Top 3 Affordable Solar Generators From $100-$140 – Best Deals

Since solar-powered generators are generally expensive, I wanted to gather some inexpensive options that had a good reputation online.

The following models are small but portable options that will last much longer than your typical power bank.


If you’d like a long-lasting power bank instead, I use the Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC. It’s smaller than the affordable solar generators listed but is on the larger end of power banks.

You can read my review of it here: Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC – Fastest Charging Solar Power Bank.


How We Picked Our Selection

Plain and simple, we browsed Amazon.com for solar generators, scrolled past all of the cheaper solar generators that had little customer feedback, and selected the cheapest solar generators with the most ratings and the highest ratings.

In each specific review of the three generators, you’ll see the Amazon rating, the number of reviews it had, and a link to the product on Amazon to see the item for yourself.

But first, you’ll find a quick view of all solar generators mentioned in this article below.

Model
Jackery Explorer 160
NEXPOW Portable Power Station
FlashFish 166Wh Backup Power Pack
Ranking
#1
#2
#3

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 160, 167Wh Lithium Battery Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) Backup Power Supply with 110V/100W(Peak 150W) AC Outlet for Outdoors Camping Fishing Emergency

178Wh Portable Power Station, 48000mAh Camping Solar Generators Lithium Battery Power Supply with 110V/120W(Peak 150W) AC Outlet, USB PD QC3.0, LED Flashlights for CPAP Home Camping Emergency Backup

200W Peak Power Station, Flashfish CPAP Battery 166Wh 45000mAh Backup Power Pack 110V 150W Lithium Battery Pack Camping Solar Generator For CPAP Camping Home Emergency Power Supply

Battery Capacity167Wh178Wh166Wh
Weight3.84 lbs3.1 lbs4.5 lbs
Dimensions7.4 L x 4.59 W x 6.73 H inches8.86 L x 3.15 W x 4.09 H inches8.3 L x 4.7 W x 7.1 H inches
Price$139.99 (Amazon)$94 (Amazon)$110 (Amazon)

First Things First

Before we get too far ahead, what should you be looking for in a good backup generator?

You want to make sure whatever model you buy is a reliable source for emergency situations or outdoor trips. So what features should be included in the model you’re looking for? A few of the basic ones are as follows:

  • Portability: Your generator shouldn’t be too heavy to carry around. It should be light and easy to transport for emergency or travel situations.
  • Solar Charging: When your power has gone out it is important to have a generator that can use what you have on hand in order to charge. Having solar charging capabilities is both efficient and environmentally conscious.
  • Multiple Output/Input Ports: Having a variety of output or input options make it easy for you to plug in and charge or power multiple devices or appliances.

These are only the basic features that these generators should be equipped with, but let’s get more in-depth as we look into the four models we’ve selected for your consideration. 

1. Jackery Explorer 160 ($139.99)

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 160, 167Wh Lithium Battery Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) Backup Power Supply with 110V/100W(Peak 150W) AC Outlet for Outdoors Camping Fishing Emergency

Unlike some of the other models listed, this power station has a recommended solar panel from the same company that you can purchase to use for clean, green solar charging.

It can handle devices up to 100W and has multiple input and output ports for all of your indoor and outdoor needs.

Weighing in at 3.84 lbs (1.74 kg), you’ll find carrying this generator to be a breeze. The device also comes with safety guarantees for temperature control, voltage control, and protection against short-circuiting. 

Pros

  • LCD screen that supplies you with the wattage currently being used, as well as the power level left. 
  • The brand has a compatible solar panel with which to charge (SolarSaga 60). 
  • Quick recharging time at about five hours for each charging method.

Cons

  • It is not able to support CPAP machines for extended periods of time (battery is too small).

Similar: Top 4 Solar Generators for CPAP Machines (500-1,300Wh)

Personal Thoughts

This generator is great for outdoorsmen. It really supplies all of the features that someone would need when heading out on a camping trip.

It comes with high-powered LED lighting and a screen that lets you know when it might be time to charge up your generator for prolonged usage. It mentions being able to support 100W from its AC ports (150W peak) so you can power small appliances or chargers if desired.

I was pleased to see that Jackery has a compatible solar panel that you can buy to charge with, as most brands say you can solar charge without providing options for what kind of panel to use.

You can find multiple reviews of this solar panel on YouTube (just search “SolarSaga 60 by Jackery”) and they are mostly positive.

All in all, I think it is a great option for someone who is looking to travel with their generator and needs something that can keep up with them.

Amazon.com Details (As of January 2022):

  • Rating: 4.7/5
  • Number of Reviews: 5,220
  • Link to the Jackery 160

2. NEXPOW Portable Power Station ($94)

178Wh Portable Power Station, 48000mAh Camping Solar Generators Lithium Battery Power Supply with 110V/120W(Peak 150W) AC Outlet, USB PD QC3.0, LED Flashlights for CPAP Home Camping Emergency Backup

The NEXPOW Portable Power Station is an efficient 178Wh solar generator that comes equipped with a polymer lithium-ion battery, making it ideal for all your indoor or outdoor power needs.

Due to its larger power capacity, you’ll be able to charge multiple devices at the same time with no issue.

The NEXPOW is also light and portable, weighing in at 3.1 lbs (1.43 kg), so you aren’t forced to lug around a heavy generator on your next camping trip.

With its LCD display you’re also able to keep track of how much power the generator still has before it needs to be charged. A light will also flash as the power level drops.

The generator can be solar charged by connecting with a solar panel, but also comes with several other recharging options to make it easier for you.

It can charge for five hours in a wall outlet or can be plugged into your car’s charging port with the included car charger.

Pros

  • Fast charging capabilities with multiple outlets such as USB, AC, and a DC ports. 
  • Temperature controlled, meaning it can withstand both hot and cold conditions. 
  • Lifetime technical support with registration of generator. 
  • Quiet cooling fan.

Cons

  • Doesn’t support devices more than 150W from its AC ports.

Personal Thoughts

Since updating this article, there have been several additional reviews of this solar generator. Since 2020, it has retained its 4.5/5 stars on Amazon, which tells me that it continues to be effective for its users.

Overall it is a powerful personal generator and you’ll get a lot of good use out of it.

The only thing to be wary of is what you end up plugging into it. Stick to things like laptops, smartphones, and other small appliances so you don’t overload the power station. 

Amazon.com Details (As of January 2022):

  • Rating: 4.5/5
  • Number of Reviews: 1,698
  • Link to the NEXPOW solar generator

Similar: Portable Solar Panel Sizes – Models and More (14W to 100W)

3. FlashFish 166Wh Backup Power Pack ($110)

200W Peak Power Station, Flashfish CPAP Battery 166Wh 45000mAh Backup Power Pack 110V 150W Lithium Battery Pack Camping Solar Generator For CPAP Camping Home Emergency Power Supply

Pros

  • Comes with two QC 3.0 USB-A ports
  • Long battery life for the power rating (high-quality battery)

Cons

  • Tends to get very warm when charging
  • At 5.5 lbs, it is the heaviest solar generator reviewed in this article

Personal Thoughts

The FlashFish 166Wh generator has a lot of power for its size. It is the smaller version of the FlashFish 300Wh solar generator. They both have the same design, but the 300Wh generator is clearly larger than the 166Wh version.

This is important because the 166Wh version will be able to be more versatile in terms of where you can go with it. At 5.5 lbs, it is the heaviest solar generator being reviewed, but it is also still only 5.5 lbs and is small enough to fit in a standard backpack.

This is a true portable solar generator because you can take it pretty much anywhere without any struggle.

Amazon.com Details (As of January 2022):

  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Number of Reviews: 1,865
  • Link to the FlashFish Generator

Similar: Jackery Explorer 300 Review & Test (Plus Comparisons)

How to Calculate Value in a Solar Generator

Since buying the Yeti 200X and realizing how much money I wasted by overpaying for it, I like to let my readers know about a simple equation to measure the true value of a solar generator versus its listed price.

I use this general estimate by understanding how much the generator costs and seeing how close that price is to the listed watt-hours of the battery.

For example, let’s take the NEXPOW and compare it to the Yeti 200X. The Yeti 200X costs about $300. The battery capacity is 187 watt-hours.

I then divide the watt-hours by the price and find out how much it costs per watt-hour. In the Yeti 200X’s case, each watt-hour costs about $1.60. That’s extremely high.

Now let’s examine the NEXPOW. This unit costs about $100 and it has 178Wh of battery capacity. Taking the cost and dividing it by the battery capacity will cost me about $0.56 per watt-hour. As you can see, this is one-third of the cost of the Yeti 200X even though they have similar battery sizes.

I use this as a basic tool to help me gauge if it’s the right price or if it’s too high. However, measuring battery capacity with pricing does not cover several other possible aspects of the solar generator, so make sure to understand all features of the product before assuming it’s a high price.

The generator may have some really useful technology that is not reflected in its battery capacity.

Last Thoughts

Whatever generator you choose from this list will be one that suits your individual needs. We’ve recommended these specific ones as they all came with features that every good generator should come equipped with.

While there is some variance in overall extra features, these are all incredibly efficient power stations that you can grab for under $140.

They all come with good battery power, multiple port options, and protections that ensure a secure and long charging process.

Not to mention they are all equipped with the capability to be recharged via solar panels, which makes them completely off-grid capable.

So whether you’re looking for a generator that will have your back in an emergency, or keep things running while you’re out on a camping trip, these systems can provide power to smaller devices with ease.

For a larger solar generator option than these models, I recommend checking out my review of my Jackery Explorer 300. It has twice the battery capacity of the other options and has more ports available than the Jackery 160 model: Jackery Explorer 300 Review & Test (Plus Comparisons).

Max Peters

Hi! I'm Max and I am passionate about off-grid solar technology and adventure! I'm using my knowledge of solar generators, solar panels, and everything in between to provide you with the best tools to keep you powered while off the grid. Read more about me here: About Max Peters."

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