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Best Camping Solar Blankets

If you enjoy travelling light, solar blankets are a great way to get all the power you need.

Solar blankets are made up of solar cells attached to a flexible cloth backing, which provides flexibility and convenience. We take a look at the best options on the market and what you need to know to power your next camping trip:

Powering Your Trip With Caravan or Camping Solar Panels

You can also check out our Solar Power Calculator Page to help you size the correct amount of solar for your particular camping / caravanning needs.

Benefits of Solar Blankets

Solar blankets are really easy to set-up and even easier to pack-up and store. Drape it over your trailer, hang it off the side of the awning or spread it out across the ground to start soaking up those rays.

Then when it’s time to find your next camping spot, fold up the blanket and pack it away – a lightweight design saves space and weight in crowded vehicles. No need to struggle with heavy solar panels, while they are still designed to be tough and durable.

Drawbacks of Solar Blankets

The biggest drawback is the price-tag. Solar blankets can be expensive compared to solar panels, but it could be a small price to pay for convenience!

Which Are The Best Solar Blankets?

It all really comes down to your travelling style, budget and frequency of use. Lets take a look at what things you’ll want to consider in a blanket and then compare some of the best brands / models:

Here’s What to Look For in a Solar Blanket:

Technology: Look for a solar blanket that use monocrystalline or amorphous cells. Monocrystalline cells are much smaller in area, though produce a similar amperage to the amorphous. The Baintuff 180w Folding Solar Blanket is an extremely popular monocrystalline solar blanket. While the Redarc 112W Solar Blanket is a popular high end amorphous cells solar blanket.

Size: Choose a solar blanket big enough to provide enough power to run your appliances and charge your batteries. Start by working out how much power your appliances will draw out of the system over a 24-hour period (in watts or amp hours). Your camping fridge will tend to be the biggest power drawing item. It’s always a good idea to choose a solar blanket slightly bigger than you need, as conditions such as overcast days and extreme heat will affect how much power your panels generate. Again, you can use our Solar Power Calcualtor tool to help you here 🙂

You might consider a fixed solar panel and then supplement it with an additional solar blanket to provide more sustainable power when using more devices at camp or if you’re parked in a shady spot.

Design features: Look for handy add-ons that will make camping life easier. For example, some solar blankets come with eyelets in each corner, making it easy to secure the blanket on windy days.

Solar Blanket Comparison

Trying to decide? Check out our quick comparison between 3 top solar blanket brands:

Engel:

Made in the United States, Engel solar blankets are renowned for their rugged construction, which makes them extremely durable (fact: they’re used by the US military). Rather than using crystalline solar cells, Engel uses PowerFilm solar cells which are flexible and work well in low light conditions. At the same time, they still have all the benefits of lightweight design. They also come with a 3-year warranty.

Engel’s Solar Power options with Graham Cahill

Compare Engel solar blankets HERE

Redarc:

Redarc is top-class in quality with lightweight yet solid construction, right down to the thick, durable wiring. Redarc solar blankets use the latest solar technology with SunPower amorphous cells and an anti-reflective scratch-resistant coating. They also come with built-in Anderson connectors which are simple and fast to connect to your battery, avoiding messy and risky wires. The Redarc solar blankets offer a 2-year warranty.

The New REDARC Solar Blanket Range

Compare Redarc solar blankets HERE

Baintuff:

If it’s value for money you’re after, Baintuff has it covered. With high efficiency monocrystalline cells, Baintuff solar blankets provide more watts per dollar. The Baintuff 180W Solar Blanket will provide up to 10 amps an hour on sunny days. It boasts a solar panel efficiency of up to 18%, compared to 15% or lower for similar products on the market.

Check out Graham’s cracking solar blanket set up!

They also come standard with a BlueSolar PWM-Light Charge Controller 12/24v 20A, which is wired with Anderson plug connectors so you can directly connect solar blanket lead to the solar controller.  Baintuff solar blankets come with a one-year warranty.

Baintuff have also released two other solar blankets:

Compare Baintuff solar blankets HERE

Evakool:

Evakool’s 160W and 240W folding solar panels are some of the most popular budget panels in the market – that’s why it’s no surprise the brand has expanded their range to include two folding solar blankets:

The solar blankets are ultralight and constructed from a heavy duty canvas fabric, making them perfect to throw over the bonnet of your vehicle.
They are also ETFE panels, meaning they have a higher resistance to dirt, better heat transfer and a longer expected life!

Each panel comes with a 20A PWM solar regulator meaning you won’t have to purchase any additional accessories! Plus they are a plug and play design meaning you can use them straight out of the box! Best of all, these panels won’t cost you an arm and a leg, coming in at under $800!

For more information on solar blankets, contact our friendly team here!

S Reynolds

Steve Reynolds, Power Product Expert at mygenerator.com.au is a small engine specialist with particular expertise in Generators, Water Pumps, Pressure Washers and other Outdoor Power Equipment products. Outside of work; an avid caravan enthusiast who enjoys time on the road and has gained years of familiarity with Caravan & Camping products also. A passion for power products used for work, home and leisure!

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4 thoughts on “Best Camping Solar Blankets”

  1. Question: If I wanted to reduce my power output from a 200Watt solar blanket to a solar generator that is only compatible with charging from a lower 60-100Watt solar panel/blanket, could I achieve this by just exposing half of my 200Watt panels to sunlight?

  2. My one big question with all these folding blanket type panels is;
    How long can the connecting wires between the panels last before fatiguing.
    Having worked in material science, I know that copper and its alloys get fatigue
    cracks quite soon when continuously bent.

    1. Hi Craig,
      Thanks for your question – it is quite a complex one. I don’t have any experience with material science, but I do know copper has quite a high fatigue strength.

      I did find a video online of a guy pulling apart a folding blanket panel (Adventure Kings), and it appears they use a braided type cable to connect between the individual panels. I believe this will reduce the fatigue and prevent premature breakages.

      I am not sure if that relates to all solar blankets, but it’d have to be close.

      Hopefully this helps answer your question.

      Kind regards,

      My Generator.

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