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Should You Add Solar Panels To Your Van?

March 3rd, 2023

For happy campers and van enthusiasts alike, upgrades and modifications are part of the fun. Whether you’ve remodelled an entire interior or are just beginning your conversion journey, there are a multitude of options. That said, one topic that crops up again and again is solar panels. These somewhat futuristic looking devices are readily available in a range of sizes for every kind of van. The question is, should you add them to your van?

If you’ve made it this far, it’s likely that you’re considering adding solar panels to your camper, commercial van or conversion project. If you’re scratching your head at the thought of this investment, fear not. Here at Van Sales UK, we’re here to answer all of your questions.

Read on to hear our thoughts on van solar panels.

How Do Solar Panels Work?

First things first, let’s cover the basics. Solar panels work by absorbing sunlight and using it to generate direct current energy. This DC energy is then converted to an alternating current (AC) which can be used to power electrical appliances. In the case of a van, solar panels are usually attached to the roof to absorb as much sunlight as possible.

The technology behind solar panels is, of course, complex. It involves photovoltaic cells and is a real feat of engineering. That said, understanding the basics is useful when deciding whether to invest in solar power for your van.

What Types Of Solar Panels Are Available?

So, what are your options? For campervans and conversions, there are three varieties of solar panel available; rigid, flexible and portable. As the name suggests, rigid panels are solid attachments, mounted using brackets. These are better suited to flat-roofed vans.

Flexible panels can be curved to the shape of your van’s roof, before being mounted using an adhesive. Though these are a little more expensive, they offer versatility and can be fitted to almost every van.

Finally, if roof space is scarce due to storage or rails, portable solar panels may be the best choice. These can be placed out in sunlight while parked, making them perfect for campsites. Then, users can simply fold them up and store them inside the van while travelling.

Are They A Worthwhile Investment?

The short answer to this question is yes. Investing in solar panels for your van can save a lot of money and energy in the long run, allowing users to charge their van, appliances, technology and lighting while on the move. This is ideal for camping trips, off-road adventures and off grid living.

With a number of options to suit every requirement, investing in solar panels can save you money in the long run and will ensure that you’re always able to charge your electrical devices.

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