Our new DCX Power Platform caravan battery is 14.3kWh, which is humongous and means we no longer need to worry about power the way we used to. We can go off the grid longer, use air conditioning longer, and we could even power other people’s vans if we needed to when off the grid. We have been able to ditch gas (which used to add heaps to the weight of our setup and was more fiddly to manage) and still use hot water (electric) and do all our cooking via electrics.
The battery system has a 5000W inverter which means we can power a number of devices at the one time without any concerns or issues. It is 48 volts in comparison to most vans which are 12 volts. Basically it’s a new and different type of system, which was a big part of the appeal for us and Royal Flair, who were both excited to push it to the limits and test out our theory of using solar power to exclusively power the van.
We combined this battery with commercial grade solar panels, meaning we have better efficiency in our ability to utilise the sun’s energy. We have teamed it with four 400 watt panels (1600 watts in total) and have designed the roof around the solar panels, rather than the other way around. Most people tend to have rooftop fans that pop up on the roof, along with TV aerials, and then they try to fit their solar panels around that. What we’ve done is make use of the space firstly for solar, and then arranged the other things on the roof around that.
We don’t have any TV aerials or hatches up the top other than our Caravan Sahara and Air Conditioner, which has meant we can really maximise the space for our solar panels.