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ARK DC Car Charger Model DPS1010-120240

Posted: 14 days ago Quote #1554
I have been running this off the 12v charge in my Grand Cherokee and, more recently off my 80w solar panel on my Patrol.
I ca get 18 volts showing at the solar but only 1.2 (at best) at the charger.  It appears that something may have failed in the charger itself.  The battery will charge on 240v.
Can you offer any advice on how to remedy this situation?
Many thanks
Greg
Posted: 13 days ago Quote #1555
Hi Greg

the DC to DC car charger needs a constant 120 watts to operate to spec, the DC to DC car charger is not meant to be plugged into a solar panel of any size the reason is the voltage fluctuation is to much and not a constant 120 watts this is a problem and the DC to DC car charge is only meant to be plugged into a female cig socket that is connected to a car 12 volt system.

any more questions please ask.

Regards

Brett from Ark
http://www.arkcorp.com.au/
Posted: 13 days ago Quote #1556
Great!  Thanks, I was not aware that that was the case.  I'll pop a cigarette lighter plug back on and see what happens.
Posted: 12 days ago Quote #1557
Hi Greg

please keep us updated and if you have anymore questions please ask.

Regards

Brett from Ark
http://www.arkcorp.com.au/
Posted: 9 days ago Quote #1562
I have now determined that the power source is not the solar but drawing from the second battery ((healthy).  Sorry for the confusion.

I am now charging the Arkpak on 240v to get some juice back into it,

Could the charger be broken?  How do you test for operation?

Many thanks

Cookie
Posted: 8 days ago Quote #1563
Hi Greg

so i am 100% clear your saying the Ark Pak will not charge via the supplied DC to Dc car charger is that what you are saying ?

if so please check the 10 amp glass fuse that is located on the inside of the male socket and check that is has not blown, if you mean something different could please explain so i can offer some advice.

will await your reply

Regards

Brett from Ark
http://www.arkcorp.com.au/
Posted: 8 days ago Quote #1564
That's correct Brettt.  No charge throught the 12-24v charger.  No fuse as I have changed it over to an Anderson plug = more secure, ....... or wrong thing to do?
Posted: 8 days ago Quote #1565


Hi Greg

Thank you for the reply and i do understand why you have done it, what i must advise is at ark we do not encourage or recomend this course of action, but i do understand why you have done it.

I have some questions for you  to help understand the problem.

the new lead you have created does it have a fuse on it and if so what size ?

the reason i ask  is that DC- lead came with a 10amp fast blow fuse and the wiring is 16AWG wiring which handles a max current of 13 amps  by cutting off the DC male socket and if you have not put a 10amp you may have fatigued or shorted out the wiring  by allowing too much current to pass thru.

will await your reply.

Regards

Brett  from Ark

http://www.arkcorp.com.au/
Posted: 8 days ago Quote #1566
G'day Brett,

No.  No fuse.
Posted: 8 days ago Quote #1567
Hi Greg

this not good news at all you must always have a 10amp fuse on that lead  as you can fatigue the wire or worst it could over heat and melt from too much current going thru it.

Regards

Brett from Ark
http://www.arkcorp.com.au/