REDARC BATTERY ISOLATOR

Submitted: Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:22
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I have been reading previous threads on these, but when out looking, no-one new anything about them. The two Auto Sparkies I spoke to said they had never even heard of REDARC! Apart from the person on another forum, is there anywhere out there where I can make a phone call to price one of these, apart from taking my chances on EBAY?
HELP
Rolande
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Reply By: Wazza (Vic) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:29

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:29
Rolande,

If you are in Melbourne, I emailed their support address and got the following reply a while ago (se post 3990)

Thanks for your response. Please contact the following local Auto
Electrician who can quote supply and fitment:-

Auto Electrical Service
Contact:- Bob
81 Arden Street
North MELBOURNE Vic
Tel: 9329 9652

If you would like to discuss your application further please do not hesitate
to contact our Senior Technician, Lex Clarke on 08 8186 5633 and he will
endeavour to answer any of your questions.

Kind regards

Anthony Kittel
Managing Director
REDARC Electronics
21 Heath St
Lonsdale South Australia 5160
Ph: + 61 8 8186 5633
Fax: + 61 8 8186 5644 ~
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:42

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:42
Anthony,
Thanks, also thanks for quick reply to other E-Mail. If product anything like response time then I am looking forward to many years of trouble free running
Rolande
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 23:49

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 23:49
Wazza,
Sorry for the name mix-up, didn't read your post properly :( Thanks for info
Rolande
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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:37

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:37
The following reply from Redarc may assist those in Perth (NoR)

Thanks for your positive email and enquiry regarding our Redarc
products.

I can recommend a very competent and professional installer on the north
side whom can also advise on the best set-up for your needs:-

Drive-In Electrics
Contact: Larry
4 Chokolich St
Wangara WA 6065
Tel: 9409 9564
Email: driveins@iinet.net.au

Hope that helps,
Hugh
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:43

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:43
Hugh,
Forgot to mention that I was in Vic, but I'm sure others out west will take not of your reply, thanks
Rolande
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Reply By: Member - Hugh (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:40

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 13:40
The following reply from Redarc may assist those in Perth (NoR)

Thanks for your positive email and enquiry regarding our Redarc
products.

I can recommend a very competent and professional installer on the north
side whom can also advise on the best set-up for your needs:-

Drive-In Electrics
Contact: Larry
4 Chokolich St
Wangara WA 6065
Tel: 9409 9564
Email: driveins@iinet.net.au

Hope that helps,
Hugh
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Reply By: shortgq - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:13

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:13
Hi,
I too was in the same boat as you last week and I emailed REDARC from the website. They are very helpful and will advise of who distributors are close to you. As per Hugh, if you are in Perth, I can vouch for Larry at Drive-In electrics in Wangara, he is very helpful and also the cheapest in Perth for that item. If you do get a list of distributors, ring them all as i was quoted big price differences of up to $80, and the dearest guy was trying to sell me the older version.

it's a great soleniod.

Wilson
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:44

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:44
Wilson,
Will note the "old model" comment, will contact all tomorrow, thanks again
Rolande
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Reply By: Member - Captain (WA) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:15

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 14:15
I purchased my unit in Perth from Coventry Auto parts, they have them as a stock item. $99 trade price for the 100 amp 12V unit.

Cheers

MarkMark
Nissan 2003 GU 3.0TD
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:45

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:45
Mark,
A price to work from, most helpful. Will see what they sell them for over here
Rolande
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 17:20

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 17:20
Where are you at Rolande?Regards Bob
Where to next
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:41

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:41
Bob,
Geelong, (Vic), would be my nearest location to have one fitted,
rolande
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Reply By: Brian - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 17:21

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 17:21
I e-mailed redarc and recieved the number of a local auto lec. The price he quoted was astronomical!!!! Bought the unit myself $120 + $30 cable and fittings.
So simple bit of soldering a few cable ties easy!!!!
Saved over $200 from quoted price!!!!!!!

Great unit simple effective safe!!!

Brian
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:46

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:46
Brian,
Thanks, will take note. Where did you pick up the second battery tray from???
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Brian - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 01:02

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 01:02
I got mine from ARB, Prahina one I think $110.
Would have made it myself but ran out of time!!
I am only 90% happy with the tray as the holes don't line up exactly for the radiator bottle it is now on a slight slant took it back and dealer assured it was right one for the 4.2td even though it had another engine configuration on instructions.
In saying that it is solid and has not moved (I fitted all nuts and bolts with loctite)

Brian
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Follow Up By: rolande- Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 20:08

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 20:08
Brian,
Thanks, have posted full story
rolande
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Reply By: Michael_FNQ - Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 21:56

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 21:56
What is the difference between the REDARC and ARB Smart Solenoid. Keep seeing comments on the REDARC it looks similar but is missing the square top. Do they have the same features. Is the REDARC australian made or imported.
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Follow Up By: rolande- Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:48

Wednesday, Feb 11, 2004 at 22:48
Michael,
E-Mail them from www.redarc.com.au. Response time was very quick and helpful. As far as I know they manufacture them in South Aus
Rolande
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Follow Up By: Brian - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 00:53

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 00:53
Believe they are the same only diff is Badge and price!!!

Brian
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Follow Up By: RainMaker - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 09:43

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 09:43
Hi Guys,
I've just gone through the Aux Battery installation process. I chose Redarc. I couldn't see any difference between the Redarc and the ARB Smart. Functionally, they are identical. Price, Redarc $117, ARB $213, or you can go electronic, Piranha $310. My view is that the Redarc is the best value for money and by far the most comments have indicated that they are very reliable. I'm in Adelaide and have known about Redarc for some time. My previous work had used other Redarc products, which again have proved very reliable.
I purchased the components and did the installation myself, quite easy if you plan your layout first. I used a Pirahna tray (it included the bracket for relocating the power steering fluid container - 120 Series Prado V6), Exide Extreem battery and an eight way wedge fuse block to provide for future additions.
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Follow Up By: shortgq - Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 13:21

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 13:21
Hey Rolande,
like the other guys said, fit it yourself and you will save a couple of hundred dollars easily, I did my own on Friday, the only thing I had installed was the battery tray as an air con hose was in the way, and I wasn't confident moving it as i reckon i would have lost all my gas. The rest is really easy, the instructions are simple. In relation to the older model, it comes in a plain white box as opposed to a nice commercial red one now, but there is no real difference in workings apart from the do dad thing on the side is smaller on the new one and it has a wire ready to go for hooking up an overide button to use if both batteries are required to start car. The older one you have to wire that bit in yourself.
Also, the ARB is a USA job, Sure power or similiar, but as rainmaker advises, definately functionally identical, maybe 0.01volt cutout difference according to ARB specs. The ARB one comes with ARB price.

rgds
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Follow Up By: rolande- Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 20:13

Thursday, Feb 12, 2004 at 20:13
Thanks for all the info, the "red box" comment made me feel more confident that I was buying the newest model. Sometimes its the little things that help the most. Now planning the fitment
Rolande
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