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.
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!!!
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.
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Questions & Answers
Hi, I want to set up my ArkPak full time as a dual battery set up in my canopy, is the best way to do that by using a dual battery wiring kit with a VSR? Or how have others done theirs?
I used Anderson plugs and put in a dedicated wire with a relay switch from the power up front. This gave me easy set-up for using in and out of the car and the Anderson plugs made it easy for other accessories as well. I made a new cable for my Waeco with an Anderson plug with a fuse in the line. I can now just plug straight into the car system and still utilise all the standard stuff on the Arkpak or straight into the car and still be very portable. Good luck.
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...
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