“Properly charged batteries yield higher cycles,” said Alan Kohler, Odyssey battery marketing manager at EnerSys. Besides being used as a traditional laptop, tablet can be detached and used by itself or flipped 180-degrees to show content in presentation mode.

Tool & Equipment Notes - January 2016

EnerSys introduces Odyssey battery portable charger series at SEMA Show

Reading, Pa.—EnerSys introduced its new line of Odyssey battery portable chargers at the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas.

With automatic six-stage charging and a wide range of built-in safety features, the chargers facilitate full and proper charging, which may help to enhance the performance and extend the life of Odyssey batteries and other quality brands of 12-volt flooded and Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) lead acid batteries. Charger safety features include spark-free connections, built-in over-voltage, overload, over-temperature, reverse polarity and ignition protection.

The all-digital power charging platform is packaged in housing of extruded aluminum, providing weatherproof protection in all conditions. In addition, they feature a user-friendly interface with a LED battery charge monitor that provides users with a relative charge level status at a glance during operation. A system “OK” and battery fault trouble status indicator eliminate time-consuming troubleshooting by confirming that system and battery connections are intact or indicating if a fault is present prior to charging the battery.


Panasonic Announces Toughbook 20, a detachable laptop

Newark, N.J.—Panasonic announced the world’s first fully rugged detachable laptop. The Toughbook 20 delivers durability, reliability and performance, while adding the increased level of flexibility and functionality technicians want in a single fully rugged computer. Combining the best features of a laptop and tablet, the new device is ideal for technicians and the repair industry.

Besides being used as a traditional laptop, tablet can be detached and used by itself or flipped 180-degrees to show content in presentation mode. The convertible mode allows users to see the display with the keyboard attached and ready when it is needed. Using the built-in handle, the device can operate in carry mode or hanging on a wall, while vehicle mode provides full functionality and operation of the device when on the move.

The Toughbook 20 is designed to meet MIL-STD-461F for electromagentic interference and MIL-STD-810G for drop, shock, vibration, explosive atmosphere, temperature, humidity, rain and sand, as well as waterproof and dustproof ingress (IP65).  The device features a magnesium alloy case, fanless design, locking port covers, raised bezel, Solid State Drive (SSD) heater and a built-in handle for ease of use, which also serves as a kickstand for desktop stability and enables use while hung.

 The Toughbook 20 is supported by a broad selection of accessories, including a desktop dock, vehicle docks, rotating hand strap, 4-bay battery charger, vehicle charger, carrying cases and replacement items such as waterproof stylus pens for digitizers, tethers, protective screen films, batteries and AC adapters.


Technicians can test, diagnose, fix more vehicles with improved OTC Encore software release

Warren, Mich.—OTC announced the latest upgrade to its Encore software, featuring enhanced diagnostics information, an improved Web browser experience and an expanded data stream and global OBD II coverage in Spanish. The latest diagnostics update, version, focuses on user experience, making the tool more intuitive while strengthening functionality.

Major improvements include the addition of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) quick reference guide and greater Ford power balance test functionality with expanded coverage. Both help make the Encore a more valuable shop tool for the technician, with the ability to test, diagnose and fix more vehicles.

Additional Encore enhancements include expanded Mode 09 availability and technician-driven data stream improvements. All Encore owners can download the latest update now and take advantage of the new vehicle coverage and tests.


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