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Battery Chargers



 
 
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Old November 2nd 03, 08:02 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Al Stevenson
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Default Battery Chargers

I seem to remember, back in the dim and distant past, that there was a
charging system that was made for caravans without chargers which
consisted of a battery box and a plug in charger (plus all the gubbins).

Is such a thing still available?

Can anyone remember what it was called?
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Old November 2nd 03, 08:17 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Lenny
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On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 09:02:53 +0000, Al Stevenson
wrote:

I seem to remember, back in the dim and distant past, that there was a
charging system that was made for caravans without chargers which
consisted of a battery box and a plug in charger (plus all the gubbins).

Is such a thing still available?

Can anyone remember what it was called?


Think it was called a 'porta power' it was housed in a '110v site
transformer plastic box',, seem to remember from when I was in the
trade the wholesalers gave up stocking then due to the high rate of
returns.

Lenny
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Old November 2nd 03, 08:40 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
JMcG
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Another was called the "TP2", which was quite good. The battery box
included a webbing shoulder strap, and you could plug the whole thing into a
cable in your car boot to recharge the battery as you travelled about during
the day. Haven't seen one for a few years though.

JMcG


"Al Stevenson" wrote in message
...
I seem to remember, back in the dim and distant past, that there was a
charging system that was made for caravans without chargers which
consisted of a battery box and a plug in charger (plus all the gubbins).

Is such a thing still available?

Can anyone remember what it was called?
--
Al Stevenson





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Old November 2nd 03, 10:46 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Lenny
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Default Battery Chargers

On Sun, 2 Nov 2003 09:40:51 -0000, "JMcG"
wrote:


Another was called the "TP2", which was quite good. The battery box
included a webbing shoulder strap, and you could plug the whole thing into a
cable in your car boot to recharge the battery as you travelled about during
the day. Haven't seen one for a few years though.

JMcG


TP2 was made by Labcraft, early ones were basic but worked, later ones
(with LED meter) fried batteries.
Neither is suitable for use without a battery in circuit, if you want
more info ask Doc he loves them I think the bin is the best place for
them.

Lenny

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Old November 2nd 03, 01:11 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Doc
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Default Battery Chargers

Lenny scribed in reponse:


Another was called the "TP2", which was quite good. The battery box
included a webbing shoulder strap, and you could plug the whole thing into a
cable in your car boot to recharge the battery as you travelled about during
the day. Haven't seen one for a few years though.

JMcG


TP2 was made by Labcraft, early ones were basic but worked, later ones
(with LED meter) fried batteries.
Neither is suitable for use without a battery in circuit, if you want
more info ask Doc he loves them I think the bin is the best place for
them.

----****----
Lenny, you're being a bit cheeky there, but you're right. I think the
old 'brown box' TP2's were really useful gadgets (later, LED 'grey
box' ones were c**p) and I just wish a modern equivalent was
available. I'm sure they'd sell, even in these days of the built-in
(cr**py) charger. I know I may be lucky in having mine still working
OK after ~25yrs. (But it's is a damn sight better than my UK 'vans!!)

A big advantage is that, if you leave your 'van somewhere (storage,
garage mort en France, etc.) without electric hook-up, it's easy to
remove the battery in the TP2, charge it in the car and leave it
happily on charge at home. Then do the reverse when picking up the
'van.

So I'm not getting rid of my old TP2, while it's still working, so
there!!

Cheers, Doc.
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Old November 2nd 03, 03:02 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
JMcG
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Default Battery Chargers


There are a couple on Ebay at present, - one grey "battery frier", and one
white with red lid
http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...category=36 7
98

Mine was a brown one, and I wish I'd never let it go.

JMcG


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Lenny scribed in reponse:


Another was called the "TP2", which was quite good. The battery box
included a webbing shoulder strap, and you could plug the whole thing

into a
cable in your car boot to recharge the battery as you travelled about

during
the day. Haven't seen one for a few years though.

JMcG


TP2 was made by Labcraft, early ones were basic but worked, later ones
(with LED meter) fried batteries.
Neither is suitable for use without a battery in circuit, if you want
more info ask Doc he loves them I think the bin is the best place for
them.

----****----
Lenny, you're being a bit cheeky there, but you're right. I think the
old 'brown box' TP2's were really useful gadgets (later, LED 'grey
box' ones were c**p) and I just wish a modern equivalent was
available. I'm sure they'd sell, even in these days of the built-in
(cr**py) charger. I know I may be lucky in having mine still working
OK after ~25yrs. (But it's is a damn sight better than my UK 'vans!!)

A big advantage is that, if you leave your 'van somewhere (storage,
garage mort en France, etc.) without electric hook-up, it's easy to
remove the battery in the TP2, charge it in the car and leave it
happily on charge at home. Then do the reverse when picking up the
'van.

So I'm not getting rid of my old TP2, while it's still working, so
there!!

Cheers, Doc.



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Old November 2nd 03, 07:07 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Tony Maris
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I agree with Doc. IMO, the brown version was superior to the later grey
one. The only thing I recall that was white with a red lid was a simple
plastic storage box that I used to stock. However, that was not associated
with LabCraft and had no charging facility.

Regards

--
Tony M
Towbars & Trailers
Chesterfield
Specialists in Towing Equipment
NTTA Council Member
http://www.towitall.co.uk
QSA accredited for Towbars and Trailers



"JMcG" wrote in message
...

There are a couple on Ebay at present, - one grey "battery frier", and one
white with red lid

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...category=36 7
98

Mine was a brown one, and I wish I'd never let it go.

JMcG




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Old November 4th 03, 11:20 AM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Peter Balcombe
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Default Battery Chargers


I've still got the brown one I got from a car boot sale for 2.50 about 10
years ago . It hasn't got a lid but I use it as my battery charger for my
cars and my caravan. Seems to happily soldier on for ever.

Peter


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Old November 4th 03, 12:51 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
John Bradbury
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Default Battery Chargers

I thought in the dim and distant past I remembered such a charger.

I will be getting a new van shortly which comes without a charger or
battery. I therefore need a new one.

People talk about using a standard battery charger for this but does
this mean a "cheap" charger or one of the "intelligent" chargers that
stops charging when full and then provides a top up trickle as and when
needed?
(I would assume that this would be wir4d directly to the battery and the
crocs thrown away)



In message , Peter
Balcombe writes

I've still got the brown one I got from a car boot sale for 2.50 about 10
years ago . It hasn't got a lid but I use it as my battery charger for my
cars and my caravan. Seems to happily soldier on for ever.

Peter



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Old November 4th 03, 02:19 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Harry Bloomfield
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Default Battery Chargers

In article , john-
says...
| People talk about using a standard battery charger for this but does
| this mean a "cheap" charger or one of the "intelligent" chargers that
| stops charging when full and then provides a top up trickle as and when
| needed?
| (I would assume that this would be wir4d directly to the battery and the
| crocs thrown away)
|

If by cheap you mean one which simply bungs a charge into the battery
whether charging is needed or not, then these are to be avoided at all
costs.

They were never very usable even when the battery is off load during
charge, but where they are charging against the varying load found in a
caravan. They were only intended to be used in circumstances where a
careful eye is kept on the battery being charged, to prevent over
charging.

One with a controlled output voltage is fine providing it has been done
properly, but even better are the intelligent ones where the voltage
output is varied according to circumstances is better.

Depending on the type of battery, the charger may need to be matched to
it to prevent it charging the battery with too much current.

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