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 …

Home and Away

GREAT gift ideas that are JUST as USEFUL in your home as they are in a campsite.   If you’re seeking gift ideas for the outdoor enthusiast or adventure traveller, why not get them something they can use at home, as well as on holiday, with National Luna’s comprehensive range of 12VDC and 220VAC outdoor …

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 …

STILL STANDING: NATIONAL LUNA FRIDGES BACK IN PRODUCTION

They say that good news travels fast, but bad news travels faster. Well, this is certainly true of our Facebook page. For more than 3-years, National Luna has been developing an entirely new range of fridges equipped with superior insulation and an all-new compressor. We named it ‘The Legacy Range’; and, in October last year, …

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