Lithium ion batteries have gained popularity in recent years, and rightly so. With applications ranging from tablets and smart phones to off-grid solar systems and electric cars, Lithium batteries have gained quite the reputation. Still, with all it’s popularity, I’ve been surprised lately by the lack of education when it comes to lithium ion maintenance, and the one critical aspect no one is talking about.
Lately we’ve been seeing a lot of hype from DIY marketers selling and promoting solar generators that you can build yourself at a fraction of the cost. Honestly, this sounds great! In fact, I love DIY projects! But lets see how much you can really save with a DIY generator, and is the portable solar industry ripping you off like they say?
While gas generators are effective for short-term power outages, their reliance on fuel makes them very limited, or simply useless, when it comes to long-term power requirements. This is why many people are turning to solar generators for more reliable emergency power. However, because many people don’t understand the fundamentals of solar backup systems (including solar generators), and how their various components should work together to provide a reliable system, consumers are being misled by false claims in solar generator marketing.
We are seeing too many consumers buy undersized or unreliable systems because they don’t know what to look for in a quality system.
When choosing a solar generator for backup power in emergency situations, it’s critical that you know how to choose a reliable one- especially when you are depending on the unit for survival. The quality and efficiency of your solar generator’s components will have a direct result in what you can actually run during these crisis situations.
Making an informed buying decision about a particular unit comes down to understanding 5 critical components. In this post, I will hopefully give you a better understanding of each element, how is fits into the overall performance of your system, and what to watch out for in the plethora of systems and choices out in the solar generator market these days.
With the rising interest in solar energy, many people are turning to solar generators to provide backup power during emergencies. This is exciting to see! Like many of you, we understand the countless advantages solar backup systems have in emergency situations.
However, because many people don’t understand the fundamentals of solar backup systems (including solar generators), and how their various components should work together to provide a reliable system, we’ve witnessed some erroneous beliefs regarding solar generator performance due to the insane amount of false claims in solar generator marketing. These marketing lies have come from a variety of sources: solar salesmen, affiliate marketers, even manufacturers of solar generators marketing their own product!
Don’t get me wrong, there are several good solar generators on the market that, for the most part, are capable of providing reliable backup power for basic temporary emergencies (power outages lasting less than a day) or simple outdoor activities (running a mini fridge, lights, and charging a cell phone).
However, the problem that we’re seeing are consumers buying these basic solar generators for the sole purpose of providing power during serious emergency situations that could result in more long-term power loss such as a major disaster, terrorist attack, or even economic collapse. When in reality these small systems are sorely lacking in this regard.
Watch Joe Prepper as he buys a solar generator for emergency backup. Poor Joe hasn’t watched our solar boot camp videos and falls victim to the most common mistake in choosing a solar generator.
Can you guess what it is?
With the rising interest in solar energy, many people are turning to solar generators for their energy needs. While solar generators provide many benefits for recreational and work use, they can be an invaluable tool to providing energy needs during times of disaster or economic crisis.
I want you to think about your current situation as of right now. What would you do if you lost all power for one week, or even two? When most people think of a power outage they imagine it only lasting a few hours, maybe a day at the most. Most people assume that the power company will be capable of getting their power back up and running and everything will be fine. But what if that wasn’t the case? What if you had a power outage that lasted weeks, months, or more than a year? read more →