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Old 4th March 2013, 10:02 PM
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Ark pak battery box

Has anyone got one of these? Thinking of getting one for my disco 4 what's your thoughts
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It seems that it has only a 6 amp DC to DC charger so will take all day to recharge a battery from running a small fridge overnight and may not fully recharge if not driving long days. A voltage sensitive relay connected with suitably sized wire would recharge a battery in much less time, being able to take advantage of much higher current available directly from the alternator.
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Old 5th March 2013, 07:14 AM
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you'll find many satisfied customers of Traxide on this site...

I suggest that you take a look at this page in reference to D3 & 4:

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Old 5th March 2013, 01:19 PM
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Yep - get the Traxide system - easy to fit and you won't regret it.
Good bit of kit. Fit it and forget it, it just works...
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the other benefit of a dual battery system over a portable setup is there is no loss of cargo area. having had both i'm an advocate of the dual battery system, the only negative is the loss of portability.

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ArkPak battery box

Hi "The Amors"
I reckon these battery boxes are way overpriced. Then you have to purchase a battery on top. You wont get much change out o$700 and you don't have a chrging system. For the same money, almost, you could get a Traxide charging system with a take off for the rear of the Disco to charge the battery whilst travelling. I have built a battery box which has a 120 amp battery in it out of marine ply. This powers an Engle mt45 whilst travelling. To make it more useful I have an mppt regulator attached that enables me to remove the box and plug in 120 watt solar panels when camped. This takes care of the fridge. I don't have an inverter, but I'm sure a pure sine wave could be fitted in. I think the ArkPak has a modified sine wave inverter which isn't much use for lap tops, drills, etc.
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Thanks guys after a bit of research and a chat With Tim at traxide I'm going for his kits great guy very helpful.
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I have one from RV Centre WA online

Just under $500
But to make it work in my D3 I need a $99 12v to Ark Pak I could use 240v inverter but !
Also only the 12v and 240v input go to the inbuilt smart charger that prolongs the battery life!

So it is not cheap

Saves dual battery wiring for ny 9 week top end trip starting July
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It is now at my shack which is remote off grid and the 20 year old gas fridge dies so it is powering the Waeco in the shack kitchen,
Can't do this with a dual battery.

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I have one from RV Centre WA online

It is now at my shack which is remote off grid and the 20 year old gas fridge dies so it is powering the Waeco in the shack kitchen,
Can't do this with a dual battery.

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I can

Well at least as long as the vehicle is there and I can get it reasonably close to the shack. I have a 6 metre cord with Anderson plugs on each end, I plug into the rear Anderson from my Traxide kit and run the lead through the window I then have an inverter with an Anderson plug. A multiple cigarette lighter socket block with an Anderson plug, and a pair of alligator clips with an Anderson plug. So I can run multiple appliances and my fridge etc off my car inside the house.

I set all this up both for camping, but also for blackouts and storms etc. I figure with 190 liters of diesel on board and dual batteries I can use my car as a generator to top up the batteries and run a fridge and basic stuff for at least a week maybe two if necessary.
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Smile ark Pak

I have one in a D3 , As I have customised and serviced up my Dr including the 160,000 timing belt changes and replacing gearbox oil this has become a keeper. I initiallybthought the transportable functionality was a winner, and it still is.

I have had it for 3 months
You need a $99 12v charger extra to the $460 box and then the battery but it has a great 240V inverter great for long distance 7 stage charger and the only time I have only needed 240v charge when the car has been just doing short trips and a long week end was next. It was still 100% charged after an overnight lights and fridge supply. Should last 3 days also the display of charge etc is built in and excellent.

The only input that supports the 7 stage smart charger are Ark Pak 240v or 12v charges you v=can charge from any inout eg anderson plug , 240 or 12v cig plug but this is raw input and will shorten the life of the battery .

i have mine behind the fridge in an original spec designed drifter Drawer and fridge set up, it is behind the 50l Waeco in its own cubby with a self fitted basket for charging gear above and fits great , but I did have to cut the side of the unit to allow cord access .

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