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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby Tony T » Sat Jan 26, 2013 5:42 pm

Thanks Dotty.
It's my friends first visit to the park and I wanted to find out if a caravan will survive on the KTP roads. I just wanted to hear from people who have attempted towing vans that are non offroad.
The thread you pointed me to looks promising. Thanks once again.
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby simonbee » Mon Jan 28, 2013 8:52 pm

o to the park for 9 nights from this Thursday, am so looking forward to it, twee riverien, nossob, bitterpan and the tented camp.

Is the recommended route from Joburg still via Upington?
What are the check in / check out times for the camps in the park?

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby lion queen » Tue Jan 29, 2013 7:05 am

Hi Simonbee,

Regarding your second question...........

Check in time for accommodation is 14Hoo and check out time is 9Hoo.

I'm sure one of the other mites will be commenting on your first question soon.

Enjoy your stay and I do hope you"ll have some stunning sightings!!!!...... :thumbs_up:
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby charbel » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:52 pm

Dear friends,
Sorry to bring the subject better, but I still did not make my mind and the car charger became a crucial item for my trip to Kgalagadi because I will be staying many days in wilderness camps with no AC plugs available. I definitely need a car charger. The indication sent here for a Tripp Lite Auto Inverter was great. it has an output that evidently fits into the equipments I need to charge: a camcorder, a notebook, and a Canon DSLR camera.

But then I began reading the forums and there is a lot of comments about using a high output (in Watts) car charger and how this could exhaust the car battery (something very complicated in KTP), and also if the power output would be enough to charge such and such equipments. In the end after reading a lot the only outcome is that I am more confused.

So, I'd like to ask you for your opinion between two chargers:

Tripp Lite PV150 Portable Auto Inverter 150W 12V DC to AC 120V 5-15R 1 Outlet
http://www.amazon.com/Tripp-Lite-PV150- ... +100+watts

(this has the advantage of less wattage, it seems, for the extent that I really understood the issue, that this saves more the car battery. There is a disadvantage, however, that Amazon does not send it outside U.S., so I will have to find another provider. Amazon is very reliable and i give preference to it)

Tripp Lite PV375 Portable Auto Inverter 375W 12V DC to AC 120V 5-15R 2 Outlet
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/ ... PDKIKX0DER

(this has the advantage that it ships outside U.S. but is more powerful and then I came to fear the health of the car battery).

All this boils down to three questions:

1. Can I buy a 375W inverter and, yet, do not harm the car battery?

2. If I buy instead, a 150 W inverter, would this be enough for camcorder, notebook, and DSLR camera (not at the same time, one at a time, the inverter has a single output), or do I need the 375W?

3. Are these tripp lite inverters compatible with a Toyota SRX 4x4 2011 model (this is the car we are renting for KTP)?

I thank in advance for the tips and advice of the more experienced KTP travellers here!

All the best
Charbel

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2 June 2013 - Kieliekrankie
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby DuQues » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:17 pm

Just buy any.
You will not be using 375W!

I bought one of 150W max, for the enormous cost of R250, and it worked like a charm. It has a USB port, so the phones and other USB stuff could be charged with it as well. Not as fast as with a regular charger, but still...
Buy yourself a little extensioncord, so you have two sockets to use. I actually got a little plug that gives that.
That way you can charge both normal batteries and camera batteries for instance.
A little extensioncord for the 12V can be very handy too, then you can stow the inverter out of the way.

All inverters are compatible, 12V is the only standard worldwide. And all new models of inverters have a safety that keeps it from draining the battery.
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Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:24 pm

. :hmz: how many days in wilderness camp ?
how many cameras and how many batteries for each camera ?... that is the question :hmz:

normaly I stay 3/4 nights at Grootkolk (and at the other) with 2/3 batteries for the principal camera, 2 for the other camera
I never see my pictures... except for the last day, when I'm sure there is enough battery for the next day

and I use my laptop, to save all the pictures of the 3/4 days at the next camp... Nossob (Mata Mata and Twee Rivieren). In the desert we have to work a little bit differently :wink:

A Grootkolk, for exemple, is better to seat on the terrace to watch the waterhole instead of working with a laptop, idem for all the other wilderness camps :wink:
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby charbel » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:26 pm

Dear DuQues
Thanks for the answer. I tend to buy the 375V because this is the one that ships to Brazil.
But I will wait for some time more, maybe some forumites have other tips...

thanks

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby charbel » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:30 pm

Dear Anne-Marie

[quote="anne-marie"]. :hmz: how many days in wilderness camp ?

1 in Kielikrankie followed immediately by 2 in Kalahari tented camp (thus, three days here without AC), and then 1 day in Gharagab and 1 in Grootkolk (2 days without AC).

how many cameras and how many batteries for each camera ?... that is the question :hmz:


1 camcorder, which exhausts the battery quite fast, 30 minutes filming and it is gone. I plan to buy no extra batteries for it because I am planning to buy the inverter and charge the camera on it. It charges directly. A Canon Rebel EOS T3, with two batteries, and a separate charger, so I can use one, while charging the other. And a Dell notebook.

normaly I stay 3/4 nights at Grootkolk (and at the other) with 2/3 batteries for the principal camera, 2 for the other camera
I never see my pictures... except for the last day, when I'm sure there is enough battery for the next day

I cannot resist seeing the pictures....

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby anne-marie » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:39 pm

charbel wrote: I cannot resist seeing the pictures....
you will learn quickly... the first without any battery :lol:
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Unread postby DuQues » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:42 pm

charbel wrote:Thanks for the answer. I tend to buy the 375V because this is the one that ships to Brazil.

I very much doubt that you can not simply buy one in Brazil. 375W is completely over the top, have a look at the specs of these. (Look at Continuous Power (Watts), not peak!)
The heavier the inverter, the heavier the actual inverter will be as well. And bulky too.
I bought mine at a computer store, it is around 8x8x18 centimeters, and a few hundred grams.
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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby charbel » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:49 pm

Dear DuQues
It is true.I will search more for the the Tripp 150V in Brazil...

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby MarcSF » Sat Feb 02, 2013 8:02 pm

Charbel,

The simplest way to avoid draining your car battery is to use the inverters and chargers while on a game drive. The current will come from the engine's alternator rather than the battery. No harm in some use of the inverter with the engine off. An extension cord is an excellent idea as it allows you to locate the gear out of the way in the passenger compartment.

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby charbel » Sun Feb 03, 2013 1:30 am

Dear Marc
Thanks. My plan is in fact to charge while on the game drives...

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Re: Kgalagadi- Questions and Answers

Unread postby plutonite » Fri Feb 08, 2013 9:56 am

Hi there,

We are planning a trip to KTP mid april. It is not clear if it is possible to travel from Nossob towards the Mabuasehube area. Any help on this would be much appreciated!

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Unread postby Bush Baptist » Fri Feb 08, 2013 2:29 pm

Welcome to the forum plutonite.

I presume you mean and returning to Nossob for the night and not exiting (or camping) at Mabua.

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