How to Use a Solar Generator?

Based on its unique simplicity and portability, the solar generator can be used in a variety of environments. Many people choose to purchase their own portable solar generator for camping, exploring, or other outdoor activities. This blog aims to introduce the use of the solar powered generator so that it can be put to better use.

Features of Solar Generator

Before using it, we need to understand the basic structure of a solar generator. Solar generator is a solar power station consists of solar panel, inverter, battery and solar charge controller. A typical solar generator main box integrates the above components so that the user can control it directly. A typical solar generator main box integrates the above components so that the user can control it directly. It looks more like a larger, handheld portable charger than the traditional image of a bulky generator. However, solar panels are required to be fitted additionally.

700 Watt solar generator details

Taking this 700W solar generator as an example, a solar generator main box should have these features:

  1. Carrying handle: Use it to carry the generator.
  2. Input port: For connecting the solar panel or other powers to power the generator.
  3. Type-C and USB output port: For charging devices such as cell phones or tablets.
  4. DC output port: For charging devices such as LED lights.
  5. LED light: Turn the generator into a lighting tool.
  6. LED display: For displaying information such as voltage and remaining power.
  7. AC output port: For charging devices such as TVs, fans, electric cars, etc. 

Process of Recharging & Calculation of Time

As the name suggests, solar power generators use solar energy to generate electricity. Without charging, the generator will not operate and will not be able to power the device. Therefore, the key to using a solar generator lies in learning to charge it properly.

  • Installation: Place solar panels. When installing, choose the direction with the most sunlight and avoid shadows to maximize the efficiency of using solar energy. If necessary, adjust the angle and direction of the solar panel. If the solar generator is used indoors, it can be placed on a balcony with direct sunlight or near a window.
  • Connection: Locate the input port on the solar generator and connect it to the solar panel with the charging cable. Make sure it is secure during connection. Multiple solar panels can be connected if the generator model supports doing so. This adds extra expense and area needed to place the panels, but it speeds up the efficiency of charging.

After placing the solar panel and successfully connecting it to the generator, the solar generator will automatically start charging. The time required for charging depends on the efficiency of the solar panels, the size of panels (surface area exposed to light), the capacity of the battery and other factors. Since it is solar powered, the local weather conditions also affect the charging efficiency. The efficiency of the generator can be improved by choosing a solar panel with high conversion efficiency and good quality. Some solar power generators can also be charged in other ways, such as by connecting to your home's plug and your car's power supply. Compared to them, charging with solar energy has the advantage of convenience because it can be accessed anywhere and anytime, and is completely free. The downside is that it's hard to get energy when it's rainy and at night. 

Under normal circumstances, it takes 4-6 hours for a solar generator to be fully charged. Again taking the above 700W solar generator as an example, it has a battery capacity of 3.6V/180Ah, 648Wh. Assuming that an AC fan has a power of 50W, this generator can power it for 648Wh/50W = 12.96h. Removing the energy lost in the energy conversion process, this generator can also power the fan for at least twelve hours.

Solar power generator recharge

Tips for Using

When charging the solar generator, you need to pay attention to the following matters:

  • Pay attention to the charging indicator and LED screen. This is to monitor the progress of charging so that the power can be disconnected in time. Even though it has an internal solar charge controller to protect the battery, it is still not recommended to keep it charged even after it has been fully charged, as this will deplete the life of the battery. After disconnecting the solar panel, the built-in battery stores the remaining energy to provide power when it cannot be recharged.
  • Regular maintenance and safe operation. Solar power systems require regular maintenance and upkeep to ensure proper working condition and longevity of the equipment. Maintenance includes cleaning solar panels, replacing damaged parts and testing equipment performance. At the same time, it is important to follow relevant safety regulations and operating procedures to avoid electrical accidents and personal injury.

A solar generator can power your off-grid life. With the growing demand for new energy sources, solar generators have a very bright future. In the future, solar generators will become one of the mainstream power sources, further promoting energy conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development.

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