Camping/Hiking Foldable Solar Panels & Kits

Stay Connected With Foldable Solar Panels Kits

If you’re getting ready for a new adventure, there’s no need to go off the grid completely anymore, thanks to portable, foldable solar panel kits. These are specifically designed to take camping and hiking, and there is an abundance of sizes available – and many reasons why they should be at the top of your packing list!

What are foldable solar panels?

Foldable solar panels are compact solar panels that can be taken anywhere. They’re easy to use and because they fold up, you can fit them into your vehicle, or even your backpack, easily. Foldable solar panels are usually sold as part of a kit that includes a stand, cable, storage case, as well as a solar charge controller, an inverter and the battery.

The best features are:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to carry
  • Includes a kickstand
  • Has USB charging ports
  • Works well in low light and shade
  • Quality brand
  • Lifespan lasts up to 30 years

Things to consider for foldable solar panel kits when camping or hiking

Whether you’re backpacking, camping, caravanning, or simply spending the day at the beach, foldable solar panels can help you keep your electronics charged with the help of one easy-to-access energy source – the sun. Here are some things you should think about before purchasing:

  • What will the solar panel be used for? Will the solar panel be used to charge phones, LED lights, or a fridge? The bigger the appliance, the bigger the solar panels you’ll need.
  • How long will you use it? Are you heading away for a few hours or a few days? Do you need it to give you power for the entire trip, or just for a couple of hours each night? Calculate your daily usage by multiplying the total amps utilised per hour by the number of hours planned per day. Then multiply it by the number of days you’ll be gone. This will ensure you have enough power in your panels to last.
  • What is the conversion rate? For example, high efficiency solar cells, might convert up to 25% of the energy from the sun into stored energy.
  • You’ll also need solar panel battery and charger, and you want to make sure the panels themselves a suitable to the size of the battery you have.
  • How often will you use your solar panel? Solar panels are often a significant investment, but you don't want to be spending a lot of money on something you'll only be using once or twice a year. You can better buy a small portable solar panel for an affordable price that you can take anywhere you go than to spend a lot of money on a large style that you'll only use once.

Always check when shopping on eBay to see whether there is a warranty before you purchase your solar panel, as this will give you peace of mind for long term use. The longer the warranty, the better the investment.

Pro tip: It is advised that you clean your solar panels once a month to ensure maximum efficiency. Solar panel manufacturers often provide warranties that can last for up to 25 years on their products, so check the descriptions.