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Jackery Debuts Solar Rooftop Tent Prototype at CES 2024

At CES 2024, Jackery, commonly known for its expertise in solar generators and portable power stations, unveiled its solar rooftop tent. This groundbreaking product is anticipated to inspire numerous imitations due to its innovative design and functionality.

Nimesh Patel from Jackery introduced the solar RTT as a unique fusion of comfort and technology. Equipped with a 1,000-watt solar generator and featuring a center solar panel flanked by two solar wings, the tent is designed to generate up to 5 kilowatts of energy per day and includes a built-in 1,200-watt power station. The design of the solar wings raises some practical considerations, which we will discuss in more detail later.

The tent’s prototype showcases the company’s vision for the future of outdoor gear. While the final product specifications are still under wraps, the prototype hints at a center solar panel section with a capacity of 400 watts and an integrated power station ranging from 500 to 1,000 watts. The versatile tent aims to fit a wide range of vehicles, with a target weight of less than 200 pounds, which is almost double the weight of the average modern rooftop tent.

What sets the Jackery solar tent apart is its comprehensive design. It’s not just a typical RTT with added features but an all-in-one solution for sustainable, off-grid living. The tent will be sold as a complete kit, including solar panels, a generator, and a portable power station. Jackery also plans to offer expansion packs and accessories like an AC inverter kit, enabling charging from the alternator. This feature is particularly noteworthy as it allows up to 6,000 watts of power generation, making it versatile for electric and gas-powered vehicles.

The tent’s design is conscious of its environmental footprint and aims to cater to the growing trend of van life and outdoor adventures. It’s engineered to fit not only large trucks but also small SUVs, station wagons, and sedans, emphasizing Jackery’s commitment to accessibility and versatility.

In addition to its energy capabilities, the tent promises comfort and convenience. It includes a memory foam mattress designed to accommodate two people comfortably. The tent will also feature built-in lights and power ports, ensuring that all essential devices can be powered effortlessly.

Jackery focuses on sustainable exploration, and the company envisions its customers enjoying nature while minimizing their ecological impact. The tent’s foldable design also considers aerodynamics, making it an efficient companion for long road trips and outdoor excursions.

Two key concerns arise with this tent. Firstly, the anticipated high cost may render it inaccessible to many consumers; hopefully, the tent will be affordable. Secondly, and more crucially, there’s the issue of stability in windy conditions when the solar panel “wings” are extended. This and the tent’s weight could strain the vehicle’s mounting system. An efficient solution for deploying and retracting the solar panels inside the tent would be a significant advantage.


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Graeme Bell is an author and explorer who has dedicated his life to traveling the planet by land, seeking adventure and unique experiences. Together with his wife and two children, Graeme has spent the last decade living permanently on the road in a self-built Land Rover based camper. They have explored 27 African countries (including West Africa), circumnavigated South America, and driven from Argentina to Alaska, which was followed by an exploration of Europe and Western Asia before returning to explore the Americas. Graeme is the Senior Editor 4WD for Expedition Portal, a member of the Explorers Club, the author of six books, and an Overland Journal contributor since 2015. You can follow Graeme's adventures across the globe on Instagram at graeme.r.bell