Independance on the move

Have you always dreamed of going on an adventure while being completely independent? It’s possible when you combine quality products with unparalleled expertise.

What is Van Life?

Van Life is a lifestyle of living (or travelling) full-time (or part-time) in a van. It usually involves converting a van to a camper van by adding basic amenities (storage space, house batteries, refrigerator, bed platform, etc) and/or full amenities (toilet, sink, shower, etc.).

Why Van Life?

With it’s recent increase in popularity, many enthusiasts question the Van Life lifestyle. Amongst the people we have helped design and build their camper van solar energy system, here are the most common reasons why people are adopting the Van Life lifestyle:

  • To live a nomad lifestyle and be more independent.
  • To live a minimalist lifestyle.
  • To save money by not having to pay rent.
  • To do more of their favorite hobby.
  • To travel and see the world.

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System Sizing

Now that you know which solar components are needed in a camper van and you understand their usefulness, here comes the sizing part. For more in depth information, feel free to have a look at our learn tab!

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The first component to size are the batteries. The quantity of batteries you need depends on how many appliances you want to run on solar and how much energy those appliances consume while running. The amount of batteries needed also vary depend on the battery type you desire (Lead-Acid, AGM, Gel or Lithium).


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The second component to size are the solar panels. Typically, their sizing is done according to the amount of batteries that you need, the goal being to recharge them completely in one day. However, since the available area on a camper van is limited, the quantity of solar panels that you will install varies from the available space you have on your roof.


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The third component to size is the charge controller. Its sizing depends on your battery bank voltage and your solar array cumulative power. The more solar panels you have, the more power your charge controller has to be.


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The fourth component to size is the inverter. Its sizing depends on what appliances you want to run on solar and how powerful these appliances are. The inverter can also be an inverter/charger, meaning that it can charge your batteries with the help of a generator.


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The fifth component to size is the DC-DC charger. This one is sized according to the quantity of batteries you have and their capacity.


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Several monitoring components can be added to your system if you wish to obtain energy data from them. These components can be battery balancers, battery monitors, battery protectors and/or system monitors.

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