This is a discussion on Solar panels for a van within the Alternative Energy (Wind, Solar, Hydro etc) forums, part of the Off-Grid Lifestyle category; Originally Posted by Elvis Ok, I'm rounding off numbers here and adding system inefficiencies here for fast and dirty numbers. Also for this example figuring ...
Does anyone remember the old gentleman who used to be on this site? He lived in Arizona, had just gone totally off-grid with solar, and then announced that he was dying and left the site?
"Reality is almost always wrong."
Dr. Gregory House
Whoa! Heating chicken water is way more expensive that electrifying some fence.
I am a big fan of Jackery products. Go to Jackery.com and check out their power banks, power stations and solar panels. All of their products are designed for outdoor-type use and would be perfect for van use. My second choice is RAVPower.com. They don't have quite the selection in terms of large capacity but they are awesome, too.
That said, and excuse me if you already know this, but you'll have to determine what you need in terms of power. For example, small electronics like phones and tablet use about 5-8watts/hour. How big is your fridge? Consider input/output voltage as well. A 5V solar panel will not charge will not charge a 12V power station.
Also, you're in the UK so there's that to consider.
That's the Jackery Solar Sega 60 on the floor. The 240W power station on the top and a smaller 160 on the left along with various power banks, etc.
EDIT: Can someone please tell me how to flip pics?
Last edited by Marica; 01-09-2020 at 09:47 AM.
Hold tight while I ring you on the rotary dial white princess phone over there!
Just kidding! I'm pretty sure that's a prop to throw off anyone who might be spying on us...
Anyway, if you are using a laptop, sometimes when you save your picture, select EDIT/CREATE on your Picture Saving App or program and adjust the picture just a tiny bit...move a border or something like that and it tends to "right" the picture after you post it on the forum. I have no idea why or how it does that because I am wearing my tinfoil hat as I type this...