Solar Generators are one of the most useful items to have in many different circumstances. They can be used to reduce power bills and lessen an individual’s environmental impact. Also, they can be used by those who wish to live off the grid as a primary or secondary power source.
Not to mention their uses for RV camping and emergency power outage situations. Because of their many uses, there are many different variations available. Each one has its own specific specifications and uses. Some are designed to be used on a large scale while others are meant to be used for small things. Each one has its own charge time and outlet options. The problem most people face if trying to determine which one is best for their situation and needs. To make this determination, there must first be a few decisions made and a fair amount of research completed. One of the primary ways to find the best options is to seek out reviews. This will give you an inside look at each model’s specifications as well as what they are best used for and how well they perform. What you will find here is a list of reviews for some of the most popular solar generator models currently available. We will explore all of the solar reviews for portable generators.
The first model to consider if the Patriot Power 1500. It has a lithium battery which is used to store the energy gathered from the solar rays. This model can be expected to fully charge, from zero to full, in approximately three and a half hours. Once it is fully charged, it can hold that charge for up to a year (without being used). Users can expect around two thousand charges in the generators life. Which means, depending on use, the generator can last for around ten years. This model comes equipped with a total of eight outlets. This is far more than many similar models. Half of the outlets serve as USB ports so that you can plug devices st right into the generator. This can be an appliance or a charger, it just has to have a USB cable. Two of the remaining outlets are AC outlets. AC stands for alternating current and is the most commonly needed electrical connection in homes. Another outlet is a DC outlet. DC stands for direct current and is more powerful than AC current. There will be some instances of needing a DC outlet, but the chances are far less than the potential to need AC outlets. The final outlet is a special type of outlet that you will use specifically for emergency and CB radios.
The next model to consider is the Goal Zero Yeti 400. Specifically, the solar generator kit that includes a Nomad 20 Solar Panel. The first thing to understand here is that most Yeti products do not come ready to be used as a solar generator. In fact, you often have to purchase the battery and the solar panel separately. Already this sets Yeti apart for most solar generator companies who sell the generators ready to use. This is why this model and its accompanying bundle is the one to make it to this list, the panel and generator come together. The battery part is not of much use without the solar panel. Also, some Yeti products can be used as a rechargeable battery that can then be used to charge other devices. This version can be plugged into traditional wall outlets in the home to charge. There is nothing wrong with this, but it defeats the purpose of purchasing a solar generator. With this kit, you get the panel as well as the battery which means that you will be able to use it right away. This is a very small model, weighing very little comparatively. This model can only support 12-volt devices which is less than many other models. Also, it is very slow to charge. Do not rely on this model for large devices such as appliances.
Next up is the 5000 watts 200AHS solar generator produced by Be Prepared Solar. There are no bells and whistles with this model, it is a no-nonsense, right down to business model. All of the power without the unnecessary frills. While this model outperforms many fancier models, it is incredibly economically priced. The battery part of this solar generator is heavier than many others, but to compensate, it has wheels that can be used to transport it when necessary. There are several outlets of varying natures on this model, but one of the best features is that the company is willing to customize orders (as of this writing) to ensure the customer is getting the amount and type of outlets they need. This is a major feature that sets this model and this company high up in the rankings.
The next model to consider is the Renogy Firefly all-in-one generator kit. As the name implies, this model comes with everything you will need to set up your new generator and immediately begin using it. This is by far the lightest solar generator that you will find weighing in at only twelve pounds. Its appearance very much resembles a briefcase and even has a handle. Even though it is small, it still has multiple outlets to utilize to best suit your needs. It is also one of the cheapest models. It is important to note that this model is perfect for small devices such as charging your smartphone or using a music player, but it is not strong enough to handle large devices and appliances.
If any of these solar generator models sound like a good fit for your needs, consider purchasing one as soon as possible. All of the models mentioned here can be found either through the company’s website directly or through Amazon. If none of these sounds like what you are looking for, consider choosing a brand and then perusing that brand’s website for all of their various models. With all of the variety that most brands offer, there will likely be a perfect fit, all you have to do is find it. Each of the models mentioned here differs in price, some are more expensive while others are quite cheap. There is a variation for every budget. It may take some time to find all of the options that fall within your price range, but once you do, you will be glad that you took your time.