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 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.
I run 65l fridge with camp lights with solar panels on110amp battery had it 12months no issues never gets below 70% great unit stays in my car full time unless someone wants to borrow my fridge never had an issue best piece of gear I’ve bought for camping and long trips away
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.
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!
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.
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
Does the job
My Arkpak is now a year old. We take it away on weekends about once a month to a house with no mains power connected. We plug the Arkpak into the fusebox and power lights, bathroom exhaust fan, TV+playstation and charge phones, ipods and dvd players. It gets carted around in the trailer most of the time. We use a 120 Amp hour AGM battery which makes it heavy but still portable. We now have a generator to keep it topped up on longer stays or heavy demands. I also use it to maintain a lead acid battery in a car that doesn't get used much. Its a b...it annoying that it asks if you've put in a different battery (AGM/Lead acid etc) but the new models don't. I have had to replace a fuse once when I was testing to see what it could power and went too far but apart from that I have no problems using or charging it. Brett from Ark was also helpful in setting it up to charge the car battery. I am really happy with my "silent" generator. Bought it from BCF Cannington in Perth and it came with a USB LED light (excellent) and a USB charge stick (useless). It only has a 150W inverter for the 240V outlet compared to the newer model's 300W but it's not a problem for what we use it for.
Power to the people
We have recently returned home from a trip to NSW with the wife in our caravan. I have an ArkPak with an Exide 105amp AGM as used in R&D by Ark Corp. We have a new Waeco CFX65DZ which we ran from the ArkPak via the 12v and had the ArkPak plugged into our Isuzu D Max whilst driving but over night I plugged the ArkPak into 240v from the caravan to avoid the possibility of flattening the tug battery. I didn't have any problem and 1 day even had the Waeco plugged into the 240v on the ArkPak while we drove along to see if there was any difference. I...t didn't appear to make any difference. Also the Waeco would run for 2 days on the ArkPak alone without any additional charging when we were free camped. I am most impressed. Hope that this helps you. Convenience and easy to use. It wasn't invented years ago.
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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