KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels

USA DISTRIBUTION OPPORTUNITIES!

BECOME A DISTRIBUTOR OF THE KT COMMANDER SMART-TOUCH SWITCH PANEL

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KT Cable Accessories is seeking distributors in United States of America to take on the New, Industry Award Winning, Innovative KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels!

This  Exciting New & Innovative product was released in Australia in 2016 and received the 2017 Australian Automotive Aftermarket Award for ‘Most Innovative New Product’ within the Electrical Category.

 

KT Cable Accessories has an outstanding reputation within the industry for Innovation, with a heavy focus of continually releasing new, innovative products to the Automotive Aftermarket, Electrical, Marine and Industrial Industries. Our products provide a unique point of difference and a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Providing Innovation is not where it stops – KT also has a heavy focus on providing technical support through Blog Posts, Training Videos, Podcasts and more to assist you and your customer in fully understanding our products.

Whether you are a leading Automotive retail outlet or a workshop who specialises in fitting switches to Caravans, RV’s, 4X4’s, Boats and more, contact us through the contact form below and our friendly team will be able to assist you with more information.

 

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The New and Innovative KT Commander Series Smart-Touch Switch Panel is another KT innovation, helping us move forward with the times. If you are an Electrician or a DIY handyman, You may be familiar with the ‘Switch Panel’ or Switch Bank’ which typically looks like a row of rocker switches mounted into one housing to form a ‘panel’.

The switches rock backwards and forwards, ‘On and Off’ to provide power to appliances. This basic technology has carried us through until now . . .

KT have designed and developed it’s very own Innovative ‘KT Commander Series Smart-Touch Switch Panel’ which functions using heat-sensitive touch technology, just like your ‘Smart Phone’. Simply by touching the ‘Smart-Touch Screen, you have the ability to power lighting and other 12V appliances in Caravans, Motorhomes, Vehicles, Heavy Machinery, Boats and more. There are a wide range of applications as the KT Commander Series Smart-Touch Switch Panel can be used for ‘ANYTHING’ 12V. A sleek design allows it to be mounted almost flush with a surface, giving it a clean and tidy finish.

  • YES – The Display is splash-proof making the switch panel perfectly suitable for marine applications (mounted where it won’t be in direct contact of water)
  • YES – This Commander Switch Panel can be customised to however you want it using the 48 Icons provided! Icons simply stick to the inside of the touch panel, beneath the glass. With the backlit display, the Icons will light up Blue (indicating Switch is ON & Amber to indicate that the switch is OFF).
  • YES – It can still function with gloves on! (may depend on the thickness or material of glove)

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Available in 4 way (single voltage) and 8 way (dual voltage for dual battery systems), the KT Commander Series Smart-Touch Switch Panels provide 20 Amps per circuit which goes above and beyond current switch panels on the market. Each pack also includes 48 programmable icons that are easily changed to suit the application of each circuit.

A backlit LED screen allows for easy ‘ON/OFF’ identification. Switch Panel Buttons illuminate to BLUE indicate when a circuit is active ‘ON’ and powering a device.

When circuits are inactive or switched ‘Off’ the LED’s will default to AMBER. The LCD Voltage display assists in determining how much power appliances are drawing from the battery and can be checked at any time.

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Icons illuminate Blue to indicate ON and Amber to indicate OFF

 

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diagram to display each screw for terminating cables.


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diagram to display each screw for terminating cables. 6mm Cable Recommended.

 

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Look for this packaging in-store!

 FEATURES:

  • Basic D.I.Y Wiring & Installation
  • 4 Way Switch Panel, 20 Amps per circuit (80 Amps total)
  • 8 Way Switch Panel, 20 Amps per circuit ( 160 Amps total)
  • Single & Dual LCD Voltage Display
  • Blue ‘On’ and default Amber ‘Off’ Backlit Touch Screen for easy On/Off identification
  • Over 48 icons to suit a wide range of applications
  • Suitable for automotive and marine applications
  • 12 Months Warranty on manufacture & build
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Both the 4 Way and 8 Way Switch Panels are the same Depth and only vary in width.

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Photo displaying the back of the KT Commander Switch Panel – Screws are provided to terminate cables

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Side View of the KT Commander Switch Panel.

MOUNTING:

  1. Prepare the area to mount the switch panel. Use the mounting guides supplied in the manual included with your switch panel. This template will allow you to accurately measure and drill holes. Mounting guides provided are scaled to the exact size of your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel.
  2. Once your area has been prepared, drill the mounting holes to suit the self tapping screws included with your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel.

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The KT Commander Switch Panel Mounted into a Toyota FJ Cruiser.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE KT COMMANDER SWITCH PANEL

KT provides a wide range of customer service and technical support through social media channels for retailers and consumers of our innovative products. Our knowledgable team attend hourly to many new social media queries on our KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels sent direct to us through Facebook and Instagram messages.

Leading on from this, we would like to share with you some of the commonly asked questions about the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels that we have received through these social media channels. All of these questions are also answered on our KT Blog to support you!

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1. Are the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels Waterproof?

The front of the KT 4 & 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch panel unit is (IP65 Rated) or ‘splash-proof’ to ensure they can be used for a wide range of applications. Mounting the Switch Panel in a designated location of your vehicle, caravan or boat where it will not receive direct water is highly recommended to ensure that the back of the unit does not come into contact with water.

Generally when mounting the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel, the rear of the unit will be in a sealed environment as most installations are completed by cutting out a section of surface to mount the panel in. The Glass covered front of the unit allows for the switch panel to be hosed down for example when mounted in a small boat cabin.

2. Can you use the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels with gloves on?

The KT 4 & 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch panel touch function operates based on touch-sensitivity rather than heat-sensitivity and has been tested with a number of different applications to see how well the switches react to touch.

For example, we tested the switch panel with latex gloves and it functioned perfectly. We then tested this with a heavier duty racing gloves, which again functioned perfectly. We then tested using the end of a pen to turn on the switch panel buttons and this failed. We then tested using a very heavy duty glove which also failed. To answer this question, we believe it depends on what grade of glove you would be using whilst operating the switch panel as to whether this will work for you.

3. How can I wire the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel to my 4X4 and have it turn ‘Off’ with my Ignition?

While The KT 4 & 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch panels were originally designed for Caravans and Boats they are also commonly installed in Vehicles, Motor-homes and applications to which have an Ignition. We recommend installing this unit with a relay to ensure the unit turns ‘off’ with your vehicles ignition. 

4. Does the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel come with Icons that will suit my applications?

Each KT Commander Switch Panel includes 48 Icons to suit a wide range of applications. These icons were chosen after extensive market research on the most common applications for Rocker Switches. Some of these applications include: Anchor, Radio, Horn, Wiper, Power ON/OFF, Beacon, Aux, Hazard Warning, Light Bar, Bilge Pump, Wiper Washer, Depth Sounder, Flood Light, Spot Light, Head Light, Ice Box, Winch, Arrows Left/Right, Prop and so many more. The icons are placed beneath the glass of the switch panel, protecting them and are back lit for easy identification of On (Illuminates Blue) and Off (Illuminates Amber). We have also provided customised kits for workshop applications of customers who fit the KT Commander Switch Panels directly to small boats at the customers request. You can talk to our team about this further.

5. Are the KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels Suitable for Installation in an Off-Road Racing Vehicle?

The KT 4 & 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch panel can be used for a wide range of applications and we often get asked questions like ‘will this unit be suitable for off-road racing applications’ or ‘Is this unit durable enough to withstand off-road racing terrain’. To answer this question quickly and effectively, YES! The KT 4 & 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch panels can certainly be used for Off-Road Racing Applications and most certainly have been! This also depends on where the switch panel is mounted. We do recommend mounting it within the cabin or dash area of your vehicle.

A recent customer had installed the 8 Way KT Switch Panel on their Custom-Built Off-road 4WD which put the panel to its ultimate test of durability. This particular off-road racing consists of large jumps, rough terrain and a lot of bouncing around. Competing in many races throughout the season, the feedback was that the Switch Panel handled the conditions perfectly and performed to it’s expected standards.

6. What kind of cable should I use to wire my KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel?

We recommend using 6mm cable for installation with your KT Commander Switch Panel, however it most certainly depends on your 12V Devices. Cable sizes larger than 6mm may be too large to terminate beneath the wire entries and stainless steel screws on the back of the unit.  Each Circuit provides 20 Amps and includes a 30 Amp relay per circuit. A 4 Way Commander Switch panel provides a total of 80 Amps, while an 8 way switch panel provides a total of 160 Amps.

 

7. The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel looks too Bulky / Large for my applications!

We believe that the perception of the KT Commander Switch Panel being too large for some consumers is due to the fact that the switches are in one compact unit instead of individual switches mounted into a bracket, however KT has designed this unit to ensure that people who are currently using a 4 Gang of Rocker Switches, or an 8 Gang of Rocker Switches can still get benefit of this Innovation. The KT Switch Panel was designed exactly the same size as the 4 & 8 Way offerings in the market, some might even say a touch smaller!

Model No. KT70952

4 Way Switch Panel: 119.5mm Wide x 116.5mm High x 47mm Depth

Model No. KT70954

8 Way Switch Panel: 169.5mm Wide x 119.5mm High x 47mm Depth

 

INSTALLATION:

  1. When installing 4 Way (Single Voltage Display) KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel, ensure to run the GROUND ( – ) wire to the battery and the Positive ( + ) to the battery. When installing the 8 Way (Dual Voltage Display) KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel, ensure to run the GROUND ( – ) wire to the battery and the Positive ( + ) to Battery A and the other Positive ( + ) to Battery B.
  2. When connecting 12 devices, follow the circuit diagram on pages 1 and 2 for easy identification of each switch and the relating terminal/circuits to connect your Positive ( + ) wire.
  3. IMPORTANT: It is recommended to use an ON/OFF Isolation Switch with your KT Commander Switch Panel to turn OFF your panel when not in use. Failure to install an isolation switch may result in the switch panel draining your battery as the switch panel is ‘Live’ once the GROUND (-) wire is connected.

For 4 Way KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels: Once you have connected GROUND ( – ) wire and Positive ( + ) wire to the battery, your switch is now live and will immediately provide your batteries voltage reading.

For 8 Way KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels: Once you have connected GROUND ( – ) wire and one Positive ( + ) wire to battery A and one Positive ( + ) wire to battery B, your switch is now live and will immediately provide a voltage reading for battery A and battery B.

  • When connecting to a 12V device, e.g.; a work light, connect the positive wire to one of the switches of choice. Providing the device has been grounded through the Negative Wire, your device should now be live.
  • Select the  icons of your choice which best indicate the application of your device. The below comprehensive range of icons are included with your KT 4 and 8 Way Commander Smart- Touch Switch Panel. Ensure to remove the black frame and glass before applying your icons onto the clear recess covering the switch panel touch buttons. Icons can be easily removed and replaced to change the use of the switch.
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    Customisable 48 Icons Included to suit your various applications

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    48 Icons Included


IMPORTANT NOTICE: 

FOR ALL APPLICATIONS, CARAVAN, MARINE & AUTOMOTIVE

It is highly recommended to use a fuse holder within the circuit, between your device and the switch panel for protection. An ON/OFF Isolation switch should also be installed in conjunction with your switch panel to turn OFF the panel when not in use to avoid draining battery. Your switch panel is LIVE after connecting the GROUND (-) wire.

Should this recommendation not be followed, your device is at risk of damage should an electrical fault be present. Ensure to follow these instructions to avoid voiding warranty. AECAA Pty Ltd will not be responsible or liable for any damages caused by failure to follow these instructions. (See page 6 of the manual for more warranty information).


IMPORTANT – MOUNTING INFORMATION:

The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels are splash-proof when mounted correctly and can be used for a variety of applications including Caravans, Motorhomes, Vehicles, Heavy Machinery, Boats and more.

Should you be using your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel for marine applications including on boats or yachts, it is recommended to mount your switch panel in a location where the panel wont be directly exposed to water. Exposing your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel to water may result in damage to either your panel, your circuits or your connected devices and all warranties will be void.

It is highly recommended to use a fuse holder within the circuit, between your device and the switch panel for protection. Should this recommendation not be followed, your device is at risk of damage should an electrical fault be present. Ensure to follow these instructions to avoid voiding warranty


OPERATIONAL  INSTRUCTIONS:

The KT 4 & 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel is a simple and efficient way to control your devices from one location.

The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel buttons will illuminate BLUE to indicate that a circuit/device is turned ‘ON’ and ACTIVE.

2. The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel buttons will illuminate AMBER to indicate when a circuit/device is turned ‘OFF’ and INACTIVE.

3. When a circuit is turned ‘ON or ‘OFF’, The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel will make a ‘click’ sound.

The Single Voltage Display for the KT 4 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel and the Dual Voltage Display for the KT 8 Way Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel will immediately provide the battery/batteries voltage. The voltage will drop once devices are turned ‘On’.

Ensure to turn ‘OFF’ your switch panel when not in use via the ON/OFF isolation switch which should be installed along with your panel to prevent draining of battery.


 SAFETY:

The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels are splash-proof when mounted correctly and can be used for a variety of applications including Caravans, Motorhomes, Vehicles, Heavy Machinery, Boats and more.

Should you be using your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel for marine applications including on boats or yachts, it is highly recommended to mount your switch panel in a location where it will not be exposed to direct sunlight, water or rain. Failure to follow these instructions may result in water damage to either your panel, your circuits or your connected devices and all manufacturing warranties will be void. The KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panels are manufactured using U.V resistant materials, however mounting your Switch Panel in a location where it may be exposed to direct sunlight is not recommended.


CLEANING:

The best way to clean your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel is by using a microfibre cloth. To clean dirt or dust from underneath the glass touch panel, use a gentle detailing brush. To clean finger prints off the external glass touch surface, use a lightly dampened microfibre cloth.

NOTE:

Do not apply any cleaning products to your KT Commander Smart-Touch Switch Panel.


SPECIFICATIONS:

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kt-npr-2016-kt-commander-series-smart-touch-switch-panelsFor more information on the KT Commander Series Smart-Touch Switch Panels or to find a stockist, please contact us through the below contact form.

 

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