Please Note: This is a recreational power distribution unit, and not a jump starter, do not attempt to jump start any vehicle with the unit, as this will void warranty.
The Unit Battery and BMS are set to provide up to 80% DOD – or 80 percent (80ah) of the total rating of the unit (100ah), before unit shuts down – Discharged voltage between 8.4-8.8 volt Fully Charged at 12.4-12.6 Volt. It is set at 80% to support the longevity of the battery life.
Do Not use this unit if you do not read the instructions. The Nomad PDU comes with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty under normal use, failure to follow instructions, adhere to ratings and loads will void warranty, including ignoring the do not do list below.
To protect the unit and ensure you do not void the warranty, please read the below.
If installing into a vehicle, make sure the unit is well ventilated to avoid excessive heat build-up or exposure. Only ever charge from the Nomad Inputs Red circled area.
Do Not use the PDU to jump start a vehicle (Do Not) this could cause fire or swelling of the battery as it is not designed for this purpose, it is clear if this has been done.
- Do Not run the PDU’s in serial (24 volt)
- Do Not submerse in water or subject to water saturation.
- Do Not attempt to modify the product without permission from manufacturer.
- Do Not use fuses rated higher than recommended in charging options.
- Do Not drill holes into the casing as you may drill into the battery chemistry.
- Do Not charge unit at any higher rate than advised – Unreg 10amp max reg – 25amp max
- Do Not Charge with both unregulated and regulated power sources at the same time, resulting in overcharging and BMS damage and or imbalance the battery, use one or the other at any time.
- Do not try and use DCDC chargers designed for AGM/Lead Acid or Gel, we have an optional Lithium specific DCDC option available. 5, 10 or 20amp options.
- Read All Instructions to maximise life of unit. Typical Operating Specifications do’s and don’ts.
- IMPORTANT – do not charge from the green circled Anderson output, this will damage the battery pack, overcharge and imbalance the unit voiding warranty.
- Always Ventilate your nomad – do not enclose and create additional heat.
- Only charge from the Red Circled Anderson 25amp input (regulated) or the Unregulated charge poles (Red and Black Max 10amp) do not charge from any other plugs or ports, do not charge from any outputs, in the green area.
- Total output across entire unit at any time cannot exceed 20-amp output, if unit trips out then remove the load and turn the unit off and then back on, plug in the AC/DC charger or solar to trip the reset, the lights and LED will come back on. DO not exceed 20amp or you can damage the Balance in the Battery Series.
- MAXIMUM CHARGE RATES – MAXIMUM REGULATED CHARGE RATE “25amp” – (RED CIRCLED ANDERSON), The UNREGULATED SOLAR POLES RED AND BLACK have Max Charge Rate of “10amp”,, do not exceed these charge rates or the BMS and or MPPT can be damaged. MPPT Rated 10amp.
- Accessories Note: You Can Run Your Fridge and accessories While Charging…
- Dual Screens for your convenience – First screen for current voltage and charge, second screen tells you how much your accessories are drawing from the unit.
- Red Light charging indicator will indicate unit being charged, the light can go on and off when floating at full charge.
- OVERCHARGE PROTECTION– If PDU is overcharged, ie you have tried charging at higher rate than specification, the PDU has Battery protection and will trip and bleed off the current, the unit will then not take on charge – you will need to draw more than 1 amp from the unit to reset the charging – view the tutorial on nomadpdu.com.au. DEAD SHORT PROTECTION – If you have a dead short, the until will trip out. To reset, disconnect the load or fault, turn off then back on and plug in a power source, this will reset the unit. You can view a tutorial on this at nomadpdu.com.au
- 8-amp AC/DC Charger – can be used with a suitable inverter in vehicle, pure sine is preferred, however most modified wave can be used, test your inverter with retailer.
- Un-Regulated Solar – Solar charging options – unit can accept unregulated solar panel directly connected to the red and black poles. 10AMP MAX INPUT check your panel output ratings internal MPPT is rated 10amp 8-32 volt.
- Regulated Solar Panel – Maximum charge rate into Red circled Anderson is 25amp 12 volt, do not exceed.
- Dual USB ports – Maximum 1.5 amp (typically can charge 2 Iphones, or android phones, Camera etc)
- 2 by Ciga(10amp) , 1 by Anderson (NEW 20amp output) 1 by Engel socket (10amp), 2 by 2.1 jack (5 amp each) configuration. Accessory adapters available from your supplier.
Do Not use the PDU to jump start a vehicle (Do Not) this could cause fire or swelling of the battery as it is not designed for this purpose.
Do Not Charge from any input (Green circled area) this will damage the BMS, Battery Pack and cause an imbalanced battery, voiding warranty.
NOMAD PDU comes with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty under normal use – see above.
Batery Behaviour: PLEASE NOTE: When your Nomad PDU is low in voltage, the unit will draw as much current as it can get, do not connect directly to the alternator, crank or ciga socket directly without a dcdc charger or voltage stabilizer, an unregulated direct connection will destroy the battery, MPPT and BMS, and void warranty.
Do Not use this unit if you do not read the instructions WARRANTY
The Nomad PDU comes with a 12-month manufacturer’s warranty. To protect the unit and ensure you do not void the warranty, please read the below.
“Charging the Nomad” General
- Regulated Charge -The RED Anderson Connection on the PDU is for Regulated Charge only – NOW WITH 25amp charging Maximum. Your Solar panel will either be regulated or unregulated (if the panel has an MPPT Controller on the back) it is regulated and plug into the RED ANDERSON Port to charge, you also plug in your AC/DC 8-amp charger into this port as-well.
- Unregulated Charge – typically from a solar panel without an MPPT Controller, your panel will give you that information, unregulated solar connects to the solar Poles Red and Black (Maximum 10amp charge) – PLEASE ADHERE TO THIS RATING and recommended to fuse no more than 10amp to the poles.
- Panel Size Reg or Unregulated – quite simply look for a panel that has a max output of 25amp in a panel with its own regulator, then PLUG INTO RED CIRCLED ANDERSON, and if Unregulated Solar Panel (Panel only) – Maximum charge rate is 10amp 8-32V, connect to solar poles (BLACK AND RED) this goes through an internal MPPT of the Nomad that will convert to a Lithium Charge. MAX 10AMP rated panel only – an unregulated panel of 150-180 watt is well sufficient.
Charging from Car: DO not connect directly the Alternator, Crank or ciga socket as you will damage the Nomad PDU and void warranty.
- Preferred Vehicle charging method is by DCDC Charger which will charge with lithium specific algorithm. – the optional 10amp or 20amp Lithium DCDC in car charger that can be purchased or Plug and Play Ciga DC will regulate charge to 5amp, 10amp or 20amp and provides a lithium specific charge. The kits provide plug and go and full dual set ups, view at nomadpdu.com.au for full specs
PLEASE NOTE: REGULATED CHARGE PORT : PLEASE ENSURE YOU ONLY CHARGE FROM THE RED CIRCLED ANDERSON STYLE PLUG –“DO NOT” CHARGE FROM THE OTHER ANDERSON (OUTPUT in green area) , AS THIS CAN DAMAGE THE UNIT EXTENSIVELY, AND VOID WARRANTY.
You plug the DCDC charger into the Regulated input (Red Circled 25amp Input, the DCDC module charges constant 10 or 20amp) Installing a DCDC directions are also included in this instruction leaf in the kits If you are going to use an existing Ciga plug and socket, then ensure they are rated 10-15amp or more minimum.
UNREGULATED CHARGING POLES – (RED AND BLACK) these are to connect an unregulated solar panel (With a maximum charge rating of <=10amp) If your panel does not have a regulator this is where you charge from.
- Can you charge with both DCDC and Solar at the same time? – No, please choose one or the other option, as this also contributes to the life of the unit. The question that needs to be asked is what are the loads the unit will be using, as 10amp via DCDC or solar is typically efficient. Most people run the DCDC while driving then connect the solar panel when camping.
- Make up adapter leads if you are going to put under a seat or out of the way, then you can simply plug in Andersons to whatever charge source you choose.
- Inverter: Simple in car charging can also be done by plugging in a 150-300-watt inverter, and then plug in the AC/DC amp charger into the inverter, then it is regulated to the RED CIRCLED ANDERSON CHARGE INPUT. The charger will draw 109 watts when running from an inverter – please check your vehicle wiring is rated at minimum of 10amp, IE your ciga socket should tell you the rating of the socket. Check the inverter is compatible, preferable pure sine. Please check if using a modified inverter at time of purchase as some inverters can trip a fault light due to circuitry in the inverter. Do not run a 150-watt inverter for more than a few hours at a time.
You can run your fridges etc while the unit is charging.
View Most Common Questions and Answers – Overload and Dead Short Instruction Tutorials at our Website.
Get More out of your Nomad…
BONUS – Attached to your instructions are 2.1mm CCTV/Light or Audio Jacks that you can connect red and black wires to, then plug into the 2.1mm ports on the top right of the nomad. Each port is rated at 5amp, so particularly good to run your lighting off, and keep the other ports free – PLEASE NOTE: be careful not to short the unit out by incorrect colour wiring. If Dead short, read the instructions on a reset.
KEY BASIC INSTRUCTION – YOU MUST READ THIS
• YOU MUST READ ALL THE INSTRUCTIONS or you risk voiding your warranty if you ignore these.
If you use the unit as designed, you will have many years
of reliable use.
• The unit has a maximum output at any time of 20 AMPS across entire unit.
• Do not exceed a draw of 20AMPS as this could cause the LED screen to
fail/Create an imbalance in the Battery Series and void your warranty.
• PLEASE NOTE: If installing into a vehicle, please ensure that the unit is well
ventilated to reduce any heat build-up, and you use a correctly rated DCDC
regulated charger. If using splash Jacket for Nomad, ensure adequate
• CHARGING – ONLY CHARGE FROM THE RED CIRLCED ANDERSON INPUT OR
BLACK AND RED UNREGULATED POLES – “DO NOT” CHARGE FROM THE
OUTPUT ANDERSON (GREEN AREA)– THIS WILLDAMAGE THE UNIT- Create an
imbalance in the Battery Series and void your warranty.
• UNREGULATED CHARGE – The Maximum Unregulated Input (red and black
poles) is 10AMPS. The unit has an internal solar MPPT controller 10amp Max
charge capacity. Designed to connect unregulated panels that have a MAX
charge rate of no more than 10amp. It is your responsibility to check the
panel, Failure to adhere to this will destroy the MPPT controller. DO NOT
CONNECT directly to VEHICLE Crank battery, alternator or ciga socket, as
this will exceed 10amp – Use the DCDC Lithium kit 10amp or 20amp
available, If connecting to the Red and Black poles, unreg input it is advisable
to fuse (no more than 10amp).
• REGULATED CHARGE – The Maximum charge rate of REGULATED input (The
Red Circled Anderson Plug) is 25amp. Do not exceed this rate or the unit will
shut down and will not charge. To reset an overcharge, you need to draw
more than 1amp from the outputs – this will reset BMS – Do not charge at a
higher rate than 25amp and do not connect directly to crank, car alternator,
or Ciga Socket.• DCDC Chargers In Car – IF YOU ARE USING YOUR OWN 25AMP DCDC
CHARGER, YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE TO CHECK AND TEST WHETHER THE
OUTPUT IS <=25 AMP TO THE NOMAD, AS MANY 25AMP DCDC WILL CHARGE
SLIGHTLY HIGHER AND THE NOMAD WILL KEEP SHUTTING DOWN, THIS IS
NOT A NOMAD FAULT – THE MAX INPUT REGULATED IS <=25AMP, not an
• CHARGE INPUT ONLY – Do not charge from any of the green outputs, ensure
you charge to the red section only
• CHARGING FROM CAR – Should you wish to charge your Nomad PDU from
your vehicle, then use a Nomad DCDC Lithium Charging Kit and ensure that
the wiring diagram is followed correctly. Do not charge directly from Vehicle
without a DCDC kit designed for the unit. OR Use a Plug and Go, nomad 5 or
10amp Ciga DC charger to provide a regulated charge when driving.
• Fridges – All fridges have voltage operating ranges. The Nomad PDU
provides a range of 12.6 – 8.8 volts. Your fridge will have voltage settings,
ranges and limitations of operation which are outside of our control. Please
consult with your fridge manufacturer regarding the operating voltage range
of your fridge. Set on low or Eco.
• Solar Panels General – Many regulated panels will give you an option to
choose AGM/Lead Acid or Gel and not have a lithium specific switch, if you
have these options on your panel, choose Gel or AGM, preferably lithium if
• DEAD SHORT RESET – Remove the short or load causing the issue, turn unit
off then on again, plug in a power source, the unit should then reset and
lights all turn on, continue to use as normal. Go to nomadpu.com.au for
tutorial on this
• OVER CHARGE – If you over charge the unit, the unit will cease to take on
charge, you need to draw more than 1amp from the unit to reset the charge
capacity – View tutorial at nomadpdu.com.au on how to do this