Fully Solar Powered RV

A question was put to me today in the iTechworld store in Perth.

"What do you think is the future of RV travel?"

Fully Solar Powered RV

Its an interesting thought as the transportation industry is being flipped on its head by taking two of the most basic essentials—the driving experience and fuel—out of the equation entirely.

Self-driving vehicles and rechargeable technology is changing the landscape of driving. That market has been expanding beyond everyday vehicles with advances in things like electric-powered semi trucks. We have also seen the rise of the tiny home market, where solar panels and other green technology is often utilized. Motorhomes have been largely left out of this discussion. That’s for understandable reasons. A vehicle synonymous with the wide-open road (and, inherently at odds with the idea of frequent EV charging stations) has no obvious place in the electric market. Until now.....

Having a few minutes spare time I quickly had a search on Google about the future of RV's and came across something that our very efficient German friends have developed. The company responsible, Dethleffs have come up with something quite remarkable but at the same time something that seems so obvious. An electric motorhome built for the open road, with a sleek design and covered head-to-toe in solar panels. This gives us an electric vehicle that is not dependent on charging stations as the solar panels keep it powered.

Fully Solar Powered RV

The “e.home” was on display at last years Caravan Salon Düsseldorf 2017 throughout September. The marketing team at Dethleffs were cheeky enough to announce it just in time to steal the thunder from Volkswagen’s Kombi van announcement. Clever.  

Keeping a motorhome and all its components powered up requires an extensive amount of energy as we all know. To meet that requirement, Dethleffs has covered virtually every inch of the e.home with solar panels, not too dissimilar from the iTechworld 100w flexible solar panel. The RV is built on the company’s Iveco Daily Electric chassis with a 107-horsepower electric motor. The motorhome would have a range just shy of 100 miles if it wasn’t covered in solar panels, but it is. Those babies can make up to 3,000 watts of electricity for its huge battery bank. In other words, you’re all going just keep going and going and going.

Flexible Solar Panels

The cabin is fully fitted with all of the amenities of a modern motorhome, with all electric appliances, several sleeping areas, a kitchen, a bathroom, etc., but also includes some cutting-edge components that are aimed at increasing the efficiency of the heating system and augmenting the privacy and comfort of the residents of the e.home. By incorporating "latent heat accumulator plates" made with a phase change material that can absorb excess heat and store it to be released after the sun goes down, and by integrating infrared heating elements in the floor and furniture, the e.home is designed to feel cozy to the occupants without consuming excessive amounts of electricity. Two different applications of a foil-based technology, in both the lighting and the windows, one of which allows for "a bright planar light" inside the cabin, and the other enables the windows to be "electrically dimmed" for both sun and heat protection as well as for privacy.

 American Solar Cells

Dethleffs has added some 31 square feet of thin-film solar cells to the exterior of the e.home, creating a 3 kW (peak) solar array and adding a little bit of energy autonomy to the e.home. However, there's at least one major issue with the solar array, which is that it's on all sides of the vehicle, so no more than half of it can be exposed to direct sunlight at any given moment. Perhaps that's intentional, as it would allow some solar electricity gains to be had during the day no matter which direction it's facing, but there's no indication of what the average solar output from the array is, nor how long it would take to charge the e.home battery pack from solar alone. 

The Dethleffs e.home concept vehicle isn't for sale, and there are no current plans to put this particular model into production, but it is being used to showcase the future of electric mobility in the caravan sector, which might be coming sooner than expected.

Living in Australia this would seem ideal as the conditions are perfect for this type of vehicle, the only real thing I would be worried about is how hot the solar cells would get on the outside. Exciting times ahead. Our light weight flexible solar panels are already in use around Australia today. Check them out HERE.

 

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Ian

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4.8KVA Inverter Generator

Inverter Generator Perth

Power experts iTechworld have been manufacturing Pure Sine Wave Inverter Generators for the best part of a decade they have now developed a fuel injected model that is capable of handling large power items that use anything up to 3300 Watts. This load testing and measurement is conducted in Perth WA, the Inverter Generators are tested on compressors, angle grinders, caravan air conditioners and much more.

 ITechworld have specifically designed a 4.8KVA Inverter Generator to handle the harsh Australian conditions. Its primary function is to run large power items with ease. To achieve this the iTechworld 4.8KVA Inverter Generator comes fully fitted with a state of the art computerised pure sine wave inverter board, this means you get commercial grade electricity directly from the inverter generator. This is the safest and smartest way to use you’re 240v equipment and power tools. 

As with all their products iTechworld have loaded many quality features into their 4.8KVA Inverter Generator. It has an easy key start system, meaning you don’t have to pull a rope in the blistering heat to get it started. You just turn the key. It has 2x 15 Amp 240v AC outlets. There is also a digital LCD screen to let you know how much power you are using at any given time. This superior machine also features a new built in trolley system to ensure that you can move it from point A to point B with ease! Itechworld even include a 12v battery charging kit absolutely free, this enables you to charge 12v batteries as well.

 

The iTechworld 4.8KVA Inverter Generator has a state of the art electronic Fuel Injection system. Unlike some other inverter generators on the market which have issues restarting after long periods of being idle the iTechworld 4.8KVA Inverter Generator negates any carburetor issues thanks to its advanced Electronic Fuel Injection system. This innovative system increases fuel efficiency. So, not only is it one of the most up to date Inverter Generators on the Australian market today it will also help your back pocket as the fuel tanks last longer.

 

Unlike many noisy generators, the iTechworld 4.8KVA Inverter Generator uses an innovative muffler system for low noise operation of between 50dB and 57dB, making it the one of the quietest inverter generators in its class.

Weighing in at just 33kg and measuring 570mm long, 280mm wide and 490mm high, it is a truly portable power station.

 

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Put your Jumper Leads in the bin

Jumper Leads Damage your Vehicle

After a long trip, you get back to your car in the airport parking lot and your battery is dead. You can either ask a stranger to help jump start your car or wait for a tow truck. This situation is not ideal because you are either putting your safety in jeopardy or wasting your time. There have been personal battery jump starters in the past but these older jump starter batteries were made out of lead acid compounds (typically Ni-Cd or Ni-MH), which lost their charge quickly and were heavy and bulky. With advances in lithium-ion technology, handheld jump starters no longer have lower peak cranking amps to keep the design lightweight. Now you can jump start your car all on your own with intelligent lithium-ion batteries. Lithium-ion jump starter batteries offer the following benefits over lead-acid jump starter batteries:

1. Compact Portable Power:

Are you tired of carrying around a lead acid portable jump starter unit that weighs over 10kg? The iTechworld jump starters are lightweight and extremely powerful compared to lead acid units. These new batteries weigh up to 80% less and are up to 500% smaller than their lead acid counterparts.

Not only will iTechworld jump starters get your vehicle going, they also feature USB port(s) for emergency portable power. Now you can charge smart phones, tablets, cameras and more when you are on the go. On top of that iTechworld include a female 12v socket enabling you to run 12v devices such as fridges, TVs and lights directly from the unit.

2. Power That Lasts:

Lithium-ion batteries are purpose built to outlive traditional lead acid batteries. Due to their chemical makeup, lithium-ion batteries have a very low self discharge rate (2% vs. 10+% in lead acid). This allows the battery to be left unused in a car for up to three years and still function properly.

Lithium-ion batteries have a much greater cycle life than lead acid batteries. On average, lithium-ion batteries can be cycled to 80% depth of discharge 1,900 times where as lead acid batteries can only be cycled to 50% depth of discharge 1,000 times. Due to this, lithium-ion jump starter batteries will last 7-10 years compared to 2-3 years for a lead acid battery.

3. The iTechworld Difference:

All lithium-ion jump starter batteries have advantages over lead acid jump starter batteries, the ITECH900a and ITECH400a are the best in class.

• Internal Cell Balancing Circuit –  Micro-processor controlled internal cell balancing board in each of its batteries designed to maximize the performance of each cell in the batteries.

• Battery Management System (BMS) – iTechworld smart batteries contain a solid state switch that controls temperature volatility. This switch prevents overcharging and discharging, improving the overall lifespan performance and safety of the batteries.

• Quality Engineering – iTechworld's innovation laboratory prides itself on the design and construction of its batteries utilizing the highest quality components in all phases of design and construction. The iTechworld built-in intelligent components guarantee the safety and quality of each iTechworld product.

• Prismatic Cells – Cylindrical cells only come in certain sizes which limits the possible shapes and sizes of the starter battery case designs. As such, batteries fit for many vehicles may be poor, or impossible as they are too wide or too tall and create internal hot spots. Prismatic cells on the other hand, are rectangular packages which can be freely designed and sized according to the size requirements of the battery case. As such, iTechworld offers perfect drop-in fit in most vehicles along with having better thermal management properties.

4. Digital revolution

The ECUs that control the systems maximising fuel efficiency, traction and safety operate via binary code that relies on a stable voltage from the battery.

Zapping them with a random blast from jumper leads is like shocking a human heart: an interruption of the correct levels and rhythms can be fatal.

Another phenomenon iTechworld readers may not be aware of is ‘injured’ electronics.

That’s when a vehicle continues to function after a conventional jumpstart but then slowly starts to lose its electrical functionality over the following months.

Predictive functions like auto window-winding will stop first before the rot spreads domino-like through the rest of the vehicle’s ECUs.

 

The smarter and safer way to get yourself out of trouble is to have either an iTech400a or an iTech900a in your glove box. If you have a large diesel you need the iTech900a if you have a petrol vehicle you need the iTech400a.

 

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Ian

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900 Amp Jump Starter

900 Cold Cranking Amps Jump Starter Battery Pack

An iTechworld Jump Starter battery pack is an incredibly useful tool for those terrible situations when you turn the ignition key and nothing happens due to a flat battery. Whether the battery is on its way out, or even if the problem is as simple as the lights being left on in the car, the iTechworld Jump Starter will get you out of trouble.



Most Jump Starter packs of this style that are available in Australia can only produce around 400 amps, the iTECH900A produces a whopping 900 Amps! We have yet to find a car it will not start!

 

 

As if that wasn't enough the iTECH900A is also a 20ah Lithium-ion battery. Meaning you can run devices directly from the unit. To make it easier we have even supplied fittings in the package so that you can run your 12v fridge, 12v TV, 12v LED lights, any laptop, phone, tablet, camera you name it! It has two USB ports and even has a torch built into it.



It only weighs 625g, isn't much bigger than a smart phone and can be easily stored in your glove box.

One of our mantras here at iTechworld is to supply old fashioned customer service. We thought how can we make this product better? So we decided to go above and beyond normal retail Australian practice. We have insured this product with Allianz insurance covering up to 2 million Dollars. No other jump starter company that we know of in the world can cover the jump starters with insurance like we do. So we have literally put our money were our mouth is.

Check out a live demonstration on the 900a Jump Starter filmed on Facebook.

 

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Ian

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