Dial-2-Start is a cellular based remote switching unit that is controlled by a phone call or SMS text message.
Dial-2-Start can control any two 110v devices up to 12 amps from anywhere in the world. This means that your engine pre-heater can be turned on in the morning when you get up and see that you have calm winds and blue skies. Many pilots lead busy lives and they have to fit flying into their hectic schedules. This can be a challenge in the colder months when a one hour flight can easily turn into half a work day away from the office.
Dial-2-Start solves two problems for pilots who want to fly in colder climates. First, it allows you to begin pre-heating the engine well before arriving at the hangar without risking damage to your engine. This results in a more thorough pre-heat and a reduction in the usage of expensive fuel to get the engine up to take off temperature. How many of you have plugged the engine in, had to go for a coffee then came back to a partially warmed engine and had to sit on the ramp revving the engine in an attempt to get to take off temperature?
The second benefit is the reduction in engine wear that results from heating the engine using a timer. Having an engine pre-heater controlled by a cycle timer leads to moisture buildup on wear surfaces and premature engine component failure.
The unit can also be used as a low cost ARCAL lighting controller for runway lighting.
The Dial-2-Start unit requires a Pay-as-you-Go plan and a SIM chip from your local wireless carrier to operate. After initial programming via SMS text you can simply call the unit to activate a pre-programmed activation of either or both of the outputs. Various PAYG plans can be purchased that last from 1 to 12 months. You retain your phone number as long as you maintain the PAYG account.
The Dial-2-Start unit has completed electrical safety certification and its cTÜVus certification is the equivalent to UL and CSA safety ratings. There are other control units out there that may look similar but they have NOT gone through the stringent testing that Dial-2-Start has. All high voltage components in the unit are independently UL rated and the units have been beta tested in the field for 2 years now. The design mantra for this product is: "Be the Strongest Link in the Electrical Chain!"