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.
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.
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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.
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.
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 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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