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Portable Solar Generators

Best Portable Solar Generators For Survival Emergencies 2020

By Just In Case Jack

Man, there’s an awful lot of confusion (and misinformation) about portable solar generators.

Seems like every week I get tons of questions about them.

For example:

How do they work? Won’t they be worthless on cloudy days? Will it keep me safe if I lose power? What about a long-term outage? Can I buy a small unit today and expand later? Which solar generator is best?

I get it. These are the very same questions I had.

But the bottom line is:

We all want to know if they’re a reliable source of backup power generation.

That’s why I’ve been digging into this new technology. Sorting fact from fiction.

Looking for answers to all your questions, and more.

So let’s dive into the following solar powered generator topics:

What A Solar Generator & How It Works

Solar Generators vs. Fuel Generators

Limitations Of Portable Solar Generators

Who Should Get A Solar Generator

Best Portable Solar Generators

DIY Solar Powered Generators

Why You Must Have And Electrical Plan B

What Is A Solar Generator & How It Works

Before we can discuss solar generators in a meaningful way, we must first learn the basics.

It’s crucial you understand what a solar generator is and how it works.

Because a solar generator is different than a fuel based generator.

Yes, both convert raw energy into a useable energy source. But, instead of using fuel as the raw energy, solar generators harness the power of the sun.

So, let’s talk about the components that make up a solar generator and how they work.

A solar generator consists of 2 main components:

Solar panelPortable power generator

1 – Solar Panels

Solar panels are the technology that converts sunlight into electricity.

They do this by using the sunlight to knock electrons free from atoms. This knocking free of electrons generates a flow of electricity.

Or more simply put, the sun’s energy excites molecules which creates a flow of electricity. If you get that, that’s all the technical understanding you need.

The bottom line is solar panels turn sunlight into DC power.

Here’s a short video explaining of how solar panels convert the sun’s rays into electricity.

2 – Portable Power Generator

A portable solar power generator is also made up of two main components

Inverter Battery

The inverter turns the DC power from the panel into more usable AC power.

Solar generators also include a storage battery. That way, if any of the power captured by the panels is not being used, you don’t lose that power.

Instead, it becomes potential energy stored in the battery for later use.

The battery ensures there’s power available in an emergency.

Solar generators also include various power outlets. These are like power outlets in your home.

They allow you to plug electrical cords, power tools or appliances into the generator.

Solar Generators vs. Fuel Generators

Now we have a basic understanding of what a portable solar generator is and how it works. So let’s move to the more interesting and important topic of WHY.

Why should you invest in a solar powered generator? Why not stick to old technology you’ve always relied on – namely fossil fuels – for your backup power needs?

To answer that question, we must look at the pros and cons of solar generators vs. fuel generators.

Then we can take that information to make an informed decision.

Fuel Is Expensive

We all know too well that fuel is not free.

It costs serious money to fill up our vehicles several times per month.

The reason fuel costs as much as it does is due to a long chain of processes. It takes money to get oil out of the ground and to transport that oil to oil refineries. It costs money for refineries to convert oil into fuel and distribute it to your local gas station.

And of course, gas stations have operating costs as well. Those costs – plus profit taking at each step – plus taxes – are what make up the price you pay at the pump.

And as we all know, those prices go up and down depending on hundreds of variables.

But when you fill up your vehicle, it’s definitely not free.

And if you’re serious about preparing for a future disaster, these costs will add up. If you want to run your fuel generator more than just a few days you’ll need to stock up.

That’s when the cost of choosing a fuel generator starts to seriously add up.

And if you think, “I’ll store a small amount today and stockpile more later” – think again.

Bad idea. That’s what everyone else does.

But fuel is one of the first materials to run out after a major disaster. You’ll quickly discover it’s all gone and if you do find some, it will be crazy expensive due to the laws of supply and demand.

But all these stockpiling expenses melt away with solar.

With solar, your fuel is FREE.

Yes, the portable solar generator itself is not free, but the energy necessary to convert the power is.

So you don’t have the same headaches of stockpiling a massive amount of it ahead of time. Or the ongoing fear of running out amid widespread panic.

You get an emergency power system today, with zero ongoing fuel costs.

This is one of the most attractive features of owning a solar powered generator.

Fuel Can Be Dangerous and Difficult To Store

Ok, back to that stockpiling fuel headache.

Not only will stockpiling fuel put a significant dent in your pocketbook. It’s also challenging to store it safely and for the long haul. Liquid fuels are highly flammable. Gasoline fumes are highly explosive. And diesel is dangerous as well.

So they are not something you want to store in bulk anywhere near your home. Sure, storing a small gas can or two in your garage for your lawnmower is fine. But not several large barrels of the stuff. For that, you’ll want to keep it far away from where you eat, sleep, and live.

Instead, you’ll need to store these fuels in a backyard shed or a fuel tank on a rack.

Doing this adds even more hassles and more costs.