Collection: Zamp Solar Portable Solar Panels for RV’s

Great for Most RV’s - Easy to Setup - VERY TOUGH

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Zamp Portable solar kits don’t directly power your devices. Instead, they charge your RV battery, and the battery powers your devices.

Portable Solar Might Be For You If -

  • You want your battery to last longer
  • You like to Boondock
  • You’re an overlander that is constantly on the move
  • You camp a handful of times a year
  • Your camp more than a few times but your camper is a small one
  • You don’t need to power large devices
  • You don’t need ALL the creature comforts of home
  • You need an affordable solution to keeping batteries charged when camping
  • You need to supplement a larger roof system when you park in the shade
Zamp Solar Portable solar kit taking out of protective case and set on the ground

Use Portable Solar Panels on a Wide Range of RV's and Campers

Portable solar kits are great for a WIDE range of RV's and types of campers. They are inexpensive, save you a ton of money on campground hookup fees and battery replacements, and give you the flexibility to camp in so many more places.

However, they are generally too small to use on large RV’s with big electrical devices that require a ton of power, or for the RVer that wants to power regular household devices like blenders, microwaves, and whatnot. They aren’t for everyone but if you’re just getting into RVing and camping or don’t need big electrical devices, they can provide so much FREEDOM!

Check out Rusty's Video on when he stopped in the shop to get a portable and have a custom battery box designed for his truck.

Portable Solar for my RV - What is it?

There is a TON of information about solar and using solar for charging just about everything. But, we’re not trying to charge everything in every different way possible. We’re going to discuss the important parts that you need to know when using a portable solar kit on an RV. Our portable solar kits are designed to be directly connected to your RV’s and don’t need any special devices or accessories for them to work.

NOTE: Portable solar panels for RV’s should be between 40-watts and 200-watts for any considerable charging. Solar panels under 40-watt and sold as a portable system are generally for small electronics such as phones and GPS or just a battery maintainer. Portable systems over 200-watt will likely need an army to move them. We will not be discussing these types of portable solar chargers.

Zamp Portable Solar Panels for RV’s are self Contained and Only Need a 12-Volt Battery

Self Contained means that the portable solar system comes with everything needed to charge a 12-volt battery. All you have to do is connect the portable to a 12-volt battery, set it in the sun, and BOOM! - SOLAR CHARGING!

If you see other systems advertising a portable and NOTHING is pre-wired and you have to do all the wiring - there are better systems available. Those types of solar systems are a bit of a hassle for someone without electrical experience or for more permanent mounting.

Portables That Need Wiring

Some portables we’ve had in the past required the user to do all the wiring before use, nothing was ready out of the box - it was difficult, we didn’t like that our customers were confused and not confident, our customers didn’t like that they had to write them up so we stopped selling them completely.

Zamp portable systems have the solar panel wired to the solar charge controller wired to battery clips. The solar charge controller is attached to the back of the panel and all the wiring has been protected from exposure and stress points. All you have to do is clip the red clip to the positive battery post and the black clip to the negative.

SUPER SIMPLE!

What can a portable solar panel power?

This is a BIG question and it’s not so easy to answer due to so many variables. Zamp Portable solar kits don’t directly power your devices. Instead, they charge your RV battery, and the battery powers your devices.

For simplicity, what we want to do is try and categorize the typical use of an RV and what size portable might work. So in essence we’ve designed a chart to quickly digest what size portable might fit your RV lifestyle.

Keep in mind this is a SIMPLE chart and might not fit your specific style of camping. If you’re still confused -

Call Joe or Julie - 970-749-8046

Portable Solar Size Chart Based on RV Size or Battery Capacity

RV Size Battery Size Devices Portable Size

15-FT or Less

80-Amps or Less Typical Small RV 12-Volt Devices, Other Small Devices like Phones and Tablets 90-Watt

15-20-Feet 180-Amps or Less Typical RV 12-Volt Devices, Small 12-Volt Fridge Includes Radio TV and Small Devices (limited use) 140-Watt
Most Popular
Up to 30-FT 230-Amps or Less Typical RV 12-Volt Devices, Some Small Household Devices or 12-volt Fridge and Small Devices 180-Watt
Best Value
Up to 40-FT 230-Amps or Less Typical RV 12-Volt Devices, Some Small Household Devices or 12-volt Fridge and Small Devices  230-Watt

Back Country's Sizing Guide- What Size Zamp Portable Solar Panel Kit Should I Buy?
Or try Zamp Solar’s Sizing Chart

Typical RV Electrical Devices

Typical RV electrical devices, household devices, and other terms are very arbitrary. The reality is that if you are a type of RVer that wants all the creature comforts of home - a portable solar system isn’t going to cut it. However, if you are the type of RVer that generally only uses your RV for cooking, sleeping, and small devices a portable system is all you might need.

Portable Solar Panel Kits are Great for Most RV’s

A large majority of RVers do just over 3 trips a year. These trips range from a few days to maybe 2-weeks at a time. When on these trips a decent amount use their RV away from any source of electrical power. This is where a good solar system comes in REALLY HANDY.

Better yet, if your RV electrical system is balanced and a portable system recharges your battery after daily use, you can save money by not paying for campground electricity EVER!.

There are also a decent number of people using smaller RV’s with little electrical demand. They can go days on a regular RV battery and a single charge. If you fit into these categories a portable solar system can really amp up your camping experience.

RV Batteries Run Small Devices

When using your RV the battery has to work to run the lights, fans, water pump and charge any small electrical devices. If you have an inverter hooked up the battery has to work even harder.

Lead-Acid Batteries

If special care isn’t taken you can drain your battery to empty or dead. This is not healthy for lead-acid batteries. For best battery life and usability you want to make sure your battery never gets below 50% or 12.1-Volts. If using Lithium type batteries, this is not a concern.

Using Portable Solar Panels on RV Batteries Increases Their Life

If you’re like many RVers you’re using a Lead-Acid type battery. These batteries are the most common for cars, boats, RV’s and big machinery. There are several types of these batteries but what we will focus on is a DEEP CYCLE battery. This is the type of battery you should get for your RV, not a typical car battery, and not a dual-purpose battery.

Lead-Acid types love to be 100% full, but they are also ALWAYS active and lose power if not charge constantly. They also don’t like to be below 50% or 12.1-volts.

Typically, campers get about 1.5 years out of a battery - OUCH - EXPENSIVE.

This happens because the battery is constantly drained below 50% or it’s not put on a charger that keeps it as close to 100% as possible.

Using a portable solar system you can keep your battery above 50% when camping as well as keep the RV charged while it’s parked. No need to run long cables to the house or remove the battery to bring it home when you store the RV.

Zamp Solar Portable Are TOUGH

We have heard so many stories about people running over their portables or setting the portable on the top of the RV for the wind to blow it off or that the portable was caught in a hail storm.

And the portable solar panel still functions without broken glass or a bent frame.

Our customers call us several times a year to tell us how impressed they are and how happy they are with their Zamp Portable. However, we do have to warn, setting a solar panel on top of an RV not tethered down is a bit dangerous and we do not recommend it. The only thing we can recommend to prevent running it over is to make sure it lands on your checklist for departure.

U.S. Built And Built to Last

Zamp Solar is American Owned and American built, you can read more about why we love Zamp Products here - Why we choose Zamp to POWER our adventures!

Zamp Portables are Easy and Fast to Setup

  1. Take the portable out of the case.
  2. Set it on the ground and uncoil the wire.
  3. Connect the battery clips to the battery. 

You’re Solar Charging - Green, Clean and POWERFUL!

 Here is a video of Joe @ Back Country Solar setting up a Zamp 120-Watt Portable.

Zamp Portable Solar Accessories You Might Want

Zamp Solar Sidewall Port

Learn More Here - Zamp Solar Sidewall Port

The Zamp sidewall port makes your setup time that much faster. Instead of getting to the battery you can install this port once and have a quick access sidewall port on the side of your RV or battery box.

Airstream With Zamp Solar SideWall Port

Zamp Solar Portable Extension Cord

Find it Here - Zamp Solar Portable Extension Cord

This cord is THICK, 10 AWG wire, and strong enough to be used with any of their portables. It adds another 15-feet to your distance. Zamp portable solar panels have a 15-foot wire attached and work for most people. But if you like to park in the shade or need to extend the range of the panel this cord gives you a total of 30-feet.

We understand that getting solar can be confusing. We have been helping people understand what they need to live an off-grid life for years. We’re here to help, please don’t hesitate to ask. We appreciate your business.

-Back Country Solar, Joe & Julie

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