Anyone who’s spent more than a bit of time off-grid knows that to live comfortably you need power, and a great way to get endless power while living and working remotely is through solar. There’s something about being in the middle of nowhere, putting the 12v solar panels out and being powered purely by the sun. We caught up with travel photographer, Dan Kiritsis to find out how portable solar panels allow him to work off-grid.
There is no doubt about it, a tidy and well-organized 12V dual battery system on your overland vehicle is the way to go. For the last 5 years, I have always organized my 12V system in different trucks on a ‘powerwall’. A powerwall is basically a board whereby all of your auxiliary power, charging, switches, outlets as well as other 12V accessories go.
With so many people looking to get out and explore the country, overlanding and boondocking is becoming increasingly common. It’s easy to see why; secluded campsites in the middle of nowhere, no phone reception, no one else around for miles and it doesn’t cost you anything. If you’re looking to get into boondocking, one of the most common upgrades people do is going from a single battery to a dual battery system.
For many people, vanlife means a sense of freedom, of escaping the city and confines of daily life and following the road as far as it can take them, then further again. Because of this, for many van owners, they want to be able to power all the comforts of home while getting as far off grid as possible.
Just because it’s winter doesn’t mean you need to forgo camping. With the right knowledge and preparation, getting out into the snow can be an awesome experience and one not to be missed. We’ve put together our top tips and things to know before you head into a wilderness winter wonderland.