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Old 07-30-2015, 03:48 AM   #1
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What is the best way to charge devices while on the road and running off the house/auxiliary battery? We had our first dry camping experience last weekend and I didn't realize that the outlets wouldn't work while on battery. Used the cig lighter adapter chargers in my truck to charge devices but it takes hours to even get a small Click image for larger version

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Old 07-30-2015, 06:20 AM   #2
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What kind of 'devices' are you wanting to keep charged?
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Old 07-30-2015, 06:54 AM   #3
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When you say "Devices" are you referring to you comms equip such as a cell or smartphone? If so, I have never had a problem with them drawing down my vehicle battery. WTBS these devices seem to charge faster if you are in airplane mode or the device is off. I have also use a very small 75W inverter (draws minimal) and use a 110V charger- seems to be faster.

I have a back up a portable pack (emergency one I have at home or I bring on the boat etc. it also has booster cables etc. has a built-in in 110V inverter, USB etc. There are several types of these out there

There are also USB battery packs (various sizes/capacities) they can be charged from a home outlet/or your 110 when genny is running, or off the vehicle

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I picked one of these up at Farm and Fleet a few years back for under $250 on sale. It's not the most quiet unit on the market, but it's honestly not very loud either. I've used it in Indy for the 500 why dry camping in a field, and it was probably more quiet than 50+% of the generators that people were using at 1/4 the cost.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:24 PM   #5
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I picked one of these up at Farm and Fleet a few years back for under $250 on sale. It's not the most quiet unit on the market, but it's honestly not very loud either. I've used it in Indy for the 500 why dry camping in a field, and it was probably more quiet than 50+% of the generators that people were using at 1/4 the cost.
Great choice for what you used it for, auto races.
But NOT appropriate for use in a campground.
And comparing it to other open frame contractor generators, ain't the same as comparing it to much quieter inverter generators.
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Old 07-30-2015, 02:49 PM   #6
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Little more info as to what you are trying to charge. We can then provide a more suitable solution. Later RJD
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:41 PM   #7
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wifeytojosh, I think I posted, in one of your other threads, that you can simply install a $30 inverter, to run the tv, dvd and charge electronic devices.
You will need a dual battery setup though.
I hardwired a 400w inverter in my Roo. Cost me about $20 total for inverter and wire.
You see a pic of it in my photo album.
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Great choice for what you used it for, auto races.
But NOT appropriate for use in a campground.
And comparing it to other open frame contractor generators, ain't the same as comparing it to much quieter inverter generators.
When did the OP post that they were in a campground? BTW...The camping for the Indy 500 isn't inside the track, so it's in a residential neighborhood with 1000's of others camping with each other a hell of a lot closer than any campground I've ever been to. It's no louder than my sump pump and a lot more quiet than my lawn mower or snow blower.
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When did the OP post that they were in a campground? BTW...The camping for the Indy 500 isn't inside the track, so it's in a residential neighborhood with 1000's of others camping with each other a hell of a lot closer than any campground I've ever been to. It's no louder than my sump pump and a lot more quiet than my lawn mower or snow blower.
The OP stated they were dry camping, which is generally understood to mean staying at a campground that has no hookups.

I agreed with you that your Champion 3500 was a great choice for what you used it for, which was boondocking.

I was letting the OP and others know that it wasn't appropriate for dry camping in a campground.
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