How to Boost Your Cell Phone Signal for Camping

24th Apr 2023

For many, camping can be a wonderful opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and disconnect from technology. For others, camping is enjoyed while working remotely, allowing them the freedom and flexibility to work from anywhere. However in both situations, having a reliable cell signal when you need it is imperative to safety should an emergency crop up. Whether you need reliable cell coverage in order to effectively work from the road, or you just need it in cases of emergency, a cell phone booster may be for you - especially if you struggle with a weak signal when camping.

Why your Cell Signal Might Be Weak

Have you noticed when camping in remote areas that you lose cell service or have spotty service? Do you struggle with dropped calls and poor internet connection? This is a very common complaint among camping enthusiasts, RVers, and outdoor adventurers alike.

The most common cause of weak cell signals is that you are located too far away from the nearest cell tower, and the cell phone signal can’t reach you. Another common cause is that the signal is being blocked by trees, hills, mountains, or other structures.

Fortunately, there are ways to work around these challenges and achieve optimal signal strength. One such way is through a cell phone booster for camping, which allows you to turn weak signal strength that results in just one or two bars of connectivity into full bars strength.

Boosting your Cell Signal while Camping

One way to boost your cell performance while camping is through a portable cell phone signal booster. Cell boosters work by picking up cell signals with an outside antenna from wherever the closest cell tower is, and filtering them through a booster unit, then rebroadcasting them to your phone or cellular devices. Cellular boosters are agnostic, meaning they will pick up cell signals from any cellular provider, so you do not need a carrier-specific antenna. One cell booster will work for use on multiple cell phones and devices, all in use at the same time. 

Pros and Cons of Cell Boosting Antenna

Cell Signal Boosters are a game changer for frequent campers who rely on internet for work, school, and staying connected. Even if you are one who likes to disconnect while on the road, a strong cell phone connection can be vital in cases of emergency. Having a cell signal booster with you while traveling can ensure that you can stay connected when you need to. 

Portable cell phone boosters require no installation or time-consuming set up, typically all you need to do is plug them in, set up the outside antenna so that it is as high as you can get it (either on a tripod, mounted to a pole or ladder, the roof of your car, etc.) and the amplifier immediately will start to boost signals. 

The only cons of cell signal boosters is that if you are too far away from the nearest cell tower to pick up any cell signal at all (even a little), then a cell signal booster won’t work. Unfortunately it cannot create a cell signal out of thin air when there isn’t one available. 

How a Cell Boosting Antenna Works

A cell phone signal booster consists of an outside antenna (these are omnidirectional antennas that take in signals from the nearest cell towers), an amplifier unit that boosts the signal, and an inside antenna that rebroadcasts the boosted signals to your devices.

The outside antenna picks up cell signals from the nearest cell tower and transmits them via a coax to the amplifier unit. The amplifier unit then takes these signals and boosts them, then transmits them to another antenna that transfers the boosted signals to your cell phone and devices.

Cell boosters work for all carriers and plans and on multiple users and devices simultaneously. They boost internet speed and strength, as well as boosting voice reception and eliminating dropped calls.

Portable cell signal boosters will have multiple options for non-permanent mounting and antenna use, so you can use the cell booster on a car, RV, or tripod. The KING Extend Go is the most versatile portable cell phone signal booster on the market today, check it out here

Is a Cell Phone Booster Right for You?

If you are frequently traveling to areas with weak cell phone reception, then a cellular booster may be a great option for you. Whether you work remote, homeschool on the road, stream movies from your RV, or simply like to have peace of mind that you will have service when you need it, a cell booster will help you achieve your connectivity goals.

If you typically camp in a car or small van, you will want a booster that has a 12V power adapter option. Some cell booster antennas are specifically designed to be mounted and used in a car. You might consider a more flexible or portable option that allows you to use your booster in your car but also outside of your car using a tripod, since you will be camping outside.

If you travel in a trailer, you will want an option that has both an antenna set for your car or truck, and an antenna set for use in the trailer. The KING Extend Go contains both sets of antennas, so you can simply move the booster unit back and forth between your truck and trailer. That way, when you’re driving, you can have a boosted signal in the car. Once you get to your destination, you can then use the booster in your camper, without the need for purchasing a separate cell booster unit.

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How can I boost my cell phone signal while camping?

Boosting cell signals while camping can be done with a portable cell booster, which can be set up anywhere - on an RV or camper, on a car, or on the go.

The KING Extend Go Portable Cell Signal Booster is a great option for campers, RVers, and outdoor adventurers alike. This is the most versatile portable cell booster available on the market today, and it comes with multiple antenna sets - one for car use and one for RV/portable use. It also comes with a foldable tripod which allows you to get the antenna up higher while camping in order to see over things like trees and buildings that could potentially block a signal from coming through. The kit also contains various mounting options that don’t require permanent installation, making this a very convenient option for frequent travelers.

Do portable cell phone boosters work?

Portable cellular boosters work just as well as stationary cellular boosters, however they have more options for flexibility, such as the ability to use power through 12V adapters, so that they can be powered by your car and on-the-go. Another feature is multiple antenna sets so the booster unit can be used both in a car, in an RV, or outside on a tripod while camping or tailgating.

How do I get cell coverage in remote areas?

Oftentimes it can be hard to get cell service while traveling to very remote areas. However, even if there is just one bar available, a cell booster will be able to help with this - as long as there is a signal available, a cell phone booster will work to amplify it. Unfortunately, if you are in an area where there just isn’t a signal to boost, cell phone signal boosters won’t do you much good.

Can I use a home cell phone booster in my RV?

Typically you will want to use a cell phone signal booster that is designed specifically for RV use, because it will be the easiest to install on your coach. Particularly, if you want one that doesn’t require permanent installation and has the ability to be moved around, you will want a portable cell booster option. Home cell boosters may also require mounting on a roof or other structure, while many RV specific boosters can be easily mounted to an RV ladder or mirror, or on the roof of the RV if you want a more permanent mounting option. Multiple RV booster options are available through KING, check out our cell phone signal boosters  here