A solar powered generator, must have solar panels, a battery charger to allow the electricity generated by the solar panels to charge the battery, solar batteries, and an inverter to convert the power stored in the battery to AC power that can be used to power electrical devices.
Solar generators typically operate at 12, 24, or 48 volts. Moreover, the battery has two functions. First, to convert electricity received from the solar panels to the voltage required by the battery bank. Second, to regulate the flow of power from the solar batteries to avoid damaging the batteries.
Because solar is an intermittent energy source power must be stored for future use. Even if power is generated, it may need to be supplemented with additional stored power.
An inverter essentially shifts the power to a usable source. As know as, AC power, and increase the voltage up t o either 11 volts or 240 volts.
Further, most generators have a storage capacity of only .1 to .2 kilowatts. And, the average daily household use of 30 kilowatts.
However, camping solar powered generators can be great to power appliances. For example, they can power a barbeque, charge a phone, or power a light. Not to mention, they can do it all quietly.
So, while solar powered generators are not a gimmick, they also have a way to go before they can be considered a viable energy source for going off grid. Only time will tell.
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