In this article, we will review six of the best solar generators using LiFePO4 batteries, discussing their features, specifications, and benefits.
You will learn about the possible drawbacks of the use of these solar generators as well.
|1. Best Overall – Bluetti EP500Pro||Supports UPS|
Long cycle life
High input & output
|2. Best Multipurpose – Bluetti AC200P||Several output port options|
Inexpensive for its size & capabilities
|3. Best Portability – Bluetti EB70||Lightweight|
Long cycle life
|4. Best Value – Renogy Lycan Powerbox||Inexpensive|
Comes with wheels for easy maneuverability
|5. Best USB + Car Port – Suaoki G1000||Regulated 12V ports|
Top section stores charging cables
|6. Best Power-to-Weight – 4Patriots 1800||Strong inverter|
The Bluetti EP500Pro is the best LiFePO4 solar generator because it leads the industry with a battery cycle life of 6,000+ cycles. Its 5,100Wh battery provides its AC ports with a maximum of 3,000W continuously. It can also recharge in as little as 2.6 hours from solar panels (2,400W max).
You can read my in-depth review and analysis of the Bluetti EP500 and EP500Pro here: Bluetti EP500 & EP500Pro Review – Longest-Lasting Solar Generators.
However, the EP500Pro may be too expensive or too large for your needs, so I have included five other LiFePO4 solar generators of various prices and sizes that may be a better value to you.
Check out their specifications in the table below.
|Model/Features||1. Bluetti EP500Pro||2. Bluetti AC200P||3. Bluetti EB70||4. Renogy Lycan Powerbox||5. Suaoki G1000||6. 4Patriots Patriot 1800|
|Battery Cycle Life||6,000+ cycles to 80% capacity||3,500+ cycles to 80% capacity||2,500+ cycles to 80% capacity||2,000 cycles to 80% capacity||2,000 cycles to 80% capacity||2,500 cycles to 80% capacity|
|Battery Expansion Available?||Yes||No||No||Yes||No||No|
|AC Inverter Strength||3,000W continuous, 6,000W surge||2,000W continuous, 4,800W surge||700W continuous, 1,400W surge||1,200W continuous (no surge rating provided)||1,000W continuous, 2,000W surge||1,800W continuous, 3,048W surge|
|Maximum Solar Input||2,400W||700W||200W||300W||150W||240W|
|Solar Recharging Times (at Max Input)||2.6-3.1 hours||3 hours||3-4 hours||3.5-4 hours||8 hours||3.5 hours|
|Weight||182 lbs||60.6 lbs||21.4 lbs||55 lbs||48.5 lbs||40 lbs|
|Warranty||36 months||24 months||24 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
|Individual Product Review||Bluetti EP500 Review||Bluetti AC200 vs AC200P||N/A||N/A||N/A||N/A|
|Where to Buy||Shop Solar Kits||Amazon||Amazon||Amazon||N/A||N/A|
Below I go over each power station in more detail. There’s a table for each model that gives you additional specifications as well.
1. Bluetti EP500Pro
At 5,100Wh and 6,000+ charge cycles to 80% capacity, the Bluetti EP500Pro is one of the longest-lasting solar generators on the market today. It can take in up to 2,400W of solar panel input and can output a continuous 3,000W of power from its AC ports.
The EP500Pro and EP500 (standard version) share the same LiFePO4 battery, which is the largest battery of this chemistry.
The Goal Zero Yeti 6000X has a larger 6,071Wh battery, but it has a lithium-ion cell type that gives it 500 battery cycles to 80% capacity.
In terms of longevity, the EP500Pro will last twelve times longer than the Yeti 6000X.
|Dimensions||22.8 x 11.8 x 29.9 in|
|Output Ports||2x wireless charging pads (15W each)
4x USB-A ports (2x standard; 2x fast charge)
2x USB-C ports (100W)
4x 100-120V AC ports (3,000W continuous, 6,000W surge)
1× 12V cigarette
2× 12V/10A DC ports
1× 12V/30A RV port
|Input Port(s)||1× AC input
1× Solar input (T500)
interface (connects two EP500s)
|Recharging Times (at Max Input)||AC wall charger (1,800W): 3.5-3.8 hrs
Solar (2,400W): 2.6-3.1 hrs
|Pounds Per Watt-Hour||0.036 lbs/Wh|
|Cost Per Watt-Hour||$0.81/Wh|
|Battery Cycle Life||6,000+ cycles to 80% capacity|
|Where to Buy||Indiegogo|
|Individual Review||Read My Review Here|
After reviewing and analyzing over 50 different solar generators or various sizes and capabilities, I believe that the EP500Pro is the best large solar generator on the market today.
It clearly is by no means a portable power station, but it will work flawlessly as a home/office/cabin backup system.
Features of the Bluetti EP500Pro
- UPS Function: You can plug in devices/appliances to the EP500 and use utility power through its output ports. When the power goes out, the EP500 will detect it and then turn itself on in order to keep your appliances running off the grid.
- Split Phase Bonding: You can combine two EP500Pros together to a Bluetti Fusion Box to run 240V appliances up to 6,000W continuous. With this amount of battery life and power output, you will have a legitimate full or partial home backup system.
- Peak Load Shifting: On a typical day, the EP500 can connect to your power grid and charge itself up when on-grid utility prices are lower. It then will turn itself on and use its own battery to power devices/appliances when utility prices are high.
- Wireless Device Charging: Two wireless charging pads on top of the EP500 are each capable of 15W max.
- App Control: Bluetti has an application for your phone or tablet where you can control the EP500 and set it up to your power needs.
- LCD Touchscreen: Bluetti is the only company that includes a touchscreen on their solar generators. The EP500 is one of them as well as the AC200P.
- Large battery for extended off-grid use.
- High output/input power ensures quick recharging and compatibility with most appliances.
- Long 6,000+ cycle life makes it extremely valuable as it will last longer than any solar generator on the market today.
- Several high-tech features that are rarely found in other solar generators.
- The EP500Pro weighs 182 lbs, which is clearly very heavy. This power station is not meant for portable use.
- The solar input is not an Anderson Powerpole input, which means you will need to buy an adapter if you’re going to use third-party solar panels with the EP500Pro.
Would I Recommend the EP500Pro?
I recommend the EP500Pro as well as the EP500 to anyone looking for home backup power. This system is not designed to be moved around, so it is best for either your home, office, or anywhere where you could use off-grid power.
The EP500Pro is one of the best solar generators on the market because of its:
- Massive 5,100Wh LiFePO4 battery (2nd in the industry for single battery solar generators behind the Yeti 6000X)
- 6,000+ charge cycles (leads the industry)
- 3,000W continuous AC inverter (tied for the industry leader with the Titan)
- 2,400W max solar input (leads the industry)
- Unique features (split phase bonding, peak load shifting, app control, etc.)
I created an entire video and article specifically on the EP500 and EP500Pro, where I show each detail of both power stations. This content will show you every feature and how each one works to give you an idea of its capabilities.
Find the article here: Bluetti EP500 & EP500Pro Review – Longest-Lasting Solar Generators.
Watch my video review of the EP500 & EP500Pro below:
2. Bluetti AC200P
With a 2,000Wh battery, 2,000W continuous AC inverter, and a total of 17 output ports, the Bluetti AC200P can deliver power to several devices and appliances simultaneously for extended periods of time. Its unique features include a touchscreen LCD display and wireless charging ports.
|Dimensions||16.5 x 11 x 15.2 in|
|Output Ports||6x 100-120V AC outlets (2,000W continuous, 4,800W surge)
1x DC cigarette lighter output port (12V/10A)
4x Standard USB-A outputs (15W each)
1x USB-C PD output (60W)
2x Wireless charging ports (15W each)
2x Standard DC outputs (12V/3A)
1x RV DC port (12V/25A)
|Input Port(s)||1x Solar (PV) input port (also functions as the car input port)
1x AC adapter input port
|Recharging Times (at Max Input)||Solar (700W): 3.5-4 hrs
AC Wall (400W): 6-7 hrs
Car (100-200W): 10 hrs (24V); 20 hrs (12V)
Dual AC Wall (800W): 3-3.5 hrs
Solar + AC Wall (1,100W): 2.5-3 hrs
|Pounds Per Watt-Hour||0.03 lbs/Wh|
|Cost Per Watt-Hour||$0.85/Wh|
|Battery Cycle Life||3,500+ cycles to 80% capacity|
|Where to Buy||Amazon|
Bluetti has created high-tech power stations that are a step above the rest of the competition. The AC200P is a clear example of their innovation in the portable power industry.
Not only were they the first company to have a touchscreen on their power stations, but they were also one of a handful of companies to put a LiFePO4 battery in their systems.
With this battery, you will find that compared to lithium-ion power stations, the LiFePO4 cell type in the AC200P will last 1.5 to seven times longer. This is not an overstatement either.
Take the Yeti 1500X for example. It has a cycle life of 500 cycles to 80% capacity. The AC200P has 3,500 cycles to 80% capacity. You would have to buy seven Yeti 1500Xs to last the same amount of time that the AC200P would.
Each 1500X costs $2,000. If you wanted to get the same long-term power from its battery, you would be paying $14,000. The AC200P costs $1,700.
Features of the Bluetti AC200P
- LCD Touchscreen: Similar to the EP500, the AC200P has a touchscreen that shows you battery and port information as well as warning indicators to protect its battery.
- Wireless Charging: Two wireless charging pads are located on top of the power station for seamless device charging (15W max per port).
- Dual AC Wall Charging: With two wall chargers, you can input up to 800W of power to recharge the AC200P in 3-3.5 hours.
- Solar + Wall Charging: This is the fastest way to charge the power station. One 400W wall charger with 700W of solar panel input will recharge it in as little as 2.5 hours.
- RV DC Port (12V/25A): Most solar generators don’t have an RV port, but the AC200P has one that can output up to 300W of power to your RV.
- Fast recharging times give the AC200P an advantage over similar generators. For example, all of Goal Zero’s Yeti X-series solar generators do not have as high of a solar input as the AC200P’s 700W.
- With 3,500+ battery cycles to 80% capacity, you will have a long-lasting system that will outlast nearly all lithium-ion power stations.
- Its 17 output ports can charge/power several items at the same time. This is a high number of ports for any solar generator.
- LCD touchscreens are uncommon in any solar generator. With a touchscreen, you can navigate several settings and review more data than the average LCD screen would permit.
- Heavy – The AC200P weighs over 60 pounds, which makes it about 17 pounds heavier than the Jackery Explorer 2000. Both of these power stations have similar-sized batteries. However, the Explorer 2000 uses a lithium-ion battery, making it much lighter.
- No Wheels – There are no wheels on this power station. It would be convenient to have them since the system weighs more than the average person can carry. The best way to carry it is with two people – each taking ahold of one carrying handle.
Would I Recommend the AC200P?
I recommend the AC200P because its battery will last for years and potentially over a decade depending on how often you use it.
With its high-tech features (touchscreen, wireless charging, etc.), it can meet different user needs while also providing detailed information so you can understand how your system is working.
The AC200P is the successor to the lithium-ion-powered AC200. For a detailed look into the differences in performance, I have an article comparing them side-by-side here: Bluetti AC200 vs AC200P – Key Differences & Takeaways.
3. Bluetti EB70
The Bluetti EB70 is a 716Wh portable power station weighing in at 24.1 pounds. It can charge from solar panels in 3-4 hours with its 200W input and its AC ports can output up to 700W of continuous power to your appliances and devices.
This is one of the lightest LiFePO4 solar generators on the market, yet the EB70 delivers a lot of power for its size.
|Dimensions||12.6 x 8.5 x 8.7 in|
|Output Ports||4x 100-120V AC outputs (700W continuous, 1,400W surge)
1x DC car port (12V,10A)
2x DC outputs: 5.5mm x 2.1mm (12V,10A)
2x USB-A outputs (5V,3A)
2x USB-C PD outputs (100W)
1x Wireless charging pad (15W)
|Input Port(s)||Solar/car/wall Input: 12V~28V (200W max)|
|Recharging Times (at Max Input)||Solar (200W): 3-4 hrs
AC wall outlet: 3-4 hrs
12V car port in 7-8 hrs
|Pounds Per Watt-Hour||0.03 lbs/Wh|
|Cost Per Watt-Hour||$0.84/Wh|
|Battery Cycle Life||2,500+ cycles to 80% capacity|
|Where to Buy||Amazon|
The EB70 delivers 2,500 battery cycles to 80% capacity, which means it will last five times longer than similar systems that use lithium-ion batteries.
For example, the Jackery Explorer 1000 has 500 cycles to 80% capacity.
At 716Wh, the EB70 is in a unique size category as there are only two power stations that come to mind that are close to this battery size – The Patriot 1800 (768Wh) and the EcoFlow River Pro (720Wh).
Compared to these two similar-sized power stations, the EB70 is one-fourth the price of the Patriot 1800 and it has five times as many battery lifecycles as the EcoFlow River Pro.
Features of the Bluetti EB70
- LED Flashlight: On the front of the EB70 is a flashlight with three modes: full brightness, half brightness, and SOS flash mode.
- Two 100W USB-C PD Ports: Only EcoFlow and Bluetti have 100W USB-C ports on their power stations. These two 100W ports will be able to charge laptops and other devices as fast as possible.
- Wireless Charging Pad: As with the previous solar generators mentioned, this Bluetti has a 15W (max) charging pad for phones and tablets.
- Lightweight LiFePO4 Battery: At just over 21 pounds, the EB70 is the lightest LiFePO4 battery for its size. Its competition is the Patriot Power 1800, which weighs 40 pounds yet is around the same size.
- Inexpensive – The EB70 is $600, which is the same price as the EcoFlow River Pro. The River Pro uses a lithium-ion battery with 500+ cycles to 80% capacity. The EB70 has 2,500 cycles to 80% capacity which gives it five times the lifespan of the River Pro.
- Portable – The EB70 is the most portable out of all the solar generators mentioned in this article. If you’re looking to camp or tailgate with the EB70, it is one of the best LiFePO4 options as it won’t be difficult to move it around short distances.
- 12 Output Ports – Several devices and appliances can be used with the EB70 because it carries most of the ports required for items such as CPAP machines, mini-fridges, 12V fridges, phones, tablets, laptops, and more.
- The LCD screen does not inform you of voltage or amperage. It displays wattage, hertz, and battery status, but if you’re using solar panels to charge the EB70, you will have to make sure you know the correct voltage and amperage in order for it to charge its battery effectively.
- Car port not regulated – The 12V/10A car port is not regulated, meaning that if the appliance plugged into this port goes anywhere over 120W, it will not work. Some power stations have regulated car ports that go anywhere from 13-15A in order to securely power the DC appliance.
Would I Recommend the EB70?
I recommend the EB70 because it is portable, powerful, and versatile. It has the ability to be used for several different purposes and activities but it also has a high-powered AC inverter and several output ports to choose from.
Most of all, it will last longer than most other solar generators of its size.
4. Renogy Lycan Powerbox
The Lycan Powerbox from Renogy is a 55-pound LiFePO4 solar generator with a battery capacity of 1,075Wh. Its AC ports can power anything pulling up to 1,200W continuously. With 300W (max) of solar panel input power, the Powerbox will recharge in 3.5-4 hours.
The power station also allows for easy movement and handling. It’s a heavy system but comes with two wheels that easily move over multiple terrains. These features make the Lycan Powerbox a suitable generator for outdoor use.
|Model||Renogy Lycan Powerbox|
|Dimensions||14.5 x 13.4 x 11.8 in|
|Output Ports||4x 110V AC outlets(1,200W max)
4x Standard USB-A ports: 5V,2.4A (7A max)
1x DC 12V car port (150W max)
3x DC 12V ports (60W max)
1x Anderson Powerpole (to charge external lead-acid batteries)
|Input Port(s)||1x Solar/car input (Anderson Powerpole, 300W max)
1x AC wall input
1x RJ45 input (for external batteries)
1x XT90 port (for external batteries)
|Recharging Times (at Max Input)||Solar (300W): 3.5-4 hrs
12V car port (150W): 7.5 hrs
AC wall charger (80W): 13-13.5 hrs
|Pounds Per Watt-Hour||0.05 lbs/Wh|
|Cost Per Watt-Hour||$1.21/Wh|
|Battery Cycle Life||2,000 cycles to 80% capacity|
For the sake of convenience and easy usage, the power station comes with three charging methods. These methods include an AC wall outlet, a 12V auto socket, and a solar charging option.
Each of these methods is fast and efficient, with the solar charging (three 100W solar panels) taking four hours and thirty minutes to fully charge the power station.
The availability of these three methods ensures that the power station never runs out of power at any point in time.
It would be a great disservice not to talk about the battery type of this solar power station. This battery lasts longer than most solar generators on the market with a cycle life of 2,000 cycles to 80% capacity.
Moreover, this power station allows you to add an external battery to extend its battery life. This means that you get to enjoy longer hours (if needed) of electricity with the Lycan Powerbox.
Features of the Renogy Lycan Powerbox
- Easy to Use: The power station is rugged and easy to move, making it ideal for outdoor use. It is also noiseless and fumeless, which makes it suitable for use within the household. Hence, in this power station, you get a complete electricity source for indoor and outdoor use.
- LCD and Buttons: The solar generator comes with an LCD display and AC/DC buttons. These features make for easy usage. The LCD display provides you with the details of the power station’s operation. The buttons allow you to switch from one output mode to another.
- Multiple Charging Methods: It allows for three clean, safe, and fast means of charging. These include solar charging, car charging, and wall charging.
- Multiple Outlets: You also get multiple outlets for powering and charging many devices at the same time. As long as the capacity of the device(s) is under 1,200W, you are good to go.
- LED Lights: The solar generator also comes with an LED work light. This work light can serve as a lamp during sudden blackouts or when you are moving in a dark place.
- Portability: The power station comes with two multi-terrain wheels and a strong handle. These parts allow for easy handling and movement. Thus, if you are thinking of going for an outdoor event anytime soon, this power station may be a great option.
- LiFePO4 Battery: The LiFePO4 battery of the Lycan Powerbox gives it about 2,000 cycles to 80% capacity. This battery chemistry is the longest-lasting and safest in today’s solar generator market.
- Cost: The Lycan Powerbox costs $1,199.99 (according to amazon.com). When compared with many solar generators with similar capacities and specifications, the price is competitive.
- The DC and AC outlets are well spaced and easy to access.
- The wheels and handle attached to the power station make for easy handling and movement.
- The power station has an impressive number of ports for multiple usages.
- It has a high power output of up to 1,200W from the AC ports.
- Relatively expensive for its size.
- Heavier than most other solar generators that are similar in size.
- According to some users, when charging the battery from solar and charging it completely, the generator’s battery status indicator may sometimes go from 100% charged to 0% and flash its “low battery” light as a warning. One user claims that all he had to do to get the battery status correct was to disconnect the solar panels from the generator and turn the power off and on again. Check out the YouTube video below from CheapRVliving’s channel to watch their first-hand account of this happening to them:
Would I Recommend the Lycan Powerbox?
I cannot recommend the Lycan because it seems to be too unreliable to use.
The YouTube video mentioned earlier in addition to multiple Amazon ratings with negative experiences make me question if I can trust this power station if the power goes out at home.
5. Suaoki G1000
Measuring 13.7 x 13.5 x 12.4 inches, the Suaoki G1000 is a compact, cube-shaped power station. It will be a task to move around long distances as it weighs 48.5 lbs, but with short distances, this generator can be easily carried with two people due to its handles on each side.
The combination of the dimensions and weight still make this power station portable and easy to handle.
|Dimensions||13.7 x 13.5 x 12.4 in|
|Output Ports||4x 110V AC outputs (1,000W continuous, 2,000W surge)
2x USB-A ports (5V/2.4A max)
2x QC 3.0 USB-A ports (5-12V,18W max)
1x USB-C PD port (60W max)
2x DC outputs (12V/10A max)
1x Car port (13V/10A max)
|Input Port(s)||1x AC input: 100V-120V~60Hz (200W max)
1x Car input: 12V/10A 24V/5A (120W max)
1x Solar input (Anderson Powerpole): 15V-40V (150W max)
|Recharging Times (at Max Input)||Solar (150W): 8 hrs
AC wall input: 7 hrs
Car input: 9 hrs
|Pounds Per Watt-Hour||0.04 lbs/Wh|
|Cost Per Watt-Hour||$0.91/Wh|
|Battery Cycle Life||2,000 cycles to 80% capacity|
|Where to Buy||Discontinued|
Suppose you are in need of a reliable portable power station for both indoor and outdoor use. In that case, the Suaoki G1000 is one of the best options around.
This power station features a powerful battery capable of supplying about 1,182Wh of electricity. With this amount of electricity at your disposal, you need not worry about powering your small and medium-sized gadgets and appliances.
Gadgets and appliances such as laptop computers, smartphones, TV sets, microwave ovens, and the likes are all covered with this solar generator.
You can also use the power station outdoors for powering lamps, CPAPs, and other camping and outdoor appliances that require electrical power.
The LiFePO4 battery in the power station is a significant advantage. It is strong and has a longer cycle life (up to four times that of the lithium-ion battery).
It also has a UPS (Uninterrupted Power Supply) feature that makes it immune to power outages. As a result, the power station is suitable for emergencies.
This solar generator allows you to charge it with three different methods.
These methods include solar charging with the aid of a solar panel, wall charging through an AC wall outlet, and car charging through a 12V cigarette port.
This array of charging options means that you can charge the product wherever you are.
Features of the Suaoki G1000
- LiFePO4 Battery: The Suaoki G1000, as a result of its LiFePO4 battery, has 2,000 lifecycles. This amount of lifecycles, when combined with a continuous output rated at 1,000W and a battery capacity of 1,183Wh, this power station remains one of the strongest mid-range power stations with its specifications.
- Inverter: The power station has an inverter of 1,000W pure sine wave AC and reaches a peak power of 2,000W. With its four AC outlets, you can power as many as four laptops simultaneously.
- Multiple Outlets: The outlets on the power station allow for multiple simultaneous usages. This means that you can charge or power numerous devices at the same time. The outlets include five USB ports (two Type-A ports, two QC ports, and one PD port).
- The power station has an impressive battery capacity of 1,183Wh with numerous outlets, which means you can power lots of devices simultaneously.
- The three charging methods ensure that the power station never runs out of power at any point in time.
- The price of the solar panel is competitive and pocket-friendly when compared to the market standards.
- It also possesses an LCD screen that provides information about the power station’s operation, including battery percentage, the intensity of the sun, wattage, and many others. This information makes it easy for you to keep track of the Suaoki’s operation.
- The power station is relatively heavier than most power stations with the same specs. For example, the Jackery Explorer 1000 has only about 180Wh less battery capacity than the G1000, but weighs 30 lbs less!
- The G1000 has a very low solar panel input. At 150W maximum, it charges at a 25% slower rate than the Bluetti EB70, which is about 500Wh smaller in battery size.
Would I Recommend the G1000?
Even though the G1000 is discontinued, I would not recommend it because it has a slow charging rate.
In addition, besides its USB port options and regulated 12V ports, it really doesn’t stand out in terms of specifications.
6. 4Patriots Patriot Power 1800
The Patriot Power 1800 is a heavy-duty solar generator that doles out up to 1,800W of continuous electricity, which means you can use it with power-hungry equipment such as a microwave, certain power tools, as well as full-size refrigerators.
See the table below for detailed information on the system.
|Model||4Patriots Patriot Power 1800|
|Dimensions||15 x 7.75 x 13 in|
|Output Ports||2x 110V-120V AC outputs (1,800W continuous, 3,048W surge)
4x USB-A ports (5V, 2.1A)
1x Anderson Powerpole: 12V/20A (240W max)
1x 12V car port: 12V, 10A (120W max)
|Input Port(s)||1x AC wall input: 100V–240V
1x Solar input (Anderson Powerpole): 12V/20A (240W max)
|Recharging Times (at Max Input)||AC charging: 3-4 hrs
Solar charging: 4 hrs
|Pounds Per Watt-Hour||0.05 lbs/Wh|
|Cost Per Watt-Hour||$3.25/Wh|
|Battery Cycle Life||2,500 cycles to 80% capacity|
The Patriot 1800 is a clean, safe, and quiet source of electrical energy for both indoor and outdoor use.
Having just switched to the LiFePO4 battery, the manufacturers embedded some new features that make the power station even better than its previous model (the Patriot 1500).
The new battery assures users of a longer lifespan as it has about 2,500 lifecycles. This translates to almost seven years (6.8 years) of daily use.
Moreover, the LiFePO4 battery type means that the power station becomes more efficient, experiences less overheating, and has higher stability than any other type of battery.
One of the new features that come with the Patriot is the 52% spike in peak power. Now, the power station can handle as much as 3,048W from your electrical devices.
This means that if you have appliances that require a high amount of power to start up, like an AC unit, the peak power will be suitable for this purpose.
However, I always recommend checking the power requirements of what you intend to use the generator for in order to calculate if the generator can be used successfully for your intended purposes.
Also, there is a 28% increase in battery capacity. You now get 768Wh, whereas the Patriot 1500 (their previous model) only had 500Wh of battery capacity.
This means more power for longer periods with the Patriot Power 1800. This increased capacity becomes even more useful with the number of outlets present on the body of the solar generator.
There are eight outlets, including two AC outlets, one DC outlet, four USB outlets, and one Anderson Powerpole outlet.
The multiple outlets mean that you can run many devices on the solar generator at the same time without harming the generator’s battery.
The charging methods provided by the manufacturers of this power station make it ideal for off-grid use.
You can charge it through AC wall outlets and solar panels. As a result of its new and efficient battery type, there is a 12.5% increase in charging speed when using AC wall outlets. You can also combine two or more solar panels to increase the power input and reduce the charging duration.
- MPPT: This power station features an advanced charging technology that allows you to charge your power station efficiently. It also prevents overcharging or any battery damage that could occur as a result.
- Increased Capacity: The Power Patriot 1800 comes with many improved features from its predecessor, such as increased battery capacity, higher peak power, and faster charging speeds.
- Higher Battery Cycle Life: This power station has one of the highest battery life cycle ratings in the industry, even for a LiFePO4 solar generator. While most LiFePO4 solar generators have battery life cycles at 2,000, the Power Patriot 1800 has a whopping 2,500 lifecycles. This means that if you use the solar generator every day, the battery will last almost seven years.
- Portable and Compact: Weighing 40 pounds, the solar generator is relatively average compared to other models with similar specifications. It is also rugged and strong enough to withstand rough handling and terrain.
The Patriot Power 1800 comes with a lot of gift items. By the estimation of the manufacturer, these gift items are worth about $600. They include:
- Patriot Power Cell for Phones
- Solar Kettle/Water Heater
- Tactical Flashlight
- Solar Air Lantern
- Rechargeable Battery Kit
- 72-Hour Survival Food Kit
- Solar Panel Extension Cord (25 Foot)
- 100W Solar Panel
The Patriot Power 1800 solar generator can also power the following appliances:
- USB Lamp: 384 hours
- Phone: 128 hours
- CPAP Machine: 13.8 hours
- Electric Stove: 55 minutes
- Microwave: 49 minutes
- Fridge/Freezer: 16.3 hours
- The power station has a high battery cycle life at 2,500 cycles to 80% capacity.
- At 1,800W continuous, the AC ports on the Patriot 1800 are very powerful for its battery size.
- The generator comes with additional items as a free bonus from the manufacturer.
- Extremely expensive – 4Patriots, the company that makes this power station, is charging $2,500 for the Patriot 1800. Although the power station comes with several additional bonus items, it is still a very expensive purchase.
- The two AC outlets on the power station are also below par.
- The solar input is below the industry average for its size. At 40 pounds, it is very heavy for its battery size.
Would I Recommend the Patriot 1800?
I would not recommend the Patriot 1800 to anyone because it is too expensive. The additional items you receive with it may be worthwhile to you if you don’t want to shop for them individually, but you will be paying a premium for the package.
Even if the Patriot 1800 was half of its $2,500 price tag, I would not buy it. For the same price, I could buy four Bluetti EB70s and still have $100 to spare.