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Dc to DC chargers

Jun 032019

Rings Latest offering to the charger market the RSCDC30 30A DC to DC charger with MPPT Solar Contoller

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The DC-DC Smart Charger is able to take power from the main vehicle battery or solar panel, then provide a multi-stage output to quickly and fully charge an auxiliary battery. As an alternative to split charge relay systems it can provide a faster, more intelligent charging solution. Programmable for most battery types, it has a three stage smart charge output for optimal battery performance. Compensates for high voltage or a drop in voltage to maximise charge to auxiliary battery. To protect main battery, it features low battery shut off and sleep mode to reduce battery strain. Solar panel input with MPPT feature for charging at rest. Includes temperature compensation. Applications include utility vehicles, vans, motorhomes, caravans and boats.

Converts power from a vehicle's main battery into multistage output for charging an aux battery

Maximises charge into the auxiliary battery
Programmable for most battery types
Low battery shut off to protect main battery
Sleep mode to reduce battery strain
LCD screen for clear readings
Temperature compensation for more accurate results
Product dimensions (mm): HxWxD
87 x 203 x 236

Weight (kg) 1.934
Voltage 12V DC Input 14.8V DC Output

Input voltage - PV 10V - 50V
Input voltage - DC 12.6V - 50V

Output voltage 14.8V

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 Sterling Power Products Dc to DC Charger 30A or 60A versions

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Specification

Sterling Power

Voltage - 12V to 12V

Amps in - 30

Input Voltage - 12

Output Voltage - 12

Dimensions

Length (mm) - 190

Width (mm) - 160

Depth (mm) - 70

Weight (kg) - 1.2

Warranty

2 Years

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Ctek 250DSA Dc to DC Charger

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Powerful on board, on the move charging

Enjoy more and relax

With award winning Swedish technology, the dual input D250SA allows you to enjoy your vehicle more with maximized battery capacity as the ideal charger for vehicles without access to a mains power supply.

The D250SA is a fully automatic, 5 step charger that supplies up to 20A of power to any 12V lead acid service battery from 40-300Ah, including Wet, EFB, MF, Ca/Ca, AGM and Gel. It has selectable charge voltages for AGM batteries and can use power through its dual input from alternator, solar panel and wind power. When the service battery is fully charged, the D250SA will automatically redirect maintenance charge power to the starter battery. The D250SA can maintain a stable output up to 20A to vehicles fitted with smart ECU controlled alternators and also has a temperature sensor for optimised charging, regardless of weather conditions.

20A fully automatic temperature compensated charging for batteries from 40-300Ah while you’re on the move
Dual input (solar and alternator in parallel)
Smart alternator compatible
Battery separation replacing diodes and VSR relays
Solar panel regulator with Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
Selectable AGM option – 14.4V or 14.7V
Maximised charging for better battery life and performance
Temperature sensor to compensate for hot or cold conditions
Splash and dust proof (IP65)
Compatible with SMARTPASS 120 for the ultimate 140A power management solution
2-year warranty

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National Luna NLDC-25

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The NLDC-25 from National Luna is a DC to DC battery charger and isolator for a dual-battery system.

It will charge an auxiliary or service battery from a vehicle alternator or Solar panel up to 25A output current.

Traditional 12V and 24V vehicle alternators as well as variable voltage alternators are supported.

The integrated MPPT solar regulator provides a maximum output power of 375W but can support solar panels higher than this.

Solar panel voltages up to 42V can be connected.

The NLDC-25 features a 6-stage charge algorithm that is suitable for any Lead-Acid battery type as well as automotive Lithium-Ion batteries.

3 safety stages analyse the battery and can detect batteries that are damaged and unable to accept charge.

Temperature compensation is used to optimise the output voltage, ensuring safe and full battery charging under various conditions.

The NLDC-25 supports the connection of a remote monitor that displays information about the system and battery levels to the user on a high-contrast LCD screen.

The NLDC-25 has a IP67 rating for harsh environments and is protected against reverse-polarity, over-voltage, over-temperature and over-current conditions.

Features :

True 25A output current
6-stage intelligent charge algorithm
12V and 24V input
Smart-alternator compatible
25A, 375W MPPT solar regulator
Supports solar panels up to 42V
AGM, Gel, Wet, Calcium, Lithium Ion batteries supported
Battery temperature compensation for safe charging
Sealed to IP67 rating (waterproof)
Replaceable terminal block
Short-circuit protected
Reverse-polarity protected
Over-voltage protected
Over-temperature protected
Optional remote monitor

Showering On The Road

May 062019

As we all know one of the battles of off-road adventure driving is hygiene. After hours of driving in a hot vehicle and erecting tents and awnings there is nothing better than a nice shower to wash away the days grime. 
Below are a few options which suit the job perfect, from simple systems such as the boundaryTec shower Coil which needs nothing more than a campfire or a gas stove to warm the water to the more complex permanent installed Bushranger heat exchanger style. All these units do the job perfectly, its just down to you to decide which fits you best. Either way you can be assured of a nice fresh shower camp side.

Links are provided to the manufacturers websites

 

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Link to Waterport Website

 

The 3.8L Day Tank pressurized Shower

 

SELF PRESSURIZING
The Day Tank™ takes the hassle out of manually pressurizing water by conveniently absorbing the water pressure from your house. Simply plug your garden hose into the tank’s quick connect and your Day Tank™ will automatically pressurize as it fills.

HANDS FREE USE
Need both hands to clean your camping dishes? We thought you might. The Day Tank™ comes with a nozzle holder and trigger lock to provide you with hands free running water. Blast your gear clean with ease and keep your equipment looking like new.

MULTIPLE MOUNTING OPTIONS
The Day Tank™ has 3 available mounting options: hitch mount, bar mount, and bed rail mount. These mounting options allow you to mount to virtually anything you can think of: roof baskets, trailer hitches, ATV bars, RV ladders, boat railings, truck beds, roll bars, airboats, bike mounts…the list goes on!

9 PATTERN SPRAY NOZZLE
Our multi pattern nozzle turns your pressurized water into a swiss army knife. Use the mist spray for hot days on the boat, jet rinse to spray the mud from your tires, shower setting for getting the salt off you skin, or center spray for cleaning dishes on the go. Life is full of messy situations, we have you covered.

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Link to Roadshower Website

 

The Solar Shower of the Future is Here!

Imagine enjoying the comfort of 4, 7 or 10 gallons of glorious hot pressurized water on your motorized travels. Road Shower is like adding plumbing to your vehicle rack. With the Road Shower you can have instant and easy access to pressurized water wherever you go without the hassle of propane, pumps, or long set up times. Hot or cold, the Road Shower has many uses: from the camp hose for dishes, a pressurized jet to rinse off dirty gear, a gentle spray for the pets, or for extra drinking water. It can be filled and pressurized by simply attaching and filling with your garden hose. Or you can fill it with water from a jug or hose and pump it up with a compressor or bike pump.
Model Comparison Chart ------- Road Shower 4 - 7 gallons ------Road Shower 4S - 4 gallons -------Road Shower 4L - 10 gallons.

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Link to BoundaryTEC Website

Portable Water Heater and Camping Shower

The ShowerCoil water heating system delivers temperature-controlled hot water ready in minutes so you'll never need to go without a hot shower!

Simply fill and hang up one bag with water, interconnect and apply heat to the coil with either a camp fire or stove.

SureTEMP™ Thermostatic Temperature Control gives you control and flexibility, allowing you to preset the temperature you need. In 10-15 minutes you'll be ready to shower with 4 gallons of hot water at just the right temperature.

One filled shower runs for 8-9 minutes at full flow and can last up to four showers when water is conserved by using the integral flow control valve on the shower head attachment.

The system stows away compactly and weighs less than two pounds. No batteries or pumps needed; just add water and heat. Gravity does the rest.

Efficient, simple and lightweight, the ShowerCoil system provides a hot shower just about anywhere!

Updated 1530A System includes 15L Universal Bags, lined with BPA-Free food-grade polyurethane. The large capacity bags may alternately be used to dispense drinking water* for larger groups or base camping. Also ideal for use as a large capacity reservoir* for third party inline gravity water filters.

(*1690 Hydration Kit required)

Features

Accurate Thermostatically controls water temperature for comfort and convenience - Adjustable from 85°F to 115°F.

Fast Heats 4 gallons (15 L) of water in 10 - 15 minutes.

Lightweight Complete system weighs less than 2 pounds.

Versatile Operates with either a camp fire or a stove.

Simple & Dependable No batteries or pumps needed. Just add water and heat. Gravity does the rest.

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Kampa Geyser Gas fired Pumped Shower

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Enjoy the pleasure of instant continuous hot water on tap - anywhere! Ideal for camping, caravanning, expeditions, outdoor sports, outdoor catering, dog shows, equine wash, beach huts etc.

Enjoy a refreshing shower - even on remote campsites without a shower block. The Kampa Geyser includes a shower head with 2.5 metres of hose.

The adjustable water temperature heats up to 25 degrees centigrade above the water inlet temperature - for higher temperatures the heated water can be re-circulated into the system.

Gas powered, the Geyser works from most popular butane/propane/campingaz cyclinders with the appropriate regulator (as the regulator required is specific to your preferred gas bottle and size, the regulator is not included)

The Geyser comes complete with a strong carry case with carrying handles for easy storage and transport.

Weight: 4kg
Size: 310 x 245 x 300mm
Pump hose length: 1.5 metres
Shower hose length: 2.5 metres
12v DC lead length: 5 metres
Heat Input: 5kw
Heats to 25 degrees above inlet temperature
Automatic ignition

Please note: This item is for OUTDOOR USE only and should not be used inside a tent or awning.

 

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Vehicle Installed pumped Heat Exchanger Shower

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The Bushranger® Vehicle Mounted Hot Water Shower is an essential product for any adventure, use as a shower, to wash dishes or filling your reservoir. Mounted inside your engine bay, there are no bulky parts to carry and no complex set-ups to go through. Simply plug two quick connect hoses, drop one in some water and hook the shower head up above your head and you’re ready for the hot flowing water.

The hot water shower is self-priming and features a fully serviceable quiet marine grade pump, easy-to-fit plumbing, and wiring kit, and 100% copper heat exchanger with a bleed point. Comes complete with universal mounting brackets.

Volume: 12L per Minute

Dimensions (pump): 160mm x 160mm x 200mm

Dimensions (heat exchanger): 120mm x 80mm x 340mm

Weight: 5.4kg

Warranty: 1 year

Note: Heater hose is not included in this kit.

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Quechua Camping Portable Outdoor Solar Shower Pressure 8 Litres 

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Designed for Campers and hikers who want to take a shower outdoors.
Thanks to a pump system to put the water under pressure, you don't need to hang your solar shower. Enjoy a real shower like at home.

PRODUCT BENEFITS
EASE OF USE
No need to hang the shower: the water is under pressure.
CAPACITY
8 litres
Stop/start button on the shower head to prevent waste.
COMPACT DESIGN
Compact, easy folding for storage in a cover (included)
LIGHTWEIGHT
Weight: 900 g. Stable with a rigid bottom.
OPTIMUM TEMPERATURE
Temperature indicator from 30 to 40°C

FOLDED SIZE
44 cm x 25 cm x 10 cm


COMPOSITION
MAIN FABRIC
30.00% Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), 70.00% Polyester (PES)
HANDLE
100.00% Polypropylene (PP)
SOLE
100.00% Thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU)
CARRY BAG
100.00% Polyamide

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Nemo Helio Pressure Shower

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Provides a 5-7 minute steady shower
Tough PU-coated polyester reservoir stands up to lots of camping abuse but remains lightweight
Seven-foot neoprene hose includes a spray nozzle for proper cleaning and rinsing
Foot pump maintains the pressure while you shower without needing a place to hang it from (like gravity-feed showers)
Inflatable design stands 16-inches tall, but packs down to a 5.5in x 8.5in package so you can easily store it in your expedition pack or car's trunk
Quick-connect valves makes setting up and packing up easy

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Travel Buddy Oven

May 052019

The Fantastic Australian Travel buddy is now available from Fourby Priced @ £269.99 - Used by UKOL members and also frequently used by the Australian 4wd action magazine crew 

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Product Description
Fast Food takes on a new meaning with the Travel Buddy. This portable, lightweight, 12 volt oven can cook, bake and warm foods while you travel.
Simply load the Travel Buddy up with pies, pasties, sausage rolls, pizzas, hotdogs or a pre-prepared meal and plug into your car's cigarette lighter socket, set the timer and while you are driving or parked, your meal is being heated or cooked.

Features

- Heat a meal on the move
- Fitted with a 2 hour timer to protect from battery failure
- 12 Volt DC 10 Amp
- Insulated stainless steel
- Manufactured and designed in Australia
- 190 degrees celcius+ after initial warm up

External Dimensions
Height 190mm
Width 320mm
Depth 280mm

Internal Dimensions
Height 100mm
Width 265mm
Depth 250mm

Specifications
- Insulated Steel Body
- 12 volt DC 10 amp 120 watts
- Fitted with 2 hour timer
- Free standing or mounted

Ideal for:
- 4x4 Activities
- Camping
- Tradespeople
- Transport
- Caravans
- Boats
- Touring
- Farmers, etc

Please Note: As this unit draws 10 amps, we have found that the female plugs in a number of vehicles are different sizes and without a firm fit, this can cause overheating in the plug. For best results, this unit needs to be hard wired.

10A is a serious power draw, we suggest a large battery bank if you intend to use this oven while stationary and while not getting charge from the vehicle engine.

What 3 Words App

May 052019

This fantastic app has now been introduced to Police, Fire & rescue services

Addressing the world
what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have divided the world into a grid of 3m x 3m squares and assigned each one a unique 3 word address. It means anyone can accurately find any location and share it more quickly, easily and with less ambiguity than any other system.

The service can be used via the free mobile app or online map. It can also be built into any other app, platform or website, with just a few lines of code.

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Highlander Blade Fastboil MK2

May 052019

Another strong contender for the Jetboil The Highlander Blade Fastboil MK2

Available from Outdoor Gear for £49.99 - Link To site

 

 

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With an improved pot design and two pot sleeves, this Highlander Blade 1.1 Litre Fast Boil MKII Stove with Heat Transmitter is sure to be even more popular than its predecessor!

The mark one version was really popular here at Outdoorgear, and just like its counterpart, this is a fantastic lightweight stove that has an incredibly efficient lock into place heat exchange and lightweight cup, which has had an improved design so all contents fit snugly into the main body to restrict movement and noise, making this stove system extremely efficient on gas usage ideal for your next solo backpacking expedition!

If you are a keen lightweight backpacker or even if you are just planning your first soloist adventure then it is worth looking at this Blade Cooking System as it offers an excellent value for money solution for being able to quickly and easily boil water for your much needed cuppa or for rehydrating your expedition meal!

The cup size on the Blade Stove has a capacity of 1.1Litres and has 300, 600 and 900ml scales marked on the inside so that you can easily measure and boil the correct amount of water that you need! The hard anodised cup makes it much more durable than traditional aluminium construction while keeping it ultra-lightweight too.

The two body sleeves will keep the contents of the cup warm or cold by providing an extra protective barrier and the silicone fold away butterfly handles are sturdy and make lifting the cup nice and easy.

The Blade Fast Boil Stove is quick and easy to set up, simply lock the heat exchange into place with one twist, screw the gas canister (not included) into place and then press the self-igniter and there you have a powerful, compact and sturdy stove! There is also an adjustable control valve to control the level of heat making this a fantastic value backpacking stove ideal for your next trek!

Fits standard screw valve gas cartridges (e.g. c250). Please be advised that the gas is not included!

Capacity: 1.1 Litre
Firm closing soft TPE material lid with vent/strainer holes and drink through hole
Hard anodised aluminium construction which all contents fit inside
300, 600 and 900ml scale marks
Durable lightweight food grade construction
Butterfly design silicone covered handles
2 x stay warm/cool body sleeves included (one black and one camo)
Heat transmitter for increased heat efficiency
Adjustable control valve
Locking into place burner unit
One press piezo igniter
Able to store a Highlander 100g cartridge (not included)
Stabiliser included to create a stable cooking platform
Drawstring carry bag included
Size: 16 x 12 x 12cm
Weight: 550g (approx.)
Highlander Blade Fastboil MK II Stove

Direct 4x4's Shower Room

May 052019

Similar to the Quick Pitch En Suite this is Direct 4x4's cheaper version at only £199.99

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Ever needed some privacy when out on a camping expedition? Shower, change clothes or use the lavatory in private with this very convenient Expedition Fold-out Shower Privacy Tent. Made from premium quality materials throughout and designed to be easy to fit and use, this is an essential piece of kit for regular campers and nature travellers.

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