A fresh take on a green idea: PowerArmor Solar

green-ideaAfter hearing of numerous customers’ challenges regarding battery theft from their RVs and trailers, Torklift employee Darrel Hagglund was inspired to begin developing a design that would not only prevent battery theft, but would also extend the life of the battery through the use of solar energy.


Solar-panelSolar panel keeps RV batteries healthy

We make it easy to be energy efficient
While the use of solar panels on RVs isn’t new, saving energy by combining security and improving the effectiveness of battery life is a fresh take on efficiency.  Not only will you sleep better knowing that your battery is safe from thieves but when the mercury climbs, the new PowerArmor Solar provides a 400% increased battery life on RV batteries, allowing you to turn up the heater to stay warm and comfortable all night without the worry of running out of juice.

Keeping it simple
Multiple PowerArmor Solar sizes are available to accommodate up to five spare batteries.  Each PowerArmor Solar battery box uses a Zamp Solar 10-Watt solar panel to trickle charge the batteries. The locking battery box is made with heavy gauge diamond plate aluminum and bolts easily to your RV, truck, van or camper bumper with a unique slide top for easy storage access.  Designed to securely store batteries, trailer hitch parts and camping gear, PowerArmor Solar is easy to clean and available in bright tread diamond plate with black high impact powder-coated trim. The larger-sized box, PowerArmor MAX, comes with adjustable dividers to customize your storage needs.

Power Armor Solar protects and extends the life of your batteries

Ask and you shall receive
While many outdoor enthusiasts might consider RV camping downright sacrilegious, there are still a lot of us who want to enjoy the great outdoors with some of the comforts of home in an RV. With some of these latest and innovative gadgets to hit the market in the RV world this year, not only can they make the experience more enjoyable; now you can extend your stays, save money and keep your belongings safe and secure.

mega-phoneAt Torklift International, a family-owned company since 1976, we take customer suggestions and needs into great consideration. PowerArmor Solar is one example of how, by listening to the needs of our customers, Torklift can make camping easier and more fun for the entire family.  The PowerArmor Solar comes with Torklift’s Legendary Lifetime Warranty and is proudly made in the USA.

Click here to learn more about the PowerArmor Solar battery box.


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Currently Tamara Williams studies English at Arizona State University. She is a writing professional specializing in technical writing and SEO blogging for small businesses. Tamara also works with Project Pen, an innovative program for inmates at New Mexico and Arizona prison systems editing and providing feedback for their essays, poems, short and non-fiction stories.

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Torklift sponsors Princeton University’s electric racing team in preparation for Formula Hybrid competition

Torklift International is working with Princeton University students to learn the capability of one of its products. Princeton Racing Electric is using the Torklift International PowerArmor Solar in a way that it has never been used before. With a goal to engineer an electric vehicle for the 2015 Formula Hybrid Competition, Princeton Racing Electric is a student organization at Princeton University that focuses on innovation and hands-on engineering experience.  

Princeton Racing Electric
As a way to offer students at Princeton University applied engineering and management experience, Princeton Racing Electric gives a diverse group of scholars an exciting opportunity. With direct experience and lifelike problems from the field, the organization hopes to motivate and inspire students to further pursue careers in engineering, science and technology.

pre-racing-teamPrinceton Racing Electric team with Torklift PowerArmor Solar battery boxes

PowerArmor Solar
The students are designing and building an electric racecar that combines mechanical and electrical engineering in order to be successful in the renowned Formula Hybrid race. Torklift International provided a donation along with PowerArmor Solar battery boxes to be used on the electric racecar.

carProgress on Princeton's hybrid racecar for the Formula Hybrid competition

A solar powered aluminum battery box is lightweight and durable, creating the perfect match for the racecar’s high voltage battery system and rigorous standards. The team will use a 26-inch battery box to house two batteries and allow for packaging electronics with proper airflow for cooling.  The solar panel is used to recharge a low voltage battery. We are excited to see this unique and innovative application of Torklift International’s PowerArmor Solar battery box.

PowerArmor locking boxPowerArmor Solar locking RV battery boxTraditionally the locking battery box is used for increasing battery life of RV batteries. The locking capabilities prevent theft while a 10-watt solar panel maintains batteries within, keeping them healthy and ready for use at all times. The battery box is made from aluminum.

Click here to learn more about the PowerArmor Solar locking battery box.

Formula Hybrid
formula-hybrid-sae-logoEach spring since 2006 the Formula Hybrid competition takes place. The 2015 Formula Hybrid will be held April 27-30 at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway in Loudon, New Hampshire.

The Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth founded and runs the race each year, which is also integrated with the Collegiate Design Series by SAE (Society of Automotive Engineering).

The competition is a highly regarded and challenges university students to design, build and race an electric hybrid racecar. The competition includes a series of events testing the performance of each open-wheel, single-seat racecar that focuses on innovation, fuel efficiency and most importantly education.

Watch the following video on 2014 Formula Hybrid:

Help us cheer on the team for the upcoming 2015 Formula Hybrid race. To follow progress of Princeton Racing Electric’s racecar, receive the latest updates by following them on Twitter and Facebook.

For more information on Princeton Racing Electric’s journey to Formula Hybrid, click here. We are looking forward to seeing the results of the race.

Good luck Princeton Racing Electric!

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