Someone who camps in their SUV had some questions about what type of solar setup they might need to power different electronics they use when car camping.
Here’s the comment from our Best Portable Solar Panel Charger For RV Camper/Boondocking article.
I am a newbie SUV mostly boondocking camper. I am a bit overwhelmed by solar power, but your information makes more sense of it all than other sources. Even with that said, I cannot decide on what I need so I am asking for your help. My main priorities are to run a portable cooler, rechargeable fan, cell phone, and laptop. -CB
So the solar panel will generate 12V electricity when it’s sunny, but that power has to be stored somewhere for it to be practical.
Based on your needs, I recommend getting a portable power station.
When you have a power station you can start looking for solar panels to recharge it with.
For permanent installs on top of your vehicle, the Renogy 100 watt solar panels are great.
If you’d rather have a portable panel that you take out when needed, the Renogy 100W suitcase is a good one.
There are more ways to go about it as well that would be cheaper but more complicated and not as neat, like buying a deep cycle 12V battery, an inverter, a solar panel, and a charge controller.
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- Best Waterproof Solar Panels For Portable Power Stations
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