Aug 23, 2017

Smart PlugDuring the heat of summer, many boat owners turn on their air conditioning units. Whether portable or installed, they have serious power requirements that can strain and overload outdated, twist-type shore power systems. A safer approach is to use the revolutionary SmartPlug.

Available in 30 or 50 amp models, the SmartPlug consists of an inlet and cordset with connector. What sets it apart from traditional shore power equipment is the unique pin and clip design that provides more metal-to-metal contact. This dramatically reduces the chance of fire due to resistance and overheating from the loads an air conditioner can place on the system. Plus, its asymmetrical plug with spring-loaded locking clips slides straight in, making it easy to do when tired or it's dark.

The SmartPlug is simple to install. Its mounting holes match industry standards. It's simply a matter of unscrewing four screws, connecting the wires to the new inlet and reinstalling in the same cut-out. For boat owners with a usable cable, 30 and 50 amp Retro-Fit Connectors are available.

SmartPlug products are available in Canada distributed by Western Marine

1494 Powell Street, Vancouver, BC V5L 5B5 : 604 253 7721; and Transat Marine, 70 Ellis Drive, Unit 1,Barrie, ON L4N 8Z3: 800 565 9561.

SmartPlug products meet ABYC E-11 standards, are US Coast Guard compliant (Title 33, Chapter 1, CFR, Part 183) and carry the CE mark. They also carry the ETL Listed Mark as proof of compliance with US and Canadian safety standards (their products meet or exceed all performance requirements of UL and UL Marine 817 tests), and are also certified by IMANNA laboratories to meet or exceed all performance requirements of UL and UL 817 tests.
www.smartplug.com

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