Extreme Outback Products is now distributing the technologically advanced Intelligent Battery System (IBS). This unit uses a RISC micro-computer to manage dual-battery applications. During normal driving, the IBS links both batteries using a 500-amp-capable/12-volt relay. When the engine is off, the system isolates the batteries. This allows the auxiliary battery to power accessories for in-car entertainment (ICE), marine applications, AC power inverters and law-enforcement/emergency emergency-responder equipment without draining the main (starting) battery.
A manual override button links the batteries for high-draw situations such as winching when the engine stalls, running high-load inverters or operating onboard air compressors for prolonged duty cycles. The batteries are automatically separated after 30 minutes to prevent accidental discharge.
The IBS also allows the main battery to be jump-started from the auxiliary one. Its installation kit includes a power cable, terminals, and a pre-made four-wire harness. A 24-volt version offers all these features for four-battery systems commonly found in commercial trucking and military vehicles. Fleet managers can conceivably drastically minimize battery replacement by using the IBS; fleet downtime due to dead starting batteries can be eliminated.
The IBS-DBS monitor (shown) includes LEDs that display the status of both batteries and charging voltage from the alternator (or from optional solar panels) to each battery. Three IBS-DBS vibration-resistant mounts are available: horizontally adjustable, swivel-socket style and gooseneck.
The Intelligent Battery System is designed to be durable and reliable, using the most current technology available. It was developed by a Swiss engineer who experienced dead batteries while traversing Australia's Great Victorian Desert in his Series 60 Land Cruiser.
The IBS won a Global Media Award as one of the best new products at the 2009 SEMA show.