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Camping with solar panels

February 10, 2018   |   By Liam Arthur Camping with solar panels - image Capture-115 on https://www.4wdsupacentre.com.au/news

Camping with solar panels has been a game changer in recent years. With our campsites more power-hungry than ever thanks to all the modern comforts we travel with, it makes sense we need something to power them.

Advances in solar kits and solar technology have made this a very affordable, useful, powerful technology to take camping. With the right camping solar panels you can easily charge your batteries to supply power to portable car fridges like the Kings 60L fridge/freezer, LED camp lighting, radios, chargers for phones, and much more.

Kings camping solar panels are some of the best bang for buck on the market. While the range is already big and always growing, let’s focus on the two most popular portable solar kits for camping – the 160W and 120W solar kits.

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The 160W folding solar panel is a traditional hard-frame design that comes with everything you need, from a carry bag right through to the PWM regulator to convert solar energy into safe charge for your battery.

The 120W folding solar blanket is part of the new technology that’s taking campsites by storm. With a PWM regulator, 4.4m lead, high quality monocrystaline panels and the versatility to charge from your roof, windscreen or the ground, this panel is incredibly popular – especially because it costs hundreds less than similar types of panels from other brands.

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To get the most out of your camping solar panels, you need to make sure you’ve chosen the right size and kit for you. Many people choose complete kits as the plug-and-play nature of them means they are low fuss, almost fool proof to use, and are quick and easy to set up. Both the 160W and 120W Kings folding solar panels can unfold and be clipped up to your battery in seconds for quick and easy set up and pack up.

What size you need depends on the nature of your camping gear and accessories. A 160W solar panel with PWM regulator with monocrystaline cells can put up to 8.75A of peak current output into your batteries. That means on a sunny day you could top up a 100aH battery by 50% in 5-6 hours.

A 120w folding solar blanket is obviously a smaller unit, but still charges very efficiently. This unit even has a built in digital display so you can see your panel working in real-time, taking the guesswork or uncertainty out of your solar kit.

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The inbuilt USB charger ports in this panel mean you can even charge your phone, rechargeable LED headlight or Bluetooth speaker off this panel while it harnesses energy from the sun. Rather than having to turn your car to accessories mode just to charge small appliances like this, let the 120W folding solar blanket do the work for you so you don’t flatten your starter battery!

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A 160W folding solar panel or 120w solar blanket makes a perfect camping solar panel because either one will provide enough charge to keep a deep cycle battery like the Kings AGM 98ah or 115ah topped up while you run all your accessories off it. A 12v fridge/freezer and LED camp lights won’t draw a huge amount of power each day (the lights are only needed for a few hours each night, and in winter a fridge/freezer doesn’t have to work very hard!), so you can prolong the time you can run your camp accessories before having to head home.

The 160W folding solar panel has an IP68 regulator which is waterproof. Combined with a hard-wearing and rust-proof frame, this panel won’t mind getting a bit of rain or sea-breeze blown its way if a shower comes over while it’s charging your batteries for you.

Perhaps the best part about the Kings camping solar panel range is the fact that you can go to more secluded campsites away from the crowds without running out of battery life in a day. And, if you do prefer camping in more popular places, the price difference between a non-powered site and a powered site is quite significant – a Kings camping solar panel will pay itself off in no time!

There are other models in the range, starting from a compact 10W personal solar kit that’s perfect for charging things like phones and tablets on the go. There’s also a 110W fixed solar panel and a range of regulators, extension leads and CTEK battery chargers for someone who would rather build their own kit to suit their unique needs. Finally, a big 250W folding solar panel packs even more punch than the 160W model for those who are really looking to keep their campsites running around the clock for weeks on end!

The Kings range of solar panels and accessories is tested, proven and trusted by thousands of Aussies, and is backed by a 12 month warranty and 30 day money back guarantee for ultimate peace of mind!