Top 8 Solar Generator Comparison Chart Updated for 2021

so it was clear i needed to do an update on the video about the top eight solar generators so in this video we're gonna go over the details of these different solar generators and find out what makes them good what makes them not so good what makes them the best or not the best and i think you'll be surprised to see why some of these are ranked the way that they are so stick around for this video on the top 8 solar generators so obviously the titan is in first place now to go through these specs real quickly basically a 2000 watt hour battery is what we want to see as a base size battery because a 2000 watt hour battery will essentially let a refrigerator run for approximately 24 hours without any solar attached so since a lot of people use these for emergencies that's kind of what we're basing it on now a freezer will use about the same amount of power as a refrigerator and so because of that you would basically get 12 hours of basically one night's worth of power stored in a single battery it can technically hold up to 135 batteries which would equal a total of 270 000 watt hours or 270 kilowatt hours obviously no one's gonna stack up 135 of these batteries but because a couple of these manufacturers like to show off how many batteries they can hold i had to put that spec in there so that's a new line for this comparison chart it is a 24 volt battery and the batteries can draw 3000 watts if you have at least two batteries if you just have one battery it's about 2700 watts there's lithium nmc it is pure sine wave it has a 3 000 watt inverter with a 6 000 watt peak and it is rated to 2 000 cycles per battery it actually has two mppt charge controllers each one is 35-145 volts and 30 amps so that allows for a good mix of series and parallel connections on the solar panels and it'll allow up to 2000 watts of solar input which means in about five hours you could realistically make 10 000 watt hours of battery capacity it uses a common anderson power pole connector and it says two hours fastest charge time here but it's actually one hour it's recommended to not charge it in less than two hours just to keep the batteries healthy so i left it as two hours but you could realistically put 2 000 watts of solar on a 2000 watt-hour battery and it would charge in one hour it can charge for multiple spots which basically means you can use the wall charger and the solar panels at the same time it'll charge in 17 hours with the car charger and it does weigh 66 pounds which is quite heavy however because the battery and the power module are able to split apart you're never really gonna have to carry more than 35 pounds if you don't want to so that i really love 35 pounds is my cutoff for lightweight has six outlets for 110 volt and four outlets for the 12 volt dc ports which are like the cigar lighter ports with the dc chargers that come with it you'll have six usb a and two usb-c and one of my favorite features is the 30 amp rv plug it is rated to 25 amps out of that 30 amps but this makes it really easy to plug into a van or an rv or camper or whatever and just have everything up and running very easily the batteries can hold a charge for up to five years it's recommended that once a year that you take the battery and use it a little bit and then recharge it that will prolong its life it is a two year warranty on everything except the battery the battery is only a one year warranty and that is to account for people who mistreat their battery people who leave the battery discharged and then leave it for a year that would actually damage the battery so you just want to make sure you charge up the batteries and that's why they have the one year warranty just to cover people who don't take care of their systems and really what sets this apart is its stackable battery system expandable solar large battery capacity the larger inverter as well as the rv plug those are things that are very unique to the titan but its biggest weakness is the weight now obviously that is overcome by being able to split the weight between the different pieces but if you try to move it all at once it is quite heavy now one of the things i didn't include in the previous video about the comparison chart was the pricing and the reason is because i wanted to be able to compare the units to the units but some people left some comments and that's why i asked for you guys comments it is very true that price does become a factor because even though the titan may be the best if it costs ten thousand dollars well then it's really not affordable for most people and so for that reason it would basically knock itself out of first place so i came up with these three aspects the inverter battery and solar charge controller are the three most important parts to a solar generator and so we've broken down the price per watt hour or watt depending on which piece we're talking about and so you can see that breakdown here and then we have the cumulative value here on the bottom and the titan is actually the most affordable for what you get so we can see here i've made up this term the unit wattage which is just the collective inverter battery and solar charge controller wattage divided by how much it costs to get the unit so this is a dollar 33 per unit wattage now in second place is the blue eddy ac200p this is a good unit i have tested it and i like it it has a base battery size of 2000 watt hours which is great it is not expandable it is a 50 volt battery and it is lithium iron phosphate and because of the lithium iron phosphate it will be heavier but it has 35 100 cycles so it's going to last quite a long time which is awesome the one thing i didn't find to be very accurate was on their website and on their amazon listing it says it's a 4 800 watt peak off the inverter and in all of my testing i could not get it to peak above 2 500 watts so that is my own data that i've added to this chart because that is what i experienced with my unit that i purchased on amazon the solar input is 35-150 volts at 12 amps which means it does allow for a series parallel combo which will let in a maximum of 700 watts which means in a five-hour period it can make up to 3 500 watt hours which is great it uses an sa-20 aviation and xt-90 connector which i'm not a huge fan of but they're just trying to go with their own connectors that's fine it just makes me more reliant on them in case i lose something which i don't like the xt90 is becoming more common but i would still prefer to have seen something even more common already takes 2.9 hours to charge with the 700 watts and the 2 000 watt hour battery and 20 hours from the car charger now on anything that has a car charger don't expect it to be quick car chargers just don't charge these systems quickly because they are limited by what your car can output to charge these systems it is really heavy at 61 pounds and that's right getting near the very top of what is carriable by most people about 65 pounds is what i consider to be officially heavy but this is definitely a medium to heavy weight system it has 610 volt outlets which is great and it technically has one cigarette lighter port but it has a second port that is rated to 25 amps and so that's why there are two here rather than just one because it only has one dc cigarette lighter port but it does have four usb a and one usbc but no rv plug which is really too bad because with an inverter this size and a battery this size they really could have put on an rv plug and that just makes life a lot easier for running an rv but you can get adapters for it they say it'll sit for six months before it needs to be recharged and has a two year warranty it is not expandable its screen is quite intelligent and that is a really neat feature i was surprised to see that this did not include an app that could connect to the unit and you could actually watch or monitor the unit from your phone and as i mentioned before it does have a 25 amp 12 volt plug which those who like to use the 12 volt equipment in their vans or ham radios or whatever it is that's going to be a very cool feature the weakness is of course its shelf life and its weight and the connectors are not as common as i'd like to be now it is only 1998 dollars but as we break this down we can see that the price per unit wattage is 162 which is still considered pretty good now for third place there is kind of a caveat to this the zero breeze elec hive 2200 is actually not out yet so these specs are based off of what they say it will do but have not been truly tested so really the lion energy safari me is also in third place with the elec hive 2200 and when this becomes available we will actually see if it performs as well as they say it will but to go over those specs it has a pretty good battery at 2400 watt hours it is not expandable to 24 volt system it can actually draw the 2400 watts according to what they say it is a pure sine wave inverter and it's a 2200 watt inverter with a 4 000 watt peak but the biggest reason it gets knocked down here is because of the life cycles it has really these specs are actually better than the ac200p however it's not going to last nearly as long as the 200p and for that reason it gets knocked down to third place as i just mentioned it does have 800 watts of solar input which is good for its size which means it can be charged in three hours it uses a common anderson power pole connector has a 20 hour car charger and comes in only at 42 pounds so even though this has a bigger battery capacity than the ac200 it's 19 pounds less than the ac 200p and that is quite impressive and that is because the lithium nmc batteries they use are not the 18 650 cell batteries they're actually the car style brick batteries and that saves them a lot of space and weight but unfortunately it does reduce the cycles now it's got 410 volt plugs which is kind of the minimum that i like to have on my unit it's only got one dc cigarette lighter port a couple of usb ports and no rv plug they would not give me a straight answer on the shelf life they said it was a little bit less than a year so i just put nine months here realistically we could hope for six to nine months it is a two year warranty but it is unclear if that warranty will be extended to people outside of the indiegogo campaign currently this is only available on indiegogo and they have said that those who purchased it will get the two-year warranty they have not clarified if that two-year warranty will be extended to those who purchase it outside of the indiegogo campaign it is lightweight for its capacity and the car style battery does help with that so that's kind of what it has going for it as a unique feature it does have the low cycles which is what i really dislike about it and the proprietary connectors refer to two other connectors that are on the system they are adding an ec8 connector that will allow for 1250 watts of quick charging but it uses that eca connector which isn't as common so again we're running into connectors that aren't as common but ec8 is becoming a little bit more common but then in addition to that it actually will have a four prong connector that is just for the zero breeze ac unit so if you don't have that zero breeze portable ac unit basically you're going to be paying extra for that feature and not using it and or just have a connector that has no purpose as of right now it is not 2500 but it is said that when it is not available on indiegogo that's estimated to be the price so i wanted to keep all these systems compared to what their realistic price should be so 2500 which brings us down to a per unit wattage of 1.77 still pretty okay but starting to get up there the lion energy safari me again this is technically in third place because the system is out it is tested it is very reliable and we know for sure it works whereas the elec hive 2200 we don't know for sure if it comes out and works then it will remain in third place but for right now the line energy safari me has a really small battery it has the smallest battery of these top eight here for its base battery but it is expandable with the safari xl battery which will bring it up to a total of 2970 watt hours effectively 3 000 watt hours which is a pretty good size it's all 24 volts and it is lithium iron phosphate with a 2 000 watt inverter and because it's lithium iron phosphate it does have 2 500 cycles it doesn't have the biggest solar input it is 30 to 60 volts at 10 amps for a max input of 600 watts but if you just have the base battery you can charge that up in 1.6 hours when you add the expanded battery it'll take about five hours to charge which isn't ideal prefer that to be closer to three hours but five hours is the minimum that the unit has to be able to charge in a day for it to be considered pretty good it does not have the ability to charge from multiple inputs at the same time there is no car charger and it's a little hefty at 46 pounds and once you add the extra battery it's much closer to 70 pounds but obviously those would be split up you would not have to carry that at the same time it only has two ac plugs and it does just have the one dc port for the cigarette lighter a couple of usb no rv and a one year shelf life which is great it is a one year warranty and you can expand it with that safari xl battery it does have a very fast wall charger it can charge the system in basically an hour or a couple of hours if you've got the expanded battery and it also has a 25 amp 12 volt port which makes it really good for those doing van life cam radios and such and it does have the expandable battery unfortunately this is a little bit more of the on the pricey side per unit wattage the way that this breaks down is you're looking at about two dollars and fifty five cents per unit wattage with just the base battery now the energy flex 1500 would realistically be more like in fifth place possibly fourth place depending on how the elec high 2200 goes but also the flex 1500 is still not out and untested so potentially this could go into last place we really don't know but with the specs that they've given us we're looking at a pretty small battery of just over a thousand watt hours but you can have up to 96 of those batteries which would be a total of 102 kilowatt hours obviously again no one's going to put 96 batteries stacked on top of each other but it is a feature that they have been pushing and so for that reason i wanted to add that here to this chart it is a 12 volt system and with the draw capacity it is a 1 500 watt inverter and so they say it'll actually drop 1500 watts off of the battery because their apex was not able to do that and so that was a big big question we had they have claimed that the flex will be able to drain from 100 down to 20 at a 1500 watt discharge rate now again that is untested so we really don't know that was one of the biggest letdowns we had with the apex is i had a 1500 watt inverter but when you put a 1500 watt load on it it wouldn't last for more than about four minutes so hopefully that is accurate as to what they claim it does have a 3000 watt peak with 2000 cycles and we're looking at a 600 watt solar input between 14 and 90 volts at 30 amps so that also allows for the series parallel combo to add lots of solar power onto it it can make about 3 000 watt hours in a day which is three times what its battery capacity is so that means it's going to be much easier to run more equipment throughout the day while getting it fully recharged i really dislike the ec8 connector simply because they are not uv proof they're not waterproof like the mc4 connectors but this being only right on the unit you may be able to get away if you're using some sort of mc4 connector to not have to worry about that it's just hard to be so dependent on one particular brand for a specific connector but it will charge up in about two hours which is incredible it does not have multi-charge capability which is not a deal breaker but it just means you can't charge from the wall and from the solar at the same time but the car charger will only take about 11 hours now this is by far the lightest unit out of all of these here uh only seconded by the ecoflow delta but what is so different about this is if you really cannot lift a lot of weight it too splits in half like the titan where you're only looking at a 14 pound top section in a 16 pound battery so that is very very lightweight which is incredible and it does have six outlets on it and they will have a dc only version of this which is quite unique they have lots of plugs no rv plug which is fine because in their previous models even though they had a 30 amp styled rv plug it would only let out about 12 and a half amps which was no different than just using one of the 110 volt plugs they do have a one year shelf life is what they claim and it will have a two year warranty on it as what they're saying but for specific people who bought during their pre-order i'm not sure if that includes people after the pre-order they will actually have a 10 year warranty which is absolutely insane i've never heard of a warranty that big for a solar generator so that's quite incredible by energy you'll be able to add as many flex batteries as you want as well as mppt charge controllers this is a very unique feature to the energy flex is in addition to the batteries you can also add more charge controllers so you can add more solar panels so it has a very cool stackable battery system like the titan and you can actually add more charge controllers and it does have an auto balance feature where when you stack a battery onto another battery it will automatically balance them between each other so very cool features there however what absolutely kills me is that even though you may add multiple batteries and charge controllers the inverter size is still very small in fact it's the second smallest one on this list which means you have to be very careful with what you're running and in addition you can only run 1500 watts for 80 of the battery capacity which i think is a total undercut and is really unfair and each battery capacity is quite small but i see they wanted to stay with the lightweight and that's perfectly fine they say that it'll be 1500 once it releases which brings it down to third place for price at a dollar 63 which is quite affordable the only time this price is actually going to go up is it will go up quite a bit when you add more batteries and more charge controllers so this is one of the reasons it is not in second place because due to its expandability it really should be second place but with the small inverter capacity and how costly it will get just to match what the titan is it really does become cost prohibitive to be in first or second place with how that'll work out of course i have detailed reviews on all of these systems on my website at powerportablesolar.com so if you want more details please visit powerportablesolar.com and you can read those articles and since you've made it this far in the video you're probably liking the information so go ahead and click the like button down below the video and because this information is probably so valuable to you you'll want to be able to find out more info as i release it so click the subscribe button and most importantly the bell right next to the subscribe button that way you get notified when i release content like this so moving on to the blue eddie ev240 this is a pretty good unit for the price now it's got a large battery i'm gonna go through these last few units pretty quickly the inverter is quite small at a thousand watts i would have wished it would have at least matched the flex but a thousand watts is very small you're just going to be running the basics no power tools or anything crazy like that it is a lithium polymer battery which is how it gets its 2500 cycles but its peak is only 1200 watts and it is not expandable battery system it will allow 400 watts of solar into the system through its 60 volt and 10 amp plug i believe the lowest charge you can put on it is 14 volt so this should say 12 to 60 volts at 10 amps same here on the ecoflow delta i can make a total of 2 000 watt hours a day in that five hour period which basically means i cannot recharge this battery from zero to full in a single day especially not while running other equipment such as a refrigerator to take a minimum of six hours to charge it cannot charge from multiple sources you can only use the wall or solar it has no car charger it's a little heavy at 48 pounds and it only has two outlets on it they do recommend charging it up every three months but it does have a one year warranty which is good the reason this is in sixth place and not seventh behind the ecoflow delta is because of its battery capacity and life cycle this will last much longer and is effectively the same as an eco flow delta because it has the same charge rate and so i'm going to make the same amount of power per day off either one of these units but at least the eb240 starts with a bigger battery and when i do get it fully recharged i am going to be able to run longer if i'm running stuff that doesn't go over a thousand watts output now this is a little bit more pricey for 16.99 you're looking at two dollars and 22 cents per unit wattage in seventh place with the delta 1300 the reason it's here is because of its smaller battery it has a great size inverter at 1800 watts and it can output that 1800 watts for quite some time but the bigger issue comes into the life cycle is it's only 800 life cycles which really isn't that great and it only has 400 watt solar input so yes it will charge in about three hours but even still the battery is a little small for what i'd like to see and that's why it's here in seventh place it only takes 10 hours to charge from the car which is pretty quick and it is only 31 pounds it is very manageable and it does technically have six plugs but three of them will be a kind that have a three prong plug if you have three three prong plugs being used on the outlets you'll have to use three two prong plugs on the other outlets because of how the outlets are designed it has one cigarette lighter port for usb and two usbc it does not have an rv plug and it does have a one year shelf life with a one year warranty what's really cool is that you can expand this with up to six of these units together it would take six deltas even though that's its x factor the problem with that is i have to buy six complete units which include inverter and charge controller but i only get to use the inverter and charge controller on the first unit so basically to get extra batteries i have to buy more deltas but i'm paying for more than just the battery which is kind of an x factor and a weakness overall with the way the price breaks down looking at an average price of 1.80 per unit wattage which is okay but not great and last and actually least on here is the goal zero yeti 6000 x now the reason this is on here instead of the 3000 x is because this is the exact same unit as a 3000 x but with twice the battery capacity so it makes more sense to start with a battery capacity that is huge 6 000 watt hours is a phenomenal battery size for emergency backup or even for an rv or whatever it may be so we might as well start with that that way we can last as long as possible without solar panels now it does have an expandable battery capacity but you see here if you expand it with the yeti tank batteries the yeti tank batteries are lead acid and by using lead acid batteries you can only use 50 of the total battery capacity the battery capacity of the tank system you can get four tank batteries put together for a total of 4 800 watt hours but since you can only use 50 of that you're looking at 2400 watt hour and then because it connects to the main system the yeti 6000 you can only then use half of the onboard lithium battery so we take 2 400 usable watt hours from the yeti tank batteries and then we take the essentially 3035 watt hours usable off the lithium battery once those tank batteries are connected and you actually get less than the original battery capacity of 5436 watt hours so that's really really too bad that goal zero being the biggest solar generator company to this day has not started using lithium iron phosphate or even just lithium-ion expandable batteries it truly baffles me that they haven't done that i really hope they change that in the future it is a 12-volt system so it's going to be a little less efficient than these 24 volt systems but it can output the 2000 watts all the way to zero it is a 2000 watt inverter with a 3 500 watt peak and it will drain 2 000 watts down to zero which is great but of the life cycles it has the least out of all of these units at 500 which is quite short that's basically a year and a half of constant use before you're needing to look at more batteries with a 14 to 50 volt and 50 amp charge controller you're looking at 600 watts max solar input which means you can make 3 000 watt hours in a day which effectively means you'll take at least two days to charge it up while not running anything else so the way i look at this system as why is it even made it onto the top eight is because many power outages don't last more than a couple of days or even a day and with this system you're realistically looking at about two to three days of stored battery capacity of just running a fridge and a freezer the 600 watts of solar input that will be able to go into it will at least help supplement each day that battery so you can really extend it out to three or four days that is the only reason it made it onto this top eight is because of its massive battery takes over 50 hours to charge with the car charger the car charger is not included and it weighs over a hundred pounds so you will want to be using the cart that comes with it and it only has two outlet which is a really big letdown and it's got two usb a two usbc one cigarette lighter port no rv plug which would have been great because if a battery this size could be used on an rv it would make boondocking very easy for people that are using very low wattage equipment in rvs it does need to be charged up every three months i've experienced this with all of my goal zero units they discharge naturally very quickly so you do have to keep an eye on charging those up they have a great warranty at two years and you can expand it with those yeti tank batteries as i mentioned the solar capacity is not expandable but it does have that yeti link for the batteries and a phone app that way you can monitor it wirelessly which is exceptionally cool out of all of these units it is the only one that you can monitor from your phone which is really cool it gets last place because of its shelf life and life cycles and the weight and of course as well as its solar input it is not a big enough solar input and lastly the price this is five thousand dollars as a base unit and so it works out to be 3.89 per unit wattage i really really appreciate you guys sticking with me to the end of this video i know it's a lot of information but i try to go through it as fast as i can this is the kind of information that i wish someone would have told me when i first got into solar generators the reason i do this is because too many companies out there will say hey my system's the best buy my system and i ask why and they go through all the specs and then i start to see well maybe it's not actually the best system i do not work for any of these companies i did help with the 0.0 titan project so you may say i'm a little bit biased towards it but if you look at the specs and how it's performed over the last year there's truly absolutely nothing that comes close to it the blue eddy ac200p is a good unit on its own but i would only recommend that for very basic needs and the same would go with the elec hive 2200 if it's as good as they say it's going to be and the lion energy safari me is good if you get the expanded battery so as of right now those would be my top three recommendations first of all the titan by leaps and bounds it's actually going to save you the most amount of money second place would be the ac 200p and realistically third place right now is the lion energy safari me possibly third place is the elec hive 2200.

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