If you are the type of camper who still likes to maintain a few of the comforts of home when out in the wild, then you might want to learn how to use a 12V battery when camping in the rain. Here are a couple of suggestions to help you use a 12V battery safely when camping in the rain. A 12V battery can make life in a camping situation much nicer—and if the weather is warm, much cooler, because traditional lighting systems, such as lanterns and candles, put out a large amount of heat. There are basically two types of systems that can be set up with a 12V battery: a 12V system and a 120V AC system. The following tips will help you set up and use both systems.
To use a 12V battery in the rain, you will need:
- A 12V battery
- The appropriate cables
- A shop light or similar light source
- A power inverter
- To use a 12V battery with a 12V system when camping in the rain, the first thing you need to do is get a 12V battery. Alternatively, you may use the 12V battery in your car by making a set of cables to connect to it. Just be sure you gently close the hood so as not to smash or damage your cables. The car hood generally does a fine job of keeping the connections dry. Run the other end of the cable into your tent. You may simply connect to a shop light, which may be hung inside the tent. The only other thing you will need is some 12V light bulbs, which can be found at most RV and camping stores. Now you have a simple source of light.
- To use a 12V battery with a 120V AC system when camping in the rain, you will need a power inverter in addition to a battery. These are available at many home improvement stores and automotive stores. The setup is virtually the same as the 12V system, except that now you connect the battery to your power inverter, and the output of the power inverter will provide 120V outputs via one or two standard wall outlets. You may now plug in your shop light and use standard 120V bulbs. Additionally, you may run a small television, coffee pot or refrigerator, depending on the specifications of your power inverter (it is important to read the literature available with your power inverter to know what can be run from it).
The information above provides a general guide for using a 12V battery when camping in the rain. Two systems are outlined: a 12V system and a 120V system. With this basic information it is possible to create many different configurations, both simple and complicated. Above all, safety is important, so remember to keep the system dry and out of the rain.