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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.

EcoFlow Delta Pro power supply

The EcoFlow Delta Pro portable power station has ample battery storage capacity to run a campsite, but also has the ability to be a mobile power supply for non-mains areas and a power boost for homes.

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Projecta’s legendary IDC25 evolves

Projecta’s IDC25 was a favourite DC to DC charger for many years, but the replacement IDC25X was designed to perform in temperatures as high as 90°C, making it suitable for under-bonnet fitment.

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Optimising the life of lithium batteries

There’s no doubt that lithium ferro phosphate (LFP) batteries are taking over deep-cycle-battery tasks for Australian bush travellers. The combination of fast-charge ability, deep-discharge resilience, constant voltage discharge, light weight and potentially long cycle life is unbeatable, despite the considerable cost penalty.

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Bluetti power station

We’ve evaluated this power station on the basis of the supplied specifications, but we didn’t test it, for reasons that are spelt out below.

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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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Enerdrive ute power packages

Enerdrive has developed power solutions for utes, with varying capabilities, from basic system to a full on power station. The three models are Explorer, Traveller and Adventurer.

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Redarc Manager30 charger issues

Redarc’s Manager30 can charge auxiliary Lithium Ferro Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries as well as lead acid, calcium and AGM batteries. However, some Manager30s can overcharge lithium batteries.

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Solar Camping 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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Remco joins the lithium league

Federal Batteries has responded to the market demand for lithium batteries with the launch of the Remco Smart Lithium Deep Cycle battery range that boasts all the most attractive benefits of lithium: lighter weight, longer lifespan, higher power density and faster charging.

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Selecting the correct inverter

Before reliable solar/battery power became available, having a 240V inverter was a luxury few campers could imagine. Now, an inverter is pretty much compulsory camping gear. We’re indebted to Enerdrive for help in compiling this guide.

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LPG safety

The most common cooking and water-heating fuel used by Australian campers is liquified petroleum gas (LPG). It’s relatively cheap and readily available Australia-wide. However, there are fire and explosion risks with LPG and precautions must be taken.

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Stedi Mini-floods on test

Stedi’s best selling work/reverse light is the 10W Mini model. Compact dimensions and bracket or flush-mount options give this light great versatility.

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Wind power as a camping option

We’re all familiar with solar camping power, but wind power is also a viable way of generating electricity. Why don’t we see many mini-windmills around campsites?

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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

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

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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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