3 Solar Power Generators To Power Your Campsites

As much as we might appreciate the ideal of truly roughing it, when it comes down to it, we all enjoy the use of camp lights after dark. And while we might turn off our phones, it’s good to be able to keep them charged, just in case we need them. That’s where a generator comes in.

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Source: https://www.renogy.com/the-phoenix-generator-20w-all-in-one-solar-kit/

Renogy Phoenix 20 Watt All-In-One Portable Lithium Battery Solar Kit

Listed at $699.99, the Renogy Phoenix features a sleek and practical design that opens and lays flat to soak up the sun.

Pros:

  • Portable -- The briefcase-like shape and handle make the Phoenix a fairly portable option

  • Durable -- the carrying case is rugged, and the integrated solar panel is inherently protected by the frame.

  • Versatile -- This generator can charge any device under 150 Watts using USB or AC outlets.

Cons:

  • Pricey -- the Phoenix is the most expensive generator on this list, and

  • Weight -- it’s only 12 pounds, but that can add up when the rest of your pack is taken into account.

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Goal Zero Yeti 400 Solar Generator Kit with Nomad 20 Solar Panel

Listed at $635.95, this solar battery package includes a solar panel as well as the battery/generator.

Pros:

  • Charging options -- the Goal Zero Yeti 400 has a wide range of outlets on the front, suitable for all sorts of devices, from laptops to speakers to cell phones.

  • Power output -- the GoalZero can power laptops and gadgets, and is chainable with other Yetis for extended runtime.

Cons:

  • Heavy -- This is the heaviest generator on the list; it might be best for overnight camping trips where you’re tenting close to your car, or if you have an RV.

  • Costly -- While it’s not the most expensive option on the market, it still costs a significant chunk of change.

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Wegner Portable Solar Generator Kit

This generator is easily the best starting unit of the three. It comes in at just under $70 USD, and is light enough to carry on extended backpacking trips.

Pros:

  • Lightweight -- at only 5.6 pounds, this generator is will take the least toll on your pack.

  • Built-In FM Radio -- For listening to tunes without using your phone, or for tuning in to the weather station.

  • Lights Included -- If you don’t already have camp lights, this kit comes with them

Cons:

  • Lower wattage -- This generator is really only good for camp lights, and maybe charging a phone or speaker. Leave your bigger appliances at home.

  • Limited outlets -- you’ll want to packa USB charging cable for your phone, and there are no AC outlets.