When we travel and go camping, we have the opportunity to unplug and get away from all the stresses in life. But accessing power is just as crucial to those venturing on a road trip as it is to someone staying comfortably indoors. We’ve all heard about the benefits of solar. With the advent of portable solar systems, those headed for an outdoor adventure can enjoy the same perks as those who remain in their homes.

Many years ago, campers used to have petrol-driven products to power their trailers and campervans. Today, they can leave those hefty, noisy, and not-so-eco-friendly equipment at home. If you’re travelling and camping, you no longer have to worry about battery-powered appliances and tools. And we’re not just talking about smartphones. You can now take advantage of solar to power every range of camping equipment you can think of, such as:

  • Lanterns
  • Flashlights
  • Stoves
  • Campsite generators

Solar power has become essential for campers like you. It’s a rugged, durable, and lightweight piece of equipment that you can easily transport in your vehicle. Best of all, there is no need to sacrifice your access to different tools that you have always wanted to bring. Now, you can take your GPS systems, cooking devices, and weather band radios.

Campers and Travellers Need to Harness the Power of the Sun

Here’s an interesting fact that you probably have not heard before. Did you know that the sun’s energy can power up all our technology? Using less than an hour of sunlight, our planet can have all the power it requires for a full year!

While there is still so much improvement needed, the world is already embracing solar faster than ever. Solar has become the most prominent growing source of energy, and it employs more people than other sources.

And if you love travelling and going camping, there are even more reasons for you to love solar. Here are a few benefits of having a solar system whenever you plan on staying several days on the road:

  • Solar is reliable.

    When you look up at the sky, you know the sun is there, even during winter and rainy days. Solar power will not let you down, especially when you have a good set of portable solar panels rated with high annual yields. It’s essential to look at the yield since you could be camping in an area that’s not as sunny as Perth.

  • Solar is environmentally-friendly.

    Compared to gasoline generators, solar does not emit fumes. The panels and the whole system are a good source of clean energy. That’s why many parks in the country have restricted access to campers who bring generators. They prefer groups that use solar.

  • Using solar systems is more cost-efficient than other options.

    When you use solar, think about the free energy you can use whenever and wherever you want. Sure, the investment is hefty, usually more significant than buying a generator. However, generators require fuel, which is not cheap. Maintenance is also a considerable expense, unlike solar panels that are built to be sturdy and withstand harsh environments.

  • You can enjoy a dependable source of emergency power.

    You can always lose power even when you have a generator. With a solar system, you can add a battery to store the extra energy you have gathered and use it when needed. You have enough to consume on small electrical items, such as phones and flashlights until the power comes back.

  • You can charge your devices anywhere you want.

    Because of portability, you can take solar panels with you and charge whatever device you need anytime and anywhere. You have power when you go camping when the sun is up, making it easy to recharge electronics.

  • You do not have to worry about other people complaining about the noise.

    Generators use fuel, and they make so much noise that no one will want to camp beside your trailer. The biggest draw of generators is that they can provide more power. However, it isn’t easy to sleep at night with the loud humming of the equipment in the background.

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Solar Buying Guide

Are you ready to buy a camping or travelling solar system for your next trip outdoors? First off, you want to know your available options, which include:

  • Multi-Fold: This type of solar charger is the largest when you unfold the system. But it’s actually not because of its size. A multi-fold solar system has a lot of panels, and you can fold up the whole system so that you can transport the panels anywhere. However, when it is time to unfold and gather solar energy, this type is anything but portable.
  • Multi-Panel: Unlike the other type mentioned above, a multi-panel solar charger is designed to be mobile even if you’re not charging. The system typically has three to four panels. It also comes with canvas casings, allowing you to wear them over your backpack. You can keep using the system even when you’re on the move. However, a multi-panel is often less durable unless it comes with a stand and metal or plastic case.

When purchasing a solar system for travel, there are a few things to bear in mind:

  1. Portability

    Even when you have set camp, it is unlikely that you will remain in that spot for the rest of the camping trip. You want to be able to move around without the hassle of folding and unfolding an extensive system and installing them in the yard. If you’re going hiking, you can’t just leave the panels behind. Having the solar panels hanging over your backpack is a great choice.

  2. Features

    How many charging ports are there? Some portable chargers come with two USB outputs only. It’s not a big deal if you only have one or two devices that should be recharged during the day. Note that you will most likely require more solar panels if you need more ports. If you are charging a battery, you cannot use one of the ports, too. Consider this detail before you purchase.

    Some chargers have 2.4 amps of power, which means it will take a long time to charge new electronic devices. You cannot expect quick charging if you go for a cheaper or substandard solar panel. Always ensure that you check the amount of amperage provided by the solar panel you have selected.

  3. Efficiency

    Good panels can operate with a quarter of the sunlight they acquire, which they can quickly transform into usable power. Look for higher efficiency panels with at least a 20 per cent rating.

    If your budget allows, buy a rechargeable battery pack. You can hook your panels to it to dramatically increase the system’s versatility. Also, be sure to check and survey the campsite where you plan to stay to know the best areas to position the panels.

Do you need more information about solar panels? Don’t hesitate to contact EasySolar when you’re ready to switch to a clean, renewable, and convenient source of energy for your home or business in WA.