Van Life Blog

7 Compact Generators For Every Budget

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How we determined the best portable inverter generators: A small, quiet generator is one of the more reliable ways of quickly accessing a power source for your electronic accessories, lights, power tools, and more. Over the past few years, more and more of these “briefcase” generators have hit the market, and at the same time,…

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The 4 12V Lithium-Ion Batteries That Are Worth The Price Tag

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Considering a 12V 100ah Lithium ion Battery? If you’re considering forking over the cash for a 100ah lithium deep cycle battery, then you might already know the pros and cons of these handy little power nuggets. But if you don’t, we’re going to walk you through all the factors you should consider when shopping around….

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The Top 12V 200AH Batteries for Solar, Off-Grid, etc.

First, why choose a 200ah battery? If you’re considering a 200AH deep-cycle battery for your off-grid, campervan, or boating setup, you’re generally looking to power larger items for longer, right? Perhaps. Generally, 100ah 12V batteries seem to be the most commonly-used deep-cycle batteries– providing enough power day-to-day for electrical accessories like lights, small appliances, and…

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5 Safe 12V Heating Pad Options for the Road

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Nights on the road can get pretty cold, and you might find yourself wanting a 12V heating pad. These electric devices keep a specific area warm and don’t consume TOO much power. Place one on your seat or slip it between the blankets for a heating solution that will keep you warm all night. This…

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The 5 Best Camping Chairs.. that ROCK!

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Finding a high-quality rocking camp chair can be a difficult and arduous process. There are many makes and models to choose from, leaving you with a lot of research. Don’t waste all that time when you can use our guide of the best folding rocking chairs that keep quality and cost in mind. We’ve taken…

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The Top 4 12V Spotlights – Corded & Cordless!

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Sometimes, you just gotta know what’s OUT THERE, and that’s where a 12V spotlight, either corded or rechargable, can come in very useful when you’re out in the dark. Handheld spotlights like these are typically larger than your typical flashlight, and they tend to have more power, more “throw” (the reach of the illumination), and…

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Review: Pocket Cocktails from BarCountry

The subject of drinking alcohol in a camper van is actually pretty interesting, and discussed on other online forums and blogs a fair amount – with a little bit of confusion on what’s legal. If your van is your dwelling, (and you’re not driving while impaired!) it should be ok, right? Or is it an…

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Your Guide to the Best 12 Volt Portable Air Conditioners

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More and more people are looking for portable air conditioning units for cars, RVs and small homes – especially given the recent summer heatwaves. Unfortunately, if you don’t shop carefully (or fully understand how small air conditioners work), you could wind up with a piece of junk. Whether you’re living out of a vehicle or…

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