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.
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!
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!
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.
The Ecoflow Delta can be bought with 160W solar panels making a great solar generator kit for living off-grid!
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.
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.
You can buy both the solar generator and solar panels here.
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.
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.
Below you can find more alternatives to the best solar generator for off-grid living.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
Despite its AGM batteries, it is a great option to power your home as well as to take with you for any outdoor events.
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.
This solar kit can be used for RVs but also for home use and backup power.
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.
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.