Home

   Log in or Register

Insurance Quotes
forums Campsite Search Comp Directory tips virtual brochure Profile
Tent Reviews Competitions Caravans and Motorhomes For Sale Shopping Diary Contact Us

Message Forums

Welcome Guest Register Login Search The Forum Posts Since Last Visit
 Reception - All Forums
  Camping and Caravanning Equipment
Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook  Printer Friendly Version Print
Subject Topic: Leisure battery Post Reply Post New Topic
Message posted by sunbrushed on 02/12/2013 at 3:05pm
View sunbrushed's Profile View Profile  Quote sunbrushed Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sunbrushed
Standard Member
Standard Member

Outfit:  

Location: 
Joined: 02/12/2013
Posts:   5
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
Hi Folks,

My first post so please be gentle. I have been camping in smaller tents over the last few years and have decided to get a larger set up for trips for next year. We have decided to go down the large Tent route rather than a caravan as it is easier to travel with. I am looking to purchase a leisure battery for times i cant get to an electric hook up. I am planning on running a 12v LCD tv and satellite box as well as a couple of low power lights.

The questions i have regarding this are

a) do i need to get a power regulator to ensure i don't blow the tv and satellite box
b) if the tv draws 25W and the satellite box draws about the same - how many hours would i be able to use this on a 110wh battery before i would need to re-charge?
c) i am thinking about getting a 12v line added into my boot to charge the batter while in transit. would this be safe?

Thanks a mill for any help

Message posted by bobmel on 02/12/2013 at 7:11pm
View bobmel's Profile View Profile  Quote bobmel Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
bobmel
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit:  Bailey Pageant Bordeaux Hyundai ix35

Location: Aberdeen
Joined: 26/8/2007
Posts:   912
Site Reviews:   8
Gallery Images:   3
Hi, here is a link on leisure batteries. Also if you do a search within the site you will find loads of forums on the use etc of batteries


-------------
Robert (BoB)

Message posted by david8858 on 02/12/2013 at 10:03pm
View david8858's Profile View Profile  Quote david8858 Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
david8858
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit:  

Location: 
Joined: 01/2/2013
Posts:   572
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
a) do i need to get a power regulator to ensure i don't blow the tv and satellite box
b) if the tv draws 25W and the satellite box draws about the same - how many hours would i be able to use this on a 110wh battery before i would need to re-charge?
c) i am thinking about getting a 12v line added into my boot to charge the batter while in transit. would this be safe?

A) if your tv & satellite box are 12v you do not need anything other than the battery and the tv and the satellite box

B) If your TV draws 25 watts thats effectively ball park 2A and if the satellite box is also 25 watts thats a total of 4 amps so your 110 ampere hour battery will power it for 27.5 hours without charge

C) Yes

Hope that helps

David

Message posted by Grampian91 on 03/12/2013 at 3:48pm
View Grampian91's Profile View Profile  Quote Grampian91 Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Grampian91
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit: Mondeo Avondale Grampian

Location: Midlands
Joined: 11/5/2008
Posts:   4083
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   3
" so your 110 ampere hour battery will power it for 27.5 hours without charge "

Except it wont actually last that long. And you will shorten the life of the battery running it down totally flat.

As the voltage drops the load is increased.

When charging a battery it gives off a gas. Thats explosive so ideally you want a vented battery box to secure it.



-------------
Post 1997 licence holder?

Max tow weight = Cars gross laden weight + Caravans gross laden weight.

These 2 figures must not exceed 3500kg. And the Caravans gross laden weight must not exceed the cars UNLADEN weight.

Unless the manufacturer has set a lower limit.

Message posted by sunbrushed on 03/12/2013 at 3:52pm
View sunbrushed's Profile View Profile  Quote sunbrushed Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sunbrushed
Standard Member
Standard Member

Outfit:  

Location: 
Joined: 02/12/2013
Posts:   5
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
Guys, Thank you all for the replies,

- bobmel, the link was really helpful thanks
- david8858, this is exactly what i was looking for thanks for the info!
-Grampian91, i did not know these had to be vented so that is a big help as i was planning on converting a toolbox to hold the battery, so i guess that idea is out of the question

Im looking forward to getting all the kit together! cheers guys

Message posted by don-maureen on 03/12/2013 at 8:54pm
View don-maureen's Profile View Profile  Visit homepage My Homepage  Quote don-maureen Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
don-maureen
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit: Kampa Frinton 5. Litchfield Montana 6.

Location: BRISTOL
Joined: 03/7/2012
Posts:   549
Site Reviews:   3
Tent Reviews:   2
Gallery Images:   3
just put some holes low down at the ends, and a few in the top... vented!

-------------
I sure do like the UK summers :) :)

Message posted by Dandyman Bob on 06/12/2013 at 5:06pm
View Dandyman Bob's Profile View Profile  Quote Dandyman Bob Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Dandyman Bob
Avatar
Platinum Member
Platinum Member

Outfit: Riva(Dandy) Destiny. Renault Scenic

Location: St ALBANS
Joined: 04/5/2007
Posts:   737
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
If you are drawing from a battery that is not being charged you probably won't damage the TV however as voltage of the battery drops due to use The TV may cease to work. A regulator may help get more life out of the battery but it requires power ( you don't get owt for nowt}. If you are charging the battery a regulator is a must as the charge can be 14.4. volts.
As Grampian has indicated you will only get about 50% of the available charge out of a battery.
I think it inadvisable to drill holes in a battery box, you are enabling a good air mix and sparks etc to get in. It is much better to fit a tube on the battery usually situated on the top end of the battery and vent outside the tent.

PS I saw a battery blow up on a new Bailey caravan last month when camping near Poole. ( We were next to it) It blew the battery door off the caravan and sprayed acid every where. fortunately it missed the owners car. I have a feeling that the mains lead which was neatly coiled up under the battery compartment may have caused the incident!

Regards Bob.

Message posted by sunbrushed on 08/12/2013 at 3:45pm
View sunbrushed's Profile View Profile  Quote sunbrushed Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sunbrushed
Standard Member
Standard Member

Outfit:  

Location: 
Joined: 02/12/2013
Posts:   5
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
Thanks bob, lets hope i don't have anything exploding!! I think i may get a regulator just to be on the safe side. IT will mainly be weekend trips so i don't see me using more than 30-40% of the battery at a time so all good

Message posted by Bramston on 17/12/2013 at 6:27pm
View Bramston's Profile View Profile  Quote Bramston Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Bramston
Avatar
Gold Member
Gold Member

Outfit: Vango Soul 200

Location: Kent UK
Joined: 05/8/2013
Posts:   245
Site Reviews:   2
Tent Reviews:   1
Gallery Images:   2
Maybe it is time to consider a 20w solar panel and a regulator to make you battery system last longer.

Message posted by sunbrushed on 18/12/2013 at 2:13pm
View sunbrushed's Profile View Profile  Quote sunbrushed Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sunbrushed
Standard Member
Standard Member

Outfit:  

Location: 
Joined: 02/12/2013
Posts:   5
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
HI Bramston - I don't think ill go down the solar route. price and lack of sunlight in the UK make it too prohibitive

Message posted by Bob61 on 19/12/2013 at 1:15pm
View Bob61's Profile View Profile  Quote Bob61 Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Bob61
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit: Pacamac & wellies. Coleman Da Gama 6

Location: Hampshire
Joined: 23/8/2009
Posts:   6250
Site Reviews:   20
Tent Reviews:   4
Gallery Images:   3
I used to own a small basic caravan and all the internal electrics (lights, water pumps, fridge and gas fire ignition etc.) ran off a leisure battery. I didn't use it for a TV or running high power equipment which I believe would have run it flat pretty quickly.

I was very careful not to waste power but I needn't have been too worried. I charged it on arrival` back home after every weekend trip and on a quick charger it only took minutes and had hardly used anything at all. I am sure it would have lasted at least a week if not longer.

My only concern re using one for tent camping is the weight...took me all my strength to lift mine!

-------------
He who laughs last thinks slowest!


Message posted by sunbrushed on 21/12/2013 at 4:54pm
View sunbrushed's Profile View Profile  Quote sunbrushed Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
sunbrushed
Standard Member
Standard Member

Outfit:  

Location: 
Joined: 02/12/2013
Posts:   5
Site Reviews:   0
Gallery Images:   0
HI Bob,

Leisure batteries are not light to say the least! 110am is about 22kgs. Lets hope i don't have to carry it too far!

Message posted by Bob61 on 21/12/2013 at 9:15pm
View Bob61's Profile View Profile  Quote Bob61 Quote    E-mail Topic to a Friend Tell a friend
Bob61
Avatar
Diamond Member
Diamond Member

Outfit: Pacamac & wellies. Coleman Da Gama 6

Location: Hampshire
Joined: 23/8/2009
Posts:   6250
Site Reviews:   20
Tent Reviews:   4
Gallery Images:   3
Perhaps a folding sack truck might help - lol

-------------
He who laughs last thinks slowest!


Sorry, you can NOT post a reply.
You need to log in or register

Quick Links - All Forums - Camping and Caravanning Equipment - Top of Page

Printer Friendly Version Printable version Share Google Plus  Tweet This!  Share on Facebook


9051 Visitors online !

Free UKCampsite.co.uk Window Sticker  -  Recommend to Friend  -  Pensions Auto-enrolment

[Message Forums]  [Caravan Sites & Camping]  [Company Listings]  [Features / Advice]  [Virtual Brochure]  [Shop!]
[Reception]  [Competitions]  [Caravans & Motorhomes For Sale]  [Event Diary]  [Contact Us]  [Tent Reviews]  [Facebook]

Please note we are not responsible for the content of external sites & any reviews represent the author's personal view only. Please report any error here. You may view our privacy and cookie policy here. All copyrights & other intellectual property rights in the design and content of this web site are reserved to the UKCampsite.co.uk © 1999 - 2014