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Save Money - Travel and Camp with Solar powered products

By Edited May 25, 2015 2 14

Solar products save you money

Camping with solar powered products

There is nothing worse than arriving late to a camp or caravan site as the sun goes down and find there is not enough light to see or find the torch or matches to light your camp fire.  No one should leave home without some type of solar lights, as they not only save money on buying batteries or continually having to use your power to charge up your torches, the charging up is done free from the sun with no extra costs.

Solar Garden lights

These little lights are ideal for your garden or put in the car in the sun to charge up while driving to your destination.  Then at night they are safe to use in a tent a campervan or caravan.  This way you are not putting the children at risk of burning the tent down by using candles or carrying flammable fuel.  Plus the added fact is you are not paying any extra for lighting while traveling as you had them in your own garden to start with, which covers both jobs.

Hanging Solar Panel & Power Bulb

These are a really nifty idea as they come with their own little solar panel which comes with its own power pack, approximately 10” x3” with a long cord that attaches to a round light. The solar panel can be charged while attached to a caravan awning by a slide clip and the light can be hung anywhere in a van or tent or even under the backyard umbrella.

It has a circular lamp light with a lead which clips into the solar panel at night when you need extra lighting.  Of course you will need to charge the panel up in the daytime for approximately 6 hours so it is ready for use after dark.

We have used ours hanging near the fire under a tree and also inside our caravan at night to save our battery power.  Keeping that power to use for the TV or charging up our laptops and phone.

Solar Emergency Indoor & Outdoor Lantern Lamp Light

This little lantern is great to use for any occasion. Even use it in the garage if the car breaks down. Or out under the patio or at your favorite camp or fishing spot.

It has a super bright LED light with own solar and rechargeable battery. You can even control the level of light intensity by turning the on off switch.  It is approx 20” x 14” in size so it won’t take up too much room. Once it is fully charged up in daylight it should give you approximately 4-5 hours of light.

Reliance Products Solar-Spray 5 Gallon Portable Shower


Just because you are out camping doesn’t mean you have to go without a good shower especially if camped near the river you can use the river water and fill up one of these solar portable showers and no one can accuse you of smelling a little fishy after a few days of fishing.

This 20 litre black polyethylene portable shower heats the water free from the sun’s rays. It also comes with its own cord and hook for easy hanging and a thick hose which eliminates kinking.


Sunforce Polycrystalline Solar Panels


The Sunforce 80 watt Solar panel with the Sharp Module enables you to harness the suns powerful rays creating power to run or charge up laptops, phones and lighting while out enjoying your camping or caravan holiday.


As long as the sun shines you will have an abundant supply of power which will save you money on your power bills.  Let’s face it you cannot beat having free power. Solar power is also clean and pollution free and virtually maintenance free.


These come with a voltage tester with wiring and accessories to make your installation easy to do.  They need to be connected to a compatible charge controller which prevents the solar panel from overcharging or damaging your connected batteries or electrical system.  These can be used separately or connected with others to give you more power.  

More information on Traveling with Solar

If you add a solar panel to your caravan and your car then you can camp anywhere and still have power in your van even on overcast days.




Apr 27, 2011 8:19pm
Some good ideas here Eileen. We are fitting out a big bus as a motor-home so we're always looking for good tips. Thanks for sharing.
May 1, 2011 2:38am
Thanks Gooby46, We are also thinking of selling our van and buying a hino bus already fitted out as if in a dangerous situation we can just drive away. Whereas in a caravan we would have to get out of the van and get to our car before we could drive off this could be more dangerous if a mob of kids are harassing us out in the out back somewhere on our own as we are not getting any younger.
May 3, 2011 10:44pm
Very interesting article on Solar powered products. Thanks for sharing these tips on how to harness the sun for energy and to save money. Hope you are enjoying your trip.
May 5, 2011 4:52am
southerngirl09, thanks for stopping by. Yes its great at the moment my husband caught 3 squid for dinner tonight. I missed out this time but caught 2 a couple of days ago. cheers thanks for stopping by and commenting
May 12, 2011 1:01pm
Love the solar powered lanterns, these could even be handy for our power outages in winter but, so very useful for camping adventures and I enjoy your writing!
May 14, 2011 1:26am
vetochemicals, thanks for that yes and it saves you money as well. With a lot of rain and not much sun to charge up from solar panels, we found the solar light came in very handy and that had enough for lights each night.
May 12, 2011 3:21pm
Good article. Solar looks like the way to go. It's more reliable, safe, and clean.
May 14, 2011 1:27am
Darlene, yes it is certainly a lot cheaper and simple to use and as you say safe.
May 31, 2011 12:01pm
We have solar lights we use while camping. Much nicer than the fuel kind.
Jun 5, 2011 2:15am
lynsuz yes you are so right and cheaper too
Jun 9, 2011 1:07pm
I'm tweeting this excellent article. I've used the little solar lights in the garden but had no idea there were so many similar products available. I can think of many uses for them!
Jun 10, 2011 9:14am
Thanks Diva, yes it is amazing how and when you can use a variety of solar panels, even ones that you can put in your backpacks for the backpackers. How unique is that to charge up mobile phones.
Dec 6, 2011 10:19pm
Good ideas. I keep a solar powered charger in my car for emergencies.
Dec 7, 2011 6:01am
Aurora W , thats a good idea. We have a solar panel on roof of 4x4 which runs our Fridge and 2 panels on our caravan. Plus a small one for an outside camping light. They are great when camping on free sites.
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