Why it took Na­tional Luna 10 years to launch a DC-DC dual-bat­tery sys­tem

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We’ve heard the gos­sip… “Na­tional Luna is be­hind the times. Na­tional Luna is stuck in the past. Na­tional Luna uses old tech­nol­ogy.” Ad­mit­tedly, there is some truth in these state­ments, but there’s more to the story than meets the eye…


The story goes back some 21 years, to when our In­tel­li­gent Solenoid sys­tem first hit the mar­ket. Be­fore that, off-road trav­ellers were us­ing a man­ual switch to iso­late the aux­il­iary bat­tery from their ve­hi­cle’s crank­ing bat­tery. Some­time in 1997, we saw an op­por­tu­nity to au­to­mate this process by iso­lat­ing the two bat­ter­ies with a heavy-duty, supremely re­li­able, in­tel­li­gent solenoid switch.

We were one of the first com­pa­nies to of­fer a com­mer­cially avail­able dual-bat­tery so­lu­tion to the global off-road mar­ket; and, for many years, we con­tin­ued to pi­o­neer in­dus­try firsts in terms of dual-com­part­ment re­frig­er­a­tion, bat­tery mon­i­tors, 12V flu­o­res­cent out­door light­ing, and more.

How­ever, with the dawn of the elec­tronic age, new tech­nol­ogy was rapidly pro­gress­ing in the fields of LED light­ing, blue-tooth fridge con­trols and, of course, the in­tro­duc­tion of the DC-DC dual-bat­tery sys­tem.

The mar­ket’s re­sponse to this new tech­nol­ogy was star­tling. We im­me­di­ately heard re­ports of DC-DC su­pe­ri­or­ity, and how much “bet­ter” it was than the old faith­ful solenoid switch.

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