We tripped over the Aussie made Plug-Mates(TM) a couple of months ago and were so impressed by this clever product (and the people behind it), that we wanted to share it as widely as possible. Put a Plug-Mate on all your power plugs: especially relevant for travellers and tradies! It’s one of those simple things that’ll save you tons of grief. These work phenomenally well with all Ampfibian power and safety adaptors, and keep your awesome Hellbender rubber extension leads in tip-top shape!
Now available from our website in packs of five, we wouldn’t be caught without ‘em!
“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!
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
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.
Read the original story here:
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:
What Tradies Want Magazine recently reviewed our company. See more below,
‘Ampfibian Pty Ltd is an Australian company that designs and manufactures personal power adapters; committed to improving electrical safety for people and businesses. In 2005, David Betterridge tried to plug his caravan in at home with zero success. He was advised to either install an expensive 15A power circuit, or make what’s referred to as an illegal death lead. In 2007, after thoroughly investigating the relevant Australian electrical standards, David successfully lobbied to have the 15A power circuit amended to the 10A connection inclusive of specific electronic hardware.’
For the full PDF click on the link below,