Portable Solar Panels for Expeditions, Hiking & Travelling
Expeditions, hikers, campers and travellers all face the
challenge of keeping their mobile devices charged in remote locations.
In the past, the only option for power was using gas or petrol
fuelled generator sets. However this involves transporting the both the
fuel and the generator, which are relatively bulky and heavy.
For a similar or less weight & space, a portable solar pv
system can deliver more than enough power to charge most portable
At the EDC we custom design & produce high quality
portable solar power systems. We are proud to have supplied expeditions
all over the world, including the British Everest Expedition.
"In thirty years of making adventure and expedition films, our
journey with the acclaimed landscape photographer Colin Prior to
Pakistan presented a number of significant new challenges to our
team. Once we had departed from Askole and journeyed to the
Baltoro glacier, we needed to be entirely self-sufficient with
no opportunity to return to 'base' until the filming was
complete. We'd said goodbye to our last mains electricity for
the next few weeks! The Baltoro is one of the world's longest
glaciers - a magical landscape surrounded by the great mountains
of the Karakoram - K2, the Gasherbrum peaks, Broad Peak,the
Muztagh and Trango Towers. Yet this can also be an inhospitable
place at times and we needed equipment that could stand up to
the rigours of air travel; survive a journey up the notorious
Karakoram Highway and then with porters through the difficult
terrain of the Baltoro. We required kit that could be relied
upon; was extremely robust and easy to use. I'm delighted (and
relieved!) to say that the equipment you supplied met all these
requirements and knowing that it would not let us down, enabled
us to concentrate on making the best possible film. I'd have no
hesitation in recommending it unreservedly and you'll be the
first people we'll speak to when we plan our next big
Richard Else, Executive Producer, Triple Echo Productions.
To keep the mobile or portable solar power system as small as
possible, it's important that all of the devices to be powered are
specifically selected for their low power draw. As with any off-grid
solar pv system, efficiency is the key.
For smaller portable power systems it is often most efficient
to charge everything from a 12V or 24V dc supply. This eliminates the
need for an inverter and the myriad of 240V AC chargers, which often
just convert the power down to low voltage dc again.
Devices such as radios, GPS, lights, phones & laptops can
all be powered. One of our more recent portable systems also powers a
small LED projector, together with a high efficiency stereo and DVD
Larger mobile power systems will require batteries to store
Due to the low cost, very often lead acid batteries are used. However
as battery technology improves, the cost of high tech, lighter weight
lithium-ion or lithium polymer batteries has been dropping. Although
still comparatively expensive, the weight saving of lithium-ion
batteries can be substantial.
Lightweight flexible solar panels can be attached to backpacks
or tents, avoiding the need for any mounting system.
Please see our online store for details of portable
solar panels & charging devices.
Custom Designed Portable Solar Kits
EDC custom expedition solar panel kits
provide a professionally designed portable solar power system, in an
easy to use 'plug & play' kit.
If you would like a mobile or
portable system custom designed for your project, please contact our
system design team who are happy to help.
To enable us to design a system, we
need to know what you want to power, how long for and the destination
of your expedition, along with maximum weights/dimensions - and we'll
use our experience to custom design a portable solar kit to meet your