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  1. In 2020, I replaced my AGM batteries with a small and lightweight portable LiFePO4 power station. Back then, I was often ridiculed, but today it has become quite common. Which power station is suitable for this purpose? All of the tested providers are deemed "adequate" for this particular use case, but it should be noted that certain competitors have excelled in addressing the finer details of their offerings. I sold my Land Cruiser in 2021, but its new owner is still driving it, currently on the Pan-American Highway. They are still using a portable power station to operate the cooler box, notebook, and drone. The power station is charged via solar power and the vehicle's 12V charging socket. Here is my comparison: https://vanlife.4x4tripping.com/2023/06/comparison-portable-power-stations-solar-generator-storage.html Nope, those portable Power Stations are not superior to a DIY project with individual components. However, it is perfectly sufficient for many long-term travelers. I did exceed size, weight, and price significantly as I tried to build something similar to a DIY power Setup... Surfy
  2. I purchased the 12 volt 32 Liter ICECO JP30 and the Jackery 300. The ICECO came with an insulated cover, 12 volt power cable, 12 volt cable extender and a power cable for home use. The size seems just about right for my use case. I am usually solo(No wife) when camping and do not bring a ton of stuff anyway so I can make it work. I have been doing some testing over the last few days and this is what I have found. I have the temperature set at 39. The fridge stays between 35 & 41 degrees consistently. That's a win. The draw when the fridge is plugged into the Jackery never goes higher than 37 watts when it runs, which is not very frequent. It's quiet. The first test was with a pre-chilled cooler, a few bottles of water and no insulated cover. My house is about 73 degrees this time of year. I got into it a few times to simulate activity at camp. Ran it off the Jackery for about 18 hours which drained it down to 53%. Not bad, that's another win in my opinion. The second test was with a pre-chilled cooler, random groceries(Water,beer,cheese etc) and the insulated cover on it. Same ambient conditions. I got into it a few times to simulate activity at camp. Ran it off the Jackery for about 18 hours which drained it down to 54%. Not bad, that's another win in my opinion. Conclusion: This is going to work for me. I can recharge the Jackery of the Jeep during the day to give it a little extra juice and give me some peace of mind at night. Speaking of pass through charging, based on my research I found that it is possible to do this but not recommended. Here's why, while there is power input and power draw more heat is generated and that's not good for the life of battery. However, I read that as long as the draw is less than the input the heat issue is not as much of a concern overall. In my situation with the frequency of use and the draw being low I think pass through charging should be okay. I have more testing to do with this set up in the Jeep and will get to that at some point before first use on the trail.
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