Photo -Morning Tea at Well 13- Red dirt, Spinafex and Desert Oaks- Canning Stock Route- Outback Western Australia
The mid-sized “Anderson” plug is rated at 175 Amps and although its rating is a bit low for the 220 odd Amps required for the 12 volt compressor it must have a good margin for safety as we have been using this plug for a long time and it never even feels warm to the touch after use; a good indication that it is passing the current through without trouble and is safe to use.
You must make really good joints where the heavy cables terminate in the Anderson plug. The cables are a close fit in the crimping lugs and they must be crimped using proper crimpers not pliers or the like!
If you have room between the face of your drawers and the closed rear access door, you can mount the fixed half of the ‘Anderson” plug high up on the small panel to the side of the drawers that covers up the gap between the drawers and the side of the vehicle. Positioned here it is in a convenient place to attach the other half of the plug wired to the compressor, after opening the drawer.
Use a smear of “Vaseline” or Petroleum Jelly to lubricate the contact faces of the Anderson plug to ease the pressure required to clip the two halves of the Anderson plug together and to separate them.
To separate the two halves easily you can place a small piece of wood on top of the drawer system just behind the removable half of the plug, insert a screwdriver into the fixing hole in the plug and lever the two halves apart.
You can order the length of cables required for drawer installation when ordering on-line by ordering extra cable minus the 1.8 metres that the compressor comes equipped with. We will assume if you are ordering cable at the same time that you will want single lengths of cable and supply it with the crimped lugs for the battery connection on one end and the crimped lug for the compressor on the other end. For example if you require 6 metre cables you would order an extra 4.2 metres of each colour cable. (6 metres minus 1.8 metres that the compressor comes with in standard configuration.)
For light duty use, pumping up one set of tyres from 15 psi to your normal road pressures you will not have to think about duty cycle, simply pump up your tires, pack your compressor away and head off.
For continuous pumping you will need to pump for 4 minutes and rest the compressor for 2 minutes.
This might sound like a problem, however the compressor pumps so quickly that you will pump 4 x 36 inch tires up from 15 lbs to 36 lbs in that time.
You will pump a 165 x 75 R16 LT tire (the most popular replacement tire for Original Equipment) from 15lbs to 30lbs in 30 seconds or 15lbs to 45 lbs in 1 minute!