When it comes to lighting up or using appliances on your campsite, you need to be efficient with your power sources while travelling off-grid.
Some power sources for camping include:
Generators are powered with a fuel system and can operate all night for around 8 to 10 hours on a full tank. They are generally portable, compact, lightweight and quiet.
With limited space in your vehicle, generators are a lot smaller compared to larger utility generators and can weigh between 15kg and 20kg specialised for camping and RVs. Find Generators from the Generator Place here
Compact Portable Battery Packs
Alternative to fuel generators, Camping Battery Packs are extremely portable as they don’t need to be hard wired to your vehicle. They have integrated chargers, in-built sockets, display screens and other features where you don’t need additional appliances like inverters. Depending on your application and needs, Battery Packs on the market varies in type, size and capacity. Find a Battery Pack from Dometic or Korr Lighting
12-Volt Car Battery/12-Volt Portable Battery
It is common to charge small devices such as mobile phones via plugging into the cigarette lighter outlet and using the car battery. However, this would lower your car battery charge level and is needed to start your vehicle properly.
If you need a 12-volt power source, you can buy a separate 12-Volt Battery Pack and a Power Inverter which usually comes with regular power outlets and USB ports. Find 12 Volt Battery here from Perception Lighting
With little maintenance, solar technology is a clean, quiet, portable and natural power source to get a bit of power back into your batteries. They come in the form of foldable solar panel kits which make for flexible storage in your vehicle. Along with setting up a solar panel kit, these need to be connected in conjunction with an inverter and a portable battery pack. Find solar products from Perception Lighting
A few tips you can implement to alleviate electricity consumption from your main campsite power source.
Battery powered appliances
Small electronics like torches, headlamps and fans can run on the same batteries (i.e. AAA, AA etc) and can last long depending on the usage level.
Solar chargeable sources
Set up solar panels that can be roof mounted on top of your RV/vehicle. Make sure to position your campsite in an area with a lot of sunlight access. Some lamps have an integrated solar panel – don’t forget to leave them under the sun while you’re outside doing activities.
Energy efficient appliances
Most of the modern appliances on the market have energy-saving features. Make sure to check your small and large appliances are up-to-date with it.