Nine innovations in the field of electricity & self-sufficie

Nine innovations in the field of electricity & self-sufficie

From Muhammad Aamir

For the 2022 season, the accessory manufacturers have also been working diligently and reworking. Campers can expect a lot, especially in energy supply and networking, For instance, you can run solar powered air conditio

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For the 2022 season, the accessory manufacturers have also been working diligently and reworking. Campers can expect a lot, especially in energy supply and networking, For instance, you can run solar powered air conditioner with a complete off-grid solar system.Besides, Nine exciting new accessories at a glance.

New refrigerators from Dometic

Dometic is adding compressor models to the 10 series: the manufacturer now has absorber and compressor refrigerators with doors that open to the right and left in its range. Also new is an under-counter refrigerator that can be supplied as a compressor or absorber. Equipped with doors that open on both sides, the models are suitable for installation under the worktop or on the front of kitchens, for example, in camper vans. The floor-to-ceiling devices RCL 10.4 T, RCD 10.5 T, and RCD 10.5 XT have cooling volumes of 133, 153, and 177 liters, respectively, and are available from 1802 2627 euros and 2725 euros. The underbody variant RC 10.4 T 70 holds 70 liters and starts at 1409 euros. Both the large refrigerators and the built-under unit are based on the installation dimensions of common models and, according to the manufacturer, can be retrofitted in many cases. The compressor refrigerators will be available in November 2020, and the absorber under-counter refrigerator will be available immediately.

Car best air conditioners

Car best presents a new roof air conditioner with an integrated air distribution unit and remote control. The system is suitable for mobile homes and vans up to a maximum length of seven meters. The cooling capacity of the compressor system is 2500 watts, and the heating capacity is 2600 watts. The system draws 4.6 amps in cooling mode and 3.7 amps in heating mode. The roof air conditioning system is 105.4 centimeters long, 73.6 centimeters wide, 25.3 centimeters high, and weighs 43 kilograms. A roof cut-out measuring 40 by 40 centimeters is required for installation. Available from early summer 2021 for 1656 euros.

Awning control via the Fiamma app

The new Advanced motor kit for the Fiamma F 80 S awning expands the motor unit that can be retrofitted with app control. The awning can be extended and retracted via smartphone and tablet PC. The app also enables switching on and off and dimming the LEDs, which are optional and can be retrofitted to the cassette and profile on the front. The new Advanced motor kit weighs two kilograms and is available in Polar White, Titanium, and Deep Black. For the Motor-Kit Plus, Fiamma offers a 100-gram light upgrade to the Advanced Kit. The price for the advanced version has not yet been determined, but the standard version costs around 300 euros.

Ten Haaft wireless router

Oyster Connect aims to provide a stable internet connection on the pitch and while driving. For this purpose, the outdoor unit (all-band antenna with SIM card and integrated dual-band WiFi module) measuring 40 by 12 by 29.2 centimeters (L/H/W) and weighing 1.5 kilos is installed on the roof installed and connected to the indoor unit via a data cable. This emits a 2.4 and 5 GHz WLAN network with a TV connection. In addition, Ten Haaft is launching smart TVs with internet browsers. Oyster Connect will start in spring 2021 from 899 euros (without TV).

Renogy freeze-proof batteries

With the Arctic Kit, lithium iron phosphate batteries can be charged and discharged without restrictions at temperatures as low as -30°C. This is ensured by two heating elements that are automatically controlled by the battery management system (BMS) and are used to keep the cell temperature above freezing. The Renogy LiFePO4 (12.8 V, 100 Ah) can be ordered for 1062 euros. The Arctic Kit can also be retrofitted to Renogy lithium RV batteries. The BMS must also be replaced for this. The kit for older LX batteries (before 10/2020) costs 250 euros, and for newer ones from 98 euros. 

Teleco inverter generator

With the TIG 6000 B, Teleco has a new, petrol-driven inverter generator in its range. The power generator developed with Yamaha has an output of 5.6 kW and supplies 230 volts of alternating current with a fuel consumption of 2.2 liters per hour. Measuring 34.5 by 61 by 46.5 centimeters and weighing 75 kilograms, the generator has an electric starting system and operates at 58-63 decibels. In addition, the manufacturer is launching a new series of sine wave inverters with outputs from 400 watts (TI 400 SI) to 3000 watts (TI 3000 SI-ACT). The devices weigh 1.0 to 6.3 kilograms and are equipped with short-circuit and overload protection. A new Bluetooth control panel is available for controlling and managing the Teleco Extra Pro lithium-ion batteries, which can be used to read the charge state and start and deactivate the charging mode. The on/off switch prevents the battery from slowly discharging due to leakage currents when the vehicle is not used for a long time.

Fuel cells from SFC Energy

SFC Energy are presenting the new methanol-powered fuel cells Efoy 150 (150 Ah charging capacity per day, from EUR 3999) and Efoy 80 (80 Ah per day, from EUR 2499). Also new: the lithium batteries Li 105 (105 Ah, from 1950 euros) and Li 70 (70 Ah, from 1499 euros). They can be used down to -20°C, are equipped with a battery management system, and are designed for high discharge currents. The fuel cells will be available from November 2022, and the lithium batteries from January 2023.

Upgrading for MAN vehicles from Linnea

With Air Lift Maxi MAN TGE, the chassis experts from Ennepetal are the first to offer an increase in load for MAN basic vehicles to 4400 kilograms. The dual-circuit air suspension system with a compressor, eight-inch bellows, and driver's cab control panel weighs 15 kilograms. You have to plan five hours and about 500 euros for the installation. Air Lift Maxi MAN TGE costs (without installation) from 1079 euros. The necessary load assessment report costs another 300 euros.

Swiveling bike carrier from Alu-Line

Alu-Line presented the new Bike Mover. The basic profile of the bike carrier is fixed to the ball head of the trailer hitch. The bicycle carrier can be moved horizontally on the profile and swiveled 90 degrees. Rear doors and flaps on the panel van or van should remain freely accessible. The 28.2 kg bike mover carries a maximum of 60 kg. A third can be ordered in addition to the two standard bicycle rails. This allows up to three bicycles or two e-bikes to be transported. The Bike Mover from Alu-Line should be available to order in spring 2023 for less than 1000 euros

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