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CAMPING – POWER AND LIGHTING

When you go camping, you need power to run your camp lights, fridges and electronic gadgets. Here you’ll find the answers to get the best combination for your needs.

Rechargeable head torch comparison

Rechargeable head torch comparison

Like most campers, we used to carry AA and AAA batteries with us to power lights, CB radios and entertainment kit, but the increasing number of USB-rechargeable devices has changed that situation for the better. We checked out some quality, rechargeable head torches.

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Ledlenser rechargeable head torches

Ledlenser rechargeable head torches

The renowned German lighting product innovator, Ledlenser, has a range of rechargeable head torches. We chose two from the Zen Imports range to evaluate: the MH8 and the top-shelf H14R.2. Both can be recharged, or as back-up, can use AA batteries.

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Narva ALS head torches

Narva ALS head torches

Narva has launched its ‘Advanced Lighting Systems’ (ALS) Head Torch range, featuring powerful COB LEDs and rechargeable lithium batteries.

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Five years of Revolution lithium battery life … and still going

Five years of Revolution lithium battery life … and still going

The lithium-ion battery has changed our way of life. We’re mobile-connected virtually everywhere and the lithium deep-cycle battery allows remote-area camping with ample power for fridge, lights, entertainment and communications. Our Revolution lithium battery has been faithfully pumping out amps for the past five years and is still performing perfectly.

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Redarc RedVision app control

Redarc RedVision app control

Redarc has released RedVision, a vehicle management system that brings multi-function control to the user’s fingertips. RedVision comes with an In-vehicle display and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) iOS or android smartphone app to control and monitor many functions in a camper, caravan, or motorhome.

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Projecta Hub

Projecta Hub

Projecta has released a ‘Portable Power-Hub’, designed to provide convenient power anywhere, anytime. The PH125 Power-Hub can power and charge appliances and electronic equipment via 10 power outlets. The Power-Hub is said to be a viable alternative to a dual-battery system, eliminating installation costs and providing portability.

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Dometic inverter

Dometic inverter

Dometic has released the SinePower MSI 412 pure sine wave inverter, with a power rating of 350 watts.

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Redarc solar panels

Redarc solar panels

Redarc has extended its solar charging product range with a pair of updated monocrystalline portable folding solar panels. These new products complement Redarc’s folding solar blankets and one-piece monocrystalline solar panels.

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LightForce strip lighting

LightForce strip lighting

LightForce is best known for its hunting lights and driving lights, but the South Australian company has strip lighting to brighten up a campsite.

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Enforcer from LightForce

Enforcer from LightForce

We’ve been testing the LightForce Enforcer 140mm LED handheld spotlight for a few months and we reckon it’s one of the best portable spotlights/hunting lights on the market.

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Carry the right fuses

Carry the right fuses

Your 4WD came with a few spare fuses, but they won’t suit a lot of the after-market and camping gear you’re carrying. Battery chargers, power supplies, caravans, camper trailers and generators have a variety of fuses, from glass-tube types to blades.

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Redarc solar blankets

Redarc solar blankets

South Australian-based manufacturing company Redarc has released a range of solar blankets and accessories, to charge 12-volt batteries from solar power.

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Hella’s hands-free head torch

Hella’s hands-free head torch

We’ve been evaluating Hella’s I-View head torch for the past three years. It’s one of the best units we’ve tested for camp use and for illuminating vehicle repairs.

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Briggs & Stratton P3000 portable generator

Briggs & Stratton P3000 portable generator

Our mates at iMotorhome.com.au have just done a test on the P3000 portable generator from Briggs & Stratton. Because it’s a larger one than the other brands we’ve covered in our Portable Generators story we’ve given it a slot of its own.

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Goal Zero Portable solar power

Goal Zero claims to be the largest supplier of portable solar power and off-grid solar power products worldwide. The company specialises in portable solar kits, portable solar panels, solar batteries and chargers, solar lighting and solar accessories.

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Camp Lighting – LED Light Strips

Camp Lighting – LED Light Strips

Flexible LED 12V lights known as LED Light Strips and featuring 60 LEDs per metre, with a 120-degree viewing angle, make excellent camp lights. These strips are only 10mm wide x 3mm thick and available in 50cm, 1m and 5m lengths.

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Portable power packs

Portable power packs

Very few of today’s 4WDs have under-bonnet space for a full-sized deep cycle battery to power a fridge and other camping equipment. One solution is a power pack.

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Generators – Portable Generators

Generators – Portable Generators

Solar power can be a viable camping power source, but the portable generator/battery charger still has its place, particularly in situations where sunlight is unreliable.

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Campfires – Building a Camp Fire

Campfires – Building a Camp Fire

There’s no doubt that being able to produce fire at will was early man’s greatest discovery. Fire gave heat, light and energy – important building blocks of society.

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Solar – Solar Power

Solar – Solar Power

Before the availability of affordable solar panels you had to run your engine for a few hours each day, or power up a generator and risk the ire of other campers. Now, it’s possible to have ‘free’ fridge and lighting power from the sun, by way of solar panels, a regulator and an auxiliary battery.

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