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    Re: Snomaster vs Engel vs NL

    My R7k engel 40L broke after 7 years. I abused it, left it 1/4 filled with water for months. Don't do that.
    The condenser packed up (the container thingy inside the fridge that the basket goes...
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    Firstly, definitely not an expert, but I'll give it a try.

    The interwebs say:

    'The C Rating is defined by the rate of time it takes to charge or discharge a battery.
    As the rate of discharge...
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    Re: Stolen Nikon equipment

    Agreed. One doesn't tell insurance every time one buys a new pair of jeans.

    One ideally needs to have some proof of purchase / ownership.

    Receipts, invoices, price tags, photos of stolen items....
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    It's a Howling Moon Engel 40L cover. IIRC from Outdoor Warehouse, though I can't find it now on their site.

    4x4 MW also have a cover which looks similar to mine.
    ...
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    Leons, I had similar-ish results camping 2 weekends ago in Marakele. The engel 40L has (or had when I got mine) the lowest power draw out of all 40L 12V fridges, max 2.5A / hour. I guess this would...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    Also a noob here. I edited my original post on this as it suggested non-lithium chargers could not charge lithium, which was not my intention. Thanks to you, Ekkekan and Dave Glass for spotting this...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    Sorry, I was a bit hasty and single-minded with my reply. Yes, any ordinary lead acid charger, ie one without a specific lithium function, will charge a lithium battery, but as far as I know they're...
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    Re: Mecer charging lithium battery

    To answer this question: no.

    From the takealot page:

    Battery:
    - Battery Voltage 12VDC
    - Acceptable Battery Type Rechargeable lead-acid battery, Deep discharge battery

    Some rules of...
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    Re: Snomaster ice maker 12V on special

    I have a 40L engel fridge. I rarely use its freezer capability.

    The engel 40L sips power like a tiny humming bird drinking nectar from an ipomoea heavenly blue. Max power draw is 2.5A / hour.
    If...
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    Snomaster ice maker 12V on special

    The Snomaster ice maker 12V 15kg is on special on Takealot for R5499.00.
    Still a bit expensive, but its power usage (110W) seems way less than running an ice maker through an inverter.
    I'd prefer...
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    Re: 42L bar fridge on 3kw inverter

    I don't know if the sale is still on, but for R8k BN108 batteries check out: https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/showthread.php/343538-Huge-SALE-on-BlueNova-108Ah-Lithium-batteries!!!!!!!!!!
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    Re: 42L bar fridge on 3kw inverter

    I had some usage results I posted a while ago, but I can't seem to find my old posts via forum search, only threads. probably pebkac :p

    IIRC I used +- max 350W per hour during a recent load...
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    Re: Hybrid inverters with possible solar input

    I quite liked this idea as a mobile power station. They get heavy. It can scale down to a 1Kva Axpert.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dpzc2Qb6JRU

    My PC, screen, speakers, 2 routers, laptop,...
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    Re: Portable Lithium Box

    Very, very nice and neat Leon. Looks like the work of a true craftsman.

    I'm curious as to what adapter you are using for the schuko socket on your inverter? They're quite hard to find.

    I have...
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    Re: NL 90 not cooling on 12 volt

    My much abused engel 40L sounded like it was running, but no cooling occurred. Turned out it was the condenser, the cooling shell inside the fridge. R5k to fix.
  16. Thread: Camping in snow

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    Re: Camping in snow

    Sunglasses, for the glare. That snow gets bright, especially after some smokey mountain cabbage ;D

    If you're relying on a dual battery system, with a lithium battery, bear in mind it shouldn't be...
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    Re: Compression and Busbars

    I stumbled upon a video last night which talks to this:


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiOwHEYg_34
  18. Re: Problems with the 2019 Land rover discover 5 SE V6 diesel?

    My advice/opinion based on my own experience with 2 problematic new vehicles:

    Don't freak out.

    It is disappointing when a new vehicle gives trouble. One expects them to be the most reliable,...
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    Re: Is a portable braai a necessity when overlanding.

    I have the same braai, after the last one got pinched. Cheap (R200 then), works well.
  20. Re: Who would YOU recommend to install my Dual Battery system ?????

    You, after a lots and lots of research.

    This way, when it bombs out in the middle of Mocambique, and takes your starter battery with it, you know how to fix it >:D
    And you get to learn some cool...
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    Re: What's your Biggest pet peeve?

    People who try to get clever.

    Non-stop talkers, who never leave a gap in conversation for some reflective silence, or to let anyone else speak.

    Being button-holed, by someone who attaches...
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    Re: Lithium vs Lead Acid

    Note that the name on the front is Hoselest, whereas on the back it's Hoselect and it's marketed as Hoselect. Makes me a bit suspicious . . .
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    Defender Re: Puma Not Starting - No Dash Illumination

    Many times! Happily not the vehicle's fault. This was soon after the installation. Tracker somehow dislodged the wire, and didn't plug it back in properly.
    However, they pushed their box into the...
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    Re: Deep cycle battery advice

    Disclaimer - the below is my opinion based on almost no experience whatsoever.

    For a battery under the bed I believe as other posters have said that a lithium iron phosphate battery is a good way...
  25. Thread: Loadbox charging

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    Re: Loadbox charging

    Lol, I didn't check the date of the last post ::)

    Hope you came right fatbike!
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    Re: Unstable Revs when putting foot down

    Maybe not quite the same, but my last Defender Puma went through 4 clutches in 5 years, in 100k kms. That's 1 clutch every 25k kms. And I drove her nicely.

    So who knows what is a normal lifespan...
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    Defender Re: Puma Not Starting - No Dash Illumination

    +1

    Tracker installed their box in the dashboard of my 2009 Puma, underneath the instrument cluster above the steering wheel. They managed to dislodge one of the connectors from the cluster into...
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    Re: Victron Energy Cyrix

    And not just any DC-DC. It must have a lithium charging option.

    Apparently most solenoid systems are inefficient with much voltage drop, and cannot be used if the vehicle has a newer, smart...
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    Re: Loadbox charging

    2 questions:
    1) What type of battery is your extra eg flooded lead-acid, AGM, gel, lithium?
    2) Is your vehicle new(ish), with a smart alternator, or old, with an old-style alternator (like mine)?
    ...
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    Re: Roof rack or roof rails for Fortuner

    Not quite an answer to your question about rails, but, generally speaking, a RTT can be mounted directly to the roof without a roof rack. Which RTT do you have?

    I would recommend using a mounting...
  31. Re: Why would you need to upgrade your alternator if you use a DC to Dc charger?

    Er, BS. That's not what he says. He mentions that the original alternator produces max 85A and will also reduce power output when hot. He talks about running extra lights, a winch and powering his...
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    Re: Mustek LifePO4 battery

    Here's a vid comparing the performance of lithium to AGM lead acid:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy3hga_P5YY
  33. Thread: Oztent RV3

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    Re: Oztent RV3

    I also wanted one. 4x4 Megaworld supplies them, but afaik they haven't had stock since November 2020 at least.
    I'm guessing manufacturing delays, increased local demand and shipping delays, as a...
  34. Re: Engel 40L and 60L fridges. What price to sell at?

    A new Engel 60L is nearly 16K at 4x4MW. 12K is not a bad price comparatively speaking.

    Hell, I paid 5k to get my Engel 40L fixed, so IMO the 40L is worth much more than 5K if in decent shape.
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    Re: February Family Fun Feast

    Thanks Rob for organizing things and planning our route. It was an excellent day out and really nice to meet other forum members again.

    Timmy says woof.
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