Inergy Apex vs Kodiak: What Is Different?
- MPPT Controller: The Apex uses an MPPT whereas the Kodiak used a PWM controller. MPPTs are the better controllers of the two.
- Updated Display Screen
- External Lithium Batteries: The Apex can expand its battery capacity with Inergy Flex batteries
- EC8 Connection: Charging is achieved via an EC8 connector
The Apex has a Multitude of FeaturesThere is an upgraded display screen, where the battery capacity and input for solar charging are displayed. Since the Apex hasn’t been shipped to anyone yet, it is difficult to get a gauge on the accuracy of the new features of the display. Nevertheless, Inergy listened to their customer base and helped solve a big problem, which happened when people were charging their generator with solar panels and couldn’t figure out the exact amount of Watts that were coming into the power station to charge it.
Charging & Power Options in the ApexYes, you can charge the generator from solar panels, your car, and your wall outlet in a pretty fast manner compared to the competition. Scroll to the bottom for a Goal Zero Yeti 1400 comparison below. Solar charging is a major asset to this generator, as it will charge in three hours with 500W of solar panels in good sunlight. This is amazing in the solar generator world and Inergy has really set the bar high with their charging times. As for car charging, the Apex will be able to charge up in about 4.5 hours at 240 watts. Wall charging with 110 watts will take eight hours.
What Can You Use the Apex With & for How Long?Here are some examples from Inergy’s website on the estimated charge and run times of various appliances and devices:
- Smartphones (5-7W): 100+ hours
- Tablets (25-40W): 40+ hours
- Laptops (50W): 20+ hours
- Electric Blanket (75W): 14 hours
- 50″ LED LCD TV* (65W) : 16 hours
- Microwave (1,000W): 1 hour
- Refrigerator* (150W): 33 hours
- Chest Freezer: 50 hours
- Sump Pump (1/3 HP): 2.5 hours
- Basecamp LED Light (6W): 183 hours
Apex Battery PerformanceThe battery is the same size as the Inergy Kodiak, at 1,100Wh (1.1kWh). Also, the battery no longer needs “resets” as opposed to Kodiak, where if you had a low battery and tried to use a power tool or appliance with a lot of surge power, it would need to be reset by doing a strange sequence with plugs. Now, the Apex automatically shuts down if you surge the power when there’s a low battery in order to protect the battery and give it longevity. The battery will last up to 2,000 charge cycles, which, when you do the math, is actually saving you money compared to most other generators out there that do not have as many charge cycles.
Inergy Apex Overall Stats
|PRODUCT SPECS||POWER SPECS||WHAT CAN IT POWER?|
|Charging Temperatures: 32°F to 104°F||Internal Battery: 1,100 Watt hours (90 amp hours, 12.6 volts), Lithium NMC||Smartphones (5-7 watts): 100+ hours|
|Discharging Temperatures:20°F to 115°F||Battery Life Expectancy: Up to 2,000 Cycles or 10 Years, 4 times longer life compared to any competitor||Tablets (25-40 watts): 40+ hours|
|Dimensions: 14″ W x 7″ H x 8″ D||AC Inverter: 1,500 Watt pure sine wave, 3,000 Watt starting surge||Laptops (50 watts): 20+ hours|
|Weight: 25 lbs||Charging: 500 Watts max input, 3 hour recharge time||Electric Blanket (Queen Size, 75 watts): 14 hours|
|Warranty: 1-Year||Battery Expansion: Yes. Apex accepts Inergy’s external Lithium-Ion (coming early 2020), 12V lead acid or AGM deep-cycle battery||50″ LED LCD TV* (65 watts) : 16 hours|
|Shoulder Carrying Strap||MPPT Charge Controller: Allows for faster and more efficient charging||Refrigerator* (18 cu ft., 20% duty): 24 hours|
|Standard Wall Charger Included||USB-C Charge Ports||Chest Freezer (9 cu ft., 15% duty): 50 hours|
|USB Qual Comm 3.0 Charge Ports||Sump Pump (1/3 HP): 2.5 hours|
|3-Position Power Switch: Allows user to charge devices via the USB, USB-C, and 12V output ports without having to turn on the inverter||Basecamp LED Light (6 watts) : 183 hours|
|EC8 Input Plug: Creates an extremely user-friendly, plug and play interface|
|Compatible with EC8-to-MC4 Adapter|
|NOT Compatible with MC4-to-Neutrik Adapter|
Inergy Apex & External BatteriesAn impressive feature in this generator is the ability to hook up external lithium-ion batteries to the Apex! You can also use the standard 12.6 deep-cycle lead-acid/AGM batteries as well with the connections given on the outside of the generator. Hooking up an external battery to the Apex will let you have more power (obviously) but will also give the Apex the ability to charge and discharge power from the external battery. The lithium-ion external batteries will be released by Inergy very soon, and are also the only lithium-ion batteries allowed for use with the Apex under the warranty, which is a one-year policy. Some new features have been added to the Inergy Apex, including an MPPT controller! This will increase the charging efficiency and decrease charging times from solar panels – as compared to one without an MPPT (the Inergy Kodiak).
Pros & Cons of the Apex Solar Generator
- MPPT controller – Improved efficiency
- Massive power output (1,100Wh) and surge (3,000W)
- The most power per pound compared to other portable solar generators
- Lithium-ion external battery connections
- Five pounds heavier than the Kodiak (25 as opposed to 20)
- EC8 plugs instead of an MC4 adapter are used to connect the solar panels to the Apex
Solar Panels Offered by Inergy:The Linx solar panels are 100 watts each and are semi-flexible as well. They are the new and improved version of the Solar Storm panels from Inergy. Both are rated at 100W, which is the standard size for a mountable solar panel for a rooftop, car, shed, or any other flat surface with easy access to the sun.
What Are the Benefits of Having Linx Panels vs Solar Storm Panels?There are two main differences. The first is that the Linx panel is made of monocrystalline, which is made with a higher grade of silicon thereby improving the efficiency of the solar panel. In addition, the Linx panels are half of the weight of the Solar Storm panels. Polycrystalline, which is what the Solar Storm panels are made of, is made with lower grade silicon and reduces the efficiency of the solar panel by a small percentage. From 16.2 pounds to an 8-pound panel is a feat within itself for Inergy and can help you transport your solar panels much more easily, especially if you have a bunch of them.
Inergy’s Role in Giving Back to the CommunityInergy has given back to communities in need in various ways within the last couple of years. When a large storm comes in, it could ravage a city and the surrounding areas. In the case of Puerto Rico with Hurricane Maria, the storms came through and ravaged their land. In response to this horrid event, Inergy donated several of their Kodiak solar generators to families that needed the machines to help keep them and their families alive. Overall, Inergy has donated over $350,000 in products thus far to families in Puerto Rico and Haiti.
Why Does Inergy Support Others in Need?One of the main reasons has to do with the company’s CEO, Sean Luangrath. Sean’s family escaped from Laos when it was being overrun with communist control, and became a refugee with his mother guiding him. Being affected at such a young age with the realities of poverty, Sean and Inergy are able to realize the true benefits of something taken completely for granted in the western world: electricity. Through the various donations from Inergy to poverty-stricken areas, a total of 131 families have been served off-grid power. Sean feels as though it is his obligation to give back to the world due to what he experienced in his upbringing and all the help that he and his family received as they were searching for a better life.
Comparison: Inergy Apex vs Goal Zero Yeti 1400 LithiumThe Yeti 1400 Lithium has the following features compared to the Apex:
- Heavier: 43.7 lbs
- More Expensive: $1,899.95
- Longer Charge Times: 4.5 hrs from solar (360W) and 25 hrs from the AC charger
- Lower Cycle Life: 500 to 80% capacity
- Wi-Fi-enabled; the Apex is not
- More Powerful: 1,500W, 3,000W surge
Similar – Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Review
Inergy Apex vs Goal Zero Yeti 3000 LithiumThe Goal Zero Yeti 3000 is a beast of a generator, so how does this model compare to the Apex in terms of the following? Check out this comparison chart that compares a few important qualities to look for when looking for the right solar-powered generator:
|Model||Yeti 3000 Lithium||Apex|
|Longer Battery Life||X|
ConclusionOverall, this solar-powered generator is an exciting investment to have and has lived to tell the tale since releasing the Inergy Kodiak. The Inergy Apex is becoming a versatile tool for RV users, campers, and other areas where portable power is needed. Being as powerful as its predecessor, the Kodiak, the Apex brings many features that only make it more appealing and user-friendly.