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Anker 555 Power Station 625 Solar Panels (Tested). Anker 555 solar generator

Anker 555 Power Station 625 Solar Panels (Tested). Anker 555 solar generator

    The Best Solar Generators of 2023, Tested and Reviewed

    Whether you are outfitting your home in case of an extended power outage or looking for a steady supply of off-grid power for your overlanding setup, it’s never been a better time to purchase a solar generator. But sifting through all the available options on the market—power stations that are lunchbox-sized to luggage-sized, solar panels that can pack in a backpack to multiple eight-foot long panels you chain together—can take a lot of time and effort. To help you choose the best solar generator for your purpose, we tested some of the most powerful models from Anker, Jackery, Goal Zero, and BioLite side by side to see how they stacked up.

    • Best Overall:Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro
    • Best Value:Anker 555 Solar Generator
    • Most Portable:BioLite BaseCharge 1500 Solar Panel 100
    • Most Customizable:Goal Zero Yeti 1500X Boulder 200 Briefcase Solar Generator
    • Best for RVs:Anker Solar Generator 767

    How I Tested the Best Solar Generators

    There are two components to a solar generator—a solar panel and a power station. To understand the performance of the overall package, I looked at each component and then also assessed how they worked in tandem.

    • Solar Panels were tested in tandem (to ensure similar conditions) under clear skies. Testing was conducted in late fall, when the angle of the sun is less ideal than it would be at the peak of summer, affecting the potential of each panel to reach its claimed maximum output. Solar panels were tested using power stations of the same brand, but where possible, I also used different panels with different power stations to see if that affected the results.
    • Power stations were evaluated on a number of criteria. After fully charging all the power stations, I left them in a climate-controlled room for three days and then outside for twenty-four hours in near-freezing temperatures—none of the power stations registered any loss of power during this test. Next, I plugged various appliances into all of the power stations to see how they handled the volume: a dehumidifier, a sunlamp, two laptops, one of the best power banks for camping, a pair of headphones, another power station, etc. Using these setups, I ran each power station down to half its estimated output. Finally, I considered how compatible each power station was with other solar panels, as well as additional features, such as Bluetooth-compatible apps, display panels, wireless charging, USB-C input ports, and more.

    Solar Panels Tested

    I tested six solar panels rated for both 100W and 200W capacity from Goal Zero, Anker, Jackery, and BioLite.

    I checked that all the solar panels were pointed in the same direction and at the same angle when testing their measured output against their claimed output.

    Model Weight Size (unfolded) Output Ports Warranty Claimed output Measured output
    Jackery SolarSaga 200W Solar Panel 18 lbs 540 x 2320 x 25 mm DC 1.5 years 200W 184W
    Goal Zero Boulder 200W 42 lbs 40 x 53.5 x 1.75 inches High Power Port (HPP) 2 years 200W 145W
    Anker 531 Solar Panel 20 lbs 23.75 x 83.75 x.75 inches XT-60 2 years 200W 158W
    Goal Zero Boulder 100W 20 lbs 40 x 26.75 x 1.75 inches High Power Port (HPP) 2 years 100W 73W
    Anker 625 Solar Panel 11 lbs 57 x 20.75 x 1.75 inches XT-60 2 years 100W 94W
    BioLite Solar Panel 100 10 lbs 20 x 57.5 x 1 inches High Power Port (HPP) 1 year 100W 52W

    Power Stations Tested

    The power stations I tested ranged in size from 1,002Wh to 2,048Wh, and were capable of either 110 volts or 120 volts (the latter is what you’ll need to run most major appliances).

    All of the power stations were capable of holding a charge for extended periods of time, losing no power in either the three-day indoors test or the 24-hour outdoors test in subfreezing and near freezing temperatures.

    Model Weight Wh Input ports Input Max for Solar Max voltage for the AC outlet App? Warranty
    Goal Zero Yeti 1500X 45.5 lbs 1,516 USB-C, 8mm, high power port (HPP) 600W 120V Yes 2 years
    Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro 25.5 lbs 1,002 AC and DC 800W 120V No 3 years
    Anker 767 XX 2,048 AC and XT60 1000W 120V Yes 5 years
    Anker 555 29.8 lbs 1,024 DC and USB-C 200W 110V No 5 years
    BioLite BaseCharge 1500 26.5 1,521 USB-C, high power port (HPP) 400W 110V No 2 years

    Best Overall: Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro (Explorer 1000 Pro Solar Saga 200W)

    Key Features

    • Power station capacity: 1002 watt hours
    • Solar panels: four 200-watt solar panels
    • Energy created by one panel in direct sunlight: 184 watts
    • Max AC output: 120 volts and 1000 watts
    • Also available with a 2000Wh power station
    • Also available with two 80-watt panels

    Along with the BioLite BaseCharge 1500 and Anker 555, the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro had one of the more streamlined user interfaces. There are separate buttons to activate the USB outlets, AC outlets, and DC outlet, along with a button to turn on the power station’s light (in case you want to light up your camp or home) and one to turn on the display. The display here gives you the bare minimum of information—watts in, watts out, percent of the battery remaining, and the time to charge or deplete the battery based on the current conditions.

    The Explorer 1000 Pro has a max output of 1000W (peaking at 2000W), which is enough juice to power many modern refrigerators. But given that its battery life is only 1002Wh, it can only supply that power for about a day (assuming it’s not charging anything else) unless it’s also being supplied with fresh juice from a solar panel setup at the same time. For some, this won’t be an issue, as they’ll simply be using the battery to channel power to their other devices during the day while it’s charging, and then using the battery at night to power more low-key items like the best camping fans or maybe one high-energy device like a portable fridge.

    At over 25 pounds, the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro, is one of the more transportable units I looked at, but it’s still not something that you’d want to lug more than a hundred feet or so at a time.

    The Solar Panel

    I originally tested the SolarSaga 200W solar panel as a full setup, with four panels plugged into a single power station. This test showed the full power of the array, which registered 650W of power generation on a sunny (albeit hazy) day. I retested a single panel in tandem with the rest of the units in this review more recently, and under completely clear skies, the panel was even more impressive: It registered 184W of energy coming from a single panel. If you don’t have much time to recharge your power station from the sun, then the full setup with all four panels is a no-brainer.

    It is, though, a little complicated. Each panel comes with a carrying case and a cable that connects back to the two DC ports on the Explorer 1000 Pro. If you see a math problem here, that’s correct: You’ll also need two of the Jackery Solar Panel Connectors, which, strangely, are not included in the purchase price. Two of these can be used to double the number of panels you can connect to the Explorer 1000 Pro.

    Setting up and taking down this many panels takes some time, but I was impressed by how easy and intuitive it was. That’s because Jackery streamlined the number of ports on each unit, making it that much clearer what cable connects to what unit in what port.

    While there might at first glance appear to be a disconnect between the charging time capabilities of this setup and its battery life, it’s worth keeping in mind that conditions are not always optimal. One of the things that impressed me most about these units is the panel’s ability to generate electricity in lowlight conditions. Even in complete shade—dusk fast approaching—a single SolarSaga was generating a 6W input.

    Best Budget: Anker 555 Solar Generator (555 PowerHouse with Two (2) 625 Solar Panels 100W)

    Key Features

    • Power Station Capacity: 1024 watt hours
    • Solar Panels: two 100-watt solar panels
    • Energy Created By One Panel In Direct Sunlight: 94 watts
    • Max AC output: 110 volts and 1000 watts
    • Also available with a 1229Wh power station and three 100W solar panels
    • Max power station output is 110V
    • XT60 port on the solar panel needs an adapter to be compatible with the power station

    If your family has a bevy of devices that seemingly all need to be plugged in simultaneously, you are in luck with the Anker 555 PowerHouse. It was the only unit in my test that boasted six AC outlets, as well as three USB-C outlets and two USB-A outlets. There were so many outlets that it was actually hard to find enough things to plug into it in my home—I ended up with an air purifier, sun lamp, two fans, a laptop, and a battery pack plugged in. The 555 PowerHouse had no problem with this—it barely used a third of its total output power. If your family has a bunch of devices that simply must be charged at all times, then this is a great option.

    Note that this would not be the best choice for someone looking for backup power for their refrigerator, as its 1,024 watt hour capacity was on the smaller side in my test and only has up to 110-volt output.

    Something else I liked about this unit was the utility—and comparative simplicity—of its charging abilities. It has one DC input port in the back and a USB-C 100W port that plays double duty with input and output. As someone who struggles to keep track of the sheer number and variety of cords that are always floating around, I appreciated the ability to recharge this unit without tracking down the original cord.

    The Solar Panel

    The Anker 625 was easily the best of the 100W panels I tested—it was one of the best solar panels for camping I tested back in the spring, and it’s still one of my favorite pieces of gear. It even beat out the 200W Jackery SolarSaga if you consider that this panel generated 94 percent of its claimed output, while the Jackery only managed 92 percent. Part of this is the inclusion of a sundial in the top center of the panel, which helped me align the panel correctly during setup. This sundial is such a useful feature, that after I had correctly aligned the Anker 625, I went back and adjusted all the other panels to match it—an instant uptick in power was measured. Two of these panels is a great choice for recharging a power station the size of the 555 PowerHouse.

    I’ve been testing this panel for a while—unlike some of the others in this test—and in that time I’ve noticed that it’s picked up a bit of scuffing along the edges of the fabric backing. While not ideal, this has not impacted the functionality of the unit in the slightest.

    Most Portable: BioLite BaseCharge 1500 Solar Panel 100

    Key Features

    • Power station Capacity: 1521 watt hours
    • Solar Panels: one 100-watt solar panel
    • Energy Created By One Panel In Direct Sunlight: 52 watts
    • Max AC output: 110 volts and 1200 watts
    • Also available with a 622Wh power station
    • Lightest unit I tested
    • Power station is easy to use
    • Power station is compatible with the Goal Zero Boulder 200 (up to two)

    Like the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro and the Anker 555 PowerHouse, the BioLite BaseCharge 1500 has a sleek and streamlined user interface that is easy to read and understand. The display panel shows the percentage of your battery left, the estimated number of hours it will take to either run through or finish charging the battery, the watts coming into your unit, and the watts going out. It also shows you the number of watt-hours the unit has used in total—watching that number was a bit like watching the odometer tick up on your car. Not super useful daily, but a nice thing to know in the aggregate. There are separate buttons to turn on the ports for USB, DC, and AC power, as well as a button to turn on the display. (A second button allows you to reset the display of how many watts you’ve used, useful if you are interested in getting an accurate read on your total power needs).

    There were three details that made the BioLite BaseCharge 1500 stand out next to the competition:

    • A wireless charging option on top of the unit. (Unfortunately, I was not able to test this as I do not have a device with this capability.)
    • The choice to put the input port on the front of the unit, as opposed to the back. During testing, I found that this configuration was easier when plugging in solar panels.
    • This power station is surprisingly lightweight, especially compared to the Yeti 1500X, which has a comparable watt-hour capacity. If you plan to move your power station from room to room, this is a no-brainer.

    During testing, the BioLite BaseCharge 1500 was one of the few power stations where the “hours to empty” estimate kept jumping around. It probably accurately reflected the change in power needs of the bigger devices, but was confusing to look at and made the time estimates less useful than they would have otherwise been. (The percentage estimate of the amount of battery life remaining, however, stayed fairly consistent.)

    The Solar Panel

    While the BaseCharge 1500 ended up being one of my favorite power stations, the BioLite Solar Panel 100 was my least favorite solar panel. First off, two kickstands simply don’t provide enough support for the panels. This is partly because two just isn’t enough, but also because one of the kickstands is situated closer to the middle of the unit, rather than both being on the outer edges. I was able to use the BaseCharge 1500 to help prop it up a bit, but it wasn’t an ideal solution.

    One thing that I did like about this unit is that, like the Anker 625, it incorporated a sundial, which helped me to situate the panel at the right angle to maximize the energy output.

    However, even with that advantage, this was by far the weakest panel in my test, only generating about half of its claimed output even on a clear day with sunny skies. If you choose to go with a BaseCharge 1500, it’s worth considering pairing it with a Goal Zero Boulder 200W, a pairing that proved successful during testing.

    Best Customization: Goal Zero Yeti 1500X Boulder 200 Briefcase Solar Generator

    Key Features

    • Power Station Capacity: 1516 watt hours
    • Solar Panels: one 100-watt solar panel
    • Energy created by one panel in direct sunlight: 73 watts
    • Max AC output: 120 volts and 2000 watts
    • Solar panels also available at 200-watt and 300-watt capacity
    • power station s available in sizes ranging from 187 watt hours to 6071 watt hours
    • Possible to monitor the power station from another room using the app
    • The larger power station s could power major appliances for days without recharging
    • Heavy
    • Less intuitive than other power station s I looked at
    • Difficult to recharge if you lose the original cables

    The Yeti 1500X was one of the most complicated user interfaces to navigate, and included several details that I have mixed feelings about. The most glaring one is that when the unit is plugged into a power source, a light blinks blue continuously until it is charged, when it switches to solid blue—if you are in the same space as this unit when it is charging, this is very distracting. Next is the three buttons above the display—which read “unit,” “light,” and “info.” Unit is fairly straightforward—it toggles the input and output measurements between volts, amperes, watts, etc. This is pretty handy if you’re curious about how much power a given device is chewing through. Next is light—on other power stations, this button turns on an actual light, which is useful if you’re trying to see what you’re doing in the evening hours. The Goal Zero, however, does not have a built-in light; what this button turns on and off is the display screen showing the power supply. The info button only seemed to turn on the display (not off)—it was unclear what other use this was meant to have.

    Interestingly, despite having one of the most powerful AC ports in my test, there was only space for two plug-ins. Most of the time, I suspect this will be plenty for people (and it does help to cut down on the unnecessary juice being lost out of these ports), but others might find themselves digging out a powerstrip to make up for the lack fo ports.

    One of the more unusual features of the Yeti 1500X is a top lid, which has storage for charging cables, or anything else you want to throw in there. Underneath, it also has detailed descriptions of all of the power limitations of the various ports, plus evergreen reminders about not letting your power station get wet—all in semi-legible font. Surprisingly that can’t be said for any of the power stations in my test (including the Anker 767, which despite having the largest surface area strangely didn’t include this information at all). There is also a second 8mm port under the lid as well as a 12V HPP output port.

    The amount of power it was being charged with supplying—1385 watts through a single AC port (I had plugged it back into the Anker 767 unit) was higher than anything else I tested, due to this being the only combination where that was available—the maximum input capability of the Yeti 1500X is 150V from AC power). The icon showing how much power was remaining did, however, stay consistent.

    Like the Anker 767, the Yeti 1500X has an app that you can use to monitor the battery’s power usage. This app was not as intuitive to use as the Anker 767’s, requiring several more steps to get to the point where I could monitor the battery usage (it also asked me to upgrade its firmware seemingly every other time I opened it). However, once you have the whole thing set up, it provides just as much information and control as the Anker 767 app.

    The Solar Panel

    I tested both the Boulder 100W and the Boulder 200W from Goal Zero. These are basically the same panels (although with different ports (HPP versus DC), affecting what other power stations you might be able to pair them with), just at a different size, so whether you choose one over the other will depend on your energy needs, and your personal strength.

    These panels are significantly bulkier and more cumbersome than anything else I tested. While the likes of Jackery’s SolarSaga series and the Anker solar panels are a bit like someone took a backpacking solar panel and just blew it up to 20x the size. The Boulder series from Goal Zero looks like a solar panel off your house that’s shrunken down to something you could throw into the back of your car.

    Both the 100W and the 200W solar panels come with carrying cases, which due to the placement of the zippers are kind of a nuisance to use. But use them you should because the way these panels fold up leaves the solar cells on the outside of the package, rather than on the inside (like the rest of the solar panels in my test). While the 100W panel was heavy, but otherwise easy enough to move thanks to the inclusion of a comfortable handle on the long side of the folded-up panels, the 200W had a tendency to drag across the ground (at least this was my experience, as a 5 foot 5 inch individual), forcing me to lean to one side as I walked. Did I mention that these panels were heavy? At 42 pounds, the Boulder 200W is extremely heavy.

    While the Boulder solar panels were reasonably easy to set up, the way the legs are designed give you fewer options for maximizing the angle of the sun in the winter months, when it’s lower to the horizon. This showed during testing, when the panels only pulled in 73W for the 100W panel, and 143W for the 200W panel.

    Anker 555 Power Station 625 Solar Panels (Tested)

    The Anker 555 is a great power station for anyone looking for a robust and reliable way to charge their devices. With its power-management technology, this device safely charges your electronics fast.

    It’s designed for portable power use at home or on a road trip. It’s big enough to power most devices but not too heavy to move from your vehicle to a campsite.

    Anker 555 provides up to 1024 watts of total output power and features five USB ports with dedicated current outputs that reduce charging times. There’s also a five-year guarantee with Anker. But is the Anker 555 enough for you? Let’s see.

    I’ve tested the Anker 555 Power Station and Anker 625 100 watt Solar Panels, so I’ve put them through their paces to see if they really deliver.

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    Anker 555 Power Station Overview

    We need to take serious consideration when purchasing a power station, they are not cheap, and you want one that lasts for several years.

    Fortunately, with the recent switch from lead batteries to lithium, we can safely say lithium batteries are the current technology and are here for the future.

    There’s nothing worse than buying a product for an update to come out the following year.

    Here’s our 5-point checklist;

    • Build quality – Is it designed and manufactured to last
    • Connections – Will we have enough for our general needs
    • Features – Does it tick all the boxes
    • Specifications – Is there enough power
    • Power – Will this power station power our appliances

    Anker 5 Series

    There are three products in Series 5 of the same design, with varying power and outlets.

    • Anker 521 – 256Wh at 200W
    • Anker 535 – 512Wh at 500W
    • Anker 555 – 1024Wh at 1000W

    Today we will be looking at the 555. Let’s take the Anker 555 out of the box to see what there is.

    Build Quality

    Handle

    The handle across the top of the Anker 555 has enough room to get your hand in easily. It’s solid and feels secure when carrying it.

    I’m glad the unit can be picked up centrally, as I’ve seen other power stations with handles on two sides, which make them difficult to carry.

    One thing that I would prefer is a rubberized grip. My power tools have rubber in the holding places which makes them secure. Instead, it’s all plastic.

    Buttons

    The three buttons and switch have a nice feel and don’t feel like breaking as with some products. They nicely press and slide, and you know they are activated. They are a little small, so you need to get them on point.

    The car charging socket is sealed with a rubber plug, I guess to stop dust from entering. Some other manufacturers put rubber plugs in each inlet, which could be beneficial in dusty environments, but for me, they get in the way.

    Base

    Along the bottom of the Anker 555 are two thick strips of rubber. They are on the left and right, making the unit secure on the ground.

    Packaging

    The package arrived in store-bought condition. The outer cardboard box kept the nicely designed product box in perfect condition. The foam padding in the box kept all of the contents secure.

    What’s in the box

    You get the main power station unit, the Anker 555, and a cable for each port. So we are not shopping again to get the unit running. It’s all there.

    Connections

    There are enough connections on the Anker 555 for my needs. It’s nice to have the AC and two different types of USB connections.

    The UK version is limited to two AC outlets due to the European power rating of 230 volts for outlets, whereas the US get six AC outlets because of their 120 Volts.

    Specifications

    Here are some of the more technical details. It’s good to know the surge power, in incase the power station gets tripped out.

    The USB-Cs also offer a high rating at 100W, and the temperature is standard – I keep the unit out of the sun if possible.

    What the Anker 555 Power Station Cannot Power

    Again, here is an example table for other appliances’ power output and surge power. They are just an example, and your products will vary.

    These larger items or more power-hungry will cause the Anker 555 to trip out, which can be easily reset. But it gives you an idea of what type of products you need to double-check.

    It is possible to find a hairdryer, stove, and microwave at 1000W — check when purchasing, check your labels and manuals.

    Photos of lights at night never give a clear impression of what they are like, but I’ve included them below to give you an idea. While the light was on, it only used 4W of power!

    Solar Charging – Anker 625 Solar Panels

    To recharge the Anker, you can hook it up to the mains or your vehicle. But if you use it during warm sunny days, solar panels are worth the additional bucks.

    You can charge with two 100-watt solar panels that are in parallel. It’s possible to use any solar panels with an XT60 connection. You can also use Anker’s solar panels, which are optional with the 555.

    I tested the Anker 625 solar panels connected to the Anker 555, and the results were impressive.

    The Anker 625 100-watt solar panels have an impressive efficiency of 23%, which is great for folding, portable panels. Most of the top-rated, rigid solar panels have this efficiency.

    Anker 625 Solar Panel Features

    • 100 Watts
    • 23% Efficiency
    • 1 x USB-A
    • 1 X USB-C
    • Sunlight Alignment Feature
    • Weather Resistant and Durable
    • 18 Month Warranty

    The features are impressive. I like the direct USB connections to the solar panels. If your Anker 555 is fully charged and the sun still shines, use the battery when it’s dark.

    The other stand-out feature is the sun alignment dial. It’s a bit like a spirit level and aligns on a central point. The power station and solar panels are a great combination.

    During my tests on a sunny but cool day, the panels easily charged the Anker 555 with 92 watts with a registered temperature of 16 °C, which was not at the peak time of the day.

    The display also shows that the power station will be fully charged in 11.5 hours, which is nice to know so I can plan my day and power usage.

    The solar panels and very well made with all of the connections you need, and I’m happy to recommend them.

    Overall

    The Anker 555 combined with the Anker 625 solar panels work well together and give you enough options for connectivity and power the majority of devices you need.

    The products are built well with the user in mind. It’s rare to see a five-year guarantee on any product, so when a company does, it gives you peace of mind.

    I’ve used both products, and they live up to the numbers. I only recommend high-quality products, and I certainly recommend these.

    They are ideal for camping, fishing, and day trips where space is limited, and they are not too weighty to carry around. Be sure to check your appliances and their outputs, so you know what power you need.

    If You Need Power

    If you always have power cuts at home or are an RV’er, you need more power to operate those highly demanding devices.

    From the example tables above, 1500 watts is enough to power portable/compact equipment. For your everyday needs, then consider the Anker Series 7.

    Anker 7 Series

    The Anker PowerHouse 767 could be just what you need for heavy-duty and inclusive power. It’s portable, on wheels due to the weight. But it could solve blackouts and a family with heavy power consumption.

    With a power of 2400W, it will power 99% of your appliances. Just apart from a boiler, clothes dryer, and jacuzzi!

    Below are the products, and you can also click here Anker’s website.

    Anker PowerHouse 555- 1024Wh | 1000W

    The Anker 555 PowerHouse is equipped with Anker’s proprietary InfiniPower technology, LiFePO4 batteries, ultra-durable electronic components.

    Fast solar charging with 200W input and tough unibody structure.

    Designed to last over a decade with everyday use

    The Anker 555 PowerHouse is a portable power station like no other. This device is equipped with Anker’s proprietary InfiniPower technology, LiFePO4 batteries, ultra-durable electronic components. A Smart temperature control system that checks temperature 100 times per second, and an impact-resistant structure. With these features, you can be sure that your power needs will be met for years to come.

    Designed with the outdoors in mind

    200W solar input with higher solar charging efficiency, this device is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. The unibody design is drop-proof, and with 3 high-speed USB-C ports (1× 100W, 2× 60W), 2 USB-A ports, 6 AC ports, and a car outlet, you’ll have all the power you need to keep your devices charged on the go.

    Powerful and Versatile

    With a capacity of 1024Wh and 1000 wattage, the PowerHouse 555 is a versatile solution for all your essential devices and appliances. Whether you need to power an electric grill, coffee maker, or anything in between, this device has you covered.

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    For peace of mind, Anker PowerHouse 555 comes with a 5-year full-device warranty, so you can enjoy reliable power for 10 years with a worry-free experience. Don’t settle for a standard portable power station, upgrade to the Anker PowerHouse 555 for long-lasting, versatile, and reliable power on the go.

    Battery Information
    Type of Battery LiFePO4
    Capacity (Wh) 1024Wh
    Capacity (mAh) 320000mAh
    Cycle Life 3000 (to 80%)
    Power left after 1-year without using(from 100%) 70%
    Recharge Information
    Input Voltage 100-240V
    Total Input Power 300W (1x 100PD 200W Adapter)
    EST Recharge Time 4.1hrs (1x 100PD 200W Adapter)
    Use Ports While Recharging Yes
    Direct AC Input No
    Maximum AC Input Power
    # of DC Input 1
    DC Adapter Yes
    DC Adapter Input Power 11-28V⎓ 10A (200W Max)
    EST DC Adapter Recharge Time 5.5hrs
    DC Input Size 7909
    # of PD Input 1
    PD Input Power 5V⎓3A/ 9V⎓3A/ 15V⎓3A/20V⎓3A/20V⎓5A (100W Max)
    EST PD Recharge Time 12 Hours (1x 100W PD)
    # of Anderson Input
    Maximum Anderson Input Power
    Solar Input Power 11-28V⎓ 10A (200W Max)
    EST Solar Recharge Time 5.5hrs (200W)11.2hrs(100W)
    Solar Panel Compatible Yes
    MPPT Support Yes
    Output Information
    Maximum Output 1364W
    # of Output Ports 12 (For US/JP)8 (For CN/EU/UK)
    # of AC Socket 6 (For US/JP)2 (For CN/EU/UK)
    AC Rated Power 1000W
    AC Surge Power 1500W
    AC Total Output 1000W
    AC auto shut-off can auto-off when power saving mode is on
    # of USB-A Output 2
    USB-A Rated Power (per port) 5V=2.4A (12W Max)
    USB-A Total Output 24W
    # of USB-C Output 3
    USB-C Rated Power (per port) 5V⎓3A/ 9V⎓3A/ 15V⎓3A/20V⎓3A/20V⎓5A (100W Max)5V=3A; 9V=3A; 15V=3A; 20V=3A(60W Max)
    USB-C Total Output 220W
    USB auto shut-off Yes
    # of Car Outlet 1
    Car Outlet Rated Power (per port) 10.8~14V=10A (120W Max)
    # of 12V DC Output
    12V DC Output Size
    DC Output Rated Power (per port)
    Total DC Output Power (CarDC)
    DC auto shut-off (CarDC)
    Illumination Information
    Flash LIght
    Flash LIght Mode
    Ambient Light Yes
    Ambient Light Mode Ambient Light ModeSOS Mode
    Screen Display Information
    LCD Display Yes
    % of Power Yes
    Total Input Power Yes
    EST Time to Fully Recharge Yes
    Total Output Power Yes
    EST Time to Deplete Yes
    Input Ports Yes
    Output Ports Yes
    High-Temperature Alram Yes
    Low-Temperature Alram Yes
    LCD Display auto shut-off Yes
    Power Saving Mode Yes
    APP Connect No
    Remaining Battery for Expansion Battery No
    Display Time before auto shut-off(with no operation to the powerhouse) 30s
    Weight Dimension
    Product Dimension (mm) 350 x 295 x 188 mm
    Product Dimension (in) 13.8 x 11.6 x 7.4 in
    Product Weight (kg) 13.1 kg
    Product Weight (lb) 28.9 lb
    Product Weight with Package (kg) 15.2 kg
    Product Weight with Package (lb) 33.5 lb
    Product Weight for Transportation (with UN Box) 16.2 kg
    Safety Information
    Ingress Protection(Dust/Water Protection Level) No
    Operation Temperature (°C/°F) Charging:.20.40°C /.4.104°FRecharging: 0-40°C / 32-104°F
    Overload Protection (AC) 550W
    Over-current Protection (USB-A) 2.4A
    Over-current Protection (USB-C) 3.6A
    Over-current Protection (DC) 10A
    What’s in the Box
    Anker 555 Portable Power Station (PowerHouse 1024Wh)
    AC charging cable
    Car charging cable
    Solar charging cable
    Welcome guide
    5-year warranty

    Jackery Vs. Anker Power Stations: In-depth Comparison

    Power stations are lifesavers, literally and figuratively. They will keep your devices running, even those that are life supporters. What’s more, they are environmentally friendly. That’s a great plus to the diversity of life on our planet.

    At GforGadget, we help you choose between the best power stations in different categories. That we do by testing the batteries so that we have a first-hand understanding to help you make the best decision.

    In this piece, we compare different categories of Jackery and Anker power stations. As you can expect, these two brands have equally good battery generators.

    Brand Reputation

    Jackery has been a titan in the power station industry while Anker is slowly rising up with their inexpensive yet feature-packed products. Also, Jackery has sold so many products and has tens of thousands of reviews. Again, this is because they have been in the industry for years now. Jackery has an amazing media presence and their quality, both products and support, is great.

    On the other hand, Anker, although has been in the tech industry for a long time, they are fairly new to the power station market. Their power stations have thousands of reviews online but not as many as Jackery’s. Their power banks, chargers, and phone accessories are very popular. They have a brand reputation to maintain and thus, you can expect high-quality batteries as well as after-sales support. FYI, I am using their new 767 PowerHouse station and so far, loving it.

    As of the publishing date, Anker has 7 battery generators, a new one launching soon (see the whole catalog here) whereas Jackery has 11 generators (see the whole collection here). Their products are available on their official sites as well as major eCommerce sites like Amazon.

    For the comparison, we’ll be focusing on the following aspects:

    • First impressions
    • Portability
    • Battery capacity and power
    • Recharge times
    • Price

    Both Jackery and Anker have products in different price ranges and capacities. In this article, we are comparing 4 of their best and most popular ones. Click on the links below to skip to that section directly.

    Entry level (priced around 200) – Jackery Explorer 240 Vs. Anker 521

    If you just need something to keep your devices running for a few hours during a power outage, then this category is for you. Here, we’ll be looking at the Jackery Explorer 240 and the Anker 521.

    What’s in the box?

    Jackery Explorer 240

    • One Explorer 240 battery station
    • One Car charger
    • One AC AC cable
    • One user manual
    • One Anker 521 power station
    • One car charging cable
    • One DC adapter
    • One user guide

    First impressions

    Straight out of the box, looking at the two power stations reveals a major contrast in design. The Anker 521 has a sleeker, more contemporary look. But it’s not always in the looks, right? When it comes to size, the Anker is a tad wider and taller.

    There are a few differences as far as the features are concerned, as outlined in the following table:

    Jackery Explorer 240 Anker 521
    Weight 6.6 lbs (3.1 Kgs) 9.57 lbs (4.34 Kgs)
    Size (LxWxH) 5.2 x 9.1 x 7.7 in 8.5 x 8.32 x 5.67 in
    USB-A Output 2 Ports (5V, 2.4A / 24W Max) 2 Ports (5V, 3.6A / 2.4A Max for each port)
    USB-C Output No port 1 Port (60W Max)
    Car Charger Output 1 Port: 12V, 10A 1 Port: 12V, 10A
    AC Output 1 Port: 110V, 1.82A (60Hz, 200W max continuous, 400W surge peak) 2 Ports: 110V, 1.82A (50Hz/60Hz, 200W max continuous)
    DC Input 12-30V, 3.5A (65W Max) 11-28V, 5.5A (65W Max)
    Lifecycle 500 cycles to 80% capacity 3000 cycles to 80% capacity
    Information Display Digital display Digital display (more informative)
    Operating Temperature 14°F-104°F /-10°C-40°C 32°F-104°F / 0°C-40°C
    Cell Type Lithium-ion Lithium-ion (LiFePO4)
    Warranty 2 yrs, (free 1 year warranty extension for online registration) 5 yrs full device warranty
    Solar Generator Bundle Yes (1 option, view here) Yes (1 option, see here)

    Portability

    While the Anker power station is slightly heavier at 9.57 pounds compared to the 6.6 pounds of the Jackery battery station, both are portable enough.

    At this battery capacity, I would prioritize the size and weight over features. I should be able to carry it with me just like a power bank. The lighter, the better.

    Battery capacity and power

    These two are, undoubtedly, among the most important features of any battery pack. As you can see in the following table, the Anker 521 has a slightly higher capacity and surge power rating than the Jackery 240. Even though the disparity is not so huge, it can mean a lot to users who need to store as much energy as they can.

    Jackery Explorer 240 Anker 521
    Battery Capacity 240Wh 256Wh
    Battery Power 200W 200W
    Surge Power 400W 450W

    Recharge times

    The amount of time it takes to juice up your battery is just as important as the capacity. After all, what’s the point of having a high capacity if it takes too long to recharge?

    Here’s a quick summary of the time it takes to recharge these two power stations:

    Jackery Explorer 240 Anker 521
    AC Adapter 5.5 hrs (0% – 100%) 2.5 hrs or less (0% – 80%)
    Solar Recharge 7 hrs (0% – 100%) 4.1 hrs (0% – 100%)

    Verdict: Which one is a better pick?

    Since Anker 521 has more capacity with lesser recharge times, not to mention the more informative display and a USB-C output port. But, Jackery 240 is a lot lighter.

    The differentiating factor here is the battery life cycle. Jackery’s 500 cycle comes nowhere near the 3000 cycles of Anker. I think the battery cycle has a higher impact on a battery generator than anything else. I would go with Anker 521.

    Low range (priced around 500) – Jackery Explorer 500 Vs. Anker 535

    For those who need more than just a few hours of backup power, the low range is ideal. In this category, we compare the Jackery Explorer 500 with the Anker 535.

    What’s in the box?

    For the Jackery Explorer 500:

    • One Jackery Explorer 500 unit
    • One AC adapter and cable
    • One car charging cable
    • One user manual

    For the Anker 535:

    • One Anker 535 portable power unit
    • One AC adapter
    • One car charger
    • One user guide

    First impressions

    Just like the Anker in the previous category, the one in this category is also less conspicuous and more contemporary in design. A simplistic design that has the ports neatly arranged in one location. This gives it a neater look than the Jackery Explorer 500, which has shouty orange graphics and ports on almost the entire front part of the unit.

    But again, looks won’t matter if the features don’t back it up. So, let’s take a look at the specs of these two power stations.

    Jackery Explorer 500 Anker 535
    Weight 13.32 lbs. (6.04 Kgs) 16.75 lbs. (7.60 Kgs)
    Size (LxWx H) 11.84 x 7.59 x 9.2 in 11.5 x 9.9 x 7.4 in
    USB-A Output 3 Ports: (5V, 2.4A / 30W Max) 3 Ports: (5V, 7.2A / 2.4A Max for each port)
    USB-C Output No 1 Port (60W Max)
    Car Charger Output 1 Port: 12V, 10A 1 Port: 12V, 10A
    AC Output 1 Port: 110V, 4.54A (60Hz, 500W max continuous, 1000W surge peak) 4 Ports: 110V, 4.54A (50Hz/60Hz, 500W max continuous)
    DC Output 2 Ports: 12V, 7A No DC Output
    DC Input 12-30V, 3.5A (100W Max) 11-28V, 10A (120W Max)
    USB-C Input No (5V, 3A / 9V, 3A / 15V, 3A / 20V, 3A) (60W Max)
    Lifecycles than 500 cycles to 80% capacity 3000 cycles to 80% capacity
    Information Display Digital display Digital display (Has more information)
    Operating Temperature 14°F-104°F /-10°C-40°C 32°F-104°F / 0°C-40°C
    Cell Type Lithium-ion Lithium-ion (LiFEPO4)
    Warranty 2 yrs, plus a free 1-year warranty extension for online reg) 5 yrs full device warranty
    Solar Bundles Yes, one option (view here) Yes, (1 option)

    Portability

    With the Jackery weighing in at 13.32lbs and the Anker being slightly higher at 16.75 pounds, there’s not much difference in portability.

    Battery capacity and power

    Here, the difference is a little bit disappointing. You’d expect the Anker, with more ports and a better design, to take the lead, but as you can see in the table below, that’s not the case.

    Jackery Explorer 500 Anker 535
    Battery Capacity 518Wh 512Wh
    Battery Power 500W 500W
    Surge Power 1000W 750W

    Recharge times

    When it comes to recharging time, the Anker makes up for its shortcomings in the previous category. As you can see, it only takes 2.5 hrs to get to 80%. And even if the batteries were to reach 100%, the Anker still has a notable edge over the Jackery.

    Jackery Explorer 500 Anker 535
    AC Adapter 7.5 hrs (0% – 100%) 2.5 hrs or less (0% – 80%)
    Solar Recharge 9.5 hrs (0% – 100%) 4 hrs (0% – 100%)

    Verdict: So which one is better?

    Both have almost the same battery and power capacities but Anker 535 has more ports, a higher charge cycle value, lesser recharge times, and a longer warranty. The differentiating factor here is the battery life cycle. Jackery’s 500 cycle (approx) comes nowhere near the 3000 cycles of Anker.

    Mid range (priced around 1200) – Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro Vs. Anker 757 PowerHouse

    Jackery Explorer 1000 is the older one. But the 1000 Pro is the newer, upgraded version. I would pick the newer model.

    If you’re looking for something with more juice, then you might want to consider the mid-range category. In this class, we compare the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro with the Anker 757 PowerHouse.

    The Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro is an improved version of the Jackery Explorer 1000, with a better display, more charge cycles, and quick charging.

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    What’s in the box?

    Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro:

    • One Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro unit
    • One car charge cable
    • One AC power cable
    • One DC7909 to DC8020 connector
    • Quick start guide

    Anker 757 Powerhouse:

    • One Anker 757 unit
    • One AC power cable
    • One solar power cable
    • One car charging cable
    • A welcome guide

    First impressions

    Just like in the previous categories, we felt that the Anker was better-looking overall. With an eye-catching, ultramodern look, it definitely looks like it means business. The Jackery, on the other hand, looks a little boxier and bulkier.

    But just like in the previous classes, we were more eager to find out what was under the hood. So without further ado, let’s get to it.

    Portability

    The Anker 757 weighs about 43.9 pounds, while the Jackery 1000 Pro comes in at about 25.4 pounds. Though both are still quite portable, the Jackery is definitely more so.

    Battery capacity and power

    When it comes to battery capacity, the Anker, with a capacity of 1229Wh compared to the 1002Wh that the Jackery offers, is definitely the clear winner here.

    Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro Anker 757 PowerHouse
    Battery Capacity 1002Wh 1229Wh
    Battery Power 1000W 1500W
    Surge Power 2000W 2400W

    Recharge times

    The Anker also comes out on top when it comes to recharging times when using the AC adapter. Keep in mind, however, that the Anker is capped at a 300W solar input compared to the 800W solar input offered by Jackery. As such, the Jackery will charge a tad faster if you’re using solar power.

    Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro Anker 757 PowerHouse
    AC Adapter Input 1.8 hrs (0% – 100%) 1 hr (0% – 80%), 1.5 hrs (0% – 100%)
    Solar Recharge 4 x 200W Solar Saga – 1.8 hrs (0% – 100%) / 2 x 80W SolarSaga Panel – 9 hrs (0% – 100%) Approx 3.6 Hrs to 80% (300W input)

    Verdict: So which one is better?

    If portability is a thing and you are on a tight budget, then the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro is a good pick. But if you’re looking for more battery juice, faster recharge times, and more lifecycles then the 757 powerhouse is a better option. 757 is a couple of hundred bucks more than Explorer 1000 Pro.

    Top of the Line – Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro vs. Anker 767 PowerHouse

    If you want a battery generator for power tools, emergency home backup and remote workshops, this section is for you.

    Anker 767 is not available in the market yet but it is expected to come out in the next few weeks. I am adding a quick, first-look comparison chart for these two and will add more data once it is out.

    What’s in the box?

    Jackery Explorer 2000 pro:

    • One Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro
    • One Car Charge Cable
    • One AC Charge Cable
    • One DC7909 to DC8020 Adapter
    • A User Manual

    Anker 767 Powerhouse:

    The 7 Best Solar Generators of 2023

    Whether camping or dealing with a power outage, these solar generators help keep you powered.

    Jack Byram is a freelance writer focussed on all things self improvement. He has interviewed countless professionals for his articles, including everything from interior decorators to chiropractors. Jack has written for The Strategist, Today.com and The Spruce.

    Emily Estep is a plant biologist and journalist who has worked for a variety of online news and media outlets, writing about and editing topics that range from film and beauty to science and the automobile industry. Her plant biology degree has a FOCUS on sustainable agriculture, and she’s an expert on growing your own food, environmental sciences, and all topics relating to houseplants.

    In This Article

    Though there is plenty to enjoy about summer, it also brings with it heat waves and storms that can knock out power. Thankfully, solar generators offer a way to help keep your electronics powered without the fuel smell that comes attached to a gas-powered generator.

    Solar generators are generators that can be charged either using connected solar panels or, oftentimes, by plugging them into a power source. According to Gary McCoy, store manager of Lowe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, “Solar generators operate without requiring fuel, providing free energy. These generators also operate quietly, with zero emissions and are better for the environment.”

    McCoy also tells us that solar generators are generally much lighter than traditional generators, making them easier to transport. This helps to make them a great option for people who need energy sources when camping or for their RVs.

    We spoke with McCoy to help guide us in picking the best solar generators. In addition to understanding the basic benefits of solar generators, we also inquired into details like their value, who they are right for, and how long they last. Other details worth considering include portability, solar charge time, and wattage when trying to find the best solar generator for your needs.

    Best Overall

    Geneverse HomePower Two Pro

    The quality of materials, ease of recharge, and solid five-year warranty help to solidify Geneverse’s HomePower Two Pro as our pick for the overall best solar generator. The Pro series uses lithium iron phosphate (LFP) batteries, which provide added benefits when compared to more affordable lithium-ion batteries.

    With LFP batteries, you can expect charging that is twice as fast, and a lifespan that is six times longer when compared with other, cheaper lithium ion options. It also ensures a battery that is equipped to handle more dramatic temperature changes.

    This generator features additional watt-hour capacity that ensures it can power most home appliances and devices. When operating at full capacity, it’s able to hold a charge for up to a year, and it can be charged by solar power in just three to four hours. If you decide to use an AC wall outlet, it can be charged in one to two hours.

    This generator also features a built-in LED light and a user-friendly display that enables it to be set up within 30 seconds. For added convenience, there is an accompanying app that allows users to control it remotely.

    Do note with this option that it weighs 61 pounds, and it features no wheels or any other helpful transportational features should you want to relocate it.

    Price at time of publish: 2,299

    Wattage: 2,200-4,400 watts | Solar Charge Time: Three to four hours | Dimensions: 11.02 x 14.11 x 17.83 inches | Weight: 61.3 pounds | Life Span: 10 years

    Best Budget

    Bluetti Portable Power Station

    Bluetti Portable Power Station’s small but mighty profile and reasonable price tag combine to make it our pick for the best solar generator for people on a budget. Because it weighs 21 pounds and has an ergonomic handle, it’s easy to transport or move this device.

    In terms of power, this generator uses a LFP battery that makes it last for approximately 2,500 life cycles. It features a maximum input of 200 watts, and solar panels can charge the machine within three to four hours.

    However, it takes three to four hours to charge by AC wall unit, which is longer than other generators on our list. In a pinch, it can also be charged by a 12-volt car port, although it will take substantially longer at seven to eight hours.

    Other features that elevate this option include a 15-watt wireless charging pad on the top for charging cell phones as well as four AC outlets, two PD ports, two USB-A ports, two DC outputs, and one car port.

    This option is not bluetooth compatible, so it cannot be controlled remotely and it also has a two-year warranty, which is shorter than other options on our list.

    Price at time of publish: 599

    Wattage: 800 | Solar Charge Time: Three to four | Dimensions: 12.6 x 8.5 x 8.7 inches | Weight 21.4 pounds | Life Span: 2,500 life cycles

    Best Splurge

    EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station

    While pricier than other options on our list, EcoFlow’s Delta Pro Portable Power Station has plenty of features that make it our pick for the best solar generator for people who are able to spend some extra money. With a 3,600-watt AC output, it provides more power than many other options on the market, and it can also be paired with another for 7,200 watts total.

    It’s able to power most home appliances, including high-wattage products like dryers and heaters. Additionally, it uses an LFP battery that can last 6,500 cycles, which is more than double the life of more affordable options.

    With five total AC output outlets, two USB-A ports, two USB-C output ports, and two DC5521 output ports, this station has you covered. Using the 240-volt outlets, it can be charged in just under two hours.

    This option also doesn’t skimp on convenience—two back wheels and a luggage style handle help to make it a breeze to move wherever you need it. However, charging it using solar power takes longer than other options on our list, with charge times between three and a half to seven hours for a full charge.

    Price at time of publish: 3,699

    Wattage: 3,600 | Solar Charge Time: Three and a half to seven hours | Dimensions: 11.2 x 16.4 x 25 inches | Weight 99 pounds | Life Span: 6,500 cycles

    Best Portable

    Anker 555 Portable Power Station

    Anker’s 555 Portable Power Station includes a handful of features that makes it the best solar generator for people on the go. For starters, it has a 200-watt solar input, and it’s able to solar charge in just five and a half hours. It can also be fully charged by a USB-C port in just four hours.

    This option features one car outlet, three USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and 6 AC outlets. At just under 30 pounds, it is light enough to be lifted with ease in and out of a car and it comes with a built-in handle that makes it even easier to bring around with you. We also appreciate that it features an LED light to help illuminate the space surrounding you should you bring it on a camping trip.

    While this generator features LFP batteries, it does have a shorter life than other options available, lasting only 3,000 charge cycles. However, other competitors of the same size only last approximately 500 cycles. On the plus side, it features a five-year warranty to help keep you feeling protected.

    Price at time of publish: 900

    Wattage: 1,000 | Solar Charge Time: 5.5 hours | Dimensions: 7.4 x 11.61 x 13.78 inches | Weight: 29.8 pounds | Life Span: 3,000 cycles

    Best for Camping

    Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station

    • A smaller profile and collapsible handle makes this option a great choice to take with you on the go.

    Weighing in at under 13 pounds and with a collapsible handle, Goal Zero’s Yeti 500X Portable Power Station is our go-to pick for the best solar generator for anyone going camping. While more compact in nature, it still packs a punch with AC, 12V, and 60-watt USB-C ports that enables it to charge all of your devices. Additionally, an anodized aluminum enclosure helps to keep everything safe.

    Like other options on the list, this generator can be run either by using solar panels, a wall outlet, or a car’s 12V outlet. A car charger will take it about four and a half hours to fully charge, while a 60-watt wall charger will take up to 10 hours.

    It also comes with an Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) charge controller, which is a converter that is able to pinpoint when your system is getting the most efficiency, based on factors like Cloud cover and time of day. This helps ensure the most productive and effective solar charge possible. It can power everything from a smartphone to a portable fridge for upwards of 20 hours.

    This option will only last about 500 cycles before dropping to 80% of its capacity. However, since it is intended to be brought out for camping and will be used less frequently, that can offset the shorter lifespan.

    Price at time of publish: 550

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    Wattage: 505 | Solar Charge Time: Six to 12 hours | Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.25 x 5.8 inches | Weight 12.9 pounds | Life Span: 500 cycles

    Best for RVs

    Anker PowerHouse 767 Power Station and 760 Expansion Battery Bundle

    If you have recently bought or renovated an RV and are looking for the best solar-powered generator, this is the pick for you. The Anker’s PowerHouse 767 Power Station and 760 Expansion Battery Bundle is a great way to optimize your recreational vehicle. It can put out 2,400-watts and in addition to the four AC ports, it also has three USB-C charging ports, two USB-A ports, and two car outlets.

    When used in an RV, this device can keep a mini fridge running for up to 60 hours, a portable freezer running for 60 hours, and a hair dryer for two hours. It comes with a solar charging cable, an AC charging cable, and a battery-to-host cable.

    While pricier than other options, this choice does feature an LFP battery, and it has a Smart temperature control system that monitors the temperature 100 times per second. These features, in addition to impact-resistant structural design, help create a product that is intended to last over a decade. It also comes with a five-year full-device warranty to keep you protected.

    Though it comes with two batteries, they can’t be charged at the same time. This mild inconvenience does result in a bit of a lengthier charge time.

    Price at time of publish: 2,999

    Wattage: 2,400 | Solar Charge Time: Not listed | Dimensions: 17.44 x 10.6 x 9.4 inches | Weight 45.6 pounds | Life Span: 10 years

    Best Large

    Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro

    • Even with its 3,000-watt output, this option can charge in under two and a half hours by wall outlet.

    With a 3,024-watt-hour capacity and a 3,000-watt output, Jackery’s Solar Generator 3000 Pro offers a substantial amount of energy compared to smaller models. It is also one of the faster charging choices on our list, with just under a two and a half hour charge time for wall outlets. It has up to 25% conversion efficiency with solar panels, meaning that it can be charged in just three to four hours using the sun.

    Other features that make this option stand out include the Smart app compatibility that allows you to monitor details such as battery level, estimated running time, and input and output wattages.

    As for transportability, it has an aluminum alloy pull rod and double wheels to make pulling it easier. We also appreciate that it comes with a five-year warranty and is also highly durable, with an ability to withstand temperatures of.4°F.

    While it does have a handle and wheels to make it easier to transport with you, this choice weighs over 60 pounds, making it more difficult to lift when you are moving it.

    Price at time of publish: 2,799

    Wattage: 3,000 | Solar Charge Time: Three to four hours | Dimensions: 14.7 x 14.1 x 18.6 inches | Weight: 63.93 pounds | Life Span: 2,000 cycles

    The Bottom Line

    For a solar generator that has a long lifetime, a quick charging battery, and a high wattage, the Geneverse HomePower Two Pro is our pick for the best solar generator. If you’re in the market for something that is more cost effective, the best solar generator for you may be the Bluetti Portable Power Station, which is lightweight and charges quickly.

    What to Know About Solar Generators Before Shopping

    Wattage

    Determining which wattage is correct for you will play a huge part in deciding on the best solar generator for your needs. Generally speaking, if you are only looking to power something like a fridge or to charge a phone, you can get away with a generator that has close to 500 watts, like the Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station.

    Conversely, for people who are looking for something more robust to take on larger jobs, such as powering an entire house, you will need something far more substantial. “House powering generators must have a minimum output of 2,000 kilowatts with a battery of at least 2,000 watt-hour,” McCoy says. “The amount of energy output needed will vary based on house size.”

    Using these guidelines, we recommend the EF EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station for powering a house.

    Solar Charge Time

    If you intend to use solar panels to charge your generator, then you will want to be mindful of the time that it takes the panels to fully charge it. “Solar generators can take anywhere from 1.5 to 48 hours to fully charge depending on solar battery size, portable power station and energy source,” McCoy says.

    On the lower end of our list, some generators like the Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro can solar charge fully in as quickly as three to four hours. Some generators will take somewhere between six and 12 hours to charge, like the Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station. Considering your needs and how frequently you intend to use your generator will help guide you in deciding whether a shorter charging time is imperative, or if you can handle a longer one.

    Weight

    Determining where you intend to use and keep your solar generator will help you figure out what is the best weight for you. The products on our list range in weight from 12 pounds, like the Goal Zero Yeti 500X Portable Power Station, to as high as 100 pounds, like the EF EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station.

    If you are looking for a portable generator, then you will want to look into a lighter one. Even with features like wheels, you will still be required to lift your generator in and out of a car, so a more cumbersome one can be tedious to move. However, if you intend to keep it in one place in your home, a heavier one can be a good option as they are durable and powerful.

    Life Span

    Depending on the one that you purchase, solar generators should be able to last you a minimum of two to three years. If you are looking for something that will stay around the longest, our choice for the best solar generator for you is the EF EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station, which has a life cycle of 6,500 charges.

    If you are someone who intends or needs to use it with a lot of regularity, seeking out something with a longer life cycle will be important. “You should regularly maintain and test your generator for readiness,” McCoy says. “Most manufacturers suggest running the generator once a month to keep it functioning properly.”

    Your Questions, Answered

    Can a solar generator power a whole house?

    According to McCoy, solar generators have the potential to power an entire house, but not all generators can do it. He tells us that a minimum output of 2,000 kilowatts as well as a battery of at least 2,000 watt-hour will be required to accomplish this goal.

    Of course, he adds, this is subject to variance by the size of the home. With these guidelines in mind, we recommend something like the Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro if you are looking to power your house.

    How much does a solar generator cost?

    McCoy says you can find solar generators that are as low in price as 300 and others that can cost as much as 5,000. Generally speaking, though, they will cost more than 1,000. McCoy notes that the vast differences in price are the result of a handful of factors, including the brand as well as the energy capabilities of the generator.

    expensive ones like the EF EcoFlow Delta Pro Portable Power Station can sometimes also include added ports and features, like app compatibility.

    Are solar generators worth the money?

    McCoy tells us that while solar generators are not completely necessary, they are absolutely worth the money. He tells us that people who live in areas that are prone to power outages will benefit from them as a means to still maintain power in the case of power failure.

    In addition to people who face inclement weather, McCoy recommends solar generators for people that are in places where traditional power is scarce, such as campsites.

    Who We Are

    This article was written by Jack Byram, a freelance writer who covers all things home related. For this article, he spoke with Gary McCoy, the store manager at Lowe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, to glean expert insight into solar generators and what to expect with one. From there he researched numerous solar generators to be able to recommend a wide range of products accounting for details like solar charge time, price, and wattage.

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