3 Best Solar Generators for Mini-Fridges (w/ Run Times)

Although most solar generators can work with any type of mini fridge, their battery sizes and recharging speeds affect how long they can realistically run the mini-fridge.

The best solar generator for mini-fridges is the Bluetti AC200P due to its 2,000Wh LiFePO4 battery and 700W maximum solar input. It can run most AC mini-fridges for 2-3 days and 12V DC mini-fridges for 6-7 days before needing to be recharged.

RankingModelHighlights
1. Best OverallBluetti AC200P– LiFePO4 battery (long-lasting)
– Large battery
– LCD touchscreen
2. Best in VersatilityJackery Explorer 1500– Lightweight for size
– 500W solar input
– Large battery
3. Best for 12V FridgeEcoFlow River Max Plus– Expandable/removable battery
– Fast AC charging
– Regulated car output
This table ranks the top three solar generators for running mini-fridges.
Ranking#1#2#3
ModelAC200PExplorer 1500River Max Plus
BrandBluettiJackeryEcoFlow
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BLUETTI Portable Power Station AC200P, 2000Wh LiFePO4 Battery Backup w/ 6 2000W AC Outlets (4800W Peak), Solar Generator for Outdoor Camping, RV Travel, Home Use (Solar Panel Not Included)

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1500, 1534Wh Portable Generator with 3x110V/1800W AC Outlets, for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Overlanding

EcoFlow River Max Plus front
Battery Capacity2,000Wh1,534Wh720Wh
Inverter2,000W Continuous; 4,800W Surge1,800W Continuous; 3,600W Surge600W Continuous; 1,200W Surge
Price$1,599$1,699$599

Below, I’ll dive into each model’s specs and features while also showing you their estimated running times with different mini-fridges.

1. Bluetti AC200P

BLUETTI Portable Power Station AC200P, 2000Wh LiFePO4 Battery Backup w/ 6 2000W AC Outlets (4800W Peak), Solar Generator for Outdoor Camping, RV Travel, Home Use (Solar Panel Not Included)
Bluetti AC200P

The AC200P is the best solar generator for most mini-fridges because it has enough power to run even the larger compact fridges for extended periods of time.

Since it weighs about 60 pounds, it may not be for everyone. It’s too heavy for most people to carry on their own, so it’s best to leave this unit in a single location.

If you intend to use a 12V DC fridge like the Dometic example below, then it might be best to use one of the smaller options I have listed. The EcoFlow River Max Plus is the ideal option for these types of fridges.

Refrigerator ModelMidea 4.4 ft³ WHS-160RB1 Compact RefrigeratorRCA 3.2 ft³ RFR321 Mini RefrigeratorDometic CFX3 45L Portable Refrigerator/Freezer
Yearly Energy Consumption226kWh193kWh110kWh
Daily Energy Consumption619Wh529Wh301Wh
Usable Hours w/o Recharging52 hrs*61 hrs*128 hrs**
Usable Hours w/ Max Solar InputUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Running times with various mini fridges using the Bluetti AC200P. *85% AC inverter efficiency @ 80% DoD (100% to 20% battery); **Using 12V DC car port output @ 80% DoD.

The AC200P can run a Midea 4.4 ft³ mini fridge for about 52 hours before you need to recharge its battery. This means that you don’t need a lot of solar panel input power to recharge the power station if you’re charging it daily.

If you intend to use the AC200P on an off-grid weekend getaway or road trip, it can run most mini fridges for the extent of your excursion. However, I recommend reviewing the energy consumption of your fridge before doing this since some models consume more power than the examples I’ve given.

Battery specs

  • Cell type: LiFePO4
  • Cycle life: 3,500+ cycles to 80% capacity
  • Battery capacity: 2,000Wh

Output ports

  • 6x 100-120V AC outlets (2,000W continuous, 4,800W surge)
  • 1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
  • 4x Standard USB-A outputs (15W each)
  • 1x USB-C PD output (60W)
  • 2x Wireless charging ports (15W each)
  • 2x Standard DC outputs (12V, 3A)
  • 1x RV DC port (12V, 25A)

Recharging times

  • Solar (@ max input of 700W): 3.5-4 hrs
  • AC wall (400W): 6-7 hrs
  • Car (100-200W): 10 hrs (24V); 20 hrs (12V)
  • Dual AC wall (800W): 3-3.5 hrs
  • Solar + AC wall (1,100W): 2.5-3 hrs

Size/Weight

  • Weight: 60.6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 16.5 x 11 x 15.2 in

What stands out?

Bluetti AC200P charging devices
The Bluetti AC200P has several output ports that can be used for charging devices in addition to powering appliances.

The AC200P has a LiFePO4 battery, which lasts longer than most lithium-ion batteries. It has a rating of 3,500 charge cycles before its battery reaches 80% of its original 2,000Wh capacity. Lithium-ion batteries typically last for about 500 cycles.

This power station also utilizes a touchscreen to navigate its internal specs and features. This feature allows the AC200P to show you more information than nearly any other power station available currently. This is important because you can adjust its settings to your liking.

I recommend this power station to anyone who uses an AC-powered mini fridge because it has enough battery life to run these appliances comfortably.

You can find the Bluetti AC200P on Amazon here (affiliate link) for more details and customer reviews.

2. Jackery Explorer 1500

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1500, 1534Wh Portable Generator with 3x110V/1800W AC Outlets, for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Overlanding
Jackery Explorer 1500

This Jackery power station is a step up from the company’s previous models due to its size, power, and functionality. I have the slightly smaller Jackery Explorer 1000 and its only advantage to the Explorer 1500 is its lower price and lighter weight.

The Explorer 1500 is the most versatile option for running mini-fridges because it has enough battery life to run all types of mini-fridges yet it weighs two times less than the Bluetti AC200P.

You can maneuver this power station around with relative ease in case you want to use it for different outings. Plus, its 500W maximum solar input allows you to recharge it fast.

Check out its running times with the mini-fridges below.

Refrigerator ModelMidea 4.4 ft³ WHS-160RB1 Compact RefrigeratorRCA 3.2 ft³ RFR321 Mini RefrigeratorDometic CFX3 45L Portable Refrigerator/Freezer
Yearly Energy Consumption226kWh193kWh110kWh
Daily Energy Consumption619Wh529Wh301Wh
Usable Hours w/o Recharging40 hrs*47 hrs*97 hrs**
Usable Hours w/ Max Solar InputUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Running times with various mini fridges using the Jackery Explorer 1500. *85% AC inverter efficiency @ 80% DoD (100% to 20% battery); **Using 12V DC car port output @ 80% DoD.

With a 40-hour running time with the larger Midea mini-fridge, this power station might be a better option for you than the previously mentioned AC200P due to the Jackery 1500 coming in at nearly half the weight of the Bluetti model.

However, the Explorer 1500 has an average battery cycle life of 500 cycles, which means it won’t last nearly as long as the AC200P. It also costs $100 more than the AC200P. I’d factor these points into your final decision on which one is best for what you need.

Battery specs

  • Cell type: Lithium-ion
  • Cycle life: 500 cycles to 80% capacity
  • Battery capacity: 1,534Wh

Output ports

  • 3x 110V AC ports (1,800W continuous, 3,600W peak)
  • 1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
  • 1x USB-C PD (60W max)
  • 1x USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port (18W max)
  • 1x Standard USB-A port (12W max)

Recharging times

  • AC wall charging: 6 hours
  • 2x AC wall chargers: 3.5 hours
  • Solar charging (at max input of 500W): 3.5-5 hours
  • Car charging: 13 hours

Size/Weight

  • Weight: 33 lbs
  • Dimensions: 14 x 10.4 x 12.7 in

What sets it apart from the competition?

The Jackery 1500 has a unique battery size that isn’t commonly found in current power stations. Its main competitor, the Goal Zero Yeti 1500X, costs about $300 more than Jackery 1500 and is over ten pounds heavier.

Jackery power stations are also known for being relatively easy to use. With its larger LCD screen compared to previous models from the Brand, you can check over its essential data without needing to squint your eyes. If you don’t know what I mean, check out my Jackery Explorer 300 review post, where you’ll see its tiny screen.

I recommend this power station to anyone who wants portability while using their AC mini-fridge. I also recommend it to 12V DC fridge users who want to use it for extended off-grid use since it can run a Dometic CFX3 for over four days before needing to be recharged.

You can check out the Jackery Explorer 1500 on Amazon here for more information (affiliate link).

3. EcoFlow River Max Plus

EcoFlow River Max Plus front view
EcoFlow River Max Plus

This power station from EcoFlow is the enhanced version of the River Max. The upgraded features include a larger and longer-lasting battery.

I actually have the 1st edition EcoFlow River Max sitting in front of me while I write this post and it’s one of my favorite power stations I’ve tested and reviewed. You can read my review of it here for more information: EcoFlow River 600 Review – Testing My River Max + Comparisons.

As for the River Max Plus, it has the ability to run all of the mini-fridges mentioned below, but it is especially useful when using it with 12V DC fridges. I’ll get into why this is after you get a chance to check out the table.

Refrigerator ModelMidea 4.4 ft³ WHS-160RB1 Compact RefrigeratorRCA 3.2 ft³ RFR321 Mini RefrigeratorDometic CFX3 45L Portable Refrigerator/Freezer
Yearly Energy Consumption226kWh193kWh110kWh
Daily Energy Consumption619Wh529Wh301Wh
Usable Hours w/o Recharging19 hrs*22 hrs*46 hrs**
Usable Hours w/ Max Solar InputUnlimitedUnlimitedUnlimited
Running times with various mini fridges using the EcoFlow River Max Plus. *85% AC inverter efficiency @ 80% DoD (100% to 20% battery); **Using 12V DC car port output @ 80% DoD.

Although you can clearly use the River Max Plus with AC-powered mini-fridges, it’s best used with 12V fridges because it can power them for extended periods of time while weighing only 17 pounds.

This makes it nearly half the weight of the Jackery 1500 model, giving you much more mobility.

Battery specs

  • Cell type: NCM Lithium-ion
  • Cycle life: 800 cycles to 80% capacity
  • Battery capacity: 720Wh

Output ports

  • 3x AC ports (600W continuous, 1,200W surge)
  • 2x USB-A (5V, 2.4A)
  • 1x USB-A Fast Charge (18W max)
  • 1x USB-C (100W max)
  • 1x Car port (13.6V, 10A)
  • 2x DC5521 ports (13.6V, 3A)

Recharging times

  • AC wall charger (100-120V): 96 min
  • Car charger: 8 hrs
  • Solar charging @ max input (200W): 3.6-5 hrs

Size/Weight

  • Weight: 17.6 lbs
  • Dimensions: 11.4 × 7.3 × 9.3 in

What stands out in the River Max Plus?

EcoFlow River Max Plus
The EcoFlow River Max Plus with all of its output ports. The opposite side of the power station is where its input ports are located.

The River Max Plus can be connected to your mobile device via WiFi using the EcoFlow app. This application has many features that I’ve tested with my standard River Max, including:

  • Setting the recharging speeds
  • Turning on and off its ports
  • Reviewing past usage data

If you intend to use your power station and mini-fridge in your home or cabin, this feature may come in handy for you.

However, the mobile app feature is not the reason I put this power station on this list. Its weight and regulated DC outputs are its standout highlights.

The River Max Plus has a 13.6V car port output, which is ideal for running 12V DC fridges. Using the car port output is also beneficial because you retain more battery life as opposed to using the AC ports.

Lastly, you can remove the 360Wh external battery from the bottom of the River Max Plus, which knocks off 5.7 pounds and essentially turns it into the standard River Plus power station. This added layer of portability gives you additional ways to use it if desired.

You can find the River Max Plus here on EcoFlow’s website for more details.

What size solar generator do I need to run a mini-fridge?

As a general rule, a solar generator with a 1.5-2kWh battery is the ideal size to run a mini-fridge. At this size, most mini-fridges can run for about two days before the solar generator needs to be recharged. Most solar generators can also fully recharge while running a mini-fridge.

By utilizing pass-through charging with a solar generator, it can run a mini-fridge indefinitely depending on how much power is being used to charge it up.

How many watts does a mini-fridge use per day?

RCA RFR322-B RFR322 3.2 Cu Ft Single Door Compact Mini Fridge Refrigerator, Platinum, Stainless
This RCA 3.2 ft³ mini fridge uses approximately 529 watt-hours of power per day.

Most AC-powered mini-fridges use between 500 and 800 watt-hours of power per day. Mini fridges with an Energy Star rating tend to be on the lower end of this spectrum, using about 500-650 watt-hours per day.

If your mini-fridge is an older model or doesn’t have an Energy Star, be sure to review its energy consumption, which can be found either on its attached label or online.

How much solar do I need for a mini-fridge?

A steady solar panel input of 150-200W can keep a mini-fridge running daily via a solar generator. This amount of solar power keeps the solar generator’s battery charged up while using it with a mini-fridge.

However, it’s important to use a solar generator with a large enough battery to run the mini-fridge at night.

There are several types of mini-fridges available today that consume various amounts of power. There are standard mini-fridges, 12V models, and compact fridges for keeping just a few cans of your favorite beverages cold.

Of these small fridges, I have an article listing some of my top picks. I wrote the article specifically for cabin use, but they can obviously be used in several settings for different occasions. You can check out my list here: 10 Best Mini-Fridges for Your Off-Grid Cabin.

Max Peters

Hi! I'm Max and I am passionate about off-grid solar technology and adventure! I'm using my knowledge of solar generators, solar panels, and everything in between to provide you with the best tools to keep you powered while off the grid. Read more about me here: About Max Peters."

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