SEMA 2014: Ron Francis BlackBox Revolutionizes Project Car Wiring

Wiring a project car can be an extensive and daunting project. Not only that, but it can be difficult to get various circuits to perform the way you want them to, or monitor what they’re doing.

At this year’s SEMA show, Ron Francis Wiring introduced their latest wiring innovation, the BlackBox relay system. This isn’t just another relay block, it’s a revolutionary innovation that can make wiring a new project, or adding to an existing one extremely simple. SEMA thought that it was such a breakthrough that the product even received a SEMA award this year’s show.

The BlackBox features 10 individually relayed 20 amp circuits. Each relay can be positive or ground triggered. The relays can handle virtually any type of function that you would normally have a relay control. Additionally the relays can be paired or ganged to allow increased power handling capability for devices that require higher current like electric fans, etc. These relays can even be used in reverse polarity to operate devices like power windows.

Programming functions for each relay are handled by individual buttons for each circuit and master control buttons. RFW’s Scott Bowers demonstrated the system for us in the company’s booth at the show. “This was an idea that we’ve had for quite some time, and were finally able to bring it together. It greatly simplifies the wiring, and adds an incredible amount of functionality in a single package.” Bowers demonstrated how in a few seconds a circuit could be programmed, or paired, and ready for operation.

While all of this is cool, there’s an additional bonus feature that the BlackBox has coming in just a few months. Imagine being able to control any relayed circuit from your phone or other Bluetooth enabled device. The BlackBox will have compatibility to do just that, “The development guys really came through and delivered an incredible Bluetooth will be available for IOS and Android devices.

We can think of countless applications for the BlackBox both in new wiring situations or when adding to an existing system. We’re looking forward to seeing it put to use on many project builds in the future.

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Don Creason is an automotive journalist with passions that lie from everything classic, all the way to modern muscle. Experienced tech writer, and all around car aficionado, Don's love for both cars and writing makes him the perfect addition to the Power Automedia team of experts.
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