Any reasonable solar panel
should allow you to keep all the typical electronic devices powered. We have 80 watts of Solar
and it is adequate for us.
We have multiple ways to charge our phones, e books, pad and computer.
Car Charging. All our devices can be charged while driving plugged into our car's DC outlet. We use the DC outlet in two different fashions. First we have chargers that can plug directly into the 12 volt outlets of the car (2) and charge our devices directly. Generally we have our phones plugged in while driving. Second, we have a 12 volt to 110 VAC convertor that we can plug into the 12 volt outlet. This allows us to plug traditional ac chargers in while traveling.
Trailer Charging. The techniques used in the car can be used in the trailer. In our trailer we have two 12 volt outlets. The same 12 volt chargers available for all these devices can be used in the trailer that one would use in the car.
We also have small 12 Volt DC to 110 VAC convertors for use in the trailer. We generally use these small convertors for running the Television at night but could also be used for charging.
Lastly we have a number of 110 VAC outlets that contain built-in USB charging ports (6). When the trailer's plugged into AC we use them for charging our Cell Phones, e-books and pads.
The Ebooks, Pad and computer all have substantial battery
life and can typically go for a day or longer without charging, particularly the ebooks and pad. Phones need to be charged every day and likewise the computer if used heavily. As well as these devices we carry a wi-fi hotspot that runs all the time.
Of course it is possible to run all your AC plugs while boondocking
. We also have, a rarely used, 1200 watt DC to AC Convertor that can power all our AC outlets. We would not use this to run high wattage devices like the microwave
. Generally we use small 100 watt DC to AC convertors to run devices that only run on AC.
Over the years I've stopped using the ebooks, finding it easier and more convenient to read books on my phone, particularly because I always have my phone and it's easier to hold. Our computer is a Chromebook that weighs little and has great battery
To extend the battery life every bulb in our trailer is an LED, probably the case in the OLiver