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Solar Power Generators for Any Emergency Situation

One of the most useful solar devices you can purchase is a solar power generator. These generators are perfect for emergency situations, and many of them are also very portable which makes them ideal for camping, barbeques, picnics, and other such uses as well.

One of the biggest advantages that solar power generators have over their traditional gas powered generators is that they produce absolutely no noise or emissions. This means that you no longer have to listen to the loud drone of a generator while on camping trips. 

UPG Ecotricity Eco1800S Plug and Play Solar Power Generator

The UPG Ecotricity Eco 1800S is one of the top products in the category of larger solar power generators. This product contains an 1800 watt inverter, and four one hundred and twenty volt DC outlets. It is ideal for use around the home as an emergency or backup generator and can power almost any device you wish. It also comes with a cart for wheeling the generator around, and a foldable solar panel, which also makes it very portable. Thus it can also be used for camping and any other outdoors situations. 

One of the biggest advantages of this particular UPG generator is that the solar panel comes with fifty foot of cord, so it can be placed far away from the generator itself to gain maximum exposure to the sun’s rays. Another great feature is that this generator can be charged either through its solar panel, or by plugging it directly into any normal DC outlet although this way takes slightly longer to gain a full charge- a full charge can be obtained by 16 hours of full sunlight, or by 18 hours of being plugged into a DC outlet. 

With a full charge, this generator can power thousands of different types of electronic devices for extended periods of time. Nonetheless, it’s important to note that some devices will drain the battery extremely quickly. A fully charged Eco 1800S can provide over 30 hours of electricity for an internet modem, or over ten hours of electricity for a small television. 

upg 1800However, it can only provide less than thirty minutes of power for devices which have a much larger electricity draw: for instance, this particular solar energy generator can power a desktop computer for between fifteen minutes and a few hours, or used to provide energy to a microwave or a refrigerator or freezer for around fifteen to twenty minutes. This means that this product is still best suited for use with low to medium draw devices, although it can be used to provide temporary power to larger draw devices in case of a power outage or blackout, or in any other emergency situation. 

Note that this product is on the more expensive side though, with the Eco 1800S usually costing between $1600 and $1800, although it is an extremely reliable and efficient product which makes it worth the high price.

The best feature of this device is that it is plug and play, which means that you can immediately plug in your devices and start using to power them as soon as the generator’s battery has a full charge, which further increases it portability and makes it extremely easy to use. 

Xantrax XPower Powerpack 1500

xantraxIf you are considering a larger solar energy generator, but are put off by the high price of the Ecotricity Eco 1800S, then maybe you should consider the Xantrax XPower Powerpack 1500 portable powerpack. This product produces 1500 watts of DC power, which is slightly less than the 1800 that the Ecotricity, however the Xantrax product can usually be purchased for less than $500 which makes it a much cheaper alternative. That being said, there are a few downsides to this particular product. 

The battery is only rated to last for around 200 charges and then you will have to replace the entire product. Generally, this product is not quite as effective or as long lasting and durable as the Eco 1800S, however the price being a third less may make up for the few negatives it has.

Perigee Expeditionary Solar Power Generator Kit "201-1A"

If you’re in the market for a smaller, more portable solar generator, then the Perigee Expeditionary Kit might be the perfect product for you. Perigree is one of the leading manufacturers of solar generators and other solar battery chargers. The Perigree Expeditionary Kit comes equipped with a foldable 10 watt 12 volt solar panel that is both UV ray and weather resistant. 

perigee 201However, all Perigee generators can be upgraded to include more or stronger solar panels, up to forty five watts, for faster and more efficient charging and energy generation. 

This generator has a dual two hundred and four hundred watt AC inverter which can be used to power many different medium draw devices such as laptops and fans, or it can also be used as a battery charger. 

The device also contains a DC outlet that can be used to power any USB device, and also any device which can be powered through your car’s cigarette lighter outlet.  

The Perigee Expeditionary Kit falls into the middle price range for solar generators, and can usually be purchased for between $550 and $700. The only major drawback to this product is in its extremely limited warranty. All Perigee products come with a fourteen day return policy, and a ninety day limited warranty, while many other portable solar power kits on the market come with a full one year warranty. 

Nonetheless, Perigee products are known to be quite durable, so you can still feel confident that you are purchasing a high quality, worthwhile product when you buy from Perigee.

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