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    BLUETTI unveils three new products at CES including the world’s first sodium-ion solar generator

    Portable power expert BLUETTI is kicking off 2022 with more energy than ever, unveiling new products at this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Soon, consumers will be able to get deals on some of the best tech yet from BLUETTI, including the long anticipated APEX inverter, a small but mighty EB3A Power Station, and a world’s first in the NA300 sodium-ion solar generator.

    NA300 sodium-ion generator: The next generation of energy storage

    Kicking off another year at CES in Las Vegas, BLUETTI announced the NA300 as not only one of its new products, but a world’s first as a sodium-ion solar generator.

    This first-generation sodium-ion batteries are competitive to the LiFePO4 battery cells currently present in other BLUETTI products in terms of long cycle life apart from lower energy density. However, sodium-ion wins in terms of cost, low-temperature performance, and charging speeds.

    Together with its B480 compatible battery packs, the NA300 features all the same style and settings as its EP500 predecessor, but with an improvement on its 2,400W solar input to 3,000W.

    While its 3,000Wh capacity is less than the 5,100Wh in the EP500, it does support up to two B480 battery modules (4,800Wh each) for a massive 12,600Wh total capacity. This allows the NA300 sustain a constant supply of electricity needs for an entire family for several days allowing for recharging by the solar panels.

    Similar to the EP500, the NA300 comes equipped with four 20A plugs and one 30A L14-30 output powered by its 3,000W pure sine wave inverter. Additionally, the NA300 offers the 240V, 6000W connection via BLUETTI Fusion Box to another NA300, IoT App Remote Control for both iOS and Android.

    BLUETTI is boasting its new NA300 as the fastest charging solar generator out there, as it can recharge from 0% to 80% in just 30 minutes using 6,000W swift AC PV dual charging. (3,000W Max. for both AC and PV).

    The NA300 and B480 sodium-ion batteries are also unique in that they have a capacity retention rate over 85% and a system integration efficiency of over 80% in low-temperature environments as low as.4°F (-20°C). This makes these new BLUETTI products perfect for consumers requiring backup winter power, or those out exploring in low temperature regions.

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    Learn more about the new NA300 on BLUETTI’s website.

    BLUETTI AC500: The APEX has arrived

    After two years of development and much hype from fans of BLUETTI, the AC500 has finally made its debut as a new product at CES. Nicknamed “The APEX” the AC500 represents the pinnacle in power with its 5,000W pure sine wave inverter – the post powerful delivered by BLUETTI to date.

    Similar to its AC300 predecessor, the AC500 is a 100% modular solar battery system, compatible with its own B301 battery modules, which offer 3072Wh per LFP pack. Also like the AC300, the AC500 is backwards compatible with BLUETTI’s B300 battery module.

    This powerful inverter on the AC500 supports major specs on both input and output of the device. For example, while charging AC and PV (solar) simultaneously, the total input can achieve up to 8000W, meaning one single hour of charging can power an air conditioner for 5-8 hours, or a dryer appliance for 1-2 hours.

    5,000 watts come from AC charging, providing steady and reliable backup power to AC500 owners in a multitude of emergencies. The 3,000W of 3000W PV (solar) charging provide a welcomed element of sustainability to the AC500 that is more friendly to the environment. Furthermore, one hour of PV charging can power an electric saw for 2-4 hours or a professional computer for 4-6 hours.

    In addition to the 5,000W power output, two AC500’s can be paired to provide a massive 240V, 10,000W output power system (Split-phase bonding, home circuit integration by BLUETTI Smart Home Panel).

    The BLUETTI AC500 can be found in the CES 2022 section of BLUETTI’s website.

    EB3A Power Station: A small but mighty new BLUETTI product

    The third and final new product announced by BLUETTI is by far the tiniest, but that doesn’t mean it lacks power.

    Previous models of BLUETTI’s compact power station line followed a consistent naming pattern like the previous EB55. The EB3A however, breaks the mold as the “A” in its nomenclature represents its “advanced” technology.

    For example, the EB3A’s 600W pure sine wave inverter and 288Wh of LiFePO4 battery pack provide big power in a small footprint. With the additional ability to support up to 200 watts of solar input, the EB3A will arrive as a sleeper contender to other competitors in the entry-level power station segment.

    Continuing its trend of small and simple design, the new EB3A is the first BLUETTI product in the sub-3,000Wh range that no longer requires the bulky power brick on its cord to recharge. In fact, a single cable can recharge the EB3A at a rate of 600W, replenishing from 0-80% in just 20 minutes.

    If you already have other portable power stations, the EB3A could serve you just as well as lightweight compact power on the go while your other stations recharge at your home base. Check it out for yourself.

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    DELTA Max Solar Generator. 2.016 kWh Lithium Ion Technology

    Take your emergency preparations to the next level with the DELTA Max Solar Generator! Featuring 2016Wh and 2400W Output, this beast of a solar generator weighs under 50 lbs, is highly portable, has 15 total ports, and is expandable! The Delta family of generators is awesome and perfectly suited for emergency storage, and the Delta Max is our favorite! Due to Lithium-ion battery, this item cannot ship to Alaska, Hawaii, or Puerto Rico.

    16Wh Lithium Ion Solar Powered Generator

    Weighing in at 48 lbs and highly portable. the Delta Max Generator is the best option available for powering your devices in almost any situation. With an expandable capacity of over 6kWh, this amazing little device can go anywhere and power just about everything. Whether the power is out and you are trying to keep your refrigerator running or you are looking for power on your next high adventure, the Delta Max is battery generator to have!

    The DELTA Max generator is equipped with 15 outputs, including six(6) 2400W AC outputs, two(2) USB-A outputs, two(2) USB-A Fast Charge outputs, two(2) USB-C outputs, two(2) DC5521 ports, and one(1) Car Power output. With so many options to choose from, you should have an option to charge and power almost any device you can think of during a power outage.

    With multiple charging options, including wall, solar panel, and car charging, your Delta Max Generator will charge up quickly and last for hundreds of discharges without destroying the battery life. Options are available to choose between 1, 2, or 3 solar panels, if you plan on needing portable charging for your outdoor experiences. Each package includes all the necessary cables needed to power your generator!

    DELTA Max Solar Generator Package Options:

    DELTA Max Generator Specs:

    • Battery Capacity 2016-watt hours (2.016kWh Capacity, 340 Ah, 3.7 volts)
    • Weight – 48 lbs
    • Dimensions. 19.6W x 9.5H x 12D
    • Pure Sine Wave Inverter Outputs (watts) – 2400 Watt, 5000 Watt starting surge
    • Battery Life Expectancy. 800 Cycles (80% Capacity) or 10 Years
    • AC Outputs. 6
    • USB Outputs – 6 (2. USB-A, 2. USB-A Fast Charge, 2. USB-C)
    • 12 VDC Outputs – 1
    • ReCharge Time. 0 to 80% in 1 hour
    • 24-Month Warranty Included
    • Testing and Certifications. UL WERCSmart PROP65 CE FCC RoHS PSE

    Battery: Lithium Ion

    The Lithium Ion batteries that power the DELTA Max solar backup generator are cutting edge batteries, same as those used in modern electric cars hybrids. What this means to you:

    • 4 times longer life span than most generators on the market: up to 10 years
    • 75% lighter than most competitors – only 48 lbs
    • 66% smaller than most competitors – can fit on a bookshelf
    • 2400W (5000W Surge), 120 Vac (60Hz)/230Vac(50Hz) Full Sine Wave
    • 3.7V, 320 AH

    How to Charge: Charge the DELTA Max in 3 convenient ways:

    • 160 Watt Folding Solar Panels (included in Kit Package Options) – Supports up to 800 Watts of total input
    • 110 volt standard wall charger
    • 12 volt standard car charger

    Charging Times:

    • One (1) 160 Watt Solar Panel = 14-16 hours
    • Two (2) 160 Watt Solar Panels = 8-10 hours
    • Three (3) 160 Watt Solar Panels = 5-7 hours
    • Car Charger = 21 hours
    • Standard 110 volt outlet = 1.8 hours @1800W (80% charge in 1 hour)

    ( Solar Panel charging times will vary depending on sun conditions, panel angle, etc.)

    Expandable – Connect multiple fully-charged DELTAs in series using the AC charging cable to get continuous power up to 6048Wh.

    • Full Sine Wave, 2400-Watt Continuous, 5,000-Watt Surge
    • 120 VAC, 60 Hz
    • 230 VAC, 50 Hz
    • High Efficiency, Ultra High Frequency Design
    • Super Cooled Chassis
    • Charge Temperature Range. 32 °F to 113°F
    • Discharge Operating Range. (-)4°F to 140°F

    MaxOak Bluetti EB240 2,400wH 4 x 100W 12V Mono Solar Panels | [Solar Panel Add-On Only]

    The Bluetti EB240 QUAD Kit is one of the best selling solar generator kits ever made! With its huge lithium battery ( 2,400 Watt Hours) that can power things like a fridge, CPAP machine, lights, TV, heated blankets, laptops and more for upwards of 24 hours on a single charge.

    The EB240 solar generator also has a 1,000 watt pure sine wave inverter, meaning it is powerful enough to handle lots of different appliances running at the same time, m aking the EB240 the perfect power supply for everything from emergency backup and portable power, to full-time RV or off-grid life.

    The Bluetti EB240 solar generator crushes the competition like the Inergy Kodiak Solar generator (now called the Inergy Apex) and the Goal Zero Yeti Solar Generators. With more battery capacity and just as powerful inverter (output).

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    What’s Included with Your Bluetti EB240 [Quad] Kit Order?

    The Bluetti EB240 QUAD Kit includes your 2400 watt-hour solar generator along with 4 x 100 watt 12-volt monocrystalline solar panels, plus a 30 foot PV solar panel extension cable along with the required branch connectors and AC wall charger needed to charge the generators battery.

    What Can The Bluetti 2400 Solar Generator Power?

    You can actually charge the EB240 at the same time you’re using it which means you can be taking power out of it to run appliances at the same time you’re charging it from the sun. Because of this feature, we actually have customers who use the EB240 as their full-time power source in their vans or off-grid homes.

    Appliance Run Time
    Fridge/Freezer (100 watts) 24 Hours
    50 TV (65 watts) 65 Hours
    LED Lights (6 watts) 400 Hours
    House Fan (50 watts) 48 Hours
    Smartphones (5-7 watts) 400 Hours
    Tablets (25-40 watts) 80 hours
    Laptops (50 watts) 48 Hours
    Electric Blanket (Queen Size, 75 watts) 32 Hours
    CPAP Machine (30 watts) 80 Hours

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    No Gas. Hello Free, Renewable Power.

    With a lithium battery “fuel tank” and a powerful pure-sine wave inverter. This solar generator equips you with safe, clean, portable power for off-grid living, workshops and emergency home backup.

    Power Multiple Devices All at Once.

    A solar generator can handle multiple appliances running all at the same time, just like a gas generator. But instead of being noisy, dirty and a hassle to run, a solar generator can sit inside on the dining room table and provide clean, quiet power for days.

    Versatile Plug Options.

    With multiple AC wall outlet style plugs, USB ports and even a 12V cigarette port for small fridges and other 12V devices, there’s endless options for recharging your devices.

    Unlimited Power. Anywhere. Anytime.

    Charge your solar generator from the sun with compatible solar panels or keep it topped off from any wall outlet in your home when the power is on. The built-in MPPT charge controller ensures the most efficient charging while still protecting the battery.

    A solar generator is a great way to backup the power in your home when the power goes out. Easily back up four essential circuits in your home and scale to meet your needs. Power everything from lights, fridge and TV to medical devices, internet modems and more.

    Take the step towards grid independence while living or traveling off the grid. Simply connect the solar generator to solar panels and power everything from lights, fridges, cpap machines and more!

    HUGE Capacity. Totally Silent. Safe For Indoor Outdoor Use.

    With it’s 2,400 Watt Hours of battery storage and a 1,000 watt pure sine inverter the Bluetti EB240 solar generator is the perfect gas generator alternative. People love the fact that it’s completely silent and safe for indoor use. You can set the generator on the dining room table or beside your bed and use it to power all sorts of appliances inside. Including full size fridge and freezers!

    The EB240 is also extremely portable, weighing in at 48 lbs with a built-in handle for carrying, making it very easy to move from one place to another. And lastly, the EB240 is super simple to use. With a total of 3 buttons and standard plugs for all of your devices, it’s extremely easy to setup, use and maintain!

    How to recharge your Bluetti 2400wH Solar Generator Using Solar Panels:

    Charging the EB240 from the solar panels included with your order is actually SUPER simple! We’ve actually made a video (shown below) on how to hook up your solar panels but if you’re still unsure, one of our friendly support staff can help you with the setup over the phone, live chat or email.

    The recommended solar input for the Bluetti is 400 watts at 12 Volts. This will fully recharge your unit in around 6-7 hours of ideal sunlight. Though the EB240 is rated for 500 watts, its hard to get that exactly right and you can risk damaging the unit if you input too high a voltage or amperage. Our EB240 Quad kit has been designed to deliver the perfect amount of solar power.

    What Solar Panels Are Included With The Kit?

    The 4 x 100 watt solar panels included in your kit are made from high quality monocrystaline, meaning they do very well in low light conditions and work great for recharging the Bluetti EB240 quickly.

    The tough aluminum frame comes with pre-drilled holes and is corrosion resistant which makes it perfect for outdoor use and a great option for RV’s, Van’s, Skoolies (school bus conversions), boats etc. Backed by a 5-year warranty and free lifetime customer support.

    Can I use the solar generator at the same that it is charging?

    Absolutely. This is called pass-thru charging and it’s one of the most important features when considering any solar generator. This is because pass-thru charging is what allows you to use a solar generator as a long term/off grid power solution.

    You can run your devices all day and night while simultaneously charging the generator during the 5-7 good sun hours each day.

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    4 x 100 Watt Solar Panel Features:

    • Long-lasting solar panel built with a tough, sealed, waterproof design ensuring that the panels can be used in all weather conditions.
    • Corrosion-resistant aluminum frame for extended outdoor use and will give you years and years of consistent, free solar power.
    • Super easy installation with pre-drilled holes making these high efficiency 100w solar panels perfect for permanent outdoor use and for charging everything from solar generators and 12V batteries to powering various applications such as a camper van, motorhome, boat, shed, farm, as well as remote applications such as telecommunications or monitoring equipment.

    Built-in Solar Panel Components:

    • Panel Leads (Pair): PV, 12 Gauge, 3FT each
    • IP65 Rated waterproof junction box
    • IP67 Rated waterproof PV connectors

    100W Solar Panel Specs:

    • Maximum Power (Pmax): 100W
    • Maximum Power Voltage (Vmp): 18.2V
    • Maximum Power Current (Imp): 5.49A
    • Open Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.1V
    • Short Circuit Current (Isc): 5.93A
    • Maximum System Voltage (Vmax): 600V DC
    • Weight: 16.5 lbs
    • Dimensions: 46.7 x 20.1 x 1.4 in

    FREE Solar Generator Setup Maintenance Guide INCLUDED With Your Order:

    On top of our hand holding support via phone, email or live chat, we’ve created a 10,000 word guide that covers everything you need to know about solar generator maintenance, solar panel setup, solar panel mounting and more. And you will receive a free copy of this with your order!

    A solar generator is an affordable, environmentally-friendly solution for powering all sorts of devices.

    Built with the best in innovative design and innovation, this renewable energy power generator can run for 24 hours without refueling at all. Using MaxOak’s Quad Kit comes with everything needed to take care of your home’s needs.

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    The 7 Best Solar Generators for RVs: A Review and Comparison

    You’re looking to jump on the solar generator bandwagon, but you’re not sure where to turn. You’ve come to the right place.

    If you’re new to solar energy and attempted to read about DIY solar generators for RVs to no avail, or you’ve bought a solar generator but are ready for an upgrade—this post is for you.

    Identifying the best solar generator for your RV can be a challenge! With so many plug-and-play options on the market, let’s walk through the seven best solar generators for RVs.

    Our Top Picks

    Ultimate Expansion CapabilityDELTA Pro by Ecoflow

    Best Entry-Level High Output OptionBluetti AC200Max

    Best Solar Generators for RVs

    Read about each of the generators on our list, and don’t miss our downloadable comparison chart and buyers guide below!

    Anker PowerHouse 767

    The Anker PowerHouse 767 comes with HyperFlash technology for charging from 0% to 80% in just one hour. It’s our best solar generator for RV enthusiasts because of its record-breaking charging speeds, expansion ability, and low cost per Watt-hour.

    When you upgrade to the Expansion Battery bundle, the system cost comes in at just 0.73/Wh which is very competitive and doubles the capacity of this system.

    Capacity (Wh)List Price (at time of writing)Cost per Wh
    2048 2000 0.98
    4096 with 760 expansion battery 2700 0.66

    Solar Panels

    Anker provides bundled configurations that include their model 531 Solar Panel rated at 200W.

    • Five-year full device warranty included
    • Power up to 12 devices—2400W includes an exclusive RV port, four AC ports, three USB-C charging ports, two USB-A charging ports, and two car outlets
    • Wheels for power to move this solar generator with ease
    • Regular firmware updates resolve most issues reported by customers and expect future updates to continue optimizing this solar generator
    • Anker is a trusted brand known for its excellent customer support
    • AC charging cable, battery-to-host cable, car charging cable, and solar charging cable included with accessories bag

    DELTA Pro

    The award-winning DeltaPro Solar Generator is our runner-up best solar generator for RVs, which comes with a mega expandable system that can grow from 3,600 Wh to 25,000 Wh with extra batteries and/or other EcoFlow Smart Generators. You can purchase expansion batteries for less than a dollar per watt-hour!

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    EcoFlow’s DELTA series was named in TIME’s Best 100 Inventions of 2021 and won the 2022 Red Dot Design and IF Awards.

    Cost per WhCost per WhCost per Wh
    3600 3500 0.97
    7200 with expansion battery 3500 2800 = 6300 0.88

    Solar Panels

    EcoFlow sells multiple solar panels compatible with the Pro, including the 400W Portable Solar Panel and the 220W Bifacial Foldable Solar Panel.

    • Five ways to charge—EV station charging, solar, wall outlets, Smart Outdoor Generator, or 12 v auto adapter (included)
    • Easy-to-read LCD screen or EcoFlow app allows you to view and control charging time
    • Can be charged in 1.7 hours with a 3400W EV charging station
    • Includes wheels for easy maneuvering
    • Regular firmware updates
    • Five-year warranty
    • AC charging cable, car charging cable, DC5521 to DC5525 cable, and handle cover included
    • Level 2 EV adaptor is not included, and you may need an adapter to connect with a mobile EV charger if your EV charger doesn’t have a standard AC plug

    Bluetti AC200Max

    If you want to dip your toe in the water of solar generators for your RV with some ability for expansion, we think the Bluetti AC200Max is the best solar generator for you. It can be expanded for less than a dollar per watt-hour.

    The solar generator comes with 16 outputs to suit your electrical needs. A 30A NEMA TT-30 port and a 12V 30A DC port are included with RV fans in mind.

    Capacity (Wh)Typical Price (at time of writing)Cost per Wh
    2048 1700 0.83
    5120 with B300 expansion battery 1700 2000 = 3700 0.72

    Solar Panels

    Bluetti’s most popular solar panels to pair with the AC200MAX include the 200W PV200 and the 350W PV350.

    • Bluetti is known for its excellent customer support
    • Easy to set up and run for buyers new to solar generators for RVs
    • Mobile app available for reading display
    • 24-month warranty
    • The solar and cigarette lighter use the same port, which makes the cigarette lighter port unusable while charging with solar

    ALLPOWERS S2000

    The ALLPOWERS S2000 is our best solar generator for RV for those on a budget because has a significant amount of power for less than a dollar per watt-hour!

    It’s an extraordinary budget solar generator for RVs with a 30-A plug-in, and it has 12 outputs. The power station has 2400 wattage with a surge of 4000 wattages.

    Capacity (Wh)Typical Price (at time of writing)Cost per Wh
    1500 1000 0.67

    Solar Panels

    The ALLPOWERS SP037 400W Portable Solar Panel is an ideal panel to pair with the S2000 for a fast charge or consider the 200W SP033 solar panel if you’re ok waiting a bit longer to charge.

    • Five-year warranty
    • Fully recharged in 1.5 hours using a wall outlet with included 1500 AC adapter and 3 hours using MPPT 650W max solar input
    • Remote control with a phone app
    • 10 years of battery life
    • The ALLPowers brand regularly has coupons and sales on this product, so keep an eye out for deals to save

    Jackery Explorer 1000

    You won’t find a Best Solar Generator for RV list without a Jackery model. Jackery has been a fan-favorite solar generator brand for a long time.

    The Jackery Explorer 1000 is a trusted unit that will allow you to power 90 percent of appliances. This power station can be charged in six hours with 100W solar panels or 5.5 hours via an AC wall charger.

    Without a 30A AC plug, this solar generator isn’t ideal for plugging in your entire RV, but you could still plug in directly with a 15A to 30A adapter.

    Capacity (Wh)Typical Price (at time of writing)Cost per Wh
    1002 900 0.90

    Solar Panels

    You can mix and match Jackery’s SolarSaga solar panels to match your charge speed and budget requirements. Jackery has multiple panels in the lineup including a 200W panel and a 100W panel. For an ultra-fast 1.8 hour charge, Jackery bundles the Explorer 1000 with four of their 200W SolarSaga panels, and they also offer a lower-cost bundle that includes the Explorer 1000 with two 80W SolarSaga panels.

    • Quiet and strong— little to no noise
    • Features industry-leading cylindrical batteries that meet UL Safety Standards
    • Jackery is a popular and trusted solar generator brand
    • Jackery often has coupons available for this product, so keep an eye out for deals
    • AC adapter, car charger cable, and SolarSaga Parallel adapter included
    • The display backlight does not have the option to stay on permanently, and it is difficult to read without the light

    Goal Zero Yeti 500X

    Goal Zero is another brand known for its best solar generators for RV. The Goal Zero Yeti 500X is a small option that is suitable to power your laptop or other smaller devices. It’s small size will allow you to tuck it out of the way when not in use.

    Capacity (Wh)Typical Price (at time of writing)Cost per Wh
    505 550 1.09

    Solar Panels

    The Goal Zero 500x pairs well with either the Nomad 50W, 100W or 200W panels.

    • Lightweight and portable—only 12.9 pounds
    • Trustworthy brand known for its humanitarian roots and giving back to disadvantaged communities
    • Compatible with Goal Zero Light-A-Life for bright LED light (not included)
    • Long charging time; expect 10 hours with a wall or USB, and 12-14 hours with solar or buy the Goal Zero X 600 W Power Supply to cut charge time down to five hours
    • Relatively expensive when considering its cost per watt-hour in comparison to other solar generators for RVs

    Anker 521

    The Anker 521 is the best solar generator for RV enthusiasts who need a small charge. If all you need to power is your laptop or a lamp, the Anker 521 is a solid choice.

    It comes with six ports, including two AC ports, two USB-A ports, a USB-C port, and a car outlet. Charge it up in two hours with a wall, or four hours with solar energy.

    Capacity (Wh)Typical Price (at time of writing)Cost per Wh
    256 220 0.86

    Solar Panels

    You can get the Anker 521 bundled with a 100W panel, or mix and match separately.

    • Anker is a trusted brand
    • Long-lasting battery built to last over a decade
    • Smart temperature monitoring control system to prevent the device from getting too hot
    • Anker’s worry-free five-year warranty
    • Lightweight—only eight pounds
    • Solar panels can be purchased as a bundle or separately
    • Only 200W output, so definitely not intended for powering large appliances
    • Solar panels not included, but they can be bundled with your purchase

    Best Solar Generators for RV Buyer’s Guide

    Keep reading for details on everything you need to know to make the best buying decision you can.

    Comparison Chart of the Best Solar Generators for RVs

    The following table compares all the important features you’ll want to consider when buying the perfect solar generator for your RV. Download a copy for further reference.

    Amount of Power You Need

    The first step in determining the best solar generator for your needs is to make a list of every item you want to power. This will help you determine exactly how much power you need.

    This chart will give you a general idea of how much power electrical items use in RVs.

    To understand this chart, you must understand the difference between rated watts and surge watts.

    Rated watts, also known as running wattage, are the amount of electricity required to run the electronic continuously. Surge watts, also known as starting wattage, are the additional wattage needed for two to three seconds to start the electric motors normally found in appliances like fans and refrigerators.

    Appliance Rated Watts Surge Watts
    Rooftop Air Conditioner (15,000 BTU) 1,500 W 3,500 W
    Space Heater 1,800 W 1,800 W
    Electric Water Heater (6 gals) 1,440 W 1,440 W
    Heating Pad 250 W 250 W
    4 Light bulbs (75 W) 300 W 300 W
    Blow Drier 1,250 W 1,250 W
    Electric Shaver 35 W 35 W
    Vacuum 1,100 W 1,100 W
    Mini Refrigerator 50 W 120 W
    Blender 350 W 350 W
    Chest Freezer 450 W 900 W
    Microwave (635 W Power) 635 W 800 W
    Slow Cooker 170 W 270 W
    Toaster 850 – 1250 W 850 – 1250 W
    Waffle Iron 1,200 W 1,725 W
    19” Color TV 160 W 160 W
    Laptop 50 – 200 W 50-200 W
    Desktop Computer 600 W 800 W
    Satellite Dish Receiver 30 W 250 W
    Cell Phone Charger 5 – 25 W 5-25W

    Capacity

    Capacity is expressed in Watt-hours (Wh). When considering the best solar generator for RVs, the cost of a solar generator is generally associated with the capacity of the generator.

    Higher capacity solar generators can go longer without charging the unit either in the sun or, if the sun isn’t shining, plugging it in. The power that can be pulled out from the device usually corresponds with the capacity of the device.

    2000 Wh

    This is the capacity you need to power your whole RV successfully without having to charge constantly. The absolute best solar generators for RVs will be in this range or will be able to be expanded to it.

    You will find that most of the best solar generators for RVs in this range can be expanded to much larger power ranges using expansion battery systems.

    1000-2000 Wh

    These systems can occasionally power your whole RV, and some of them include a 30A AC output (ideal for plugging in your RV), but you will need to charge more often.

    250-750 Wh

    You won’t be able to plug in the whole RV, but this will allow you to run some small electronics like a laptop, a television, lights, or simply charge your phone.

    Expandability

    The best solar generators for RVs can be expanded, allowing you to increase your generator’s capacity to power devices and the time needed between charges.

    Total Outlets and Ports

    If you have many items on your list to power, you need to be certain you have enough outlets and ports (and the right type) to power your devices.

    The most common ports are AC outlets (30A and 15A), USB, USB-C, and automobile auxiliary power plugs (car chargers or cigarette lighters).

    Weight and Portability

    You want to consider the weight and portability of your solar generation for an RV. Think about how easy it will be to pack it up when it’s time to hit the road. Portability is the number one consideration when researching the best solar generators for RVs.

    Review the portability features when selecting the best solar generator for RVs. Some solar generators include wheels for easy maneuvering. All of the best solar generators for RVs list their weight in the product description.

    If you’re camping solo, you want to make sure you will be able to move your generator on your own. If not, you will need to plan on asking for help or bringing a second set of hands.

    Charging Speed

    Charging speeds vary for RV solar generators and rely on the power source. They can take anywhere from 1.5 hours to 48 hours to charge. The following factors will impact the charging speed of your RV solar generator:

    • The capacity of the solar generator
    • Number of solar panels
    • Sunlight available to convert to solar power
    • Solar panel positioning

    Note that solar generators can be charged via outlets if no sun is available. Many campers choose to bring a backup generator for this scenario.

    Charging Methods

    When the sun is hidden behind clouds or you need your RV solar generator charged faster than the sun allows it to charge, you want to have plenty of additional charging options. The most common charging method alternative to solar is charging it with the 110V AC output wall plug-in.

    12V auto adapters (car/cigarette chargers) are popular accessories the with best solar generators for RV, and USB-A charging is also possible on some solar generators.

    Modern charging methods are becoming more popular on newer models of solar generators. USB-C chargers, for example, are lightweight and charge faster than solar energy.

    Some new and innovative RV solar generators come with EV hookups, which are becoming more popular as solar energy takes off. Depending on the EV charger, though, you may need to buy a separate Level 2 EV adaptor, like in the case of the DeltraPRO EF EcoFlow.

    Solar Panels

    Some of the best solar generators for RVs are available bundled with solar panels, but not all of them. If your solar generator does not already come with solar panels, you will need to buy some. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations. Most solar generator manufacturers also make solar panels that are guaranteed to work with your solar generator.

    Solar panels can be expanded upon using Y-branch cables. You do want to be careful when mixing and matching solar panels, though.

    Carefully consider the electrical parameters of each solar panel. If the panels have different characteristics, you could end up with a performance issue. Solar panels should have the same wattage output for optimal performance.

    Lifespan and Warranty

    Portable RV solar generators have a lifespan of about 10 years, with the solar panels having a 25-year lifespan. There are steps you can take to increase the lifespan of your investment because if you use your generator often and don’t maintain it, it may fail sooner.

    Regular maintenance includes wiping down dust and debris with a soft cloth. Inspect the battery for residue, and always consult your manual for specific maintenance tips.

    Store your RV solar generator in a cool, dry area when not in use. Avoid exposing it to extreme cold or heat.

    Do not overcharge your battery or float charge your battery. Overcharging the battery shortens its lifespan. Float charging refers to always leaving a charger on your battery so that it’s continuously at 100%.

    Cycle your battery to avoid your battery having too low or too high of a charge for a long time by using 25 percent of your battery’s capacity, then charge it back to 50 to 75 percent. Do this at least every six months.

    Check to see if your solar generator comes with a warranty before you buy it, and don’t forget to fill out any required paperwork for the warranty to go into effect.

    Shipping

    The number one complaint buyers often have for solar generators is they’re difficult, if not impossible, to return. Most solar generators for RV are made from lithium-ion batteries, which opens up a wormhole for those wishing to ship them, either to return them or mail them to someone else as a gift.

    UPS and FedEx have strict rules on lithium-ion batteries, which can make it difficult to ship them. It’s important to do your research first before buying your best solar generator for RVs, and it’s best not to plan on shipping a solar generator to your friend on the other side of the country.

    Best Solar Generators for RV Frequently Asked Questions

    Can you run an RV solar generator continuously?

    It’s possible assuming you have enough sunlight and storage capacity. You must generate and store more electricity than you consume to be able to run an RV solar generator continuously without charging.

    Can RV solar generators be used at night?

    If your RV solar generator is charged, yes. How long it will last throughout the night depends on the battery length and the amount of time you charged it during the day. Prepare for night hours every day by keeping an eye on what time the sun sets so you can charge your generator accordingly.

    Are solar generators noisy?

    Solar generators do not have any moving parts, so this allows them to run in silence. Other than being better for the environment, their quietness is something that makes solar generators so appealing to RV owners. The last thing you want to hear while relaxing in the wilderness is a noisy generator.

    The best solar generators for RVs are not noisy, though some complaints have been made about the devices used to charge them when not using solar energy.

    Do solar generators require much maintenance?

    They require very little maintenance to stay in top-notch shape. Other than regular dust removal, checking connections, and removing moisture, there’s not much maintenance required. However, since you are spending thousands of dollars, you want to keep your solar generator in tip-top shape.

    The best way to keep your solar generator in excellent condition is to have it inspected by a professional electrician who offers generator services. Corrosion is the number one issue with backup generators, caused by moisture getting into the battery banks.

    Do I need to purchase an inverter for my solar generator?

    Though unlikely, if your solar generator does not have AC ouptut(s), then yes, you will need to buy an inverter.

    Solar panels produce Direct Current (DC) power, and the appliances in your RV run on Alternating Current (AC). An inverter inverts the DC power to AC power, allowing it to power your appliances in your RV.

    Note that the best solar generators for RV units come with built in inverters, but should you end up buying a unit that does not come with one or you need to buy an extra one, pay attention to the wattage capacity when selecting an inverter. The Giandel Power Inverter has an integrated solar charge controller, 12V input, and supports up to 1200 Watts output.

    Wrapping up the Best Solar Generators for RVs

    Now that you know all about the best solar generators for RVs, you’re ready to make the best of solar energy.

    The Anker PowerHouse 767 will charge for you in just an hour, though the DeltaPRO EF Ecoflow 3600Wh has some innovative features. One of the solar generators for RV on this list is certain to meet your needs!Before you go, read about the Best RV Heater for Winter Camping.

    Posted on Last updated: March 30, 2023

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