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Solar Generator | What is it

Updated: Feb 10

A generator is a device that converts one [ or any ] form of energy into electrical energy. However, solar generators not only generates electricity from sunlight but also store it for usage when the sun didn’t shine. Moreover, it is less like a gas generator but more like a portable power storing device with multiple charging options and multiple flush-mounted power sockets with switches.

In this blog, you will learn

  • what is a solar generator

  • what type of battery is used in it.

  • what is its use

  • how it works

  • how long it can run

  • how much power it can generate

  • what it can power and

  • can it power a house

What is a solar generator?

The solar generator is a portable off-grid solar power plant with an inbuilt battery pack. Other than AC power or solar panels these devices can also be charged by other batteries and car power ports. These devices also have multiple flush-mounted AC power sockets, USB ports and even some solar generators have wireless chargers.

These PV generators are popular with portable solar panels and these are great for beginners level off-grid living or short term camping to run a fan or TV and lights. However, a big size solar generator can even power a whole house during a power outage and charge EV [ for emergency usage only]

There are different types of solar power plants, like grid-tied, off-grid and hybrid solar power plants. Where grid-tied solar power plants have no battery backup but required net-metering [ or smart meter ] to run with the grid. However, you can also run it without net metering or with a gas generator with the help of ZED Advance.

On the other hand, off-grid solar power plants required separate battery banks to operate. And the hybrid solar power plant has the facility to run with both grids as well as battery backup.

Moreover, solar generators are more like off-grid solar power plants. In an off-grid solar power plant, off-grid inverter and batteries are brought separately. And required cable connection between batteries and solar inverter. However, in solar generators both inverter and battery are placed in a common box. And require only cable connection with the string of solar panels.

The inverter size of these solar generators varies from 500 W to 2,000 W and battery backup size varies from 200 Wh to 10,000 Wh. Also, the solar input capacity of these devices varies from 200 W to 2,400 W. Furthermore, the number of output ports varies from 10 to 18 depending upon their size and make. Learn more about the best 2,000 Watt solar generators.

A small rating of solar generator has low solar input capacity, low battery backup and few numbers of output ports. However, high-end solar generators have high solar input capacity, high battery backup and high numbers of flush-mounted power ports.