The 7 Stage ArkPak Charging System
The all new ArkPak 730 is an engineering home run. Kudos to the Ark Corporation for listening to the outdoorsman\’s needs. In this day and age, even when we want to get away from the hustle and bustle of daily life, we still need to be somewhat connected. Depending on your definition of \”camping\”, you may have one or many devices that require electrical power. We can get by for a week on the trail with only the fundamentals of survival. Others might prefer a 40\’ RV. with a flat screen tv! The ArkPak 715 and the Arkpak 730 suit both, providing the perfect solution. Buy Now!
ArkPak comes with some pretty cool features. One of those is the built in charging system. The integrated battery charger is a smart charger that has 7 stages to do the job. It is also compatible with multiple battery chemistries (lead acid, AGM, gel, and lithium. Battery Pete recommends avoiding the lead acid battery, even if they are the cheapest solution. They are dirty, messy, and can be dangerous. Because they aren\’t a totally sealed battery, they also release gases that are created during discharging.
That charging cycles of the ArkPak are very functional and precise. This will allow for years of life from a good quality AGM type battery. Granted, you do have to plug it in to AC power to charge and maintain until you need it. Here are the following charging cycles and the characteristics of each. The 7 stage smart charger will monitor your battery to optimize performance:
Stage 1: Charge
Commences recovery of your battery back to peak voltage. Then begins charging the battery at 6 amps up to a pre-set voltage, at which point the battery is approximately 90% charged.
Stage 2: Testing
Checks the battery capacity and predicts the hours left until fully charged.
Stage 3: Bulk
The period just before boost when the volts are constant.
Stage 4: Boost
Peak charge for maximum performance. Battery is charged for 4 hours at constant voltage.
Stage 5: Resting
Allows the battery to consolidate after boost. The ArkPak ceases charging and allows the battery to rest while allowing voltage to drop to 13.2V.
Stage 6: Float
This maintains performance and prolongs battery life as your battery is continually monitored and the voltage is maintained at 13.2V by automatically adjusting charge current for 500 hours.
Stage 7: Re-awaken
This exercises the battery and avoids sulphation build-up. After 500 hours of conditioning the charger automatically returns to charge cycle.
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