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The Survival Prep Store's Guide to Solar Generators: Why Everyone Should Have One

A solar generator is a must-have for any homeowner. If the power goes out, you will be glad you have one! The Survival Prep Store has all of the information you need to choose the right solar generator for your needs. We'll tell you why solar generators are such an important part of any prepper's arsenal, and we'll help you choose the perfect one for your home.

How do Solar Generators Work?

solar power portable generator

Solar generators work by converting sunlight into direct current (DC) electricity. This electricity passes through the charge controller, which keeps the voltage from going too high or low. The solar panel connects to the battery bank, which stores the energy from the solar panel. When you need power, the solar generator converts the DC electricity from the battery bank into AC electricity that can be used to power your appliances.

Can a Solar Generator Power a Refrigerator?

An average home will need about 6,000 watts of solar to go completely “off grid”. However, if you want to backup a refrigerator and maybe a freezer, and power a few lights, then 1,500 watts might be sufficient to handle that, depending on the quality of inverter, and if you have enough solar panels and batteries.

What are the Advantages of Solar Generators?

Solar generators offer a number of advantages over gas-powered generators. First of all, solar generators are much more environmentally friendly. They also don't produce any noise, so you can use them without disturbing your neighbors. Additionally, solar generators are much more affordable than gas-powered generators.

Solar generators have a lot of advantages:

-They are quiet and non-polluting.

-They can be used to power any type of appliance, from small appliances like televisions and microwaves to large appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners.

-They are a renewable energy source, so you can use them to power your home even if there is a power outage.

-They are perfect for emergencies and natural disasters.

- solar generators are the perfect backup power solution for any homeowner

 
Power outages can leave a home without power for lighting, cooking, refrigeration and pumping water. Portable generators can be bought to provide substitute power. However, the generator must be properly sized to start the appliances and equipment you want to run.

 

What To Do
(For 120-volt, plug-in appliances)

First, find the wattage of the appliance(s) you want to run by checking the nameplate. Motor-driven appliances may be listed in horsepower which must be converted to watts. Motors require four times as much power to start as they do to run. If the running wattage of a motor is 400, then the starting wattage will be 1,600. The following table gives some starting and running wattage for electrical motors:

Table 1

Watts Required

Motor, hp To start To run
1/6
1/4
1/3
1/2
1
5
7.5
10

1,000
1.500
2,000
2,300
4,000
18,000
28,000
36,000

215
300
400
575
1,000
4,500
7,000
9,000

Now determine how many appliances you want to run at the same time and add or total the wattage. The size of the generator you use must be such that it will start and run the necessary appliances. If you get a generator that is too small to run refrigerators and freezers, they will try to start, but the voltage will drop and their motors will overheat and burn out. If you cannot find the wattage, an estimate can be made from the following table:

Table 2

Typical Equipment Wattages

Essential home equipment
 
Typical wattage
Refrigerator
Freezer
Furnace blower
400-800
600-1,000
400-600
Optional home equipment
 
Typical wattage
Electric skillet
Electric stove
Washing machine
Water pump
Water heater
Electric fan
Central air conditioner
1,150-1,500
3,000-4,000
400
800-2,500
1,000-5,000
75-300
2,000-5,000
Farm equipment
 
Typical wattage
Ventilator fans
Silo unloader
Feed mixing
Feed conveyor
Bulk milk cooler
Electric fence
300-800
2,000-7,500
800-1,500
800-5,000
1,500-12,000
7-10

How Many Watts Do You Need for Home Appliances?

The average home uses about 30 kilowatts of power per day. This means that you would need a solar generator that can produce at least 30 kilowatts of power. However, solar generators are not 100% efficient, so you would actually need a solar generator that can produce more than 30 kilowatts of power.

-Coffee maker: 900 watts

-Television: 120 watts

-Laptop: 60 watts

-Refrigerator: 400 watts

-Window air conditioner: 1000 watts

-Central air conditioner: 5000 watts

What is the Best Solar Generator for Home Use?

The best solar generator for home use is the one that best fits your needs. There are a lot of solar generators on the market, so it is important to do your research and find the one that is right for you.

The Survival Prep Store has all of the information you need to choose the right solar generator for your needs.

We recommend  our Generator and Solar Panel Bundle that features a generator with large panels. Gear up for power with this Generator and Solar Panel Bundle. Portable and tough, this generator is perfect for backup power at home or on the go. With high power/energy, you can keep your electrical devices going for longer. The solar panel adds an extra boost of power to keep you going when you need it most.

solar panel generators

 We also have the Elios Solar Backpack Bundle —the perfect way to stay connected on the go! The durable 840D nylon construction ensures your belongings are safe and sound, while the padded laptop and tablet pockets keep your devices protected. Plus, with reversible zippers and custom pulls, it's easy to access whatever you need. And when things get a bit wet, the stow-away rain cover comes in handy. Best of all, the adjustable sternum strap provides extra comfort and stability when you're on the move.  Scroll down to see our full collection.

 

How to Calculate Wattage and Solar Panel Rating: A Solved Example

If you're looking to set up a solar generator system, you'll need to know how many watts your appliances use. In this article, we'll show you how to calculate wattage and solar panel rating using an easy example. Let's get started!

 

First, let's calculate the total watts usage for our appliances. We have four lights each using 15 watts, and one fan using 60 watts. If we use these appliances for four hours every day, that comes out to:

 

Total wattage = (15 x 4) + 60 = 240 watts

 

Now that we know how many watts our appliances use, we can calculate the solar panel rating needed to power them. For this example, we'll assume that our solar generator will have an efficiency of 50%. This means that for every watt of solar panel rating, we'll generate 0.50 watts of power.

 

To calculate the solar panel rating needed to power our appliances, we simply divide the total wattage by the solar generator efficiency:

 

Solar panel rating = 240 / 0.50 = 480 watts

 

So there you have it! With this simple method, you can easily calculate the wattage and solar panel rating needed to power your appliances. Give it a try for your own home and see how much of a solar generator you'll need.

Do solar generators work in the winter?

Solar generators will work in the winter, as long as there is daylight. The amount of solar power you need to go completely off grid will depend on how much power you use. An average home will need about six thousand watts of solar to go completely off grid. If you want to backup a refrigerator and maybe a freezer, and power a few lights, then one thousand five hundred watts might be sufficient to handle that, depending on the quality of inverter, and if you have enough solar panels and batteries.

 

 

How Much Does a Solar Generator Cost?

The cost of solar generators has come down significantly in recent years. You can now purchase a solar generator for under $500. The Survival Prep Store offers a wide variety of solar generators at different price points, so you can find one that fits your budget.

Why Everyone Should Have a Solar

Solar generators are an important part of any prepper's arsenal because they provide power in the event of a power outage. They can also be used to power your home in the event of an EMP attack, solar flares, or other disasters. 

Solar generators are a great way to keep your home powered in the event of a power outage. They are also an excellent way to be prepared for an EMP attack. The Survival Prep Store has a wide variety of solar generators to choose from, so you can find the perfect one for your needs. We have solar generators that are small and portable, as well as solar generators that can power your entire home.

If you're looking for a solar generator, The Survival Prep Store is the place to go. We have a wide selection of solar generators at competitive prices, and we offer free shipping on orders over $199.00. So don't wait - order your solar generator today!

 

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Comments

Rob - March 9, 2022

We have a solar generator with 100 watt solar panel. Worked great when our power went down recently.

Jim - March 5, 2022

I live in Texas and let me tell you, after what happened here almost everyone I know bought a generator. Solar works great here.

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