Solar Camping Equipment

Convert solar energy into electricity while camping in the outdoors.

For many the great outdoors has become a great place to go, to relax, to camp and traverse over rough terrain in their off-road 4 x 4 vehicles.

The challenge is how to keep your fridge running, and perhaps run some lights and be able to charge the camera and cell phone batteries.

Solar power provides the cleanest and most environmentally friendly solution making solar panels one of the most useful 4x4 accessories around.

 

Where there is sufficient space on the roof of your 4x4 vehicle, trailer or caravan one can opt for permanent installation of solar panels. The draw back to this option is that you will then need to park the vehicle in the open, away from trees that can cast shadows over the caravan solar panels, greatly reducing their efficiency.

The best option is usually to have some form of racking or storage system for your solar panels and then once at your camp site, to set up the solar panels out in an open clearing nearby.

A basic solar powered system for 4x4 and camping enthusiasts would comprise of the following components:

 

  • Solar panels
  • Charge controller
  • Storage batteries
  • A DC-AC inverter

The size and number of each of these components will contribute to the amount of power available and of course the overall cost of the system

To determine the correct size and number of solar panels, regulators, batteries and inverters that you need, you need to determine your total power requirement.

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