Fifth Element Camping
Fifth Element Camping
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Portable Power

Power is something more and more of use while camping. While we believe you should unplug and be present, sometimes power is necessary.

Portable Power

Power is something more and more of use while camping. While we believe you should unplug and be present, sometimes power is necessary.


Charge this power bank at home, while driving or by solar. This compact (6.29 x 2.55 x 2.55 inch) battery has four charge ports in every variety you’ll need. One each of the following, AC Outlet (110V 85W); USB C in/out; USB 3.0 (5V 3A); USB 2.0 5V 2.4A . It charges via an included male to male USB C cord. This will charge your phone approximately seven times & your laptop once. We use this rather than a larger more complicated battery bank.


You will need a USB type C port to charge the above battery bank while driving. This car adapter plugs into 12V vehicle ports (aka cigarette lighter). One USB C & one USB 3.0. This adapter will directly charge newer laptops that charge via USB type C.


All of our battery powered gear is AA, AAA or some sort of recharge system. This makes our rechargeable batteries much easier to manage and keep track of. You could even take this one step further and pick only one type of battery to simplify your setup. This is the 4hr charger we use.


The first big trip/test of the 60 watt panel & our original Micro Camper interior prototype. Both are still in use today. Photo taken in 2011.

The first big trip/test of the 60 watt panel & our original Micro Camper interior prototype. Both are still in use today. Photo taken in 2011.

This is our ultra compact (Folded: 13.5 x 8.5 x 2.7 Unfolded: 47.0 x 51.5) 60 watt foldable solar panel. Its made in America, rugged & works great even in low light. We have used it since 2011 without issue. This is the updated version of the panel Ursa Minor Vehicle’s sold us as part of the solar kit we added to our Ecamper (poptop) install. This is a high end panel and will set you back almost $700. Many cheaper panels are available, but you often get what you pay for in solar. Most are made with cheap thin wires, poor connectors and sub par panels. While you can choose any panel or brand you like we recommend a portable panel. This allows you to park in the shade and put your panel in the sun moving it with the sunlight.