Watch as Daniel from Explore Bound reviews the 300W iTechworld Solar Blanket with Raptor Skin. He connects the solar blanket to his existing 4WD camping setup.
For a long time now, I have been missing a crucial element in my camping setup, which is a solar setup. I'm sure you've noticed this because many of you have commented about it for years. However, I am happy to announce that I finally got my hands on a decent set of solar panels. As you might be able to see behind me, I now have iTechworld's brand new solar blankets with Raptor skin technology. These blankets are awesome, and I am thrilled to have them. The 300 watt solar blanket that I have should provide plenty of power to charge my canopy battery. If you don't need that much power, there is a 200 watt model that is more compact and easier to transport.
These solar panel kits come with everything you need to connect to pretty much any battery system. However, the regulator is set to charge lithium by default, so make sure you update those settings if you're charging something different. I went for one of iTechworld's solar panels because their gear has been reliable in my canopy setup. To me, having gear that I can depend on in the bush is essential. I am grateful that iTechworld has also agreed to provide this particular kit for me to show you guys.
The compactness of the kit surprised me, given that it is a 300 Watt solar panel. It measures 680mm long, 540mm tall, and when it's folded up, it's only about 50mm wide. It weighs 11.5 kilos, which is similar to a lithium battery. The whole orange section of the kit is a ballistic nylon canvas that is resistant to scratches, rips, and tears. This is particularly useful because solar panels are often used on rough surfaces, such as rocks or sticks.
The solar blanket has a convenient carry handle on top, making it easy to move around. Additionally, the whole kit is IP64 weatherproof, making it dust-tight and splash-resistant. You don't have to be a genius to use these solar blankets because they're pretty much plug-and-play with any battery setup. They come with all the pieces you need in a little zipper pocket on the front of the bag.
I'll be plugging mine straight into my DC-DC charger, so all I'll need to use is the nice long Anderson lead with our Anderson connection on each side. If you're connecting yours to your battery instead, it also comes with a couple of alligator clips with an Anderson plug on the other side and a 30-amp solar regulator. The solar blanket also has a couple of USB ports on the front, so you can charge your devices while you're charging your battery. You can even use it as the world's biggest phone charger!
To set up the solar blanket, all you have to do is spin the panels around and stand them up. You'll see two clips that you need to press to release, and then you can start folding out the panels. On the back of each of the panels is one of these legs.