International Dealer News IDN 144 August/September 2018 - Page 27

PRO GuIDe Updated OptiMate O-SAE connection system First launched a decade ago, TecMate’s versatile OptiMate O-SAE connection system was modelled on, and is still able to connect with, the standard SAE 2-pin connection system used by many manufacturers. The O-SAE’s interchangeable in-line and end cap seals allows the creation of a custom cable system from the various cables available in the range, with the important benefit of reliable and consistent protection against penetration by water, dust or grime. The most important and most popular cable in the range, the O-01 weatherproof battery lead, sports an end cap sealing system that protects the connector when not in use, providing good sealing against any incoming O-SAE connector from an OptiMate battery charger or an OptiMate USB charger. The principle is simple - when the opposite O-SAE connector is plugged in, the connection is r en d e r e d weatherproof. TecMate CEO Martin Human says that “it’s a great connection system, but as a motorcycle rider it has always bothered me that even our battery lead can flap about in the wind when riding, and at worst, maybe even catch in a moving part of the motorcycle. Fortunately, we figured out a solution.” Enter Version 2 of the O-SAE connector, with built in mounting slots that allow for quick and easy securement to a strut or other cable or tube on the motorcycle, using a Velcro strap or zip-tie. The OptiMate Cable O-01 weatherproof battery cable is made with -40°C/°F rated 0.82 mm2 (18AWG) cable able to carry 7 amps of current and is protected by a 15 A fuse. The moulded M6 / 1/4” ringlets are perfectly sized for powersports batteries. This battery cable is available in consumer packaging as a single unit (O-01) or as a 4-pack (O- 01x4). Trade / dealer options are available - a jar of O-01x20 and a box of O-01x100. Both trade / dealer options come with a ‘OptiMate READY’ hang tag that is clearly visible in a showroom, creating a visual value opportunity for the salesperson to equip the rider with an OptiMate battery charger that will guarantee that battery will work when it should. The OptiMate Cable O-11 is the ‘bigger brother’, made with 1.32 mm2 (16AWG) cable had has M8 / 5/16” ringlets that fit the batteries of the latest craze in power sport, the Side x Side 4-wheeler. TECMATE Tienen, BELGIUM Tel: +32 (0)16 805440 INTERNATIONAL DEALER NEWS - AUGUST/SEPTEMBER 2018 27