I am a woman raising two young granddaughters, and we do a lot of camping. I needed a power solution because there is usually no electricity, and I needed something that would simplify this whole electrical process which I barely understand - and I should mention that I really hate having to mess with electricity, I have had a couple unpleasant experiences. I have a boyfriend who occasionally comes along camping, but I am on my own to rig and operate this stuff when he's not around. I have a marine battery for a trolling motor, but also use it for powering car and phone and tool chargers, lights, and a small air compressor. All these items seemed to need circuit breakers and specific hookups, and I was feeling overwhelmed trying to figure out how to adapt it all to a campsite - plus I always have that fear of electricity in the back of my mind. My boyfriend told me about these battery boxes, and I read a lot of reviews and specs and finally chose this one. I am so happy, it has really changed everything for me. My boyfriend installed my battery inside the box for me - the inner cables are included, and they hook up to the battery terminals. Then the lid is closed and that is really the last of having to deal directly with the battery. The outer box has all the accessories I need, plus the required circuit breakers are built in to the box and it really eliminated a lot of confusion and worry for me. I really like that there is a built in meter on the lid - I press a button and the meter reads how much charge the battery has left. There are two cigarette lighter outlets on the side of the box, and I can plug in the phone chargers and air compressor. We have a 12ft inflatable boat, and though we have somewhat adapted the floor, I always worry about the battery tipping over or getting wet when we bring it along for the trolling motor. Now I just bring the box with the battery in it, and only have to hook up the motor wires to the outside box terminals - which somehow are not as intimidating to me as hooking up straight to the battery. My boyfriend recently gave me an inverter, and I can now hook it up and have regular plug electric receptacles - heaven! I also have a car battery charger that I can hook up to the outer box terminals when I want to charge the marine battery. The box is quite durable plastic, handle so far is alright, but the battery inside is so extremely heavy that I usually grasp the side handles to move it. I have grabbed the handle and dragged the battery box short distances, and the box does fine despite my abuse, but I am not sure the nylon strap that runs around the box will last for a long while. I think if it was much wider it would seem more stable. I have had a lot of campers and boaters stop when they see my battery box, they have a lot of the same questions I had, and every one of them go away impressed with all the functions, swearing they are going to go buy one for themselves. This box has made electricity not so terrifying for me, enables me to power all sorts of devices, and has made camping so much more comfortable.
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