We can give it the power,” says the company.
Power It Up
So, what kind of power are we talking? Well, included in REDARC’s diverse lineup of innovative products is a range of in-vehicle battery chargers that maintain a 100% state of charge for auxiliary batteries. We’ve already talked about the usefulness of having that back-up battery on your off-road or overlanding rig. With REDARC’s array of 25amp and 40amp chargers—replete with convenient mounting solutions—you can hook up all those extra aftermarket goodies with no fear of losing power on the trail. Additionally, RV enthusiasts can rest assured that all the house batteries are getting their full charge while they’re out touring the beautiful countryside.
And just because they can, our Aussie friends took things a step further with their newest product offering for the North American market, the Manager30. This state-of-the-art battery management system provides charging via multiple power sources simultaneously, including AC, DC, and environmentally-friendly solar inputs. Since REDARC designs, develops, engineers, and tests all its products in the absolute harshest conditions—that would be the literal rugged Outback—you can be damn sure this thing won’t power down in a remote locale.
“The Manager30 sets the benchmark for off-grid traveling, providing peace of mind when using the comforts of home while travelling around North America. Users will be able to keep their auxiliary batteries charged from 110-volt AC mains shore power, their vehicle battery, and solar panels. And it’s rated at a big 30 amps, so it knows how to take charge,” says Marrano.
Having trouble with unequal charging of the 24-volt electrical system in your RV or specialty vehicle? Don’t worry, because REDARC’s got you covered there, too. The company’s range of charge equalizers allow for even distribution of battery power by allowing 12 volts to be “tapped” from the center of a dual-battery, 24-volt system. REDARC Charge Equalizers monitor the voltages across both batteries, managing the flow to prevent unbalanced charging and maintain starting power and battery life.
“REDARC’s battery solutions are a smart way to make sure you always have power—no matter how long or short you’re off the grid, if you’re charging your RV’s battery bank, the battery on your dump trailer, or adding an accessory battery to your pickup,” says Mark Willes, Category Manager of Towing at NTP-STAG.
Additionally, with REDARC’s line of DC power supplies, all those must-have devices on a long trip—like lamps, radios, and pumps—are protected from power surges or spikes with user-selectable output voltages that safely regulate power. And a variety of smart battery isolators and voltage gauges, also offered by the company, allow for safe and convenient access to power-saving technology.
Picking out proper brake controllers goes much deeper than just plucking one off the shelf. What’s more, understanding your needs and weighing them against your budget is only half the battle. The sheer amount of options can be overwhelming for even the most confident of shoppers. So, why put yourself through the hassle?
REDARC offers a revolutionary range of trailer brake controllers that provide smooth, safe, and easy-to-use braking power for any and all trailer types. Customers can choose between Tow-Pro Classic or Tow-Pro Elite. Both products feature a compact design that allows them to fit seamlessly into any dash, removing the hassle of mounting within a driver’s leg space where it can interfere with factory-mounted lower airbags. Additionally, both are simple to install and work with electric/hydraulic trailer brakes.
“REDARC brake controllers combine smooth braking in a small footprint. It’s at your fingertips when you need it, out of the way when you don’t, and looks and feels great,” says Willes.
The customizable braking options of the Tow-Pro range are what make it a game-changer for enthusiasts seeking more control over their stopping power. The Tow-Pro Classic offers a single, “user-controlled” mode of braking, while the SEMA award-winning Tow-Pro Elite offers an additional “proportional” mode for highway conditions. The Tow-Pro Elite is the only brake controller on the market with two types of braking modes at the turn of a dial. This Swiss Army knife of brake controllers, operable with both 12- and 24-volt systems, was rightfully one of the best-selling towing products of 2018.
Knowledge is Power
If by some snowball’s chance in hell you’re still on the fence about a REDARC product, consider this: REDARC fully commits to a customer-is-king philosophy, reinforced with free and personalized technical support, delivery assurance, and a competitive warranty. PLUS, the company invests 15% of every sales dollar back into R&D. Talk about dedication to staying on top of your game…
As mentioned, all REDARC products undergo rigorous testing in the most extreme conditions, adding to the brand’s dominance in the towing and overlanding markets. Interested shoppers can view these products in action, as REDARC sponsors a reality-based web series called Expedition Overland (XO). The show documents an experienced group of overlanders and their adventures through remote locations around the world.
A fitting partnership, as the company proudly states, “You provide the adventure, we’ll provide the power.”