Hurricane Sandy and Andrew reaped havoc on the United States. Families were devastated by Hurricane Sandy for over 7 days. No Electrical/ Electricity power. Hurricane Sandy hit New York City on October 29, 2012 flooding streets, tunnels and subway lines and cutting power in and around the city. Damage in the US was estimated at over $63 billion (2012 USD) and 131 deaths in the USA. In a emergency blackout you won’t have time to order this unit below:
This system cost: $1847- It is a pretty good looking, self-contained unit. You will not be able to upgrade this unit if your power needs increase. You also won’t be able to increase power output to this system. This particular Solar Generator is fixed at 1800 watts with a 200AH battery.
OUTPUT – Output power (maximum) : 1800 W (2900 VA)
Charging time : 15 hours from 120 VAC
12 VOLT DC – Internal battery type : Sealed lead acid, AGM
Internal battery capacity: 60 amp-hours
Internal battery voltage : 12 VDC (nominal)
Low battery alarm : 11.0 V (nominal)
Low battery shutdown : 10.5 V (nominal)
charging current: 5 A DC maximum
DIMENSIONS – 8.5″w x 18.5″h x 10.5″d WT.- 65 lbs.
In my research I’ve found that many of the so called “Solar Generators” are overpriced and limited in their functional capacity. Most people can put one of these Solar Generators together for less than half the price and get ALL of the parts shipped via Amazon. Here are my initial recommendations to help you prepare for the coming electrical grid blackout:
Build your own Home Emergency Power Backup Battery Bank. One of the wonderfully things about this and it’s UPGRADABLE. Upgradeable means you can add any size inverter to this Emergency Power Battery bank, depending on your power needs.
This system has enough power for lights, running a TV and/or DVD player, power laptop with printer, keep all of your cell phones and tablets charged for days! You can have the entire system assembled and up and running in less than 30 minutes. Here is a sample breakdown in cost: $116.97 (parts) + $200 AGM battery + optional 100watt Solar panel w/charge controller.
The picture below is a 1200watt system with a 150ah battery that I put together in about 30 minutes:
When you take a look at Mysolarbackup.com’s “Solar Generator” you’ll discover that it is limited at 1800 watts. What does that mean? It means that their system comes with a 1800w Inverter. So if you have an output that requires more than 1800watts you’re outta luck. However, my set-up can be easily upgrade by simply adding a a 2500w or 4000 watt inverte (or whatever inverter size that you need).
Notice their system is has a fixed Internal Battery that is 12v SLA AGM battery. You can not add or join an additional battery in parallel. What does not mean? It means that their 60ah SLA AGM battery is limited in the battery’s output capacity. One 75 watt TV ran for 4.5 will have their system deader than a door knob. Why, because the battery will be drain below 50% capacity within that time.
Here is an upgraded system with:
1. 75w Bestek Inverter.
2. 12v Florescent 13w Light.
3. Roadpro extension cord.
4. Schumacher 3 stage battery charger.
5. 150ah battery.
As you can see you can put together one of these Home Emergency Battery Bank Systems very easily. They don’t require a huge investment in time or money. In a black-out or power outage they just might save your life or the life of a family member. In a stressful environment they will offer you the ability to keep up to day with news, watch tv, surf the web and many other amenities.
BTW on the website I cover how to recharge this system in a emergency situation using either a genset or even a car, now that is awesome. If you build one please feel free to share you system with us.