Using a camping solar panel to charge auxiliary batteries has been known and done by camping enthusiasts for many years. But what most people want to know is just how much solar power is needed for camping. In this article, we will go into more detail that you need to know.
What solar panel wattage do I need for camping?
If you have been asking the question above, the truth is there is really no fast answer to it. This is because no two camping set-ups are exactly the same. Your camping needs are different from your next door neighbour's. Add the fact that there are so many different types of solar panels and portable solar panel accessories in the market, so it can be a little overwhelming to get started.
Find your amperage requirements.
The first and most important thing you need to learn is that all electric devices, from refrigerators to phone chargers, are measured in amps. Amps are the measure of how quickly electric current flows in the device. So, a bigger current equals more electricity.
How does this relate to you? You have to determine just how much of an electrical load you will need and the total amount of amps that those electric devices will draw from your auxiliary battery. You can easily find this information in the device’s user manual or their packaging. Also, knowing the amperage will help you determine just how big an auxiliary battery you will need. Assuming of course, you do not have one yet. Rule of thumb: the bigger the current/amps, the bigger the battery.
Determine how long you will use the electric device.
You need to take note of how long you are going to use each electrical device over a period of 24 hours. This will give you the total daily amp hour requirements (Amp hours = Ah). So, Amp hours is the total number of amps drawn for the number of hours that you need to draw that electricity.
This means that the amount of solar power you need (or number of solar panels to get) is determined by the total number of charge that you have to return to your auxiliary batteries during daytime hours every day.
Just because you are camping doesn't mean you have to forego being comfortable and safe in your campsite. And using solar panels to charge your auxiliary battery that powers up electric devices is by far the safest and most eco-friendly way to go camping. Home power inverter provides different power of monocrystalline solar panels, You can buy with confidence.