On-grid solar panels are now more accessible and available giving us an alternative for living a greener lifestyle, lowering our electricity bills, and tax incentives. However, I will be talking about having an off-grid portable solar generator. Having an off-grid generator gives us the freedom to live our current mobile lifestyle when we choose to go camping, on-the-go weekend trips, or as a backup power source for emergencies. Understanding how it works, the benefits, and how to choose the right portable solar generator is important if you are in the market for one.
How It Works
The basic components of a portable generator are the solar panel, the charge controller, the battery, and the inverter. Solar panel captures the sun’s energy, stores it in a battery bank or an inverter. The inverter automatically converts the DC power to an AC power, directly releasing the energy to charge any electronic devices.
Setting up the portable solar generator is done in three easy steps:
• Step 1 – Connect the battery to the charge controller
• Step 2 – Connect the solar panel to the charge controller
• Step 3 – Connect the inverter to the battery
The most important equipment in your natural disaster kit should include a portable solar generator. It not only gives power to basic equipment’s when there are no power sources available, but also for powering necessary gadgets such as cell phones, batteries, and radios. Some of the added benefits of having a portable solar generator on hand are:
• Cost-efficient saves on your electric consumption
• It is silent and zero emissions can be used in apartment buildings or anywhere you need a power source
• No maintenance
• One-time initial cost only, no ongoing costs
• Eco-friendly, sustainable power source, unlike traditional, kerosene, and gasoline power source
Choosing the Right System
In today’s market, there are many models to choose from unlike in earlier years. Depending on your individual needs, consider some of these factors when choosing the right system: weight, portability and durability design, expandability, and cost.
Look for a lightweight model but powerful enough to power-up your electronic devices. Many all-in-one briefcase styles are a popular purchase for their ease in transporting the system when you are on-the-go. Also, the briefcase style with its solid and durable case is ideal for portability.
Additional factors to consider is if the system has expandability capabilities. Because you will not be able to predict the future and how much power you will need. Finding a system that you can plug into for additional solar panels and batteries to give you extra power source is ideal.
Lastly, knowing how it works, its benefits and its importance but is it affordable? It is a cost-effective alternative for your off-gridding and as a backup emergency power source. An all-in-one briefcase system can range from $350 to $2,000 with additional expandable solar panels and batteries available starting at about $100. It is a small investment for you and your family that will give you peace of mind for years to come.