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Caravanning off-grid means you need the right batteries and the right charging control systems from solar, to vehicle alternator charge plus a generator.

Battery power that is best for the way you use your caravan


AGM technology batteries provide the best compromise of performance, price and longevity when running RV gear such as 12 volt LED lights, water pump, TV and radio. But if you want to run hungry 240-volt equipment like an air conditioner, a washing machine or microwave when free camping, you will want to think about lithium batteries.

New Generation Caravan Power Management System


The Caravan power management system is an essential part of a self-sufficient caravan electrics setup. Our skilled technicians can safety tie all your caravan electrics together allowing you to easily manage your power levels, isolate accessories to conserve power and direct power generation where it is needed most.

 

Know About the Different Battery Types for RVs


The typical RV 12-volt system uses deep-cycle house batteries. Unlike a car’s starting battery, the deep-cycle battery is designed to deliver slow, regular current draws until just about 50 per cent charge remains.

The wet-cell, lead-acid deep-cycle battery is the cheapest but not ideal: it vents gas to the atmosphere, so it must be kept upright and in a well-ventilated area and needs topping up with distilled water. It can’t charge up as quickly as other deep-cycle batteries either.

Better than the wet-cell is the Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) battery. The AGM is also a lead acid battery, but it has fibreglass matting to absorb its electrolyte and does not vent gas to the atmosphere unless it’s being overcharged. AGMs have much lower resistance than wet-cell batteries so they charge more quickly and perform better when under heavy load.

Next up in battery technology is the Gel lead-acid battery, which suspends electrolyte in a gel paste. The gel battery doesn’t vent to the atmosphere and if you do flatten it, it’ll handle it better than any other lead-acid battery. However, this battery type can only take a relatively low rate of charge.

For most deep-cycle batteries, voltage slowly falls during discharge - but voltage also decreases as load increases. They are not good at discharging quickly.

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Typical Battery Storage

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Lithium Batteries for Caravans and RVs


The best (and most expensive) battery is the lithium battery. Unlike other batteries, lithium batteries will give the peak power required and maintain constant voltage regardless of the load. In practice that voltage is likely to hold on up to about 13 volts.

With enough inverter capacity, just about all RV electrical appliances can be run simultaneously (if required), including high-current draw equipment such as 240 volt air conditioners.

You can also pump in more power more quickly with lithium and they can last as much as four times longer than an AGM and lithium will easily cope with a drop to 20 per cent level of charge. Be aware that Lithium doesn’t cope too well with being run to zero state of charge and cells can reverse their polarity and might not be able to be fixed.

There is another catch: lithium batteries are expensive, up to twice the cost of lead-acid batteries. Specific charging equipment controlled by a Battery Management System is needed and existing charging sources like AC battery chargers, solar regulators, alternators and DC-DC chargers may not be compatible with a lithium battery set-up.

AGM batteries provide the best compromise of performance, price and longevity when running RV gear such as 12 volt LED lights, water pump, TV and radio. But if you want to run big 240-volt gear like an air conditioner, a washing machine or microwave when free camping, you will want to think about lithium batteries.

Caravan Accessories, Installation & Repairs:


  • AGM, Deep Cycle & Calcium Batteries
  • Dual Battery Systems
  • Lithium Battery Systems
  • 12 Pin Plugs
  • Anderson Plugs
  • Towing Solutions
  • Electric Brake Controllers
  • Solar Panels & Solar Installation
  • Fridge Installation
  • Internal & External Lighting
  • 240v and 12v Charging Systems
  • Break Away Units

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Typical Battery Management Panel

We will supply and fit the best equipment neat and professional, guaranteed.



4WD Accessories & Installation:


  • Dual Battery Systems
  • 12V Fridge Wiring
  • Towing Setup
  • Winches
  • Electric Brake Controllers
  • Spotlights and Light Bars
  • Solar Panels
  • Snorkels
  • Solar Wiring and Installation
  • Canopy Wiring
  • Anderson Plugs
  • Trailer Plugs (12 Pin & 7 Pin)
  • Battery Management Systems


About Batteries Car 4WD Caravan


Batteries are the heart of your vehicle’s electrical system and do need regular attention to remain strong and reliable to get you where you’re going.

We can fit new car batteries to all types of cars, as well as 4wds, trucks, heavy machinery, motorcycles, caravans, commercial vehicles and marine craft.

We Stock a Large Range of the Best Battery Brands:


  • Cars
  • 4WDs
  • SUVs
  • Trucks
  • Boats
  • Earth Moving
  • Caravans

We also offer:


  • Caravan Battery Systems
  • Free Fitting Service with any battery purchased
  • Dual Battery Systems
  • Free Disposal of Old Batteries
  • Mobile Service

How long should my car battery last?


It depends on a number of conditions like these examples

  • The correct battery for the purpose
  • Proper installation
  • How often the car is used
  • The climate in which the car operates
  • How regularly the battery and car are maintained.

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Have Your Electrics Tested Free

We will test your alternator, battery and starter motor free of charge.



Upgrade to Lithium Batteries


If you are wanting to save weight in the caravan or 4WD, Lithium is the solution. Switching your batteries to lithium can save you up to 60% in volume and weight in comparison to your standard lead-acid batteries of an equivalent capacity.

A Lithium battery system is also highly efficient with ultra-fast charging, and the ability to withstand up to 3 times as many charging cycles compared to their traditional lead-acid counterparts.

If you are wanting to be more self-sufficient when camping, save weight in the caravan, or you are planning to live the free camping life on the road, Lithium Batteries are by far the best option.

We can install a new Lithium system or upgrade your existing system. Cars, 4WDs, Caravan’s, Camper-Trailers, you name it – we can add Lithium to it.

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Our team of super skilled technicians have many years of industry experience, always upskilling and offer a full range of automotive solutions combined with old-fashioned, friendly and reliable service.

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