The Top Portable Power Stations with Solar Panels
Sometimes, we like a little bit of home comfort while we’re camping. If that means power to run your electric barbecue, fridge and/or lights and charge your devices, then you probably are in the market for a portable power generator. Better yet, a portable generator that runs on solar power! Clean, green and free energy, there are many advantages to choosing solar to power your camping adventures. That’s why we’ve put together some of the best solar generators for camping, with something to suit a range of uses.
1. BLUETTI AC60 – Best All-Rounder Solar Generator
We’ve always been enamoured with BLUETTI‘s power station’s ability for fast solar charging and, while the solar generation input of their latest release, the AC60, isn’t anything new, it’s certainly worth mentioning if you’re looking for clean, green and free energy on the go.
Equipped with a 600 W inverter and a 403 Wh LiFePO4 battery, the AC60 offers a high level of protection, faster charging, extreme portability and expandable capacity with the B80 expansion batteries. What’s more, the unit is IP65 rated to protect against water and dust, making it one of the top choices when it comes to solar generators for camping.
2. BLUETTI EB70 – Best Lightweight Solar Generator
Weighing just 9.7 kg, the EB70 delivers impressive power for its size with its 716 Wh LiFePO4 battery. Sporting a compact design and solid folding handle, the unit is incredibly portable for camping, picnics and road trips.
The solar generator is tiny but it packs a punch with multiple ports and impressive power: 1,000 W! Charge multiple devices simultaneously, including car fridges, CPAP machines, fans and digital devices.
For a max 200 W solar charging, pair the EB70 with BLUETTI’s portable PV200 solar panel, which can effectively harness solar energy with a high conversion efficiency of 23.4% and a durable ETFE coating.
3. BLUETTI AC500 – The Best Solar Generator for Off-The-Grid Living
If camping for you means getting off the grid in your campervan or motorhome, then set your sights on the BLUETTI AC500. The modular power station is compatible with the B300 and B300S battery packs for a mind-blowing capacity of up to 18,432 Wh!
What’s more, with a 3,000 W solar input and an MPPT solar inverter, the AC500 recharges from 0 to 80% in an impressive 1.5-2.5 hours on solar alone. Where there’s sunlight, there’s an unlimited power supply. Remember, you need to purchase the add-on of the PV350 if you want to be able to charge this portable power station with solar energy.
4. BLUETTI PV350 Solar Panels – High-Conversion Portable Solar Panels
What’s a solar generator without solar panels? While BLUETTI offers a range of solar panels, the PV350 are one of the most effective for the price. The PV350 is built with a 350 W monocrystalline solar panel to guarantee a high conversion efficiency of up to 23.4%.
With excellent 95% transparency, this solar panel performs better than polycrystalline solar panels in low-light conditions. It’s foldable and portable and comes with four fixed stands to ensure each panel can be positioned to utilise sunlight.
5. Sunnybag Sunbooster – Best Solar Generator for Charging Your Phone
Finally, if you have a minimalist approach to camping and literally only need to charge your phone, then perhaps all you’ll need is a solar charger like a Sunnybag. Charge your phone or camera on the go with one of Sunnybag’s portable solar panels which effortlessly straps to your backpack and connects straight to your device. The foldable solar charger consists of three panels with 7 W each, fully charging your phone in direct sunlight within 2-3 hours.
Check out the Sunnybag Portable Solar Panel on Amazon.
More About Solar Generators for Camping
That’s it for our list of the best solar generators for camping! For more advice on getting power when camping, check out the following guides:
- How to Choose a Generator for Your Motorhome, Campervan or Tent
- Camping Essentials Checklist for New Zealand
- 10 Ways to Make Your Generator Quieter When Camping