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What is the best portable solar generator on the market today? That’s exactly what we will reveal in this top 5 review round up.

We have selected a range of highly regarded generators, covering different power capacity, price points and included features to give a broader scope on your buying choice.

Our aim is to give you the ultimate low down on what is available for your outdoor portable solar powered needs.

For our findings at a glance, head to the table below. For detailed reviews of each of our selected generators, keep on reading.


Top 5 Portable Solar Generators

GENERATORSNAMEDETAILSOUR RATING
BEST PREMIUM PICK:
Rockpals Portable
SolarGenerator
250W Rechargeable
Lithium Battery
110V AC Outlet,
12V Car, USB Output
CPAP Backup
Aeiusny Solar
Portable Generator
288Wh UPS 500W
CPAP Backup
Wall Outlet
BEST BUDGET PICK:
Suaoki Portable
Solar Station
150Wh Generator
QC3.0 UPS Lithium
Dual 110V AC Outlet
4 DC & USB Ports
LED Flashlight
Goal Zero Yeti
150 Portable Power
Station
150Wh Generator
With 12V, AC and
USB Outputs
EasyFocus Portable
Solar Power
Station
200Wh Generator
300W Pure Sine
Wave Inverter
+ AC Outlet

Best Portable Solar Generators Reviews

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At the end of the day, reliability and durability determines the quality of the solar generator. You want it to provide power when you need it most.

Beyond that, price point, build design and where the solar generator is to be used are determining factors when deciding which model to buy.

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1. BEST PREMIUM PICK: Rockpals 250-Watt Portable Generator Rechargeable Lithium Battery Pack Solar Generator

The Rockpals is a premium-quality high-performance power generation unit that delivers 222W.h of power through a pure sine wave inverter that can provide 250watts of continuous power and a maximum surge power output of 300watts.

It features a battery pack consisting of multiple high-capacity lithium polymer batteries.

There are two types of batteries in this pack; the 3.7-volt and 12-volt lithium polymer batteries, that are arranged in arrays that can store 60Ah and 18.5Ah of charge, as well as be able to deliver 222Wh of power.

This battery pack is managed by an efficient battery management system that also allows for temperature and voltage control, as well as supports safe operation through its advanced safety operations feature.

This unit has enough charge to power small small electronic devices such as phones and digital cameras; besides allowing it to operate as a portable power station.

This unit comprises of a battery charger, battery, and voltage inversion unit; and one is expected to purchase the solar panel separately.

It also supports wall charging and car charging. This manufactured by Rockpals and its model number is WCE001.

The manufacturer recommends that one uses a 50watt or 100watt compatible solar panel. Solar charging is optimized by MPPT technology.

This model is shipped alongside a car adapter, a meter-long car adapter cable, an MC4 solar charging cable, a 2-meter long AC charging adapter, and a female cigarette-lighter DC adapter; along with a user manual.

This non-wheeled portable unit comes with a strong, durable carrying handle.

It weighs 5.95pounds which makes it lighter than Goal Zero Yeti 150 portable power station, as well as gives it a high energy-output per weight ratio, which makes it an energy-dense power station.

Nevertheless, it lacks a dedicated fuse protection. It is 8.9 inches long, 3.9inches wide, and 6.3inches tall.

Its side panels features two 3-pin AC power outlet, 2 USB output ports, and 4 DC output ports and the solar charging port. The USB ports support a maximum current draw of 3A which support fast recharge of smartphones and digital cameras.

This model is backed by an 18-month warranty.

Pros of the Rockpals RP250W Power Generator
  • Power generation capacity of 222 watts-hour.
  • Uses a lithium-polymer battery pack.
  • Supports 3 charging options: solar charging, car charging, and AC wall charging.
  • Comes with an efficient battery management system.
  • Portable lightweight model that can be carried around.
  • High energy-to-weight ratio.
  • Features both AC and DC power outputs.
  • 18 months warranty.
The Cons
  • Lacks dedicated fuse protection.
  • Cannot be repaired if battery and inverter are damaged following a power surge.

Bottom-line

The Rockpals RP250W is a premium-quality power generation unit that delivers 222W.h of power through a pure sine wave inverter that can produce 250watts of continuous power and a maximum surge power output of 300watts.

It features a battery pack consisting of multiple high-capacity lithium polymer batteries.

This battery pack is managed by an efficient battery management system that also allows for temperature and voltage control, as well as supports safe operation through its advanced safety operations feature.

For all these reasons and more, it is our top premium pick solar generator for 2018.


2. Solar portable generator, Aeiusny 288Wh UPS 500W

A close second in our top 5 review round up is the Aeiusny 288Wh. This is a multipurpose power generation unit that doubles as an online UPS (uninterruptible power supply) that can be connected to an array of 21 lithium polymer batteries so as to become a portable battery pack.

Its UPS functions and battery expandibility features are supported by its premium-grade battery management system(BMS), along with its protection features including overcharge, overload, and short-circuit protections.

Its case is made from durable and tough ABS plastic. Even so, it comes without a solar panel, but one can connect it to a compatible 40-100watts panel that can generate 13-18volts of DC electricity.

This is a high-capacity, consumer-grade power station with a total power capacity of 288Wh. The charge capacity of its 12-volt lithium-polymer battery is 26Ah.

It also comes with an inbuilt emergency light. This unit comprises of a battery charger, battery, and voltage inversion unit. It is designed and manufactured by Enyuda, and its model number is AD-500.

This model supports 2 charging modes: solar charging and AC wall charging. Car charging can also be done if one knows how to setup the generator to be charged using a car battery.

The input voltage for AC wall charging is 90-240volts 50/60Hz.It is shipped alongside a 1.5meter long AC charging cable, a DC cable, and a 0.6meter long car charging cable; as well as a user manual. The color scheme of the power station is yellow.

This compact non-wheeled portable unit comes with a durable carrying handle. It weighs 7pounds which makes it lighter than Goal Zero Yeti 150 portable power station, as well as more comfortable to carry around.

This also gives it a high energy-output per weight ratio, which defines it as an energy-dense power station. It is 12.7inches long, 5.91inches wide, and 8.66inches tall.

Its side panel features the light on/off switch, emergency light, DC output on/off switch, 4 USB ports, battery capacity display, and indicator lights.

The USB ports provide 6.2A at 5volts which makes them unsuitable for phone charging. Also, its 4 DC output ports provide 8-10A at 12volts which makes it unsuitable for powering low-current DC appliances.

Its AC output voltage is stabilized at 110/120volts 50/60Hz.

This model is backed by a 12-month warranty.

Pros of the Aeiusny AD-500 Portable Solar Generator
  • Power generation capacity of 288 watts-hour.
  • Multipurpose power station that can serve as an online UPS, as well as operate as an emergency power bank if it is connected to 21 lithium polymer batteries.
  • Uses a lithium-polymer battery.
  • Supports 3 charging options: solar charging, car charging, and AC wall charging.
  • Comes with an inbuilt emergency flashing light.
  • Features a premium-grade battery management system.
  • Portable lightweight model that can be carried around.
  • High energy-to-weight ratio.
  • Features both AC and DC power outputs.
  • Has surge protection alongside overload, short-circuit, and overcharge protection.
  • 12 months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot be repaired if battery and inverter are damaged following a power surge.

Bottom-line

The Aeiusny AD-500 is a multipurpose power generation unit that can operate as an online UPS or a portable battery pack.

Its UPS functions and battery expandibility functionalities are supported by its premium-grade battery management system(BMS), along with overcharge, overload, and short-circuit protections.

This high-capacity power station is a worthy addition to our top 5 round up. However, it does lose out to the better performing Rockpals, and does not compete from a price point perspective to our chosen budget option – the Suaoki, (reviewed below).


3. BEST BUDGET PICK: Suaoki Portable Power Station 150Wh Quiet Gas Free Camping Generator

The Suaoki Portable Power Station is a very affordable, power generation unit that delivers 150W.h of power through an inverter that can provide 100watts of continuous power and a maximum surge power output of 150watts.

The charge capacity of its lithium-polymer battery is 12500mAh (12Ah). This gives this unit enough charge to power small small electronic devices such as phones, cameras, notepads, and laptops; and this makes effectively makes it a portable power station.

This unit comprises of a battery charger, battery, and voltage inversion unit; and one is expected to purchase the solar panel separately.

This unit can be charged at night as it supports wall charging from a 110-240volts AC source, as well as car charging.

It also comes with 3 inbuilt accessories; two emergency flashing light, and a battery management system that allows for temperature and voltage control, in addition to supporting advanced safety operations so that one can safety use this unit.

This well-designed, compact model is manufactured by Suaoki, and its model number is S270.

The manufacturer recommends that one uses a 60watt or 100watt Suaoki solar panel. Wall charging takes 6hours if 45watts of continuous power is provided.

Solar charging is optimized by the Maximum Power-Point Tracking(MPPT) and Quick Charge 3.0 technologies.

For a solar panel to be compatible with the battery charger, it must supply a minimum of 30watts at a voltage range of 13-22volts.

The solar charging ports are the 3.5 and 1.35mm ports. The AC wall adapter limits charging to 15volts DC at 2amperes, while the car adapter supplies 12volts DC power.

This model is shipped alongside car and wall adapters, car adapter cable, an MC4 solar charging cable, and a female cigarette-lighter DC adapter; along with a user manual.

This compact non-wheeled portable unit features 2 hide-able carrying handles. It weighs 4.35pounds which makes it lighter than Goal Zero Yeti 150 portable power station, as well as more comfortable to carry it around.

This also gives it a high energy-output per weight ratio, which defines it as an energy-dense power station. Even so, it lacks a dedicated fuse protection. It is 7.26inches long, 4.31inches wide, and 4.67inches tall.

Its side panel features two 3-pin AC power outlet, while the other side panel features 2 emergency lights, and the solar charging port.

On the top section of the back panel are 3 USB charging ports, and the USB 3.0 quick charge port. The USB ports support a maximum current draw of 2.1A which support fast recharge of smartphones and digital cameras.

On the top section of the front panel are the 4 DC output ports which support a maximum current draw of 15A.

This model is backed by an 18-month warranty.

Pros of the Suaoki S270 Portable Solar Generator
  • Power generation capacity of 150-160 watts-hour.
  • Uses a lithium-polymer battery.
  • Supports 3 charging options: solar charging, car charging, and AC wall charging.
  • Comes with 3 inbuilt accessories; two emergency flashing light, and a battery management system.
  • Portable lightweight model that can be carried around.
  • High energy-to-weight ratio.
  • Features both AC and DC power outputs.
  • 18 months warranty.
The Cons
  • Lacks dedicated fuse protection.
  • Cannot be repaired if battery and inverter are damaged following a power surge.

Bottom-line

The Suaoki S270 is an extremely affordable  power generation unit and gets our top pick budget option for good reason.

It delivers 150 of power through an inverter that can provide 100watts of continuous power and a maximum surge power output of 150watts.

Its high-capacity lithium polymer battery has a power capacity of 150W.h which converts to 12500mAh at 12volts; and the inverter can draw this battery power and convert it into 110volts 50Hz AC power.

This lightweight, portable, and compact power station supports 3 battery charging options, and provides both DC and AC power outlets. Its affordable price makes it the best budget portable solar generator for 2018.


4. Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station

The Goal Zero Yeti is a  power generation unit that delivers 168 watts-hour (W.h) of power through a modified-sine wave inverter that can provide 80watts of continuous power and a maximum surge power output of 160watts.

Its sealed lead-acid battery has a power capacity of 168W.h which converts to 14000mAh at 12volts.

This battery capacity makes this power generation a portable power station for powering small electronic devices such as phones, cameras, notepads, and laptops; with the exception of Apple MacBook which the manufacturer has listed as non-compatible with the generator.

Also, the model is sold as a power generation unit which means that it comes with battery charger, battery, and voltage inversion unit; but lacks an energy transduction system as the solar panel is sold differently.

Apart from solar charging, this unit also supports wall charging from a 110-240volts AC source, as well as car charging (or equivalent charging from a 12-volt DC source).

This array of options ensure that one still charge the unit during cloudy days or at night-time.

This well-designed model is manufactured by Goal Zero through its China-based subsidiary as part of the Yeti series on portable solar generators. Its model number is 22004, and its identifier code is Yeti 150.

The manufacturer recommends that one uses Goal Zero Nomad 20 solar panel which takes between 17 to 34 hours to charge the battery, Goal Zero Boulder 15 (22-44 hours charging time) or Goal Zero Nomad 13 (26-52hours charging time).

These solar panels produce up-to 60watts of power, and one can chain 2 solar panels together in a parallel charging configuration so as to reduce (even half) the overall charging time.

Nonetheless, solar charging using a lone solar panel takes between 17 to 52hours; and this relatively long battery recharging time can be drastically reduced if one opts to charge the battery using the 45-watt AC wall charger.

Wall charging takes 6hours if 45watts of continuous power is provided. The battery can also be charged using a 12-volt DC source such as a car battery as long as one acquires a compatible 30-watt YETI car charger.

The charging mechanism of this unit supports up-to 3A of 15volts of charging power.

This means that it allows one to charge the unit with a 15-volt DC power supply (such as the one provided by the wall adapter).

This model is shipped alongside 2 wall adapters and a legacy-nomad (4.7 to 8mm) adapter for solar charging.

This compact cuboid-shaped portable unit is not wheeled, but features a durable carrying handle. It weighs only 12pounds which makes it one of the lightest power generation units (of solar generators) available today.

One can comfortably carry it around. This also gives it a high energy-output per weight ratio, which defines it as an energy-dense power station.

This portable model is 7.75inches long, 5.75inches wide, and 6.75inches tall. Its operating temperature range is 32-104 degrees Fahrenheit (F) or 0-40 degrees Celcius(C); and the ideal storage temperature is 77degrees Fahrenheit.

The shelf life of a fully-charged battery is 3 months, that is, it takes 3 months for a fully charged battery to loose all its charge.

This is compounded by the fact that its battery charger does not support trickle charging.

This model uses a sealed AGM VRLA battery whose 14A.h capacity and considerable DoD gives it a power output of 150-168watt.hour.

This battery supports hundred of discharge-recharge cycles, which gives a considerably long lifespan.

Even so, this unit is not fused, and thus extremely high current surge can permanently damage the battery via cell reversal damage, as well as cause inverter damage if its components and internal circuitry is fried. This makes repair impractical, hence requiring one to just purchase a new product.

Its front panel is bisected into an upper charge input section and a lower output section. The input section has a charging port, charging indicator light, and a battery display indicator; while 3 power buttons (12V, USB and AC buttons) are placed in the output section, alongside AC output port, a USB charging port, and 2 12-volts DC output ports.

The fully charged battery can operate 2 power-drained laptops, or simultaneously recharge 6 tablets. The inverter is set to produce 110-volts 60Hz AC.

The 2 DC output ports are the 10amperes car port, and the 10 amperes 6mm port. The USB charging port delivers 5volts at 1.5ampres which supports fast charging of phones and tablets.

This model is tested and certified according to RoHS, FCC, and CE standards. It also benefits from a 6months warranty provided by the manufacturer.

Pros of the Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Solar Generator
  • Power generation capacity of 150-160 watts-hour.
  • Uses an AGM VRLA battery.
  • Supports 3 charging options: solar charging, car charging, and AC wall charging.
  • Allows one to charge it with 2 solar panels arrayed in a parallel configuration.
  • Portable lightweight model that can be carried around.
  • Large operating temperature range of 32-144F (0-40C).
  • High energy-to-weight ratio.
  • Features both AC and DC power outputs.
  • 6 months warranty.
The Cons
  • Unit not fused.
  • Lacks surge protection.
  • Cannot be repaired if battery and inverter are damaged following a power surge.

Bottom-line

The Goal Zero Yeti 150 is a power generation unit that delivers 168 watts-hour (W.h) of power through a modified-sine wave inverter that can provide 80watts of continuous power and a maximum surge power output of 160watts.

Its sealed AGM VRLA lead-acid battery has a power capacity of 168W.h which converts to 14000mAh at 12volts; and the modified-sine wave inverter can draw this battery power and convert it into 110volts 50Hz AC power.

This lightweight, portable, and compact power station supports 3 battery charging options, and provides both DC and AC power outlets. These features alongside its durability and reliability makes it the best portable solar generator in this review.


5. EasyFocus Portable Power Station 200Wh Solar Generator

This is a compact, high-performance, consumer-grade power generation unit that delivers 200W.h of power through a pure sine wave inverter that can has a capacity of providing 300watts of continuous power.

It model comprises of a battery charger, battery, and voltage inversion unit; and one is expected to purchase a compatible solar panel separately.

This panel should be able to generate 60-100 watts of electrical power. Its battery is a high-capacity lithium-polymer battery with a charge capacity of 18Ah which allows it to deliver 216watts-hour at a constant discharge voltage of 12 volts.

The operations of this unit are regulated by a multi-functional safety management system that provides short-circuit protection, over-power, over-current and low-voltage protection, as well as temperature protection.

This ensures that this powr station can deliver non-fluctuating power to small electronic devices such as phones and digital cameras. This unit can also be charged using AC mains power and DC car power. It is manufactured by EasyFocus.

Solar charging is optimized by use of MPPT technology as long as the charging voltage does not exceed 18volts. Solar charging takes 10-12 hours to fully charge the battery, while AC wall charging and vehicle charging takes 4-5 hours and 6-7 hours to achieve the same.

This model is shipped alongside a car adapter, a car adapter cable, an MC4 solar charging cable, an AC charging adapter, and a female cigarette-lighter DC adapter; alongside a user manual.

This compact, lightweight non-wheeled power station features a strong and durable carrying handle. It weighs 7.12pounds which makes it heavier than Rockpals RP250W, despite the fact that it has a lower energy output.

Nonetheless, this EasyFocus has a relatively high energy density due to its use of an energy-dense lithium polymer secondary battery. It is 13.8inches long, 6.5inches wide, and 9.5inches tall.

This model comes with an emergency light that is built into its side panel, alongside the lamp and DC output switches.

There are also 4 USB output ports and a digital display that show how much charge is in the battery.

Additionally, there are 2 indicator lights and 4 DC output ports. The AC output ports and solar charging port are located on the other side panel.

The USB ports support a maximum current draw of 3A which support fast recharge of  mobile phones and digital devices that are powered by 3.7volts lithium-ion batteries.

This model is backed by an 18-month warranty.

Pros of the EasyFocus 200Wh Solar Generator
  • Power generation capacity of 216 watts-hour.
  • Uses a lithium-polymer battery.
  • Supports 3 charging options: solar charging, car charging, and AC wall charging.
  • Portable lightweight model that can be carried around.
  • High energy-to-weight ratio.
  • Features both AC and DC power outputs.
  • 18 months warranty.
The Cons
  • Cannot be repaired if battery and inverter are damaged following a power surge.

Bottom-line

EasyFocus 200Wh is a compact, high-performance, consumer-grade power generation unit that can be connected to a 60-100watts, 18volts solar panel in order to create a fully functional solar generator.

It can deliver 200W.h of power through a pure sine wave inverter that can has a capacity of providing 300watts of continuous power.

Its battery is a high-capacity lithium-polymer battery with a charge capacity of 18Ah which allows it to deliver 216watts-hour at a constant discharge voltage of 12 volts. It also features a multi-functional safety management system.


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