In the 6 years since we first posted about the portable solar generator (see archived post below), rapidly-advancing solar tech has revolutionized these devices. Today’s portable solar generators are smaller, lighter, more powerful, and cost less than half of the 2011 pricing.
Why do you need a portable solar generator? They’re perfect for emergency power outages (and silent, so neighbors and strangers won’t hear a single-stroke engine chugging merrily away in your back yard), don’t cough ridiculous amounts of carbon monoxide into the air, low-maintenance, and reliable.
In addition, many who prefer camping-in-style to roughing it in the great outdoors bring along one of these to charge up their phones, flashlights, and fish-finders.
Here are Amazon’s current top-selling portable solar generators.
|Shipping||—||FREE Shipping||FREE Shipping|
|Sold By||Available from these sellers||Goal Zero LLC||Ecowareness||Amazon.com|
|Item Dimensions||18 x 24 x 18 in||15 x 10 x 10 in||12 x 20 x 9.5 in||16.1 x 13.8 x 3.9 in|
|Item Weight||25 lbs||45 lbs||76 lbs||12.8 lbs|
|Power Source||—||battery-powered||AC, Solar||AC and Solar|
|Voltage||—||10.8||110 volts||110 volts|
|Wattage||—||1,428 watts||1,800 watts||150 watts|
The ultimate in adaptable solar power, this solar generator means you need never be without clean electricity whatever your situation. Grid failure, family camping trip or just powering a shed in the garden without having to wire it up to the grid, its uses are endless. It has its own built in charge controller and a high capacity battery to store excess energy, so it can be used into the night, when you most need it. With its own wheels it is very portable and easy to set up wherever you need it and can be stored away when not in use. Not cheap, it will however save you huge amounts of money from your electricity bills if you use it regularly, reducing your carbon footprint and will give you immense peace of mind in the event of emergency power failure.
Costs $3,999 from Real Goods (2011 pricing)