The impact of the COVID-19 virus has affected each one of us, with these unprecedented times bringing challenges to families, communities, and businesses. For now, most caravan and camping sites have been temporarily closed meaning our caravans, camper trailers and other battery powered toys have been locked up.
The good news is that things will return to normal inevitably and when they do you can be rest assured that we will all be itching to get out and explore our great outdoors once again. So, what can you do to ensure that when restrictions are lifted you are able to get up and go? It all begins with proper battery maintenance.
REDARC offers several products which will ensure a correct and safe charge of your recreational vehicle’s battery whilst they are in storage so you can get stuck into some camping as soon as you’re able.
The all in one dual battery charger
Released in March 2020, the next generation Manager30 is a 30A state-of-the-art battery management system designed to charge and maintain auxiliary batteries by incorporating AC, DC and solar inputs, ideal for recreational vehicles, caravans, and camper trailers with multiple battery banks.
Perfect for on or off-road battery charging
During this time when our vans are dormant, it is advisable to use the storage mode feature. This feature is designed to charge the house battery to its optimal level while your vehicle is in storage. When in storage mode the Manager30 does not cycle once charging is complete. It will constantly monitor the battery and provide a maintenance charge when the battery drops below a predetermined threshold ensuring the battery always stays charged. This means when restrictions are lifted your battery will be in tip top shape and ready to go!
The added benefit of the Manager30 is that it can also be used when you are at powered sites to fully charge your batteries via 240V. This is perfect for when you haven’t seen adequate sun or run the vehicle to put enough charge back into your batteries during the day.
Flexible, plug and play portable chargers
For those looking for a simple, cost-effective AC to DC battery charger, the SmartCharge battery range is the go. Available, in 4, 6, 8 and 10-amp variants, they are compatible with most common automotive batteries including lithium. They are a piece of cake to use; all you need to do is connect the charging clips to the battery and press the on button.
Like the Manager30, the SmartCharge AC battery chargers are perfect for long-term battery charging in your recreational vehicle. They feature a multi-stage charging process designed to protect your battery if left in storage for long periods of time, while a range of charging accessories and cables can help keep things easy to reach and maintain.
Safe trickle charging with portable ac battery chargers
Once the battery is fully charged, the charger goes into sleep mode. In sleep mode the charger wakes up every 7 days to begin a new cycle charge. Alternatively, if the battery drops below 12.6 volts it will also resume charging. All this points to correct battery maintenance, allowing you to have peace of mind that your vehicle will be ready to hit the road as soon as possible.
For those looking for a faster charge, REDARC also offer a 30A long-term battery charger, the Showroom Charger, which like the SmartCharge range is perfectly suited for vehicles requiring a correct and safe charge when in storage.
While you might not be able to get excited about upcoming trips just yet, with a bit of forward planning and some TLC for those dual battery setups and expensive auxiliary batteries, you can rest assured that when you’re free to hit the road again, REDARC will be there to help get you there and back safe and sound.