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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.

LPG safety

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 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

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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Optimising the life of lithium batteries

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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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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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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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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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 Camping Power

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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