With more and more campers opting to try ‘wild-camping’; campsites enforcing ‘generator-free’ zones, and solar power becoming more affordable – solar charging kits are the easiest and cheapest option to keep your electrical supply running on your motorhome or caravan. From wafer-thin flexible panels to large rigid-framed solar panels – we have a wide range to choose from, all coupled with a good quality solar regulator (PWM, MPPT or Dual)
Flexible solar charging kits
Flexible panels give the neatest solution – just glue them down on the roof, and you will forget they are there. Easy to fit, less wind resistance than a framed panel, and incredibly lightweight. it’s a popular kit with motorhome and caravan owners.
Framed solar charging kits
Framed panels are the best value – you will get more energy generated per pound you spend. However, you’ll need to add a mounting system to fit the panel to the roof of your motorhome or caravan.
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Choosing the right solar panels
Finding a mains charging point to charge your batteries every other day, seriously restricts your freedom. Imagine all the beautiful, wild places you could stay if, instead of relying on the national grid for your power, you obtained some, or all, of your energy from the natural power of the sun and/or wind?
To make a significant contribution to the energy needs of a caravan or motorhome, you probably need a panel of at least 50 watts power output. In summer, a panel of that size should provide enough electricity for lighting, a water pump, and a radio. If traveling earlier or later in the year when there is less light available, a bigger panel may be necessary. If you are running a fridge or television, you should consider installing several panels as these appliances can be very power-hungry.
Framed panels are the most cost-effective panels for a given output. They can either be left unfixed and plugged in when necessary, or mounted permanently on the roof.
An alternative, sophisticated solution is to fit a flexible adhesive-backed solar panel to the roof. These look great, have an extremely low profile, and are very easy to fit.
If you have to leave your caravan or motorhome for long periods, you might want to fit a small solar panel to keep the battery topped up, as batteries do tend to self-discharge over time. As a result, discharged batteries soon become sulphated and lose their capacity. The Victron range of rigid-frame solar panels are ideal for this job and come in 20, 30, and 50 Watt sizes. Alternatively, you can opt for the semi-flexible that will gently bend to fit a caravan roof. They can be mounted either using the 4 grommet holes in the panel corners or by gluing down the panels.
Very small solar panels do not need a solar controller if the capacity of the battery bank (in Ah), is more than 10x the power rating of the panel (in Watts). For example, a 110Ah battery with a 10 Watt panel would be fine, but for an 80Ah battery with the same panel, we would recommend fitting a PWM model. For larger panels or most of the framed panels, we would always recommend the use of an appropriately rated solar controller. If you are interested in charging both your engine and leisure battery from the same solar panel, this is popular with a dual solar charge controller,
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