How solar power tents work
Solar tents are nothing more than portable electricity generation systems. Designed to handle the harsh conditions of the outdoor and built to withstand the rough and tumble of a camping weekend, festival or trek into the wild. Your solar powered tent is all you need to provide mobile power for all your powered accessories such as tent lighting, portable smart devices such as smartphone, e-book readers, tablets and mp3 players.
Are all solar powered tents the same ?
In a word, no. There are a variety of different types of systems out there. From well designed units with marine grade build specifications to the cheap and nasty side of the product line set to break after the first use. Or even worse, not even work in the first place.
How do solar panel tent work ?
A solar tent has 4 main component
- solar panel to generate electricity
- Charge controller to control the charging of the battery
- 12 volt battery to store the energy
- outputs to charge accessories and power lighting
Solar powered tents work by converting the energy provided by the sunlight into useable electricity which is then stored in a battery ready for you to use whenever you need it. The solar panels used in tents are a little different from the solar panels you would traditionally see on the roofs of homes and businesses. For one, the solar panels used in solar tent systems have to be durable and built to withstand constant set up and take downs. Traditional solar panels are far too fragile for this task.
Solar powered tent systems utilise specially designed flexible solar panels, these can be rolled away when not in use and packed away with the tent so it’s ready to go whenever you are. Solar tent panels are lightweight and durable. They can be walked on with soft shoes without damaging the solar cells.
Solar tent efficiency
For the solar panels to be the most useful, they need to convert the most amount of energy possible from the sunlight. Old solar technology was good at converting sunlight into energy under test conditions, but as soon as the temperature went up or down, or the voltage of the battery dropped too much, the charging capabilities of the solar panel begin to drop, drastically.