Why should you install a Solar Panel? There are so many reasons, so here we list just a few of them!
Recharging your batteries from solar is incredibly important if you plan to wild camp for any extended period of time. If you’re only camping for a day or two, then it’s not a problem. Your batteries should be able to supply all the power you need (assuming you correctly calculated your battery bank size).
But if you intend to stay out in nature for longer, your batteries will run out of charge.
So unless you bring a loud and bulky generator with you, solar power is the only realistic way to keep your batteries charged while camping out in nature.
Being able to charge your camper batteries while driving (with a DC-DC charger) is an important feature for any camper electric system. But there are limitations. It’s not as if you can simply recharge your camper batteries back to full on only a quick 30-minute drive.
Victron’s larger DC-DC Charger only outputs 360 Watt-hours (30A). So if you have a completely dead 100Ah battery, you’ll need to drive almost 4 hours to charge the battery back to full.
Even on days where we use minimal power, we would still need to drive over an hour EVERY DAY just to reclaim all the power we used the day before.
And what if you don’t drive every day? Then your batteries lose even more charge and you’ll need to drive even more the day after just to catch up.
When parked without solar, your batteries are always draining, never replenishing. And that fact is a burden on your mind and gets stressful over time.
You’re always thinking about what state-of-charge (SOC) your batteries are at, whether or not you’re using too much power, and if you’re able to get back to full charge during the next drive. However, if you have enough solar power, it’s a liberating thought to know that as long as you have decent sunshine, your batteries are charging all day long. And that’s one less thing to worry about during your van life journey.
Many paid campgrounds offer a wide variety of options for vehicles. But the cheapest option is simply paying to park your camper without hooking up to any shower power and/or water. Plus, if you have solar panels, you aren’t dependent on paying for an electric site at a campground. You can opt for just a plain, no-frills camp spot. This can oftentimes save you as much as £10-£20 per night. Stay at campgrounds for enough days and the savings you accumulate will quickly offset the cost of your solar system.
So if you’re serious about stress free travels, choose Cosmic Campervans to install a Solar Panel on your Campervan today. We can complete this install to a wide variety of vehicles. Our prices are based upon installing to a simple access vehicle. There may be extra labour charges based upon the amount of time it will take us to install and wire into your existing system. We allow for 2 hours installation time in total, any extra will be charged at £60+VAT per hour. All of our panels come with an individual manufacturers warranty to give you peace of mind that your panel will last, we do not use cheap panels.
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