Miles from the energy churn of a big chain hotel, camping encourages you to head into the wilderness to get away from the electric hum of the city, alongside its sound and light pollution. In short, it’s naturally energy-efficient.
But while it’s also hard work, having the right gear can make it much easier. This is especially true for gear that collapses and is engineered to take up as little space as possible. Technology has brought some incredible engineering into the world of camping, and these well-designed gadgets will ensure your camping trip goes safely and smoothly.
We’ve selected our favorite energy-efficient camping products, all of which use solar power or other sustainable energy sources to give you the best camping experience possible, without the use of fossil fuels or batteries.
This powerful headlamp uses LED bulbs, the most efficient light source of all. Lighting up the path in front of you, it can produce up to 130 lumens. Multiple light options such as the two SinglePower white LEDs and two SinglePower red LEDs give you a variety of options when it comes to lighting needs. Its dimmer function lets you see what you’re doing at night, whether you’re cooking dinner, cruising the trails, or searching inside your tent without throwing off too much light.
It comes with rechargeable batteries you can power up via a USB port. If you have a solar panel in your camping gear, it’s even easier to charge. One other bonus is it’s safe against water splashes from any angle.
Best for those who car camp, the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator is ideal for recharging items like cameras and tablets, while also providing enough charge for those who use a CPAP machine and still want to camp.
What makes it energy-efficient is it’s solar powered, so there are no concerns with carbon monoxide and doesn’t require fuel to operate. You can also charge it from the wall or your car, but when in the great outdoors, all you need is the sun.
When you head for the hills to get away from it all, this includes technology. But since it’s a good idea to take your phone with you in case of emergencies, you need a convenient and earth-friendly way to ensure the device has power when you need it.
Keep your cameras and phones charged using a Venture 30 Solar Recharging Kit, a portable, durable, and weatherproof solar panel that uses the sun or USB port to charge. It weighs only 1.56 lbs so it’s perfect for primitive camping, and if you’re hit by a rain storm, it can handle it. The panel is fully charged in 9 hours from the sun, or 4 hours via USB port.
A must have for campers and non-campers alike, the Eton Scorpion Multi-Purpose Radio is charged either by the sun or from a hand crank. This makes it an excellent option for campers, and we recommend it for your hurricane preparedness kit also.
With a digital AM/FM radio tuner and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Weather Band, you can stay informed on what is happening with the weather, especially if you’re camping at higher altitudes. It also comes with a built-in LED flashlight, and you can charge your cell phone via a USB port. Did we mention it also has a built-in bottle opener as well?
The BioLite CampStove is as green as it gets, by operating from the twigs and sticks you find at your camp site – and without the need for propane gas. Weighing in at only 2.1 lbs, it’s a great stove for backpacking campers. Not only does it cook your meal and can boil a liter of water in 4 minutes, it will charge your cell phone while it burns!
Using their patented thermoelectric technology, the BioLite CampStove converts heat to electricity that powers a fan to make the fire ultra efficient. With that extra electricity, you can charge your phone or LED lights. There’s no need for the sun to charge it up. All you need is the debris around you. The burn is clean, producing little smoke and leaving very little ash.
Do you have any favorite camping products that make your time in the great outdoors more convenient while still being energy-efficient and eco-friendly? Share with us in the comments!