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
drone of a generator while on camping trips.
Wagan EL2546 Solar e-Cube
The Wagan Solar e-Cube
gives you energy wherever you go. It includes five solar panels in
total, which fold out from the top and roll out from the sides. As well
as charging it with solar power, you can recharge the unit using AC
power or a DC outlet in your vehicle, too.
As well as the solar
panels, the unit also includes a fold-out storage component, useful for
storing extra accessories. The cube comes complete with a heavy duty
handle and all-terrain wheels, which means taking it from place to
place is as easy to transporting a suitcase at the airport.
Unlike other portable
solar charges, the Solar e Cube is ready to use straight out of the
box: no assembly or additional parts are required.
All you need to do
is give it an initial charge and then you’re ready to go. An initial
charge takes up to 24 hours via AC, or up to 18 hours in full sunlight,
if you wish to charge it using the solar panels only.
The Solar e Cub includes
features such as a 1500 watt power inverter, two 115V AC outlets, two
12V accessory outlets for DC appliances, and two USB ports (5V 2.1 amp
in total). It also has an LED voltmeter display, so you can check the
battery status. It has continuous AC output power capacity of 1500
watts, a 3600 watts peak surge and is ideal for deep cycle applications.
The cube can handle many
different types of electronics: it can charge laptops, tablets, cell
phones and e-readers. It can also handle appliances such as microwaves,
LED bulbs, radios, wireless routers, portable stereos, and even
refrigerators! If you need even more power, separate solar panels and
batteries can be connected to the device. The cube includes two
terminals for panel expansion.
The solar cube costs
approximately $1000 and comes with a 2-year limited warranty. It
requires no maintenance or fuel once you get it up and running!
Xantrax XPower Powerpack
If you are
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.
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
However, 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
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
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.
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.
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
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