Portable solar generators, mobile powerhouses or portable off-grid solar generators have been with us for some time now. However, while a healthy majority of the population actually swears, lives and dies by these small portable units, some folks see nothing good in them 🙂
It is thus for the benefit of the folks that see nothing good in these mobile powerhouses that we’ve decided to publish this post today.
If you’re already using a smart solar generator, are planning on getting a smart unit or sincerely believe in the power of these power units, this entry isn’t for you – you can read any of our posts on the blog – instead of wasting your time on this one.
For the folks that have a hard time seeing anything good in these small power saviors, let’s take a power ride!
Article at a Glance
- What Is A Portable Solar Generator?
- How A Portable Solar Generator Works (In Action)
- 9 Reasons Why You Need A Portable Solar Generator Around You Always
- 1. To Be One Step Ahead Of Power Authorities
- 2. Natural Disasters Are Always Present. Always
- 3. The Grid Is Expensive. Very Expensive!
- 4. The Grid Is Useless For Hikes, Camping & The Safari
- 5. Reading – When You Want To
- 6. Power In Transit
- 7. The Ability To Jumpstart – Like A Lord
- 8. Powering DC Appliances Without Any Challenge
- 9. Easily Power Gadgets In Tricky Situations
- Wrap Up/Summary
What Is A Portable Solar Generator?
Alternatively called a mobile powerhouse or an off-grid generator, a portable solar generator is a handy unit that has an inbuilt battery, an inverter and is capable of converting the DC charge stored in the battery to AC via the inverter and primarily, recharging the inbuilt battery via a dedicated solar panel.
To break it down, a portable solar generator is made up of:
- A battery – that stores the raw DC power tapped from the sun.
- An inverter – that converts the DC power to clean, usable AC charge.
- A solar panel that traps the sun and feeds into the battery for onward conversion and use.
Depending on the model, a solar generator could be just a solar power generator or be a ‘hybrid’, the hybrid having the unique power and capacity to charge via other methods (like an AC wall socket, powered by the grid) or the 12V cigarette output of a traditional car.
Now that we’ve seen what a generator that relies primarily on solar energy is, let’s take a good look at how this type of generator works.
How A Portable Solar Generator Works (In Action)
Here’s a smart YouTube video demonstrating how a portable solar generator works in real life. The model shown here is from Goal Yeti – the Goal Yeti 1400 Lithium.
A video, it is said, is worth a billion words, right? Here:
After watching that awesome, amazing and importantly, mobile power display out there, what do you have to say about these little (but amazingly efficient and important) power options?
Now, unto the the 9 reasons why we sincerely believe that everyone ought to own a solar generator:
9 Reasons Why You Need A Portable Solar Generator Around You Always
The reasons outlined below are exactly the reasons why you need to keep a portable power generator around you all the time. The reasons are as many as they are varied.
1. To Be One Step Ahead Of Power Authorities
The staff of the various power authorities are in a league of their own. Sometimes, they wake up from their left and simply decide to play with the power to see if the switches are still working!
If you’ve got a project to deliver in an hour, how would your reaction be when these folks do what they know how to do best?
Or, how would you react when it’s time for your dear TV show and the next thing you see is that, power literally zooms off?!
Our guess is as good as yours…you won’t smile!
2. Natural Disasters Are Always Present. Always
The very first point above details the actions of some power crazy folks who are simply interested in ‘playing’ with the public supply of power whenever they feel like. However, this point is quite different – it details an act of God – a natural disaster!
When a flood, tsunami, whirlwind or earthquake happens, the first thing that goes off is power from the grid.
This happens because:
- The lines that bear the current are compromised or
- Power needs to be withheld for the overall safety of both the inhabitants and safety workers since the basic infrastructure of the grid is compromised or largely, in an unknown state.
Now, whatever is the issue, the summary remains the same: power is withheld – sometimes for weeks. Or months!
Now, this is not a very pretty idea, especially if you need to power up your cell phones – or other critical gadgets so that you can communicate with friends and inform them of your condition or reach out for help.
Are you with us?
3. The Grid Is Expensive. Very Expensive!
Whoever says that power isn’t expensive in the US is a big joker, doesn’t know what he/she is saying or is plain lying.
The truth of the issue is that, power is damn expensive – more expensive than many Americans are comfortable with or can afford.
The irony is that, for many, what they need powered is their cell phones, tablets and at most, laptops. For such folks, why pay through the nose for a service that is virtually not needed and has a very brilliant alternative?
When it is considered that many places in the US are damn sunny and will make perfect spots for a portable solar generator, why go on paying hundreds of dollars every month for power when what is needed is just a couple hundred dollars for a one-time payment for a smart alternative, a dedicated solar power unit?
4. The Grid Is Useless For Hikes, Camping & The Safari
If you’re the adventurous type, you’ll soon discover that the national grid is completely useless to you when you take a stroll into the wild, go camping, mountain climbing or visiting some Safari.
This means that, without a form of portable power, you’re cut off from civilization, completely. And great chances are that that is not what/where you’d rather be at the moment.
Enter a portable solar generator…
Where better to deploy the use of one than the wild?
5. Reading – When You Want To
Reading can prove tricky, especially when you do not have a dedicated reading lamp to ensure that you see (safely) the book right in front of you. This can be very frustrating, especially if you really love to read and love doing so after sundown.
This is where a dedicated, USB LED reading lamp comes in. A lamp that is powered by USB and safe for your reading needs.
The good thing is that, most solar generators today come standard with a variety of USB ports that such reading lamps can easily be affixed to.
Aside this fact, USB reading lamps consume such a minimal amount of power that it is not completely unusual to use them on a portable power generator and fail to charge the generator for a whole month without recording any challenges/incidents.
Again, if you’re the type of person that enjoys light around you or cannot sleep with a source of light illuminating by your bedside, this is the perfect fix – and is super ideal wherever you may be, whether or not you have access to the grid or your traditional lamps/lights.
6. Power In Transit
Ever need to work in transit and sadly, discovered that your tablet or laptop is blinking red (and the journey ahead is frustratingly long) that you sincerely wished you could spend the time better and more productively?
If you’ve ever thought about this, you need not bother yourself again – a portable power station will brilliantly solve this challenge – whether your transit will only take an hour or 20!
With this reality, you’re assured of greater productivity and on a good note, more options to work when exactly you feel like.
How would you react to the ability to work right in transit? Does it feel more powerful or gives you more options?
You got the gist!
7. The Ability To Jumpstart – Like A Lord
If you’re using a car with an automatic transmission, you must have experienced a time when your battery wouldn’t simply support your car again and you were practically left stranded. Well, not again – at least, not with a solar generator in the trunk.
This is because, solar generators like the Suaoki 400Wh Solar Generator have the unique power to assist you in such circumstances and ensure that you jumpstart the battery of your car like a true professional and lord, whenever it fails.
If you ask me – and are completely sincere with yourself, you’ll agree that the feeling of being able to smartly jumpstart your car when the need arises without actually begging anyone to help out is next to none, when you’re stranded.
The choice is thus yours…would you rather live and act like a lord or you’re completely comfortable begging strangers for assistance and being completely at their mercy when sad events such a flat battery occur?
8. Powering DC Appliances Without Any Challenge
If you have a DC appliance, you’ll understand how difficult it is to use your device or gadget in an AC crazy world. Sadly, some DC gadgets cannot be replaced for sentimental value or the awesome value/benefits that they offer you, their users/owners.
If you’re in this fix at the moment, there’s nothing that will serve you better than a smart, portable solar power generator, with DC features.
With such a power generator, it’ll be easy to power your dear gadget – wherever your solar power unit is – irrespective of the condition of the grid.
Is this not an awesome reality?
9. Easily Power Gadgets In Tricky Situations
There are instances where, drawing power from a socket – or an extension cord is a very tricky business that is best not attempted.
Such an instance could be when you’re attempting to power on a tool right on the roof top or you want to use a corded vacuum right in the basement or garage where there’s practically no power outlet.
In such a tricky situation, the best option is a mobile power station that can easily hold a charge and is easily transported to any place where it is needed, as its need arises.
Don’t you think so?
Here, you have 9 good reasons why it is important to have a portable solar generator close by. These reasons are cogent and compelling and have, in the past, succeeded in converting over (to portable solar tech) even the biggest skeptics and critics of this awesome and amazingly smart technology.
If you’re convinced (as you should be 🙂 ), why not take a look at the solar generator options we’ve previously published?