Back in the “good old days”, heading bush in your 4×4 meant loading up a swag, an esky full of food and drink, a load of firewood and little more. While there are still certainly those purists out there who wouldn’t go camping any other way, for the rest of us times have certainly changed, largely thanks to the development and advancement of portable power.
These days, the humble esky has been replaced with 12V fridges and freezers, keeping our food and drinks cooler for longer. Our entertainment options have gone from the flames of a campfire to most of the same luxuries we enjoy at home. And communication no longer means simply relying on the patchy reception of a UHF radio.
If you’re looking to enjoy all the creature comforts of home, then you need to ensure you have a portable power setup that will go the distance and service your unique needs. Here’s a look at a few options for ensuring you have the right portable power setup for your next trip bush.
More than just a battery box
A battery box is the name given to a portable box that can house a range of 12V batteries that can be used to power everything at your campsite from your fridge/freezer to your mobile phone chargers. The thing is, your basic battery box has been well and truly superseded. Ark’s patented ArkPak is a modern portable power solution that has taken the very basic concept of a battery box and improved it 100-fold. ArkPak comes in two variations, the ArkPak 730 and the ArkPak 730 Pure Sine.
The ArkPak range is the only “battery box” on the market that has a built-in AC-DC and DC-DC charger, which means it’s one less thing you need to worry about when you’re preparing to head bush. Simply put, you choose a battery whether it be a gel, calcium, AGM or other battery, place it in the box, connect your powered devices and you’re good to go. A 5V USB 2.1 amp socket, 2x 12V accessory sockets, a 50A Anderson socket, external battery terminals, a low voltage cut out, manual isolator switch, time tracker tech, a battery management system with an LCD display and a 7-stage smart charger.
The ArkPak 730 features a 300W modified sine inverter so you can plug in your 240V devices, while the ArkPak 730 Pure Sine features a 300W Pure Sine Wave inverter, meaning you have the same kind of 240V power as your home has, no matter how remote you travel. That means you can plug in sensitive electronic devices such as drone and camera chargers, laptops and computers and even CPAP machines and keep them charged and powered as long as the battery has charge.
Harness the power of the sun
Of course, having something as powerful and functional as an ArkPak is sensational, but you still need to keep the battery charged. There’s a few ways to do this. One way is to keep the battery charged from your vehicle battery. This works well if you’re traveling day to day and not stopping in camp for more than a day at a time. But if you’re planning to set up camp for a few days or longer, then your best option to keep your battery charged is to utilise solar power.
Solar technology has come a long way in the last decade or so, and portable solar options are readily available and a very reliable option for campsite power. Ark has a number of options that will work hand in hand with your ArkPak or battery box. ArkPak Freedom Amorphous Foldable Solar Panels are the Ark’s premium solar offering and are available in both 30W and 60W, generating 2-4.2A per hour. These panels will work in low light and partial shade and are lightweight and compact so they don’t take up unnecessary space.
Consult the Experts at Ark for all your Portable Power Needs
Having the gear you need to power your campsite is one of the key elements of modern camping, and Ark are the experts when it comes to portable power.
Reach out to the experts at Ark today to find out how they help you elevate your next adventure!