Portable Solar Power Generators
Portable solar power popularity has been increasing over the past 10 years, and it’s no wonder why. As more people became ‘green’ and ‘eco-friendly’ at home, inventors began realizing that these same people wanted to be eco-friendly while on camping trips, jobsites, and during other recreational activities. In came portable solar generators. Portable solar generators are a great option for people who want to continue being conscious about the environment while enjoying life.
Why not use the suns energy to benefit you? The best part about using a portable solar generator is that the sun tends to follow you wherever you go. You don’t need to worry about traveling with fuel, or even making a mess while refueling. And because of its portability, you can take it virtually anywhere.
About Portable Solar Power Generators
Currently, many manufacturers have come up with portable solar generators that include various sizes, wattage outputs and other features. Portable solar power generators range in size from just a few inches up to 20 feet. Smaller generators are great for charging cell phones, powering up laptops, lamps and running small appliances such as microwaves, radios, or televisions. Larger generators can power RV’s, refrigerators, medical equipment and other appliances that require a large wattage output.
Of course, more wattage means more money. The price increases as the size of the generator, as well as the number of watts it’s capable of producing increases. Still, most people do not need to go out and purchase a large solar power generator that’s portable. Most small and medium sized portable generators are able to generate the amount of power you’d need to power your home. In fact, some of them can handle loads between 200-800 watts. Many portable solar power generators have at least a 21 hour battery life.
Selecting a Portable Solar Power Generator
The key to remember is that your solar powered generator is remarkably similar to a gasoline powered generator. Just as you would go around your home and add up all of the watts from appliances you wouldn’t want to live without during a power outage, you would do the same before purchasing a portable solar power generator. One advantage you have buying solar versus gas is that you don’t need to worry about running out of fuel or storing it. Refueling is as easy as finding a sunny spot close by.
When you purchase a portable solar power generator, you’ll choose from different sized solar panels. Obviously the bigger the solar panel, the more energy you’ll be able to capture in a shorter amount of time, for longer usage.
If you purchase a portable solar power generator kit, you shouldn’t have to buy additional accessories such as wires, cables or solar panels. If you don’t buy a kit, you may want to double check that you are purchasing all of the equipment necessary to get started.
Items you need:
- Power Inverter
- Solar Panel(s)
- Deep Cycle Batteries
Additional items that are not necessary, but may be included are:
- Carrying case
- Utility lights
- Battery jumper cables
- Air compressor
Solar Power Cost
The price of your portable solar power generator is going to depend heavily on the size you want to invest in. Small ones can cost around $30, but they’re only good for recharging cell phones, cameras, and things of that nature. Large ones can cost up to $50,000, but that’s good in case you stumble upon an abandoned house in the middle of nowhere. With a solar powered generator of that size, you could power up your neighbors house too. Typically, you can expect to see prices between $750.00 and $2,000.00 for a decent, small, portable solar generator. Solar power generators will cost more initially than gasoline or propane powered generators, however, they are much cheaper to refuel, use and repair.