Enerdrive Lithium Battery Set up -Aussie Destinations Unknown
We’ve done what we’ve been doing for a long time now – and we get asked lots of questions by many people. The number one thing everyone seems to want to know more about is how we stay powered up when we are camping off grid. We love to talk about this, and if you happen to be nearby, we love to lift the cushions off the lounge and show you!
Firstly, let me explain who we are, what we do and what we do it in. We are Aussie Destinations Unknown (ADU) made up of me (Miriam) and Chris and exploring Australia full time in our SS22.6” Titanium Southern Star Hardcore and Chev Silverado is what we do. We share our adventures along the way via our blog, YouTube channel and social media platforms.
If you click this link, https://youtu.be/6P3GcdnAhqg, you can check out our YouTube caravan tour video, and if you click on this one https://youtu.be/uAO1OFuRIEw, you will be taken to a video we did on our system while we had the Enerdrive 2000 watt inverter — we now run the Enerdrive 2600w but I’ll get to that in a minute.
Chris and I have been camping for years – since we were both kids with our respective families! And for the past 10 years that we have been together we’ve had all sorts of setups including tents, rooftops, and our homemade camper trailer. Now we are in our 4th caravan!
Something we have always struggled with is power. Reliability is so important and so is simplicity. Everything we looked at seemed ridiculously complicated so that even powering up the generator to run the coffee machine became tedious—and annoying for the neighbours, as Chris is a very early riser. And the constant flashing error light on the fridge in the back of the 4x4 was enough to drive anyone bonkers!
When we heard about Enerdrive lithium battery systems, we were intrigued and wanted to find out more. So, we chatted with the very helpful Enerdrive guys who explained in detail what would suit us best, and why, and it was a real ‘a-ha!’ moment. ‘This is what we have been looking for our entire camping lives!’
We are now the proud owners of not one, but two Enerdrive lithium battery systems. When we realised how good the product really is, we knew that we needed one in our 4x4 as well. The Chev is set up as a full overlanding vehicle, fully capable of heading to the remote and hard to reach areas we can’t take the caravan to.
The Chev has upgraded suspension; a lift kit; bigger wheels with tough tyres; plus a full canopy complete with rooftop tent, 270 awning and shower cube; a kitchen that includes a slide out double induction cooktop, microwave, soda stream, large benches and slide out pantry; plus heaps of room to store all of our tools and take what we need with us. It also has a hot water system. Now, if you read back through that list you will notice a lot of 240v appliances in there! This is where the Enerdrive lithium battery system comes into its own, allowing us to run everything we need without needing to plug into mains or worrying about running out of power. We can even charge up our e-bikes from the back of the 4x4!
It’s exactly the same in the caravan. We can freecamp and can pull up anywhere, at any time, and use any appliance without the need for mains power. I run my air fryer, Thermomix, washing machine, hair dryer, straightener, the microwave and Chris gets to use his coffee machine —quietly, whenever he likes! Lol. Our Enerdrive lithium battery system even powers the air conditioning. Chris had a bit of a play around with this and has discovered that on a sunny day with the huge solar system pumping in, the air-con can easily run for 5-6 hours or more. (Obviously, this is dependent on conditions and variables.)
How do we know what we can run and for how long? We have the Simarine monitoring system that shows us everything. We can see which appliance is drawing how much energy, and we can also see how much charge is being put back into the battery by either solar or from the Chev. If it’s a cloudy day, we just start the car and the alternator pumps charge back into the battery. The Simarine also tells us how many hours of usage we have left with the current load that is being drawn. I’m not a tech person and even I find it very easy to understand and use.
The most important thing to do before purchasing your system is to figure out what components you need and how you will be using them.
The first insight into this for me was when I wanted to use my Air Fryer. It’s a Phillips XXL which draws 2225 watts. Our inverter was a 2000w. This meant that if I plugged it in, I wouldn’t hear the whir of the machine starting up, I’d hear the Enerdrive system beep and flash telling me I couldn’t use it! I had a small moment of panic before Chris and the guys at Enerdrive came up with the simple solution of upgrading to the 2600w inverter which easily runs everything.
For a full run down on all the components and their benefits in our system, please head over to our website and have a look! http://www.aussiedestinationsunknown.com.au/enerdrive/
If you are debating whether or not a system like this is worth the money, let me tell you that without a doubt, this is by far the most important part of our set-up. So, stop ‘umming and aahhing’, and start figuring out what will work best for you and your set up! The guys at Enerdrive are super helpful and are always happy to answer any questions and point you in the right direction.
If you do end up powering your setup with Enerdrive, drop us a line and let us know what you think!