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Don't buy this brand
Too many of us with the same problem.. we all purchased the ArkPak.. a very expensive piece of crap.. was stored ready to go camping so was never used.. only checked now and then for charge.. it has been repaired twice now, even though never used but still no better.. still a piece of crap.
Purchased for $599.00.
Had it for 5 years and very happy with performance.
Used extensively under all conditions with little problem. Developed an issue last month and Brett at Arkpak has been great in helping sort it. Still happy I chose the Arkpak.
Purchased in June 2013 at Autobarn for $499.00.
Arkpak 730 (P) 300w 240 volt pure sine + 135ah AGM battery
Bought this product along with a 135ah AGM battery as a package in March 2019 to use as a freezer as we travelled round Australia. We linked the Arkpak with a Kings 45l fridge/freezer, as we travelled we charged through the cigarette lighter/power port, we bought a splitter & had one go to the freezer the other to the battery pack, when camped we used a 250w solar panel. In the 10 months (33,000km) away including 2 weeks up the Gibb River Road we had no problems at all. We used the 240 volt to run clippers to cut hair (saving $25 every couple of weeks or so) we also used the 240v to run the lap top. This is not a cheap set up, but we could not fault the quality or function of this product.
Purchased in March 2019 for $910.00.
Good for $200!
I managed to score a second hand one for $200. For this price it is awesome value.
BUT don't try and charge it through your cigarette socket on your car... you will blow things up lol.
It needs a direct cable to your battery.
UPDATE: Well that was a waste of money in the long run. It slowly stopped working - now is just an expensive battery box.
Purchased in March 2019 for $200.00.
I have exchanged this unit three times. Different batteries tried and faults constantly.
*"Do not depend on this product**
500 bucks down the drown.
Make yourself a battery box without the POS inverter and save yourself a few hundred bucks.
So very disappointed again.
Purchased in July 2019 at BCF Physical Store for $500.00.
Not Happy Camper
Purchased an Arkpak 730. I believe the charger in the unit is not sufficient. My new battery went dead. Need to buy a new battery and a different charging system. Will not recommend or touch this product again. On return, the salesrep was not surprised to see another faulty Arkpak.
Dont buy rubbish. Waste of my hard earned money.
POS. Kept coming up on display have you put a new battery in. Said no. Now will not switch on. Never buy. Waste of my hard earned money. Stay away from this box.
Cant contact arc for help.
lets you use 20 percent of power before cutting out, load of crap do not buy, real piece off crap, suppose
to cut out when down to 20 percent not a good buy really annoying as can not find receipt to take back to Anaconda got last year only started using it 2 months ago don't not go there
Purchased in September 2018 for $455.00.
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not happy with ark pak
Bought first ark pak had installed.
Thought was best option for fridge and phone recharge.
After 2 months would not charge from car or power point.
Battery went flat
Had to buy new battery
Returned to autobahn x 10 times
Screen crashed not reading correctly . Screen reading charged battery wasn’t
Then fuses kept blowing
Ark pak not car wiring went to second auto electrician
Finally threatened to go to fair trading . ...
Purchased in June 2018 for $510.00.
Poor product and no support
Purchased an Arkpak 730, worked fine the 1st time we used it. The next 2 times the 240V outlet would not work, kept making a beeping sound. Went through all the troubleshooting several times, still can't use 240V. Made for a frustrating camping trip not being able to power items. Rang Arkcorp twice for tech support, was promised to be called back and received no call. Understandably at this stage, very disappointed in the product and non existent support. Would no suggest this product.
Purchased in June 2018 at BCF Physical Store for $499.00.
Good unit. Runs ARB fridge 24/7 (home beer fridge) with lithium battery on 240v charge, away camping can get 4.5 days easy on just battery alone, add regulated solar keeps battery over 90% easily. Lithium LiFePO4 100AH battery used due to 14kg weight means I can lift it, AGM 120AH at 41kg is not really portable. No issues with system at all, good product.
Purchased in March 2017 at BCF Physical Store for $490.00.
My Ark Pak was great ( while it worked). Then I contacted Ark Corporation about getting it fixed and they charged me an extra $200 and everybody disappeared. NoArk. No money.
Purchased in January 2015 at Bunnings Warehouse for $499.00.
The Ark pack works fine using DC current but even when you turn the switch on to use the inverter in continually beeps... Voltage is fine but the inverter won't power a small light without beeping.... Seems reliable for DC current only... Disappointed with inverter set up
Purchased in October 2018 at BCF Physical Store for $600.00.
This product needs to be taken off the shelf!!
ARK Corporation don’t care when it comes to selling faulty products. Their expensive unit is a waste of your money and gives BCF a bad name. There are issues with the fuse compartment they even have a procedure they will text you!! You are to pull the fuse out bend it and put back in, and then magic!!! It works. Battery will say you have 98% then next minute you have 0% Take fuse out! Put back in and it works!! They took a phone call from me on the 23rd August and fixed my unit. Now claim no fault at all!!! Because it doesn’t always d...o it. For such an expensive unit you should not have to take fuses in and out as their technician Brett said to do. He even said when they test it under warranty it may not stuff up! Then they send it back, call you a liar and say no fault go away. To shut me up have gave my money back on one box though still have the other to deal with. Two units and they both had same issues. They need to fix their products before selling to customers who work hard for what they have.
Purchased in April 2018.
Good product but took some understanding
Apart from replacement 240 volt charger price, it’s a great product. Took me a while to understand it. I leave it on the back floor of my car as it’s very heavy for arthritic elbows. I charge it from solar panels about one day a week while not using it. While camping it ran a small compressor fridge while laso charging phone etc. works well.
Purchased in January 2016.
Questions & Answers
Hi My battery is at 0 charge but when I try to charge via 240V through the Anderson Plug with the correct charger, it only charges on Boost for a few minutes before changing to Float Cycle and saying it's at 100% charge. When I unplug it though, it's still on 0% charge... Any ideas?
I had similar issues with multiple messages that seemed confuse the issue but in the end it was a dying battery. I managed to charge it using an external charger but it didn't hold the charge. I suggest getting your battery checked. Mine was 8 years old so yes, I am complaining but not too loudly. I hope this helps.
Thanks. After an hour of being plugged in I turned it off and tried again. It went into boost mode and is now at 98%. See where it's at tomorrow but this battery is only 12 months old so hopefully not dying...
My ark pal has been idle for a couple of years, trying to charge using a battery charger, won’t go above 7.2 volts, comes up with low battery voltage, this has been for past 24 hours??
take your battery & have it tested
Good idea thanks
Hi kev yes that's what mine did.. but super cheap sent it away for testing again (3rd time) and this time it's holding charge.. the original warranty ran out so the third time they sent it away expecting my to pay for postage and repairs.. but in the end I paid nothing because they found out it WAS faulty.. so keep taking it back.. mine was 24 months without taken it camping yet because it wouldn't fully charge and would loose, whatever charge it had left too fast..
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