Jackery’s rooftop solar tent makes overlanding more environmentally friendly

Friends, I’m not what you would call an experienced overlandist, which is a word I have now learned exists to mean when you go camping in a truck. Part of the process of overlandering is that you actually sleep in a collapsible tent on the roof of the truck you’re driving. Now, I’ll be honest and say sleeping on the roof of a truck, even if there are elastic straps stopping you from falling off, is not what I’d call a fun weekend adventure. But it’s the market that Jackery is catering toward with its new concept solar roof tent, which it showed off here at CES 2024 in Las Vegas and will launch as a real product by the end of 2024.

The Jackery Solar Generator for Rooftop Tent is equipped with 1,000W solar panels (with a 25 percent efficiency rate). Unlike the flimsy panels you can currently buy, these are rigid slide-out units that should offer a sturdier canopy under which to sleep. Once you’ve parked up and opened the tent, the panels are wired up to an Explorer 1,000 Plus generator. That’ll hold 1,264Wh of power and can output at rates up to 2,000W, enough to power a 900W cooker for an hour. Plus, you can daisy-chain other batteries alongside to increase the storage further for longer trips away from an outlet and/or civilization.

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There’s no concrete details — yet — about how much this will cost when it reaches retail, or how much will change from this initial demonstration. But if you’re a big fan of perching atop a tiny truck roof and trying to sleep, untroubled by the terrifying prospect of rolling over and plummeting several feet to the ground, then this might be the product for you.

We’re reporting live from CES 2024 in Las Vegas from January 6-12. Keep up with all the latest news from the show here.

This article originally appeared on Engadget at https://www.engadget.com/jackerys-rooftop-solar-tent-makes-overlanding-more-environmentally-friendly-230029346.html?src=rss 

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