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4x4 accessories and Solar power

4x4 accessories, caravan solar panels - convert solar energy into electricity when you are out camping.

Solar power for your camping equipment? Plan my Power offer best advice and best solutions!

For many the great outdoors has become a great place to go, to relax, to camp out and traverse over rough terrain in their off-road 4x4 vehicles.

The challenge is how to keep your fridge running, and perhaps run some lights and be able to charge the camera and cellphone batteries.

Solar power provides the cleanest and most environmentally friendly solution making solar panels one of the most useful 4x4 accessories around.

4x4 solar power accessories
4x4 accessories: solar panels

Where there is sufficient space on the roof of your 4x4 vehicle, trailer or caravan one can opt for permanent installation of solar panels. The draw back to this option is that you will then need to park the vehicle in the open, away from trees that can cast shadows over the caravan solar panels, greatly reducing their efficiency.

The best option is usually to have some form of racking or storage system for your solar panels and then once at your camp site, to set up the solar panels out in an open clearing nearby.

A basic solar powered system for 4x4 and camping enthusiasts would comprise of the following components:

  • Solar panel/s
  • Solar Regulator or charge controller
  • Auxilliary batteries
  • A DC-AC inverter

The size and number of each of these components will contribute to the amount of power available and of course the overall cost of the system

What size system do I need?

To accurately determine the correct size and number of solar panels, regulators, batteries and inverters that you need, you need to determine your total power requirement.

To assist you in calculating your power requirement, click on the link to our solar calculator page .


A typical solar system to run an Engel 40 litre fridge and some basic lighting would comprise of the following components:

  • 1 x 80W solar panel
  • 1 x 10A solar regulator
  • 1 x 102A 12V calcium deep cycle battery
  • 1 x 600W 12V modified sine wave inverter
  • Panel flex, cables and connectors
  • Aluminium angle extrusion for folding legs for solar panel.
  • Extra charging may be required with the addition of another 80W panel. Extra storage by doubling up on battery capacity.

So, there you have it on 4x4 accessories, caravan solar panels, and solar power for your camping trips

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