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Portable solar panels are a great way to recharge your RV batteries when dry camping.
With portable panels, you can easily dip your toes in the solar power waters.
They are also great if you only need to generate electricity via solar energy on occasion.
Also, portable solar systems are a great way to complement an existing installation of rooftop panels.
They give you a bit of flexibility when it comes to parking in less than ideal solar locations.
On this page, you will find reviews of three different price points for portable solar panels.
You will also learn some things to consider before purchasing portable solar.
All About RV Solar Panel Systems!
Below are reviews of the best portable solar panels.
If you want to educate yourself more about the technical details of a solar panel system, read our guide here.
Best Portable Solar Panel Reviews
We narrowed down the many choices in solar power to show only the best portable solar panels.
Zamp is an industry leader in portable solar power. They are a natural choice for inclusion.
They produce an awesome product and a wide variety of panel sizes. However, they have the most expensive portable RV solar panel kits.
Renogy offers a much more limited selection of portable solar panels. Still, they have more affordable solar power kit options.
Finally, if you don’t want to spend much to get portable RV solar panels, look at our best on a budget solar panel kit. It isn’t the best quality, but it will do the job.
Best Portable Solar Panels
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Zamp Solar Panels
- Monocrystalline solar panel cells
- Made in the USA
- Waterproof PWM solar charge controller
- Widest selection of wattage ratings
- Best overall construction quality
Zamp portable solar panels are some of the best portable folding solar panel systems that money can buy. But they aren’t cheap.
Zamp portable solar power suitcases can cost twice what Renogy portable systems cost. Are they worth it?
That’s for you to decide – we just provide the facts about these solar panel kits. Zamp does offer the widest range of panel wattage choices.
In our book, choices are a good thing.
Continue Reading Zamp Portable Solar Panel Review
Best Value in Portable Solar Panels
Renogy Solar Panels
- Monocrystalline solar panel cell
- Good combination of quality, performance and price
- Waterproof PWM solar controller
- Build quality not as good as Zamp
Renogy offers a great combination of price and performance with their portable solar panel kits.
Both Camp Addict Co-Founders have a legacy 100-watt Renogy portable solar power system. They used them for several years.
There are a few negatives to a Renogy system when compared to a Zamp portable solar system.
But for the money, you cannot go wrong with a Renogy solar panel kit.
Eclipse Or ‘Legacy’?
Renogy Eclipse foldable solar panel kits are the latest technology that features more efficient solar panels. This means they are smaller and lighter than the (older) ‘legacy’ version, but the Eclipse does cost a bit more.
Therefore, if you need a 100-watt solar power kit, simply decide if the price is the most important factor for you (legacy panel), or if you want smaller and lighter (Eclipse panel).
If you need a 200-watt solar panel system, Eclipse is your only option (available with and without a solar charge controller).
Eclipse 200W (WITH controller)
Eclipse 200W (NO controller)
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Best Portable Solar Panels on a Budget
Eco-Worthy Solar Panels
- Monocrystalline solar panel cells
- Good for those who don’t use much solar power
- Priced competitively
- Solar controller has no display
- No carrying/protective case
- Solar panel tilt angle is not adjustable
- Not constructed well
Eco-Worthy portable solar panels for camping are one of the most affordable ways to get solar energy into your batteries.
But, are they worth the small savings compared to getting a substantially better portable solar system?
We think not, but it’s up to you.
Sure, you can save a little under $100 by going with an Eco-Worthy portable solar kit versus a Renogy solar system. However, you’ll make some sacrifices.
You get cheap construction and a solar charge controller giving zero information about your state of charge.
Continue Reading Eco-Worthy Portable Solar Panel Review
Portable Solar Panel Purchase Considerations
Below we offer some additional things to consider when shopping for the best solar panels for RV battery charging.
Also, you will find information on what to do if your camper has a Zamp solar port.
Waterproof Solar Charger Controllers
The best RV solar panels come with a solar battery charge controller that is waterproof.
That said, there was a time when Renogy’s solar controllers were not waterproof.
However, they have since corrected this and are using waterproof charger controllers.
So, both Zamp and Renogy controllers on the foldable solar panels are waterproof.
If you happen to purchase a portable solar panel without a waterproof controller, be very mindful of the wet weather.
Solar Panel Electrical Connectors
Another key thing to ponder before you pull the trigger on purchasing a portable solar power system is what type of electrical connectors it uses.
To be honest, this isn’t a deal-breaker. Electrical connectors can be changed if necessary.
Most users of portable solar systems won’t care what type of connectors come with a portable solar power system.
Often, they’ll use the supplied wiring harness and alligator clips to connect directly to their RV battery bank.
Alligator Clips In Use
If your RV comes with a pre-wired solar port that you plug portable solar panels into, pay attention to what type of connectors a particular solar panel kit has before you buy.
Or, simply change the connector ends.
That said, if you want to put your portable solar panel farther away from your motorhome or travel trailer, you’ll need extension cables.
In that case, you must know what type of connectors your camper solar panels have. Then, you can buy a compatible extension.
MC4 Connector Apart
MC4 Connector Together
This may not surprise you, but each manufacturer of portable solar systems has its idea of which connector is best.
Just like they have their idea of how to program a solar controller. Let’s hear it for industry standards! (LOL)
Some of the more common solar wiring connectors include:
- MC4 connectors
- SAE connectors
- Anderson connectors
- No connectors – cheap portable solar systems come with small gauge electrical wires that just have alligator clips attached to the end of a length of wire. This means you cannot easily extend the reach of the panels.
SAE Connector Separated
SAE Connector Together
Solar panel kit wiring connectors aren’t something to lose sleep over. Worst-case scenario, you purchase the connectors needed and change them out.
For most users of portable solar panels, what comes with the system is good enough.
Solar Panel Extension Cables
Portable solar panels have one big advantage over rooftop-mounted solar panels. The ability to move panels to a location that has full sun.
Also, you can angle them to point directly towards the sun throughout the day, maximizing solar energy harvesting.
Trust us, it comes in very handy to have a bit more power cable than comes standard with the portable panels.
Indeed, this can help keep your panel in the sun. Have no fear, you can purchase extension cables.
We BOTH have used them and we both HIGHLY recommend getting extensions.
The most commonly available extension cables (the ones with the correct size/gauge wire and multiple length options) have MC4 connectors on the ends.
These are the connectors that come with Renogy portable solar panels. Zamp portable panels use SAE connectors.
It’s a lot harder to find the properly sized wire in this style of an extension cord.
Zamp does offer the 15-foot extension cord, but sometimes it’s not available on Amazon.
Don’t forget to choose what wire gauge and wire length you want for your solar panel extension wires.
Solar Extension Cables (MC4 Connector)
Zamp solar panel extension cord (part number ZSHE15N) is 10 AWG wire and only comes in a 15-foot length. It has SAE connectors.
Zamp Extension Cable (SAE Connector)
Easy Portable Solar Panel Hold Down
Portable solar panels for camping ‘live’ on the ground. There, they can be affected by high winds.
Winds can easily flip them over and cause damage.
Fortunately, it’s easy to rig up a hold-down system that prevents this.
All You Need for an Easy, Affordable Solar Panel Hold Down
For portable solar panels that have a Renogy style leg setup, you need:
- a metal fence post
- a 5-gallon collapsible water jug or the like
The metal fence post sits on top of the legs. The filled 5-gallon water jug sits on top of the fence post.
You end up with 40+ pounds of water holding the panel in one place. (Bonus- if there is no more wind in the forecast, you have spare water.)
Solar Panel Hold Down Setup
Both Camp Addict Co-Founders Kelly and Marshall use this exact setup to secure their Renogy 100-watt portable solar panels.
This has worked in some pretty extreme winds. We have yet to experience solar panel flipping using this method.
(Update- Kelly shattered one panel by not securing it down in Moab in 2018. Ask her if it is the only one she has broken…)
Notice How the Metal Post Goes Over the Legs
If your portable solar panel has legs like the current designed Zamp portable panels, you will only need the collapsible 5-gallon water bag.
Place it over the leg’s horizontal support.
You won’t need the metal fence post because of the ‘built-in’ horizontal support.
5-Gallon Collapsible Water Container
Do You Have A Zamp Sidewall Solar Port?
Some RVs come from the factory with a Zamp Sidewall Solar Port. This port is an SAE connector.
It allows you to plug in a foldable solar panel. In other words, the RV is pre-wired to ‘accept’ a portable solar panel.
Does this mean that you are only able to use Zamp portable solar panels with this setup?
YOU CAN USE ANY BRAND!
BUT, be aware that the Zamp Sidewall Solar Port is reverse polarity (positive side goes to the negative battery terminal and vice versa).
This can create big problems if you just willy-nilly plug in a foldable solar panel that is wired ‘correctly’.
As in, things will fry!
Have no fear! As long as you are aware, there is a simple workaround.
If you want to go with something else besides a Zamp system, you can.
Simply purchase one, or both, of the below adapters, and you are in business.
If your portable solar panel of choice has an SAE connector, simply purchase the SAE polarity reverser connector below.
If you are wanting to plug in a portable solar panel (such as the Renogy portable solar systems) with MC4 connectors, you need to purchase just the SAE to MC4 adapter shown below. Why? This particular adapter handles the polarity reversing.
Bingo! You are in business!
SAE Polarity Reverser
SAE to MC4 Adapter POLARITY REVERSING
Solar Battery Maintainers
If you don’t need a portable solar system to keep your batteries charged WHILE camping, you can benefit from solar charging while your unit is stored.
Simply use a solar battery maintainer. It keeps your RV house batteries charged when stored and not connected to power.
There is always a slight draw on your batteries when you are not plugged in.
Because of this, over time, the batteries drain, unless you have some way to maintain the charge.
Solar battery maintainers (chargers) are available at many price points and many power outputs.
Be aware that cheaper products will most likely have low wattage solar panels.
They may not be able to maintain your RVs house battery bank at a fully charged state.
OR, they may come with a cheap solar battery controller that isn’t ‘smart’. This can damage your batteries.
The below featured solar battery maintainer by BatteryMINDer comes with a 15-watt solar panel and solar controller.
It will not overcharge your RV house battery bank. Also, it can be permanently mounted.
Otherwise, it comes with legs that allow for temporary installation.
You can read the instruction manual (PDF) to find out how to properly use it.
BatteryMINDer Model SCC515-15 (15-Watt System)
BatteryMINDer Solar Panel
BatteryMINDer Solar Controller
Portable solar panels for campers are a great way to charge your RV battery bank. It uses free solar energy, courtesy of the sun.
If you camp off-grid for long enough periods where your batteries would be drained from normal use, solar power is an awesome solution.
Your neighbors will thank you if you are using sunlight to charge your batteries instead of using a generator for RV use.
Now you have a better understanding of what is available when it comes to portable motorhome or travel trailer solar panels.
Start enjoying the free solar energy today!
Camp on, Addicts!
He-llllo. I’m the co-founder of Camp Addict, which my biz partner and I launched in 2017. I frigging love the RVing lifestyle but in December of 2020, I converted to part-time RV life. Heck, I lived in my travel trailer for over 5.5 years, STRICTLY boondocking for pretty much all of it. Boondocking is a GREAT way to live, but it’s not easy. Anyway, I’m passionate about animals, can’t stand campgrounds, I hardly ever cook, and I love a good dance party. Currently, I can be found plotting and scheming whether or not to start collecting farm animals (or plotting my next RV trip!) at my beautiful new ‘ranch’ named ‘Hotel Kellyfornia’, in Southern Arizona.
Camp Addict co-founder Marshall Wendler brings his technical expertise to help explain RV products in an easy to understand fashion. Full-time RVing from April 2014 – December 2020 (now RVing about 50% of the time), Marshall loves sharing his knowledge of the RV lifestyle. Marshall spends the majority of his RVing life boondocking. He is the part of Camp Addict that knows ‘all the things’. He’s good at sharing his technical knowledge so you can benefit.
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The Best Solar-Powered Gadgets for Camping in 2022Solar-powered camping technology has made huge leaps over the past few years with successful crowdfunding campaigns for all sorts of gadgets, including a solar-powered cooker and water boiler and a solar-powered cooler that can actually make ice.When you’re exploring the great outdoors, there’s only so much battery power you can count on and only so much you can carry with you. Solar power is a valuable and often untapped resource for campers, hikers, and other nature lovers.It’s also a resource that never runs out. The best solar gear is able to charge even in rainy or cloudy weather, just as long as there’s some daylight available.An unlimited source of power is invaluable for people who travel alone or go on longer journeys off-grid. If something should go wrong, you’ll always have a power source available to let you see, cook, or call for help.Solar-powered gadgets can also provide a unique party trick for backyard events, picnics, tailgating, or long days at the beach. You’ll make a lot of friends with a cooler that guarantees cold drinks even on the hottest summer days.Wherever you’re using them, these are the best solar-powered camping gadgets available right now.Since they don’t require a very large solar panel, there are plenty of quality solar-powered lights and lanterns on the market. They’re a low-cost safety measure for anybody spending time under canvas, whether you’re camping from your car or backpacking on foot. The KYNG Solar Rechargeable LED Lantern does it all, with a minuscule price tag that makes it well worth the small investment. An internal 800mAh battery powers the expandable lantern for up to 10 hours, and you can use the USB port to provide a small extra charge to mobile devices in an emergency.The lantern has high and low-power options, along with an emergency SOS mode. The low-light feature is ideal for reading or moving around in your tent at night when you don’t need or want the extra brightness. There’s a carabiner in the box, letting you hang the lantern from a tree or your tent as needed.It’s not as durable as some of the more rugged solar-powered lights, but is much smaller and lighter as a result. The lantern weighs around six ounces and collapses down to approximately 2×3 inches when not in use, a bit larger than a hockey puck.Buy on AmazonSolar-Powered Battery PackA solar-powered battery has a place on nearly any outdoor adventure. They don’t cost much and provide a guaranteed lifeline in an emergency. We recommend the BLAVOR PN-W09 Solar Power Bank, which has five fold-out solar panels that charge the 20,000mAh battery.Unlike single panel solar power banks that only have solar power as a backup option, this five-panel model is designed specifically for solar charging. The panels attach magnetically to the battery, so you can remove them and just use the battery by itself as needed.The 20,000mAh capacity is impressively large, letting you charge the latest iPhones about five times or an iPad at least twice, but it also means the battery requires 18+ hours of sunlight to go from empty to full.Fortunately, you can also charge it from a wall socket via the included USB C cable before leaving home, then keep it topped up using the sun’s rays after that.☀️ Looking for a smaller or larger option? These are our picks for the best solar power banks at the moment.Buy on AmazonPortable Solar Generator For CampingFor extra comfort out in the wilderness, invest in a solar-powered generator. A generator and solar panel combo will run you a few hundred bucks, but can power just about anything you’d think to bring on a camping trip. The Jackery Explorer 240 Solar Generator charges in 5-6 hours from a solar panel or car accessory socket, or 3.5 hours from a wall outlet. Either way, you’ll get 240 Watt-hours of portable power: that’s around 24 charges of an iPhone, two laptop charges, or 18 hours of running an LED camping light.The 110V AC outlet can power small…
What are the Best Portable Solar Panels for 2022?
The Best Portable Solar Panels – Camp Addict(Camp Addict does NOT accept payment from any company to review or endorse their products.)Portable solar panels are a great way to recharge your RV batteries when dry camping.With portable panels, you can easily dip your toes in the solar power waters.They are also great if you only need to generate electricity via solar energy on occasion. Also, portable solar systems are a great way to complement an existing installation of rooftop panels.They give you a bit of flexibility when it comes to parking in less than ideal solar locations.On this page, you will find reviews of three different price points for portable solar panels.You will also learn some things to consider before purchasing portable solar.All About RV Solar Panel Systems!Below are reviews of the best portable solar panels. If you want to educate yourself more about the technical details of a solar panel system, read our guide here.Best Portable Solar Panel ReviewsWe narrowed down the many choices in solar power to show only the best portable solar panels.Zamp is an industry leader in portable solar power. They are a natural choice for inclusion.They produce an awesome product and a wide variety of panel sizes. However, they have the most expensive portable RV solar panel kits.Renogy offers a much more limited selection of portable solar panels. Still, they have more affordable solar power kit options.Finally, if you don’t want to spend much to get portable RV solar panels, look at our best on a budget solar panel kit. It isn’t the best quality, but it will do the job.Best Portable Solar PanelsZamp Solar PanelsProsMonocrystalline solar panel cellsMade in the USAWaterproof PWM solar charge controllerWidest selection of wattage ratingsBest overall construction qualityZamp portable solar panels are some of the best portable folding solar panel systems that money can buy. But they aren’t cheap.Zamp portable solar power suitcases can cost twice what Renogy portable systems cost. Are they worth it?That’s for you to decide – we just provide the facts about these solar panel kits. Zamp does offer the widest range of panel wattage choices.In our book, choices are a good thing.Continue Reading Zamp Portable Solar Panel Review Best Value in Portable Solar PanelsRenogy Solar PanelsProsMonocrystalline solar panel cellGood combination of quality, performance and priceWaterproof PWM solar controllerConsBuild quality not as good as ZampRenogy offers a great combination of price and performance with their portable solar panel kits.Both Camp Addict Co-Founders have a legacy 100-watt Renogy portable solar power system. They used them for several years.There are a few negatives to a Renogy system when compared to a Zamp portable solar system.But for the money, you cannot go wrong with a Renogy solar panel kit.Eclipse Or ‘Legacy’?Renogy Eclipse foldable solar panel kits are the latest technology that features more efficient solar panels. This means they are smaller and lighter than the (older) ‘legacy’ version, but the Eclipse does cost a bit more.Therefore, if you need a 100-watt solar power kit, simply decide if the price is the most important factor for you (legacy panel), or if you want smaller and lighter (Eclipse panel).If you need a 200-watt solar panel system, Eclipse is your only option (available with and without a solar charge controller).Eclipse 200W (WITH controller)Eclipse 200W (NO controller)Purchase directly from Renogy and get an additional 10% off your solar panel kit purchase. Use the coupon code below on the Renogy website (button below).Get 10% Off Using Our Coupon Code: CampAddictYou get 10% off of any Renogy solar panel (or other products) purchase. Items on sale and batteries exempt from…
The 7 Best Portable Solar Panels of 2022 – Treehugger
The 7 Best Portable Solar Panels of 2022 We independently research, test, review, and recommend the best products—learn more about our process. If you buy something through our links, we may earn a commission. Treehugger / Chloe Jeong Whether you’re planning a road trip, sailing adventure, beach getaway, or camping trip, keeping electronics charged up in remote areas can be challenging. Solar energy is an excellent, eco-friendly option for staying powered up on the go, but traditional panels are bulky and designed to stay fixed in one place. However, a large number of portable solar panels are now available that are lightweight, powerful, and built to withstand the elements. They’re also compact enough that you can keep them stored away for use in the event of an emergency power outage. We’ve sorted through a variety of products to find the best portable solar panels. Courtesy of Amazon For a portable panel that’s ideal for van life and recharging RV or boat batteries, the Renogy folding 100-watt panel is built to withstand the elements. It tops our list because it’s a versatile, sturdy, and efficient panel at a moderate price. Measuring 40 inches long x 27 inches wide (when open), the panel is extremely efficient—even in low-light areas or cloudy days. The unit includes a corrosion-resistant aluminum stand and a rugged protective case with heavy-duty handles and latches. The Renogy panel can be purchased with or without the solar controller and can be combined with a power station for the full off-grid package. The panel weighs just under 27 pounds. Courtesy of Amazon Weighing 28.66 pounds, the Go Power! GP-PSK- 130 is one of the heavier options out there, but it’s a great match for RVers who require a little extra off-grid power to top off batteries (or if an RV park bills for electricity separately). The 130-watt panel delivers an impressive 6.9 amps per hour, has a built-in solar controller with a digital screen to monitor input and transmit power, plus adapter cables to connect to a battery. The self-standing panels can easily fold in two and fit into the included case for easy storage—making them a great alternative to mounting to the roof. Courtesy of Home Depot If you’re interested in a solar panel for traveling but also require a battery charge station, Jackery Power Outdoors is a leader in off-grid power supplies. The Solar Generator SG550 comes with a whopping 100-watt panel that folds shut and can easily be toted away using the carry handle. The power station’s 500-watt continuous output can charge a laptop at least seven times before it requires a recharge. The panel also has a built-in MPPT module that monitors the voltage and output of the solar panel, adding up to 23% more efficiency, and can charge up to seven devices at one time. Courtesy of ebay Despite providing an impressive 160 watts of power, the Dokio Portable Monocrystalline Controller is a surprisingly affordable option for those shopping for panels on a budget. The folding panel is lightweight (just 9 pounds) and easy to carry but must be positioned in the sun by leaning it against a tent, car, or another sturdy surface (no kickstand is included). The panels can be connected directly to most power stations, but if you’re powering up a battery, alligator clips and a…
8 Best Solar-Powered Generators 2022 – Popular Mechanics
The 8 Solar-Powered Generators for Emergencies and Off-the-Grid Convenience Popular Mechanics; Courtesy MAXOAK Editor’s Note: We have reviewed this article and still stand by our recommendations for the best solar-powered generators on the market as of September 2022. We’ll be evaluating this list monthly to make sure we bringing you the most up-to-date products and industry information. If you’re ready to click purchase, consider our best overall recommendation: the Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station.Camping looks a little different these days than it used to. Sure, you can still head into the woods with nothing more than a backpacking tent and go completely analog, but the rise in overlanding and glamping in recent years suggests many people like to bring at least some of the comforts of home with them, be it a portable fridge, lights, camera equipment, or a laptop for working remotely.The advancement of lithium battery technology in recent years means keeping all of those gadgets charged is a lot easier, safer, and quieter than it used to be. Campers no longer need noisy, smelly diesel generators to keep the lights on in their RV or their mobile office up and running (a good thing when you’re at a campsite that enforces quiet hours). Solar-powered generators, or portable power stations as they’re often called, have gone down in both price and weight since their introduction to the market several years ago, all while increasing their charging capacity.If you’re unfamiliar with them, imagine a supersized version of the power bank you likely already carry to charge your phone while traveling, except these typically have built-in inverters and standard 120-volt outlets so you can easily charge a computer, run a CPAP, or plug in an electric cooler or portable washing machine even if the power goes out or you’re at a dispersed campsite with no amenities.Best Solar-Powered Generators Best Overall Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station Jackery Read More Largest Capacity Bluetti EB240 Portable Power Station Maxoak Read More Most Versatile Yeti 1500X Goal Zero Read More Best for Powering Lots of Devices at Once Delta Portable Power Station EcoFlow Read More Best for Weekend Camping Trips Yeti 500X Goal Zero Read More The Experts: Bryan Rogala and Maggie Slepian are longtime outdoorspeople with extensive experience reviewing camping, overlanding, and other outdoor equipment. An overlanding enthusiast, Bryan has spent countless nights dispersed camping off the grid in the bed of his truck, rooftop tents, travel trailers, and just about every type of tent imaginable. He has installed a solar charging system in his off-road teardrop trailer and has tested various portable power stations for Outside. Maggie has a propensity for extended car camping trips to remote areas, and she’s been using battery packs and solar-powered generators since she first put a topper on her truck and a piece of memory foam in the back. She often works from the road, so her main charging needs are usually small personal devices like a phone, laptop, and headlamps. Accordingly, her go-to portable power solutions are typically mid-range in size and capacity, as she doesn’t need a ton of charging on the road (no fridge for her!) yet doesn’t want to be constantly worried about recharging the power bank. What to ConsiderYour Electricity NeedsBefore you begin comparing portable power stations, you’ll first need to figure out exactly what you want to power while you’re off the grid or during a power outage. Recharging your phone and camera a couple of times requires far less power than running appliances or powering a camper. If you like numbers, make a list of everything you’d like to use and try to get a rough idea of the power draw of each item. Or, simply look at a power station manufacturer’s website—companies typically estimate the number of times you’ll be able to charge various devices and list those figures in the specs section.CapacityThe most important thing to consider when looking for a solar-powered generator is its capacity. You’ll pay more…