The warmer weather brings new opportunities to set up camp and head out to explore the great outdoors. Whether you’re taking the family on a camping adventure, going off the beaten track in your caravan, or want to swap your caravan for a tent for a night, you’ll need a power solution that’ll help you power all the essentials. Read on for two of our favourite solar power accessories.
As more campers begin to prefer sustainable and eco-friendly power solutions, solar chargers and batteries have become incredibly popular in recent years. You can find a range of solar devices to do everything from charging your phone through a solar-powered phone case to powering your caravan through mounted roof panels.
More and more modern batteries use solar power, or a combination of lithium-ion batteries and solar to power a variety of devices. These batteries are ideal for camping because they make minimal noise, and are compact and lightweight so you can easily carry them from place to place. This type of battery can be charged by connecting it to a solar charger or wall power outlet at home. But make sure to do your research before you take the plunge and purchase a solar battery because some models don’t come with a solar charger, so you may have to buy one yourself (a potentially expensive endeavour). When you’re on the hunt for a solar battery, look for one that has many different power ports so you can use multiple different devices at the same time.
Solar blankets are a lightweight, portable way to power your campsite. Just like solar panels, solar blankets use photovoltaic panels to absorb the sun’s rays to generate power. A solar blanket looks similar to a picnic blanket and installation is just as easy – just lay it out in the sun and you’re ready to go. They’re perfect for anyone who enjoys camping in remote areas without their car, because they can easily be packed into a backpack and then set up again in minutes. If you’ve already got a solar panel or another battery, then solar blankets can help take the burden off these power sources by providing an alternative power source.
The size of the blanket directly correlates with the amount of power the blanket can generate, so you’ll need to figure out what you’ll need to properly power your camp site. If you only ever go on short camping trips and bring very few devices, then you won’t need a very large solar blanket, but you probably should invest in a bigger blanket if you want to power larger devices like a camp fridge. According to MyGenerator, the best solar blankets use either amorphous and monocrystalline solar panels, so keep this in mind when you’re looking at different solar blankets. One downside of solar blankets is that they can potentially be blown away on a particularly windy day, so make sure you purchase a solar blanket that can be tied down or anchored to the ground in some way.