Advice please on travel solar panels

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1. Posted by MarkBT (First Time Poster 1 posts) 1w Star this if you like it!

Hi all. This may mot be the right forum, but nothing ventured, as they say.
I'm in my late 60's and have been on several different conservation 'expeditions', mainly in Africa, with my wife now deceased. So I'm off to the Okavango for 3 weeks in May and the first time in an open tented camp; no problem as I have learned about essential bits of kit to take with me, with one exception; a solar charger and power bank.
So this is an ask for any help and advice on which one to take.
It is mainly for charging my camera, head torch and a small lamp; no mains power and no mobile connection (bliss for 3 weeks!) In the camp.
As an aside, I'm going with Africa Conservation Expeditions, who I have been with a few times and have always been good from my perspective.
Many thanks in advance.

2. Posted by Dubaicreek (First Time Poster 1 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

You can use Zamp Solar Portable Solar Panel Kit or Eco-Worthy Off Grid Solar Panels. Hope your journey is very good and you can enjoy nature from outside the network. Have a blissful journey.

[ Edit: Edited on 19 Jan 2022, 16:47 GMT by Dubaicreek ]

3. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1538 posts) 3d Star this if you like it!

Suggest you not bring a solar panel and instead bring extra batteries for your camera and possibly a power bank, particularly since you only will be traveling for three weeks. Instead of a lamp, suggest you bring an LED flashlight with high lumens. Attach a lanyard to the flashlight and you can hang it anywhere, including overhead in your tent. I take several longer-lasting lithium batteries. I've traveled for weeks in remote destinations, such as the reserved zone of Peru's Manu National Park, Gabon's Moukalaba-Doudou National Park, Ethiopia's Gambela National Park and the Sepik River in Papua New Guinea. Some camps have generators and solar panels, while others use automobile batteries as a power source. I stayed in a lodge in the Okavango Delta and it had power strips where everyone could charge their camera batteries, etc. One benefit for not having a light on in your tent is that you sometimes can see/hear animals approach at night. Our Okavango "tent" was elevated high off the ground so that hippos and other animals could travel underneath as they moved to feed on vegetation. The tent also was nestled among trees with lots of birds. Also note that lights, if kept on long enough, can attract lots of insects, as was the case on the shores of Lake Malawi. Besides, with your days filled with adventure, you'll be tired and want to go to bed early. And, if going on safari the next morning, you're likely have to wake up before dawn to prepare. Often the best animal sightings are early in the day and in late afternoon-early evening. Nighttime safaris also might be available, such as those in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park and the private game reserves near South Africa's Kruger National Park. Searchlights are used on those safaris.