We were greatly saddened to read about the death of a man on a Northern Territory prawn trawler.
The 20 year old was using an angle grinder on the deck of the ship to cut rusted shackles when he was hit by a rogue wave and electrocuted. Counsel assisting the Coroner told the inquest the grinder had been plugged into a socket without a safety switch (RCD).
“If such a device was fitted it would have cut the power to that circuit and would in all likelihood have saved the man’s life,” Counsel told the ABC.
The most terrible thing about this tragic event is that it could have been prevented… we wanted to share this to spread the word about electrical safety, especially when working in a wet environment. Our mission at Ampfibian has always been to make people’s lives safer.
Make sure that you, your family and your friends are extra vigilant when dealing with 240V mains electricity to prevent this kind of horrible accident. If you believe somebody is doing something that’s potentially dangerous don’t ever be afraid to speak out.
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The team at Ampfibian
Congratulations to all our Survey Competition Winners!
Each of the 4 lucky people above has won themselves a $200 Bunnings voucher for simply completing our Customer Survey after purchasing an Ampfibian between October 2015 and March 2016.
We had such a great response to our survey. We enjoyed all of your suggestions and are so glad you love your Ampfibian as much as we do! Our R&D department has taken all of your great advice on board!
To say thanks to all those that took the time to complete and send back their responses – we’ll be sending a little ‘thank-you’ to your inbox, so keep your eyes peeled!
Safe on the road with Ampfibian!
The Wanderer Magazine recently published an article featuring the Ampfibian MAX. It touched on some very important points surrounding safety and peace of mind while on the road (and at home!).
“Preparation is everything before you hit the road, whether your trip is going to be a long or a short one. There’s the cupboards to pack, the fridge to stock and making sure everything is working just fine before you set off.
Until now it has been commonplace for RV owners to make up their own power adapters to connect their RV’s 15A inlet to their 10A home powerpoint to charge their house battery and check the electrics.
Home made plug connections, or “death leads” as they are also known (for good reason) are illegally modified equipment. Using a lead such as this is incredibly dangerous, would invalidate your RV and home insurance and could result in police charges…”
Read more by clicking on the image below:
“Hellbenders™” are Ampfibians new heavy-duty extensions leads.
When you consider buying an extension lead, remember that extension leads are not all created equal: they are manufactured to be used in different environments, under different conditions, and to carry different amounts of electrical current. By basing your choice of extension cord on your specific requirements, you increase the usable life of the lead, making you safer and ultimately giving you better value for money. Safety, longevity and convenience were the key factors in the creation of the revolutionary Hellbenders.
Exclusively available online, these 15A leads are made of rubber, which means they are extra tough and flexible. Unlike conventional P.V.C. leads, Hellbenders wind tightly which makes them very compact and portable. As rubber does not have a “memory” effect, they won’t become difficult to wind, or get kinked from regular use.
They won’t go soft in the sun (they can be used up to 150 degrees Celsius!) and the outer is completely waterproof. The rubber is extremely durable and highly resistant to physical abuse. These toughies will outlast cheap PVC leads, saving you money.
The current range of Hellbenders is for 15 Amp caravans, RVs and camper-trailers. Remember you must never modify a 15A extension lead to fit into a 10A outlet! This is dangerous and if (when!) something goes wrong, will render your insurance void. It could also kill you.
Available in three different lengths (10m, 15m, 20m) they come with a wide Velcro® strap, which means once they’re rolled up, they stay rolled up: perfect for travel! The caravan/RV Hellbenders fit both old and current caravan/RV power inlets.
Regardless of whether or not it’s being used, when an extension cord is plugged into an outlet, it is potentially live. To avoid safety hazards, the Hellbender is fitted with a ‘power-on’ indicator light so you always know what’s going on.
To find our more or purchase the Hellbender, visit our SHOP page or call 1800-FIBIAN and speak to our team.
All of us here at Ampfibian wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. To the new Ampfibians that joined us this year, our great business partners and suppliers, and our distributors, wholesalers, retailers and customers: peace and prosperity to you all.
If you need help over the holidays, email or call us anytime, somebody will be around.
Over the years more and more tradies adopted the Ampfibian MAX for use one sites to connect their 15Amp gear to 10Amp outlets. Fully certified, happily tested and tagged, they could keep working when the blokes with the dodgy “death leads” got kicked off site (and rightly so!).
Now available from Bunnings stores nationwide, Ampfibian is proud to make tradesmens’ lives safer and more convenient. Check out this great article published in “The Tradie“, which gives a detailed insight of why it’s always a good idea to use an Ampfibian!
Due to popular demand (and because we’re trying to make the best possible product), the Ampfibian RV02-MAX has started shipping with an integrated stainless steel security bracket at no extra cost.
Perfect for use on-site and in busy caravan parks, the bracket lets you secure the product with a padlock.
As part of the local colour and flavour, Ampfibian will be exhibiting at the local Ballina Home Expo on Saturday the 1st of August 2015. The focus of the show is on bricks-and-mortar homes and all that goes with them, but plenty of people with caravans and RVs live in the greater Ballina/Byron region, and many more come and visit this part of the world.
There are also a lot of buildings going up so if you’re a tradie, you’ll want to ADAPT with – and be PROTECTED by – an Ampfibian!
If you’re around, come along and say “Hi!” to the team!
Big shout-out to the dynamic team at the Ballina Chamber of Commerce!
When you look at a duck on a pond, it glides smoothly and effortlessly this way and that. Below the surface it’s a very different story: those feet are going crazy, pumping and paddling furiously.
Even though this news section has been quiet, a lot of activity has been happened behind the scenes. The two big public changes are:
1. We are moving: from our office in the heart to Ballina to an industrial shed. PO box and telephone numbers remain the same, but shipping address will be different. We’ll notify everyone of the new address once the move is complete.
2. Daniel, our Melbourne-based distributor and sales man has moved on to new adventures, his spot will be taken by Darren who will be working out of the new office.
We’ll have more news soon!