Do You Need Solar Power? Why We Chose a Deep Cycle Battery
Although solar panels are an excellent source of power while living in a van, setting up solar kits can be very complex and expensive. Additionally, solar is only needed for vehicles that have heavy electronic requirements (e.g. fridges) or will be stationed in the backcountry for extended periods. For those completing a basic van build, replacing the van’s original battery with a deep cycle battery can meet the power needs for common electronic devices like phones, cameras and laptops.
We discuss why your conversion may not need solar panels and why we chose a deep cycle battery as a cost-effective alternative. Additionally, we outline the difference between a deep cycle battery and a standard automobile battery and the advantages that using a deep cycle battery has brought us.