Our Guide To Camping Power

What Is A Camping Battery?

A camping battery is a portable power source. You’ll also see them referred to as a “power pack”. They do not need a fuel or a battery charger to run, and have built-in sockets, chargers and monitors.

 

Why Should You Buy A Camping Battery?

Camping batteries are great for shorter trips and weekends away, because they can run smaller appliances and devices, from portable fridges to phones, laptops and lights. 

But if you have a caravan, 4WD or camper trailer and travel frequently, a caravan battery is a better option. These are installed in your vehicle and much larger – up to 400Ah – which gives you all the power you need for longer trips.

 

How To Work Out Which Camping Battery You Need?

Answer these questions to work out the right camping battery for you:

1. What appliances do you want to run?

Smart phone chargers, lights, fridges – different appliances require draw different amounts of power. So, consider what you want to run when on your trip. If you want to run high power drawing appliances, you’ll need to buy a higher amp hour power pack.

 

 

2. How much do you want to spend?

What’s your budget? Prices depend on the camping battery size and brand. Some camping batteries come with different in-built features, such as a DC to DC charger. If you’re on a tight budget, keep it simple.

 

3. Do you want a power pack and solar panel bundle?

Bundling your power pack with a solar panel means you can charge up your battery and power your appliances wherever you go. The three major brands – EcoFlowDometic and Goal Zero - all offer power pack and solar panel bundles.

 

Camping Battery Models We Recommend:
 

Dometic Portable Lithium Battery Pack

There’s a lot to love about this PLB40 camping battery. It’s lightweight, compact and portable, with a stainless steel carry handle, with enough capacity to power portable fridge/freezers and other 12v appliances.

As we’ve come to expect from Dometic, the battery is made for Australian conditions and has earned an IP44 rating for splash proof and dust resistance. The in-built DC-DC charger means there three ways to charge the Dometic PLB40: your vehicle’s 12V socket, solar panels or AC power. At just under $1000, this is camping battery offer great value for money. 

 

 

EcoFlow RIVER, RIVER Pro & Delta:

EcoFlow have three power stations in their range, all with their own features and benefits. The EcoFlow River600 12V 24Ah Portable Power Station is the smallest model, with the option of adding an additional 24Ah battery as an accessory. The River600 PRO offers 60Ah of portable power and is similar in that an extra battery can also be purchased, increasing the amp hours to 120Ah.

But the most impressive model in the range is the EcoFlow DELTA 12V 105Ah Power Station which recharges at 10 times the speed of most other competitors! It comes with 4x AC outlets large inbuilt inverter, meaning it can power home appliances and tools below 1800W. It can also similtaneously charge up to 13 devices at once!

Goal Zero Yeti:

Designed for small to medium size devices and appliances, the Yeti 500X Portable Power Station packs 20% more power into a 20% smaller and lighter pack than its predecessor. It’s equipped with four different port options (AC, 12V, and 60W USB-C PD) making it easy to power everything from phones to portable fridges.

Plus, there’s a high-speed Power Delivery port for charging USB-C laptops, tablets, mirrorless cameras, and phones in a fraction of the usual time. The Yeti also comes with an MPPT charge controller so you can hook up your solar panels and get the most efficient solar charge possible.

 

Enerdrive "The Archie" Power System:

The Archie is a portable power system with a difference. It is able to be permanently installed in your vehicle or has the flexibility to be a portable unit and can be moved between vehicles. Included in the powercoated alloy construction case is a 40A DC to DC charger, 600W pure sine wave inverter, ePRO plus battery monitor, 6x circuit breakers, 2x 50A anderson outlets, 3x 12V DC outlets, 2x twin USB outlets, Battery Reset Button and the choice of an eLITE 100Ah lithium battery or a B-TEC 125Ah lithium battery!

 

Pros & Cons Between Different Camping Battery Brands

Depending on the brand you choose, there are different pros and cons to factor into your decision. Let’s take a look at the most popular brands:
 

Dometic:

Pros:

  • Dometic is a market leader in caravan/camping products, which immediately puts them at the front of the pack for excellent design and innovation.

  • The Dometic camping battery has some big pros. First, it features an integrated DC to DC charger, which is a big plus. It can be charged from 12V, AC power and solar, which makes it convenient while travelling off-grid. It also comes with two USB ports.

  • Dometic camping battery is built to be extremely robust and can withstand all weather conditions in Australia. Yet it’s still lightweight at under 8kg! It is safe to charge the PLB40 from zero to 45 degrees Celsius and discharge from 10 to 55 degrees!

  • Finally, you can choose from power pack and solar bundles.

Cons:

  • Dometic currently only offers one model, which is only 40A in size. So, if you want to run larger appliances you will have to look at other brands, like EcoFlow or Goal Zero.

  • Also, the camping battery only comes with a 1 year warranty, which isn’t very generous as warranties go.

 

Goal Zero:

Pros:

  • If it’s choice you’re after, Goal Zero has it covered. This brand offers an extensive range of camping batteries from a compact 13AH up to 556AH.

  • These are versatile products – the two biggest models are designed to run lights and appliances during a home power outage.

  • The camping batteries also feature an AC inverter meaning you can run more appliances/electronics safely. They also come with built-in surge allowances and multi-stage protection. And even with all these features, they are super lightweight!

  • Like Dometic, you can choose from a range of power pack and solar bundles

 

Cons:

  • Goal Zero comes in with a higher price tag than Dometic and Goal Zero, yet still only offers a 1 year warranty.

  • Each model comes with a lifecycle of 500 Cycles to 80% capacity. 

 

EcoFlow:

Pros:

  • The EcoFlow patent X-Stream Technology enables the DELTA to recharge at 10x faster than other competitiors on the market!

  • Each EcoFlow power station includes a built-in 600W inverter, so you can power devices up to 1800W including home appliances and tools.

  • More affordable than Goal Zero models and the same price per amp hour as the Dometic PLB40.

  • The RIVER600 and RIVER600 Pro have an option to add on an additional battery to double the amp hours.

  • The RIVER600 Pro and DELTA comes with a lifecycle of 800 cycles to 80%+ capacity.

  • All three units are lighter than Dometic, Goal Zero and Enerdrive.

  • 2 year warranty on all models.

 

Cons:

  • If you're looking for more power than 168Ah you will need to look at the Goal Zero range.

 

Enerdrive:

Pros:

  • Flexibility of being installed or portable.

  • Requires minimal installation if installed.

  • Unique offering compared to competitors.

  • Fits in the space behind most modern ute’s wheel arches and the tail gate.

  • Option to choose between a 100Ah or 125Ah lithium battery.

  • The Archie comes with a massive 5 year warranty.

 

Cons:

  • Heavier than competitors (25kg or 28kg depending on the battery).

 

 

Any Important Accessories You Need To Purchase?

SOLAR! Having a solar panel (or several panels) means you can travel off-grid and still power all your favourite gadgets. The solar panel will charge the power pack which will charge your appliances and electronics. 

PRO TIP: consider purchasing a solar panel that is compatible with your power pack, for example a Goal Zero Yeti 500X Lithium Portable Power Station + Boulder 100 Briefcase Pack. Solar energy is free and easy!

 

 

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DISCLAIMER* Please note, this advice is general in nature and we strongly recommend consulting the product manual and where relevant, a professional installer.