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    Default Re: Electrickery for camping

    Consider buying this watt meter - http://www.4x4direct.co.za/meters/69...689689072.html

    And something like this - http://www.4x4direct.co.za/power-soc...et-42-amp.html


    Now you can MEASURE the power usage of your devices.


    You can only plan your charge system when you know how much power you use ..... otherwise it is just a guess, and you end up with totally over-sized systems.




    Alternators are strange animals .... the battery charge rate (how flat it is), and the engine revs are but two of the factors that determine how much power is put back into the battery. These were NOT designed to stand and idle to charge the battery ! And you also dont want to stand still and run the engine at 2 000 rpm for extended periods - not good for the engine cooling .....

    Option ONE - take short drive each day.

    Option TWO - if your camp setup is such that the vehicle gets PARKED, then it is certainly best to invest in a solar panel and charger. For such a small load I would look at a very basic system -
    - something SMALLER than this, if it is only for cell phones - http://www.4x4direct.co.za/fixed-sol...l-18-volt.html
    - and this regulator (been using this one for a few months already at home to charge my battery daily for the 12V lighting system, have not used eskom for lights for the last 3 years ) - http://www.4x4direct.co.za/regulator...241004282.html

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    Default Re: Electrickery for camping

    Chris, thank you again, the short drive idea sounds best then. I'm loathe to go the solar panel route and will prefer to use what the car has available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Riaan van Wyk View Post
    This is probably the best place to ask:

    We camp with a Gen4 Pajero and use the car to charge cellphones and perhaps a rechargeable lantern if camping more than two nights. Once at camp we tend to not drive around most of the time ( depending on the venue) so the car is stationary. The concern is that the cellphones of which there are five might draw too much. Question then how quickly does the alternator top up the battery if I start it and let it idle.

    Sorry if this is a dof question.
    Riaan to get around this one we bought a cell phone power pack (10 000 I think).
    Shop around the price range from R200 - R800 for a decent one.
    So when driving we charge the pack(s) and cell phone.
    So back at camp and stationary we charge the cell phone from it.

    Handy when traveling in bus/plane/or whatever or no time to charge the phone.
    Just connect and it charges, when ever there is an opportunity we charge the power pack.
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    Default Re: Electrickery for camping

    Thanks Danie, good backup idea that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Danie S View Post
    Riaan to get around this one we bought a cell phone power pack (10 000 I think).
    Shop around the price range from R200 - R800 for a decent one.
    So when driving we charge the pack(s) and cell phone.
    So back at camp and stationary we charge the cell phone from it.

    Handy when traveling in bus/plane/or whatever or no time to charge the phone.
    Just connect and it charges, when ever there is an opportunity we charge the power pack.
    I think this is good advice. I built a portable battery box with a 43 ah Deltec just for this purpose. Cell phones, Sat phone and camera batteries and led lighting in camp. The idea being that as I use a high cycle for the fridge, this setup would take the strain off the fridge battery.

    Of course being me I then went mad and added a solar input (cheap PWM controller) and then an input so I could charge from alternator and of course I can charge from the battery charger when 220 is available. Works great, but .........

    the above would work just as well for far less cost.
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