Best Solar Generators : Buying Guide and Expert Advice

A Solar Generator is a great investment if you plan to use it as an emergency backup at home or as a source of power for your RV/ log cabin /camping trip.

Contents

Regular Generator vs Solar Generator
Solar Generator Reviews
How long can I run my devices? 
What size should I buy? 
See them : Video Reviews

Related Pages

Inside a Solar Generator
Best Portable Solar Generators
Best Heavy Duty Solar Generators
Solar Panel Kits
Solar Panel Output
Are Solar Panels worth it?
Understanding your Electric Bill

The Best Solar Generators include the smallest portable solar generators (150W or smaller) that are best for charging phones and other portable devices, but not for computers, fans, boomboxes etc.

The larger solar generators are great for charging portable devices, tablets, laptops and for running a few emergency lights, a boombox and perhaps a desktop computer for a few hours.

Thereafter the solar generators need to be recharged. Fortunately most solar generators come with solar panels and can recharge your generators batteries with a good day of bright sun. An AC wall outlet or a car charger will also do the job provided you are near one. The best solar generators provide reliable power, are noiseless, don’t emit odors and require no refueling unlike their competitors, the regular portable gas generator.

The table below is a comprehensive comparison chart of the best solar generators available today along with links to reviews. The list is ordered from the smallest portable solar generators  to their heavy duty cousins. If you are curious about the workings of a solar generator; you can see the insides and read about them in this post “How does a solar generator work?”. If you are the visual kind this video reviews a few of the top solar generators. And click here if you want to know how long your appliances will run with your solar generator.

Image Portable Solar Generators Wattage Battery Weight (lbs) Price Review
Amsu 100W 100 40.8 AH Lithium 3.3 Price Review
Goal Zero Yeti 150 150 14 Ah AGM 12 Price Review
Paxcess 100W Paxcess 100W 150 40.8 AH Lithium 3.5 Price Review
LazerVolt Power Pack 168 14 Ah Lead Acid 13.6 Price Review
Renogy Firefly 175 16 Ah Lithium 12 Price Review
Suaoki 200 220 20 Ah AGM 5.5 Price Review
Aspect 250 250 20 Ah Lithium 25 Price Review
PowerSource PSI 300 300 35 Ah AGM 18 Price Review
Kalisaya KP401 384 26 Ah Lithium 13 Price Review
Goal Zero Yeti 400 400 33 Ah AGM 29 Price Review
Poweroak 400 400 22 Ah Lithium 12 Price Review
Anker 400W 434 120 AH Lithium 9.26 Price Review
Suaoki 400 444 20 Ah Li Ion 12.3 Price Review
Kalisaya KP601 558 38 Ah Lithium 13 Price Review
Image Heavy Duty Solar Generators Wattage Battery Weight (lbs) Price Review
Inergy Kodiak 1100W Heavy Duty Solar Generator Indergy Kodiak 1100 1100 90 AH ,12V Lithium 20 Price Read Review
Goal Zero Yeti 1250 1250 100 Ah AGM 116 Price Read Review
Kohler enCUBE 1440 100 Ah AGM 109 Price Review
OG Solar 3000 1500 100 Ah AGM 83 Price Review
Wagan Power Cube 1500 100 Ah AGM 132 Price Review
Duracell Power Source 1800 1800 51 AH AGM 51 Price Review
Forty2Max 2000W 2000 83 AH Lithium 75 Price Review
BePrepared 5000 2500 100 Ah AGM 35 (w/o batt) Price Review

ALERT :   If you want to go off grid or power your homes heating, air conditioning and all your regular home appliances for an extended period during an outage like Sandy, you are better off with a regular whole home generator.  Regular Portable generators and and the heavy duty solar generators can provide a few hours of backup for your home sans Air Conditioning or Heating.

A whole home solar system with panels on your roof or yard is a better bet if you want to power your whole home with solar. Such whole home solar systems are great to reduce your utility bills, but wont work during power outages unless the solar system has additional batteries as backup. The home solar systems you see advertised on TV by big majors like Solar City all power your homes but don’t come with battery backup.

CAVEAT : It is possible to design a solar generator to power an entire household and go off the grid completely. You just cant buy that off the shelf. This would have to be custom built and they are expensive. This is a good post on the insides of a solar generator  – inside a solar generator. You can do it build one yourself if you are a serious DIYer with a good grasp of the electricians skills. Typically such a system would involve installing 15 or more large solar panels on your roof top or on the ground. You would need a shed for your batteries and charging electronics. The best value option for a DIY solar enthusiast is the solar panel kit. For those who want to spend a few thousand dollars for a larger solar system; check out Wholesale Solar. If you are not a DIYer and want a large system, call a local solar installer.  I am in New Jersey and I got my solar system installed by Ampericon without spending anything out of pocket. Here is my post about getting a solar system with no out of pocket investment.

Solar Generators vs Regular Portable Generators

BEST SOLAR GENERATORS : PROS

  • Safe to keep indoors and easy to move around with
  • Long life as there are no moving parts
  • Relatively maintenance free
  • Once it is set up it keeps running and you can forget about it
  • No Running costs once set up
  • No fumes no pollution and great for the environment

BEST SOLAR GENERATORS : CONS

  • Setup takes a little time and you have to learn the basics
  • Additional space for the solar panels – yard or balcony
  • Re charging the batteries takes time
  • Batteries will eventually need to be replaced

REGULAR PORTABLE GENERATOR : PROS

  • Available off the shelf
  • Easy to set up
  • Less expensive
  • Repair and maintenance is simple
  • Refueling is easy if you have gas or propane handy

REGULAR PORTABLE GENERATOR : CONS

  • Its dirty power producing noxious fumes
  • Has to be outdoor for ventilation
  • Need to buy Gas or Propane on a regular basis
  • Needs regular maintenance
  • Of no use if you run out of gas or propane – remember the long lines during Sandy

Best Solar Generator Reviews

Here are reviews of the best in class solar generators available today. You can use the links on the table to the right to go directly to anyone of the reviews.

Generators Reviews

Amsu 100w
Anker Powerhouse 400
Aspect 250
Duracell Power Source 1800
Forty2Max 2000
Goal Zero Yeti 150
Goal Zero Yeti 1250
Grengine 1000
Inergy Kodiak 1100
Kalisaya KP401
Kalisaya KP600
Kohler Encube
Lazer Volt
Paxcess 100w
Poweroak 400
Power Source 300
Renogy Firefly
Renogy Firefly (old)
Suaoki 400wh
Suaoki 220w
Wagan 1500w

Many of the reviews are below and the others are in separate posts, The comparison table also has links to the reviews and is useful to get a small snapshot of each solar generator. The list of solar generators in the comparison chart is ordered by size – starting with the smallest portable solar generators and going upto the largest heavy duty solar generators. All of the featured solar generators  have stellar reviews from customers. You just cant go wrong with any them – as long as you are clear about the pros and cons of this category of generators. The device charging capacity table will help you decide if the size and output of the solar generator fits with your requirements. Some of these portable solar generators cant charge laptops or run AC appliances, but are great in terms of portability. Read on for performance specifications of a large selection of the best solar generators in the US market today.

Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Solar Generator Kit

Portable Solar Generator - Goal Zero 150
Best Solar Generator – Goal Zero 150
POWER : 150 WH Battery : 12V, 14 Ah AGM Battery Solar Panel – external 20W Nomad

Devices Charge capacity 

Lamp (4 WH) 37 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 30 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 18 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 5 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 3 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 5 hours

All Goal Zero Yeti solar generators including the Yeti 150 can be charged from a wall outlet or a car charger or using the solar panel provided in the kit. This is a great convenience. The Yeti 150 is the smallest solar generator from the Goal Zero stable producing just 150Wh of solar energy from its 12V,  14 Ah AGM battery. An AGM battery is is like a regular car battery.  It requires to be charged and topped up regularly. If you let the battery drain completely, it will no longer work. Fortunately the Yeti 150 comes with a built in battery charge display indicator with 5 bars so you always know the current charge level of the battery. A nice safety feature is a chirping sound to indicate low charge level of the battery. You should quickly get the battery charged.  This solar generator will work just fine without the solar panels since you can charge the generator from a wall plug or a car charger.  That will reduce the kits price substantially – see its price without the panels here. The unit has 3 outputs a 2Amp USB port, a 12V output which is the traditional car charger type of outlet and an 80W AC socket which is a normal wall AC outlet.   The AC outlet of the Yeti 150 is able to provide 80W on a continuous basis so its good for a laptop but you have to be careful to not to attach heavier loads. The unit will trip and stop working if you put a heavier load, but it will not be damaged.  The car charger outlet providing 12 volt has a little more juice and can produce 120 W of continuous power.  To check out the latest prices on the Yeti – click here. This low power solar generator is a must buy for your next camping trip.

Renogy Firefly Portable Solar Generator

Best Solar Generator - Renogy
Best Solar Generator – Renogy Firefly
POWER : 175 WH Battery : 16 Ah Lithium Polymer Solar Panel – Inbuilt 10W

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 43 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 35 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 21 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 5 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 3 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 5 hours

This is a compact solar generator and is very handy as it is completely integrated into a suitcase form and is ready to go immediately. The superb design makes it an easy entrant to this list of best solar generators. You don’t have to buy anything else to get this solar generator working. The inbuilt 10W panels are do a decent job charging the battery. However, if you are looking for a quicker charge, the unit can be charged directly from a 110V wall socket. The unit can also be charged with an external solar module with maximum output of 50W at 23V max, using the included  5.5m coaxial power connector (DC to MC4  connector). At just 12 pounds, its handy to lug around anywhere. The output options include one 110V AC output providing 120W of continuous power. There are two 12V DC outputs 5.5mm producing 5 Amps plus an 8 Amp, 12 V cigarette socket and two 5V and 2 Amp USB sockets. It has an LCD display with information on battery capacity, errors, and DC/AC load on/off. The unit has a cool LED nighttime flashlight with regular lighting and SOS mode.

Aspect Solar SunSocket Portable Solar Generator

Best Solar Generators aspect
Best Solar Generator – Aspect Solar Suntracking
POWER : 250 WH Battery :20 Ah Lithium Ion Solar Panel –Inbuilt 60W

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 62 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 50 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 31 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 8 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 5 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 8 hours

The Aspect Solar Suntracking generator has some cool in built technology. It is compact and has the solar panels integrated into the suitcase form factor. The 60W mono crystalline solar panels which work at 19% efficiency track the sun and generate power to charge the built in 20AH LiFePO4 lithium ion phosphate battery. The solar panels slide out and unfold in the manner of a peacocks plume. The panels then track the sun during the day.  At night they can be slid into the box and they fold back into the box unit on pressing the reset button. With four 4 USB ports, a 12V DC outlet and an AC socket, this unit weighs 25 pounds. It dimensions of 20.2 x 4.2 x 16.5 inches give it a nice futuristic look. This is a low capacity solar generator with the looks of a winner. It was noticed and won an innovator award at the 2014 CES show.

Kalisaya KP401 KaliPAK Portable Solar Generator

Best Solar Generators kalisaya kp401
Best Solar Generator – KP401
POWER : 384 WH Battery :26 Ah Lithium Polymer Solar Panel –External folding 40W

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 96 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 76 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 48 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 12 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 7 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 12 hours

This is the mid tier Kalipak solar generator. It has an output of 384 WH and weighs 13 pounds. It has a 4 cell solar panel rated at 40W as part of the kit. The Kalipak KP 401 has a Bluetooth transmitter and the KaliAPP allows you to monitor consumption levels, ensuring that you will never be suddenly left without power. This product also comes with a mini powerkit—an AC/DC Wall Charger and Car-Lighter Adapter and the foldable 40 W Solar Panel.  The whole unit packs up nicely into the included case.  The whole unit will go into your backpack for that next outdoor trip in a jiffy.

Goal Zero Yeti 400 Mid Size Solar Generator Kit

Best Solar Generators yeti400
Best Solar Generator : Yeti 400
POWER : 400 WH Battery :33 Ah AGM Battery Solar Panel –External 20W Nomad

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 100 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 80 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 50 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 13 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 8 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 13 hours

Goal Zero’s Yeti 400 is a medium capacity solar generator and is amongst the three YETI products in this list of best solar generators. This is a very popular best selling solar generator in the US. The Yeti 400 can be charged from a wall outlet or a car charger or using the solar panel provided in the kit.  The included 33 AH AGM battery is is like a regular car battery.  You must not let the battery drain completely. The built in battery charge display indicator and the chirping sound to indicate low charge level of the battery are great safety features.  This solar generator will also work just fine without the solar panels since you can charge the generator from a wall plug or a car charger.  That will reduce the kits price substantially – see its price without the panels here. The unit has 3 outputs, two 1.5 Amp USB ports, a 12V output which is the traditional car charger type of outlet and two AC outlets providing  300W AC in total.   The AC outlet is good for a laptop and a regular TV with power rating below 300W. The 400 WH capacity is ample for the family vacation or a brief blip in power in the neighborhood. The solar generator weighs 29 lbs and the included solar panel weighs just around 3 lbs.

Kalisaya KP601 KaliPAK Mid Size Solar Generator

Best Solar Generators kalisaya kp601
Best Solar Generator : KP 601
POWER : 558 WH Battery :38 Ah Lithium Polymer Solar Panel –External folding 40W

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 139 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 111 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 69 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 18 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 11 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 18 hours

Kalisaya comes from the Incan language Aymara. Incas considered the sun to be a divine entity and the Kalisaya brand picks up on this interpretation to give you some really classy solar generators. The Kalisaya KP601 comes with an external folding solar module. The main unit has built in battery and charge controllers. At 13 pounds the power pack is compact and is just over a foot across and about half a foot tall. Exact dimensions are 6.7 x 13.5 x 13.5 inches and it weighs at 13 pounds. A dependable solar panel with a powerful but light lithium-ion battery gives the Kalisaya generator its signature portability. The Kalisaya KP 601 can charge an average iPhone 93 times. The inbuilt bluetooth transmitter and KaliAPP app for IOS and Android helps manage energy consumption easily while you are on the go. This product also comes with a mini powerkit—an AC/DC Wall Charger and Car-Lighter Adapter and the foldable 40 W Solar Panel.

Goal Zero Yeti 1250 Heavy Duty Solar Generator Kit

Best Solar Generators yeti1250
Best Solar Generator Yeti 1250
POWER : 1250 WH Battery :100 Ah AGM Solar Panel –External 2 Boulder  30W panels

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 312 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 250 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 156 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 41 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 25 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 41 hours

This is the largest solar generator from Goal Zero. The unit is heavy at 116 pounds but the wheels are a blessing. You can order two additional Goal Zero Boulder 30 W panels or single 90W panel. These are sold separately. You can order more panels also if you like. That will reduce charging time significantly. The unit has 3 USB outlets each generating 2.1 Amps and thus will charge multiple USB devices like your Apple or Android smart phones very easily. There is a 12 V charging outlet and you can use this for all devices that connect to the car charger outlet of your vehicles.   The three pure sine wave outlets for AC power is really useful. You can run a small refrigerator, a laptop and a couple of lights or an oven off these three AC outlets.

Be Prepared 5000 Watt Heavy Duty Solar Generator

Solar Generator : Be Prepared 5000
Best Solar Generator : Be Prepared 5000
POWER : 5000 W peak and 2500 W continuous Battery :200 Ah AGM Battery Solar Panel –External 2 100W modules

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 625 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 500 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 312 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 83 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 50 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 83 hours

The BePrepared Solar generator is a workhorse with a capacity of 2500 WH. Unlike its competitors it ships with two 100W solar panels making this one of the fastest charging units in its class. It has built in charging option from an AC outlet as well. It is not in the same league of design as some of its competitors, but it gives them a run for their money because of its power and longer lasting panels. It comes with 30 feet of solar cables with this solar generator weighs just 30 pounds. The main unit has dimensions of 32 x 18 x 18 inches and it houses the batteries inside it. The batteries ship separately and will need to inserted and connected inside the unit. If you are looking for a good looking finished product, this unit will not make you happy. This is a work horse and it looks like one and its good value for money.

OG Solar 3000W Heavy Duty Solar Generator

Best Solar Generators og 3000
Best Solar Generator : OG 3000
POWER : 3000 WH peak, 1500 W continuous Battery :100 Ah AGM Battery Solar Panel –External 2 50W modules

Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 375 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 300 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 188 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 50 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 30 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 50 hours
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This is a full size solar generator from OG Solar. This heavy duty unit can provide 3000W if peak power and 1500 watt on a continuous basis. Its got significant power and can keep a small home running for a few hours. It is slightly on the heavier side at 83 pounds but the unit has a small form factor at 10 x 15 x 11 inches. It has an 110 V AC outlet as output and two 12V DC outlets built in. It boasts of a 20 year warranty for the panels and 5 years for the electronics and the battery.  This unit does not have the design chops of the other units in this review. The output and input options are rather limited given the price tag. However, if you are interested in sustained power to keep your electronics and a few lamps going for over a day and night, this  heavy duty generator will gladly be your beast of burden.

Suaoki 220Wh Portable Solar Generator

Solar Generator - Suaoki 220Wh Portable Solar Generator
Best Solar Generator Suaoki 220Wh
POWER : 220 WH Battery : 20 Ah AGM Solar Panel : No Panel in kit

     Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 55 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 44 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 27 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 7 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 4 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 7 hours
Solar Generator - Suaoki 220Wh Portable Solar Generator - outputs
Prices

The Suaoki 220Wh Portable Solar Generator is a small package with a reasonably strong punch. This 5.5 pound  Suaoki 220Wh portable solar generator has a battery management system (BMS) that prevents over-current, over-voltage and over-temperature, giving your devices complete protection. This Suaoki 220Wh Portable Solar Generator Portable solar generator generates 200 watts of running power and 240 watts of starting power. The in-built AC inverter provides 200W of pure sine wave AC power through two 110 volt AC outlets. Additionally there are 2 USB ports (1 amp and 2.1 amp) and 2 DC outlets plus an extra cigarette socket cable.

The Suaoki220 is one of the most popular solar generators thanks to its stylish looks, excellent brand reputation and an excellent power to size ratio. There are very few competitors to this small sized power house. For more details read this detailed review.

Paxcess 100W Portable Solar Generator

Paxcess 100W Portable Solar Generator
Best Solar Generator Paxcess 100W
POWER : 150 WH Battery : 40.8 AH Lithium Solar Panel Not included

     Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 37 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 30 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 18 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 5 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 3 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 5 hours
Paxcess 100W Portable Solar Generator - front
Price

The 3.5 pound Paxcess 100W Portable Solar Generator is your source of clean and reliable power. The Paxcess portable solar generator has smart power control to prevent overcharging or over discharging. This Paxcess 100W Portable Solar Generator Portable solar generator generates 150 watts of continuous power. The in-built AC inverter provides two AC outputs with 100W of modified sine wave power for regular household devices. Additionally there are 2 USB ports (3.5 A each) and three DC outputs providing 12 Volts at 15 amps maximium.

The unit is expandable and you can add additional solar panels and batteries (you will have to buy them separately) to be connected later for even more charging and powering capability. This portable solar generators is handy for emergencies or for  your next camping trip or for a tailgate party and more. Its compatible appliances include: laptop, TV, smartphone, lights, etc. Since it is a relatively low powered portable solar generator you won’t be able to use it to power a fridge or power tools.For more on this generator including additional images, check this post.

Forty2Max 2000W Heavy Duty Solar Generator

Forty2Max 2000W Solar Generator
Best Solar Generator Forty2Max 2000W
POWER : 2000 WH Battery : 83 AH Li Ion Solar Panel In-built

     Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 500 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 400 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 250 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 67 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 40 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 67 hours
Paxcess 100W Portable Solar Generator - Front
Price

The 75 pound Forty2Max 2000W Solar Generator is amongst the most powerful solar generators in the market today and it will serve as a reliable source of clean long lasting power. The Forty2Max is an all in one Heavy Duty Solar Generator. It is a packaged solution with panels, batteries and inverter all included in the product.

This Forty2Max 2000W Solar Generator Heavy Duty solar generator generates 2000 watts of continuous DC power. The in-built AC inverter provides two AC outputs with 1000W of modified sine wave power for regular household devices. Additionally there are 2 USB ports for your electronic devices. The Forty2Max also comes in two additional variants with smaller battery capacities of 500w and 1000w.

You can’t add additional solar panels to this unit as the panels come built in. That is a blessing and a problem as the solar charging takes longer due to the smaller capacity panels, but is a blessing as you don’t have additional baggage to carry around. This general purpose solar generator can pretty much be adapted for any kind of use : camping, emergencies, outdoors, tailgating,movie party, outdoor cabin etc. Its compatible appliances include: laptop, TV, power tools, microwave, smartphone, lights, etc. For more, check this post.

Duracell Power Source 1800 Heavy Duty Solar Generator

Solar Generator - Duracell Power Source1800 Solar Generator
Best Solar Generator Duracell Power Source 1800
POWER : 1800 WH Battery : 51 AH AGM Solar Panel: Not compatible 
 Duracell Generator Run Time  

The 51 pound Duracell Power Source 1800 is from the Duracell stable lives us to its brand promise of long lasting backup power. But, it is not a traditional solar generator as it cannot be charged with external solar panels. It is an uninterrupted power supply source or a battery backup which provides AC power from its built in battery.  Thus the Duracell Power Source 1800 is a packaged solution with  batteries and inverter all included in the product.

This Duracell Power Source 1800 solar generates 1800 watts of continuous AC power. The in-built AC inverter provides five AC outputs with 1800W of pure sine wave power for household devices and electronics. There are no DC outputs or USB outputs.

Solar Generator - Duracell Power Source 1800 - outputs
Prices

The batteries are AGM and non spill which is standard with most units this size. However, you can replace the batteries when they wear out with 3, 17AH sealed AGM batteries. You will need a qualified battery consultant to carry out the replacement. Its compatible appliances include: laptop, TV, power tools, refrigerator, smartphone, lights, etc. For more on this generator including additional images, check this post.

Amsu-100W-Portable-Solar-Generator

Amsu 100W Portable Solar Generator
Best Solar Generator Amsu 100W
POWER : 100 WH Battery : 40.8 AH Lithium Solar Panel Not included

     Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 25 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 20 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 12 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 3 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 2 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 3 hours
Portable Solar Generator - Amsu 100W
Price

The 3.3 pound Amsu-100W-Portable-Solar-Generator is the lowest power capacity portable solar generator in our list of reviewed solar generators. The Amsu 100W Portable Solar Generator has 3a smart charge discharge controller built in to protect its batteries from discharging completely.

This Amsu-100W-Portable-Solar-Generator Portable solar generator generates 150 watts of continuous power. The in-built AC inverter provides two AC outputs with 100W of modified sine wave power for regular household devices. Additionally there are 2 USB ports (3.5 A each) and three DC outputs providing 12 Volts at 15 amps maximium.

The Amsu portable solar generator often serves as an emergency backup unit. It is not necessary to have solar panels to charge the unit. However, if you plan to use it for camping trips stretching to more than a day, then it might be a good idea to consider additional solar panels. You can read about compatible solar panels and more specs on this generator here.

Anker PowerHouse 400Wh mid size Solar Generator

Anker PowerHouse 400Wh
Best Solar Generator Anker PowerHouse 400Wh
POWER : 434 WH Battery : 120 AH Lithium Solar Panel Not Included

     Devices Charge capacity

Lamp (4 WH) 108 charges
Smartphone or GoPro (5 WH) 86 charges
Digital Camera (8 WH) 54 charges
Tablet (30 WH) 14 charges
Laptop (50 WH) 8 charges
Light Bulb (30 W) 14 hours
Anker Powerhouse 400Wh Compact
Price

The 9.26 pound Anker PowerHouse 400Wh is a powerhouse in a small small clean package.  The Anker PowerHouse boasts of an advanced battery management system (BMS) that controls voltage, temperature and other advanced safety options for enhanced safety and protection for your devices.

This Anker PowerHouse 400Wh Portable solar generator generates 434 watts of continuous DC power. The in-built AC inverter provides one AC output providing 120W of pure sine wave power. Additionally there are 4 fast charging USB ports each capable of charging a laptop and a 12V car charger outlet.

The Anker Powerhouse 400W is very popular with its small portable design packing a significant wallop of power. The unit can be used for camping, emergencies, outdoors, tailgating, and more. Its compatible appliances include: laptop, TV, power tools, microwave, smartphone, lights, etc. For more specs and pictures of this portable solar generator, check this detailed review.

Best Solar Generators : Video Reviews

This is a video review of some of the solar generators you have read about in this article.

How long can I run my appliances using one of these best solar generators ?

If you have selected a solar generator and you want to know how long you can run a particular appliance or set of appliances, this calculator will be very useful. Enter the power rating of your solar generator and select the appliances you plan to use and the calculator will give you the number of hours of operation on one charge of the solar generator. All the generators reviewed here have their power ratings in the table of specs. It is in watt hours or watts.

What size of solar generator should I buy ?

If you are not sure of the size of solar generator to buy, this calculator will help you out.  Select the appliances you plan to use with your solar generator and the calculator  will suggest the optimum size of your solar generator in watts or watt hours.

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