Having a portable power generator can be one of the best investments you can make.
The convenience of having backup power when your power goes out or the ability to pack it up and take a power source with you anywhere you go cannot be overstated.
While there are plenty of gas or diesel-powered generators out there to choose from, they’re loud, clunky, and require more fuel every time you want to use them.
Thankfully, there is another option — solar generators. Solar generators are power generators that can be charged up and powered using energy from the sun.
This means you don’t need to carry fuel with you everywhere you go, all you need to get them to work is sunlight! As solar power gains more popularity, the market is getting flooded with options. You’ll want to get a high-quality brand that uses MPPT charge controllers for the best efficiency.
But enough talk! Without further adieu, let’s take a look at the best solar generators with MPPT charge controllers on the market.
Quick View + Specs: Top 7 Solar Generators With MPPT Charge Controllers
|Model||Titan||Flex||R600||Delta 1300||Bluetti EB 150||Explorer 1000||YETI 500X|
|Brand||Point Zero Energy||Inergy||EcoFlow||EcoFlow||Maxoak||Jackery||Goal Zero|
|Capacity||2000Wh / Battery||1069Wh / Battery||288Wh||1260Wh||1500Wh||1002Wh||505Wh|
|Output||3000W Continuous, 6000W Surge||1500W Continuous, 3000W Surge||600W Continuous, 1200W Surge||1800W Continuous, 3300W Surge||1000W Continuous, 1200W Surge||1000W Continuous, 2000W Surge||300W Continuous, 1200W Surge|
|Weight||67 lbs (Module + Battery)||30 lbs (Module + Battery)||11 lbs||30.9 lbs||37.9 lbs||22 lbs||12.9 lbs|
1. Titan Solar Generator
- 2,000 watt-hour battery
- 3,000-watt high-efficiency inverter capable of producing 6,000 watts of peak power
- 67 pounds — 32 pounds without the battery
- Fast charging using AC charger — can also jump-start it and charge using a car’s cigarette lighter port
- (6) 15A outlets, (1) 30A RV outlet
- (4) 12V ports
- (6) smart USB, (2) USB-C ports
Touted as the most versatile portable generator on the market, the Titan Solar Generator has a slew of features and benefits that will be sure to please.
This solar generator was designed with quality in mind so that you can rest assured knowing you’ll have solar power anywhere and everywhere you go.
One of the innovative techniques employed in this Titan unit is the removable and expandable battery that comes included. Being easily removable, replacing old and worn out batteries will be a breeze — as will transportation since you can remove the battery and carry it separately from the rest of the unit!
Combine that with the ability to add more battery packs to expand the storage capacity, this Titan generator will allow you to customize your battery needs for your personal uses and situations.
The included battery has a storage capacity of 2.0 kWh, more than enough to power most things you’d be using a generator for all day.
The Titan generator comes with a massive 3,000-watt pure sine wave inverter that is twice as powerful as what you’ll find on most typical solar generators.
The great thing about this powerful inverter is that it’s of high enough quality so that it runs efficiently — even more so than much smaller inverters!
The charge controller used on the Titan is also of the highest quality, capable of handling 145 volts which is upwards of three times more than typical charge controllers. The benefit of this is that your solar panels can run lower amps and be more efficient as well.
This also enables you to fully charge the system in only four hours, and you can additional chargers as needed if you expand the battery packs.
- High-capacity battery which can also be removed and expanded easily
- Powerful, high-efficiency inverter
- All sorts of outlets for you to plug your devices into
- Fast charging with multiple ways to charge
- Expensive and often back-ordered
- Cannot be paralleled together with other units to produce 240V
2. Inergy Flex — 1500 and DC Power Station
- $1,500 ($1,375 for DC Power Station)
- 1,069 watt-hour batteries
- 1,500-watt AC inverter, 3,000 watts peak power (DC Power Station provides 30A of 13.8V DC)
- 30 pounds (26.5 pounds for DC Power Station)
- (6) AC outlets — (4) DC outputs for DC Power Station
- (2) USB-A ports — (4) for DC Power station
- (2) USB-C ports — (4) for DC Power Station
- (2) 10A cigarette lighter ports — (4) for DC Power Station
Coming in at number two on this list are a pair of products from Inergy Flex — the 1500 and DC Power Stations.
For the sake of comparing apples to apples, this will focus mainly on the 1500 since it provides AC power like all other products listed here. The DC Power Station is a great option for anyone looking for a DC-only solar generator!
With a battery capacity of over 1,000 watt-hours and an inverter pumping out 1,500 watts of power, the 1500 Power Station from Inergy Flex will provide you with ample power and enough capacity for most of what you’ll be using it for.
These values are middle of the road of what you’ll see on this list, as it the price point on these Inergy Flex units.
The Inergy Flex is capable of accepting up to 96 Flex batteries through battery expansion to up the capacity even more.
Combine this with multiple charging options including wall outlets, car power ports, and various configurations of solar panels and the 1500 Power Station is a versatile solar generator that should not be overlooked!
- Expandable battery packs make this unit have the potential to store much more power
- Each battery can be charged in one hour
- DC Power Station is one of the best DC-only generators on the market
- Initial 1,069 watt-hour battery is lacking for the price point
- DC Power Station is not as useful for many applications and most large devices/appliances
3. EcoFlow R600
- Modular design – You can add an expansion battery to the bottom of the unit for extended power
- 288 watt-hour battery capacity for single R600
- Smart 600-watt inverter can downgrade the output needed from larger devices to run them more efficiently
- Can link two R600’s together to produce double the power output, not only double the storage capacity
- Not in production yet, but it has 15x the needed funding to move forward
- Incredibly fast charging
The EcoFlow R600 is a prototype solar generator that is currently not in production at the time of this writing.
However, they had a goal of reaching $100,000 in funding to produce the generator — at the time of this writing, they have amassed a whopping $1,514,436.00. This is over 15x their initial funding goal, so it’s safe to say the project will start soon (June 26, 2020) and this will hit the market in no time.
Once it does hit the market, the R600 will be a great option for customizing your solar power needs via solar generators.
With the innovative module design, theoretically infinite amounts of EcoFlow R600’s can be linked together for more and more battery capacity. The standard R600 will start with 0.288 kWh of battery storage capacity, but this can be doubled with the extra battery module, and linked to others to get the perfect amount of storage capacity you’re looking for.
The R600 also has an innovative smart 600-watt inverter that’s capable of running devices with up to 1,200 watts of power draw as it can downgrade larger devices necessary output to run them at 600 watts.
For even larger devices, the R600 will be the first generator on the market with the ability to double its power output by linking two together. So not only will you double your battery storage capacity, you’ll double the power output as well!
All of these innovations combined with the incredibly fast charging of the R600 and you’ll have one of the most advanced and innovative solar generators available.
The fast charging will take it from 0% charge up to 80% in one hour, and will be fully charged in less than two hours. The R600 will truly be an innovative solar generator and may lead to changes in the industry for years to come.
- Theoretically infinite storage capacity through modular design and linking units together
- Smart inverter can run heavier-duty devices more efficiently at a lower power output
- Double your power output by linking two R600’s together — 600-watt to 1,200-watt output
- Fastest charging you’ll find on a solar generator
- Not yet available in production
- One R600 won’t provide much storage capacity compared to likely similarly priced units
4. EcoFlow Delta 1300
- 1,260 watt-hour battery capacity
- 1,800-watt inverter capable of producing 3,300 watts of peak power
- 30.9 pounds, easy to move
- Fast charging provides an 80% charge in only one hour, can also charge through carport
- (6) 1,800 watt AC outlets
- (2) USB, (2) USB fast charge, and (2) USB-C ports
Like the R600, the EcoFlow DELTA 1300 Power Station is not yet being offered; but unlike the R600, the DELTA has been produced and is accepting pre-orders right now.
As you likely gathered from reading about the R600 previously, EcoFlow is determined to provide innovative products to the solar industry and the DELTA 1300 Power Station is no exception!
The DELTA 1300 can go from 0% to 80% charge in only one hour with its innovative X-Stream Technology from EcoFlow. Additionally, it can be fully charged by the solar panels in only 4 hours, which is significantly faster than most comparable solar generators.
Lastly, if you have a 12/24V port in your vehicle (such as a cigarette lighter port), you can fully charge the DELTA 1300 in 10-12 hours.
With its array of AC outlets, USB-A, USB-A fast charge, and USB-C ports, the DELTA 1300 Power Station can provide power to 13 devices simultaneously. This means you can heat some coffee, turn on your laptop, and charge your phone all at once without even thinking twice.
You’ll never be left wanting more outlets with the DELTA, as you likely won’t even have that many devices needing power all once anyways!
- Industry-leading fast charging through both solar panels and carport charging
- Can power 13 devices simultaneously with its array of outlets
- Meets standards of any type of wall outlet, meaning you can power all sorts of things including coffee makers, refrigerators, laptops, chargers, and more.
- Can not be linked together like the R600 can, limiting its possibilities in terms of storage capacity
- Not yet available to purchase right now, but they are accepting preorders
5. Bluetti EB150 & 240
- $1,229.99 ($1,899.99 for the EB240)
- 1,500 watt-hour battery capacity (2,400 watt-hours for EB240)
- 1,000-watt inverters which provide ample power for various needs
- 37.9 pounds (48.5 pounds for EB240) — easily transported by one person
- Takes 10-12 hours to charge through AC wall outlet, solar panel charging takes less time
- Free shipping, free returns, and lifelong service
The Bluetti EB150 and EB240 are both portable solar generators that boast high-capacity battery options with powerful inverters. They are similar devices for the most part which is why their overview can be bundled together.
The main difference between the two models is of course their battery capacity. The EB150 has 1,500 watt-hours worth of capacity and the EB240 has 2,400 watt-hours of capacity — these values are easy to remember with their model names!
The Bluetti models offer industry-leading output options including AC outlets, high-powered 45W USB-C, as well as USB-A power ports.
Although these models are small in size, they certainly pack a punch. Outside of just their extremely large battery capacity compared to similar-sized units, the Bluetti also has a powerful 1,000-watt inverter to provide power to all sorts of different devices.
This is the real beauty of the Bluetti models and what they’re most proud of. Some of the products they power off the EB240 include:
- 800-watt electrical drill — over 2.5 hours of use
- 60-watt laptop — over 30 recharges
- Smartphones — over 250 recharges
- 100-watt LCD TV — over 24 hours
Not only do the Bluetti models offer powerful devices, but they also come included with top-quality LG batteries — a name you can trust. So you can rest assured that you’ll be safe using the battery and that they will have a long life.
To cap it all off, you’re also privy to free shipping, free returns, and lifelong service (2-year limited warranty on the EB240).
- High-capacity batteries provide more storage than comparable units
- 1,000-watt inverter makes powering various devices easy
- Free shipping, returns, and lifelong service
- High-quality LG brand name batteries
- Takes up to 12 hours to charge through a wall outlet, no fast charging
- Fewer outlets than other models — fewer devices can be powered simultaneously
6. Jackery Explorer 1000
- 1,002 watt-hour battery capacity
- 1,000-watt inverter provides plenty of power output — produces 2,000 watts at peak power
- Can be charged with a wall outlet, solar panels, or 12V car outlet
- LCD screen with charging info, battery status, and more
- (3) 100VAC outlets
- (2) USB-A ports (one is a fast charge)
- (2) USB-C ports
The first solar generator on this list to come in at under $1,000 the Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station is a fantastic option for the price.
With high-capacity batteries, a high-powered inverter, various outlets, and compact size, the Jacker 1000 seems like a steal for its price point.
The Jackery Explorer 1000 houses a 1,002 watt-hour battery, just barely inching out past other units that offer 1,000 watt-hour capacity on the button. Combining this high-capacity battery with its 1,000-watt pure sine wave inverter, you’ll have all the power you need at your fingertips no matter where you are.
The inverter produces a reliable 1,000 watts of power with 2,000-watt surge under peak power to protect devices.
Due to its compact size and an easy-to-carry handle, the Jackery Explorer 1000 is the perfect option for camping or taking a road trip. You can easily store it in your RV, truck, van, or even car and have power at the ready any time you need it.
Think about going on a camping trip or just wanting to spend time outdoors, the Jackery 1000 is the perfect option for you. You can plug in a small electric grill, radio, refrigerator, and more and can relax and grill some food and have a cold drink no matter where you are.
The Jackery unit can also be charged using a wall outlet, AC power port, or solar panels making it usable no matter where you are.
For its price point of just under a thousand bucks, the Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station is an option that should be on everyone’s shortlist who is in the market for a new solar power generator.
- Under $1,000 purchase price
- High-capacity battery and high-power output so you can power multiple devices simultaneously
- Compact and easy to carry, perfect for camping, road trips, or tailgating
- Although it has high-capacity for its size and price point, the storage capacity is still far lower than other options on this list
- Less AC outlets than other options out there
7. Yeti 500X
- 505 watt-hour battery capacity
- 300-watt inverter to power your devices
- 12.9 pounds — incredibly small and lightweight for super simple transportation anywhere you want to have power
- Can be charged through car power ports, wall outlets, or a variety of solar panel combinations
- (2) AC outlets
- (1) USB power port
- (1) USB-C power port
- (1) USB-C PD power port
- (1) 6mm power port
- (1) 12V car power port
The Yeti 500X is by far the smallest, lightest, and easiest to transport option on this list. Weighing in at under 13 pounds, the Yeti 500X is incredibly lightweight and the perfect companion to take anywhere you want to go, just like the Jackery unit that you read about above.
With its 505 watt-hour battery capacity, the Yeti unit has the lowest battery storage capacity on this list by far. The next closest has almost twice this amount.
Coupled with the 300-watt inverter that the Yeti 500X has, this unit will certainly provide less potential power and for less time than the others on this list. But, it’s also the most affordable; and depending on what you’re looking to get out of a solar generator then this may very well be the best option for you!
The Yeti 500X isn’t designed to power your house or light up the skies or anything, but it can power plenty of smaller devices for you without breaking a sweat.
The Yeti is perfect for powering cameras, phones, tablets, laptops, CPAP machines, pellet grills, and even TVs for a limited time.
Similar to some of the other units on this list, the Yeti 500X can be charged through the power port in your car, the AC outlet on your walls, or through the use of solar panels. Goal Zero (the company that makes the 500X) offers a whole bunch of solar panel combinations as well.
They provide seven combinations of solar panels that work with the Yeti 500X to provide you with power no matter where you are, as long as the sun is shining.
For what it is and for how much versatility and portability it provides, anyone looking for a smaller solar power generator should keep the Yeti 500X in mind. Of course, you won’t be able to power anything near as big as something that the massive Titan unit can, but the Yeti is perfect for smaller devices and for taking it with you on trips or to sporting events.
- Most affordable option on this list
- Compact and very lightweight makes it easy to transport
- Perfect for smaller devices and taking on camping trips or road trips
- Provides the least amount of battery capacity and power output of anything on this list by far
- Won’t be able to power anything that is high-watt since the inverter is only 300-watt
Choosing the Best Solar Generator for You
Now that you’ve seen a handful of some of the best options available on the market today, it’s time to think about what the best option is for you.
This isn’t as simple as just picking the most powerful, or the most affordable, as the best choice for everyone will be different. Whenever you’re in the market for a solar-powered generator there are three main things that you’ll want to keep in mind for each unit you’re looking at: battery capacity, power output, and charging time.
The battery capacity of your solar generator is important because that will directly affect the amount of time that you’ll be able to power the various objects or devices that you’re planning on using with the generator.
You don’t want to get something with a capacity of 500-watt hours if you’re hoping to run power tools for a whole day. On the flip side, you don’t need something with 3,000 watt-hours worth of capacity if you’re only planning on using it to charge your phone.
This boils down to having an idea of what your goals are for the generator in terms of both what you are planning on powering and for how long you’re going to be powering it for.
As a tip, if you have a number in mind, err on the side of caution and look for something a bit larger. You don’t want to be counting on this generator to provide you power somewhere and the batteries run out of juice in the middle of nowhere.
Similar to battery capacity, the power output of your solar generator is incredibly important as it will limit the types of devices you can and can’t power.
If you’re hoping to run a 250-watt electric drill, you don’t want to be looking at solar generators that only have a 200-watt inverter, as that won’t be adequate for what you’re looking for.
This is again why it’s so important to have an idea of the types of items you’re planning on using the generator to power.
You don’t need to have a conclusive list with every single item on it, but knowing the maximum amount of power draw you will require is important when searching for the right unit. Keep in mind that running multiple devices at once draws the combined power of them, not just the device with the highest power draw.
So you should again err on the side of caution and get a generator that outputs more power than you think you’ll ever need.
Another important aspect of the solar generator that you’ll want to keep in mind as you’re shopping is the charging time of it. You’ll want to know how long it takes to charge, and through what methods those times refer to.
Can you charge it using solar panels, an AC outlet, and a car’s power port? Or can it only be charged with a wall outlet or solar panels? You’ll want to know how long it takes so you can base aspects of your trip around it if you’re taking it along with you while you’re out and about.
Top Solar Generators — Final Verdict
As alluded to previously, it’s impossible to determine the best solar generator on the market because everyone’s situation is needed.
Someone looking to charge their phone and laptop on the go won’t need as much power as someone wanting to power an entire job site’s worth of power tools. So it’s completely subjective and is best determined by figuring out your goals and what you’re planning on doing with the generator.
However, if one must be chosen as the best overall choice, it has to be the Titan Solar Generator.
While the price tag of just about $3,000 is certainly hefty, it has so many features and benefits that it’s hard to buy anything else if you’re in the market. It’s always best to oversize the battery capacity and power output, and the Titan offers significantly more of both than any other option.
Who knows when you’ll need more battery capacity or power output? But if you do, the Titan’s got you covered!
No matter what your goals for a solar generator are or what your budget is, you’ll find a great option for you on this list and won’t be disappointed with any of these great options.
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