Maypole Mobile Mains Power Unit
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Review of "Maypole Mobile Mains Power Unit"
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My husband persuaded me to give camping a go a couple of years ago, despite my reservations, and we spent a small fortune on a family sized tent and all of the equipment to go with it. Some stuff was the bare essentials whereas other items were those things that just make outdoor living a little more comfortable. One of those items that would be a luxury to some but an essential for us is this mains power unit, giving us access to electricity and all the home comforts that can supply.
The ProductThis is a portable mains power unit produced under the Maypole brand and designed to be connected to an electric hook up system used on most commercial campsites. Most caravan and campsites offer electric hook up (EHU) for an additional charge per pitch per night but in order to access it some form of kit is required as the EHU has a single socket and an adapter is needed to connect up standard electrical appliances and devices. This mains power unit is designed to connect directly to an external EHU and then offers three standard plug sockets.
The Maypole mains power unit is designed for camping so is a fairly lightweight and compact piece of camping equipment which is easy to transport and store between uses. The lead between the connecting socket and the mains unit is of a generous length so there should be no issues if the pitch is not directly in front of the EHU supply.Connecting the unit is very simple as it simply slots into position to form a secure connection. There is a red power light which is very useful as it offers visual reassurance that the electric supply is up and running. The unit also features folding metal 'legs' so that this can be positioned above floor level. Depending on the style of tent the unit could even be attached to the frame itself to keep it out of the way. This wasn't possible with our tent but the unit is easy to store at the side of the tent.
Most campsites limit the voltage that can be used via the EHU to avoid campers overloading the system and annoying the rest of the site by fusing everybody's electrical devices. The power unit is designed for travel items that are intended for such purposes and have a lower voltage or for low drain items such as chargers. We use our kit to operate a small low voltage travel kettle (for those early mornings when I really don't want to mess about with a gas camping stove in the cold and wet) and to charge small devices such as mobile phones, tablets and portable DVD players.The three sockets make this a versatile device and we have used all three of them at once without blowing the electricity on the whole site! Safety is a big consideration and the unit has an automatic shutdown safety mechanism. Each of the three sockets also has a cover that offers some protection from water although this is not completely waterproof and water and electricity are not a good mix so the unit needs to be stored undercover during and in between uses. The position of the sockets and the covers does mean that three large plugs might not all fit into position at the same time although that hasn't been a problem for the slim chargers and plugs that we tend to use. After use the lead does need to be manually wound up as there is no fast retraction mechanism.
Price and Availability
This Maypole branded product is widely available from stockists of outdoors and camping items. We purchased this from a branch of Go Outdoors for around £30 but they no longer seem to stock this particular version. This identical unit is currently available from Amazon for under £40 including delivery costs.
Overall RecommendationI'm sure this item would be dismissed by hardcore campers looking for a wild camping experience but for most families using commercial campsites offering EHU this is a really useful piece of kit that helps to make the whole experience that little more comfortable and civilised. I think the selling price is good value for a sturdy item that makes my camping experience more enjoyable and would recommend this to other campers.
Product Information : Maypole Mobile Mains Power Unit
Manufacturer's product description
Genre: Camping Equipment
Listed on Ciao since: 26/05/2015