Portable Camping Solar Panels
Most campers refuse to camp without an external power source to power their 12v accessories, but what good is an external power source when it’s flat? When it comes to camping, we strongly recommend campers invest in 12V camping solar panels. 12V solar panels harvest free solar energy from the sun to charge your battery, and power your appliances. They are also more cost-efficient in the long run. Camping grounds & caravan parks will often charge campers for use of their grounds, with the only real benefit being access to power. If you’re able to gather your own power from the sun, then there’s no real need to restrict yourself to a caravan park or camping ground.
What Are The Best Solar Panels For Camping?
We believe 12v portable solar panels are your best option when it comes to camping solar panels, and a great example of this are our KickAss super thin solar panels. These are super lightweight and easily portable, so you can carry them with you wherever you go, and use them with any vehicle. You can also park your vehicle in the shade and run your solar panels into the sun with an extension cable. They are extremely simple to setup, and only require an Anderson connection to run. Once you're finished using them, you can pack them away neatly into the heavy duty carry bag and be on your way. The other main style of camping solar panels are fixed panels. Fixed solar panels are heavier, glass panels that are typically fixed to the roof of a camping vehicle. The main benefit is that once they are hooked up, they run all the time, and you don’t need to worry about setting them up again. A main disadvantage however is that they are not very versatile as they are fixed into place. Firstly, they are a lot more prone to damage, especially from the weather, as they are secured on the roof of the vehicle and are unprotected from the elements. You also can’t use your panels if you’re parked in the shade, which many campers tend to do. Additionally, you can only hook them up and use them for one vehicle.
What To Look For When Buying Portable Solar Panels?
Before buying your camping solar panel, take note of what appliances you’ll be powering and how many amps you’ll need to supply. This should in turn determine what size battery and solar panel you’ll need.
The best type of solar cells to look for when buying portable solar panels are monocrystalline cells. Monocrystalline cells are a more premium cell (as opposed to polycrystalline cells) as they are more efficient and generally have a sleeker design. The main difference between the two essentially lies in their cell structure - monocrystalline cells contain one crystal of silicon whereas polycrystalline cells contain many.
Another factor you want to consider when deciding on camping solar panels is the cell or panel construction. KickAss Solar Panels offer a Japanese ETFE cell coating, which is far superior to other portable solar panels on the market. This is a premium coating which offers superior heat transfer, corrosion resistance, longer service life, and makes our panels shatterproof & weatherproof.
Lastly, a factor which you should consider when buying a solar panel is how simple it is to use. We offer folding solar panels which take just seconds to remove from the bag, unfold & set up, and require just one Anderson plug to get started.
KickAss Super Thin Solar Panels - The Superior Choice For Camping Solar Panels
We’ve spent the last 12+ years working with suppliers and manufacturers within the camping industry to create high quality products for consumers. With our large established network, we’re able to offer some of the best quality solar panels on the market for great prices. If you’re looking to buy or have any questions about our foldable solar panels, get in contact with us today.