The 100W Baja Portable Solar Panel is great for camping due to the durability of the glass-free construction and the highly portable design that Flexopower has refined over the years. Baja solar panels can fold in thirds, compacting down to the size of a standard laptop bag. Lightweight and thin- they're easy to stow, even in a fully packed overland rig. Legs to position the panels at an angle to the sun are integrated into the carry bag, along with a pouch to store cables.
Flexopower has more than a decade of experience supplying portable solar power solutions to the Overlanding community. Also used by the US armed forces special ops, Flexopower solar panels are engineered to perform in real life off-grid situations, which often include overcast weather, partial shade, and inevitably: wear & tear.
What can a 100W Solar Panel Be Used to Power?
A 100W Baja Solar Panel can be used to power a 12V or lithium battery that carries a load of a single camping fridge and some LED lights during short (2-3 day) trips. This is only a rough guideline, and the actual performance will vary depending on the configuration of your set up and the solar/weather conditions at your destination. To power more accessories or keep a battery charged on longer journeys, consider daisy chaining two or three 100W panels together.
If you're unsure of your power needs or need help getting a solar system installed with a dual battery set up, just give us a ring and we'll talk through it with you. The last thing you want to do is drain your ignition battery trying to power your accessories and end up in a pickle far from access to a jump.
If you don't already have a solar system set up, Flexopower's Solar Panel Camping Kits could be worth considering as these kits include this 100W Baja panel, plus cables, extension cords, and a charge controller to protect your battery. The kits have everything you need to get started (minus a battery and whatever accessories you want to keep juiced up). If you already have a charge controller or a solar system wired, then opting for this stand alone panel (over the solar panel camping kits) would make more sense.
What Makes Flexopower Baja Foldable Solar Panels the Best Portable Solar Panels for Overland Adventures?
Flexopower's Baja solar panels are manufactured with efficient mono-crystalline SolarWorld 5 busbar cell technology. Busbars are the connections between the individual cells of the solar panel, and having more of them (5 vs the typical 3) means less resistance to the flow of the current and thus a higher maximum voltage power point for the panel.
Many solar panels are made with efficient photovoltaic technology, but where the Baja really shines is the durability and packability of these panels. The slim, lightweight, easy to carry package is perfect for camping trips. Best of all, Flexopower designed integrated kick-stand style legs into the backing of the solar panels, so you have the option to angle the panels toward the sun when it is low on the horizon. This gives you a boost in solar efficiency without having to tote around a bulky, fragile, rigid solar system with cumbersome tripods.