Technical

TECHNICAL-Batteries

There are often posts on 4×4 groups where people inquire about purchasing a battery. Sometimes the advice given makes no sense at all, which motivated DIRK VAN REENEN to consolidate the key elements around how a battery, charger and charge controller work.

Do you speak 4×4?

I have recently bought my first 4×4 and have to say that I am feeling overwhelmed with all the terms and technology. Please explain some of the common terms in layman’s terms. – Sunette Truter

Our writer and digital content creator, Anton Willemse Jnr, has undergone a number of 4×4 training courses and continuously learns “on the job”. He explains some of the most common terms:

Let there be light

It happens far too often that I walk into a store, pick up a hand-held spotlight and look at the specs
– only to find that one says lumens, another says lux and the last reads something about candle power or candela. What are the key differences and what should I look out for when shopping for suitable lighting solutions for my set-up? – JOHAN BRUWER.

Raising the roof(rack)

I recently bought a 4×4 for camping and overlanding. Do I need a roof rack? – MIKE OOSTHUIZEN.

We chatted to Kurt Brunner, owner of Ultimate Bush Adventurer. Here’s what he had to say:
If ever there was a can of worms to be opened, this is it. Roof rack companies will swear that this is an absolute necessity, but is it really?

Rooftop or Ground tent?

In recent weeks, we have been inundated with queries around the best option between ground tents and rooftop tents. Given the high cost involved with a rooftop tent specifically, we turned to our online audience for their opinions. What was clear is that personal preference and your camping set-up plays a large role here. Let’s take a look at some pros and cons for both:

Control the power

Setting up a vehicle-based 12V system to charge the battery or batteries that will power all your off-grid appliances involves quite a few choices

Sensible solar

Solar panels have been around for years, and they are getting both better and cheaper. If you are a regular wild camper, an investment in remote charging will make life a whole lot easier.

Winches: 10 things to know

If you travel alone and tend to push the capabilities of your vehicle, the time will come when the usual first-order recovery techniques – like