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.
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.
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.
Great unit until
I have had my Ark Pak 730 for about 12months was working fine I decided to leave battery charger on continually for around. a decided to take battery out of box for about a week when I put it back in it asked me the usual questions what type battery and all but while it was evaluating it comes up with error (open circuit ) I can't get it to stop what is wrong ???
Worth the money if you understand the specifics of the product
The Arkpak 730 is a multi purpose unit with it’s price mainly due to the 7 stage battery charger - one of the best available.
It’s a system that requires some understanding - I’ve called ark Pak many times and learned a lot as a result. I feel a lot of the negative feedback is through a lack of understanding as to how the unit operates
1) Arkpak shouldn’t be judged on how how long a battery lasts because Arkpak doesn’t sell batteries.
2) Ark Pak are first to tell you that the battery charge indicator is unreliable, so there’s a sett...ing to switch to a much more accurate voltage meter. 3) When first plugged in to mains power, it takes a a minute for the system to decide how long the charging process will be. Within that minute it fluctuates wildly so isn’t an accurate representation... It’s not a perfect system - the inverter draws 6w to 8w when in use, the inverter is only 300w, the lack of an inbuilt solar charge controller is annoying. If you want to spend more $, “ goalzero” are the industry leaders but for the price, Arkpak is my preference.
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.
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!!!
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.
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
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!
Questions & Answers
Hi I just bought a victron ip65 15amp charger I have a 120amp itechworld battery in a ark-pak 730 when I connect the charger to the plus-minus post on the Ark-Pak do I have to turn the on off switch on the ArkPak for it to charge the battery externally thank you
Hello. Can anyone help with a charging question.??
Ark pac charging via solar mat- all good
Ark pac charging via mains - all good.
I have a dual battery in the Ute with an Anderson plug in the rear canopy.
When I take the Anderson plug off the solar at night and plug the ((ARC TO THE UTE)) as in into the Ute.
(Shouldn't the Ute be charging my Arc) pack or topping the charge up.???
All I have in the arc pac is a fridge.
Even if I unplug the fridge and have no accessories there is no Charge coming from Ute to arc pack.??
Am I missing something or what's the issue.
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.
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