A 10 Watt Portable Solar Generator is extremely useful. I got this baby to take out on camping trips but found out it could be used for so much more. It was supposed to be for emergencies but it mostly gets used to charge everyone’s phones. I admit I may have charged my tablet once or twice. The generator is really easy to use, my kids have no problem charging their stuff.

It’s also light enough to carry and heavy enough not to get knocked over too easily. There’s also a pretty decent radio and amazing battery life. For less than $100 this green Wegner model is definitely worth every penny. You can see all the positive reviews at Amazon. (no longer available, here’s another good one)

Great in an emergency too. I never realized how powerful it was until I had no other option but to use the portable generator when we lost power at home. We have frequent and unpredictable wind storms in my area. Depending on the time of year, it could be an ice storm or worse.

Every time we get a storm warning it’s almost guaranteed that power lines will be downed by branches or whatever gets knocked into them. Almost every year we lose power at my home. It usually only lasts just a few days but having to lose all of your food in the fridge really sucks. Thankfully no one has ever been seriously hurt, but its still really inconvenient when you can’t get anything done.

It’s also really dangerous to walk around in a pitch black house at night. Trust me, you don’t want to fall down the stairs chasing off some burglar who thinks robbing houses during a power outage is ok.

I hurt my ankle really bad but nothing was broken. The truth is it could have all be avoided with some simple lights or just by having this sooner. God forbid we ever lose power or have a real emergency again, but I feel safer knowing that we have the 10-Watt Solar Generator Portable kit just in case.

But its real value comes from everyday home use. Lately, I have been lowering my electric bill by using this bad boy at night and unplugging everything else. When the juice is gone; its lights out. Literally. Depending on what we use the generator for, we can get a little over 5 hours of power each night.

Good for any all around task you have in mind. There are flashlights built right in and it can last surprisingly long despite its portable size. No real complaints here except that I wish I could plug everything into this and save some green. I mean Go Green haha!

But seriously I would recommend this to anyone for any reason. In fact, I’m thinking about buying one 10-Watt Solar Generator Portable kit for each person in the house for emergency use; or whatever. With what I saved on my electric bill this month; It’s well worth it to have a few more around the house. And a huge plus is that it’s an eco friendly alternative energy source. So basically, I’m saving the planet. You’re welcome.


Interesting story by J.J.Bean
(used by permission)

Since I was a kid I loved to go camping and fishing. Recently I have been forcing my family to join me on these little excursions. I really want it to be just me and my son, just like how it was with me and my dad.

But the only way to get him to come is to force everyone else into the car because he’s still too young to stay home by himself, and he would rather go into the woods than his grandparents house. (They don’t have wifi).

So we pack up and go, ready to live off the land for just one day and one night. After a few mishaps I’m always sure to pack extra stuff just in case of an emergency and that includes my 10-Watt Solar Generator Portable kit.

Anyway we get to our local campground and everyone is still in a bad mood about our trip. I unload while the rest of them huddle around the portable generator to charge their phones. I let the kids set it up because it’s really simple.

In a few hours the campsite is set by yours truly. By now everyone is hungry. But you can only eat what you catch in the ol’ outdoors. (Unless your wife packs sandwiches. Then you eat sandwiches.)

We ended up getting full on sandwiches and going through old videos and pictures together that it got too dark for fishing. No worries, I set up our gear for an early start the next day and remembered the cooler so we can haul our catch back home. We all get some sleep until I wake up in the middle of the night paranoid.

I decide to check on the gear and make sure the cooler has ice, but the car is locked. I dont have the keys so I ask everyone where the keys are. Nobody knows. I search the campsite. No keys. My son looks inside the car. Keys are in the passenger seat.

It’s fine, no reason to ruin a trip. We are not in the middle of nowhere. So I decide to call roadside assistance. But my phone is dead. I look around my family for support. Phones are all dead. Somehow, after all that charging. How? Nevermind, I have my trusty 10-Watt Solar Generator Portable kit just for situations like these. Or so I thought.

The 10-Watt Solar Generator Portable kit was missing and you guessed it, nobody knew where it was! We fan out and search and it’s my wife who ends up going all the way to another campsite to ask around.

Apparently, the other family’s dog took our portable generator and left it half buried nearby. On top of that they didn’t have a signal on their outdated flip phones.

Now I’m praying for a miracle. I dust of the portable generator and plug in my phone immediately. There’s no way it has a charge. But it did! Thanks to my reverse psychology I was able to make a quick phone call and get roadside assistance out there.
Needless to say we all left for home immediately after. That was more than enough adventure for us. Haven’t been back since. But I do use my portable generator just about every day.

The thing about these low end solar generators is you need to baby them just a little but they do hold up. To me they are better than building your own system if you don’t have the time. In case you do have the time, the expertise, a shop to work in, then here’s an excellent video for the do it yourself crowd.

Video Transcript

I’m building a portable solar power supply to use on my boat so throw it make a quick video showing how it’s done this kind of setup can be used for camping motorhomes boats or if you scale it up can be used as an alternative power supply for living off the grid I got all the parts I need from eBay for around $200 and I’ll be using an old car battery to store the power from the solar panel a 40 watt 12 volt solar panel should be all I need to power my fish finder GPS lights radio water pump and a few 240 volt appliances if I was running a refrigerator I’d need at least 100 watts the power inverter converts 12 volt DC from the car battery into 240 volt AC 110 AC if you live in the States this one is rated to 1500 watts it came with these alligator leads to connect directly to the battery but I’ll be adding a hundred amp circuit breaker to give it some overload protection this is the brain of the system a 30 amp charge controller you connect the solar panel and battery to it and it charges the battery to the correct voltage when the battery is fully charged it will either disconnect from the solar panel or direct excess power to the load output which you can use to heat water charge another battery run a 12-volt appliance or control a 12 volt relay connected to the inverter to run AC appliances being 30 amps means I can add more solar panels as needed the 40 watt panel I have only makes about 3 amps maximum this is the diode block all that to the positive wire coming from the solar panel it stops any power leaking back to the panel when the Sun Goes Down some panels have this built in already say don’t have to worry about it and the waterproof clog for when I want to disconnect the solar panel I’m using an old car battery to store the power from the solar panel and run the inverter it has a fairly low capacity so I’ll upgrade to a deep cycle battery eventually first of all connect the battery to the controller make sure to connect the wires to matching terminals positive positive and negative to negative the controller screen should light up and show the battery status I’ve already connected the diode block to the positive wire from the solar panel it only lets power for one way so no power is lost at night when the panel isn’t charging if the panel has this built-in you won’t have to worry about this step next I’ll add the waterproof plug between the panel and controller usually I’d solder and seal all connections but for this demo I’m using terminal blocks the other end of the lead from the panel was connected to solar and put on the controller now I’ll plug in the solar panel face it towards the Sun should start charging you can see here the solar panel is putting out 1.8 amps which the control is feeding into the battery it’s pretty flat so take away water fully charged and the Sun is low on the horizon so output is quite low and full Sun would see closer to 3 amps the good thing about this control is you can adjust all the parameters by scrolling through with the mode button so it lets you choose the threshold for when the load comes on when the battery is full and when it cuts out again and you can adjust when the solar panel stops charging lunch or selected battery voltage has been reached I’ll use this 12 volt spotlight to demonstrate how the load function works I’ve set the load threshold to 14 volts so when the battery reaches this level the controller sins exist power to the spotlight until voltage drops of 13 point 5 volts this prevents the battery from overcharging and that you use the excess power for other things you could charge another battery heat water control the relay to use AC power from the inverter before I connect the inverter to the battery I’ll add a hundred amp circuit breaker to the positive lead this should cut out before any damage is done to the inverter if it overloads when connecting the leads to the inverter make sure they go on the right terminals red to positive and black to negative will turn it into a blue smoke generator you can see when I switch it on it uses some power even with no load so that’s something to be aware of if you’re not using it switch it off or have the power switch controlled by relay so let’s put it to work I’ve got a 710 watt drove here it should only draw a few hundred watts when freerunning [Applause] handles it with ease next up an absorption fridge/freezer not the most efficient design they have a little heating element in the back there easy that’s probably drawing about a hundred watts now I’ll try the 800 watt toaster not a problem and theory this should squeeze out 1500 watts but I don’t like to push it to its limits the battery is filling it down to about 10.8 volts that sound you can hear as the fan keeping the electronics cool so that’s all there is to it how to set up a portable solar power plan if you’re not confident working with high voltages best to get an electrician to check your work