Top Picks for Video Projectors to Enhance Your Vanlife Experience
Create your own outdoor theater with these micro projectors that fit into any van.
While the classic movie theater (complete with buttery popcorn) is a wonderful way to spend an evening, it’s even better if your favorite movies can be enjoyed in the great outdoors away from any crowds.
The Latest in Vanlife Entertainment With Portable Video Projectors
Watching a movie or your favorite show on your pocket device is nice, but being able to project it onto the side of your van, on a sheet, or even a piece of poster board is the latest way to enjoy an evening of vanlife.
Portable video projectors have been shrinking over time and can now fit in the palm of your hand. They stream any movie or show in HD quality from your phone or another device via Bluetooth or WiFi. They also have their own internal speakers.
The best projectors run off their own rechargeable battery, so they can be placed in any location without being plugged in. The battery usually lasts about 90 minutes to two hours—perfect for an average movie length.
Compact and Powerful: Top Considerations and Projector Recommendations for Vanlife Enthusiasts
What van campers need to take into consideration when purchasing a projector is the size. Storage is at a premium in a van and any devices need to take up a minimal amount of space.
Here are three of our favorite projectors that not only fit into any van, but they offer high video and sound quality from a remarkably tiny device.
Anker Nebula Capsule
Starting from the more affordable options, the Anker Nebula Capsule is around $300 and features a 360-degree speaker. It’s about the size of a can of soda and streams directly from any laptop or device. The Nebula has a 100 ANSI-lumen image and a display resolution of 854×480. Best of all, this projector has a four-hour battery life for double-feature nights.
Kodak Luma 350
If you want the best of many worlds, Kodak sells several versions of its Luma portable projector and these things are tiny! The Kodak Luma 350 is barely larger than a cell phone and thin enough to fit into a pocket. It features Bluetooth and WiFi streaming as well as USB and HDMI inputs. The Luma is also powered by Android, so streaming and photo apps can be downloaded directly to the projector. It comes it at 200 lumens and has dual speakers as well as an audio jack for headphones. The 350 is about $350 but Kodak makes less expensive options of the Luma.
AAXA P7 Mini LED Pico
AAXA P7 Mini LED Pico is about the size of a larger GoPro camera and even comes with its own little stand. It features 600 lumens and a 1920×1080 HD resolution for excellent video quality. It has its own media player for showing photo slideshows from a flash drive or SD card. While the Pico has two built-in speakers, sound can also be sent out to an external Bluetooth speaker. The Pico runs about $400.
Screening Options for Vanlife Movie Nights: From DIY to Portable Projector Screens
So what can you use as a movie screen? Many vanlifers who have white vans will project a movie right onto the side of the van. Some people will hang up a white bedding sheet from a van awning or even a tree. A cheap piece of white poster board is easy to buy from a dollar store.
If you want to invest a little more money into your vanlife theater experience, then check out portable projector screens from Amazon. These range from about $20 to $70 and can be rolled up or come with their own stands.
Upgrade Your Vanlife Entertainment With a Portable Video Projector
Whether you’re a full-time vanlifer or just enjoy a weekend on the road, a portable video projector can elevate your vanlife entertainment experience. With their small size, battery-powered operation, and wireless connectivity, projectors make it easy to set up a movie night wherever you park your van. And with a range of options for screens – from projecting on the side of your van to using a portable screen – you can customize your setup to your liking.
When shopping for a projector, be sure to consider factors such as size, battery life, and image and sound quality. By doing so, you’ll find a projector that fits your van and your entertainment needs.
So grab some popcorn, cozy up in your van, and enjoy the show!