“Guaranteed access to mains power whenever I need it” – Brendan Batty, Australian Caravan + RV February 2017
Even editors of caravan magazines can get stuck without access to a 15A socket to power their caravans. Just ask Brendan Batty from Australian Caravan + RV who nearly ruined the family Christmas camping holiday when he arrived to find only a 10A socket for his caravan. Without skipping a beat, Brendan whipped out an Ampfibian RV-PLUS 15A to 10A caravan power adaptor and saved the day, phew! Read on for the full review.
Welders are ditching their unsafe and illegal 15A to 10A leads and are connecting with Ampfibian power adaptors. At Ampfibian we love hearing about people using our adaptors for new applications, because every time somebody uses one they are not using a “death lead” that’s waiting to wreak havoc on someone’s house, work, life.
Welders and caravan owners have an identical problem: they can’t connect their 15A device to a 10A powerpoint safely and legally. 15A welders can be powered from 10A outlets provided the load does not exceed 10A and an Ampfibian power adaptor is used to connect the two. The Ampfibian will trip if the load exceeds 10A, protecting the powerpoint and wiring. Ampfibians are also fitted with residual current devices (RCDs) that protect people from electrocution.
There are two models suitable for welders: the Ampfibian MINI has a 15A socket outlet with an RCD, a 2400W circuit breaker and a 10A wall-plug so you can safely and legally connect to a 10A outlet. Designed for indoor use, the MINI is an affordable and robust product that should be part of every welder’s toolbox.
The Ampfibian MAX is for welders that work outside or in rough conditions. It has the same electrical specifications as the MINI, but is weatherproof to IP55 and has a H-Class rating for trade and construction. It can be tested and tagged, comes with a stainless steel security bracket and a place to put a lockout tag. Perfect for the serious welder.
So we are asking you to help spread the word, if you know a welder out there let them know Ampfibian power adaptors allow them to work safely and legally!
When we identified a gap in the market we gave it our best shot to come up with a product that solved the problem. At a price and with a set of features that we thought would hit the spot. Since then we have asked for, and generously received, your feedback. Online, via emails and letters, and more recently with questionnaires, you have told us what you think. To us there is no such thing as negative feedback: it’s all feedback, an opportunity to make things better. Many of you are very complimentary which we appreciate, and 100% of questionnaire respondents would recommend Ampfibian products to other people!
Your safety concerns made us increase the weatherproofing from IP44 to IP55 on the (RV02) MAX, higher than required by Australian Standards. Concerns about theft saw the addition of a stainless steel security bracket, and construction site users wanted the ability to add a lock-out tag.
You let us know that the MAX was too expensive, so we created the lower cost RV-PLUS specifically for travellers, and when we were finally in a position to do it, we reduced the cost of the MAX as well.
We’ve received many more great ideas, and while the built-in bottle opener is certainly popular, there are probably other ones that might appear sooner 😉
So thank you for caring, for taking the time to let us know. Please keep up the ideas and the feedback,
Please accept our apologies, loyal customer, distributors, suppliers, but you won’t be getting a printed Christmas card from us this year. We’re not Grinches, we’re just too flat-chat to even think about it.
Please know that we are grateful for your positive contribution to this venture, and sharing our common purpose of making life safer for people.
We wish you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May you have a fulfilling holiday, and we look forward to further adventures with you in 2017.
Peace and goodwill!
Christmas Holiday Trading Hours:
We’re only having a short break this year – only closed on public holidays, available all other days!
While our power safety adaptors and weatherproof extension lead protectors are sold all around Australia, the bulk of Ampfibian’s activities happen in our home town (population 15,000).
Even though it is becoming increasingly difficult to manufacture complex products in Australia, we’d like to think we’re doing our bit; not just by keeping design and production here, but by putting something back into our local community.
We’re proud to be sponsoring two local sports teams: the Ballina Seahorses, who went on to win the Football Far North Coast (FFNC) First Division Grand Final (WOOT!); and the Thrashers under 14’s touch football team… and the season is still young… there is still hope!
Water and power don’t mix, right? Well, yes… but there are times when you need to use an extension lead in the great outdoors and you can’t avoid mixing the two. You might be camping in your caravan, gardening with a hedge trimmer, installing outdoor party lights o using a concrete mixer on a building site. But risk it no more! Ampfibian have your safety in mind with the new X1 weatherproof extension lead protector for house and garden. This clever device weather seals extension lead connections and stops them pulling apart.
Rely on the X1 for outdoor use in dusty, wet and wild conditions thanks to IP55 rated ingress protection. Hit the X1 with the water jet from a hose and your connections will stay bone dry. Go on, try it! You can’t submerge the X1 so hang it up out of the way with the built-in hanging loop and eliminate a trip hazard at the same time.
Keeping your extension leads from pulling apart is essential. The X1 features an automatic anti-disconnect mechanism that acts on the lead not the plug for extra safety. All you need to do is connect your power leads together and clip the housing closed. Simple. The built-in spring-loaded cleats grip the leads and not the plugs. No matter how hard you try, the plugs stay connected and aren’t damaged.
Ampfibian X1 weatherproof extension lead protector for house and garden:
- IP-55 hose and weatherproof
- Trade tough IK-09 impact resistant
- Vice-like lead restraints
- Built-in securing loop
- Fits 10A & 15A leads up to Ø12mm
- Standards approved
- Designed and Made in Australia
Yet more furious activity behind the scenes: after the launch of the RV-PLUS at the start of June, we immediately jumped into developing another new product. Although it has been gestating for more than six years (on-and-off), we’re about to get it over the line.
It’s not a power adaptor – but you’ll be able to use it with all our products, and your power tools… especially where things are wet: electricity and water don’t mix!
Stay tuned, we expect to have it out to stores in time for Christmas!
Big announcement: we have decided to reduce the recommended retail price of our premium Ampfibian MAX from $269 to $199 effective immediately.
Thanks to efficiency gains and economies of scale, we are happy to pass on the savings to our customers with the goal of improving electrical safety for everyone!
The recent release of the traveller-specific $149.00 RV-PLUS, allows the already H-Class approved MAX to be further tailored to the trade and commercial markets… stay tuned!
To meet the highest workplace safety standards, all Ampfibian Industrial Series power and safety adaptors are now shipping with armoured leads and a lock-out fitting.
The armoured leads have an earthed woven metal sleeve around the conductors, this is in turn encapsulated in clear PVC. The lockout tab prevents the RCBO lid from being opened – it fits padlocks / tags with shafts up to 6mm (1/4″) diameter.
The industrial units are now also fitted with stainless steel security brackets.
Ampfibian is all about empowering individuals to take charge of their own work place safety!
We are delighted to announce the new power & safety adaptor from Ampfibian: the RV-PLUS.
It is built on nine year’s experience designing and making power adaptors, feedback from more than 7000 surveys (thank you for those), and innumerable conversations with people who love to travel.
The RV-PLUS includes everything travellers need: nothing less, nothing more.
It is weatherproof, really weatherproof, to IP-55… accidently hit-it-with-the-hose weatherproof. No matter which way it faces, not matter how large or small the lead plugged into it, or if there is one at all. If it rains or storms, you’re safe.
It is compact: smaller than it’s big brother the MAX, and lighter, too. The housing holds the lead wrapped in place, with a clip to keep it there.
It is safe: the case is tough-as-nails, the power lead is thick and strong, every single unit is individually tested. All Australian electrical and other standard have been met or exceeded, approved and certified.
The socket has a power-on indicator light. It’s not super bright to distract you from the stars at night, just enough to let you know it is “on”.
The clear cover that seals the breaker and internal socket can be padlocked closed for extra piece of mind while you’re off fishing and exploring.
The quality is what you expect from Ampfibian: this is one tough puppy. Once you hold it you’ll know what we mean. Designed and made in Australia, our standard two-year warranty applies.
Our purpose is to make life safer and more convenient for people. The less our products cost, the more people can afford them, making the world a safer place for all. At a recommended retail price of $149.00, we reckon it’s within everybody’s reach.
The RV-PLUS will be launched at the Brisbane Caravan, Camper and Touring Supershow on the 8th of June, and rolled out across the country after that. Travel well, stay safe.