SNEAK PEAK: National Luna’s new 40A DC-DC power pack

In a recent technical column, we described the pros and cons of using a 40A DC-DC charger versus a 25A unit. You can read that blog piece here, otherwise, here’s a summarised version below… 25A VERSUS 40A Although a 40A DC-DC charger appears to be the ultimate dual-battery solution, the benefit of using a 40A …

BUILT-IN DUAL-BATTERY SYSTEM vs PORTABLE POWER PACK

Which is best? An installed dual-battery system, or a portable unit?   Dual-battery systems generally come in two formats:   1)  Installed units that are permanently mounted within your vehicle, or… 2)  Those packaged within a portable power pack / battery box.   If you’re having trouble deciding which solution is right for you, here’s …

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 …

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