BEHIND THE TIMES
Why it took National Luna 10 years to launch a DC-DC dual-battery system
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…
WHY WE STUCK WITH THE OLD FAITHFUL SOLENOID
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.