Submitted: Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:08
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We have an electric bike we use to get around the camp site.It is powered by 2 x small 12vot batteries (24volt / 1800 amp) enclosed in a sealed battery pack.What would the best way of charging the batteries at the camp site , At the moment we take the battery pack to town & connect charger to 240volt.We find it a bit difficult at times to find a power point.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Reply By: Member - brucer - Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:45

Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:45
Why not charge it from the car via an inverter or solar.
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Follow Up By: Zebra400 - Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:54

Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:54
Solar is good if you are staying camped in the same place for a while. Of course, you will need to carry solar panels.

The inverter idea is a bit fiddly & not really efficient. This requires you to run your inverter plus run your battery charger. It means you are draining you vehicle battery which is probably running your fridge if you are charging when stationery.

You could use an inverter do it while you are driving, but it mean you have a few items lying around while it is charging.
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Reply By: Zebra400 - Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:49

Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 07:49
We use a 17 amp hour battery for external lighting around the camp fire. To keep it charged on long holidays, we have it wired into a cTek battary charger. The cTek unit charges our 2nd battery under the bonnent, plus, with an extra wire (positive & negative wires) from the cTek unit, we connect it to the 17 amp hour battery and keep it fully charged. We charge it as we drive.

The positive wire out of the cTek unit had a fuse in it, so we just remove the fuse when the not using the wire for charging. This stops the 2 ends touching.

The system works well.
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Reply By: Robin Miller - Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 08:52

Sunday, Sep 16, 2012 at 08:52
Truckies use a lot of 24v to 12v and 12v to 24v stuff

One such product is a GSL Electronics 12v to 24v inverter rated at 5 amp.

I have one and its a nice product with only 3 wires and only about 100mm by 70mm by 50mm approx.

Very easy to live with and Made in Australia even.
Robin Miller

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