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  1. A DIY project Power Systems with 12v, Solar vs an Ecoflow Delta2 - which solution is better? It is not easy to compare, because both solutions have some advenate/disadvantages. Both variants did come with LiFePO4 and will have after 3000 Cycle times arround 80% capacity, the ecoflow and the DIY - in my comparison. So even with a daily use, it will have over 80% of the capacity after 8.3 Years. Guess that is not an point to discuss anymore. The space required by the DIY project and the weight are the main disadvantages, together with the starting price. And you can`t just use cheapies for the DIY buildup, when you want to have an serious warranty like the ecoflow did provide (5 years)... https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2023/01/ecoflow-delta2-vs-diy-battery-project-comparison.html Surfy
  2. What's on the minds of the travel world right now? We show ways out of the TIP/Carnet problem in Ethiopia, we discovered the hottest woman on a motorcycle on a world trip. And show the current common vehicles on the Panamericana. Curious now? https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/12/buschfunk-4-news-from-travel-world.html Surfy
  3. I did collect some waffle board tests and comparisons here: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/04/offroad-self-recovery-waffle-board-and-sand-ladders-recovery-comparison.html Every Waffleboard is better than nothing. And most of us dont use them very often during their outings. If you plan to use them often, the showed video shows, that you alway get what you pay for. Surfy
  4. Thanks for the link! The quality und the price looks way better than those I did found a year ago: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2021/11/the-small-12v-oven-for-overlanding.html Surfy
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  6. Here are my travel favorites, which I am currently following in more detail: From a current Transafrica (Western route), to the current Silk Road with Russia & Iran, Panamericana to trips within Europe (all long term). Article: Vlog - Newsroom: Current bush radio #1 The short version of the respective status is included, for those who don't have that much time. Watching those all these videos needs a lot of time... So you should quickly see whether the topics/priorities or travel regions addressed there are exciting for you. Also snapped and linked: Ebola and TIP/Carnet issues could currently make travel more difficult on the Transafrica over the east. Enjoy browsing! In times where the people dont do classic international travelblogs anymore, we might have to look into the growing vlog world like youtube?!?? trippin
  7. We all know our discussions about the use of the Ecoflow River Pro as a electricity concept and battery setup in our rigs, to save weight and space. I did use this Setup for the last years, what was strong enough for fridge, notebook, smartphones, drone and even for charging my ebike during my recent trips. A small and lightweigt battery box with everything embedded: wall charger, solar charger, inverter, battery. Now at 2022 are some new solutions around who brings really a lot more Power for those who need that. Today we can already buy the next generation of those devices. And we can see the first travellers out there, who start to cook with power consuming induction cooker with such "Portable Power Stations". Here a concept for using at example the Ecoflow Delta 2 (LiFePO4) as battery for overlanding vehicle: How to charge the Delta2 Cigarette lighter socket (100 watts), 220v shore power (1200 watts), Solar Charge Controller: 500 watts (11-60 V, 15 A) optional: by 12v «dc dc booster» (example with 240 watts at xt60 Port) What can the Delta2 power up? 2x USB-C with 100 watts several USB-A connections 4x 220v sockets 1800-2400 Watt 12v cigarette lighter socket 12.6V 10A (126w Max) Article: Ecoflow Delta2 (& other coming products): https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/10/vanlife-off-grid-battery-solution-with.html In terms of price/performance/weight and compactness - hard to beat by an DIY Project. Too this solution is expanable by external batterys. The available App let you use the capable battery monitor and allows to adjust a lot of values (like charging power). You will find links to other upcoming products of bluetti. Too ecoflow will release the River2 inside of the next 2 weeks, for those who think that the delta2 is a bit overkill. How we can use a "12v dc dc booster solution" for a stronger "in car charge" is explained too, this way can be used with other "Portable Power Station" brands like bluetti or jackery in a similar way. Personally I would even consider this concept for a bungalow or tiny house together with solar - the delta 2 is strong enough to use 220v coffee machines, water kettle or induction cooktops or other 220v devices like a fridge or even a washing machine. Surfy
  8. Thank you! I try again to set the correct link: English: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/09/magic-earth-navigation-app.html German: https://www.4x4tripping.com/2022/09/offline-navigation-magic-earth-review.html Surfy
  9. Shortly before the holidays I read about a new app (for me) - Magic Earth. Curious as I am, I sighed at first (not yet an app) - but then downloaded the (free) app anyway. I'm still completely amazed - what the little helper can do. The "Magic Earth" app has the potential to take over or replace several apps for travel needs from the smartphone, at least for me. These include notable candidates such as Mapout, Maps.Me, Here, MotionX, and Google Maps. - 2D & 3D map view - Satellite/terrain/road view - hybrid view satellite & 3D - offline capable (download per country) - Traffic jam bypass (if online) - Carplay integration - and much more(!!!) The app is available free of charge in your app store (Android/iOS). I wrote a more detailed review here: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/09/magic-earth-navigation-app.html For holidays in more expensive roaming-fee countries, making the map material available in advance in several apps for offline use - this will no longer apply to me in the future. Happy testing! Surfy
  10. After our Trans-Africa and South America trip, I had taken a more relaxed view of the topic of "safety on the road", at least for our overlanding trips within Europe. Of course, we prepared for eventualities, thought through possible incidents and our possible reactions to them. I would never have thought that even after more than 400 nights of lonely wild camping, the pump could go so badly again - even on a seemingly tranquil trip in Europe or Spain. We were simply in the wrong place at the wrong time, on a deserted beach in Spain. Article: In the wrong place at the wrong time - pure adrenaline - https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/05/in-wrong-place-at-wrong-time-vanlife-wildcamp-overlanding Not only was my ticker going - I was scared. Afraid that this was not going to end well. And with our reaction - we probably didn't improve safety for other travellers wild camping on the beach. The article is also available in german language Surfy
  11. Thanks for the hint! Here is the link to the Blog in english language: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/03/travel-tip-4x4-adventure-in-thailand-by-rental.html Surfy
  12. We had a wonderful off-road adventure in Thailand. It's been quite a while, but while rummaging through my data I stumbled across photos and our travel diary - and have incorporated this into a travelogue. The country offers a lot, apart from fords, rivers, dusty and muddy tracks. We were there in the dry season, in December - in the rainy season (May to October) many of our dirttracks would not have been possible at all, with a rental car with street tires. Friends of ours were on our tracks in 2018 in January and are still raving about their trip on their own. Outside the tourist areas, you can experience a much more untouched Thailand. Probably it is more a teaser than a travelogue. I try to show that we can live an adventure, without a lot of preparation or even to own a 4x4. And that you even dont have to spend a lot of $$$, to get addicted by that way of travelling, an 4x4 overlanding adventure. To travel solo abroad, without beiyng in a group - is part of the adventure in my eyes. Link: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2022/03/travel-tip-4x4-adventure-in-thailand-by-rental.html The article is also available in german language Surfy
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