Below is a list of my favorite solar powered camping accessories:
Eton Rukus Wireless Speaker
Do you enjoy listening to music while you camp? This solar Bluetooth speaker provides up to 8 hours of quality audio on a single charge. If you don’t have a wireless device to connect to these speakers, don’t worry. You can connect this speaker to any device that uses a 3.5mm headphone jack.
Your music can continue to flow as long as you have your unit in the sun. A full charge takes around 5 hours, but you continuously top up your charge with sunlight. And, if it’s cloudy outside, you can always charge your speaker via micro USB.
This speaker measures 45 x 149 x 165 mm and weighs 540 grams.
You can purchase this speaker at Multiple Powered Products for $159.
Kogan Solar Phone Charger
Solar USB power banks are a handy item to have on your camping trip. Unfortunately, the solar panel that comes with most units are fairly small and take a long time to get a full charge.
If you need to have your phone or tablet powered up during your camping trip, the Kogan Solar Phone Charger is your best option.
The Kogan has a foldable solar panel array, which allows the charger to have a 7W output, which equates to 1.2A, which is about the same level as a typical wall charger.
You can use the phone charger to get power for your portable devices, and it can also charge your USB power bank.
The unit folds to a convenient 180mm x 100mm x 30mm.
You can purchase this charger directly from Kogan for $45.
Solar Powered Fridge
A portable fridge can be one of the biggest power hogs while camping. However, it’s worth it, if only because it lets you enjoy a cold beer (and of course it can keep your food cold too). The problem is where to get all the power needed to run your fridge.
Solar and Aussie Batteries have created a range of kits that will provide the energy needed to power your energy efficient fridge, with the use of solar power alone.
These kits don’t just allow you to run your fridge when the sun’s out. By using batteries as backup, you can power the fridge at night and on cloudy days.
These kits contain everything you need to get started, including the fridge, solar panel, and battery.
You can get solar panels from massivesolar.com.au and they can power your fridge and other home accessories.
You can expect to pay $1459 for a 45L solar fridge kit. There are units as large as 110L available. You can purchase the fridge kit at Aussie Batteries.
When camping, it’s not practical to take along an oven. While there are several types of gas powered or campfire powered ovens available, most are not as efficient as an oven powered by the sun. That is unless the day is cloudy.
The Sun Oven can reach a temperature of 150 degrees C in about 20 minutes. It can heat up to approximately 180 degrees C.
This portable unit weighs just 9.5 KC. It’s build to stand up to normal camping wear and tear and will last for up to 20 years.
The Solar Oven can be set up anywhere from the campground to your backyard. It can be used to cook for a special meal when camping or used to cook your everyday meals.
The Solar Oven costs $550, but that includes delivery to anywhere in Australia.
Jaycar Solar Torch and Radio
You must carry a torch when camping. However, a torch is of no use if it runs out of power. The same goes for a radio.
Jaycar has combined these two essential camping items into the LED Torch/Radio that is powered via solar energy. You can also use this torch to charge your phone via USB.
Just in case your days are cloudy, this device can also be charged using a hand crank dynamo. This means you don’t have to worry about running out of juice.
You can purchase this radio/torch directly from Jaycar for $39.95.
Lumos Solar Backpack
Solar power is a great way to keep your gadgets charged. However, solar is not always practical when you’re on the go or hiking.
Even a small solar panel can be bulky. Also, you won’t always have time to stop, set up your panels and allow your gadgets to charge.
The Lumos Solar Backpack contains a 3-watt solar panel. No matter where you are, if you have this backpack, you can charge your devices.
The bad has a built in battery which can store the energy and change your USB devices.
The bag is water resistant, so you don’t have to worry about rainy days.