Best Uses For Solar Generators & Frequently Asked Questions
Solar generators, also called “portable power stations” have become increasingly popular in recent years, and for good reason. They provide a clean and renewable source of energy that can be used in a variety of ways. Whether you’re camping, preparing for a power outage, or simply trying to reduce your carbon footprint, a solar generator is an excellent investment. Here are a few of the top uses for solar generators.
Camping and RVing
One of the most popular uses for solar generators is for camping and RVing. They provide a reliable source of power for lights, charging devices like your phone, laptop and camera batteries, and running small appliances. Solar generators are also portable, so you can take them with you on all of your outdoor adventures.
Here at Armory Survival, we think being prepared for any type of emergency is of the utmost importance. A solar generator is a great addition to any emergency preparedness kit and plan. In the event of a power outage or natural disaster, you can rely on a solar generator to keep your essential devices charged and your lights on. Depending on the size of your solar generator, you can power things like your fridge/freezer, lights, fan, coffee pot (have to have coffee, right!), CPAP machine or other small medical devices etc.
If you live off the grid or in a remote location without access to traditional power sources, a solar generator can be a game-changer. It provides a sustainable and reliable source of energy for your home or cabin. Just add some solar panels to charge it, and you can harness the power of the sun to provide your off-grid power source.
If you’re hosting an outdoor event, a solar generator can provide power for speakers, lights, and other equipment. They’re also a quieter and more environmentally friendly option compared to traditional generators.
Tailgating is a popular pastime for sports fans, and a solar generator can make the experience even better. You can run things like grills, TVs, and other equipment, without the noise and fumes of traditional gas-powered generators.
Boating And Fishing
Solar generators are a great addition to any boating or fishing trip. They can power your trolling motor, charge your devices (phones, camera batteries, drones etc), and provide lighting for nighttime fishing. Just make sure not to get them wet, because, well, electronics don’t like to get wet!
Phew, there we have it. Solar generators have a wide variety of uses and are a great investment for anyone looking for a clean and reliable source of energy. From camping and emergency preparedness to tailgating and off-grid living, there’s no shortage of ways to use a solar generator.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How many times can my solar generator be charged and discharged before the battery needs replaced?
A: Different units have different battery life-spans. Most newer models with LiFePO4 lithium batteries have around 3,000 charge cycles before the battery starts to degrade. You will still be able to use it, just the battery won’t last as long as when it was new. Older models with lithium batteries typically get anywhere from 500 to 1500 charge cycles. Each solar generator will tell you how many charge cycles it is rated for, either in the description or the technical specifications.
Q: What all can I run with my solar generator?
A: Each different unit has different power specifications, so there is no general answer to this question. If all you are needing to charge are things like your cell phone, laptop, camera batteries, drone batteries (small things), then you can use a much smaller solar generator. If you are needing to power larger things like your fridge/freezer, TV, Furnace or multiple lights and fans, then you would need a unit capable of larger output and battery storage. Certain things, like your AC unit at home or on your RV, require such a large power draw that using a solar generator just isn’t effective for those things. If you need help picking the best unit for your needs, just get in touch with us and we would be happy to provide some options based on your specific requirements.
Q: Do I have to have solar panels to charge my solar generator?
A: No, solar panels aren’t required to charge them. All solar generators can be plugged into a normal wall outlet to charge up the internal battery. Most of them also can be charged by plugging into your vehicles 12v receptacle while you are driving as well. This can work well for the most part, but what if there is an extended power outage, or you are in a spot where you don’t have access to electricity to charge? This is where having solar panels can come in handy. During the day, when the sun is out, you just plug the solar panel or panels into your unit, angle the panels toward the sun and let nature do its thing! The time it takes to recharge your solar generator depends on how many solar panels you have hooked up, and the size of your battery. We can help determine run times and charge times for you if needed, just get in touch with us by emailing email@example.com
Q: There are so many options, which solar generator should I choose?
A: There are quite a few manufacturers with great units out now, so the task of picking the right one can be a challenge. The best way to go about this is to determine your main use of the solar generator. Is it for occasional use and things like camping? If so, we recommend these:
Do you need something larger to run bigger household appliances, or power your RV/Off-grid location: We would recommend these:
Armory Survival carries many different solar generators from the leadings manufacturers. Brands like Anker, Bluetti, EcoFlow, Goal Zero, Inergy Solar and Lion Energy. If you have any questions or need help picking the best solar generator for you, just reach out to us and we would be more than happy to help!