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Buying a portable solar generator is an admirable move. Choosing the best solar generator for RVs, on the other hand, is never an easy task. This is because there are many different portable solar generators on the market. You must first assess your energy needs to select the best option.
Since you have a budget in mind, look for the best solar generator with features that make it more efficient rather than a more expensive generator. Although fuel-powered generators provide more power, the cost of fuel is high and not always readily available. A solar generator uses the sun as a fuel source rather than gas, diesel or propane. Solar panels, in particular, collect energy from the sun and store it in a large battery.
There's a powerful solar generator to suit your needs, whether you want the peace of mind that a solar generator provides in case of an unexpected power outage at home, or you're ready to hit the road in your RV or the woods with a camping kit in tow. Keep reading to discover some of the best solar generators on the market for a relaxing night at home or on your next trip.
The power of the generator is the element that determines its electrical performance. Therefore, it is an important parameter to consider when making your choice. To know if the power of the group can support your installations, it is necessary to know beforehand the power of the whole of your devices. It is the double of this nominal power that it is essential to consider to choose your solar generator.
Necessity, advantages and disadvantages
Are you a good candidate for this energy source?
Do you camp more than two days in a row without any service?
Do you use several electrical appliances during your unserviced stays?
Do you enjoy the quiet, noise-free environment, and would you like to offer the same benefit to your camping neighbors?
Is your RV often parked/stored in areas without electricity?
Do you want to lighten your RV, do without a generator and have a few batteries as possible?
Then you are a good candidate for solar power!
However, the following situations are not suitable for solar power or require an additional power source such as a generator:
If you need to use a large rooftop air conditioner (120VAC)
If you need to heat (propane furnace) for long periods (more than 8 hours per day)
Considering the price of solar panels, you must first be prepared to invest a minimum of $200 and know the capabilities of your installation. You will only get a low-end 15-watt panel, its regulator, and the necessary hardware for this price. I don't recommend any small commission (less than 15 watts) that will give you very little power for your money (watts/$). It would be best to go directly to a 70 watt (or more) crystalline-type panel.
The addition of solar panels should be used to extend your autonomy and not to provide all the power needed in real-time. The reserve already accumulated in your accessory battery thus becomes essential!
The low rate of return of the panels offered on the market currently obliges us to opt for a more powerful panel than the devices you want to feed. Consider that :
On a sunny day with a good reception angle, you will only have 4 hours of adequate sunlight per day.
Will 50% of your unserviced stays be during bad weather? (Clouds, rain, etc.)
The angle of inclination is not ideal on an RV because of the flat installation on the roof.
These factors affect performance, and you will not accumulate more than 4 hours of continuous power usage from your panel for a full day of exposure to the sun. We can even expect 2 hours in cloudy situations and a forest of trees surrounding your RV to be more realistic.
On the other hand, if we consider the reserve of your battery that you can spend during your stay, your solar panel can double your autonomy or even more!
Are solar generators good for RVs?
The 3,000 watts of output power is enough for the Titan solar-powered generator for RVs to run appliances, including washers, dryers, and even full-sized refrigerators.
How many watts of solar do I need for my RV?
Laptop computer: 70 watts
4 lamps 12 volts type 1141 : 70 watts
Same lighting as 1141 with halogen: 40 watts or less
Same lighting as 1141 with neon: 28 watts or less
Same lighting as 1141 with LED: 8 watts or less
Propane heater: 35 watts (ventilation)
Shurflow" water pumps: 35 watts (or more)
With the energy of a big sunny day and a 70-watt panel, you can accumulate 280 watts/hour if no trees or objects block the sun during the day.
This corresponds to :
2 hours of running your laptop (or watching a movie)
+2 hours of heating
+1 hour with 4 1141 lamps on.
The most efficient devices are the key to success to take advantage of the reserve of your battery and the surplus given by solar energy. You should opt for neon or lead for your lighting, and if you have one, a laptop rather than a big TV for movies. If you have energy-consuming appliances (such as a microwave, which should be limited to 600 watts for an RV), if possible, start the engine of your RV while the appliance is running or use your generator.
What will a 100 watt solar panel run in a RV?
Solar panels all have a relatively low current limit, as indicated on their nameplate. You need to add up these currents to determine the type of regulator you need, plus a margin for expansion of your system and another margin for safety and reliability.
For a large RV, I recommend a minimum of 12 to 20 amps as a regulator and 7 to 12 for smaller RV's, Class B or other (caravan, tent trailer, etc.) If you choose a too small regulator, your old one will be a waste of money in the event of an additional panel.
People who invest so much in these installations like to see the performance of their system. The more advanced controllers can give you a reading of voltage, DC and even watts/hours! (see Stéphane Legault's article on electricity meters). Some controllers have much more advanced features called MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking), which increases the efficiency of your installation, but is very expensive (more appropriate for larger buildings, on large RV's). Some high-end controllers sometimes have a temperature sensor for your battery to avoid overheating.