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Bluetti AC200P review | 2000W portable power station, 2000Wh LiFePO4 battery…

Bluetti AC200P review | 2000W portable power station, 2000Wh LiFePO4 battery…

    Bluetti AC200P review | 2000W portable power station, 2000Wh LiFePO4 battery | 700W solar charging

    The AC200P comes in a huge box weighing 37kg. A lot of care has been taken with the packaging with a strong outer box with reinforced edges. I found it easiest to open both the outer and inner box and lift the power station out of the inner box.

    As well as the power station, there’s one one of the largest AC adapters I’ve come across and an assortment of charging cables including an XT90 to aviation plug, a car charging cable again with an XT90 connector on one end and an MC4 to XT90 solar charging cable. I’ll discuss all these accessories shortly. These cables can be stored in the supplied drawstring bag. It does the job but I would have expected something a little more premium for the price of this power station. There’s also a user manual and warranty card.

    The power station is well built, made from a mixture of polycarbonate and flame retardant ABS. It feels tough but there’s no rubber bumper like on the smaller AC50S I reviewed a while back and it’ll be easy to scuff the shiny lighter grey trim. And like every power station I’ve reviewed so far there’s no weatherproof rating. But all the ports do have rubber flaps that will at least offer some protection.

    The power station is portable but only just, weighing in at 26.9kg and the AC charger is an additional 1.4kg with its mains lead. You can see the dimensions of the power station and charger on screen. This is not something you’ll be wanting to move around too often. You can just about lift it with one hand, but generally it needs two hands.

    This is the first power station I’ve tested which uses a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) battery. These batteries do weigh more than the usual Lithium Ion batteries I’m used to, but they offer several advantages that more than make up for the extra weight. Most importantly they last longer. Bluetti claims the unit will maintain 80% capacity after 3500 charge / discharge cycles. That’s around 5 times more than the typical 500 cycles of standard Lithium Ion batteries. They also use a more stable and therefore safer chemistry and they’re more environmentally friendly too since they don’t use Cobalt or Nickel.

    The AC200P has a capacity of 2000Wh and has an impressive 2000W AC inverter which can surge to 4800W. Unfortunately the battery is not replaceable. On their website Bluetti provide some examples of what you could run off this power station and how long for but I’ll cover some real life examples shortly when I discuss its performance.

    The left side of the power station has the two charging inputs – the left input with the aviation port is for charging from your car’s 12V output or solar panels. The right port has a 7.9mm DC jack for use with the included mains charger. Above the ports is a fan that sucks in cool air. This cool air passes over the batteries and electronics and there’s an exhaust fan on the right side of the unit to expel this warmed up air.

    From the top left on the front of the unit there’s the aluminium power button – a short press turns the unit on and a long press turns it off. Then there’s a 12V 10A car cigarette outlet, the 10.8cm touch screen display, and two 230V 2000W pure-sine wave AC outlets. The US version has 6 110V AC outlets. Even with our oversized UK plugs it would have been nice to have had at least one or two extra outlets. And the rubber flaps can interfere with some larger plugs. This UK version is branded PowerOak for some reason – in the US it’s branded Bluetti.

    Underneath the power button is a 12V 25A DC output which isn’t something I’ve seen before. But you need the optional aviation to XT60 cable to use it which I did purchase. Then there are two 12V 3A DC 5525 outputs, a 60W USB type-C power delivery output and 4 x 5V 3A USB ports. It’s disappointing not to see 100W power delivery output here for more power hungry devices and it also would have been nice if you could charge via this port too like you can with the Allpowers 500W unit I reviewed recently. The USB-A outputs are a little basic too – they don’t support any of the newer fast charging standards, only Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 at 5V.

    Unlike nearly every power station I’ve reviewed, there’s no torch on this unit. I would have liked a floodlight like on the smaller AC50S and looking around the power station there appears to be plenty of space to include one. But there are 2 useful 15W Qi wireless charging pads on top of the unit.

    The LCD touch screen can show a wealth of information. The home screen shows remaining battery charge in the middle graphically and as a percentage. The top row shows the date and time and below that the left field labelled PV for Photovoltaic / Car displays the input from solar panels or your car’s DC output. And the right field shows input from the mains charger.

    The next row shows current DC and AC usage in Watts and the DC and AC icons at the bottom have to be tapped to turn on and off DC and AC outputs respectively. Most of the units I’ve tested recently show you how long you have left – either to charge the unit or discharge the unit based on the current input or output wattage. Unfortunately you don’t get that with the AC200P so you’ll have to do the maths yourself.

    But if you tap on any of the input or output icons you do get detailed information, which is particularly useful when charging with solar panels which I’ll come back to.

    Under Settings you can switch between 50Hz and 60Hz, change the DC input mode from solar to car, toggle Eco mode and change the display language. With Eco mode on the unit will shut off the AC power after 4 hours if the output is less than 50W. I’d recommend turning this off if you want to run anything low powered that you want to stay on, like a phone charger or a low powered fridge.

    If you tap on next, you can switch the beeping off and configure the date and time. It’s useful to have this set correctly for the fault logging.

    Under Data you can see the system temperature at the top. Product Info shows the system information and Inverter and Charger Info shows the same information you get tapping the respective icons on the home screen.

    Then there’s information on the Battery Management System under BMS Maintenance and a fault log under Fault History.

    Finally there’s the Faults tab which highlights orange if any faults have been triggered. This defines the 55 different fault codes – and will show any currently recorded faults with an orange check.

    Unfortunately there’s no app to monitor or control the unit which would be particularly useful outdoors where the display is very hard to see – especially in bright sunlight. The small font used on the home screen doesn’t help matters

    Charging

    There are three main ways to charge the AC200P: using the supplied mains charger, using the supplied car charging cable off your car’s 12V cigarette lighter output or using solar panels which you’ll have to purchase separately.

    If you have mains handy, the simplest and most likely quickest way to charge the AC200P is with the AC adapter. This adapter can charge the unit at up to 470W or 58.8V at 8A, so a full charge will take around 4-5 hours. The adapter uses a standard kettle lead and there’s a fan to keep it cool that runs continuously, even after the power station reaches full charge – and it’s quite noisy. The display did show just under 470W and if you tap on the Adapter icon you can see the operating voltage and current too.

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    The adapter uses the same 7909 7.9mm plug that Jackery uses but after checking with my bench power supply you need at least 55V output so I can’t use the Jackery 1000’s 180W 24V charger unfortunately.

    The charging speed is decent but I would have preferred direct mains charging like you get on the EcoFlow River Max I reviewed recently which does away with the need for the AC adapter.

    To charge using your car’s 12V outlet you need to change the DC input from PV for solar to Car under Settings. Under this input you can charge at up to 8.2A in the range 11.5V to 14.4V and 23V to 28.8V. You need to use the supplied aviation plug to XT90 adapter and then plug the car charging lead into this. I’ve not seen this aviation plug before and it is a secure and robust connection. But personally I’d have preferred a standard XT90 input built into the unit, which I’ve always found plenty secure enough and is far more common.

    I got the full 8.2A off the car outlet on the EcoFlow River Max – which at 13.5V equates to around 110W. This would charge the unit from flat in around 14-18 hours.

    I also tested this input with the bench power supply. With a 24V supply you can get just under 200W on this port again at 8.2A.

    Switching back to PV mode I tested charging via solar. You must remember to switch back to this mode otherwise you’ll get an over voltage fault.

    Using the AC200P as a solar generator is one its greatest strengths. It can support an input voltage from 35V all the way up to 150V with a maximum current of 12A and there’s a built-in MPPT controller for more efficient solar charging.

    With enough solar panels and good enough conditions you can charge the unit at a maximum of 700W which is very impressive. That could make it possible to charge the unit off solar alone in 3-4 hours. Unfortunately the minimum input voltage of 35V means that in most cases you’ll need at least two solar panels connected in series, which increases the voltage whilst the current remains constant.

    If your solar panels have MC4 connectors it’s easy connecting them in series. You plug the XT90 to MC4 cable into the aviation to XT90 adapter. Then for two panels you connect one solar panel’s red cable to this cable’s red cable and the other panel’s black cable to this cable’s black cable. Then the two loose red and black connectors to each other to complete the circuit. It’s hard to go wrong since the MC4 male and female connectors can only pair with each other. You can add further solar panels in exactly the same way, starting off with the two panels at the end of the array and then matching male and female connectors for the other panels.

    Bluetti recommends a minimum of 3 of their 120W SP120 or 2 of their 200W SP200 solar panels but you can use whatever you have from any manufacturer. I’ve not tried them but this pair of panels on Amazon should work and are pretty cheap if you don’t need a portable solution. And they’re more weather proof than most portable panels.

    Initially I connected together a Bluetti SP120 120W panel, an Allpowers AP-SP-027 100W panel and EcoFlow’s 160W panel.

    On a day with sunny spells in April in the UK I got a maximum of just under 280W off this setup. If you tap on the PV icon you can see the voltage was around 60V and I was getting around 4.5 to 5A.

    So if the conditions stayed the same that configuration would take around 8 hours to fully charge the power station from flat.

    The Bluetti SP120 panel actually failed during this test – a crack suddenly appeared on one of the cells. I contacted their support who offered a replacement without any quibble, but couldn’t offer any explanation of what might have happened.

    When this replacement arrived I used it together with 2 more SP120’s to see how three of these panels compared to my original setup. I got around 250W although with better conditions and more room to arrange the panels I’m sure I could get this higher. When the sun went behind the clouds this dropped to around 170W.

    I briefly reviewed the SP120 panels in my video on the AC50S so please take a look at that if you want more information. I also plan to do a round up of all the solar panels I’ve accumulated – the AC200P will be useful to compare them. So look out for that video hopefully coming soon. I’ll add a link on screen and down below if it’s already out.

    I did try just one panel and although you can see its voltage on the power station, you won’t get anything from it. Two panels provided around 40V and was enough to charge the unit.

    I did try switching again to Car as the input source and connecting one panel via this input since its range appears to cover the output of one solar panel. But although it recognised its input with the voltage displayed, the power stations still didn’t charge. I tried this with the Bluetti SP120 and the Allpowers and Ecoflow panels. Again looking into this with my bench power supply it looks like this input needs 8A of current to charge the unit – so in bright enough conditions with the right single panel you might get this to work.

    You can use both the Car/PV input and the mains input at the same time so with enough solar panels and using mains you could charge the AC200P from completely flat in under two hours at just under 1200W. You could also purchase a second mains adapter and a DC7909 to XT90 cable to use both inputs simultaneously off mains. Even using the 24V car charging input at 200W I was able to speed up charging considerably.

    And although I don’t have a second mains charger, I did use my bench power supply to charge it together with the mains charger at just under 1000W.

    Performance

    I tested the 12V DC outputs with an electronic load tester from Kunkin – the KP184. I’ll have a link down below if you want to test your power station. All these ports are regulated so their output won’t decrease as the battery level depletes.

    You need to turn on the DC subsystem by tapping on the DC icon on the home screen. Starting with the 12V 10A car standard car outlet I wound up the current to the full 10A without any issues – the output on the LCD was around 135W. As I went over 10A the voltage dropped and then the DC output shut off with a DC Output Short Circuit fault not the Over Current fault I would have expected.

    As a more practical example I charged the EcoFlow River Max off this car outlet with just under 110W displayed.

    Moving on to the 2 12V 3A DC5525 ports I was able to increase the current to its 3A limit – around 40W on the display. But anything over did result in an Over Current fault and the DC shut off. When the DC or AC shuts off you need to turn the unit off and on again with the power switch before it lets you turn on DC or AC.

    I also tried plugging in a 12V LED light strip and a Smart battery charger which both worked fine.

    The last 12V output is not something I’ve seen before. It can deliver up to 25A or around 300W but it has an aviation plug socket so you need a special cable to connect anything and this isn’t included. I didn’t find the cable easy to get hold of either and it took a while to arrive.

    It has a female receptacle unlike the male receptacle on the charging port so you can’t just use that cable unfortunately. The cable I ordered has an XT60 connector on the other end and the first thing I tried was using it as a DC power supply for my Hota D6 RC car LiPo charger. This charger is able to draw up to 650W off DC and I could easily max out the 25A port charging two 4S LiPo batteries. It should be more efficient running DC devices directly off DC rather than converting to AC and then back again.

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    With the load tester it ran happily at the full 25A drawing over 320W according to the LCD display, although I did find the cable started to get a little warm.

    I did keep increasing the current all the way to just over 28A when the unit shut off with an Over Current fault. But after around 26A the voltage started to drop anyway.

    Moving on to the USB ports which are also operated under the DC subsystem, the USB-C 60W port supports USB Power Delivery at up to 20V and 3A and will power even decent sized laptops and lots of other tech. As I mentioned earlier I would have expected 100W like on the EcoFlow for more power hungry devices like the latest MacBook Pros, and I’d have preferred an extra USB-C port even if it sacrificed a couple of the standard USB ports.

    But it’s still plenty for many devices like this Chromebook and I was able to draw the full 60W charging the Allpowers 500W power station.

    The 4 USB-A ports are still useful and testing them with a load tester I was able to get over the spec’d 3A before the voltage started to drop.

    The AC outlets are really what you purchase a unit like this for and with its built in 2000W inverter which will support a brief surge of 4800W, this is the most powerful unit I’ve tested to date.

    I confirmed their pure sine wave output, which is important for sensitive electronics, with a graphical multimeter.

    I needed to find some fairly hefty equipment to really put this inverter to the test. I started off mowing the lawn with this 1500W Flymo lawnmower which worked fine.

    My Bosch 1800W sliding mitre saw cutting thick oak didn’t overload the power station either, despite peaking at just under 3000W.

    I could also run a 1.1KW portable compressor but my larger workshop compressor was too much and triggered the Inverter Overload fault – which isn’t surprising since it trips its 13A fuse in cold weather. I had the same issue with other stationary woodworking machines in my workshop. My table saw, planer thicknesser and bandsaw all tripped the AC200P.

    Even though they’re all 2KW or less they have induction motors which can draw over 5 times that when they start up which is more than the 4800W surge the AC200P is capable of. But it handled almost every handheld machine I tried including a powerful 2000W router.

    In the house could run both a Nespresso coffee machine and frother simultaneously and I could run a 2KW heater.

    I also tried running a 4 slot toaster which was at the limit of the power station drawing just over 2000W. The AC200P can deliver over 2000W and under 2500W for up to two minutes but will beep continuously to warn you and then does shut off when two minutes is up.

    A kettle was a little too much for it, running at just over 2500W before overloading the power station, but a 1550W hairdryer ran fine and I couldn’t find many more household items that would overload the unit so it could prove very useful in a power cut.

    Unlike the EcoFlow this AC200P doesn’t have a UPS function where it can run off mains directly and then switch to battery in the event of a power outage. But it does support pass-through charging so you could use it in a similar fashion to power essential items whilst plugged into the mains and then the fully charged battery would power these items if the power goes out. This wouldn’t be ideal longer term for battery health but I used it like this to plug in all my broadband and Wi-Fi equipment when we were having regular power cuts recently.

    This may well depend on ambient temperatures but the unit is almost silent up to around 1000W when the fan kicks in. Measuring with a decibel meter 1 metre away I measured around 36dB background noise which jumped to around 42dB when the fans first turned on. When you get over around 1400W the fans increased in volume to a much more noticeable 52dB. You can hear how noisy the fans are in the accompanying video. But it’s good to know you could have it running lower powered devices overnight camping or in a campervan without hearing the power station. Although I couldn’t see any way of turning off the display or the green LED circling the power button when the unit is on, which could be distracting if you’re sleeping nearby. And with no accompanying app this is not a feature that can be simply added as a firmware update.

    Finally I measured the capacity of the unit both using DC and AC. The claimed capacity is 2000Wh but the manual does state that the Depth Of Discharge is 10% – so the unit will power off with 10% of battery remaining to protect the battery. Also taking into account the efficiency of the unit which the manual specifies as 88% we should be able to get at least 2000 x 0.9 x 0.88 = 1584Wh of usable capacity.

    First I ran the test off DC with the load tester set at 15A connected to the 12V 25A port. The capacity of the battery is displayed on the Kunkin load tester in Wh but the display resets back to zero at 1000Wh so you can see the final measured capacity is 1544Wh which is very close to the value we estimated.

    I also measured the capacity with an AC load running a 2KW heater at half power at around 970W. I used an energy monitoring plug and measured 1904Wh. We should get less capacity under AC due to inverter losses so I imagine the monitoring plug is over estimating usage. I did try with another energy monitoring plug and this time got 1808W but this still seems high. These measurements are useful to compare to other portable power stations I’ve tested, but the electronic load tester provides the most accurate measurement so I’d consider 1544Wh the true capacity of the unit.

    During both these tests I ran both the DC 25A and 2000W AC outlets at full power for 20 minutes to check if the power station was capable of running at its full rated DC and AC output continuously, which it was. I also checked the temperature of the unit under this heavy load with a Flir thermal imaging camera and the power station remained remarkably cool.

    Conclusions

    The AC200P is the most powerful power station I’ve tested so far. It will power most household items quite happily and it even ran some pretty heavy machinery in my workshop. It’s worth remembering though that at its maximum 2000W output the sizable 2000Wh battery will still only last just under an hour.

    I’m pleased to finally test a power station with a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) battery which should last a lot longer than your standard Lithium Ion battery. I can’t confirm the battery’s longevity but in my capacity tests it fared well – at least in line with Bluetti’s claims. Although the battery isn’t replaceable and it does contribute to the weight of this power station. It is very heavy which is a real consideration if you need to move this around a lot.

    The touch screen shows a wealth of technical information but it’s not particularly user friendly and there’s some basic information missing like an estimate of remaining usage time based on current output. There’s also no accompanying app which would have been particularly useful considering how difficult it is to read the screen outdoors.

    The most impressive feature of the AC200P is its charging capabilities, particularly off solar. I didn’t have enough solar panels or sun to realise its 700W maximum input off solar, but being able to mix and match whatever solar panels you have makes it very flexible. You could start with 2 or 3 panels and add more panels over time. It’s just a shame that you’ll typically need at least 2 panels to satisfy the power station’s minimum voltage requirements.

    Mains charging is reasonably quick, but it’d be faster and more convenient if you could charge directly off mains without an adapter like you can with EcoFlo’s range. And the included mains adapter is very large and noisy.

    Overall I’d have no trouble recommending the AC200P. The only power station that I have that comes close in spec to the AC200P is the Jackery Explorer 1000. This has around half the output and capacity and has more modest features, but is far more portable at almost a third of the weight of the Bluetti. It really depends on what you need to run, what features you need and how much you can spend although none of these power stations are cheap.

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    Clear vs Blue Solar Pool Covers: What’s the Difference?

    The debate between clear vs blue solar pool covers is a hot topic. They’re both eco-friendly and affordable options for pool owners to help generate heat and retain heat, but the big questions remain. “What’s the difference?” and “Which one is better?”

    Here we’ll compare the two in-depth, and help you find out.

    Clear Solar Pool Covers

    Clear solar pool covers are colorless, so they do not absorb light. Without absorbing sunlight, the transparent covers do not build up any heat. Any heat that they do collect is passed directly to the water under the blanket.

    Despite the clear cover remaining cool, the water heats up because of the light passing heat through to the water. The difference between regular clear covers and solar covers is that a clear solar cover can help hold heat in, even when the sun goes down.

    Blue Solar Pool Covers

    Blue solar pool covers collect heat into the tiny bubbles, then send it into the water. They hold UV rays more effectively then clear covers because the blue color absorbs more light than the colorless covers (1).

    Blue solar pool covers absorb light and heat and help insulate your pool.

    Both types of solar pool covers can help trap heat, but it’s clear that blue ones are more efficient at both conveying the heat to the water and blocking heat from escaping.

    Comparing the Details: Clear vs Blue Solar Covers

    When you are heating tens of thousands of gallons of water, knowing the differences between clear vs blue solar pool covers can save money and keep your pool at a comfortable temperature.

    Heat Generation

    Both pool covers generate heat, but they do it differently. The clear covers stay cool themselves but pass more heat to the water. For a great visual of this process, check out these savvy homeowners raising the temperature of their small pool to 80 °F using a clear cover:

    On the other hand, blue covers will heat up while also transferring heat into the water. This causes blue pool covers to generate more heat themselves, but also, allows less heat to be transferred straight down to the water. The good news is that covering your pool means reduced pool heating costs (1).

    Covering a pool when it is not in use is the single most effective means of reducing pool heating costs. Savings of 50%–70% are possible.

    Winner: Looking at heat generation, clear pool covers perform better. They absorb less heat themselves than blue covers and trap it to help keep your water warmer.

    Heat Retention

    Both clear and blue solar covers help pools retain heat. However, clear covers release more heat because they do not absorb any heat themselves. Blue covers absorb some UV rays themselves, so they retain heat while transferring less of it into the water than clear covers (2).

    Dark colors absorb a lot more heat than lighter ones because they absorb more light energy.

    Winner: Clear covers retain more heat because they hold less heat themselves. You may also find that your pool’s chemicals remain better balanced because less evaporation occurs.

    Price

    The size and shape of a solar pool cover determine the price. Irregularly shaped solar covers cost more than basic rectangles. Consider the pool water condensation and the cost of chemicals. If clear covers have less condensation, chemicals last longer in the water.

    Winner: Both types of solar covers have similar prices, but clear covers release fewer chemicals. Therefore, clear covers save money on other pool-related expenses.

    Availability

    You can purchase clear and blue solar covers through online retailers, big-box stores, and your local pool supply store. If you have a standard-shaped pool, you should be able to find a blue cover in stock. When you have a customized shape, you will need to order your pool cover to fit, regardless of the color.

    Finding a clear pool cover is more difficult. Pool supply stores usually stock standard shapes and sizes, but you won’t find them at big-box stores. You can order clear covers online.

    Winner: Blue solar covers are readily available at most stores and in standard shapes and dimensions for above- and in-ground pools.

    Lifespan

    If you take care of your solar pool cover, they can last for many years. The two most destructive forces for these solar covers are UV rays and pool chemicals. One drawback of blue covers is that they can absorb UV rays and release more chemicals, which leads to them wearing out sooner.

    Any pool cover can sustain damage from the sun, but the type you choose can dictate its longevity.

    Clear covers do not absorb heat, and they help pools retain water and chemicals.

    Winner: Clear covers have a longer lifespan because they do not absorb UV rays as quickly as blue covers.

    Final Verdict

    The best choice in the debate between clear vs blue solar covers is clear – literally and figuratively. The clear solar pool covers last longer, cost less, and retains more heat than blue covers.

    FAQs

    Do I Need a Heater if I Have a Blue Solar Pool Cover?

    If you have a blue solar cover, you may not need a heater, but it all depends on your personal temperature preference for your pool. Having both can help to keep your pool warm when the temperatures drop in the evening, and in regions with colder climates.

    Do I Need to Put the Solar Pool Cover on Every Night?

    You do not need to put the solar pool cover on every night if the temperature stays warm. However, warm water evaporates faster, as does water in dry conditions, so you may not need to top off the pool if you use your cover regularly (3).

    Can I Repair the Solar Pool Cover If It Tears?

    In some cases, yes, you can repair a pool cover if it tears. This is usually done best with waterproof tape or plumbers tape that you can find at any department store or via ordering online. Simply patch the hole or tear, then make sure your cover isn’t sinking. If your cover is beyond repair, check out our Buyers’ Guide Here with the year’s top models for a quality replacement.

    • Energy Savers: Swimming Pool Covers. Retrieved from: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/swimming-pool-covers
    • What Colors Absorb Heat? Retrieved from: https://sciencing.com/colors-absorb-heat-8456008.html
    • Evaporation and Climate. Retrieved from: https://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/teaching_materials/food_supply/student_materials/905

    Lion Cub GO

    The Cub GO™ is the smallest portable solar power generator to have an AC outlet and up to 150W of output. Plug in anything from laptops and lamps to cameras and small blenders. Keep projects going with all the power you need. The Cub GO has the most portable lithium power you can take with you on a plane.

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    You’re on the go, living life. You need grab-n-go power that can keep up. The Lion Cub GO is portable AC power bank you can take anywhere that has AC, USB and 12V output for devices like your phone or tablet and for your laptop or gaming device. The Cub GO is there for you.

    Portable Power

    With up to 120Wh and 150W output, this is the strongest battery allowed on airplanes.

    Safety

    Made from safe Lithium-ion. You can use it indoors or outdoors. It produces no emissions.

    Extended Use

    Long lasting life cycles at 1,000, which means you can use it over and over again. It can hold a charge for months.

    Multiple Outlets

    It has a regular AC, USB-A, USB-C, and 12V outlets. That means you can power a variety of devices.

    Built Tough For Grab And Go

    Small enough to fit into your travel bag, purse or briefcase, yet durable and powerful enough to charge multiple devices all at the same time.

    Built-in AC plug

    With a built-in 150W inverter, you can plug in many of your house hold items, TV’s, laptops, radios, drones, and more.

    Built-in Flashlight

    Built-in flashlight powerful enough to you can see in the darkness and signal for help.

    Multiple Charge Options

    Charge by either AC or an optional solar panel. This makes it so it’s eco friendly and has no carbon footprint during use.

    Silent

    Silence is golden and so is the Cub GO.

    LION CUB GO OUTPUTS

    Multiple outputs allow you to charge so many different devices.

    LION CUB GO SOLO KIT

    (Optional) What to recharge it off grid?

    The Lion Cub GO Solo Kit pairs the Cub GO with a 20 watt solar panel, so you can recharge the Cub GO anywhere you have sunlight. Perfect for charging at the beach, in the mountains, or wherever the sun shines.

    Includes: 1X Lion Cub GO 1X Cub GO 20 watt Solar Panel

    Endless Versatility in Endless Locations

    Whether you’re doing extreme sports or just strolling through the park, the Lion Cub GO provides you portable power. Need power for your USB devices like your phone or tablet or AC power for things like your laptop? We’ve got you covered.

    Cub GO is the smallest portable power generator to have a not only USB and 12V but AC output too! Plug in anything from laptops and lamps to cameras and blenders, up to 150W.

    Through Sand, Salt And Sea

    The Cub GO is no cute USB power bank. It stomps through the Sahara and the frozen tundra of Iceland and pushes the boundary of what a compact power bank is. Paired with the Cub GO 20 solar panel, this power house duo is up for most anything you can throw at them.

    Keep your projects going longer with all the power you need whenever you need it. The Cub GO is there to power engineering teams and survey crews, kids on road trips, and through the toughest of situations.

    HOW THE LION CUB GO STACKS UP TO OTHERS

    • Compared to the other similar power banks, the Cub GO is really in a class by itself with an AC output and USB and 12V outputs.
    • The Cub GO give you more outputs so you have more choices on powering your devices.
    • When comparing power capacity on a price per unit, our Cub GO gives you the most bang for your buck.

    Weight (pounds)

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    Lion Cub GO Intro

    Safe, Silent, Renewable

    Portable Power Supply

    The Lion Cub GO is made from Lithium NMC and is safe and meets all the TSA guidelines so you can take it with you on airplanes. Because it does not emit any toxic fumes, you can carry and use it with you wherever you go – in your. purse, backpack, briefcase, indoors or outside. The Lion Cub GO goes through extensive testing from initial design through production and before it ever leaves Lion Energy. It’s part of our Pride of Products.

    If you want to know more about how safe Lithium is, click below.

    FREQUENTLYASKED QUESTIONS

    What is the Cub GO?

    A lightweight and rugged AC power bank with multiple ports to power a wide variety of devices. It also has USB and 12V outputs and can be carried on an airplane.

    What does the Cub GO power?

    You can charge your DSLR Camera 9 hours, iPhone 18 hours, Laptop 1.3 hours, LED TV 1 hour, Lamp 20 hours, Drone 2 hours or any other USB device such as gaming units, tablets, wireless speakers, USB power projectors, etc. Charge times may vary.

    How can you figure out how long the Cub GO will power a specific device?

    The Cub GO has 120Wh of power output. To calculate how long the Cub GO can power a device, use this formula: Wh / W = Estimated Run Time.

    For example, if your device draws 25 watts then the Cub GO would power it for just over 4 hours (120 / 25 = 4.8).

    How long can the Cub GO hold a charge?

    It will maintain its charge for 3. 6 months without having to charge it. This is known as shelf life or storage life. However, we recommend using it more frequently – on the go, at home or play, or anywhere you need power.

    What is AC plug?

    AC stands for Alternate Current and is sometimes referred to as a power supply. An AC outlet is often a standard electrical outlet found in homes and is 15A. AC electric outlet converts the AC electrical current from the wall outlet to power what gets plugged into it.

    What is in the box?

    The Lion Cub GO, User Manual, USB charging cable (2 pcs), Wall charger adapter (5V @ 3.4A).

    What does the LED Indicator Display mean?

    This is a indicator of how full the Cub GO is.

    1st blinking blue light. ~10% 1 light on, 2nd blinking. 10%-20%2 lights on, 3rd blinking. 20%-30%3 lights on, 4th blinking. 30%-40%4 lights on, 5th blinking. 40%-50%5 lights on, 6th blinking. 50%-60%6 lights on, 7th blinking. 60%-70%7 lights on, 8th blinking. 70%-80%8 lights on, 9th blinking. 80%-90%9 lights on 10th blinking. 90%-100%10 lights. 100%

    How do I get the AC output on the Cub GO to turn on?

    The AC power on the Cub GO is not automatically turned on when you plug something into it. It needs to be turned on by pressing and holding the AC power button on top of the GO for 2. 3 seconds. When it is on, the blue indicator light on the AC button will be illuminated.

    How do I charge my USB devices?

    The USB output is turned on by pressing the Power Indicator button on top of the Cub GO, just above the USB output. Some devices have super low charging watts through the AC port. The Cub GO may turn itself off if less than 5W are required by the device for charging.

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    How do I use the flashlight?

    Press the power on indicator button for 2 seconds to turn on/off the LED flashlight. There are 3 modes of the LED light – Normal light, Strobe light, and SOS, which can be toggled from one to another by pressing the button.

    How big is the Cub GO?

    It weighs in at only 3 pounds and is 12.6 W X 6.3 H X 3.5 L it can fit in most purses, glove compartments, drawers, and many other small spaces. It’s easy to put in your large s. backpacks, and computer bags.

    Can I take it on a airplane?

    Yes. The Lion Cub GO is the largest power Band or solar generator that is allowed on passenger aircraft.

    How do I recharge the Cub GO?

    The Lion Cub GO unit is part of Lion Energy’s pride of products that creates clean, limitless, renewable energy sources to power your life. It’s designed for recharge through traditional AC power or renewable sources. the sun.

    Is the Cub GO loud?

    Unlike other power units, the Lion Cub GO has silent power enabling you to sleep through the night at camp or allowing for an undisturbed work environment. The GO uses a lithium battery and powerful inverter.

    How powerful is the Cub GO?

    It has a 150 watt inverter, meaning it outputs 150 watts of power at a time. This will run many devices including ham radios, flashlight, drones, walkie talkies, cameras, laptops, etc. You can run new T.V’s for long enough to watch an entire movie.

    Can I charge multiple devices at once?

    You can use all the outputs at the same time. So, two devices charging off the USB Ports, another device charging off the 12V cigarette lighter socket, another device running off the 110V plug (this could be a T.V.) and another device charging on the USB C.

    Can I charge it with a regular phone charger?

    The Lion Cub GO was designed to work with any micro USB cell phone charger. This is what most phones use today.

    What is a USB-C?

    This is the charging port that all the new phones are using. All Android phones will be switching to this type of plug. It is able to handle more power. Lion Energy added this port so that the Cub GO will be on the leading edge of technology for years to come.

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    The amount of time using this to power lights surprised me- 2 hrs on fluorescent bulbs sane for LEd Lights- 1500 lumens. Gives two charges on a 18 volt Milwaukee Bsttery

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    Great portable power source

    Just bought this at Costco and I am very pleased. It is a very good size for my needs (basic power for music when boating or camping) and it came with a large solar panel. I tested all the outputs and they all work as expected with one exception: when I plug in my MacBook Pro USB C cord it does not charge the Mac, but if I use a USB C to USB A adapter on that port it does. Odd. Everything else charges just fine: iPhone 12, AirPod Pros, Ouring fitness ring, 12V iPhone charger, and the MacBook Pro AC adapter plugged into the AC output. I have not tested the charging longevity yet, but that’s not a huge issue since I can keep the CUB GO charged up with the solar panel while I charge my devices. Again, don’t expect to run fans and fridges with this thing. It’s perfect for normal USB and small AC devices. Highly recommend.

    Safe. Silent. Renewable. Power.© 2023 Lion Energy

    Solar Panel for Shed? How To Power Tools, AC, Outlets, (Full Guide)

    Using a solar panel for shed electricity or for powering equipment is a great way to reduce your energy grid dependence and lower your household carbon emissions.

    By installing solar panels on outbuildings, you have a great way to take advantage of solar panel tax credits and also reduce your utility bills at the same time.

    Panels can be installed that provide on-demand electricity when combined with battery storage options, and depending on the size of your outbuilding or shed, you can generate solar power that is designed to supplement or even replace your grid power.

    This complete guide explains how to install a solar panel for shed electricity, as well as how to make sure the power is converted so that it can be used by alternating current (AC) appliances, power tools and more.

    Do You Need Solar Panel for Shed? Advantages and Disadvantages

    Many people ask themselves if integrating a solar panel for shed electricity is really worth it.

    Well, all this depends on what you want.

    (Image: Photo by Emily Boren 16 )

    Solar panel systems can deliver electricity that can be stored and used throughout your property, not just in the shed.

    But, whether you have a rooftop solar system or not, with solar panels on an outbuilding you can get energy for a fraction of the cost of installing solar panels on the roof of your house. 11,13

    However, there are some drawbacks to this type of energy. In general, solar panels are considered eco-friendly and a ‘clean energy’ due to the fact that there are no emissions associated with them during electricity generation.

    Unfortunately, that is not the case when mining and collecting the materials to make them, as well as the production and disposal emissions that can pile up.

    When considering any alternative energy source, it’s equally important to consider the carbon footprint solar panels produce, from how the minerals required for solar panel manufacturers are mined, the process of solar panels manufacture, and the predetermined lifespan of the solar panel. 12,10

    Advantages of Solar Shed

    • Low maintenance cost.
    • It is environmentally friendly.
    • Reduces reliance on the power grid.
    • You could make cash by selling your extra energy.
    • You will have free electricity.

    Disadvantages of Solar Shed

    • You can lose out if you spend little; therefore it involves big initial investments.
    • A large roof is required for solar panels.
    • Solar sheds moderate power output.
    • You may need to get permission to install the solar system.
    • Panels require frequent cleaning

    Complete Solar Lighting for Sheds Kits: Solar Power Kit for Shed

    Buying a solar panel kit is highly recommended for consumers who aren’t sure if the sunlight hours they’ll receive will be enough to meet their needs with solar energy, because it helps you eliminate guesswork.

    Knowing how to match charge the controller, the correct collectors, and the required solar power kit for shed with battery can be of advantage to you. 7

    You may want an AC (alternate current) power; therefore you will need an inverter that translates DC (direct current) voltage to AC for outdoor solar channels. 1

    All of the above components must be able to work together flawlessly, so it’s recommended that a professional electrician or solar technician perform the hook up.

    Solar kits can be found in local or online companies by just searching ‘solar kits’.

    They will help you to determine the cost of your solar system, offer information on how many solar panels to power a house, how much power does a solar panel produce, and also guide you on how to install the solar panel when you are ready.

    Try to find online reviews from long-term owners, and before you purchase the solar panel, read the manufacturer’s warranty and replacement terms.

    Solar Panel Kits: Solar Cabin Kits

    Solar panel kits contain all the major components needed to install a complete solar power system. 5 The components include Cables, battery banks, solar panels, mounting hardware, and a charge controller or power inverter.

    Solar panel kit can be broken down into two primary uses namely off-grid solar kits and grid-tied solar kits. 6

    There is uninterrupted electric power provided in off-grid power kits including batteries, which are able to store electrical power therefore, providing backup power during outages and after sunset. In contrast, grid-tied solar kits have fewer components, and for that reason, it is easy to install and they usually do not have a backup.

    Shed Solar Panel Installation

    As long as you follow the instructions carefully and have the right tools, installation of solar panels is very easy and straightforward.

    Below is a step-by-step guide on how you can install a solar panel shed yourself.

    Installing the Mount

    Installing the mount is the first thing that should be done when in the process of installing a solar panel shed. This foundation always gives support and stability.

    The aim in which the PV panels (polycrystalline or monocrystalline) are mounted should always be considered. 2

    The solar panels should neither face east nor west. Solar panels in the northern hemisphere should always face south because this is the optimum direction where the most sun is received, and countries from the southern hemisphere should face their solar panels south.

    The mounting framework should be slightly adjusted from 18 to 36 degrees.

    Establish the Solar Panels

    Use bolts and nuts to fix the solar panel to the mounted structure. The entire creation is tightened to ensure it is long-lasting and durable.

    Site the Electrical Wiring

    Electrical wiring is the next thing to do. Universal connectors are mostly used during cabling because they can be used with any type of solar panel.

    Parallel connection: The voltage always remains the same in parallel connections. All you need to do is to connect the positive terminals with the positive terminals.

    Then, the negative terminals with the negative terminals.

    Series connection: Unlike in parallel connection, the voltage in series increases. In this connection, you connect the negative wire of one PV module to another positive module.

    Join the Solar Inverter to the System

    This is a must thing to do. Connect the positive terminal from the solar system to the positive terminal of the inverter, while the negative terminal is connected to the inverter’s negative terminal. Link the grid input and the solar battery to generate power.

    Connect the Solar Inverter to the Battery

    Link the positive terminal of your solar inverter to the positive terminal of your battery, then the negative terminal is connected to the negative terminal of your inverter. The battery is required for backup if you would like to store an off-grid solar system.

    Attach the Solar Inverter to the Power Grid

    To connect the main power switchboard, you need to use a standard plug. 15 Then link an output wire to the electric board.

    Switch on the Solar Inverter

    After you are done with the connections and cabling, switch on the inverter on the main home’s switch and enjoy your free renewable green solar energy.

    How To Connect Solar Panel to Battery

    The easiest way how to connect solar panel to battery is by connecting the positive terminal of a battery to the positive terminal of a solar panel.

    Then the negative solar panel wire to the negative terminal of the battery.

    This should be easy for you if you understand batteries in parallel and series, and how to wire solar panels.

    Shed Installation: Installing Solar Panel Shed Roof

    Solar panels cannot just be installed on any roof type. This is why the type of your roof is commonly being asked when you have decided to go solar.

    So, let us dive into the most suitable roofs for installing solar panel for shed. 4

    Tile Roofs

    These kinds of roofs are found in many parts of the world. When you have this kind of roof or you are planning to have one, then working with a professional when installing your solar panel will be very essential as this kind of roof is very fragile.

    The distance that the panels will be raised is highly dependent on the materials that a particular tile has. For example, in this scenario, the tile roofs have materials like metal, slate, concrete, clay, ceramic, and synthetic cedar.

    Tile roofs can be a suitable choice for their energy efficiency, and their long-lasting effect; however, they are more expensive than other roofing materials.

    Wood

    The wood roof can be completely flat or can include shingles at an angle. Though wood can be an option for many owners, you have to consider the fact that wood can be damaged by weather, pests, or even fire.

    Therefore wood is not the best option when installing solar panels.

    Metal Standing Seam

    Easy installation comes with a cheaper cost, metal roofs with standing seam attachments of these kinds of roofs make the panel array very straightforward and easy to maintain. For improved energy efficiency, metal roofs help to reflect sunlight onto solar panels.

    Composite Shingles

    Composite shingles are the most common and perhaps the most suitable roof for installing solar panel shed. They are the most affordable, and durable and also come in different colors for example mission brown, hunter green, and Atlantic blue.

    Most composite shingles come with a 30-year warranty, but if yours is older than 15 years then it is recommended to go purchase another one before installing solar panels.

    Tar and Gravel

    Tar and gravel roofs are made of roofing felt, hot tar, and laminated layers of asphalt-based sheets. These roofs are very heavy therefore; additional support is required when installing solar panel in your home or in a commercial building.

    This type of roof is a popular choice because it is economical, durable, and long-term.

    How To Insulate Air-Conditioned Sheds

    The majority of sheds are far away from the house, and it may take a lot of labor and cost to extend the connections from the main house to the shed. There are various ways you can insulate a solar-powered air conditioner for shed.

    For example, if you have a window, you can use it for AC, portable AC, or even mini solar panel kits as long as you make yourself a little heaven in a shed.

    If you opt for a window AC. Then you need to seal the gaps from your window and insulate exterior and interior walls using fiberglass foam.

    Insulate the door to avoid the escape of cool air, and finally use loose fill to cover the ceiling and rigid foam insulation to cover the floor.

    Solar Greenhouse

    In the world of today, the energy that is received from the sun can be saved and put into various meaningful things. Farmers of today have decided to go solar by fusing farming with solar power using solar greenhouse.

    (Image: USDA Photo by Preston Keres 19 )

    Solar greenhouse is simply an enclosure where vegetables, fruits, and flowers are kept and are provided with adverse climatic conditions for their production and growth.

    Advantages of Solar Greenhouse

    • Curbs toxic greenhouse emissions therefore good for the environment
    • It is less expensive to maintain

    Disadvantages of Solar Greenhouse

    Solar Panel for Shed: How Much Solar Do I Need?

    The amount of solar you need is highly dependent on what you are using it for. For example, you will use 240 watts for four ceiling lights, 10 watts for a tablet or a smartphone, and 600 watts to use a computer.

    Add your shed necessity and then calculate the necessary wattage from there. 9

    Small sheds require less power than large sheds. You can calculate the number of solar that your shed needs after you have decided what you are going to do with the shed, and whether all the power is going to come from the solar panels, or you have other sources of light and power.

    (Image: Photo by Mike Brummer 20 )

    For example, you would want your solar panel to do the following: 3

    • Lamp: 60 watts
    • Printer: 400 watts
    • Tablet or smartphone: 10 watts
    • Internet router: 10 watts
    • Coffee maker: 60 watts
    • Computer: 600 watts
    • Four overhead lights: 2200 watts

    All of the above will need about 3880 watts of power. You may find a single solar panel or sets of solar panels may not be enough to meet your energy requirements.

    In this case, you will have to find different sizes of solar panel kits, and if you cannot find any kit then you are free to purchase a standing solar panel and wire it up to the same network that is powering your shed.

    How To Test a Solar Panel for Shed

    On how to test a solar panel for shed output, you can use a multimeter. A multimeter is an electronic device that is used to measure the current, voltage, and resistance of an electrical circuit.

    Simply connect the multimeter to the solar panel output, and test the current and voltage of your solar panel. 8

    Can a Solar Generator Power a Shed?

    Solar generator is an eco-friendly and economical choice to solar power your shed. It is small, compact, and easy to use.

    Solar generator generates electricity from sunlight and not only can it power your shed but also it can power your house.

    How To Run Electricity to a Shed: Solar Powered Electrical Outlet for Shed

    Having electricity in your shed is a must especially if you spend a lot of time working there. You will need a switch box, liquid tight conduit, electrical wire, switches, light fixtures, and electrical outlets.

    Now that you have all the required tools, let us go for a step-by-step guide on how to run electricity to a shed.

    Use the Right Conduit

    The right and approved conduit to use is a liquid-tight conduit. Always find out if there is a code concerning buried electrical lines.

    Do not be concerned about frost lines because you are not dealing with pipes carrying water but electricity.

    Make sure to have more conduit than required, because it is going to be connected to a switch box. Electrician’s fish tape is used to draw the wire inside the conduit, and if you find it difficult to pull the wire then there is a lubricant that is used to make your work easy.

    But you should always make sure that the lubricant is dry before you connect the wire to the main box.

    Wire

    You cannot use sheathed cable inside a conduit. Use fish tape to pull the three unsheathed wires into a conduit, that is, white wire for the neutral, black for the hot or live wire, and finally green one for the ground.

    Switch Box

    For safety reasons, the switch should be positioned inside the house. You may want to turn off the electricity when you are going on vacation. The switch box is connected to your conduit.

    Connect the switch to your home electrical panel after you have safely installed all the wiring.

    Digging the Trench

    You can rent a trench digger to dig your trench or you can just take your time to dig yourself. If you have decided to dig yourself and you end up finding a large rock and you do not have dynamite to blast it off, simply dig around it.

    And then bury the conduit.

    Wiring the Shed

    Determine the best location for the junction box. Keep the electrical outlets, junction boxes, and light switches together.

    Connecting the Loop to the Switch and the Main Box

    Select one window and drill a hole enough to fit a liquid-tight conduit. Finally, connect the conduit to the switch box and you will have light in your shed.

    Some people may see that solar sheds are a more expensive form of electricity compared to their relatively meager output. It might be less expensive if electricity is brought from the main house to the shed if the shed is closer to the house.

    But if the shed is far from the house, you should consider installing a solar panel for shed.

    How Long Do Solar Panels Last?

    With regular maintenance and cleaning, a high quality solar panel can last up to 20 to 25 years. You may need to eventually replace them when their plastic jackets become hard or their exterior wires corrode.

    What Does Solar Panel Do?

    To those wondering, “What does solar panel do?” Solar panels simply convert sunlight to electricity.

    Is Solar Power for Small Barn Possible?

    Yes, it can. The monthly requirement for solar power for a small barn ranges from about 45 Kwh, and one to three solar panels with a rating of 300 watts are required.

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    Portable solar generators are a quiet, green solution to powering up during electrical outages or off-grid excursions. The best generators vary in size, power, and battery storage capacity.

    By Donna Smith | Updated Mar 2, 2023 5:36 PM

    We may earn revenue from the products available on this page and participate in affiliate programs.

    Harnessing the sun to create backup power is an alternative to fuel-guzzling gas generators or dual fuel generators. The best solar-powered generators are easy to transport, safe to use indoors and outdoors, and nearly silent when in operation.

    Though gas generators have more power, the cost of fuel is expensive and not always accessible. Instead of using gas, diesel, or propane, a solar generator gathers energy from the sun and stores it in a high-capacity battery. Read on to learn about some of the best solar generators on the market for a comfortable night at home or your next travel adventure.

    • BEST OVERALL:Jackery 1002Wh Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station
    • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Aimtom 155Wh PowerPal X Power Station
    • BEST HIGH-CAPACITY:Maxoak Bluetti 1500Wh EB150 Portable Power Station
    • BEST FOR SMALL HOMES:Rainier 155Wh R150i Portable Power Station
    • BEST FOR LARGE HOMES:Ecoflow 1260Wh Delta Portable Power Station
    • BEST FOR CABINS OUTDOORS:Maxoak Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator With Panels

    Before You Buy a Solar Generator

    The portability of the best solar-powered generators makes them ideal for traveling, camping, and outdoor events because they are easy to pack, store, and move. The units are also a solid backup source for when emergencies occur at home due to severe weather or blackouts.

    While solar generators are a clean energy source, they do have limitations because of a low-wattage capacity and slow recharging. The solar backup generator power they produce can keep the lights on and run portable televisions and electronic devices like smartphones and laptops for hours. However, they don’t harness enough power to run all of the large appliances in a residence at one time or for an extended period.

    How We Tested the Best Solar Generators

    We researched the most sought-after solar generators in their respective categories and discovered that the best models are determined by their type, power output, weight, ports, and other special features included by select brands.

    While searching for the best solar generators available, the portable options proved the most popular among users for their ample power output and versatility. While not as popular, the backup generators available provide enough power for large appliances and are handy in a power outage. No matter the type, the above generators range from 115 watt-hours (Wh) to 2000Wh of power based on power needs.

    Select models are lightweight enough to take on camping trips while others may be too heavy to transport, but all of the generators come with ample outlets including USB, alternating-current (AC), direct-current (DC), car, and wall ports. Plus, these solar-powered generators can be charged quickly via wall outlet, car charging cord, or via solar power. While the majority of these options do not include solar panels, many have LCD or touch screens, carrying handles, sine wave inverters, or maximum power point tracker (MPPT) technology.

    Our Top Picks

    Around the world, the demand for solar energy continues to grow. Now is the time to think about taking steps to secure access to a renewable energy source for recreation and emergency preparedness. The following products represent some of the best solar generators manufactured by reputable brands in terms of size, power, battery capacity, and special features.

    Jackery 1002Wh Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station

    The Jackery portable solar generator provides a green power solution for outdoor activities and emergency preparedness. The battery delivers a higher wattage of 1,000 watts (W), with a peak of 2,000W. It features a lithium battery capacity of 1,002Wh in addition to three standard pure sine wave AC outlets for extra capacity to power multiple AC appliances at the same time.

    The Jackery solar generator also includes MPPT technology for faster solar recharging rates. Users can recharge the generator with solar panels, a wall or car outlet, or another generator. Recharging time is about 17 hours with a single solar panel and 8 hours with two solar panels but varies depending on location, temperature, and weather.

    This solar-power generator provides enough power supply for appliances, medical devices, computers, security systems, and lights. Recreation vehicle (RV) travelers can expect no extra setup to power mini-fridges, portable coffee makers, pellet smokers, and more. Including the handle, the generator measures 13.1 inches long by 9.2 inches wide by 11.1 inches deep and weighs 22.04 pounds. It is fully equipped with an AC adapter, car charger cable, SolarSaga parallel adapter cable, and a user guide. Solar panels are sold separately.

    Product Specs

    • Type: Portable
    • Wattage: 1,002Wh; 1,000W (up to 2,000W surge power)
    • Ports included: 3 AC ports, car-charger port, SolarSaga parallel adapter port
    • Has multiple output ports, including 2 USB-C, 2 USB, and 1 DC car port
    • Can be charged through solar power, wall or car outlets, or a generator
    • Takes 8 to 17 hours to charge fully, depending on number of panels connected
    • Safe to use with appliances, medical devices, computers, security systems, and lights
    • Some users report difficulty charging some electronic devices using this product
    • Pricey; solar panels not included and must be purchased separately

    Get the Jackery solar generator at Amazon, Lowe’s, or Jackery.

    Aimtom 155Wh PowerPal X Power Station

    Its attached ergonomic handle and lightweight nature support the portability of this solar generator by Aimtom. However, at just 3.48 pounds and measuring 7.67 inches long by 6.73 inches wide by 3.54 inches deep, this small solar generator doesn’t sacrifice power, given the generator’s 155Wh lithium-ion battery storage capacity that provides 100W with a maximum of 180W.

    A built-in Battery Management System keeps electronics safe from damage while charging the generator and also allows users to charge or power multiple small electrical items at the same time. This portable solar generator can power items like lights, laptops, cell phones, tablets, drones, coolers, fans, and CPAP machines.

    Recharge the generator via a wall outlet, car port, or a solar panel (not included), noting that the recharging time depends on location, time, and weather. It also comes equipped with a 12V DC cigarette lighter adapter, car charging adapter, user manual, and a wall outlet charging power adapter.

    Product Specs

    • Type: Portable
    • Wattage: 155Wh
    • Ports included: 110V AC outlet, 3 USB ports, and 3 12V DC outputs
    • Ergonomic handle and nature support, with built-in Battery Management System
    • Can be charged with solar power, a wall outlet, or a car port
    • Cigarette lighter, wall, and car-charging adapter are all included

    Get the Aimtom solar generator at Amazon or Aimtom.

    Maxoak Bluetti 1500Wh EB150 Portable Power Station

    Weighing 37.9 pounds, the Maxoak Bluetti EB150 portable solar generator has a lithium-ion battery capacity of 1,500Wh with a 1,000W maximum. The massive power output of this generator makes it an indispensable green and clean energy source for home use, camping, boating, and off-grid traveling. Users can rely on it to charge higher power devices like microwaves, hair dryers, and blenders.

    Recharge this portable solar generator in around 8 hours with a wall outlet and around 5 to 10 hours with a solar panel (sold separately). It measures approximately 14.6 inches long by 6.5 inches wide by 14.4 inches deep and provides four USB outputs, two AC outlets, a car port, and carrying handle. It also includes an AC wall charger, PV solar charging cable, and user manual.

    Product Specs

    • Type: Portable
    • Wattage: 1,500Wh; 1,000W
    • Ports included: USB port, 2 AC output ports, and 12V car port
    • Green energy source that’s great for those who want an eco-friendly option
    • Suitable for use with large appliances, including those for the kitchen, and other household electronics
    • Has a built-in carrying handle; is suitable for outdoor use
    • Some users say the unit abruptly stops registering wattage usage
    • Intended for light use; unit may stop working if overused

    Get the Maxoak Bluetti EB150 solar generator at Amazon or Maxoak.

    Rainier 155Wh R150i Portable Power Station

    Rainier’s R150i is a great solar generator for household use, able to power small appliances, laptops, power tools, tablets and smartphones, drones, cameras, lights, speakers, and headlamps. Measuring approximately 10 inches long by 6 inches wide by 4 inches deep and weighing 3.75 pounds, it’s lightweight and portable, with a built-in carrying handle and flashlight.

    Since this battery generator for home use is a clean energy source, buyers won’t need to fill it with gas, propane, or diesel. This means they can expect no noise or fumes in smaller residences. It is powered by a lithium-ion battery and has a 155Wh capacity.

    The control panel for the generator contains a traditional household outlet and three USB ports, combined with three 5.5 millimeter 12V outputs. The solar generator includes both a wall outlet and car charger and provides solar-panel capability, though compatible panels are sold separately. Recharging time varies depending on location, temperature, and weather.

    Product Specs

    • Type: Portable
    • Wattage: 155Wh
    • Ports included: 3 DC ports, 1 wall port, and 3 USB ports
    • Suitable for small appliances and electronic devices, including smartphones, drones, GoPros, cameras, and speakers
    • Lightweight and compact; portability makes it a great choice for outdoor use
    • Affordable price point compared to other similar portable power stations
    • Solar panels not included and must be purchased separately; not suitable for large appliances Charging time varies depending on environmental conditions and device type

    Get the Rainier solar generator at Amazon.

    Ecoflow 1260Wh Delta Portable Power Station

    The Delta solar portable generator from Ecoflow features a 1,260Wh lithium-battery capacity and 1,800W pure sine wave AC power (with a surge to 3,300W), which uses six AC outlets to power up to 13 devices simultaneously. It creates enough energy to keep lights, televisions, freezers, toasters, coffee makers, hair dryers, electric frying pans, laptops, and medical machines running for hours. If users live in a large home and the electricity goes out, their appliances and devices should remain functional.

    The generator uses X-Stream Fast Charge technology to offer an accelerated recharge rate. Recharge to 80 percent power in just 1 hour and a full charge in around 90 minutes by plugging it into a wall outlet or another generator. Additional recharge times are 4 to 8 hours via a solar panel or 13.5 hours via a 12/24-volt car port. While the solar panels aren’t included, the generator is compatible with most solar panels on the market.

    Three types of charging cables (AC plug, car charging cable, and solar panel cable), a bag, and a user guide are part of this solar generator package. The generator measures about 15.7 inches long by 8.3 inches wide by 10.6 inches deep and weighs 30.9 pounds. A handle helps with transporting.

    Product Specs

    • Type: Backup generator
    • Wattage: 1,260Wh; 1,800W (up to 3,300W surge power)
    • Ports included: 6 AC ports, 4 USB ports, 2 USB-C ports, and a car port
    • Extremely versatile product; can power up to 13 devices simultaneously
    • X-Stream Fast Charge technology ensures accelerated device power-up
    • Carrying bag and handle included; suitable for portability and maneuvering

    Get the Ecoflow solar generator at Amazon, Lowe’s, or Ecoflow.

    Maxoak Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator With Panels

    A long-term trip requires ample power supply, durability, and reliability, which is why the Maxoak Bluetti AC200P solar generator is our top pick for camping and the outdoors. With its lead-acid battery, it offers 2,000W of power with a 4,800W surge and has a 2,000Wh capacity for ample power provided for charging small appliances, phones, and power tools. For ease of use, this model also has a built-in touch screen.

    Included with this generator is a user manual, an AC adapter and six AC ports, an MC4 solar charging cable, car charging cable, an aviation plug, two USB ports, a DC port, and built-in carrying handle. Plus, this option comes with a 1,200W scratch-proof foldable solar panel made of monocrystalline silicon cells, making this option 5 percent more efficient than comparable solar panels. These solar panels are also easy to transport and set up with their 9.8-pound weight and built-in kickstand.

    With the advantage of having the panels included with purchase, this set is ready to use out of the box. Charging times depend upon environmental conditions, and the generator weighs a hefty 60.6 pounds.

    Product Specs

    • Type: Portable
    • Wattage: 2,000Wh; 2,000W (up to 4,800W surge power)
    • Ports included: 6 AC ports, 1 car charging port, 2 USB ports, 1 DC port, and 1 aviation port
    • Scratchproof and lightweight solar panel included along with a built-in kickstand
    • Quick charging times; suitable those those who need to recharge devices while on the go
    • Some users report that the solar panels randomly stop charging the unit
    • Item may fail to recognize its solar panels and not recharge the battery

    Get the Maxoak Bluetti AC200P solar generator at Amazon or Maxoak (without panels).

    What to Consider When Choosing the Best Solar Generator

    While shoppers search for the best solar-powered generators available for home or travel, they will want to consider the intended use. How and where they plan on using a solar generator will determine the size, power, and capacity of the unit they’ll need.

    Purpose and User Activity

    The reasons for purchasing a solar-power generator may be different for everyone, so it’s important for shoppers to zero in on their purpose for purchasing a solar generator and the activities they hope to accomplish with it. Solar generators are useful for anyone who travels and stays in remote places that are off-grid. Conversely, shoppers may simply desire a reliable backup source of energy for their home to prepare for the occurrence of a natural or man-made disaster.

    If the primary purpose is travel, look for solar generators that help make traveling simpler. RV connectivity allows users to power appliances when they’re on the road. Car-charging capabilities make it convenient for travelers to drive and charge their solar generators without having to stop and set up solar panels.

    Size and Solar Input

    Shoppers choosing the appropriate size solar generator for their needs will need to keep in mind battery capacity and power requirements so that they avoid overloading it. Most solar generators can keep portable electronics, smartphones, tablets, power tools, small appliances, and cordless tools powered up for hours. However, buyers may need a separate generator, say, to keep a refrigerator running for an entire day.

    Solar input refers to the solar panels. The solar panels collect and convert sunlight into energy that is stored in the generator’s battery. Ample solar input controls a generator’s operating time and how long it takes to recharge.

    The solar panels used in conjunction with a portable solar generator are mobile and easy to manipulate. Unlike the panels found on residential or commercial properties, they are smaller in size and have a lower wattage capacity, which means less solar input than their larger counterparts.

    Power Requirements

    The output of power from a solar generator should match shoppers’ electrical needs. Battery power is measured in watts, which is the maximum amount of power a generator provides when it’s running. Battery capacity—referred to as watt-hours—is the total amount of stored energy.

    When the generator is in operation, the watts represent the rate of power flowing from its battery to an electrical device, and the watt-hours are the maximum level of energy it can deliver. For example, a solar generator with 500Wh can store a total of 500W when it’s fully charged. Thus, a 500W solar generator is only able to power electrical appliances and devices that don’t exceed 500W to run.

    Battery Storage Capacity

    The battery in a solar generator is where the energy captured from the solar panel is stored for later use. Solar generators usually have lithium-ion or lead-acid batteries. Battery storage allows users to run the generator at night or on days with limited sunlight.

    The capacity of the batteries determines the duration of the generator. The more power an electronic device requires, the faster the battery charge will run out. The length of the battery charge is also based on the number of devices drawing power from the generator at the same time.

    A larger battery capacity is necessary to power electrical appliances that require higher watts. Lower capacity is sufficient for lights, cell phones, and laptops. For instance, a 500W solar generator can power an LED light for 100 hours, while it will only power a mini-fridge for about 10 hours.

    Inverter Rating

    Direct current and alternating current are the two forms of electricity. DC is electricity that flows only in a forward direction. AC is electricity that flows both forward and backward. The energy harnessed by solar panels is DC. A solar generator inverter converts low DC power from the batteries to AC power for usage.

    The inverter rating translates to the maximum watts a solar generator can extract at any time. For example, a 1,500W inverter can draw up to that amount of wattage in AC power. Keep in mind that the inverter size or rating doesn’t always correlate to a solar generator’s overall firepower. Battery storage is also important.

    Expandability of Power

    Eventually, users may want to expand the capability of their solar generator, especially if they find they need more power. However, upgrading a solar generator is not always feasible.

    Expanding power is based on the sustainability of the charge controller, which sends power in one direction from the solar panels to the batteries. As the integral component of the solar generator, the primary job of the charge controller is to protect the durability of the batteries.

    The charge controller can only process the maximum number of watts and voltage that it’s built to manage, so users may not be able to expand beyond its charging ability. If battery capacity doesn’t support additional solar panels, power expandability is unachievable.

    Types of Solar Generators

    For individuals who live in areas with frequent power outages, a generator allows them to have an interim source of electricity. Two types of solar generators are available for at-home use: solar backup generators and portable solar generators. Both generators provide solar power but differ in terms of wattage capacity, energy storage, and cost.

    Solar Backup Generators

    Solar backup generators are designed to power up when the electrical grid fails and are an efficient alternative to installing a complete system. These generators use several batteries to store energy for high-wattage output. They provide sufficient backup power to turn on lights, televisions, computers, and small to midsize appliances.

    Typically, it takes less than 48 hours to charge a solar backup generator to full capacity, but the time can vary depending on the size of the solar panels and the amount of sunlight. Buyers can keep these generators either indoors or outdoors. The disadvantage of solar backup generators is their weight, making them somewhat difficult to move. Additionally, a generator that is large enough to power an entire residence is expensive.

    Portable Solar Generators

    Portable solar generators are lightweight, so users can take them anywhere. They are ideal for homes, cabins, campsites, RVs, cars, and boats. Some generators are equipped with a pull handle or attached handgrip for effortless transporting. Solar panels recharge the battery in a portable solar generator.

    Portable solar generators do have drawbacks. They may either have inadequate wattage capacity to power larger appliances, such as refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, hot water heaters, and sump pumps, or may not be capable of powering multiple devices at the same time.

    If they use low-wattage solar panels, it may take a long time to recharge the generator. On the plus side, portable solar generators don’t emit noise or carbon dioxide, are affordable, and are low maintenance, unlike gas generators.

    Tips for Using a Solar Generator

    With a multitude of solar generators from which to choose, shoppers may find it difficult to decide which one fits their requirements. To begin, they will want to pinpoint how and where they plan to use it.

    Solar generators are available in a variety of sizes with various wattage and storage capacities. They are primarily for powering homes during electrical outages or for outdoor activities like camping, hunting, sailing, fishing, and traveling. Solar generators are also an ideal power source for outdoor events, such as parties, festivals, craft fairs, and farmer’s markets.

    How much shoppers want to spend on a solar generator is another important consideration. As solar generators increase in size and capacity, so does the price. Keep in mind that most solar generators don’t include solar panels, so that extra purchase will add to the expense.

    • The solar generator should match shoppers’ intended purpose.
    • It’s important to select the appropriate size, wattage, and storage capacity for usage.
    • Focus on the features that suit an individual’s plans for the generator, such as the number of plug-in ports, charging speed, portability, carrying handle, flashlight, expandability, and weight.

    The Advantages of Owning a Solar Generator

    Owning a solar generator frees users from dependency on fossil fuels when they want a back-up system for emergencies, traveling, or camping. Plus, solar generators are portable and compact, so they are easy to store and move, unlike huge gas-powered generators.

    Solar generators are also quieter, safer, and require minimal maintenance since they don’t have motors, moving parts, or emit harmful carbon dioxide. This alternative kind of generator is a green solution that collects energy from the sun to store in its battery and then produces power when it’s in operation.

    The charging rate and power capability of a solar generator depend on its size, so shoppers will want to consider carefully where they’ll want to use it and how many electrical devices and appliances they want it to power.

    • No fuel is needed to operate a solar generator.
    • It’s a clean, renewable source of energy.
    • A solar generator is low maintenance.

    FAQs

    It makes sense to own a solar generator so you’re not left without source of power either during an electrical outage at home or simply while enjoying outdoor activities and travel. The portability of solar generators makes them ideal for packing and toting on trips, and they’re especially handy for stowing and using in RVs, cars, boats, and cabins. If you still have some questions about which solar generator power option might be best for your needs, check out some of the most frequently asked questions about solar generators and their corresponding answers.

    Q. How does a solar generator work?

    A solar generator works when a solar panel converts sunlight into DC electricity that passes through the charge controller. The solar energy is stored in the battery, and thus a solar inverter generator turns the electricity into usable AC power.

    Q. Can a solar generator power a house?

    A solar generator most likely won’t power every item in your house at once. Depending on the size of the generator, it can charge and power a variety of large and small appliances, electronic devices, and medical machines.

    Q. How do I choose a solar generator?

    To choose a solar generator, think about your intended use and budget as well as how much battery capacity and wattage you need to power your appliances, electronic devices, and other equipment.

    Q. What size solar generator do I need?

    The size of the solar generator you need depends on the amount of wattage you require to power your devices and the duration time for charging.

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