Camping is supposed to be a recreational treat for you and your loved ones. But there is nothing worse than arriving at your campsite, setting up and suddenly there is no power, or you discover that there are limited power sources available to you. When camping in South Africa, having a reliable power source is crucial to ensure a comfortable and safe camping experience. The right equipment and planning can provide you with access to power throughout your trip, whether you’re in a remote area or not.
In this blog post, we will explore essential camping gear for powering your campsite, (and your home during load shedding), including portable power supplies, gas stoves, solar power accessories, and portable lights.
The Best “No Electricity Needed” Products For Your Campsite
If you have decided to go camping, planning ahead and making sure you have the right equipment to keep your campsite powered up is easy. There are many products on the market which can help overcome the obstacles of electricity shortages, power outages and off-grid campsites.
Even if you are at a campsite that has electricity, it is often more convenient to have products that can be used safely and eliminate any chance of accidents occuring. This is especially the case when it comes to running numerous power cables from electrical points to your camping spot. Doing this can pose a tripping hazard (especially if you have children running around) and it is definitely not advisable when it is raining.
Before you make a decision to go out and buy every alternative power source out there, take a look at this informative list below:
Extended stays or one point of power
Portable power supplies and solar power supplies are the go-to if you are intending on having an extended camping trip. There are various e-power solutions to choose from such as the Exide SMF100 Deep Cycle Battery 12V which has a 20 hour capacity, is 100% recyclable and it is energy saving. Having a portable power supply is also a great option if you are wanting to power up more than one item while camping.
Although we all love a good braai, sometimes you want to have a more traditional cooking experience. With no electricity, this would not be possible. That is where getting yourself a useful, easy to operate camping gas stove can be extremely beneficial. One of our top sellers is the Cadac Low Pressure 2-plate stove. These handy products can help you to cook up a feast and they can ensure that you have your much needed cup of coffee or tea first thing in the morning.
Proper lighting is an essential component of keeping your campsite powered up. There are a variety of lighting options available, these include headlamps, lanterns and portable lights. The Petzl Tikka Core Headlamp provides a wide beam and easily adjustable plate so that you can shine it in whichever direction you require. We all know how incredibly dark it can get in the great outdoors at night so investing in a Cadac Ultra Lite Gas Lamp or Energizer Vision Rechargeable Lantern will definitely light the way. Other ways to illuminate your campsite is with candles. A citronella candle will not only give you a little light, but it will keep those pesky mosquitos at bay too.
Staying connected while camping is important in case there are any emergencies and you need to contact someone urgently. Today we use our cell phones for a GPS, flashlight, camera and so much more. If the campsite has an extended power outage you may need to look at an alternative power source to keep your device’s batteries charged. The Surviva Solar Power Bank is the perfect item as it has 2 USB outputs to charge 2 devices simultaneously. It is shock resistant, water-resistant and it has fast charging capabilities.
Other Bonus Products
Bonus “no electricity needed” items you may want to consider may include the following:
- Portable speakers and
- Rechargeable fans
- Gas Water Heaters
- Mini Fridge Coolers
- Insulated Flask
- LED Floodlight
These will help to make your stay more comfortable regardless of the power situation.
Not Just For Camping
Now that we have established that there are many ways to keep your campsite powered up, it is time to reveal the best news – these items are not only useful when camping. They have many other benefits which means their return on investment is endless. Remember we spoke about that dreaded L word before? Yes, loadshedding. Well you will be pleased to know that all the items we discussed above are not limited to outdoor use only. They are the perfect solution for your home too.
Having a portable gas stove such as the Alva Portable Gas Stove means that you can still have a cup of coffee in the morning before heading off to work. Alternative power sources such as the Eiger 200w Folding Solar Panel can be very helpful in providing power to the smaller electronic items in the home while you experience load shedding. Just add a battery and you are good to go for a few hours.
The most important thing to remember when you are wanting to use your portable lights and power banks at home is to make sure you plug them in and recharge them while you have electricity. Store them safely and make sure they are easily accessible for when they are needed.
We can honestly say that there is no reason not to enjoy a camping getaway, even if you decide to opt for an off-grid campsite. Camp and Climb has you covered with our vast collection of “no electricity needed” products which will ensure your campsite is powered up no matter how much loadshedding you may experience or whatever other electricity challenges you may face.
The key is to plan ahead and to have a backup plan in case of emergencies or if anything else may go wrong. Make a list, grab what you need and head out on your adventure. Be sure to check out the links provided above for more information on the gear mentioned in this post and plan your next camping trip with confidence.
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