If you are looking for future power alternatives, the solar generators are the right way to go for. As compared to gasoline generators, these are safe and eco-friendly. They are equipped with photovoltaic panels which power them. Since the need for electrical power is necessary, the solar generators may be exactly what most people are looking for. The market is overflowing with a broad array of models, so choosing the best one for your needs can be a backbreaking task. After testing and reviewing more than 15 products, we have finally picked the best 5 models. Have a look at the matrix below and you will surely find something that will meet your expectations.
|1. Goal Zero Yeti 400||2. Jackery 500Wh||3. Renogy Phoenix||4. Suaoki 220Wh||5. PAXCESS 100Watt|
|BEST MODEL||OUR CHOICE|
|Item model||Yeti 400||PowerPro Explorer||PHOENIX||S601||S320-UPGRADE|
|Dimensions||10.25 x 8 x 8 in||6.5 x 12.2 x 10.2 in||16.14 x 13.77 x 3.89 in||9.84 × 3.39 × 6.30 in||3.15 x 6.5 x 6.89 in|
|Weight||29 lbs.||12.5 lbs.||12.78 lbs.||5.56 lbs.||4.4 lbs.|
|Industrial design material||Plastic||Plastic||Aluminum metal casing||ABS+PC+Aluminum||Plastic|
|Output Wave Form||Pure sine wave||Pure sine wave||Pure sine wave||Pure sine wave||Pure sine wave|
|Output AV voltage||110-220VAC||110VAC||110VAC||100V||110VAC|
|Output AC frequency||50-60Hz||60Hz||60Hz||50Hz||60Hz|
|Max. continuous output power||300W||500W||150W||220W||100W|
|Battery standard voltage||12V||12V||14.8V||11.1V||12V|
|Charging time||20h||7h||10 h (10W)/2.5h (100W)||N/A||N/A|
|USB ports (Output)||5V/2.1A||2 x 5V/2.1A||4 x 5V/2.4A||2 x 5V/3.1A||2 x 5V/2.1A|
|DC Output||12V, 10A 6mm DC port||2x12V 10A 6mm DC ports||2 x 12V / 3A||2 x12V/ 5A||3 x12V DC|
|Cigarette socket/Car port||12V, 10A||12V, 10A||12V 8A||12V||12V|
|LCD battery display||LCD flashlights||MPPT Charging Technology||5-LED battery indicator||LED display|
|LCD power display||Multi-mode 3W LED||Battery Management System (BMS)||Battery Management System (BMS)|
|Battery Management System (BMS)||LED Readout|
|USB/Wall charger||Wall charger||GOPRO (1160mAH)||Smartphone||Wall charger (12V)|
|Life-a-Life 12V lantern (3Wh)||Smartphone||iPhone 6S (1715mAH)||Smartphones|
|Smartphone (5-7Wh)||Laptops||Galaxy S6 (2550mAH)||Laptops|
|Tablet (20-25W)||TVs||IPAD AIR2 (7340mAH)||CPAP machine with DC/DC converter|
|DVD Player (20-25W)||DSLR Camera (1080mAH)|
|Laptop (50W)||Laptop (40Wh)|
|Desktop computer (100W)|
|32” LCD TV (98-156W)|
|Car charger (30W)|
|Goal Zero Nomad 20|
|2x Goal Zero Nomad 20’s|
|Goal Zero Boulder 30|
|Goal Zero Nomad 100|
|Warranty||1-year warranty/ 30 day money back guarantee||2-year||1-year||18 months warranty||18 months warranty|
As you might think portable solar generators are designed to be portable, obviously, but you will be surprised to find out that some models aren’t as portable as others. They are more robust and cannot be moved and easily carried around. More than that, some generators have wheels and extended handles, so you should focus on them as they provide a much easier moving experience.
If you need a generator for outdoor activities, such as camping and picnic, this is where durability comes into play. While some generators are made of plastic, others have a metal construction which strongly confirms that they can stand up to protect their elements over time. Solar generators made of sturdy construction will ensure years of use. Unfortunately, we cannot say the same for some of the cheaper models that use cheaper imported elements and components.
Have you ever wondered how much does a portable solar generator cost today? Take a look at the comparison table above and you will notice that our 5 products are designed to fit any budget. With so many models on the market, it is impossible not to find a quality product for your needs. While some models cost $449.95, other can be purchased with only $143.88. As mentioned above, these generators also have a few drawbacks. For example, if you don’t have a solar setup in place, you have to purchase the solar panels and the generator separately. This means that you are going to spend more money on a solar generator which may require at least two good photovoltaic panels. Overall, however, even if now you are spending a fortune, later these savings will come back to you.
One of the most important aspects when it comes to generators is the capacity of the battery used. This is certainly one of the most crucial factors to a portable solar generator. The higher the battery capacity, the longer it will work in between recharges. This is strongly related to the actual wattage of the unit, but the rule in this situation is the higher the better.
The inverter has the main purpose to convert the direct circuit into an alternating circuit for standard plug-in devices. Also, it can limit the actual existing wattage that can be used at one time. More than that, keep in mind that you won’t be able to charge devices with higher wattage, if you use a solar generator with a lower rating. Portable solar generators equipped with inverter chargers can easily collect power through other power sources besides panels.
A solar generator is powered by a solar PV input. It allows for continuous use during the day and low recharging times after night usage. In general, these panels are rated by their wattage capabilities. For example, if a solar panel is rated at 300W, it will generate about 300watt-hours in full sun. The PV input is strongly related to a solar generator and its storage capacity. This happens because of the need to store energy for use at a later time.
As you have probably noticed in the comparison chart above, each solar generator comes with a wide array of impressive features. Some of the newest models are equipped with LCD displays, allowing you to monitor the charge of your appliance and the remaining battery of the generator. Also, there are some generators that can be wirelessly connected to apps on your smartphone. This means that you will be able to monitor them remotely. Although all generators have basic features and outlets, there are also models that include other features, such as built-in alligator clips, built-in lights, electronic screens, alarm options and so on.