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I’m not exactly sure when I first heard the term “solar generator” and I’m sure I had no idea what it was.  It’s quite confusing to anyone who doesn’t really know.  I own a solar generator but I don’t actually have a solar panel to go with it so it’s basically a portable battery bank.  Mine is a 500w Jackery and I use it every single day when I’m boondocking.  The Jackery specifically was getting a lot of buzz in my social media circles.  My power needs were quite simple at the time.  I needed something to power my heated blanket while I sleep or while my dogs were trying to stay warm.  I needed to be able to grind my coffee and charge my devices.  Nothing too off the wall blow-dry my hair use my flat iron. I decided a 500w portable power station would work just fine for me.  At the time of purchase, I was able to bring it in to work with me to charge it up when needed because I don’t yet have a solar panel to go with it.   I use about 57% if I run my blanket on its lowest setting for 8 hours.   

Portable solar generators are an increasingly popular luxurious necessity for the van life community, for RV folks, and for anyone who wants to be off grid.  They are great to take camping, fishing, or on any road trip you might need to power while away from conventional sources.  Many folks have a handy dandy solar panel to go with their solar generator and I’m shopping now for a rooftop system that will fit into my budget and my lifestyle.  It’s more than possible to carry a portable solar panel set it up during the daylight hours and have power for your life whenever and where ever you might be. 

A solar Generator makes almost no noise and emits zero emissions.  You can turn it on and drift into a peaceful quiet slumber under the night stars without disturbing yourself or your neighbours.  A portable solar generator is a great choice if you need an efficient and dependable source of renewable energy. It provides clean power without the noise, fumes or maintenance of traditional powered generators.  The portability of a solar generator is another huge draw for RV nomads and van lifers.  Conventional fossil fuel generators are usually way bigger and much heavier than solar generators.  This allows for quick setups and takes up less weight and space in your rig.  Most solar generators allow for multiple devices to be plugged in at one time.  They often will have USB and 110-ac slots available mine has a 12v port as well.  

I have been quite happy with my Jackery 500 I would recommend it to anyone who asks.  If I had the money at the time I would have gone for the Jackery 1000w pro just to have that little bit of extra life, that being said, I love that I can pack my 500 into work for recharging as it’s not very heavy and the price is almost half that of the 1000w.  It doesn’t charge as fast as I’d like but patience is not my strongest attribute.  

You can buy directly from Jackery they have really great customer service.

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