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Best Solar Generators for Your House [Mar 2024] | Buying guide

Updated: Apr 7

Solar generators range in size from 200 watts to 7600 watts; however, to power your entire home with a solar generator, you will need at least 2000 watts.  Before jumping into our list of best solar generators to power the whole house, here are some key features of solar generators. 

 


  • Solar generators can be used indoors because they produce no harmful gasses.

  • Most of the solar generators can be charged with an AC wall socket, Car DC port, other batteries, solar panels, and Gas generators.

  • Solar generators can be used while charging.

  • You can use both portable as well as conventional solar panels with solar generators. However portable solar panels are not rainproof (only splashproof) and cannot withstand heavy wind. Moreover, conventional panels require structure, which increases the total cost of the plant.

  • Most solar generators have dual charging options. You can charge them with solar panels + AC wall socket/Gas generator simultaneously.

  • You can't take solar generators on flight Learn more.

  • You can get up to 30% federal Tax credit on the purchase of a solar generator. >>Learn more about the benefits of Investing in Solar generators for House use.


We studied more than 100 solar generators from 10 different brands and to make it easier for you to choose a solar generator, we've divided our list into three categories so you may pick what you need and skip the rest.


 


Best Solar generators for running a whole house. 


Best solar generator for switching to off-grid: With these solar generators, you can cut your home from grid power and switch to off-grid living. >> Jump to List <<


Best Solar Generator for short power outages: These solar generators are small, easy to move, and can power your whole house as well as your campaign trip. >> Jump to List <<


Best Solar Generator for Longer Power Outages: These solar generators are mid-size and suitable for longer power outages. >> Jump to List <<


 

 


Best solar generator for switching to off-grid

Do you want to get rid of grid power and run your whole house off-grid with a solar generator? Then these solar generators are best in class for you. These solar generators have the highest solar input capacity and can store power enough to run your whole house at night. 


1.Bluetti EP800: Bluetti EP800 is the highest-rated solar generator (7.6KW), which can generate 405kWh to 1,215kWh per month (from solar) and can store upto 19kWh of power. 


2. EcoFlow Delta Pro Ultra: Highest expandable capacity | Solar from 5.6 to 16.8 kW | Battery 6kWh to 90 kWh 


 


1. Bluetti EP800 


Bluetti EP800 is the highest-rated solar generator as of 2024. Its backup capacity can be extended up to 19,800 Wh. It can power both 120V and 240V appliances. 

  • It comes with two loose LPF batteries of capacity 4,960 Wh each and by stacking 4 expansion batteries (4,960Wh each) on the bottom, you can tailor a capacity of 9.9kWh to 19.8kWh according to your needs.

  • Both 120 and 240V output voltage, hence you don't need to combine two solar generators for 240V. 

  • 9,000 watts of solar input, which can produce 40,500 Wh per day (1,215 kWh per month), and that much of power is enough to power your whole house, plus charging batteries of EP800 for night uses. 

  • It has two MPPT channels, by which you can either connect it to 3kW or 6kW of solar panels. Moreover, you can combine both strings to connect it with 9kW of solar panels. 

  • 10 years of warranty.

  • Output power: 7,600 Watt 


Price: with 9,900 Wh of backup capacity, it will cost you $8,999 moreover the potential federal tax credit for the same will be $6,299.3. 

 


2. EcoFlow Delta Pro Ultra


EcoFlow Delta Pro Ultra is the latest addition from EcoFlow and it has the highest expandable capacity. Its inverter and solar capacity can be extended up to 3 times with three EcoFlow Delta Pro and its backup capacity can be extended up to 15 times. However, to connect two or three EcoFlow Delta Pro, you will require its Smart home panel. 

  • Its output capacity can be extended from 7.2kW to  21.6kW.

  • Its LPF battery capacity can be expanded from 6kWh to 90kWh.

  • Its solar capacity can be extended from 5.6kW to 16.8kW.

  • It comes with 5 years of warranty

  • It has a total of 6 AC outlets, which contain both 120V and 240V

Qty

1x Delta Pro

2x Delta Pro

3 x Delta Pro

Output

7.2 kW

14.4 kW

21.6 kW

Backup

6 kWh to 30kWh

12kWh to 60 kWh

18kWh to 90kWh

Solar Input

5.6 kW

11.2 kW

16.8 kW

Power generation from solar 

19.6kWh- 25.2kWh

39.2 kWh- 50.4 kWh

58.8 kWh- 75.6kWh

Price: One EcoFlow Delta Pro will cost you $5,799 and each additional battery will cost you $2,799. Its smart home panel will cost you $1,599.


 

 


Best Solar Generator for short power outages

This category of solar generators is mid-size and can power your home appliance for 2 to 4 hours with a single battery and up to 24 hours with additional batteries. However, their solar input capacity is low and can produce 3.6kWh to 6.3Kwh daily. 


1. Bluetti AC200L: Best solar generator under $1,700 | Battery 2,048 Wh to 8,192Wh | Solar Input 1200 Watt.


2. Jackery 1000 Plus: Best 2,000-watt solar generator | Battery 1,265 Wh to 5,000 Wh | Solar Input 800 Watt.


3. Anker Power House: 2,400-watt solar generator with 1,000-watt solar input | Battery 2,048 Wh to 4,096 Wh.


4. Eco Delta Max: 2,400-watt solar generator with 800-watt solar input | Battery 2,016 Wh to 6,048 Wh.


 


1. Bluetti AC200L


Launched in large 2023, AC200L is another all-purpose, 2,400-watt solar generator by Bluetti. It is an updated version of Bluetti AC200MAx. It has a powerlifting mode, which makes it able to draw continuous 3,600 watts of power. 

  • LPF battery of capacity 2,048 Wh which can be extended up to 8,192 Wh.

  • 0-80% Recharging in 45Mins with 2,400W AC Input

  • 1,200W Max. Solar Input, which can produce 5,400 Wh of power from sunlight.

  • Surge power of 7,200 watts.

  • 5 Years of warranty. 


Price: It will cost you $1,699, and for every extra battery you have to pay $800 to $1,300, depending on the battery size.


 


2. Jackery 1000 Plus


Jackery 1000 Plus, is a 2,000-watt solar generator with battery expandability up to 5,000 Wh. Weighing 14.5 kg (32 lbs), it is a lightweight heavy-duty machine, suitable for home backup and outdoor activities. 

  • 1,265 Wh inbuilt LPF battery, which can be extended up to 5,000 Wh with three additional batteries.

  • Eight output ports, which include 3x15A AC ports.

  • 3+2 years of warranty.

  • 800-watt maximum solar input capacity allows it to produce 3,600 watt-hours per day from the sun.

  • Whisper-quiet machine:- It produces less than 35 dB of noise ( whispering is about 30dB ). 

Price: It will cost you $1,199, and you have to pay an additional $800 for every extra battery (1,265Wh).


 


3. Anker PowerHouse 767 (Fastest Charging Under $2,000) 


Under the budget of $2,000 then Anker Powerhouse 767 has the highest AC input capacity with a 1,000-watt solar input capacity, which makes it the fastest-charging solar generator under $2,000.


Moreover, compared with the Bluetti AC200 or AC300, the Anker Powerhouse 767’s durable and portable suitcase design makes it better in mobility than both. It also has, a TT-30R outlet for your RV however, you can only draw a maximum of 20A power from its 2,400-watt inverter.


It comes with a 2,048Wh LifeP04 battery, which can be doubled with an additional battery. You can charge its single battery within 2.5 hours with 1,000-watt solar panels (which is its maximum capacity of solar input) so if you have two batteries then you can fully charge them in 5 hours of sunshine, this means you won’t need to worry about running out power, because you can charge your solar generator while using them.


With its 12 numbers of ports and overload capacity of 3600 watts, you can run multiple appliances on it simultaneously. While charging it with solar.


It also has UPS mode (with 20ms switching time), which means you can connect it to your home emergency power supply line and it will keep your lights and critical appliances like your PC running without any shutdown. Now you do not need to buy one home inverter for a power outage and one gas generator for an RV or campaigning trip.



 


4. EcoFlow DELTA Max


At first glance, EcoFlow Delta Max looks like its Pro version, however, it comes with a battery backup of 2,016 Wh and has an inverter capacity of 2,400W. You can expand its backup capacity up to 6,048 Wh with two detachable Delta Max smart batteries.


It has an AC input capacity of 1,800 Watts and a PV input capacity of 8,00 Watts which is higher than its close competitor AC200 Max. However, its Lithium-Ion NCM battery makes it fall below AC200Max.

​Battery

​2,016 Wh Li-ion NMC

Battery Expandability:

​Up to 6,048 Wh

Inverter Rating

2,400 W

Surge Rating

5,000 W

​AC Input Rating:

1,800 W AC

PV Input Rating

​800 W

​Numbers of Ports

​12 Numbers

​AC200Max Price

Expansion Battery

​$999


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Best Solar Generator for Longer Power Outages

These solar generators are highly rated, their inverter size is above 2000 watts, their solar input capacity is above 2000 watts, and their backup capacity can be extended up to 19,000 Wh. These solar generators are ideal for longer power outages, however, these solar generators are bulky and require lots of effort to move them. 


1. Bluetti AC500: Best 5kW solar generator with battery 3,072 Wh to 18,432 Wh | Solar Input 3,000 Watt.


2. Mango Power E:  Best 3kW solar generator with CATL LPF battery 3.5 kWh to 14 kWh | Solar Input 2,000 Watt.


3. Bluetti AC300:  3kW solar generator with battery 3,072 Wh to 12,288 Wh | Solar Input 2,400 Watt.


4. Eco Delta Pro: 3.6kW solar generator with battery 3,600 Wh to 10,800 Wh | Solar Input 1,600 Watt.


5. Jackery 2000 Plus: 3kW solar generator with battery 2,042 Wh to 12,000 Wh | Solar Input 1,400 Watt.


6. Bluetti EP500:  2kW solar generator with battery 5,100 Wh | Solar Input 2,400 Watt.


 


1. BLUETTI AC500


BLUETTI AC500 is our top pick for the best solar generators for a house during longer power outages, it has all the necessary capacities you need for your home.


For a Starter, it is the only Solar Generator with both a 30 amp and 50 Amp AC output power sockets with a surge capacity of 10,000 Watts. Therefore, your house needs a little more extra power it can deliver.


Furthermore, its backup capacity can be extended from 3,072Wh to 18,432Wh, and that much battery capacity is enough to power your house even without solar. However, you need to be a little careful with your power consumption.


However, if you think this is not enough, it has a solar input capacity of 3000 watts, which can generate power from 10,000 Wh to 15,000 Wh in a day [depending upon weather conditions].


In addition, it has the highest wall socket charging capacity which is 5,000 Watts also, with its 3000-watt solar input capacity its total charging capacity will be 8,000 Watts. Therefore, you charge in 1-4 hours depending upon the number of batteries and capacity of solar panels you have.


Third, its modular design, makes it easy to shift from your garage to your kitchen to your living room, wherever you want.


Furthermore, it also has a 12V/30A DC outlet so you can also use it to charge your car batteries or take it on an RV trip.


Also, you can connect two AC500 solar generators with its fusion box, to run your 240V power appliances too. which need to be bought separately.

Battery

​3,072 Wh

​Battery Expandability

​18,432 Wh [Highest]

​Inverter Rating

5,000 Watts [Highest]

Surge Rating

10,000 Watts [Highest]

AC Input Capacity

​5,000 Watts

PV input rating

3,000 Watt

​Number of Ports

16 Ports [Second Highest]

​AC500 Price

Expansion Battery Price





 



2. Mango Power E, the World's Best CATL LFP Battery


Mango Power E is our second top choice of solar generator for Home backup during longer power outages, due to its Lithium-ion CATL-LFP battery, which has a 5,000-6,000-charge cycle. Whereas its close competitors, Bluetti & EcoFlow have Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries with a 2,500-3,500-charge cycle. That means, where both Bluetti & EcoFLOW need a battery change in 8 to 10 years, Mongo Power E will require a battery change in 15-18 years.


It has a battery capacity of 3,530kWh, which can be doubled by using its expendable 3,530kWh battery. However, this additional battery needs to be purchased separately.


You can pair two expanded units of Mango Power E to achieve a maximum of 14kWh battery backup with 6kW inverter power at 240V. This is a full-fledged home backup bundle that you can connect to your home circuit and is a cool alternative to Bluetti EP500 and EcoFlow Delta Pro.


The Mango Power E Power Station also has a BACKUP mode, which will automatically switch from grid to battery power when there is a power outage.


It has an AC charging capacity of 3,000 Watts, which is a pretty decent capacity for this range. It can be charged via solar panels. Moreover, the 2,000-watt solar input capacity is less than Bluetti's AC500 and AC300. However, 2,000 watts of solar panels are enough to charge an 8,000 Wh battery in a single day.


It has a maximum output power of 3,000 watts. It has a total 16 numbers of ports, which includes 4 numbers of 20A AC ports and One 30 Amp AC RV port.



Here is something cool, its expendable battery also has 3 numbers of DC outputs. Which also, includes a 12V, 10A Car DC port. Its expendable battery can be charged via a 12V Car DC port, without the need of its solar generator unit.


It has a smart energy management system, with a 4.5-inch touch screen, and can be controlled via Bluetooth and Wifi. It comes with Over voltage, Overload, Over current, and tons of other protection. It comes with 5 years of Comprehensive warranty and 10 Years of CATL battery Cell Warranty.


It includes wheels and a luggage-type extending handle, as the unit weighs 100 lbs (45.5kg). It's a beast to move around, and although it is portable, you won’t be tossing it around like carry-on luggage. The weight is low to the ground, so moving around on a solid surface is relatively easy.


Price: It will cost you $2,899 and with its extended battery, it will cost you $3,999. Moreover, if you want its 240V, power package, which includes 2xMongo Power E with 240V power Kit, then it will cost you $4,499.


The price of Mango Power E is a couple of $100 more than its close competitor Bluetti AC300. However, its higher charge cycle is CATL LPF battery makes it worthy.



 

3. BLUETTI AC300


BLUETTI AC300 is another entry from BLUETTI in this list and it used to be on top of our list of best solar generators for a house, but after the release of AC500 and Mango Power E, AC300 slipped to number three. However, it has the third biggest, Pure Sine Wave inverter size in its class which is 3,100 Watts with a surge capacity of 6000 Watts. Also, it has two numbers MPPT with each range compatible to connect with 1200 Watts of solar panels. Its modular design makes it easy to carry.


It also comes with a detachable battery with a capacity of 3,072 Wh and the same can be extended up to 12,2888 Wh with 1+3 numbers of detachable batteries. With its total extended battery capacity, it can run your whole house for 9 to 12 hours.


It has dual charging options, which means you can charge it with two power sources, that is one AC [grid/gas generator] and one DC [PV panel/Car Charger/Lead-acid battery].


With its Fusion Box Pro, you can connect two units of AC300 in series and utilize them to power your 240V appliances. However, you need to buy this fusion box separately. One of the advantages of AC300 over other solar generators in this range is that it comes with a 4-year [48 months] extended warranty. However, another solar generator comes with a 24 to 36-month warranty period.

Battery

3,072 Wh [LiFePO4/LPF]

Battery Expandability

Up to 12,288 Wh

Inverter Rating

3,100 W

Surge Rating

6,000 W

AC Input Rating

​3,000 W AC

PV Input Rating

​2,400 W

Numbers of Ports:

​14 Numbers [Third Highest]

AC300 Price

Expansion Battery Price

$2,099




 


4. EcoFlow DELTA Pro, Highest Inverter Capacity


EcoFlow Delta Pro has the third-highest expandable backup capacity and the highest AC inverter capacity. It comes with an inbuilt battery capacity of 3,600 Wh and the same can be expanded up to 10,800 Wh with two detachable batteries of a capacity of 3,600 Wh each. Its 3,600 W inverter capacity with a surge capacity of 7,200 W makes it ideal for running multiple heavy loads.


With its full expandable battery capacity, it can power your whole house for 7 to 10 hours. With its dual charging option, you can charge it with AC power [grid/gas generator] Plus DC Power [PV panel/Car Charger/Lead-acid battery] simultaneously. You can fully charge it in less than 2 hours with its AC input capacity of 3,000 W and a PV input capacity of 1,600 W.

Battery

​3,600 Wh [LiFePO4/LPF]

Battery Expandability

Up to 10,800 Wh

Inverter Rating

3,600 W

Surge Rating

7,200 W

AC Input Rating

3,000 W AC

PV Input Rating

1,600 W

Numbers of Ports

14 Numbers

Delta Pro Price

Expansion Battery Price

N/A





 


5. Jackery 2000 Plus


Jackery 2000 Plus is a 3000-watt solar generator perfect for outdoor and home backup uses because of its lightweight design, expandable LPF battery, and higher solar input capacity. 

  • Built-in 2042 Wh LPF battery can be expanded to 12,000 Wh with five more batteries. Expanding backup capacity up to 12,000 Wh makes it suitable for longer power outages. 

  • Its 1400-watt maximum solar input capacity allows it to produce 4,900–6,300 watt-hours per day from the sun.

  • It has nine output ports, one of which is a 25A RV plug for powering your home/RV and heavy loads.

  • Its two wheels and an extended handle, make this 61.5 lbs/27.9 kg weigh machine easy to transport.

It has 120V, AC output and to power your 240V appliances you will require two numbers of Jackery 2000 plus and its connector. While combining two Jackery 2000 plus, its backup capacity can be increased up to 24,000 Wh with 10 additional batteries. Its solar input capacity will be increased to 28,000 watts, generating up to 12,600 Wh power in a day.  


Price: It will cost you $2,199 and for every additional battery you have to pay an additional $1,600.


 


6. EP500 Pro


If you are looking for a solar generator with a large size MPPT [PV input rating] & the highest numbers on flush-mounted output ports then you won’t find anything better than EP500. It has the highest number of output ports in this list, which is 18 numbers which include 2 Wireless charging pads, a 100 W USB-C port, a 30A RV port, 4 numbers of 120V AC as well as 3 numbers of 240V AC ports.


It is the most complete solar generator in this list, with an AC input capacity of 6,00 Watt and a PV input capacity of 2,400 W. It comes with an inbuilt backup capacity of 5,100 Wh, which can run your whole house for 3 to 5 hours without solar. And if you have solar panels it can give backup up to 7 to 15 hours.

Battery

​5,100 Wh LPF

Battery Expandability

N/A

Inverter Rating

2,000 W

Surge Rating

4,800W

​AC Input Rating

​600 W AC

​PV Input Rating

2,400W

Numbers of Ports

​18 Numbers

EP500 Pro Price

​Expansion Battery

​N/A


 


 

How do you choose the best solar generator for your house?


To choose the best solar generator for a house, we considered different factors like battery capacity, expandability of battery capacity, MPPT rating, Inverter rating, and Converter rating. Some of the factors are explained below.


Battery Type: Lithium batteries are used in solar generators to make them light in weight. Furthermore, most solar generators have two types of lithium batteries, that is LPF and NMC. NCM is one of the newest members of the lithium battery family. However, studies show that its performance is lower than LPF batteries.


However, Monago Power E is the only solar generator, which has a CATL LFP battery. CATL LFP batteries have 1.7 times more charge cycles than LPF batteries.


Also, LPF batteries have a 3.5 times higher charge cycle than NCM batteries. Here, one charge cycle is equal to the charging of the battery followed by 80% depth of discharge. Furthermore, an LPF battery has a charge cycle of 3500, NCM batteries have a charge cycle of 800 and CATL LFP batteries have a 6,000 charge cycle.


Battery Expandability: The power of a house changes as the family members increase as well as new appliances are added to the daily routine. Hence, the backup capacity of a fixed-capacity solar generator won't be that useful.


However, the backup capacity of a solar generator with expandable battery capacity can be adjusted as per the house load requirement.


Inverter Rating: The inverter capacity of a solar generator limits the number of appliances it can run simultaneously. As per the EIA report, the average load demand of houses in the USA is about 2kW.


Hence, for powering the entire house any solar generator with an inverter capacity lower than 2kW, won't fit for its purpose.


AC Input [converter] Rating: To reduce the price of solar generators and keep the profit high. Some solar generator manufacturers reduce the electronic of AC Converter, Hence, their solar generators take more time to get charged. A fast-charged solar generator has more advantages than a slow-charged solar generator.


Solar generators with higher AC converter ratings get charged faster and will get ready for power outages faster.


Numbers of ports: To run the whole house on the solar generator, you will require sufficient numbers of output ports with varieties so that all the required numbers of appliances can be run on it. Most solar generators with a capacity of 2000W and above have 12 to 18 numbers output ports.


We recommend at least 10 numbers output ports so that a maximum number of houses can be run simultaneously. Hence, any solar generator with output ports less than 10 is out of the list.


PV Input [MPPT] Rating: A higher PV input rating means a longer backup time. FYI, 1 kW of solar panel can charge a 2,000 - 4,000 kWh battery in a day. Hence, we prefer solar generators with higher PV input ratings over lower PV input ratings.


The PV input capacity of a high-range solar generator varies from 12,00 Watts to 24,00 Watts.

 

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