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Old 07-12-2007, 12:42 PM   #1
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Hi everyone,
Instead of rewiring our harness or buying solar stuff right now, we are considering a power pack, like the Xantrex 600 hd. We really only need to run a fan for those really hot days, as well a light and maybe my mp3 player.
We camp for only a week at a time usually, and these power packs can be charged at home or through the cigarette lighter.
Does anyone have experience with this? Or anything similiar?
Thanks for your help, Marjie
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:20 PM   #2
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One of the Casitians successfully uses several JumpIts in place of a mounted battery, just as you propose. In cold weather, he also uses jug water rather than his water tank.
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Old 07-12-2007, 01:28 PM   #3
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I have this type of power pack, and used it to run a cooler before we had the Boler, but now it is just a portable self-powered air compressor and work light for us, as well as emergency van starting battery (nothing wrong with the van, but I've run the battery down accidentally by leaving interior lights on ).

My only caution about using one of these power packs is that they really don't have very big batteries. The rating on Xantrex units (the 600 in this case), at least as sold by Canadian Tire, is their peak output, not their capacity (600 watts of AC power in this case; mine is rated by peak DC amps). They usually use AGM batteries which can put out impressive current for their size, so the one we have (with a battery the size that a small motorcycle would use) cranks our van very well; however, it is much smaller than a typical trailer battery (in physical size and electrical capacity).

The Xantrex 600HD has a 28 amp-hour battery. That's much bigger than mine, but one quarter of the capacity of a Group 27 deep-cycle RV battery... and you shouldn't run any battery all the way down. The run times on their web page assume you are running in down completely. It might still be enough, and the all-in-one powerpack would be a convenient way to go... I would add up my requirements to check before going with this plan.
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Old 07-13-2007, 02:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for your input. We are still thinking about the best/easiest way to go!
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