Apr 27, 2014
First Impressions unboxing the Arkpak revealed a substantial battery box made of thick black plastic. No battery is included for obvious reasons I suppose. As you can imagine shipping a 70 lb deep cycle battery is really expensive. Also I imagine some users would like to use a battery they already have. The unit has large battery leads that attach to the screw posts on a deep cycle battery. https://www.arkportablepower.com
These are popular with Offroaders with 4×4 vehicles as a alternative to duel battery systems. It’s more versatile because you can move it to where you need power outside your vehicle for portable winches, air compressors or tailgating.
ArkPak Field Test:
The Arkpak can power your:
- mini Fridge or freezer
- cpap breathing machine
- cell phones
- camera batteries
- rotisserie for your must have meats
- sat phone
- vhf radio
- CFL bulb lighting all night
- trolling motor
- jump dead vehicle batteries
- Plus more!
This would be great for camping or tailgating where users want extra power but don’t want to run their vehicle battery down. Readers will be yelling “buy a gas generator” at this point, but no one wants to be next to you tailgating or camping, while you run a loud gas generator. The ArcPak provides hours of clean silent power that won’t piss off your neighbors, letting you enjoy the outdoors. Wait some generators are quiet you say, yes the Honda an Yamaha Inverter series “suitcase” generators are much quieter but they are $1000 – $2000 so they are not really comparable. Most of the $300 generators people are talking about are the construction variety and are loud so I won’t compare it to a gas generator anymore.
People have been buying the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 for their medical breathing CPAP machines while they sleep while camping or in grid down situations. Those are over $1300 and don’t have the storage capacity that the ArkPak does. The Arkpak doesn’t have as big of inverter but it does have more storage capacity and is 1/3 the price. If 150 watts is enough or you have your own inverter I’d go Ark Pack over Goal Zero units.
- Maximum 130 AH capacity
- 50 Amp Anderson Power pole connector for solar charging or loads
- wing nuts for solar charging or connecting other loads
- Smart Charger for battery
- Advanced Battery Monitor Display
- 150 watt power inverter
- 2 – 12volt accessory sockets
- Fuse Panel
- Expandable to dual battery setup
My ArkPak Overview Video
Testing with 20 watt of solar power. I would recommend at least 40 watts but 20 is sufficient to charge the battery.