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Everyone loves camping, they just might not know it yet.

 

Over the years I've come to learn that the outdoors is for everyone, some people just don't know it yet. I believe every person has a wild side within them, it just needs to be drawn out slowly. From my experience turning city dwellers into Bear Grylls wannabes, I've put together a simple guide to taking your friend, family member, or significant other on their first camping trip. Follow these 7 steps and it won’t be their last!

  1. Understand Their Experience

First and foremost, find out what experience your guest has with the outdoors. Did they grow up in a rural area or in a city? Have they gone camping in the past? What are the details of the trip? Did they stay in an RV with a TV and shower or was it in a tent and they used baby wipes as their shower? Usually people always say they have been on a camping trip where they were "really roughing it!" Obviously err on the side of caution because roughing it for some people may be a full-blown survival situation and for others it may be going without phone service for a few days.

  1. Start Small and Simple

Once you have an idea about how far you can push them, you have to use the acronym KISS to plan a trip! Keep It Simple Stupid! You might be a bushman who can live by the knife and in a single bound or pull salmon out of the river with your beard, but remember that your guest may not even know how to set up a tent. You can start small with some “glamping” to ease them in. Rent a cabin, an RV, or find a campsite with all the amenities like hot showers, temperature control, clean bathrooms, etc. The shorter and simpler the outdoor adventure, the less chance for things to go wrong and more likely that your guest will have the desire to return. Plan short hikes that aren't difficult or drive to the great view instead of hike. 

  1. Make Them Overly Comfortable

Now that you have the perfect plan and you've got them outside, make their outside experience as cozy as their home. Whatever everyday items your guests just can’t live without, find a way to bring that into the outdoors. Many campsites offer electrical hookups and showers which can be a lifesaver for someone who isn't used to roughing it. Bring pillows and extra blankets to place in the tent to keep it soft and warm instead of just the old ground pad and sleeping bag. If your friend has a coffee every morning, bring your favorite camping coffee set up and make them a fresh cup of Joe in the morning. Get creative with the cooking and take the kitchen outside. This also gives you the chance to show off your cast iron cooking skills that your guest will rave about. Nothing smells better than bacon and eggs on a cast iron grill over an open flame! Help your new camping buddy feel right at home by getting a power inverter for your rig that will enable them to use all their 240v stuff when they are roughing it.

  1. Teach and Be Taught

Be a supportive mentor first, then learn. Most people like to learn new skills and are excited, but people are usually nervous or embarrassed when trying something they don't know. Don't act like a know-it-all and boss them around. Be humble and teach them the cool skills you know and love. Show them the best way to pack a bag, set up a tent, or make a fire. On the next night, give them a shot at making the fire or setting up the tent. Explain the sounds of the wild to them. Explain the different animal tracks on trial. Nothing is cooler than your friend heading into work on Monday to brag about all the new stuff they learned.

  1. The WOW Factor

This tip is the icing on the cake! Make sure that first adventure has a WOW factor somewhere in the trip. Find one visual scene that will burn a lasting memory in your guest's mind that will have them itching to come back for more. Whether it’s a beautiful sunset or sunrise, a sprawling salt lake, endless night sky or chance encounter with wildlife, make it EPIC! One amazing experience will completely overshadow any memories of mosquito bites or dirt under their fingernails.

  1. Surprise and Reset

This part of the trip can be as simple as extra candy on trail, or as extravagant as a night at a 5 star hotel before heading home. It's up to you, depending on the difficulty or duration of your adventure, to determine when the best time to use this will be. It may be earlier than later depending on how hard you push your guest. Once you have hiked all day, camped multiple nights in the bush, or lived off freshly caught fish, execute the Surprise and Reset. Take your guests into town to grab a beer and a sit down meal, order a pizza, have an extra box of chocolates for them that you pull out when they’re down, or ditch the tent for a warm cabin to cap off an amazing trip. Whatever you do, surprise your guests so they aren't wondering when all this nature will stop. Let them have a brief, relaxing moment that will reset them from all the new outdoor experiences.

  1. Prep and Push The Envelope

The final stage is to prep and push the envelope. Once you are on your way home, reminisce about the great times you had and the funny mishaps. Motivate your guest, explain how impressed you were with how they handled their first camping trip and prep them for the next adventure. Push them a little further each time and do whatever it takes to get them back in the outdoors. Follow this guide and you will have given someone the greatest gift of all. A love for the outdoors!

 

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Customer Submitted Blog

 

 

A Satisfied Customers Blog

by Murray Stapleton

 

While solar power has been around for a long time now, for most of us it was so expensive we couldn’t really afford it, And if we could afford it we found it too confusing to figure out what we needed and how and where to get it.  Most of us just threw our hands up in the air and decided it wasn’t for us.

However, in the last few years all that has started to change as the price of solar has dramatically dropped. Suddenly solar prices were reasonable and the average person could actually afford it for their homes, van or RV. But that still left the problem of how to get it installed. If you paid someone else to install it the costs would skyrocket and most people didn’t know what to buy or how to install it. So it still remained out of reach for most of us.

One company set out to change all that and to an amazing degree they have succeeded. Itechworld came into existence around 10 years ago and they have revolutionized solar power. I know at least a dozen people who own iTechworld solar panels and they are all totally satisfied with them. What makes them unique is the fact that you can order a complete kit for a very low price right off their website.

In fact, they are so popular and so good that my standard recommendation for most people on a tight budget is to order a 120, 140 or 160 watt kit from itechworld.com.au, depending on their budget and power needs. If you have a little more money to play with, and are willing to do your homework, I think you’re better off to spend a little more and buy higher system.

How much solar do i need

You can’t go wrong with an iTechworld solar panels but you still have to make a few choices. What size of solar panel do you need? This is the most common question out there. The easy way to work it out is to find out how many Amps you are taking out of your battery over a 24 hour period. In my case I take out around 50-60 Amps per day. The next thing to do is to work out how many Amps per day your solar system will put in. My two iTechworld 120 Watt Hard Frame Roof mounted panels put approx 13 Amps in every hour. Now we have to multiply that by how many hours of peak sunlight the solar panels get. Here in Kalgoorlie at this time of the year we are getting around 6 hours.

13 Amps x 6 Hours = 78 Amps Per Day

This gives me almost 20 amps to play with.

My recommendation is very simple; buy all you can afford. Why? Because you need to plan for the worst weather conditions, not the best. You will run into storms and clouds and if you don’t want to run out of power you must have more solar than you need in good weather. If you buy all you can afford, even if it seems like too much,  you’ll be ready for bad weather and able to add extra electrical devices you didn’t even know you wanted.

For most people, 120 watts is the sweet spot with enough power to meet your needs for the least amount of money. Start there if you can afford it and if you can’t then get a 120 watt panel to see if that’s enough and if it isn’t you can add a second 120 watt panel when you can afford it.

Where to mount the solar panels?

A lot of people mount their solar panels permanently on the roof using the iTechworld mounting corners. The issue with this is that if you want to keep your van cool and park in the shade the solar panels will not produce as much power as they would when out in the sun. The alternative to mounting is to have a portable folding solar kit that can be taken out and placed away from the van when you are parked up. Not mounting them on the roof has lots of advantages:

  1. It makes installation so much easier that most people can do it by themselves with a little guidance. All iTechworld portable kits come with Anderson Plugs and alligator clips for easy connection.
  2. You don’t have to drill holes in the roof which is a very scary idea for a lot of people and eliminates the risk of leaks.
  3. You can park the van in the shade and move the panel out into the sunshine, keeping it much cooler in the summer.
  4. It’s easy to tilt the panels, you just lean them up against something like the side of the van.
  5. It’s easy to turn the panels to always be facing the sun. The combination of tilting and tracking the sun with your panels will give you a lot more power into your battery at the end of the day.

What are the disadvantages of not mounting the panels.

The main disadvantage is you can’t use them while you’re traveling and you can’t use them in the city. It’s also a hassle to have to store them away every time you need to run into town. We each have to measure the pros and cons for ourselves.

In conclusion iTechworld genuinely have a solar panel to suit any situation. I would always recommend them and the helpful team at the Rivervale store to any of my fellow grey nomads. Their experience and expertise is second to none. I have always found Ian or any of the other boys at the store to be knowledgeable and helpful.

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American Solar Cell Testing Lab

American Solar Cell Testing Lab

"We test, test and test again to deliver the industry's most reliable panels"

High temperatures. Dust storms. Coastal erosion. Biting frost. Heavy storms. Blowing sand. Dense snow loads. We look at the testing that the new iTechworld American Solar Cells go through before they hit Australian shores. This ensures optimal performance and durability—and maximizes return on your solar investment.

In fact, the testing goes far beyond the most stringent of U.S and international standards, including the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), producing high quality solar cells.

"Every panel must satisfy strict performance and safety criteria—with NO exceptions"

Solar panel hail impact quality test

Hail Impact Test. Replicates a natural hail storm by dropping a 1.1-pound, one-inch steel ball onto the solar cells from a height of 13 feet. This is repeated this up to 20 times in the same place on at least 11 different points of impacts.

 

 

Solar panel breakage quality test

Panel Breakage Test. Subjects the cells to brutal impacts by heavy or hard objects to ensure stability and break-resistance. Occasionally hard objects fall onto solar panels and they will conduct these test to ensure that roof-mounted solar system will withstand these impacts. For good measure, they also drop a 1KG, lead-filled sack from a height of 1 metre onto the middle of vertically positioned solar panels up to three times.

 

 

Solar panel inclined plane quality test

Inclined Plane Test. Tests the effects of snow load on the lower edge of the cells, which simulates real-world conditions since sliding snow and ice apply pressure to the lower part of the frame. Other companies typically test evenly distributed snow load on a horizontal panel, even though installations almost always parallel the slope of a roof. Although this is not really an issue in Australia it is good to know that these sort of tests are performed and quality is assured.

 

Solar panel salt spray quality test

Salt Spray Test. Makes sure the cells are ideally suited for coastal areas and salty air by exposing the solar panel to a salt mist mixture and then storing it under humid conditions to simulate coastal conditions. They voluntarily submit their cells for this optional test to guarantee maximum performance and further demonstrate a commitment to quality.

 

 

Solar panel hemispheric lighting quality test

Hemispheric Lighting Test. Simulates authentic light and temperature conditions to make sure the cells deliver optimal performance in the real world—which includes changing weather patterns.

 

 

Solar panel mechanical load quality test

Mechanical Load Test. Ensures the cells withstand extreme weather conditions, including excessive wind pressure, wind suction and snow load. Alternating pressure and suction is applied up to 1.2 million times using both static and dynamic forces.

 

 

Solar panel UV light aging quality test

UV Light Aging Test. Guarantees excellent results from our solar cells even in some of the brightest spots on the planet. We simulate intense UV radiation, including 1300 kWh/m2 in normal conditions and up to 3000 kWh/m2 in desert conditions.

 

 

Solar panel climate chamber quality test

Climate Chamber Test. Puts our solar cells through extreme temperature fluctuations in order to emulate years of weather changes. In the climate chamber, the modules withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius to as high as 85 degrees Celsius. 

 

 

Solar panel peel quality test

Field Installation and Peel Tests. Tests performance by exposing our solar cells to real wind and weather conditions in varying climate zones—not just contrived laboratory conditions. In field tests, data consistently shows our cells perform well above 100 percent of predicted models. At the same time, peel tests confirm the superior reliability of our sheet-to-glass and inter-sheet connections, which is a key contributor to the long lifespan of the cells.

 

Solar panel hot spot quality test

Electrical and Hotspot Tests. Assures optimal insulation and electrical safety in both wet and dry conditions in a broad range of temperatures. Electroluminescence measurements identify otherwise undetectable micro-cracks or contact breaks while thermography cameras search for “hot spots,” which can occur when cells lie in a shadow and heat up as a result of residual electricity, ultimately damaging the panel over time.

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Benefits of Using A Portable Jump Starter

Who Needs A Portable Jump Starter?

An iTechworld Portable Jump Starter is the obvious choice for people travelling and for people who enjoy outdoor activities.

Every motorist can benefit from having an iTechworld Portable Jump Starter.  In colder weather for example, keeping a portable starter in the garage on it’s charger is a great way to help a sluggish battery on a cold morning.

After using your iTechworld Portable Jump Starter you can then just throw it in the boot or glove box in case you need it later.

Itechworld got some really interesting feedback from one of our customers:-

"The reason I love these portable jumpers is that I have two daughters.  I don’t want them stranded somewhere asking strangers for a jump. The peace of mind these portable starters give me as a father is well worth the price of two portable jumper packs" - Chester McPherson TAS

This really hits home especially when you consider that about 30% of car problems are caused by battery issues.

We have put together the 5 key benefits of having a Portable Jump Starter

#1. You don’t need to ask for help when you have a jump starter.

The most obvious advantage of a jump starter is the fact that it eliminates the need to find someone to loan their car to be used as a host vehicle, which is required when using booster cables. This advantage isn’t just about the hassle of having to find someone willing to help you. It is also a safety consideration. If you have your jump starter in your glove box, you can pull it out, connect it and get your vehicle started immediately, which is great when stranded at night or in an unfamiliar area.

#2. There’s no accessibility concerns.

Sometimes you can be parked or stranded somewhere that is difficulty to get access to. This becomes even more of an issues if you are disabled. We received some feedback from an iTechworld customer on such an issue.

"My elderly neighbour called me one day. Her husband utilizes a wheel chair and had recently been ill. As a result, they had not used their wheel chair accessible van for a few weeks. Their front porch allows them to pull the van next to the porch and manually open the sliding door to lower the van’s wheelchair ramp onto the porch.

That day, after locking the wheel chair into the locking mechanism inside the van, it was discovered the van’s battery was dead.  The wheel chair mechanism locks when the chair enters it and can only be unlocked electronically. Consequently, the husband was locked into the chair and could not be removed through the passenger door because the van was parked next to the porch – the door could not be opened.

I had jumper cables in my car, but they were not long enough to reach the front of the van due to how it was positioned in the driveway. So, we had no way to power the van to release the wheel chair lock. The situation was remedied when I used my iTechworld Portable Jump Starter.  In a matter of seconds, the van was started and the locking mechanism was released" - Steven Gilchrist NSW

The peace of mind that an iTechworld Portable Jump Starter creates is worth its weight in gold.

#3. Twice the connections means twice the chance for issues.

With booster cables, you have to make two sets of connections, which is twice the chance for issues. Reversed connections are very dangerous to the operator and the vehicles involved. They can create sparks, which could result in an explosion if battery gases are present. They also can cause damage to expensive electronic components on one or both of the vehicles involved, depending on when in the connection sequence the reverse connection takes place. With a jump starter, there is just one set of connections to make, simplifying what can be a confusing process.

#4. Concerns of damage to the host vehicle.

Even when care is taken to ensure a proper connection sequence and starting procedure, there remains the concern of whether the host vehicle is up to the task of providing the additional power needed by the disabled vehicle. If any components of the host vehicle’s electrical system are marginal or suspect, the additional requirements of the jump starting process may push those components over the edge. We remember how we once brought a friend’s car’s electrical system to its knees while borrowing it to use for a jump. We were young, the car was old and it was on the scrap heap within days. This is an extreme example, but there are always risks to the host vehicle when jump starting.

#5. Today’s Vehicles Make Booster Cables Inherently Risky

There are several reasons why using booster cables on today’s sophisticated vehicles brings inherent risks not present when using a jump starter. The first is that noise from the host vehicle can be transferred to the disabled vehicle. This noise can include voltage spikes and other anomalies that could damage sensitive electrical and electronic components on the disabled vehicle. As a jump starter is essentially an extension of the vehicle battery, short of a reverse connection, this concern does not exist.

In Conclusion

So, as you can see there are plenty of reasons to choose an iTechworld Portable Jump Starter over the conventional booster cables.  It’s just a better way of dealing with a dead battery.

If you have been on the fence, wondering if a portable jumper is really worth it, I hope this post will give you an understanding of the key benefits of owning a portable jumper.

Just remember a portable jumper will give you peace of mind, but you do have to maintain it so that when you do need it, it’s ready to go.

Portable jumpers are a life saver but you do have to remember to charge it once in a while.

 

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Portable Jump Starter

Portable Light Weight 900 Cold Cranking Amp Jump Starter

 

The iTECH900A is a must have piece of equipment. The primary function is to have the ability to jump start your vehicle when you have a flat battery, any time, any place with minimal fuss. Other functions include being able to charge various different mobile devices including tablets, mobile phones, satellite navigation, gaming devices and even portable fridges. The peace of mind this device creates is worth its weight in gold, you never have to be worried about being caught out when travelling. The beauty of the iTECH900A is that fits right into your glove box and is extremely light weight, compact and portable.

The iTECH900A isn't just useful for when you are in a tricky situation you can also use it when you are going on holidays, long journeys, festivals or corporate events as a backup device for those low battery emergencies. Weighing in at 600g this unit is very light weight, compact and sophisticated – supporting the new lithium polymer battery technology this is the most up to date battery technology and is of much higher quality compared to cheaper versions on the market.

Jump Start Diesel 

Looking at the design of the iTECH900A - it is very modern with a sleek black and orange finish, supporting an Ultra Bright LED torch which gives you a bright white light when you are in a dark situation. The ITECH900a also comes with a three way charging cable which includes a micro USB, IPod and the thunderbolt connecter for the iPhone five and upwards models, this allows you to charge and connect three different devices at the same time. The iTECH900A will only take approximately eight hours to fully charge and will last 6 to 12 months, although we would always recommend keeping the iTECH900A topped up every three months so you can be sure not to be caught short.

charge an iPhone remote 

The iTECH900A will only take an hour to fully charge your phone; you can do this up to twenty times on one full charge of the device. Using the iTECH900A to start your vehicle is very simple as all you need to do is connect the battery clips that are provided in the pack to your vehicle; turn the key and away you go. You can jump start a vehicle up to twenty times on a full charge from one of these devices. When the device does not have any power left it will be indicated using the L.E.D lights on the side of the device. When you want to charge the device you can plug it into the mains at home or any standard three pin plug socket.  If you’re not at home or near a plug socket you are also provided with an in car charger so you can charge on the move.

 

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