Camping solar panels are becoming more and more popular
South Africans enjoy spending time outside and being in nature. It is no wonder because it is a beautiful country with much to offer its residents. Because of this, many South Africans enjoy camping. They also enjoy the many options available to them to make their camping experience so much more enticing. Such as the products.
One such product are solar panels. While solar panels are typically used on houses and buildings for office use, camping solar panels are becoming more and more popular. This is because campers are looking to go completely off the grid to get the most out of their camping experience.
How do they work?
By harnessing the suns energy, solar panels allow you to travel to unpowered and to remote locations without sacrificing items like fridges, LED camping lights, mobile devices, and more. By offering an environmentally friendly solution to portable electricity, solar panels are one of the most useful accessories for the outdoors.
A solar panel is an assembly of photovoltaic cells capable of converting light directly into electricity. Each photovoltaic cell is made of two thin layers of silicone. When sunlight hits the panel, photons create an electric field between these two layers of silicone. This electric field is then channeled via thin metallic strips called busbars and stored in a battery, used to generate power. You can choose between monocrystalline, polycrystalline, thin film and amorphous panels, which ever one will fit your camping needs.
Often times, solar panels used for camping are portable which means the panels can be set up in the sun at the right angle to receive optimum sunlight. However, if there is sufficient space on the roof of your 4×4, trailer or caravan, it is possible to have a permanent solar panel installation.
Which camping solar panel do I choose?
Depending on what you want to use your solar panel for will determine which one you should choose.
They come in various sizes and capacities which means you are able to buy one that is suited to your camping needs.
- A small 45-watt portable solar panels charger could give your phone or electronic device batteries a solar charge.
- Some LED lights and a mini fridge can be powered with a 120-watt portable solar generator.
- Basic systems in your caravan or tent can be maintained with a 160-watt panel.
- You will need a 320-watt panel, a battery, and an inverter if you want to go off-grid and still power some appliances with your solar generator.
What do camping solar panels cost?
Due to the wide variety of camping solar panels available, there is a broad range of price options. By shopping around at various suppliers or stores, you will find one that meets your needs and budget.
Reading reviews on various brands and makes will also assist in selecting the right one.