Gas vs Solar Generators – Which Makes More Sense?


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A solar generator using gas or electric power can be used for many important reasons.

First, these generators simply bring power to a home when the power goes out. The need for backup power is increasing especially since power outages have been increasing across the country in recent years.

Second, a gas or portable solar generator is useful for outdoor occasions such as leisure activities and camping. But considering each generator, which ones are the best for each circumstance?

Gas and Solar Generators – Specified

Gas-Powered Generators

gas powered generators are more sophisticated than solar generators

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.

Solar Generators

Goal Zero Yeti solar generator

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 Pros

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.

Gas Cons

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

Electric Pros

electric generators are silentOne 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.

Electric 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?

which power generator is best to use?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, electric 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. An electric or solar generator for homes can bring the extra power needed in those just-in-case power outage situations.

For more information on an electric and/or solar powered generator, check out my review here.

For my reviews on portable solar panels and similar information, check out my solar panel article here.

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