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  • Works van, how do you charge your tools?

    Posted by Jeff on January 7, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    I am thinking of getting something fitted in my van to better illuminate the inside and also something to charge my batteries for cordless tools. I would also like to be able to run a heat gun off the van via an extension cable.

    has anyone done anything like this?

    Robert Lambie replied 8 months ago 5 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Mark Johnston

    Member
    January 7, 2022 at 8:20 pm

    the main thing you will need is an “inverter” Jeff. I cant help much more than that mate. i only know because we had one in our last works van but not the new one. which is a bummer because it is very handy to be able to charge things out on site.

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    January 9, 2022 at 4:55 pm

    I have an inverter in my van, Jeff. I also have a multi-port plug adapter that holds multiple sockets and USB ports.
    Get a powerful inverter and use a caravan leisure battery.
    I have a cordless heat gun but it’s crap other than for emergencies!
    I can easily run heat guns from the van. works excellent and wouldn’t go back.
    I also have the ceiling illuminated with LEDs. It really is good when doing anything inside the van.

  • Joe Killeen

    Member
    January 9, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    You would need a very large inverter to run a heat gun, if you went this route you would need to upgrade the alternator and maybe add a second battery. A small inverter 600-1000w is perfect for charging cordless tools.

    I have a 1000w inverter in my van and its wired to the ignition so its only on when driving, have a 2.2kva generator which just runs a heat gun on full power, also a gas torch for small jobs.

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 10, 2022 at 10:43 pm

    My Transit Custom (sport) came with a 200w mains plug between the front seats!

    I recall the salesman telling me how useful it was for making a quick cup of tea on site, I’m guessing he felt a bit of a twat when I pointed out that 200w will do for charging a laptop or batteries, but not running a 3kw kettle!!

    Anyway, I always go out with 3 or 4 fully charged batteries (18v metabo) and have never run out, so never really used the power point. As others have said, you need an inverter.

  • Hugh Potter

    Member
    January 10, 2022 at 10:44 pm

    re illuminating inside, my custom has upgraded LED interior lights, they work a treat and are very bright. I added some extra from a spare power supply in the back too. Easy and cheap if you use left overs from a job!

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    January 24, 2022 at 9:21 am

    This is the power Inverter I have in my van to run heat guns from.