Solar generators are a perfect alternative power source to take with you on a long journey or camping. They can store enough power to keep your appliances fully powered even when the grid is down. Some solar generators can also be used to recharge batteries and other portable electronic devices while on the go. They don’t produce emissions like an electrical generator and run silently in your car. But what is a solar generator? It’s a question many have asked but few really know the answer to it.
There are two main parts to solar generators. The first of these is the photovoltaic panel or the PV panel. This is what actually produces the electricity. This panel is built on the roof or inside a cabin or tent. When there is minimal sunlight, the panels need to be protected from the wind so they are placed on the ground or in a shadow.
Next is the solar system or the PV cell. This is where the real magic happens. These cells absorb the sun’s rays and convert it to usable electricity. Most systems use a series of batteries to store this energy so when the sun stops shining the system doesn’t have to start up again. Battery storage capacity, battery maintenance costs and their lifespan will vary based on the manufacturer and quality.
Solar generators can be either permanent or portable. A portable generator is one that can be taken with you on trips or camping. They are much less expensive to run than an RV generator would be. A permanent RV solar power station will have its own power inverter and connection to the mains. If you want a small portable system you can buy one that can be installed on the roof of your motor home or camper.
One of the benefits of having a portable solar power station is that you can move it around as needed. However, the size of this generator needs to be determined since most are quite large. You also need to decide how many of these you would like for your personal use.
The final consideration is the wattage and the size of your generator. Each RV generator has a maximum wattage output and this number will determine the size of the blades that will be used. The size of your generator will directly impact the amount of electricity produced. Some RV’s can support up to four solar panels but most require at least three to get adequate power.
Solar portable generators can be purchased for as little as $200. There are also smart solar boxes available that can hold all of your appliances and charge electronic devices. Smart boxes can be a little pricey because they include a 12-volt AC adapter, high-capacity battery, multiple outlets and protective covers. Some people prefer to buy the items separately to create a back-up generator. The advantage of using a portable generator is that you can take them with you when you travel because most have both batteries and electrical outlets.
It is important to keep in mind that although there are many advantages to solar generators, there are also disadvantages. For example, they can be costly to purchase and install, and they are difficult to operate because of weather conditions. You also must be careful not to overload the batteries or they will not hold enough energy to recharge your batteries. Another issue is that they must be placed in an area where they will receive direct sunlight during the day and be protected from overcast or cloudy conditions.