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Great concept but quality needs to improve
First unit wouldn’t charge. Lost the unit for 3 weeks to get it repaired by ArkPak. Unit not reliable in my experience; battery 100% one minute, low battery warning the next or unit doesn’t start at all. Intermittent performance, sometimes fine for days. I really like the concept but the quality of the unit needs improvement.
I’ve had my ark pak for around 2 years now and it’s been awesome. I use it to run my 60litre Engel as dual battery isn’t an option with me and it hasn’t missed a beat. I use a cheap 160w solar panel and it charges to 100% every day while running the fridge at 2 degrees. They are expensive but also worth the money.
perfect camping item.
Best camping item I have ever purchased,plug in fridge,lights,charge all electronic gadgets.
Will last 5 days and still not to low.
Also will be using a solar blanket to top up.
Doesn't take up much space in the back and doesn't get hot and no noise.
Definitely recommend this product.
Works great to run fridge and lights
Love the Ark PaK - my car doesn't have a duel battery and this was a great cost effective and transportable option. The PaK come in and out of my car to run lights, charge phones and run a fridge while camping.
I have recently bought a 160w solar panel which powers the battery on longer trips - love the screen that shows battery levels and power usage.
Had my ARKPAC 730 for a couple of years now. When I got it I installed a Century GEM deep cycle battery, it charged up, we went camping and the unit performed well. Came home and tried to charge the battery, tried a number of times since and no matter what I did could not charge the battery through 240v charger. The only way I charge the ARKPAK now is to use solar panels direct to the battery, I'm not interested in trying to fix the problem anymore, especially when I read and hear about so many people having so many problems with their ARKPAK. The ARKPAK is a great idea but they don't work. An expensive lesson learned.
I bought the AP730 as I wanted to have the best. I saved to get this unit. I took it camping for the 1st time and it was amazing.. my solar panels charged it up through the day and ran my engel for the total duration of our trip at zero degrees. Charged up phones etc..
Went to take it on the second trip a few months later I unplugged it from the wall and the screen went blank. I noticed the 10amp and 30amp fuses had blown. I replaced them and once the inverter was switched on the 30 amp would blow again. Emailed Arkcorp I'm still waiting for their reply/help.. that was 2 weeks ago now!!
Great product but way too expensive to use once!
Customer care ZERO.
- Ark ArkPak 730
Crap, fried my new deep cycle battery when charged it
Not happy,wrecked my new deep cycle battery when it was charging,led screen was as saying it needed to be charged,did so for 12 hours and then re check it via a proper battery tester at battery world , battery was over charged and damage was already done,destroyed a $300 battery! Thanks for nothing Ark Pak
Not as claimed, but OK
It does all the things it should, but with issues
Very noisy fan makes charging in a sleeping area not an option
Open Circuit Alarm always going off (just Google it)
240volt adapter will die early, replacement is $$$$$
Support is good, the people at Arkpak have much online support
But when you are paying north of $400 for an empty box, should you expect such issues?
Good for running our evakool fridge...BUT had to wire charging plug for it through battery isolator so cranking battery wouldn't go flat when ute turned off AND have just found our 2nd 240 volt charger for it has died. Rays outdoors in shepparton where good enough to replace it but bloody annoying when it stops working miles from anywhere!!!
No problems with the item as it does what it says
Absolutely helped me to understand way better with practical use as I went along!great product wouldn't be without it now!10 out of 10 to manufacturer enjoy the look also.Totally good for charge of batteries as it conditions them back to optimum charge level every time.Very handy for those camp trips also as batterie power for every thing I threw at it in terms of living easily.Economic to run and not bad on the inviroment.Thums up to the performance also!
Arkpak 620 model
I have a tip if interested
If anyones ac adapter doesn't work anymore, do what I do and use my laptop one. It works for me, try it before forking out for a new one. We charge ours with 150w solar whilst camping to run our 60lt evakool frige freezer/lights, charge phone etc.
Not ideal for remote camping
I've had the Original ArkPak for sometime now (since 2014) and while it hasn't been used a lot I've always had a suspicion it wasn't quite as good as it's portrayed.
I am currently conducting some trials to see if I will keep it or get rid of it. The trials consist of a 105ah AGM battery hooked up to a 250w solar panel 24/7, For the 1st week it was connected through the anderson plug connection and it kept the battery fully charged, with no appliances running off it, The following week I ran a small (15w) compact fluoresecent globe 24/7 for ...a week through the 150w Invertor, by the end of the week the battery was down to 15%, The next week I plugged the ArkPac into mains power to get the battery back up to full charge, the solar panel was disconnected. The next week I connected the solar panel up to the external battery terminals with no appliances and the battery was kept fully charged. The next week, still connected to the external battery terminals, I ran the same 15w compact fluoro light 24/7 for a week, the battery dropped to 58% by the end of the week trial. This week I've removed the light and left the solar panel connected to the external battery terminals and the battery was kept fully charged. I'm reluctant to connect my fridge to it and trial it for a week given the results so far. The manual says that when you connect to the external battery terminals it by-passes the 7 Stage charger, I'm not convinced of that as the display still shows battery status throughout the week trial. I know I'm not the most skilled of campers but my feeling is the 7 Stage charger is not ideal for remote camping as it cycles too many times to allow the solar panel to do its job of charging up the battery, the ups and downs take away the opportunity to get maximum charge into the battery for as long a period as you can so that it gets you through the night. When your out remote camping you don't have the luxury of plugging into a main supply to top-up the power, something more to think about. Don't get me wrong, the ArkPak works well to protect the battery and give it a longer operating life but surely a properly maintained battery (one that's monitored and kept charged up at all times etc) will still last the distance if it were connected either directly to a solar panel that has a suitable regulator and/or another charger that doesn't have as many charging cycles as the ArkPak, but my trials are leading me towards getting rid of the ArkPak. Feel free to provide advice if I'm doing it wrong or if you know of another way to maintain full charge in a battery being used in an ArkPak or just share your thoughts. Lastly, I would rather be wrong than right, coz if I'm right then I've made a bad investment choice and will loose money when I go to sell it off.
Biggest waste of money
When I first purchased the unit the screen commented battery too hot. Very cold to the touch, we drove it to the manufacturer for repairs.
Now the fan won't turn off, wearing out fan and draining battery. When you try and charge it it counts up in hours, getting to 391 hours then two minutes later says 100% charged. Turn it off and on and back to 51%. Can't trust LCD screen. Battery isolator does not help. This is a very expensive yet unreliable unit. Do yourselves a favour buy a simple cheap battery box. You coul set up two for the same price...
Great for camping, picnics and days on the beach!
Have been using this now for camping and other excursions for just over 2 years and it's never missed a beat. I purchased a good quality 100Ah AGM battery to go with it, along with the car charging kit. We've done more weekenders than I can count and 4, 2 to 3 week trips through the north west powering a fridge, lights, charging cameras, iPads, phones and a laptop.
At home, it's never off charge. Always left on float. In the car, I started out using the car kit although the lighter plug is absolutely useless and requires constant attention ...to ensure it's working properly. I changed the plug and it's been fine ever since. Having said that, I've since gone away from using the car kit and now use a DCDC charger in the car so I can charge at 25A. This is great if you've been camped up for a few days with no charging and are only traveling a relatively short distance to your next stop (1 to 2 hours) . As for the inverter, I've read a lot of people having problems with it and spoken to a few out on the tracks that are in the same boat. What I've found is that the majority of these people are not aware of the limitations of the built in inverter and believed they could plug any appliance into it as though they're at home. It's only 150 or 300w depending on the model you've bought. That's enough to run very small appliances and charge laptops but it won't run a microwave, a hair dryer, an iron, a kettle or a coffee machine. It simply doesn't have the capacity to do that. The built in smart charger works well for standard lead acid batteries but I've found in time that it's actually not so great at charging AGMs. The charging profiles for all batteries except calcium, charge at pretty much the same volatages (14.4) and all float at 13.1v. To keep an AGM healthy, they need to be charged at 14.7 and floated at 13.6. I've recently changed to an external charger with the correct profiles and as a result have found I've been getting much better usage out of the battery. For solar, we use a portable 120watt panel with a built in regulator the plugs straight in to the Anderson plug. The smart charging system in the arkpak isn't used when charging like this but it does keep tabs on the charging process so you can see what's happening on the display.
Go for the Thunder Weekender - It's better and cheaper
There appears to be a problem with the inverter. I know of 3, including my own, that continually trip the fuse on 240v appliances. I got a refund from a very resistant store manager in Darwin (BCF) and went with the Thunder Weekender. The Weekender is a far super product in my opinion.
Get something else.
I've had my ark Pac for about 3 years now. It's still going but is my third unit. First unit the screen never worked out of the box took it back to bcf and they replaced entirely unit. About a year on lost another screen and was replaced by arc pac. Had problems with $100 dc charger which melted in the cigarette socket ark Pac said they would put another end on it. Not concerned about a melting adapter not good enough. Now won't chrg on 240. Just not worth the money.
An all inclusive design that is missing a few basic features.
I have recently bought my Arkpak 730 in the last 2 months. Whilst I have not tested its full range of capabilities, I do have a few positives and negatives about the product.
I bought this Arkpak as I live a little way out of town and needed something to ensure my fridge stayed cold after I had done the shopping or keeping products cold during the day whilst at work. I also needed it to be portable so I could put it into the 4wd to go camping. I liked the all-inclusive nature of the Arkpak in which a range of plugs and inverters all come in...one handy box without needing to wire 2 cars with 2 separate battery systems and I could also place it in the gazebo when camping and run a myriad of appliances off it. I do like the digital display and the smart charger allowing me to leave the battery plugged in at home on 240v and forget it for months on end. The first small issue I have is that the socket for which the smart charger plugs into feels very delicate and has on a number of occasions come out, which means the battery is not charging. A simple Anderson style socket would boost my confidence considerably knowing that there would be no way that the charger could accidently become unplugged. My biggest issue however, has been the marketing of the Arkpak as an all-inclusive dual battery system. The many videos that I have viewed show that the Arkpak can be charged 3 ways. One is to use either a solar panel or dual battery system to charge through either the Anderson plug or battery terminals, but you need a regulator as it by-passes the smart charger, this is understandable. The second method is to use either 240v or 12v power to charge it through the 'smart charger'. For the most part the smart charger does its job, allowing efficient management of the battery, but the biggest bee in my bonnet is the Arkpak's inability to detect low voltage from the cars cranking battery so that it doesn't run it flat. I find this slightly ridiculous for a "smart charger" seeing as most portable fridges have the ability to detect low voltage from the cranking battery and go into limp mode and this doesn't with a price tag of around $500. In my case, my CFX50 Waeco has three voltage options in which you can choose the fridge to go into limp mode and it has a simple display with simple programming. What this means is that if you choose to run the Arkpak in your car through the 12v power you either need to ensure you A) unplug it when the car has been switched off or B) ensure that either the cigarette plug you are using or have installed has either a relay on it that only allows power to be drawn when the ignition is on or run a dual battery wiring kit, essentially negating the all-inclusive dual battery system. This particular gremlin is hidden very cleverly through its marketing and is not mentioned anywhere except one sentence in the manual, albeit in bold.
amended review, working well on 12V
Below is my original review, have amended: 6 weeks ago we found a fantastic auto electrician who nutted out the wiring issues. Since then it didn't miss a beat, except that 240 is still completely unusable and the left 12V cig plug works better than the right. But found it charged well after that and had no issues keeping the fridge going for 3 weeks camping..
Original review: We bought this ark pack 3 yrs ago and it has never worked reliably. The 240V inverter has been replaced by Ark 3 times, has never been able to use this plug, has blown...about 20+ fuses. We tried replacing battery, no change, won't run our 12V fridge, certainly looking for a better option. Would never recommend. Noted some purchasers very happy with their Ark packs and would have to query how much use it's had. Maybe we have a lemon but dispiriting when the company doesn't want to know about it
Think its great
Had my arkpak for two years now and never had an issue with it when we go camping i use it to charge all our fones and plug our camp lights into it it also charges the two batteries in the camp trailer if it needs a charge i plug the solar panels in as i said never had a problem YET.
Excellent product and very portable
We have recently returned back from a trip to top end with my partner and our four children. I have an ArkPak AP730 with a Century 120 ah AGM. We have a ARB 78LT fridge-freezer which we ran from the ArkPak via the Anderson connection and had the ArkPak plugged into the Colorado 7 while on the road. I also purchased the mounting kit to securely hold it in position while travelling. The ARB would run for 2-3 days on the ArkPak without any additional charging when we were camped, and if we were camping in area for more then a few days I'd hook up ...our 200 watt solar panels and charge the arkpak either via anderson plug or battery connections. My children also kept their ipad and ipods charged via the arkpak we not once looked liked we'd run out of power. We were also camped on murray river in vic for 8 days running the ARB 78LT fridge-freezer 24-7, charging the childrens various electronic items, using it to run our led lighting strip light's at night and to charge my two Fenix CL30R lanterns and only charged via solar panels during the day time and we had power the whole period of time not once was i concerned that I'd have to charge it via alternative way. I'm very impressed. I haven't blown any fuses or had any charging issues that other's have described as yet. And will update my review accordingly if i do.
Ark Pak AP730 thumbs up from me
Hi All, just wanted to let everyone know that for me the Ark Pak has been great no problem keeping my engel cold, charging up phones and LED lights at night i can easily get 4.5 to 5 days use without putting power back into using a 130 Amp AGM battery, had to ring several times for support in terms of using it correctly and found support staff great, so a thumbs up from me, i know everyone has a different experience so i thought i would share mine
Never worked. Charge's ok but no power from inverter, USB or lighter sockets. Problem with isolator switch, ArkPac suggest turning switch on & off a few times, didn't fix it. Seriously that remedy says everything. Bunnings no longer stock it because they had so many returns. DON"T WASTE YOUR TIME.
Buy a car battery & solar panels would work better!
Very disappointed! After the salesman convinced me to buy the best product on the market that would charge almost anything except a blow dryer or straightener. I went camping with friends and thank heavens for that! The ark kept blowing fuses whilst charging only mobile phones or iPods, lucky the guys had spare fuses so we could run lights at night and blow more fuses the next day when trying to charge the mobile phones for emergency.
When we came back I took it back to BCF which they told me that they would only exchange the ark system only o...
Gives me power everywhere
I bought an Arkpak after much research. It is now nearly two yrs old. It has its niggles, There was a time when it wouldn't charge off the mains. Don't know why, but for about three days it wouldn't charge. Then suddenly one morning I tried again and it started charging again. When travelling we charge it via the anderson plug off the main battery and that works beautifully as it takes less than an hour to charge from as low as 45%. However, I don't trust the the readings all the time. My 100amp agm battery is as old as the arkpak, but drains ...really quickly and that is just having the Evakool 55l fridgemate running on number 5 or 6. I get about 24hrs out of the battery. The usb port didn't last long, but I just use the inverter plug with usb's as I would have at home. The readings do change all the time so not sure how true it is. I can further say, that we camp only bush/sea/off road. Our arkpak is filthy and has taken quite a beating, but it still works fine. When stationary i popped the solar panels on with the aligator clamps. If I had to buy again, I will buy a cheaper box without the inverter as we hardly ever use it. I would rather just have a lot of 12v ciggy ports and two anderson plugs and some indication of battery level. What more do you need!
I purchased the ArkPak 730 (black handles) 3 months ago. It broke down on the first camp trip. It kept blowing internal fuses and was replaced under warranty. Ruined our trip as we had no fridge. 2nd camp trip it worked fine. I'm getting it ready for its 3rd trip and now it won't charge off the mains power. ArkPak are replacing the mains adapter charger. I have little confidence left in this item.
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