What is a Solar Generator?
Solar generators are a source of energy that is independent from the grid and is most often a portable battery system that uses solar energy as a source of power supply. They are normally a system that contains batteries, a charge controller, load controller and inverter all packaged into one device.
Sometimes there are panels that come with the solar generator and other times it is a separate device that is universal or specific to the generator.
What is a Solar Generator used for?
The typical uses for solar generators are for situations where a small amounts of power for emergencies are needed or for remote conveniences. Some of the uses include:
Small usage power outages
Portable Power Station
If your shopping for the top portable power station, these are the 5 that are top rated with their specifications and features:
Goal Zero Yeti 500X
Power a Wide Range of Devices
Yeti 500X is equipped with four different port options—including AC, 12V, and 60W USB-C PD—to power everything from phones to portable fridges.
High-Speed Charging Solution
Equipped with the latest charging technology, including a high-speed Power Delivery port capable of charging USB-C laptops, tablets, mirrorless cameras, and phones in a fraction of the time.
Experience Unlimited Power
Charge the Yeti 500X from the sun with our portable solar panels while away from the grid and keep it topped off from a wall outlet when you’re home. Featured MPPT charge controller ensures you’re getting the most efficient solar charge possible.
Keep all your small to medium devices and appliances charged with the Yeti 500X Portable Power Station. Designed to pack 20% more power into a 20% smaller and lighter shell than its predecessor, the 500X is perfect for longer camping trips, backyard parties, or on-the-go power in case of an emergency.
Jackery Explorer 500
Off-Grid Solar Generator, Green and Clean Power Supply
With compatible solar power charging, the Explorer 500 portable power station can perform as a solar generator, which can be fully charged under straight full sun in 9.5 hours by connecting SolarSaga 100W solar panel.
Jackery was founded in Silicon Valley in 2012. With state-of-the-art R&D and manufacturing expertise, Jackery launched the first Lithium Portable
Power Station in 2015. As an industry leader in portable power, Jackery specializes in providing outdoor green power solutions for explorers.
Solar recharging steps: 1.Find the DC interface on the back of SolarSaga 100; 2.Connect the DC interface of SolarSaga 100 with DC input of Explorer 500
Recharging time varies from different location, temperature, weather etc. The actual time may be different
Keep your portable power station away from heat and direct sunlight in order to extend its life span
MAXOAK Power Station 500Wh
G-mark Award Portable Power Station
MAXOAK BLUETTI AC50 is a clean 500Wh lithium Portable Power Station. It is designed for power backup for power failures or far away from any wall outlet. You can have your small household appliance(MAX.300W) like a TV, mini fridge, LED light, drone, camera, laptop, router, projectors, smartphone, tablet charged. A LED light is used for emergency lighting or SOS. The compact and lightweight design is perfect for indoor and outdoor activities.
High Efficient MPPT Solar Charging
MPPT solar charge mode has a much higher charge efficiency: 99.5%. You can choose a compatible solar panel to recharge the power station whenever there is enough sunlight, charge time depends on the strength of the sunlight and the power(watts) of the solar panel.
MAXOAK BLUETTI EB150 1500Wh
MAXOAK BLUETTI EB150 Portable Power Station, Power Indoor,Power Outdoor.
HUGE CAPACITY portable power station with lithium ion battery capacity of 1500Wh(Use Top-brand LG battery cell, 101,351mAh/14.8V( equivalent to 405,405mAh 3.7V)),1000W pure sine wave output, PD Type-C Quick Charge (Max.45W), and Two ways of recharging (solar / wall).
Unlike other small capacity power station, it has broader capacity and can charge higher power device like electric drill, hair dryer, blender (make sure the max. of your device is no more than 1000W). once fully recharged the power station EB150, the huge capacity 1500Wh ensure your device have a much longer charge time, no need to recharge it time and time again.
Flexible AC/Solar Recharge
Recharge Power Station via AC Wall Outlet
Charge time:7.5-8.5Hrs AC adapter: 42V/200W
You can monitor the battery status by checking the battery icon on the LCD screen The Power station is built-in advanced control circuit. When the power station EB150 is fully charged, it will stop charging automatically.
Recharge Power Station via Solar Panel
Charge time: Depends on the input power of the solar panel(Higher Power of the Panel, Shorter Charge Time you will Get) and the strength of the Sunlight.
EF ECOFLOW Portable Power Station EFDELTA
EFDELTA 1800W Solar Generator
Recharge 0 to 80% Within One Hour
EFDELTA packs a massive 1260Wh of energy storage capacity. Finally a battery that an truly be a home generator. Stay powered for hours and hours with a wide range of devices and tools, anytime and anywhere. With an output of 1800W (3300W surge), EFDELTA meets any standard of any wall outlets so you’ll always feel right at home. Charge your laptop,TV, microwave, coofee maker and fridge at once.
Compatible With Any Solar Input Up To 400W
EFDELTA is compatible with any solar panels on the market. In perfect sunlight and with 400W solar input,
EFDELTA can be fully recharged in just 4hours and accepts DC input of 10-65V. For connection of one panel or the serial and parallel connection of up to three or six panels, please refer to the instructions.
Breakdown of Portable Power Stations
If you are looking for a power station or solar generator, you will find you have many to choose from and they all have varying capacities and charging capabilities, as well as power output uses.
Depending on what you plan to use the system for it is a good choice to also think about getting a solar panel for charging when you buy your solar generator. You'll need to make sure that your panel system also has the connectors needed to connect to the generator/ power station.
I've used this one, and really like it. Note I use it primarily for camping.