Portable Power Solutions for Campers on the move

Although dual-battery systems have been around for many decades – commonly in the form of a manually operated switch – it was only until 1998 that the split-charging system was automated via an Intelligent Solenoid. A short while later, the market called for a portable version, one that could be recharged via a vehicle’s alternator, …

Fast Charge

Is it time to ditch your lead-acid battery for lithium-ion technology? While some overland travellers have migrated away from lead-acid batteries in favour of Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), others are not yet convinced of the economics. Although it may be true that the higher costs of a LiFePO4 auxiliary battery make it harder to justify …

DC to DC Chargers: When is bigger better?

QUESTION I read your previous column that compared the recharge performance of an Intelligent Solenoid system against your very own 25A DC-DC charger. In the same editorial, you mentioned that the results would differ if a 40A charger were used. Well, I’ve got my heart set on a DC-DC setup, purely because I like the …

PART 1: How to CONNECT a solar panel to a dual-battery system

Whether you’re a weekend camper or long-haul overlander, there’s no denying the convenience of a solar setup. Aside from having free energy to power your camping fridge, a solar panel can also be used to maintain your auxiliary battery for optimum service life. With this in mind, here’s a basic guide on how to connect …

WHAT IS THE BEST DUAL-BATTERY SYSTEM FOR YOUR 4X4?

The 4×4 travel market has no shortage of hot debates and shootout tests. Whether it be vehicles in a comparison, or tyres, suspension, fridges, winches, or even camping pots for that matter, people want to know what works “best”. However, there’s one subject that many overland travellers are generally keen to steer clear of, and …

Hoekom dit National Luna tien jaar geneem het om ’n GS-GS-dubbelbatterystelsel bekend te stel

AGTER DIE TYD Hoekom dit National Luna tien jaar geneem het om ’n GS-GS-dubbel batterystelsel bekend te stel. Ons het al die geskinder gehoor… “National Luna is agter die tyd. Hulle is vasgevang in die verlede. National Luna gebruik ou tegnologie.” Daar is dalk ’n bietjie waarheid in dié stellings, maar daar steek meer agter …

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