The Best Lightweight Solar Generators | Pure Power Solar

With a lot of hype about solar generators these days, there are many different models to choose from.

Some of them are very powerful, but with all of that power comes extra weight, which can be a major inconvenience depending on the occasion it is being used for.

For example, one of Goal Zero’s largest solar generators is the Yeti 1250, and it is a staggering 103 pounds!

This is obviously not the ideal weight to have to lug around your campsite or tailgate. So that being said, there have been many new solar generators that have a lot of power but are also very light in weight compared to other past models.

The Main Reason They’re So Heavy? Lead-Acid Batteries…

Car battery being jumped

Lead-acid batteries are the past generation of batteries for solar powered generators. They have good power and are reliable, but they are really heavy.

Think of your car battery, it is not a light instrument. The Yeti 1250 basically uses a car battery as its power source.

The new era of the solar generator battery is the lithium-ion battery, which is used and optimized for the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium, the Suaoki G500, and is also in the Inergy Kodiak solar generator.

A lot of people have trouble with larger solar generators because they are:

  • Too Bulky: They are too massive to carry and store in certain places.
  • Too Heavy: Like with the Yeti 1250, they can’t be carried easily and are a hassle to move.
  • Inconvenient: They are not worth having because they don’t provide easy access and transportability.

A Lighter Solution…

Solar Charging Jackery Explorer 300
My Jackery 300 is small and lightweight. It weighs only seven pounds and is capable of fitting into a normal backpack with relative ease.

Newer solar generators with lithium batteries are much lighter and portable than previous models. The Inergy Kodiak has a mighty power output and can run a blender and power tools for a long duration, yet is only about 20 pounds!

With these batteries, companies are making models of solar generators that can be used frequently and that are more appealing to people because they are so light.

Changing The Game: Lightweight Solar Generators

The Goal Zero Yeti 150 solar generator has a small power capacity of 150Wh, yet it weighs about 12 pounds and is the size of a lunchbox.

However, the Chafon 288 solar generator stores almost twice the amount of power and weighs in at 7.5 pounds! The difference of batteries makes a hell of a difference.

With all of that being said, I’ve put together the stats of a small, medium, and large solar generator that uses a lithium battery to give you guys an idea of the ranges of power and weight.

1. Small Generator – Fanttik EVO 300

Fanttik EVO Solar 100 charging EVO 300
Fanttik EVO Solar 100 charging EVO 300

The EVO 300 is Fanttik’s first portable power station. With its 100W solar panel, this solar generator is light and portable.

The EVO weights in at 8.8 lbs and can be easily carried. Plus, its battery capacity is measured at about 300Wh, making it capable of charging several devices multiple times over.

For my detailed review of the EVO 300, check out my post here: Fanttik EVO 300 Solar Generator Review (Testing & Comparisons).

2. Medium-Sized Generator – Jackery Explorer 1000

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency
Jackery Explorer 1000

The Jackery 1000 weighs only 22 lbs but it has a 1,002Wh battery. This makes it among the lightest portable power stations when comparing battery size to weight.

Another plus to this system is its simplicity. It only has the basic features needed for charging and powering devices/appliances. This makes it easy to use and requires very little knowledge to charge and discharge it.

For my review of the Explorer 1000, which has several specs and features laid out, check it out here: Jackery Explorer 1000 Power Station Review – Complete Value Analysis.

3. Large Generator – Yeti 3000X

Goal Zero Yeti 3000X Portable Power Station, 2982Wh Portable Lithium Battery Emergency Power Station, 2000W Portable AC Inverter, Outdoor Portable Generator, Portable Solar Generator for Solar Panels
Goal Zero Yeti 3000X

The Yeti 3000X weights just under 70 lbs, which may seem like a lot of weight, but for its battery size, it’s actually relatively light.

To put this into perspective, the Jackery 1000 has a three-times smaller battery than the Yeti model. If you multiply its weight by three to equal the 3000X’s battery size, it comes to 66 lbs, which is almost the same battery-to-weight ratio.

For additional details on the Yeti 3000X, I recommend checking out my review post here: The Goal Zero Yeti 3000X: In-Depth Review and Comparison.

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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