Woman Using Laptop And Solar Power Recharging Devices Outdoors


Modern camping means convenience and comfort — from cooking, sleeping and to enjoying the availability of a power source. Gone are the days when you have to spend the night with just the campfire or a battery-operated lamp. Today, modern technology lets you enjoy the benefits of camping power sources.

There are many types of power sources you can use for camping, and the following is an easy guide on each type as well as quick tips on how to choose one.


Solar power is a great and efficient camping power source but only if you’re intending to camp in one place. Moving from place to another isn’t ideal for a solar panel as it requires setting up and packing away.

Another thing to consider when choosing a solar panel is the location — make sure the panels are in direct contact with the sun. The next factor is the weather; charging with your panels won’t be effective during cloudy or rainy days.

You also need to check the size. Depending on your need, smaller solar chargers are very handy and easy to set up, but the downside is they can only charge small electronic devices.


If you’re into short camping trips and plan to hike in between or most of the time, then a small portable power supply suits you best. Battery packs are the lightest and smallest among the camping power sources, which is ideal for hikers or campers who are on-the-go.

Battery packs are so handy they can easily fit in your backpack without adding too much weight. A standard battery pack works great for cell phones, lanterns and small electric cooking stoves.

Also, compact battery packs run with no exhaust or noise, so they give everyone some peace and quiet. And despite their small size, they have a couple of ports that will let you charge multiple devices at once.


From the smallest camping power source let’s move on to the largest and heaviest: petrol powered generators. Generally, petrol generators are built exclusively for camping. It’s impractical and exhausting to carry around a generator on a hiking trip, along with the fuel to power it.

The large size means they can power large electronic devices such as air conditioning units and refrigerators. The bigger size also means more power and more devices to use all at once.


Small portable generators are generally quieter and suffice for a group of people who only need a limited amount of power. Small portable generators are probably as popular as solar power will be one day soon.


Devices: Think about the kind of devices you’ll most likely bring to camp — will they include big devices such as laptops, refrigerators or TVs? Or you only intend to bring your cell phone and tablet device? Knowing what you need to power will help you decide on the type of camping power source to buy.

Location and time: Where and when you’ll camp are key to determining the best camping power source for you. During the summertime, some solar panels will work perfectly, but you’ll enjoy a generator or battery packs during the winter time.

Type of camping: Are you engaging in a short-trip or in a long backpacking adventure? It’s also important to know if you’re going to travel from one spot to another, if this is the case, a small and handy power source is the best choice.

Camping style: Another tip to choosing camping power sources is to figure out if you’re most likely to travel frequently or just a couple times a year. If you’re going to camp on a regular basis, it’s best to invest in a higher-quality power source.

Modern camping allows you of the benefits of using a variety of power sources. Having power is great if you are travelling for a long time and don’t plan on coming back any time soon. When choosing among camping power sources, make sure to get the one that will suit best your type of camping, location and how frequent you’ll need in it. This way, you are guaranteed not only of the right power source but also the right investment.



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Jake Taylor
Jake Taylor

Jake is a global traveller who has recently called Australia his home again. If he's not travelling, he is writing about it and his experience.