Gas and solar generators have a lot of differences that make them valuable depending on the situation or activity you intend to use them for.
Solar generators are ideal partial home backup systems for both short and long-term power outages. Portable gas generators can provide full home backup power but are typically best only for short-term power outages (1-2 days) as they need refueling every eight hours on average.
There are several additional elements to compare regarding gas and solar generators, such as the activity you intend to use it with, a breakdown of costs (short and long term), maintenance, and more.
Gas and Solar Generators – Specified
Gas generators are the traditional generators on the market today. They are powerful and can last a long time as long as the internals are functioning properly.
They have a bad rap at times because they are loud and have a lot of fumes when burning the fuel they use.
Gas generators are typical backup power suppliers for houses when the power goes out or there are portable generators for RVs or campers on the road. All of these generators require maintenance similar to a car.
A portable solar generator such as the Goal Zero Yeti 150 is relatively new to the market and is in direct competition with gas generators.
Electric generators have no fumes and are charged from either solar panels or through a wall outlet. These make them much cleaner than traditional gas generators.
Also, since a portable electric generator has less sophisticated technology than a gas generator, this makes it a bit more reliable than a gas-powered generator. If something happens to a gas generator and it stops working, it could take a while to find the solution and could require a mechanic.
Pros and cons of A Portable Gas Generator
Gas generators last as long as needed, as long as there is fuel to power it. They also have a lot of power and can energize a lot of necessary equipment in the home or on the road depending on the size of your generator.
They have a lot of parts. If one part isn’t maintained, it could fail and require maintenance by a professional.
These generators also require more maintenance overtime to keep up with its internals, much like a car as stated before. Also, the cost is a major issue – with fuel costs over time and maintenance costs, there are a lot of added fees over time.
Pros and cons of A Portable Solar Generator
Solar Generator Pros
One of the biggest pros is that there is no sound. Being electric, you can sleep well at night while your portable power station is pumping power.
They are also generally lighter than gas-powered generators. Electric generators’ main component is a battery, which takes up most of the weight. A portable electric generator also has low maintenance. They are reliable in tough situations where they matter most.
The cost over time is much cheaper than a traditional gas generator. They don’t require fuel, which saves a lot of money.
Solar Generator Cons
The power is not as consistent as gas generators are. With gas generators, all you have to do is add more fuel to the generator and it will keep going. With electric ones, you have to charge it, and this could take some time to reboot.
A Traditional Gas or New Age Portable Solar Generator?
Gas-powered generators have been in the industry for a while. They have a lot of power, and also can run for a long time.
However, solar generators cost less over time, have no sound when in use, and require much less maintenance.
When it comes to being reliable, it makes sense to go electric. A solar generator for your home can bring the extra power needed in those just-in-case power outage situations.
For more information on solar powered generators, check out my reviews below, where I show you which models are the best for various activities/applications: