The new BM-2 Compact is designed for larger battery capacities and higher load currents than its BM-1 Compact sister product.
BM-2 Compact is designed especially for applications where space is at a premium. It fully monitors performance of 12 volt lead acid battery systems with capacities of up to 999 Amp hours. The package is supplied complete with a precision 200 AMP shunt and a prefabricated cable assembly to enable simple DIY installation. The unit continuously monitors voltage, current (charge or discharge), number of amp/hours (charge or discharge), the batteries state of charge and the time to charge or discharge. This information leads to more efficient use of the battery, which can enhance battery life and reduce the risk of failure.
BM-1 Bluetooth Battery Monitor
BM-1 Bluetooth battery monitor BM-1 (BT) Bluetooth Battery Monitor for Android*
When you need a battery monitor but don’t have space for the display or routing the cables would be a nightmare, there is now a solution. The BM-1(BT) will monitor your boat or caravan’s lead-acid batteries and transmit the data directly to your mobile phone, or tablet, wirelessly by bluetooth.
A simple Android app, freely available from the Google Play Store, (requires Android V4.3 or later) shows your service battery voltage, current flowing in or out, state of charge and time to charge or discharge the battery. An audible alarm warns if the battery level gets dangerously low. It will also show the starter battery voltage.
For Apple users a simple, low cost optional app is available here IOS Battery monitor
The monitor, which draws a meagre 2 mA, is supplied with a 100 amp shunt and a pre-made cable assembly to simplify connection to your service battery.
Android app – Google Play Store
IOS App – App Store
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H Vector Navtex Antenna
Conventional navtex antennas respond to the electrical component associated with the navtex radio signal. They usually perform well at sea where electrical interference is low but can sometimes be overwhelmed with interference especially when in harbour and connected to shore power.
In most small craft the electrical system acts as an effective ground for the antenna but it can also be a source of interference conducted from other electrical equipment on board. Electrical interference can result in poor reception especially in a marina where the ambient level is high or at sea when poorly suppressed electrical equipment is in use.
The omnidirectional H-Vector antenna is not sensitive to electric fields but to the magnetic component of the navtex signal. As a result it is less sensitive to locally generated interference and, as it does not need a ground, it is not affected by conducted ground interference whether in harbour or at sea.
The net result is that, under adverse conditions, the H-Vector antenna can deliver a significant improvement to navtex reception. The mushroom shaped antenna is compatible with the Clipper navtex, series 2 Target navtex and with the navtex engine. It can be mounted on a cabin roof or rail mounted using an appropriate threaded antenna base.
I am delighted with our new antenna. Our Navtex , normally somnolent in the marina, has burst into life!
Someone asked me recently – why bother with Navtex? My answer was simple. Last year a gale blew up suddenly on the Turkish Aegean coast. The Navtex transmitter at Izmir issued an urgent gale warning out of ‘normal hours’ and it was the only service to do so! For example there was nothing about this gale on PredictWind on our WiFi.
Now had a full month on the boat in Turkey cruising around and am even more delighted than ever with the new antenna!
John E – cruising in Turkey
KS-60 Wi Fi Range Extender
The KS-60 is a high gain 12dB omnidirectional antenna, allowing long range WiFi connectivity for any computer with a USB Port. Simple to connect with plug-and-play setup: connect the 5m USB cable to your laptop, download the drivers and surf the web with high speed. The KS-60 couples a 802.11b/g/n interface card with a 12dB antenna, producing over 30 times the power of a laptops built in WiFi card. The antenna is 1.2 metres long and is supplied with 5 metres of cable.
Connecting to the WiFi provided by marinas, harbours, hotels and restaurants won’t be a problem anymore. Your connection will be more stable and download speed improved.
The KS-60 is the perfect solution to stay internet-connected on your boat. It is compatible with OSX10.4 to 10.8 and Windows XP/Vista/7 and 8.
Note the antenna is not compatible with the latest Mac OS 10.11 El Capitan.
Suitable 14 tpi rail mounting bracket – see below
Target Wireless Wind
The Target wireless wind is supplied with a wireless masthead transmitter, a base unit and a Target Wind display unit. The wireless masthead transmitter is powered by an internal battery which is charged from ambient light using a small solar panel. A few dull days will not affect performance. When fully charged, it is capable of two thousand hours of full operation in total darkness. The masthead transmitter sends data wirelessly to the base unit, which is powered by the vessel’s 12 Volt supply, the base unit receives wind speed and direction data from the masthead transmitter and sends it to the Target Wind display or any other compatible NMEA display unit.
The Target Wind display measures 132 x 98 x 30mm. It has an exceptionally large and clear display with 60 segments for full 360 degree direction indication.
- Wireless wind speed and direction data to any compatible NMEA display
- Easy installation with mast in place – no wires to run down
- Simple masthead alignment through base unit
- Light mast unit weight – 190 grams