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    Looking at getting a campervan and I don’t intend to use camp sites so will be unable to hook up the mains and I was wondering about the options with charging the laptop and camera batteries ect from the vans 12v system.

    Any advice greatly appreciated.
     
  2. AgentOrange76

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    Id be reluctant to charge laptop and camera batteries from from the vehical battery, recipe for a flat battery. Had to jump many a car when fishing because someone did similar.

    Cheap option would be a portable power pack, more expensive - whisper generator, I have seen Solar panel charged electrical systems installed but have no experience of these
     
  3. scott199

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    We used to have one for mx racing, I had an extra leisure battery with an isolator, installed inside, so it would charge off the engine when running but flick the switch/isolator when parked, that way you never kill your engine battery.

    You can go one step more and hook up an inverter to get your normal 240 supply.

    But an extra battery, some battery cable or jump cables and cut the crocs:eek: off, in-line 12v isolator of sorts, job done.

    Or run the engine all the time
     
  4. Nawty

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    Leisure battery on a split charge system is what you want.

    If you can't charge all your things off 12v then you want an inverter too, not too expensive.

    If it's only for a few days then I would just use a decent powerbank/powerpack and a USB charger.
     
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    split charger or a silent generator
     
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    I have converted my transit, leisure battery and solar panel for off site. Mains when available.
     
  8. zeb

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    Thank for the ideas
     
  9. Hugh Jarse

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    Pretty much what I do with my motorhome.

    Decent inverter with enough power to rapid charge camera batteries and odd print run. Pick uains when/if you get on a site and recharge power bricks.

    Remember if you use an inverter to shut it down when you stop. On some makes of cheap inverters your batteries will still be drained (quickly) by the inverter. As my motorhome has a decent size garage, I have an extra 24v battery which has been a lifesaver at times bu space for it can be a problem.
     
  10. LongLensPhotography

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    My solution is a cheap 12V to 240V adapter.

    It is fine for any charging or even a laptop. Ideally you would plug this in while driving, but my passat has easily survived charging 5DIII batteries even when parked. Just make sure the main battery is healthy.
     
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    Google" hubi 10k " I just got one and it's tremendous!!!
     
  12. Nod

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    Another vote for a split charge system and a leisure battery for when the engine's not running. Leisure batteries cope better with near total discharge than normal car/van batteries but it's still best not to run them flat too often! I use a Hahnel UniPal Plus charger for all my cameras and USB devices as well as AA(A) batteries. I don't need vehicle charging for a laptop but if I did, I'd use an inverter.
     
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    I have the UniPal too

    I managed to break one of my main Canon Chargers and the UniPal did the job!

    Will be returning to Ireland shortly to restart my trip. My shin is finally repairing properly!
     
  14. jerry12953

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    It's got to be a leisure battery. Most campers have one anyway for internal lights, etc.
     
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