Dometic Marine, the world leading supplier of marine air conditioning, launches the SmartStart(TM) control to the UK public at the London International Boat Show. The SmartStart(TM)is a single-phase compressor motor startup control that can reduce the startup current surge by up to 65%. By smoothing the startup power demand, the SmartStart(TM) helps to preserve the yacht's generator ensuring a longer life and eliminating the cost of upgrading to a larger system.
"The SmartStart(TM) is a key product for the air conditioning aftermarket and retrofit which can offer boat owners significant cost savings. By reducing startup surge by as much as 65%, the SmartStart(TM) control provides a gentler method of handling a current surge, which can mean the difference between boat owners keeping their existing generator or having to invest in a larger one," comments Kester Petersson, Director of Sales & Marketing Europe, Middle East & Africa, Dometic Marine.
The current surge or spike can occur whenever an air conditioning system cycles on, possibly causing flickering lights and tripped circuit breakers. In extreme cases, the current surge can cause the generator output voltage to momentarily reduce or even shut down. When this happens, the air conditioning compressor can stall and fail to start. The damage caused to the compressor over time due to these failed startup attempts can be reduced by using SmartStart(TM).
The SmartStart(TM) control is available for aftermarket, retrofit and OEM applications and sold through the Cruisair and Marine Air distribution channels. The compact and lightweight system measures 12.7cm x 7.6cm x 5.1cm and weighs 0.43kg, making it easy to install with virtually any existing marine air conditioning system. Furthermore the system is available in three voltage/frequency varieties and can be installed directly into the air conditioning system's electrical box. Alternatively the system's drip-proof enclosure enables it to be mounted externally, depending on customer requirements.
Petersson adds: "The SmartStart(TM) is proven as a cost-effective and efficient system for reducing damage to air conditioning compressors. We are offering the new solution in conjunction with many of our air conditioning systems, depending on size and application."
For further information, customers are advised to visit the highly experienced team of engineers on the Dometic stand SO24G at the Tullett Prebon London International Boat Show.
SmartStart(TM) Summary of Features:
- Reduces strain on generator
- Reduces negative effects at compressor start up
- Can eliminate need to upgrade generator
- Compact and lightweight
The SmartStart(TM) control is priced at £350.00 including VAT (UK RRP).