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Electricity powers almost everything in our homes. As more people work from home, electricity usage will increase (and possibly spike with little kids at home as well). But once the power goes out, you can feel the collective groan of the entire world.
We need power for our laptops, smartphones, tablets & gaming devices. To handle these emergencies and escape the madness of having to deal with the whole family complaining to death about the outage (like asking you to bring back the power), you have to get a solar power generator.
Now a regular diesel generator is good, but it’s way too cumbersome and noisy. And it produces fumes as well.
Solar power generators produce energy using solar panels to absorb light and heat and store it as power. You’ll need to charge for hours, and it requires a pretty good sunny place to continue charging its battery.
It’s an excellent alternative for power outages, plus it can be small enough so you can bring it with on road trips to places where electricity hasn’t been discovered yet (or power outrages happen every day).
Here are some of the solar power generators found on the web. We chose portable sets and ready to be used.
Wagan Solar e Power™ Cube 1500 Solar Generator
We want this for ourselves. The Wagan Solar ePower Cube 15000 is a self-contained generator. It can be powered via solar or charge it through a power outlet. The solar panels fold out and slide out when you need to charge it. It also has a built-in AC/DC charger when you want it powered faster.
According to the manufacturer, it can provide power for the following devices and appliances:
- Tool Charger (15W): 36.6 Hours
- Cell Phone Charger (20W): 27.5 Hours
- Digital Camera (30W): 18 Hours
- 13″ Color TV (70W): 7.2 Hours
- Laptop (90W): 5.5 Hours
- Worklight (100W): 4.8 Hours
- Coffee Pot (200W): 2.1 Hours
It has an initial AC charge for up to 24 hours, and its solar panel requires 16 hours of peak sunlight. That means you’ll need to put this in a place where there’s plenty of the sun all day long. You might need to charge it for several days and put in an AC charger so its internal battery doesn’t drain.
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Promate 240S Power Station with Solar Option
The Promote 240S Power station is a more portable solar power generator and more reasonably priced. You can use solar panels to charge its internal battery or use an AC outlet or car charger to power it up.
The Power station can power up LED lightbulbs, laptops, mobile phone charging, or even a modem or wifi and small devices during a power outage. You can also use this as a back-up source of electricity for travel to places that don’t have electricity. It has three 5V 2.1amps ports, two USB ports, 12V RCA, a cigarette plug, and car jumper ports.
Check it out here.
PowerLife Solar Panel 100
If you’re looking for a more portable solar power generator, then you might want to consider the PowerLife Solar Panel 100 and the Explorer 500 power generator.
The SP100 is a 100watt solar panel designed explicitly as a charging partner to the Explorer 500 power generator. It’s rugged, portable, and foldable. This solar panel is an excellent option if you need a sustainable power source during emergencies or disaster situations.
The Explorer 500 is a Lithium-ion battery power generator charged either by an AC outlet or solar panel. You can use this as a power back-up during brownouts and emergencies. This particular set makes it an ideal portable 500W mobile power source for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and boating.
Check out the specs here.