The world of solar power has only gotten better and better and now we have a range of high quality, hard-wearing foldable solar panels that are portable and powerful. Whether you’re looking for a complete solar power system for use with your caravan, 4WD, motor home or while you’re camping, or whether you’re searching for a complementary solar system that is more flexible than fixed panel setups, you’ll find a high-performing and affordable solution within our range of foldable solar panels.
A foldable solar panel is a portable solar panel that helps you harness the power of the sun and turn it into electricity usable for charging your devices and powering your appliances. When you use a folding solar panel, you will also need lithium batteries to store the power you collect. A flexible solar panel is not actually designed to charge your devices or power your appliances directly unless they are appliances like a pump which can handle varying voltages. What you usually use a foldable solar panel with is a large lithium battery. You charge the battery and it’s that power bank that you use to power your appliances and charge your other devices.
What is the Best Portable Solar Panel?
What you would consider the best foldable solar panel will depend on what you need to use your solar power systems for. To find out where to start, make a list of the things that you intend to power with your foldable solar panel. These will include things like your cooking appliances inside a caravan, the devices that you intend to keep charged, your refrigerator, etc. Your folding solar panel will act as your battery charger so it’s important to match the power of your panels to the size and power of your battery. In order to make sure that your foldable solar panel is as high efficiency as possible, match it with your intended battery.
If you’re interested in browsing through other portable generator types, ensure you take a look at our range of portable power stations and inverter generators. These generators are able to convert fuel to electricity and also power your caravan, your camping adventure and your 4WD accessories. You may find that pairing your foldable solar panel with a portable generator will ensure that you have the maximum energy coverage for every adventure that set off on. You can reduce your fuel costs by using your solar charging capacity when the weather is good but always know that you have a backup power option if the weather isn’t so good.
Of course, our range of foldable solar panels are usable in low light and even rain. We source the most cost-effective solar panels we can, choosing to stock monocrystalline solar panels which are perfect for generating maximum energy from sun exposure.
Are Flexible Solar Panels any good?
The short answer to this question is: yes. But the slightly longer answer depends on what you need foldable solar panels for exactly. The main idea behind making solar panels flexible is to increase their portability and their durability, thereby extending their lifespan and making them as versatile as possible. When compared toa fixed caravan solar panel, a foldable solar panel will take slightly longer to set up when you arrive at your destination. Not much longer, of course. The foldable design is specifically made to ensure that you can whip them out and position them quickly. However, when compared to a permanent panel set up on the roof of a vehicle, this does mean that there is nominal set up time required.
Because they’re portable, you can move them throughout the day to ensure that you’re capturing as much sunlight as possible. Fixed panels can lose up to 20% of their power capacity because they’re not able to be repositioned throughout the day. If you need to park under permanent shade, then this further decreases the efficacy of your fixed panel set-up as well. It’s for moments like these that a foldable solar panel can give you a boost, allowing you to still completely charge your lithium batteries even in poor conditions or less than ideal locations.
As actual electricity-producing units themselves, yes, they are highly effective. Solar panels have transformed considerably over the years with early models often criticised for being too rigid, easily broken and only capable of a short lifespan. Now, however, solar panels are made with much longer-wearing materials and a foldable solar panel has some give, allowing it to bend slightly. This means that they’re far less likely to break.
If you’re not sure which of our products is the right one for you then please feel free to get in contact with any of our customer service team via our website, over the phone or via email. As experts across our entire range we’ll happily walk you through your solar options and explain anything that you don’t understand.
All of our Solar Panels are made from quality materials that are guaranteed to last for a long time.
If you have never tried ordering Solar Panels online before, feel free to call us at 02 888 10 333 and ask questions about our products. We will be happy to assist you.