The Solar Power tent Paradox

Logbook 4. August 2018 – Are solar panel tents are up at night, not at day, when the sun is out?

Is a solar power tent a good idea in other situations that on dedicated basecamp tents?

Text and drawings by Frits Ahlefeldt,

Most hikers only use their tents at night, carrying them on their backs along the trails at day, so how can a solar panel power tent be a good idea?

The day – night challenge of using solar power panels on tents, that are only up at night… drawing by Frits Ahlefeldt

My first thought is not really, but then it all depends on how light these solar panel elements can be, and how the tents are used. I’ve started a research page here, where I have put up a few first concept ideas about how this might work for lighter tents, and even better for more dedicated basecamp tents for climbers and others that often keep their tent in the same location for a few days or weeks:

Check out my research about solar panel on tents here on

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