It’s hard to overstate the utility of power on the road. As someone who spends a large percentage of his time either in the backcountry or getting from point A to B, charging or powering my gizmos is critical.
I charge my computer, phone, and renewable batteries for my headlamp;
I power a small fan to stay cool on hot, humid nights;
I power lights for my campsite;
I charge my friends stuff;
I power and charge tools;
I’ve even powered a strobe light/disco ball for an impromptu backcountry party.
All while at camp, without having to run my vehicle.
How do I do this? By having installed a deep-cycle battery, which is charged by the alternator, into my engine compartment. I ran wires from that battery into my truck bed, which houses an inverter to grant me access to AC power. It’s a total game changer and this post describes how I did it.