Solar isn’t a one size fits all solution, and with a wide variety of solar products available to overlanders and campers, it’s important to have a basic understanding of the technology, its benefits over traditional charging methods and how to ensure the system you’re considering is suitable for your application.

Energy stored in batteries is the preferred source of power for today’s modern day overlander and camper. Unfortunately, despite advances in battery technology, they can only provide a finite source of power, eventually requiring some form of recharging.

Traditionally, recharging methods have included the use of generators (which are noisy and require fuel), mains power (which isn’t readily available in remote areas) or vehicle power (which requires the engine to be running and is not suited to longer stays in the one location).