The Problem

The owner is a hard-working plumber who’s vehicle is his workhorse. During the week his Ford Ranger carries all the tools and materials to do his job. On the weekend his fridge is full of cold beverages and his vehicle carries all the gear and essentials needed to have a great weekend.

Like many tradespeople this owner is handy at doing their own work and in this case, it was time to give the back area a makeover. He separated the vehicle and using marine grade plywood made an area to house his new equipment. His Waeco fridge was mounted on new slide-out rails.

This Ford Ranger gets the lithium upgrade!

The Solution

LBS install services provided all the equipment on easy to use Anderson connections so he could finish the renovation and simply plug all the gear back together once the final finishes and layout were done. He left with a totally functional working system but with roughed out cabling.

LBS provided him with.

  • 1 x LBS-12100-LP Lithium Battery
  • 1 x LBS-ACC-HUB – Accessory Hub
  • 1 x LBS-CHG-1230-COMBO – Combination Solar DC-DC Charger
  • 1 x LBS-INV-121000 – 1000W 12-240V AC Pure Sine Wave Inverter

The LBS engineering principle of using verified designs meant that all components were tested to work together. This vehicle had a ‘smart alternator’.

The LBS-12100-LP Battery was chosen because this application didn’t need the high power of the LBS REG and BIC families. 50A of continuous current was the maximum that would ever be used.

The LBS Accessory Hub gave the user a voltmeter to monitor the battery as well as 2 x Cig sockets, 1 Merit socket and 2 x dual USB outlets which were ample for his needs. One Cig socket was used to power the fridge and other sockets are ready to power lights and whatever 12V gear is required including 5 USB outlets for phones and tablets.

His 1000W inverter was chosen because although his battery can only power 600W continuously he has ample head-room if he chooses to upgrade the battery.

The COMBO charger took charge from the front battery with 4mm2 cable in heavy-duty conduit under the vehicle to the engine bay and an in-line fuse to the front connection.

The owner plans to finish the cabinet, hide the battery in an enclosed box below and route all cabling to the rear. Looking forward to the final finish but in the meantime, he has a working system.