Solar-powered items make it easy to dry camp off-the-grid. You can get a wide variety of items that harness the power of the sun to charge your devices, cook your food, heat up the water for your shower, and more. They can be used by themselves or in addition to your solar panel system.
1. Sun Oven
The Sun Oven can be used to bake everything from pizza to bread, meats, and desserts. They’re made with mirror-like aluminum reflectors, and on a sunny day will heat up to 360-400 degrees F almost as fast as a conventional oven. They’re available on Amazon here.
2. ThorFire Collapsible Lanterns
Campers love these portable lights because there’s never any worry they’ll run out of batteries. Rather, they’re solar-powered and USB-rechargeable, not to mention, compact and collapsible.
You can expand them as a lantern or fold them down as a small (but powerful) flashlight. They have three light modes and last for about eight hours on high. ThorFire’s lights cost about $16 on Amazon.
3. Coleman 5-Gallon Shower Heaters
Coleman’s Solar Showers are perfect for tent camping and boondocking trips. They hold up to about five gallons of water and heat it up using solar energy.
The showers come with a sturdy handle so you can hang them up from poles or trees. They also have an on/off valve so you can conserve water as needed. You can get them on Amazon for only $12!
4. Eton Speakers With USB & Bluetooth Capabilities
If you’re a big fan of music, you’ll love these solar speakers from Eton. They’re Bluetooth-ready and can also charge your smartphone.
The devices have two full-range speakers and an internal battery that keep them powered for up to eight hours. You can take them anywhere: camping, out on the trail, on the boat, or just out by the pool. Get them on Amazon here.
5. Ivation 7-in-1: Bluetooth & Radio Speaker, Smartphone Charger, Emergency Signal & Weather Radio, Alarm, Flashlight, Date, Time and Temperature Reader
With seven uses in one device, this is the ultimate solar-powered appliance for camping. They serve as a Bluetooth speaker, smartphone charger, emergency signal and weather radio, flashlight, alarm, date, time and temperature reader.
Aside from the solar panels, they also have an adapter and hand-crank so they can be powered no matter where you are. Find it on Amazon here.
6. Cup holder lights
If you drive after dark a lot, you might find these light-up cup holders to come in handy. They fit in most cars and can be powered either by solar energy or USB.
The holders sense light and vibrations and will shine a blue light after it’s dark and your car is moving. If you need to turn them off, they have an on/off button on the bottom that can be pushed using a pen. Get them online here.
7. Mason Jar Lids
Not sure what you should do with all of those empty mason jars? Try making them into fun light-up decorations with these solar-powered lids. Leave them out for 5-8 hours and they’ll stay lit for up to about 6 hours.
You can take them out camping, or leave them around your RV, home, garden, or patio. They’re available in a 5-pack online here.
8. ECEEN Solar Backpacks
Any outdoor enthusiast could use these solar backpacks from ECEEN. They feature lots of compartments for maps, snacks, and all of your hiking, camping, or fishing gear.
The fabric is made with 7-watt solar cells that can absorb enough power to charge your phone or tablet. On cloudy days, it can also tap into its 10,000 MaH Powerbank. Find them on Amazon here.