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cartoonhead



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Charging vehicle from electric hookup

I will be overlanding my 130 and spending fairly extended periods of time in campsites. I would like to be able to hookup to the available electric similar to the way caravans do, am I correct in thinking that all I need for this is:
- a camping power cable to 3 point mains socket cable (sorry I don’t know the proper names!)
- a smart battery charger permanently plumbed in to the battery, like https://www.alpha-batteries.co.uk/12v-10a-...DMQAvD_BwE

Seems too easy! What am I missing here Embarassed

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BigRuss



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I don’t know if you are missing anything, a friend of mine has and American yacht and to charge the batteries when I’m the uk he plugs the shore power into a uk spec (volts/hz’s) socket the feeds a battery charge rated for it, which in turn charges the 12v batteries in the boat. Russell
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blackwolf



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That is how caravans do it, easy as that.

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Hendrix



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No thats it. I use a CTEK charger but same idea. Look for a charger with more power than required just for your batteries, particularly if you are running a fridge in hot conditions. Go for a cable with the round blue mains connectors as this is used by a high proportion of European campsite but you will need some adaptors for the ones that dont use them, a common issue in the less developed areas. Depending on your travel plans if power is critical you may need 2 cables. At some sites the power can be a good distance away but one big cable can be cumbersome for most places.

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cartoonhead



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Fantastic news - thanks all Very Happy

Post #691386 6th Mar 2018 9:40am
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camelman



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I've got a shore power socket fitted to the 130 and a CTEK charger connected to it in the battery box.



As soon as I connect up, I've got 240v and the batteries are being charged.


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Mo Murphy



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Hendrix wrote:
No thats it. I use a CTEK charger but same idea. Look for a charger with more power than required just for your batteries, particularly if you are running a fridge in hot conditions. Go for a cable with the round blue mains connectors as this is used by a high proportion of European campsite but you will need some adaptors for the ones that dont use them, a common issue in the less developed areas. Depending on your travel plans if power is critical you may need 2 cables. At some sites the power can be a good distance away but one big cable can be cumbersome for most places.


Hmm, if you are running a fridge in hot conditions whilst not driving, plug it straight into the hook up and cut out the middle man (the charger) ! That's what I do, it saves charging batteries 👍
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blackwolf



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Undoubtedly, confirmed if you look at the other posts that this person has made. Reported to our most excellent Admin.


Anyone considering fitting a mains hook-up to their Defender might want to be aware that BS 7671:2018, the 18th edition of the Wiring Regs, introduced considerable requirements and restrictions on vehicle/mains electrical hookups. If compliance concerns you it might be worthwhile and sensible to consult a sparky with the relevant knowledge for advice.

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