12V Tech Talk: Easy Access To Your Power

When you’re off the grid, deciding which items get priority charging in your well-worn 12V dash outlet is a tough call. Are you pumping up the airbed while the kids want to charge their iPad? These days, there are plenty of options that make it easier (and less stressful) to access power from your 12V system.


You can add a range of sockets to access your power.

Ciga socket

Like your standard automotive socket, ciga sockets allow you to plug in more than one device to charge from your 12V auxiliary battery.

LockOn Socket

Bainbridge Technologies have pioneered the Baintech LockOn socket to secure important loads. The Baintech LockOn socket will keep your plugs from vibrating out of the socket over rough or corrugated tracks, especially handy if you decide to power your fridge for a short trip!

Engel Socket

Engel Sockets are designed with a push and lock connection to ensure your fridge is kept cold!

USB Sockets

USB sockets are always handy to power your electronic devices. You can use your USB socket to charge your smartphones, PDAs, Video Game consoles, and other portable devices.



You can now buy panels specifically designed with the combination of sockets you need. For instance, you can choose a combination that includes Ciga sockets, Merit sockets, Engel and/or USB sockets. Some panels even have a volt meter so you can monitor your power usage. Bainbridge Technologies manufacture panels for a range of 4WDrives and have custom GU Patrol and Toyota LandCruiser panels.

Bainbridge Technologies produce the Universal Power Panel and Flush Mounted Distribution panels as part or our Baintech Range, they feature:

  •  Multiple socket configurations – to meet all your 12V needs
  • LCD backlit volt meters – to manage your power use
  •  Auto low voltage disconnect – to safeguard your batteries
  • Easy DIY installation – fool proof

Portable Power

BAINTECH-PowerTop-Portable-Power-System-blog-Bainbridge-TechnologiesOne of the easiest ways to access your power is to consider a dynamic plug-and-play portable power system. Here at Bainbridge Technologies our experts have come up with the Baintech PowerTop. A popular product, it houses a 12V, 100Ah gel battery with a built-in charger.

With the PowerTop, you’re able to connect different devices with different style plugs, all at the same time. On top of inputs for Ciga, Engel and USB plugs, this portable power solution also features the Baintech LockOn socket.

It’s vital to charge your deep cycle batteries and with a solar blanket input, the Baintech PowerTop gives you the freedom to charge from the sun. With charging inputs for AC mains or DC power, it’s simple and easy to stay charged!

Built for tough conditions, the Baintech PowerTop is ready to go right “off the shelf” with no install or wiring required.

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