Stay in Charge

How to take care of your auxiliary battery With the Easter holidays behind us, there’s a good chance your auxiliary battery needs some maintenance. Permanent damage might even be happening to your battery as you read this! But don’t fret, there’s still time to save your battery and prolong its life. Here’s what you need …

Take A Load Off

6 overland solutions that will ease your camping life and help you explore further for longer.   ICE AGE Nothing has revolutionised our outdoor way of life quite like the 12V camping fridge. Gone are the days of melted ice and floating lamb chops; today, we’re able to run a powerful 12V fridge (at ice-cream-freezing …

Build A Box & Customise Your Own Power Needs

AUXILIARY BATTERY BOX   A well-known bumper sticker reads, “Camping: where wealthy people spend a fortune to act homeless.”   Love it or hate it, the sticker does raise an interesting question about camping equipment, namely: how do you define necessity over luxury? Obviously, that question will depend on the individual, but generally speaking, most …

Dual Battery Facts & Fables

IF YOUR AUXILIARY BATTERY ISN’T PLUGGED IN TO A NATIONAL LUNA INTELLIGENT MAINTENANCE CHARGER, IT MIGHT LET YOU DOWN WHEN YOU’RE FAR FROM HOME… A recent survey revealed that most people with a dual-battery system in their vehicle believe that driving for a few hours will restore power to their auxiliary battery. It seems many …

Is a 12V camping fridge really worth it?

At some point in your camping ‘career’, you may find yourself yearning for a 12V portable fridge. However, at a cost of ten thousand rand or more, there’s a good chance that your future outdoor fridge will cost more than your household unit – which you use every day!   Likewise, at this price, a new …

Balance Of Power

ON-BOARD DUAL BATTERY SYSTEMS VS. PORTABLE POWER PACK Camping technology has evolved radically over the years, but nothing has revolutionised our outdoor way of life quite like the portable power pack & fridge / freezer. The ability to keep food cold for an indefinite period has not only changed our camping experience, but also given …

Dual battery diagnostics & why you need a 220V charger

If your dual-battery system isn’t working, don’t blame the system itself. You may just need a good maintenance charger… Question: My dual-battery isn’t charging. I had a solenoid system installed in my 4×4 just over a year ago. The setup seemed to work fine the first time, but now there’s very little power in my …

Dawn Of The Ice Age

The history of the first ever portable fridge/freezer combination It all started in 1990, when a South African engineering company tendered for a World Health Organisation (WHO) project. The tender asked for the development and production of solar-powered medical vaccination refrigerators, and National Luna answered the call. At the time, National Luna was manufacturing borehole …

Which Battery Is Best?

If you recently fitted a split-charging system to your 4×4, but you’re unhappy with the results (recharge rate), your auxiliary battery may be to blame. National Luna tells us more. The subject of auxiliary-battery selection can be a minefield of data, facts, and uninformed opinions. This situation is made worse by the retail sector, in …

Keep Your Cool

The decision to buy a portable fridge/freezer is a daunting one. Besides the cost (camping fridges aren’t cheap), there are other things to consider like brand, model and capacity. So where do you start? Preferably at the beginning, by looking at what qualities make a good fridge great. In no particular order, here’s what you …