Before starting an off-grid adventure, it’s important to know what is required to make the best out of the experience, whether it is in an RV or living off-grid in a cabin.

In both situations, it is likely that you will need a fair amount of power and solar generator technology is one of the most efficient and sustainable options out there.

Whether you are looking for an emergency backup power or simply a solar generator that can power the RV while on the road, there are many options out there.

How much power will my off-grid living require?

That is an important question that will require some planning. Will it be a part-time or full-time adventure? What kind of appliances and devices will you be running? How do you calculate the wattage of your devices?

Often, it is likely that you will need an AC RV fridge or DC RV fridge, LED light bulbs, an air conditioner, a fan, maybe a roof vent fan, a water pump, and kitchen appliances like a small oven microwave, coffee, or tea maker.

You may also want the option of running a small TV, charging laptops, tablets, and portable speakers!

So, when choosing the best solar generator for off-grid living, many features need to be taken into account:

Things to consider

Power and battery capacity: what kind of appliances will be used and how long will they be running? Watt-hours means the number of watts that your solar generator will consume in an hour. When we take about watts, we mean the amount of power used by the devices while they are running.

Weight and size: it is important to consider the size of the solar generator given the size of the RV and how mobile you want it to be. Will the station have its own spot in the RV or will need to be moved around?

Price: a solar power station with a solar panel can be an important investment, so taking into consideration the size, the type of use, and the capacity is important to determine whether the price is worth the investment.

Other considerations: whether it has a car charger as a backup, the number of power output, and USB ports depending on how many appliances will be used. Lifecycle is also an important feature to look at as it will help assess whether the price is appropriate for the lifespan of the device.

Finally, depending on whether the use is casual or constant use, shelf life is also an important consideration.

Based on these various features, we have selected 9 of the best solar generators currently available on the market. Unlike gas generators, solar generators are also more efficient, less noisy, and have a more sustainable and practical recharge option. They are a great option for off-grid power!

Best solar-powered generators for RV and off-grid living.

Best Overall
Ecoflow Delta
10/10 Our Score

Ecoflow delta is among the top sellers of portable solar generators. This off-grid solar generator provides 3300W and 5 AC outlets.

This solar-powered generator has many advantages but among those is a large expandable battery capacity which can be charged in an hour to 80% capacity while being used.

Despite its weight, its handles make it a fairly ‘portable’ power generator. This is recommended as suitable for both RV and cabins.

Pros:

  • Battery capacity of 1260wh
  • Very fast charging (wall output in a 1h30)
  • Expandable battery capacity
  • Multiple output ports like USB-Cand USB-A, AC ports – can charge 13 devices simultaneously
  • Backup charging options
  • Pure sine wave inverter

Cons:

  • Might be too heavy for some (31lbs/14kg)
  • Is large and will likely need its own spot in the RV
  • 800 lifecycles to 80%

The Ecoflow Delta can be bought with 160W solar panels making a great solar generator kit for living off-grid!

Best for Cabin
Bluetti AC200P
9.7/10 Our Score

Bluetti is an established brand on the market and provides a range of products for different use. With its 2000wh, the Bluetti AC200P is currently one of the best portable solar generators for off-grid living.

One of his strong features is LiFePo4 battery chemistry which has a longer lifespan compared to a lithium iron phosphate battery providing up to 3500+ lifecycles.

Its LCD screen is user-friendly and provides clear information about watt input and output. Although this has a great amount of battery capacity, this is not an expandable battery.

Pros:

  • Large battery capacity
  • Output Ports: 6 AC outlets, 1 USB-C, and 4 USB
  • Fast charging (in 2h with both solar panels)
  • Wireless charging
  • DC output ports

Cons:

  • Not an expendable battery capacity
  • Fairly heavy (60lbs/27kg)
  • There might be a need for extra adapters not provided
     
Best for RV Campers
Jackery 1000
9.5/10 Our Score

The Jackery Explorer 1000 is the campers’ favorite and can also be used by RV enthusiasts. Despite its lower battery capacity of 1000w, it is extremely efficient and mobile due to its low weight and size.

It is a quiet solar generator for off-grid living and is perfect for camping and RV life. It can run an energy-efficient fridge full time while also running an instant pot.

Pros:

  • Small size and lightweight (22lbs/10kg)
  • Pure sine wave
  • MPPT Charge controller
  • 8 output ports: 12v car charger, AC, USB and USB-C
  • Can be used while it is being charged
  • Backup charging options

Cons:

  • Not expandable
  • Not as high performance in cold weather
  • Small wattage for the USB-C port

You can buy both the solar generator and solar panels here.

Most Practical
Titan Point Zero Energy
9.5/10 Our Score

The Titan Point Zero Energy is the most practical off-grid solar generator because of its base with 2000wh battery capacity which can be expanded with an extra 2000wh battery.

This is a heavy solar generator and is not as portable as other solar generators. It can be used for both RVs and cabins as it was designed with long-term RV off-grid living and cabins in mind.

Pros:

  • Can be recharged with up to 2000w with dual MPPT controllers
  • 6 smart USB and 2 USB-C ports
  • Great LCD screen
  • Should last between 10 and 20 years with a daily use
  • Shelf life – 1 year
  • Backup charging options

Cons:

  • Heavy – but the modules/batteries can be separated for easier transport
  • Fairly expensive
  • A bit more complicated to use compared to similar generators
Most Built-in Capacity
Bluetti EP500
9.6/10 Our Score

Bluetti EP500 is another great option for an off-grid solar generator! This large size solar generator has the most built-in capacity as a portable power station, making it an ideal solar generator for off-grid living.

Although it has wheels and can be moved easily, it might be too heavy and large for an RV. This solar generator might be best suited for cabins due to its weight and size but also because it doesn’t have a car charger as a backup.

Pros:

  • Large capacity of 5100wh
  • Great touch display screen
  • All ports covered: 4 USBs, 12V DC plugs, 1 USB C
  • Charge rapidly – in 4h
  • Bluetti takes care of the onsite repair and of shipping back process if it needs to be replaced

Cons:

  • No back up charging option

Other solar generators for off-grid living

Below you can find more alternatives to the best solar generator for off-grid living.

Maximum Solar Efficiency
Jackery Explorer 1500
8.6/10 Our Score

The Jackery Explorer 1500 is a great solar power generator alternative to its little brother if you need more power. It is still considered a portable solar generator despite its 1800w and 1534wh battery capacity.

Given that Jackery Explorer’s range is not expandable, it is an important element to take into account if you are in doubt about the energy that you require for your off-grid living life.

Specifications:

  • Capacity: 1534Wh (60.9Ah/25.2V)
  • AC Output: 3 x 110V~ 60Hz, 16.4A, 1800W (3600W Peak)
  • Battery: Lithium-ion Battery
  • USB-A Output: 5V-2.4A
  • USB-C Output: PD 60W, 5V-3A, 9V-3A, 12V-3A, 15V-3A, 20V-3A
  • DC Input: 2 x 48V-6.25A (Double to 500w Max)
  • Weight: 35.27lbs/16kg
  • Dimensions: 14 x 10.4 x 12.7in (35.6 x 26.4 x 32.3cm)
Portable and Modular
Inergy Flex 1500
8.9/10 Our Score

The Inergy Flex 1500 can be used for off-grid living, to power a home, or be used as a backup generator. It can become part of your home with heavy stackable batteries to expand battery capacity or its modular capacity can allow you to take it with you in the car on outdoor trips you may take.

In theory, this solar generator setup can be stacked to reach 100,000wh!

Although too heavy in practice, this expandable capacity is really interesting for a home. This is one of the cheapest options given the great quality of this product and its expandable battery capacity.

Pros:

  • PSWI
  • 6x 11oV AC power outlets, 2x USB ports, 2 USB-C ports, 2x 12V DC car charging ports.
  • Can run multiple devices simultaneously
  • From 1000 to 100,000wh
  • Can add an MPPT charger to increase the solar charge threefold
  • Can be charged from 3 input ports simultaneously, AC, solar panel, and car.

Cons:

  • Can be heavy
  • The expandable battery power can become quickly expensive

Inergy Flex 1500 is a great option to expand the capacity of your home for continuous solar energy use and save on your bills and as a backup generator. If you are looking for a similarly designed product and are willing to increase slightly your budget, the Titan Solar generator [this can be added as well referring to the RV page] is also a great option.

Long Life Battery
Renogy Lycan Powerbox
9/10 Our Score

The Renogy Lycan Powerbox is a ‘suitcase’ solar generator for off-grid living and is among the best.

It’s lithium iron phosphate battery allows 2000 lifecycles and a lighter weight compared to a lead-acid battery. Although its weight makes it slightly difficult to maneuver, its capacity and use for an RV make that a small flaw.

It provides 1075wh and is compatible with most electrical devices and has all the necessary outputs for adventures on the road or off-grid life in a cabin. It has also a pure sine wave inverter and MPPT charging technology.

The Renogy Lycan Powerbox is a fantastic off-grid power option.

About the item:

  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 15 x 12 inches
  • Item Weight: 65.3 pounds
  • Various outputs for different devices. It can charge any USB or AC appliance under 1200W
  • Three ways to charge: Solar Power, Car Power (12-volt car charging socket), AC Power
  • AC and DC output buttons allow for easy switching between the two output modes
High Performance
Nature's Generator
9.3/10 Our Score

Nature’s Generator Elite is also one of the options for a solar generator. It not only provides the possibility to charge with solar panels but it can also be charged with wind! This solar generator is good for home use as it is heavy and large, despite having a handle and heavy-duty wheels. It can provide an uninterrupted supply of solar energy to power your home.

Pros:

  • Stackable pods that can be moved with the wheels
  • Total of 36oowh with the extra pods
  • Can run most heavy-duty home appliances
  • Can be charged through a solar panel or wind input

Cons:

  • Short shelf life – better to be plugged continuously
  • AGM batteries which may not last as long as the lithium ones

Despite its AGM batteries, it is a great option to power your home as well as to take with you for any outdoor events.

Versatile
Eco-Worthy 1200W Solar Power Complete Kit
9.2/10 Our Score

Finally, Eco-worthy is also another brand that can provide a powerful solar generator kit for living off-grid.

Eco-worthy has a range of expandable solar kits and has the option of a Lithium battery or AGM battery. The lithium-ion batteries should last longer and is our suggested option.

Inclusions:

  • 195W Mono Solar Panel*6
  • 3500W 24V-110V Pure Sine Wave Inverter*1
  • 60A PWM Solar Controller*1
  • 5M 12AWG Extension Cable with MC4*1
  • 1.5M Tray Cable*1
  • Y MC4 Connector*4
  • Z Mounting Bracket*10
  • 4pcs 50Ah lithium Battery Bank can store up to 2.4KWh of power
  • 6AWG Battery Interconnect Cable*2

This solar kit can be used for RVs but also for home use and backup power.

Side note: Goal Zero Yeti

Goal Zero Yeti

Goal Zero Yeti is another known seller in solar generators, however, we didn’t add it to our list as the best solar generator.

One of the shortcomings is its low number of lifecycles. Compared to the other solar generators presented above, the Goal Zero Yeti range has a low number of lifecycles despite having a large watt-hours battery capacity. This reduces the number of times you can use the generator to its full capacity.

The company creates great products but given the financial investment someone puts into a solar generator, we felt that the price did not justify the number of lifecycles Goal Zero Yeti has for its products.

For example, the Goal Zero Yeti 1500X has a 1516wh capacity which can power a lot of appliances that you would need for an off-grid living but it only has 500 lifecycles and it will then run on 80%. This product sells for $2000.

In comparison, the Bluetti AC200P sells for $1800 and has 3500+ lifecycles. Although it might not be an issue for everyone, products with a higher lifespan will effectively provide a better performance longer.

Final words

It is important to find the right solar generator for you and for your needs. Having the highest battery capacity does not mean having the longest lifespan or the best performance overall! Our 1kw solar panel system page can also help you choose the best system for your home.

As you have seen, there are many options out there when it comes to the most suitable solar generator for off-grid living. There are still old-fashioned alternatives such as gas or fuel generators but they are noisy and smelly in comparison, and not sustainable. Whereas a solar generator providing solar electricity counters all these negatives!

Many products are sold as kits with solar panels. To increase the solar input, it’s always possible to buy additional solar panels.