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Solar Generators: Everthing You Need to Know

by Jefferson Ebasan June 03, 2021 9 min read

How does a Solar Generator Work?

We must first study the fundamentals of solar generators before we can explore them in-depth.

It would help if you comprehended what a solar generator is and its functions because a solar generator differs from a generator that runs on fuel. Yes, they both turn raw energy into usable energy. On the other hand, solar generators use the sun's energy rather than fuel as the source of natural energy. So, let's have a look at the parts of a solar generator and how they work.

A solar generator is made up of two essential parts:

  • Solar Panels
  • Portable Power Generator

Solar Panels

The device that transforms sunlight into power is known as solar panels. They accomplish this by harnessing sunlight to release electrons from atoms. A flow of electricity is created when electrons are knocked loose. Simply put, the sun's energy stimulates molecules, causing an electric current to flow. That's all you need to know in terms of technical knowledge. In the end, solar panels convert sunlight into DC power.

Power Generator

There are two primary components in a portable solar power generator.

  • Battery 
  • Inverter

The inverter converts the panel's DC power into more usable AC electricity. A storage battery is included with solar generators. That way, you don't waste any of the power captured by the panels that aren't being used. Instead, it becomes potential energy in the battery, which can be used later. In an emergency, the battery ensures that electricity is available. Solar generators also come with several different power outputs. These are similar to your home's power outlets. They allow you to connect the generator to electrical cords, power tools, and appliances.

Fuel Generators vs. Solar Generators

We've covered the basics of what a portable solar generator is and how it works. So, let's get to the more intriguing and crucial question of WHY. What are the benefits of purchasing a solar-powered generator? Why not rely on the same old technology you've always relied on for backup power — namely, fossil fuels?

To answer that question, we must consider the advantages and disadvantages of solar vs. fuel generators. Then we'll be able to make an informed decision based on the information we've gathered.

Fuel is costly.

We're all too aware that fuel isn't free. Filling up our automobiles multiple times a month costs a lot of money. A vast chain of processes is responsible for the high cost of fuel. It costs money to extract oil from the ground and transport it to refineries. Refineries incur expenditures in converting oil into energy and distributing it to your neighborhood gas station. Gas stations, of course, have running costs as well.

The price you pay at the pump is made up of those costs, plus profit taken at each step, plus taxes. And, as we all know, those rates fluctuate based on hundreds of factors. However, it is unquestionably not free to fill up your automobile. These fees will pile up if you're serious about preparing for a future crisis. You'll need to stock up on fuel if you want to use your gasoline generator for longer than a few days.

That's when the cost of selecting a gasoline generator begins to mount. And don't think to yourself, "I'll store a tiny quantity today and hoard more later." This is a flawed concept.

However, after a severe tragedy, one of the first materials to run out is fuel. You'll rapidly learn that it's all gone, and even if you do find some, it'll be ridiculously overpriced owing to supply and demand laws. Solar, on the other hand, eliminates all of these stockpiling costs. Solar energy is a cost-free source of energy.

Although the portable solar generator is not accessible, the energy required to convert the power is. So you won't have to deal with the hassles of accumulating a large quantity of it ahead of time. Alternatively, there's the constant anxiety of running out amid mass hysteria. You may purchase an emergency power system right now for no money down and no recurring fuel bills. One of the most appealing aspects of owning a solar-powered generator is the cost savings.

Fuel is Potentially Hazardous and Difficult to Store.

Now, let's get back to that fuel stockpile headache. Stockpiling fuel will not only put a dent in your wallet, but it will also make a dent in your health. It's also challenging to keep it safe and secure for the long haul. Liquid fuels are incredibly combustible. The fumes from gasoline are highly explosive. Diesel, on the other hand, is highly hazardous. As a result, you don't want to keep them in bulk anywhere near your home.

It's quite acceptable to have a small gas can or two in your garage for your lawnmower. But not a couple of enormous barrels of it. You'll want to keep it away from where you eat, sleep, and live for that reason. You'll have to keep these fuels in a backyard shed or a gasoline tank on a rack instead. Adding this to the mix adds even more annoyances and expenditures.

In addition, backyard sheds aren't known for being air-conditioned. As a result, you're exposing flammable fuels to scorching and cold temperatures, which is terrible. It may even be illegal to keep a large amount of fuel on hand. Fuel storage in bulk is rarely permitted in residential areas due to local rules.

Even if you could, you'd still have to deal with the issue of fuels' limited shelf life. As a result, you'll need to use a fuel stabilizer regularly. You might also implement a fuel rotation strategy, in which you utilize old gasoline and replace it with new. The primary line is that storing a large amount of fuel for a long-term backup plan is a significant pain! However, with a solar generator, you may altogether avoid this problem.

A solar generator can be safely stored in practically any place. It might be in your basement, garage, portable garage, bedroom, or bathroom. It's safely tucked away wherever it makes sense for when you need it. Your fuel is being "stored" for you by the sun. All you have to do is capture the energy as it passes by daily.

Stockpiles of Fuel will Eventually run out.

The fact that fossil fuels are not a renewable resource is another fatal problem with fuel generators. You'll need to replenish your gasoline supply after it's depleted. If you can't obtain it anymore, your backup power generator will become a large, expensive paperweight. Your backup plan has come to an end. You've drowned in the sea. You've found yourself up a creek without a paddle.

The sun's beams, on the other hand, are a limitless power source. Sure, the sun will eventually quit shining because it has a finite amount of fuel. However, we're talking billions of years in the future (5 billion to be exact). As a result, it will, for all intents and purposes, never run out. Even if you run out of power today, you're never entirely out of options with a solar-powered generator. Tomorrow will always have more energy to capture and convert.

The phrase "The sun will rise tomorrow." takes on a whole new meaning.

Cloudy days, of course, will "rain on your parade." However, those, too, will fade with time.

Fuel Generators make a lot of noise.

We all know how noisy gasoline generators are. There's a reason why campgrounds limit the number of time generators can be used. Generators that make a lot of noise might wake up an entire campsite. With a solar generator, however, those limitations are no longer an issue. You can create power without making a peep anytime the sun shines.

This no-noise system isn't just valuable for camps. It's crucial in the event of a widespread, long-term disaster. The last thing you want to do during a long-term power outage is informing your neighbors that you have a generator. You don't want those who don't have power (but want it) to start looking into things. If word gets out that you have a generator, you can bet someone will want it.

This is especially true if the power is down indefinitely. However, with a solar generator, you may altogether avoid all of this.

Fuel Generators Produce Fumes.

Finally, it would help if you contend with the fumes when using standard gasoline generators. Fuel generators work by causing a series of little explosions. These little explosions generate a significant amount of energy. They do, however, produce an unpleasant byproduct in the form of deadly gases.

These gases are dangerous to inhale. That is why you should never leave your automobile in an enclosed garage to warm up. These hazardous vapors can kill if inhaled in large quantities. These gases usually escape into the environment, where they can cause less immediate damage. In the atmosphere, the harmful vapors are diluted.

Solar, on the other hand, produces no emissions. It's a technology that makes no emissions. Solar generators are also "green" technologies.

Which People Should Buy Solar Generators?

Now that we've gone over every facet of solar generators, it's time to see if they're right for you. Of course, your situation and survival strategy will determine this. And, since we won't answer that question for you, I'll offer some general comments. First, provide you with some general advice on when buying a solar generator is a good idea and when it isn't.

Solar-powered generators are an excellent investment if you regard them as an emergency backup rather than a complete replacement. They are not a direct replacement for the energy usage of your home. If that was your expectation, you were mistaken. Even large nonportable fuel-based home generators have difficulty with such a task. Those, too, are in the tens of thousands of dollars.

Prioritization is required for a reasonably priced portable backup generator system.

Prioritized Issues:

  • Would you like one to power a tiny refrigerator in an emergency? A solar generator may achieve that, but that is about all it will be able to do. 
  • Would you like to use a CPAP machine while also charging a couple of smartphones? That's great, but it won't be practical to run a freezer at the same time.
  • Do you want to be able to use your microwave numerous times a day and have some lighting at night? It's perfect.

As a result, you'll need to consider your energy requirements holistically. You'll need to set priorities. For example – one of the top solar generators can generate up to 1,500 continuous watts of power. That should be enough to power the following devices:

  • mobile device 
  • tablet
  • survival radio
  • a few lights
  • a little device or a life
  • saving medical gadget

This is dependent on the total energy requirements of all of these gadgets. Or, with good power management, you could be able to power your freezer INDEFINITELY. You'll never have to worry about your food supplies going wrong if you can do this.

But the point is that a single solar generator won't be able to handle everything. You'll need to acquire more solar generators if you want to get everything. However, this comes at a hefty price premium. Investing in solar lighting is one approach to be strategic with your limited power. You won't waste any of your solar generator's electricity on lighting this way. Solar lanterns have solar panels integrated into and use LED lights. A separate self-sustaining solar gadget now meets your emergency lighting demands.

So here's the bottom line:

You must completely comprehend the capabilities and limitations of a solar-powered generator. This is how you turn it into a sound survival investment.

Why Does Everyone Need an Emergency Power Plan?

Some individuals believe that all technology is hazardous.

All technical advances, in my opinion, are pushing us further away from a culture of self-reliance. Instead, we're going closer to a culture of defenseless fools.

Here are a few examples of technology that reduce our independence:

  • The Electrical Grid 
  • The Food Distribution System 
  • Corporate Farming 
  • Food Manufacturing 
  • Interstate Delivery
  • Supermarkets 
  • Refrigeration 
  • The Water Distribution System

These "advancements" have rendered us even more reliant on them for our survival. If you take one of them away, chaos ensues because few people have a meaningful backup plan if these "societal improvements" fail.

They are unable to exist without assistance and freebies.

Sure, technology is helpful in everyday life. It's awe-inspiring when everything runs flawlessly. But that's the issue; precisely because of this, it's so harmful. Modern technological systems are as inconvenient as they are inappropriate. However, they come at the expense of our independence.

We develop a sense of helplessness. The true costs of these technologies will be revealed in times of great crisis. The sorrow, anguish, and loss will be unbearable. Consider a widespread, long-term outage. How many people could make it through a few months without electricity? Unfortunately, there aren't many.

However, not all technologies are harmful. A few technologies are being developed that perform the exact opposite. Those things help us become more self-sufficient! The solar generator is one of these technologies, which is why you should invest in one.


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Today's solar-powered generators are remarkable and well worth the price of admission. They are the self-sufficient future that welcomes this type of technology. You can't, however, wait. It's necessary to install a solar generator (or a standard generator, if you choose).

For everyday situations like blackouts, you must have a backup power strategy. If you're anything like us, you'll also want to prepare for a longer-term blackout. As a result, solar-powered generators have a place in that strategy.

Jefferson Ebasan
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