Portable Solar Panels: What Are They & How Do They Work?

With all the power you need to fuel your next adventure, portable solar panels use all the same technology as the panels on your home, albeit in a much more compact size.

However, unlike solar panels that you might install on your roof which are set in a fixed, rigid frame and sealed under glass, portable panels are often encased in a protective sleeve, designed to be folded and transported.

Discover the immense power of portable solar panels and exactly how they work here at BLUETTI.

camping with portable and foldable solar panels

What Are Portable Solar Panels?

There’s no doubt that solar panels for households and businesses have become a common sight across Europe and beyond, with entire neighborhoods decorated with solar systems to help reduce energy costs. However, one solar niche was not addressed until recently, with portable solar panels now allowing solar energy to be transported anywhere at any time with ease.  

Whether you’re camping with friends, travelling in your campervan, or fuelling your home during a power cut, portable solar panels can provide you with the energy you need. They’re exactly what their name suggests: small sized panels designed to work on the go – priced at around half of what it would cost to have solar panels installed on your roof.

Unsurprisingly, portable solar panels are considered to have a limited power output when compared to fixed solar systems. However, our leading solar specialists at Bluetti have developed a range of powerful, portable solar panels alongside portable power stations – designed to generate energy whenever and wherever you need it.


How Do They Work?

When you use portable solar panels, they keep your deep-cycle batteries charged to provide power to electrical appliances. Without the need for traditional power sources such as generators, you’re free to power your appliances whenever you wish without requiring a ready supply of fuel for continued operation.

Portable solar panels are made up of photovoltaic cells that capture and convert solar power into electricity. The portable panels are then attached to one another and connected to a battery to store the energy produced by the sun. This power can then be used to fuel electronics in the same way you would use battery power.


The Benefits of Portable Solar Power

With a large variety of portable solar panels available for all budgets and power needs, solar technology offers numerous benefits including high efficiency and low maintenance. However, the most important benefit of portable solar panels, and the reason why most people purchase them, is the remarkable return on investment they offer.

camping with bluetti pv200 solar panel

High Quality Solar Cells

In most cases, as with the portable solar panels available at Bluetti, portable solar panels are monocrystalline, giving them a significantly high efficiency rating.

During the manufacturing process, the silicon is formed into bars and later cut into wafers of monocrystalline cells. Interestingly, the term ‘monocrystalline’ implies the use of single-crystal silicon. Due to the single-crystal silicon, electrons move more freely and as a result, provide more power from the panel to the device being charged.



Thanks to their portability, these solar panels are typically used by hikers, campers, travellers, or anyone who needs an electricity supply when not able to access grid power. However, since they come in numerous sizes, they have several other uses too.

While most portable solar panels are not ideal for fixed use, it’s possible for panels to form a portable power system, designed to perform on rooftops of buildings as well as on top of vehicles.

Alternatively, portable solar panels can be used to facilitate camping trips, charge your phone on the go, or rectify a power outage, providing a multi-use system to ease energy problems.



With specialist coating and protective materials, portable solar panels are designed with campers in mind with the ability to withstand any scratches and watersplash. Perfect for camping, fishing, hiking and much more, portable solar systems can be used in any weather conditions – charging even on wet and windy days.


Money Saving

When thinking about saving electricity with solar panels, you might also think about which appliances and machines you can power with portable solar panels and generators. From large appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines and air conditioners to smaller electronic devices, consider utilising your solar investment with portable solutions.


Renewable Energy

As climate change and global warming continue to impact our Earth, causing extreme weather, rising temperatures, melting glaciers and further devastation, the search for more sustainable solutions has never been more important.  

Portable solar power not only produces renewable and reliable electricity from sunlight, but also lowers the emissions of harmful greenhouse gases emitted by traditional energy backup systems. Because of this, you don’t have to worry about the environmental impact of using gasoline to power your camping gear and electrical appliances.


Our Specialist Portable Solar Panels

Looking for foldable, portable solar panels? BLUEETI portable solar panels bring you all your power needs for your next adventure.


PV200 Solar Panel 200W

Connect it and leave it. BLUETTI 200W solar panels are set to keep your solar generators juiced as long as there’s sunlight available. Built with monocrystalline solar cells, the PV200 can convert up to 23.4% of sunlight into solar energy, charging your solar generators even in bad weather – specialist features of this panel include:

  • Long-lasting ETFE coating
  • Foldable & portable
  • Monocrystalline solar cells with up to 23.4% efficiency
  • Compatible With Most Solar Generators with MC4 Connectors
  • 12-month Warranty


PV350 Solar Panel 350W

The BLUETTI PV350 solar panel can be built into a power system to juice up your laptop, drone, refrigerator, drill and more. With a folded size of 35.6 x 24.1 x 2.5inches and 30.61lbs of weight, this panel is convenient to carry around and easy to be set up for anyone, anywhere – additional features of this panel include:

  • Off-grid power supply
  • Foldable & portable
  • Durable & splash-proof
  • 4% conversion rate
  • Wide compatibility
rv caravan camping at the caravan holiday park


Contact the specialist team at BLUETTI for more information and advice regarding portable solar panels.

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