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Re: Charging of batteries

Unread post by DuQues » Tue Mar 23, 2010 10:10 am

I'd bring an inverter anyway, that gives you the option to charge your batteries while on the road.
You'll be using plenty of them:
- camera(s),
- headlights,
- flash,
- storage (harddisk),
you name it....
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Re: Charging of batteries

Unread post by Touareg » Thu Mar 25, 2010 10:40 pm

Thank you. I take 100s of pics every day so need to charge daily. I made the small investment today and bought a 200W inverter. I am sure it will stand me in good stead.
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Re: Charging of batteries

Unread post by wildcats » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:29 pm

Hi Toureg, where did you purchase your inverter?

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Re: Charging of batteries

Unread post by Touareg » Sat Mar 27, 2010 7:57 pm

Wildcats...purchased it from Winelands 4x4 here in Somerset West. A buddy also lent me a 400watt today which I will take along as backup. Can't afford not to be able to charge all my stuff
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Electricity at Kgalagadi

Unread post by EddieL » Tue Jul 20, 2010 4:10 pm

As a newcomer to Kgalagadi I will be posting some questions in time to come and tap some of your knowledge.

Firstly, what is the "blue plug" referred to in the website? What type of plug is used at the electrical points - the normal 3 point plug as we know it in RSA?

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Re: Electricity at Kgalagadi

Unread post by Dotty » Tue Jul 20, 2010 5:19 pm

Hi Eddie A very warm welcome to the forums you have come to the right place for knowledge our regulars arw fantastic at answering questions
In the mean time read here and have a look at the index you might find some answers there (there is a link in my signature)
Check here too and scroll down there is a picture of a blue plue and a description
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Re: Electricity at Kgalagadi

Unread post by Bush Baptist » Wed Jul 21, 2010 12:48 pm

Howzit Eddie & welcome.

The units, kitchens, ablutions etc at KTP all have standard SA plug points.

The 'blue plug' is used in the camping areas for caravan connection, if anyone is daft enough to take a caravan. You only need it if you are camping.
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread post by Mari-AnneB » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:52 pm

Hi
First visit to the Kgalagadi - leaving on 29th Sept and total newbies! Very Excited :D
Going to Augrabies for 2 nights then to TR for 2 nights, Nossob 2 nights, Gharagab for 2 nights, Nossob 1 night, Bitterpan 1 night, Mata Mata 2 nights, Kieliekrankie 1 night and TR for last night.

Are there lanterns in the chalets at Mata Mata and Nossob - and in the wilderness camps must we take our own lights i.e. lamps for the night? :huh:

Any advice will help

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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread post by Dotty » Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:59 pm

Hi Marianne :D A very warm elcome to the forum, follow the link in my signature and scroll down. There are some topics there that might help.. until one of the KTP regulars comes along to answer you.
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread post by Toko » Sun Sep 19, 2010 9:43 pm

Hi Marianne,
enjoy your trip :mrgreen:
There are no paraffin lamps for the after generator hours (as far as I remember).
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Re: KGALAGADI - Questions and Answers

Unread post by Mari-AnneB » Mon Sep 20, 2010 11:41 am

Hi everybody - thanks for the reply re the lamps - will take battery lights. Thanks also to Dotty - lots of useful info. Nervous and excited :)

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Generators

Unread post by paw_by_paw » Fri Jun 17, 2011 5:31 pm

I am somewhat disappointed by the ban on usinga generator in the Richtersveld especially if you have a extended period of visit. Caravan and or car batteries only last that long. There is now what you call these silent type generators which does not create a lot of noise and they are 4 stroke meaning they create very little carbons and all car engines are 4 stroke.
Surely by inspection and regulated use it can be controlled for use.
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Re: Generators

Unread post by paw_by_paw » Sun Jun 19, 2011 9:20 pm

I have done some research on these solar panels. The cost in my view is absorbatant oand to charge two 102 a/H batteries you are going to need a solar panel as big as a house. The other problem is these deep cycle batteries does take a long time to fully charge and yes it also stores energy for a longer period of time.
To use a sperate system like the altrnative third battery systems means that you will have switch between batteries all the time and then you must also switch to your caravan system as well. Toooo much switching and I am sceptical about changing or tapping into the wire system of my caravan.
It also means you must drive very long distances in order for the alternator to get those batteries charged .
I will maar design a enclosed container to run my generator in with exhaust filters or something and take my chances. More like these filters the petrol weedeaters use or similar effect.

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Re: Generators

Unread post by Blackie » Mon Jun 20, 2011 8:01 am

You don't really have to have solar panels to fully recharge your 2 batteries - in my view, 2 x 80W panels with a decent controller, will supply sufficient power (during optimal sunny days) to run 2 fridges and still put some charge back into the batteries. During night, the batteries should last to keep the fridges running (you can turn the settings down) and supply some light until bed time.

In the long run a solar system will be more cost effective plus it is defnitely more "green" than any generator will ever be.
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Re: Generators

Unread post by afri-explore » Mon Jun 20, 2011 9:31 am

I do think that any generator will still create some disturbing noise. My battery system have lasted me for the time spend at any site. If you want to be out in the bush you can get a fridge that uses gas and for lights you can rely on a solar panel and LED lights. It is not the exhaust fumes that creates a disturbance, but the noise of the generator. There is nothing as irritating as a generator in a bush camp, just because people need to run hair dryers and other appliances, even TV, but I have to also agree that the cost of solar panels are a real rip-off.

If we need all the luxuries of life in the bush then there is something wrong with this mindset. The two concepts does not gel nicely. That in no means should deter anyone to still have a 'bush' experience, but unfortunately city luxury and bush camping are just not the same. There are enough remote camping areas where generators may be used. Let us have some areas where they are not allowed - PLEASE!

Use gas for the fridge and the lights and even a water heater for a steaming hot shower if need be.


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