What can I plug into my Solar Generator?
100 Watt Solar Generator
400 Watt Solar Generator
1500 Watt Solar Generator
Beware of some of the cheap $999 options offered by some competitors, and overpriced $2300 options. What they don't tell you is their units DO NOT have 12v output, No solar charging option (if the power is out how do I recharge it?), Outlets turn off if unit plugged in (can't use while charging), Short runtime if there is a significant load, long recharge hours w/ 100w solar panel, no adapters included, no alternate power collection options, no automatic switch back (overload protection), no modified sine wave, Etc.
All of our Solar Generators come with everything you need including the appropriate Solar Panel for your generator.
Your® Solar Generator 100 watt, 400 watt, and 1,500 watt-hour lithium-ion battery is extremely powerful and light for its capability. Most lithium solar generators can only use a max 90% of the total battery capacity. So for example, if a generator has a 1,100wh battery, only 90% (990 watts) are usable.
It is important to know that lithium-ion batteries can be damaged and will not have as many life cycles if they are charged too fast. Generally, this number is around 2 hours from 0% to 100%. So if the battery were drained to dead, 0%, and 2,000 watts of panels were connected and charged the unit in 1 hour, it would end up damaging the battery. Our generators are designed to avoid this with built in charge rate protection.
Our 100 watt is approximately 3 lbs., 400 watt 12 lbs., and 1500 watt 31 lbs.
Around the USA there is an average of 5 to 6 hours of light a day where solar panels can make their maximum power. This varies from Summer to Winter but 5 to 6 hours is commonly agreed on. So, for example, the Flexible 100w panels are 100-watt monocrystalline solar panels. They are the best I have been able to find for the 400 watt solar generator, and are extremely rugged.
The time is usually averaged to 5 hours a day to account for different parts of the USA and time of year. So if I have 500 watts in solar panels I can count on making around 500 watts in panels x 5 hours of light = 2,500 watts generated on bright sunny days. Thats 2500/100 = 25 100 watt charges, 2500/400 = 6.25 400 watt charges.
Our solar generators are capable of powering equipment while being charged by solar panels, wall outlet, car charger or whatever power source. If my solar battery indicates 50% because I used it all night, and I need to charge it during the day while running equipment, then I need my solar panel to be big enough to handle the charge and usage.
For example, my battery is at 50% (1,000wh) and I have 500 watts in panels. I know I need to run 250 watts worth of equipment during the day. So if my panels are making 500 watts of power, then 250 watts of that will go to the equipment and the other 250 watts will go to the battery. 250 watts/hr x 4 hrs = 1,000wh into the battery in 4 hours.
Lithium batteries are capable of lasting at least 2,000 cycles if the quality is high enough and they are used wisely. So why not just use the highest quality right? That’s our solar generators have. I have seen other manufacturers use lower quality and or lower density Lithium-Ion battery cells, or not even lithium battery at all, and charge the same price!
A “cycle” is the process of draining the battery down to a certain amount and then back up. If 2,000 cycles were done on a 2,000 watt generator, one cycle per day, it would take 5.5 years to reach 2,000 cycles.
This is one thing that I love about our 400 watt and 1500 watt solar generators, I can plug a lot of things into them if needed. Our 400 and 1500 watt units have 2 110v plugs (wall outlet plugs) that can be customized to 3-4. However, be mindful that it can make it difficult to plug in fridge, freezer, fans, lights, chargers, TV and so on if they are not spaced properly.
For example, the Patriot 1500 solar generator is a well-known unit on the market. It has two 110/120v plugs on it, which we can live with, HOWEVER they’re literally smashed together. Any plug that has a large box on it covers the other plug so it becomes limited.
In addition, our units also have DC and USB ports for multiple charging options!
Our solar generators have a car charger option with them. For example, if charging at about 15 amps on modern vehicles charging ranges from 2-5 hours depending on which solar generator you are charging. Most older vehicles have a 10amp fuse to their cigarette lighter port, others have 15 to 20 amps.
Lithium has become very common to use nowadays and in my opinion, is definitely the best way to go. There are many Youtube videos and blogs out there that explain how much more cost-efficient lithium-ion is to lead-acid. Don't be fooled by some $999 kits online boasting high watts but they use lead-acid batteries, In many cases, it takes roughly 12 lead-acid batteries to equate to one single lithium-ion battery in terms of power, cycles, and longevity.
Customer Service & Warranty
This is a big one, It baffles me how many companies want to look big which means you have to push 10 different buttons to get to an operator just to answer a question. This was sadly what many have experienced with the Patriot Generator.
It literally took one solar enthusiast days to find a phone number to contact Patriot just to clarify some questions since they had never responded to any of his emails. This is a real deal-breaker for most with companies when they won’t help people out. Patriot is not the only company who he had experienced this with.
Funny thing is he receives emails from customers of Patriot Solar Generator almost daily because they think he can assist them more than Patriot’s own customer service, because you can’t find it! And it’s near impossible to even get a user manual for the Patriot 1500 generator.
We pride ourselves on quality Customer Service and going the extra mile for our customers. And even if we make a mistake we do what it takes to make the correction. We still believe in values, integrity, and love in business which creates excellent customer care.
There are dozens of solar generators out there on the market now. Every couple of years a new and improved unit comes out that beats previous technology. Our Manufacturer seems to have taken everything they’ve heard and learned the last few years and applied it to our solar generators. I am glad they have listened to others and want to provide the highest quality product available.
So please take a moment to view our selection of Solar Generators in our Emergency Preparedness section, and pick the one that best fits your needs. https://apieceofgod.com/shop/ols/categories/emergency-preparedness
I hope you found this helpful. If you have any questions at all please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Storm Isaias knocked down power lines causing major power outages across multiple states. 8/20