An essential part of building out your conversion van will be the addition of some type of auxiliary power source. Otherwise known as your house battery. If you have the budget, you can go all out on a complete solar system. Panels, charge controller, battery bank, inverter. You could easily spend a few thousand without blinking. For some, there just isn’t the need for such a system and the wish there was a simpler solution? We fortunately, there is! Enter the Portable Power Station. In this post we will have a quick look at the different portable power options, the different brands, price points and features.
Portable Power Station Options For Your Campervan
The Portable Power Supply manufacturers listed offer models to suit a variety of requirements. Weather you need to run your 12v fridge for the weekend, or you just need to light up your van, run your Roof Vent Fan and recharge your laptop a couple times. Gone are the days where you need to use a gasoline fueled power generator. Now there is a Portable Power option to suit your needs.
Portable Power Station Brands and Models
The Goal Zero brand is a popular choice for your portable power solution. They have models with capacities up to 3000W(Yeti 3000 Lithium) and with the optional Boulder or Nomad solar panels, you have the ability to be truly off grid.
Another brand to consider is Renogy. Renogy offer a portable power solution that they have dubbed, solar generators. Giving you the portable power of a gas generator without the noise and inconvenience of having to worry about gas and fumes.
Inergy Solar offer up the well known Kodiak, a 1100w portable Lithium banked powerhouse that can easily keep a mini fridge running for 24hrs +. With a brand goal to bring affordable solar power to the world, Inergy Solar would be a great choice for your renewable power generation requirements.
Suaoki offer some great options if you are looking for portable power with capacity 500Wh or less. (500wh is still enough to run your 12v fridge). Suaoki offer a 3 way charging solution on the G500, meaning you can use solar, a 12v cigarette socket or an AC wall outlet to plugin and recharge, very convenient!
- G500 500Wh Portable Power Station
- PS5B 444Wh/120,000mAh Portable Solar Generator
- S601 222Wh Portable Generator
- S270 150Wh Power Station
Jackery is a brand that should not be left off the list. They offer to great choices for campervan use and at an affordable price. With a light and rugged design, a Jackery portable power supplies would be a solid choice.
Portable Power Station Honorable Mentions:
Not to be left out, the following brands should also be considered.
- Be Prepared Solar
- Nature’s Generator
Ideally, the best thing would be to budget for a built in solar system and deep cycle battery. If that is not a possibility, then one of the above brands will have a model of portable power station to suit your needs.
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And remember, always take the road less traveled!