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    Default New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...les-and-hardwa

    At R 8999. Lets get the Price out of the way first. Pricey yes, but look at what's included, and a 5 Year Guarantee to boot.

    Is this THE solution for me??

    1) Occasional Oztent camping, with the fridge/lights in or near the tent(s)

    2) The fridge is used in more than one car

    3) Occasional caravan camping, the van only has 220v

    I have 2 x 85w solar panels.

    So.…….isn't this the solution for, lets call it a "Beginner" that wants 12v in the 3 scenarios above?

    See also here...……….another Thread on this Product : https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...C25-Power-Pack
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    Default Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    If the unit is to be used in more than 1 vehicle then you would need to hard wire each vehicle for charging whilst travelling. This is the same for both units mentioned. The NL is a great product. I would go the 2nd option with the wrnd purely due to cost and do some DIY.
    Is your van eqioed with a battery for the water pump and lighting, using 220v for the fridge and power points?

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    OW is not the cheapest, you could probably find it at a slightly lower cost somewhere else. But I think it is a very versatile and well specified solution.
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    Default Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    Nice, but the price. Just checked last night for someone else you. You can do a basic dual battery system for as less as R3500 yourselves, battery included.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JLK View Post
    Nice, but the price. Just checked last night for someone else you. You can do a basic dual battery system for as less as R3500 yourselves, battery included.
    Agreed. If that all in one solution included the battery and the NL charger I'd consider it.

    I have the V2 of the battery box and it works a treat - easy enough to do my self and cost way less.
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    I bought this https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...er-pack-1/6424

    and added my ctekd250s plus an inverter to it. Wired for both my vehicles. Much more reasonable especially if you add the wrnd option.
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    Default Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    I did the following:

    https://4x4direct.co.za/battery-boxe...ttery-box.html
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    https://4x4direct.co.za/dc-to-dc-cha...110661867.html
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    https://4x4direct.co.za/home-charger...y-charger.html
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    105AH Battery
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    Cabling - R1000 approx - Wired myself (except the main cable from primary battery to boot) - I was too lazy
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    Is something like this not similar? Excuse my ignorance.

    https://www.kgalagadioutdoor.co.za/i...id=70&Itemid=3

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    Default Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Is something like this not similar? Excuse my ignorance.

    https://www.kgalagadioutdoor.co.za/i...id=70&Itemid=3
    Limited on solar and inverter.

    Not dual battery system as NL with solenoid.

    Not bad though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    I bought this https://www.outdoorwarehouse.co.za/p...er-pack-1/6424

    and added my ctekd250s plus an inverter to it. Wired for both my vehicles. Much more reasonable especially if you add the wrnd option.
    Nice Bruce but remember I have nothing, no dc to dc or anything, so I'm starting with a blank page here.

    And yes, I'd like to have a portable power pack, definitely :

    1) Oztents……..nice to have a fridge with me, not in car

    2) Caravantjie - its 220v ONLY, so this is an easy(ish) 12v solution for off grid places

    3) Use in more than 1 car

    …........how to wire a vehicle here, just a cable from the battery through the chassis member to the back??
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    Nice Bruce but remember I have nothing, no dc to dc or anything, so I'm starting with a blank page here.

    And yes, I'd like to have a portable power pack, definitely :

    1) Oztents……..nice to have a fridge with me, not in car

    2) Caravantjie - its 220v ONLY, so this is an easy(ish) 12v solution for off grid places

    3) Use in more than 1 car

    …........how to wire a vehicle here, just a cable from the battery through the chassis member to the back??
    It's a good solution, but more costly when you can get the components separately and have a better system for cheaper.
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    Default Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    Petri, you can build a nice box yourself for less
    I have the following:
    1 x High Lid Ammo Box
    2 x 105Ah Batteries, in the Box
    1 x 1000W pure Sine Wave Intverter
    1 x 20A WRND DC to DC Charger
    You an add various plugs and Options, like USB Chargers, etc. I would add 2 x Brad Harrison plug, 1 x small Hella plug, 1 x Large Hella plug and 1 x Dual USB Charger
    This gives you ultimate versatility, and with the inverter you can even use this as a mini loadshedding kitt to power PC, TV, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Petri Oosthuizen View Post
    Nice Bruce but remember I have nothing, no dc to dc or anything, so I'm starting with a blank page here.

    And yes, I'd like to have a portable power pack, definitely :

    1) Oztents……..nice to have a fridge with me, not in car

    2) Caravantjie - its 220v ONLY, so this is an easy(ish) 12v solution for off grid places

    3) Use in more than 1 car

    …........how to wire a vehicle here, just a cable from the battery through the chassis member to the back??
    Hi Petri

    Yes, this one is the almost perfect solution. Wire to the rear cabin with fuse. Plug in to box for dual system. You can also charge via portable solar panel whilst camping.

    I added the ctek to mine(spare) so didn't need the fancy NL as per OP. I now have solar and DC-DC. I have a 90w fold up panel to charge as well. I did not want to add a second battery in engine bay of FJ so went this route. With addition of 4000W PSW Inverter I can also use it as emergency power back up limited by battery though. I can also run my nespresso machine
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    That R9k is really expensive.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    That R9k is really expensive.....
    Not really if you add up what the box has as standard. The DC-DC unit alone is pricey. Take that out and box is well priced.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BruceHun View Post
    Not really if you add up what the box has as standard. The DC-DC unit alone is pricey. Take that out and box is well priced.
    Correct - Replace that overpriced DC-DC with something else and it will be closer to the mark.....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dungbeetle View Post
    That R9k is really expensive.....
    Madness it doesnt even include a battery !

    Electronics are NOT expensive these days
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    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Madness it doesnt even include a battery !

    Electronics are NOT expensive these days
    Decent quality spec solar and DC-DC combo units are not cheap.
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    Bought a NL powerpack in 2009 ; bought as well a weekender NL fridge; took both to cahora bassa in moz ; no problems .
    Just had a ctek at the time and recharged the powerpack battery before or in between travels .
    At a later stage a friend gave me a kind of flat grey colour cable which we connected directly to the bakkie battery with terminals ;then put it across down the chassis and into the canopy space ; I then attached the red harrison plug of the grey cable to the red harrison of the power box and the NL fridge hella plug to the appropriate female hella of the power box ; works 100%.
    In 2017 I have attached a grey harrison to the back of the bakkie which I connect to the grey harrison plug of the power pack and to the grey harrison plug of the trailvan caravan ; it works 100%. If you need I will publish photos. Rgds.
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    Default Re: New NL Battery Box - The All in One Solution??

    Hear what you saying Guys this isn't cheap, but:

    1) Im not even remotely a DIY guy

    2) 5 Year Guarantee means something, and NL has good aftersales service

    3) I like the compactness here,and everything is "tucked in", so it shouldn't be too prone to damage, its IS a portable unit after all and will get shifted a lot.

    So.………...
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