What Is A Solar Powered Tent ?

This Solar Powered Tent Can Power All Your Mobile Gadgets

solar tent made from solar fabric
  • A Solar Powered Tent is a tent that uses a solar fabric or textile as a means to produce solar power for an energy source and a solar generator as a storage device.
  • This is a conceptual solar tent by Kaleidoscope Designs called Orange Solar Tent
  • Imagine being in the great outdoors for weeks on end and being able to totally rely on just the power produced from your solar tent and store that energy in a on site solar generator  ,Not only will you be able live and play in the great outdoors youll be able to stay indefinitely  and actually work remotely through a satelitelink and be able to power up all your devices using only solar power produced by your tent.
  • Travel abroad ,live abroad and work abroad while on work vacation and all you’ll need will be your solar powered tent , computer and satelite link to keep you going . And youll bea able to do this soon with Space x network of satelites .

Orange Solar Powered Tent Conceptual Layout For Panels

Portable FlexibleSolar Panel Array Allows Use of Solar Panels in Tent Design

Teens Design Solar-Powered Tent for Homeless

A group of High School teenagers, with the help of the nonprofit DIY Girls, designed a solar-powered , water-resistant, portable solar powered tent to serve the homeless population in their community.

DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls’ mission is to increase girls’ interest and success in technology, engineering and making through innovative educational experiences and mentor relationships. We’re a supportive community for girls driven by an interest in creating and building with solar technology.


Our Summer Woodworking Camp is a two week-long experience for middle school-aged girls. This program introduces girls to hands-on engineering, woodworking skills, and encourages technical exploration. Girls construct planters from wood using hand and power tools such as a power saw, hammer, tape measure, and clamps. In 2018, we served 27 girls with our Summer Woodworking Camp.

The Solar Tent Of The Future

  • When people are asked what type of people are part of the green community, most have a stereotypical view of hippies that live off the grid.
  • In reality, it is comprised of many people including organic farmers, biotechnology scientists, and even public figures. One group of people in the green community are inventors and designers, people innovating the way we live.
  • Utilizing basics of green technology, many have invented spectacular innovations such as Gabriele Diamanti who has invented a distiller that runs on solar power.
  • Lifestraw invented a self-named device that makes the filthiest water drinkable. And Jesper Frausig invented electric bicycles powered by solar panels.
  • Though the aforementioned subjects are beneficial for mankind, providing water and transportation efficiently, what about dwellings?
  • That concern has been dealt with as “Solar Tents of the Future” are able to provide shelter efficiently. Not only that, they collect solar energy to charge batteries, collect rainwater, and fold up neatly for easy transport.
  • According to Minds, the Solar Tent is designed with a weather-proof solar fabric attached to bendable, compressed plastic which can open to create vent holes and exits and seals.
  • It is a strong, sturdy structure and has the capabilities to fold up for easy storage and transportation, collect rainwater, and charge electrical reserves (batteries for example) with its solar fabric.
  • Though most would think such tents were designed and invented to provide an alternative to conventional housing, that is actually not the case, though it is possible.
  • The Solar Tent’s creator, Abeer Seikaly, had in mind the millions of refugees driven from their homes due to the aftermath of global wars. The Solar Tents provide a means for them to settle in a new land.
  • This is also why the solar tent is part of a project known as “Weaving a Solar Home,” because the solar tents are just a major step for the refugees to “weave their lives” back together in which the solar tents will turn from a shelter to an actual home.
  • More information on the solar tent can be found at Abeer Seikaly’s official website (already linked above). It details the science put into the solar tent, but also shows other projects Seikaly is currently a part of.

These freaking awesome solar tents get solar power, can harvest water and fold up.

“This weather proof solar fabric is attached to strong bendable, compressed plastic which can open to create vent holes and exits and seal to keep warm. It’s a very strong, sturdy structure that can fold up, collect rainwater and charge a battery with solar fabric.

It was developed by Abeer Seikaly, with the Weaving a Home project and was intended for refugees. It has popular appeal as well.”

Conceptual Solar Tents Of The Future


Abeer Seikaly is a Jordanian interdisciplinary creative thinker

  • Abeer Seikaly is a Jordanian interdisciplinary creative thinkerand maker working across architecture, design, fine art, and cultural production. 
  • Her practice is deeply rooted in the processes of memory and cultural empowerment, expressing architecture as a social technology that has the power to redefine how we engage with- and within- space. Challenging traditional notions of belonging and identity, her work strives to be in constant dialogue with perceptions and contemporary understandings of time, materiality, and the role that women play in the shadow of a patriarchal structure. 
  • After receiving her BArch and BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2002, and pursuing her architecture career in luxury retail design and mixed-use developments, her work increasingly began to reflect a tactile sensitivity to the consciousness within the objects and spaces she crafts.
  • In 2012, Abeer won The Rug Company’s Middle East Wallhanging Design Competition for exploring the duality between nostalgia and the labor of new craft- and in the following year was awarded the international Lexus Design Award, for a performative structural system which explored the social implications of creating homes for displaced communities.
  • In 2015, she co-founded and co-directed Amman Design Week, a participatory learning initiative that seeks to promote and foster a culture of design and collaboration in Jordan, and in 2018 established ālmamar, a cultural experience and residency program based in Amman.
  • A lifelong diarist, Abeer continues to ‘read backwards while writing forwards’ in order to surface and interrogate themes and narratives that echo her work and life.
  • In addition to numerous features including the MoMA in New York, the MAK in Vienna, and the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Abeer is also a frequent speaker, panelist, and visiting lecturer. 

Watch her TEDxKlagenfurt talk here.

Eddie Bauer’s KATABATIC Solar Power Tent

Hailed as the winner of the National Geographic’s 2012 Gear of the Year Award and the winner of Backpacker Magazine’s 2012 Editor’s Choice Snow Award.

The KATABATIC Solar Powered Tent is a three- person, four-season expedition solar tent that can withstand the world’s most hostile environments.

This was the brainchild of renowned outdoor gear maker Eddie Bauer in collaboration with Goal Zero. It’s equipped with high-quality power supply equipment installed.

The product also brags its extremely strong construction and its ultra-light weight even with all that power supply equipment. This solar power tent is commonly used by expedition outfitters.

A Smart Solar Powered Tent?

Smart Solar Tent: Solar Shelter For Chargiing Your Devices

Cinch Solar Powered Smart Tent

Flickering firelight, twinkling stars, and a blanket of pitch dark everywhere in between – don’t you just hate that?

For all those who want to dabble in the outdoors without all the hardship, the Cinch (starting at $299) claims to be a tech-forward, easy-to-operate living space that adds comfort to the campsite.

Initially launched in 2014 as a roomier, hands-off alternative to traditional tents, the Cinch roared back onto Indiegogo this month. It has raised nearly a quarter-million dollars already with the promise of power – solar power for a solar powered tent 

So much power, in fact, that the Cinch claims 3,500-lumen lanterns that pair with smartphones for dimmable (and color) control.

That seems like a lot, lot, of light from a solar charged tent. For context, a car headlamp pumps out about 1,200 lumens. So you will probably be using that dimming feature (or blinding wildlife) if the number is accurate.

Cicnh Solar Tent Led Lighting

The creators also devised an extra-tall “Hub” that connects to other Cinch solar tents. So you link up Cinch communities with a standing room common area – presumably to talk about how afraid of the dark you are.

Cinch Tent: Solar Power, LED Lights, ‘Hub’

As the name suggests, the Cinch originally promised an off-grid living space that tucked down and popped up easily. The built-in poles coiled up into a disc-shaped carrying case and sprung up to deploy in seconds.

It’s aimed squarely at the festival scene, and maybe car campers looking for something different.

The promised ease attracted more requests for creature comforts. Touting “over a dozen user-driven design changes,” the latest Cinch aims to keep users connected – to power and each other.

First, the new Cinch sports smartphone-controllable LED lanterns. Pair the Cinch with an app and dial in the lumens, up to an astounding 3,500 (also an upgrade). And users can choose from up to 365 colors to set mood – like yellow for fun, or green to feel more nature-y.

And as an option, Cinch launches a 21-watt solar-powered pack to charge devices in the great outdoors. According to Cinch, it pumps out enough juice to charge an iPhone 7 up to six times.

Cinch Solar Tent: Extra Features

And the final big add-on is the the Hub. Measuring 7 feet 9 inches high (outer), it promises enough standing room to stretch your legs without going outside. Plus, it links with up to four other Cinch tents, so you can enjoy a covered community.

The Cinch comes in two-, three-, and four-person models. It offers pop-up canopies that cover the entryway and provide shelter for gear left outside, or when hopping in and out of the tent. We admit, that is nice.

The Cinch Solar tent packs down to a carrying disc between 2.5 and 3 feet in diameter, and it weighs 15–20 pounds. If the LEDs and smartphone compatibility didn’t give it away, the weight reaffirms this is not for backcountry pursuits.

But the solar tents and Hub are fully waterproof and come with double-skinned ground cover and large “panoramic doors.” So we imagine it offers a fun and functional retreat for car campers.

The latest Cinch is live on Indiegogo now with early bird discounts. If you want to rough it the easy way, this could be the place to start.

Adam Ruggiero
By Adam Ruggiero

Adam Ruggiero is an all-sport activity junkie – from biking, running, and (not enough) surfing, to ball sports, camping, and cattle farming. If it’s outside, it’s worth doing. Adam graduated from the University of Minnesota with a BA in journalism. Likes: unique beer, dogs, stories. Like nots: neckties, escalators, manicured lawns.

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