Part-3. Solar Power

Solar power and overland vehicles

Solar power enables the overland traveller added independence to stay at any one location without an engine start. When correctly set up, it means that electrical energy can be used without the need to replace it by driving, plugging in shore power from a camp site, or idling the vehicle engine – to replace the energy consumed. Food can be kept fresher for longer, cameras and laptop devices batteries charged, and of course, drinks kept icy cool. Some even use the power systems to make ice. The most convenient system to install in a vehicle is based on solar panels linked to the vehicle auxiliary battery. In this video, Andrew St Pierre White explains a solution that he built for his World Cruiser, based on his experiences in African bush lodges and the many overland vehicles he has built. Some of the challengers and solutions are explained.

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