The Portable Power Station and Solar Generator Market is growing and evolving each day. With so many quality backup power solutions, it can be rather challenging when deciding which option is best for you. In service of our loyal customer base, we went ahead and compared each unit, listing all of the most important features and specifications.
We are confident in saying that after reviewing this short blog, you will be able to make an educated decision and pick the absolute best option for your needs.
Power output refers to the maximum number of watts that an inverter can output continuously (or at start-up, referred to as the surge or peak). It is important to take this into account when looking at backup systems, to ensure the unit can handle both your surge and continuous power output requirements.
Below you find a diagram comparing the built-in inverters on the most popular Goal Zero Yeti, Ecoflow and Jackery Systems:
In my opinion, the most crucial specification to consider when choosing a battery backup system or solar generator is storage capacity. This indicates how much power the system can potentially store.
General rule of thumb is to take your daily power requirements and multiply it by 2x. The recommended battery should be at least that large. (For example, if you need to power 1000 watts per day, your battery should at a minimum store 2000Wh).
Battery type is also something to consider. Different battery types will last longer than others, hold up better under cold or hot conditions, or even allow for customer replacement down the line.
Each units battery type, storage size and lifespan can be found here:
Size & Weight
While most units are relatively compact, it is certainly wise to consider your spatial requirements when choosing a system. This is more of a concern for smaller applications like tiny home, RV or tailgating applications.
Below you can find the listed weights and dimensions for each of our top 6 Generators:
Recharge Features & Max Solar Input
Understanding how quickly a unit can recharge from Solar, AC or Alternative means is a valuable piece of information. A faster recharge capability will give you more effective power overall and you should choose a system that can perform efficiently based on how you will be using it.
For example, an off-grid based system will rely heavily on Solar energy. Therefore, a unit with a high solar input allowance would be needed.
The image displayed below lists the max solar input and max AC recharge time per system:
The option to increase your storage capacity over time is certainly something you should consider before making a purchase. If you intend on growing your off-grid electrical supply as time goes on, then choosing a solar generator that can expand to match your dream systems size is a wise decision.
The following chart will display expansion battery type, how much power is added to the overall system per add-on component, the lifespan of said component and if the battery is replaceable or not.
Special Features are what really sets these systems apart. From easier mobility options to EV Charging capabilities; be sure to carefully review the special features of each unit and potentially discover something you didnt know you wanted!
Here you can find my favorite special features for power stations like the Ecoflow Delta Pro or Jackery 1500.
While all of these systems are unique in their own way, they are all reliable and include impressive warranties.
Do you go with the staple Goal Zero Yeti line of products that have been around for over a decade? How about the fastest growing, Chris Pratt backed Jackery collection of solar generators? Not for you? Perhaps the extremely innovative, expandable powerhouse catalogue from Ecoflow?
If you are unsure as to which model will work best for you; as always, we are just a phone call away (877-548-3387) and are happy to offer our expertise on all of your Solar Generator needs!