We lived in our van for 4 years and the Tiny Watts 5.0 was a luxury, cooking on an induction cooktop, running our electric kettle for coffee and throwing pizzas in our toaster oven. We didn't think much about power as it was the perfect amount for our everyday power needs and for most people it truly is. You just have to be ok making coffee first and then cooking breakfast as the 3000W inverter has 2400W continuous output, but hey, we’re camping in a van! If you want to run more than one 1800W appliance at a time, for example dual induction cooktop and a toaster oven then check out our Tiny Watts 10 kit. Take the comforts of home wherever you go and enjoy yourself off the grid with the Tiny Watts 5.0 power system!
Tiny Watts 5.0
- UPGRADE OPTIONS
- KIT DIMENSIONS
This kit can support extended trips or full time living!
Attention adventure seekers! Do you see yourself sipping on an ice-cold blended margarita, cooking fajitas, and feeling the fresh cool air on your face as you look out over the ocean? If you can, this is your kit! The Tiny Watts 5.0 is our most popular van power center. It's truly the perfect amount of power for a weekend getaway, an extended trip, or full-time living for the mindful power user!
This power center will accept up to 1000W of solar power! In the Tiny Watts 5.0 van power kit you'll find a fully integrated Victron system with the main components being: a 3000W Victron inverter/charger, Victron Smart BMS 24V 5.12kWh lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery bank (400ah equivalent). Victron 360W DC to DC alternator charger or you can select the option to have a second alternator to recharge completely in just a few hours of driving.
The Tiny Watts 5.0 solar power kit can run a 120V air conditioner for ~2-4 hours or a 12/24V DC air conditioner (recommended) for 6-8 hours. If you want to keep your furry friends cool for a few hours and are ok running one high-powered kitchen appliance at a time then this is the perfect fit for you. If you want to have a longer run time for an air conditioner for overnight use (12-16 hours) then head over to our Tiny Watts 10 power kit for a level up!
Upgrade Your Tiny Watts 5.0
Add A Secondary Alternator (3000W)
For faster charging, you have the option to add a 24V secondary alternator, which allows you to recharge your battery bank within 2.5-3 hours of driving from empty!
Please note to add the secondary alternator, the 'add second alternator' option must be selected. The second alternator price is an additional $3,500.00.
MAKE SURE TO DOUBLE-CHECK THE DIMENSIONS FOR YOUR TYPE OF VANWe can build for the driver's side or passenger's side of your van.
Mercedes Sprinter Standard: 60” L x 16” W x 37.5” H
Mercedes Sprinter Lo Pro: 60” L x 16” W x 33.5” H
Ford Transit Standard: 60” L x 14.25” W x 37.5” H
Ford Transit Lo Pro: 60" L x 14.25" W x 33.5" H
Dodge Promaster Standard: 60" L x 16" W x 37.5" H
Tiny Watts 5.0 Inclusions
The Tiny Watts 5.0 comes pre-wired with everything you need to power up your van adventures. No need to worry about how to wire or what goes where - this system is set up to make installation easy! It even comes with built in sockets, 120V outlet, and USB charging so you can immediately use your system to charge your devices, power a fridge, or cook. You can even use your Tiny Watts 5.0 to power your tools to finish your van build!
- Powder coated aluminum enclosure purpose built for van type for secure mounting
- Victron 3000W inverter (2400W continuous output)
- Victron Smart BMS 24V 51.2kWh (400Ah equivalent) lithium battery bank
- Victron 360W DC to DC alternator charger
- Victron Battery Protect 100A
- Victron Smart Solar 150V/35A MPPT Charge Controller (up to 1000W solar at 24V)
- Victron Lynx Smart BMS
- Victron Lynx Distributor
- Victron Lynx Shunt
- Victron Lynx Distribution
- Victron Cerbo GX (Remote Tech support and VRM portal)
- Victron GX Touch screen
- Victron 24V to 12V Converter 70A for fifteen 12V circuits
- Furion Shore Power Inlet
- Shore Power Adapter 30A to 15A
- HDMI Extension Cable for Touch Screen 20ft
- USB Extension Cable for Touch Screen 20ft
- Highest Quality Ancor Marine Cabling & Tinned Copper Lugs
- Laser cut breaker panel with clear labeling & easy access from rear doors
- Blue Sea Systems Breakers & Balance of system components
- Fifteen 12V Fused DC Circuits
- Three 24V Dedicated breaker for high powered loads such as DC air conditioning
- Four 120V 20A dedicated circuits for multiple outlet locations
- Built in 12V socket, USB charging and 120V outlet so you can immediatey use your Tiny Watts 5.0 power center.
Please note solar panels are not included. They must be ordered separately. View our solar panels to select the option that works best for you.
Optional Upgrade Inclusions
Add A Second Alternator
With the second alternator, you'll get everything in the standard Tiny Watts 5.0 PLUS a dedicated 24V secondary alternator for up to 150A 3000W of charging while driving and ~1800W at idle.
Tiny Watts Order Process
Why Tiny Watts 5.0?
Our most popular solar power system - purpose built for vans.
The Tiny Watts 5.0 comes with our 5 year product guarantee. If anything needs to be replaced, we'll take care of it no questions asked.
Safety is our priority. Our systems are built by ABYC certified marine electrical technicians and designed by an electrical engineer to ensure full functionality and system safety.
Question during install or need assistance with your system? Beyond our full installation guide, we're here to help you with remote support and system troubleshooting when you need it.
We've personally tested and selected the only the highest quality components for the Tiny Watts 5.0 solar power system. From the electical components to the rugged aluminum powder coated enclosure, you can rest assured you're getting the best.
Tiny Watts 5.0 FAQs
How much does shipping cost?
We offer free shipping on all items within the contental US, so shipping is free for your Tiny Watts 5.0 power system.
How long until I receive my Tiny Watts 5.0?
Our current lead time is 6-8 weeks from when your order is placed. You can expect to receive your Phase 1 Kit (solar kit) 2-3 weeks after your order is placed. While you install your Phase 1 kit your power center will be in the process of being built. You'll receive your full Tiny Watts 5.0 kit (phase 1 + power center) within 6-8 weeks after your order is placed.
Which Solar Panel Do you Recommend with the Tiny Watts 5.0?
We recommend pairing your Tiny Watts 5.0 with 370 watts or more of solar. You can never have too much solar so we recommend as many watts as you can fit on the roof of your van.
On a Sprinter 144 you can easily fit a 370W solar panel or 500W panel with room for a vent or an air conditioner.
On a Sprinter 170 you can fit 370W solar panel or 500W with a vent and an air conditioner with the solar panel in the middle. Or up to 740W or 1000W with the sacrifice of the air conditioner or vent.
On a Promaster van or a Ford Transit you can fit 740W (2 of our standard solar panels) with room for a vent or air conditioning unit.
Can I add additional batteries for more power storage?
If you're looking for a larger battery bank, see our largest system - the Tiny Watts 10. This larger system has 10kWh (800Ah equivalent) of power storage. If you have extra large power needs, you can also reach out to us for something custom.
What voltage is the TIny Watts 5.0?
12, 24, 48 volts? The Tiny Watts 5.0 utilizes a 24V base to keep certain components and wiring in the system smaller. That being said we step the voltage down to 12V for (15) dedicated DC loads so you don’t have to worry about it.
How long can I run A/C with the Tiny Watts 10?
The Tiny Watts 5.0 can run a 12V or 24V DC air conditioner assuming 750W continuous power demands for about 6-8 hours. The Tiny Watts 5.0 can run a 120V air conditioner assuming 1500W continuous power demands for around 3 hours.
Can you install the Tiny Watts 5.0 for me?
Yes, we do installations of our Tiny Watts power systems at our shop in Redmond, Oregon. We say to typically expect a 3-5 day install depending on any extras and our installs start $2,500 but with a second alternator they are $3,500. Your van will need to have a finished floor and be empty of personal belongings in the garage area at the time of drop off. If you have an upfitter building out your van we are happy to connect with your upfitter and walk them through the installation process. To inquire about installation of your system, you can contact us here.
Can I customize this kit for my van?
Yes, we can customize this kit for you. Custom kits will have a longer lead time, but reach out to us to discuss your project in more detail.
If you have a question that isn't answered here or you are looking for help selecting the solar kit that's right for you, contact us to let us know about your project. We're happy to answer any questions you may have and point you to the solar kit that best fits your energy needs. You can also check out our resources page for additional information and general FAQs. If you are looking for installation information, check out the Tiny Watts installation guide.