Top 5 Solar Generators With Lithium Batteries (Small to Large)

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Technology is continually improving, with more and more innovations and discoveries on how to make life more productive.

The invention of solar generators has been a milestone in the energy sector in terms of productivity and efficiency. In more recent years, solar generator powerhouses have conventionally stuck with lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries in the majority of their products.

The following is a quick view of the top 5 solar generators with lithium batteries.

Quick View - Top 5 Solar Generators With Lithium Batteries (Small to Large)

BrandJackeryEcoFlowGoal ZeroInergyPoint Zero Energy
Model(s)Explorer SeriesDelta 1300YETI Lithium SeriesApexTitan
ImageJackery Explorer 160 front viewEcoFlow Delta 1300 front viewYeti 400 Lithium frontInergy Apex front viewTitan solar generator front view
Capacity167-1002Wh1260Wh428-3000Wh1100Wh2000+Wh
Weight3.84-22 lbs31 lbs16.3-77 lbs25 lbs67 lbs
Price$-$$$$$$$$-$$$$$$$$$$$
Where to FindAmazonAmazonGoal ZeroDiscontinuedshopsolarkits

As solar generators are repeatedly proving to be a safer and more reliable backup for electricity and are preferred to conventional gas and/or fossil fuel generators due to their environmentally friendly nature, it is necessary to look at their energy storage systems.

Many believe that in the near future, solar energy may well be the main source of direct power for both industrial and domestic uses. Only time will tell.

Before the 90s and the 00s, lead-acid batteries had arguably been the main battery choice for energy storage in solar generators until recently when lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries were introduced.

With lead-acid batteries needing routine maintenance, one could argue that longer durability, higher efficiency, and easier maintenance have made lithium batteries a better battery option for solar generators.

Of course, like every other invention, lithium batteries as a means of energy storage have their own shortcomings, but they are generally very effective in energy storage, as seen in power bank technology. Lithium batteries also have a higher depth of discharge, which ensures a higher usability rate without any adverse effect.

It normally takes around 7 to 10 years to commercialize any new battery type. The meticulous criteria for approval of a new energy storage technology make it unlikely that any new battery type will be displacing lithium batteries in the foreseeable future.

Even recent investigation into solid-state batteries has shown that they are not likely to replace lithium batteries anytime soon.

When considering a solar generator with a lithium battery, a few things should be considered. A good solar generator’s battery should be generally satisfactory in at least four of these five major areas:

  • A good battery capacity that can power basic devices (value for money)
  • Safety features, such as sine wave type and battery management system
  • Charging time and means of charging
  • Continuous and peak power usage
  • Battery life cycle and longevity

We examine these features in the top five solar generators with lithium batteries.

JACKERY EXPLORER SERIES

The Jackery Series is known for its lightweight, portable, and fairly inexpensive solar generators. It’s fair to say that their line of solar generators is among the best in the industry. 

JACKERY EXPLORER 160

All solar generators of the Jackery series are portable, compact, and handy, and they are also made with an easy to carry design.

At a weight of 3.84 lbs. (1.74kg), the Jackery Explorer 160 is easily the lightest solar generator in its category. With dimensions of 7.4 in by 4.5 in by 6.7 in, its battery has great functionality for its size.

JACKERY EXPLORER 160 diagram
The Jackery Explorer 160
  • Battery capacity of 167Wh (46,400mAh, 3.6V), with 100W continuous output that can peak up to 150W. 
  • Comes with a 2-year warranty and a lifecycle of 500 cycles before 80% efficiency.
  • The Explorer 160 is equipped with fast charging ports: a USB-C port and two USB-A ports particularly for phones with fast charging technology. 
  • With its battery, it can power a smartphone up to 15 times and a drone twice, so it is good for outdoor usage. 
  • Using an AC adaptor or a 12V car adaptor, the Explorer 160 can charge in a little as 5 hours and around 8 to 10 hours using a 50W solar panel. 

JACKERY EXPLORER 240

Jackery 240 solar generator front view
The Jackery Explorer 240
  • With a battery capacity of 240Wh the Explorer 240 can power your smartphone up to 20 times, your laptop 4 times, a mini-fridge for up to 3 hours, and a drone up to 4 times. 
  • The battery has a life cycle of 500 cycles, with a 2-year warranty and its Battery Management System (BMS), it offers short circuit protection and voltage protection, the Explorer 240’s battery is cost-effective. The pure sine wave feature ensures that sensitive appliances are not damaged from current fluctuations. 
  • Charging time takes up to 8 hours with an AC adapter and a 12V car adaptor, using a 50W solar panel takes around 10 hours.
  • Battery weighs around 6.6 lbs. (3 kg) which makes it very portable and is easy to carry around.
  • Along with other ports, the Explorer 240 has a 110V AC output which can peak up to 300W max. Also comes with 2 USB 2.4A ports.

Read the full Jackery 240 review here

JACKERY EXPLORER 500

Jackery Explorer 500 front view
The Jackery Explorer 500
  • The Explorer 500 is an effective solution for higher energy needs without breaking the bank. The battery capacity is 518Wh, and a continuous output of 500W is obtainable with a peak surge of 1000W. 
  • At this rate, its lithium batteries can easily power a mini fridge for up to 8 hours, a laptop about 7 times, and a smartphone up to 35 times.
  • The Explorer features an all-important BMS which regulates the lithium batteries. They also use pure sine wave, making them safe for the use of sensitive devices such as CPAP machines.
  • The life cycle of its battery is 500 cycles and it comes with a 2-year warranty.
  • Like other Jackery solar generators, the Explore 500 is rechargeable via AC wall outlet under 8 hours, using a 100W solar panel takes around 14 hours, and you can also charge it using a 12V car adaptor, which takes around 18 hours.

JACKERY EXPLORER 1000

Jackery Explorer 1000 with battery capacity showing
The Jackery Explorer 1000
  • The Jackery Explorer 1000 is very suitable for outdoor and recreational activities. It has a continuous rated power of 1000W and a peak surge of 2000W. The battery capacity is 1002Wh. With this battery capacity, it meets high-end energy needs and can power higher-demand electrical appliances.
  • It weighs just 22 lbs. and is designed with an easy-to-carry handle like other solar generators in the Explorer series.
  • The battery is safe to use with its functional BMS and pure sine waves, keeping a CPAP and other sensitive appliances safe. It has a 2-year warranty and is fairly durable with a life cycle of 500 cycles.
  • The battery can power your smartphone over 100 times, a camera device over 180 times, a laptop over 12 times, and a portable or car fridge up to 60 hours.
  • Charging methods are much like other Explorer series. Using an AC outlet takes about 7 hours, using a car charger will recharge in 14 hours, and using 2 100W solar panels will recharge the battery in 8 hours. Using only one 100W solar panel takes twice as long. 
  • At this capacity, the battery can prove very useful for recreational vehicles (RVs) and other outdoor purposes.

Read the full Jackery Explorer 1000 review here

ECOFLOW DELTA 1300

Many solar generator producers have brought in numerous innovations to the industry, but very few have been able to add the UPS feature to their products.

Costumers are insatiable, and they would simply like a solar generator that can easily switch over during a power outage. As this would also help them save data in the eventuality of an expected power outage, this makes the Delta 1300 a reliable lithium battery solar generator.

Here are a few other features that make the Delta 1300 a good solar battery choice.

EcoFlow Delta 1300 recharging methods
Fast Charging Power of the Delta 1300
  • It is a 1800W solar generator with a peak surge of 3,300W and a 1300Wh battery. 
  • At 31 lbs. the Delta 1300 is not too heavy for this category, and Ecoflow gives you a carrying case upon purchase, for easy carriage.
  • At this rate, you can use a coffee maker to make over 50 cups of coffee with this solar generator, it offers around 25 hours of use for a large fridge, it can recharge your laptop around 30 hours, or it can recharge a drone up to 20 times. The Delta 1300 can even power a circular saw for about an hour and a half.
  • With a 2-year warranty, a battery life cycle of 800 charges, and a shelf life of one year after a full recharge, the longevity and durability of the battery is just as guaranteed. Not just longevity but safety is guaranteed as well, as it comes with a battery management system (BMS) which ensures the safety of sensitive devices. This is especially essential since it can function as a UPS device.
  • Amazingly, in just one hour, the Delta 1300 can go from 0% to 80%, and yes, you read that correctly, just an hour, and it takes just one hour more (total of two hours) to complete a full recharge via an AC wall outlet. Full recharge via a solar panel takes just 3 hours, and a recharge via a 12V/24V car charging port takes about 10 – 12 hours. This charging rate in the race for faster charging, simply put, is miles ahead of its peers.
  • It has 6 AC outlets, 2 USB-C ports ad 4 USB outlets. The lithium batteries can conveniently power up to 13 devices simultaneously.
ecoflow delta 1300 front and back view
It can Power 13 Devices Simultaneously and has 6 AC Outlets

YETI LITHIUM SERIES

The Yeti Series is known to have some great features with a blend of innovation and technology. Imagine controlling your solar generator from your bedroom with Goal Zero Yeti App and monitoring battery charging and discharging rates.

Commonly referred to as portable power stations, the Yeti Lithium Series solar generators are portable and mobile, though their weight seems to be a major con.

Explore more of my Goal Zero YETI articles here

GOAL ZERO YETI 400 LITHIUM

yeti 400 lithium front view
The Yeti 400 Lithium
  • The capacity if the Yeti 400 Lithium is 428Wh (10.8V, 39.6Ah), providing a continuous power output of 300W and a peak surge of 1200W.
  • The solar generator can simultaneously power 7 devices and can power any 12V device; like other Yeti Lithium series solar generators, it comes with a BMS for battery protection and voltage control.
  • Battery life cycle is at 500 cycles before 80% efficiency, and shelf life is around 4 months between recharges.
  • The battery is designed to power small devices such as phones, tablets, cameras, laptops and smaller CPAPs. 
  • Its lithium battery recharging usually takes 5 hours via a solar panel or 7 hours via an AC wall socket. 

GOAL ZERO YETI 1000 LITHIUM 

Yeti 1000 front view
The Yeti 1000
  • Innovation and technology are what you get from the Yeti Lithium Series. The Yeti 1000 comes with an instant power button, so the 1500W capacity PPS is up and running with a single push, with a peak surge of 3000W. Lithium battery capacity is at 1045Wh, with four USB ports, two AC outlets, and a 12V output.
  • A 2-year warranty, BMS, and pure sine wave technology ensures the durability and safety of this lithium battery. 
  • As said earlier, Yeti Lithium series are slightly heavier than similar products in their category, and the Yeti 1000 comes in at 40 lbs.
  • The solar generator should recharge a laptop 17 times or run a mini-fridge for up to 15 hours.
  • The Yeti 1000 uses a PWM charge controller and recharges in 6 hours while using an AC wall outlet takes around 18 hours to recharge the battery and 30 hours via a 12V car charger. 

GOAL ZERO YETI 1400 LITHIUM

Yeti 1400 front view
The Yeti 1400
  • This generator features a lithium battery capacity of 1425Wh which can power almost any appliance, from a laptop to a large fridge to even power tools. Much like the Yeti 1000, the Yeti also powers at 1500W with 3000W power surges at peak performance level.
  • Using an AC wall charger takes 25 hours to get the battery fully charged; with solar panels that takes around 23 hours
  • The Yeti 1400 weighs 45.6 lbs., comes with a 12-month warranty, and has a battery life cycle of 500 charges.
  • Safety of sensitive devices is also ensured using this system as it operates on pure sine waves rather than modified sine waves. 

GOAL ZERO YETI 3000 LITHIUM

Yeti 3000 on roll cart
The Yeti 3000 (In its Mobility Cart)
  • The Yeti 3000 is a 3075Wh capacity solar generator that produces a mammoth amount of energy; this system is the first from Goal Zero to feature a Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) which results in up to 40% faster rate of charging. It also comes with a BMS that ensures protection during use.
  • The Yeti 3000 comes with a mobility cart and much like the other series can be used with its back placed to the ground.
  • Battery life cycles are at 500 charges, and like the previous series, it powers at 1500W and peaks at 3000W power surge. It also has a patented AC and 60W USB-C power delivery port that produces high surge capacity when charging power-hungry devices.
  • You can use WiFi connectivity to control the Yeti 3000 and to monitor the battery charging and discharging rates with the Goal Zero Yeti App. 

THE INERGY APEX 

The Inergy Apex features an MPPT charge controller paired with its lithium battery and charges at extremely fast charging rates.

It features 2 USB-C charge ports, 2 USB Qualcomm 3.0 charge ports, 3 position power switches (which allow you to charge devices without turning on the inverter via the output ports) as well as an Inergy EC8 to MC4 adapter (for third party panels).

Inergy Apex front view
The Inergy Apex
  • The battery capacity of the Inergy Apex is 1069Wh. The inverter produces a 1500W power surge for continuous use and a peak surge of 3000W. But don’t be fooled – The inverter is larger than the battery can handle, so the maximum continuous output of the Apex is 550W.
  • The battery also has a protective feature that automatically powers it off if you plug in a heavy device when the battery is low or almost out, which ensures your battery is kept at optimum durability and protected from damage. The battery life cycle is 2000 cycles, demonstrating that the Apex is certainly a durable product.
  • It comes with a very grippy handle, and at 25 lbs., it’s one of the lightest solar generators in this category.
  • The Apex can be fully charged via an AC wall charger in 11 hours, a solar panel of about 150W in 8hrs, a solar panel of 500W in 3 hrs. The fastest means of charging this solar generator may be to use a 240W car charger which gets the battery full in 4 ½ hrs.

Similar: Inergy Apex vs EcoFlow Delta 1300 – Which is the Superior Solar Generator?

POINT ZERO ENERGY TITAN 

The Point Zero Energy Titan is a large solar generator that gives you the privilege of battery expansion without any technical hassle.  In fact, the lithium batteries have been designed to be so efficient that it comes with two MPPTs to protect the battery and ensure shorter charging hours.

Titan solar generator front view
The Point Zero Energy Titan
  • This solar generator runs on a whopping 2,000Wh capacity battery. The inverter capacity is at 3000W and peaks up to a 6000W power surge.
  • The lithium-ion battery pack is removable and can be increased anytime you wish to; unlimited expansion is possible with a Titan Li-ion battery and even with a Lead Acid battery up to 24V. The battery has a shelf life (before recharge) of up to 5 years. 
  • The Titan’s battery is a detachable one, and the combined weight of the system is 67 lbs.: a battery weight of 35 lbs. and an inverter weight of 32 lbs.
  • 19 varieties of outlets are available on the Titan (six smart USB ports, six 15A outlets, four 12V ports, two USB C ports, one 30A RV outlet).
  • Its BMS, pure sine waves, and 2000 battery life cycles all ensure the safety and durability of the Titan respectively. 

Read the full review of the Titan here

It normally takes around 7 to 10 years to commercialize any new battery type. The meticulous criteria for approval of a new energy storage technology make it unlikely that any new battery type will be displacing lithium batteries in the foreseeable future.

Even recent investigation into solid-state batteries has shown that are not likely to replace lithium batteries anytime soon, so these lithium battery-powered solar generators are worth the investment.

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