Carolyn is a homesteader and avid prepper. She loves to learn new ways to be more self-sufficient and share her ideas with others.
Did you hear about the terrible storm the other day? How about the hurricane that hit Texas? Remember the end of winter storms that hit the East coast?
Seems that hardly a day goes by in the news that we don't hear about hard hitting storms that knock power out in some part of the world for days or even weeks. Is it just me or are we experiencing more extreme weather these days? Maybe it just seems like it because we hear so much of it in the news.
Yet despite all this many of us are woefully unprepared for emergencies in short term and most definitely long term situations. How many of us have several days worth of water, food and other emergency supplies like flashlights, batteries, etc.? Not many unfortunately and when an emergency situation comes up like a storm, leaving it to the last minute to get those emergency supplies is too little, too late.
That's why I'm writing this article to show you why you need to invest in a portable solar generator. Read on to find out how you will save time, money and avoid the misery of suffering without power when the next emergency hits.
Portable Solar Power Generator for Home
Portable Solar Generator for Home
The Grid is No Longer Reliable
Despite the vast technological advances, most cities in North America rely heavily on getting their electric/hydro power from an aging and vulnerable grid system. Here in Canada we don't need a storm to have power outages or blackouts, just a little extra wind. Our power grid here in Canada is practically ancient and has not been updated since dinosaurs roamed the earth.
It's a scary and perhaps sobering thought to realize how much our lives depend on electric power and how in a split second everything can come crashing down. You don't have to be into conspiracy theories to understand how vulnerable we are. While the likelihood of something catastrophic like an EMP is a remote possibility (depending who you talk to) experiencing extreme weather is very likely regardless of where you live. Hurricanes, tornadoes, flooding, earthquakes are just the tip of the iceberg.
The question you must ask yourself is: How prepared will you be in an emergency situation? Because it's not a matter of "if" but a matter of "when." So having a portable solar generator for house or for camping is a smart invest in order to be prepared for an uncertain future.
Why Having a Portable Solar Generator for Home is a Priority
I know that in emergency water is usually at the top of most people's list when it comes to being prepared. I understand that and I agree that it is important. However, with regard to the vulnerability of our power grid, the chances of you being without power for a few hours is far more likely than being unable to get water. How many times has the power been out in your neighborhood? For how long?
The most frequent emergency situation you will experience is lack of power.
Considering how dependent we are on electricity doesn't it seem logical to have a back-up supply? How many people have a back-up supply of power in their homes? I'm going to guess... not many.
That is why you should consider having an alternative source of power like the portable solar generator kit for example, in your home when you are preparing for emergencies in your home.
While there are many backup sources of power out there I believe solar power to be one of the better choices. I want to state that it's ideal to have multiple backup sources, not just solar. But when you're starting out, a portable solar generator is a great way place to start when you're looking to get prepared for any emergency situation.
Why Choose a Portable Solar Generator?
Here is my list of reasons why a solar powered generator is a better choice than other generators out there:
- You have access to an unlimited fuel source as long as you have the sun and do not need to rely on things like gasoline.
- Most solar powered generators have a shelf life (how long they can sit unused) of up to a year or longer.
- You can chain them with other batteries if need be (depending on your model)
- Portable solar generators are ideal in when you have to leave the house (bug-out situations)
- Ideal for people with ongoing health issues like diabetes to keep insulin cold or to use CPAPs
- They are quiet
- They produce zero fumes
- No maintenance involved like a gas engine
- Can charge items from cell phones to larger kitchen appliances depending on the model you get.
- Affordable for everyone, depending on the model
- You can recharge them at home or anywhere
- Overall, they are more ecologically friendly
Some disadvantages of a portable solar generator are:
- They can be slow to charge the battery storage capacity. They cannot store a large amount of electricity in their battery if they are using lead acid batteries instead of lithium batteries. Be sure to find models that use lithium batteries instead.
- They are expensive compared to fuel powered generators with the same power output and even compared to a fuel powered generator with 10 times more electricity production capacity. The cost of many solar powered generators do not even include solar panels which are sold separately and at an additional cost.
- They can be larger and heavier
- Can only be charged during the day if you are solely relying on the sun to charge them and can take up to 24 hours to fully charge which is a long time
What is a Solar Generator?
According to the Altenergymag.com:
"Solar generators use solar panels to capture photons from the sun and charge a battery in the generator. Before the power is extracted, an inverter changes it to alternating current electricity, which is what most appliances use today. From there, the generator can power anything that "regular" fossil-fuel electricity can."
Solar generators usually contain the following components :
- Solar panels
- A battery charger to allow the electricity generated by the solar panels to charge the battery
- Solar batteries
- An inverter to convert the power stored in the battery to AC power that can be used to power the electrical devices you wish to use.
Power Flow from Solar Panels
What is a Portable Solar Generator Used for?
Portable Solar Generator for Cell Phones and Small Electronic Devices
Most portable solar generators and a portable solar generator kit can charge your smaller electronic devices such as cell phones, tablets, etc.
My husband began looking into these for when our power would be down short term. We can charge our tablets and cell phones with the one we have and it was reasonably priced.
Many of these portable solar generators are light, and easy to take with you camping or in your bag, backpack, etc.
Personally, I want to have a smaller solar charger that can also charge my laptop besides just my cell phone.
Pros and Cons of a Portable Solar Generator
The most popular bran of portable solar generators on Amazon right now is Jackery Solar Generator.
According to the description it says, "Unlike gas generators, the Solar Generator is clean. The Solar Generator produces almost no noise, and it features an on-button design for easy use. It is powered by solar energy, providing a green and sustainable solution for our living condition."
Benefits of Portable Solar Generators:
- No harmful emissions
- Smaller, more lightweight
- Multiple ways to charge
- Minimal cost to charge (thanks to the sun) compared to the rising cost of fuel
Cons of Portable Solar Generators:
- Less power output
- Shorter lifespan due to battery cycle life span from charging
- Shorter power duration for items that require more power
Here are a few comparisons:
Jackery 500 vs Bluetti 50S
|Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500||BLUETTI Solar Generator AC50S Power Station|
How much does it weight?
Can you hook them up to external batteries to charge them?
How many charges can I get out of it?
53 (phone), 9 hours for a mini fridge
Total life cycle is 1000+ charges
How many watt hours can they produce?
38 hours for lights, 7.5 hours for a T.V.
How long to charge via the wall in your home (the grid)
How Much Battery Power for a Portable Solar Generator?
Battery power for the Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500:
- Smartphone 53x charges
- Camera 25x charges
- Mini Cooler 7.5 hours
- Drone 9hrs
- Laptop 4.5 hours
- Light 28 hours
- Fan 30 hours
- Mini Fridge 9 hours
- TV 7.5 hours
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Portable Solar Generator
Build Your Own Solar Generator
The website Modern Survivalists has a detailed 6-part series on how to build your own solar generator for a fraction of the cost of buying one on Amazon.
For those of you who are the DIY kind, this might be a great alternative, a way to save money and be prepared.
It's a well thought out series full of clear instructions, photos and items you need.
You can find it here on his website Modern Survivalists.
Below is the video for part 1, which is also on the website link above.
How To Build A Solar Generator (2,000 Watt) – Part 1
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Mpfana Manu from Harare on March 06, 2020:
Great info, more people should turn to cleaner and renewable energy sources like solar. Thank you