The benefits of a portable generator is that it is much simpler to construct and keep, and if you go on a lot of camping trips it can save on energy costs and make things more suitable for you.
If you do it right, you’ll be able to spend under $200 to make your own portable solar generator – and if it’s built properly and you use it often, it can pay for itself within few weeks.
Here are the parts you will need to make your own generator: first, you want the solar panel itself – this should be pretty small so you could transport it easily. Afterward, in addition, you need a charge controller, battery, and inverter. I will describe what each of these parts does under.
The solar panel is the power source. As I wrote above, it should be pretty small – so even something with just 12 V of capacity should be enough for camping trips, assuming you just have small appliances.
The charge control limits how much electricity is drawn in the battery and significantly prolongs its life – you do not absolutely need it, but it’ll save you a lot of money in the long-run because your batteries last much more.
The battery stores energy that’s accumulated out of your solar panel – you do not use all that energy right away, so you want a battery to narrative it. Later on, when you do not have sun, for example, you can draw on the energy and use it for your appliances.
Eventually, the inverter converts the direct current in the solar panel into the alternating current is used in most appliances.
So how would you link everything with this set up?
First, the solar panel should be linked to the charge control – then this charge control should be linked to the battery – rather a deep cycle battery. This battery should be connected to the inverter and the inverter should be linked to the appliances that you are using.
It is up to you where you get all these parts – you could simply go to your neighborhood hardware store or discover someone who is giving them away or selling them for cheap. Or, you could attempt to create your own solar panel – it is not that hard if you’ve got all the parts, but it does need some time.
If you need to add even more to your set up it is possible to do that. The first item you will need to invest in is a battery box – this will keep your batteries safe and secure from your exterior, and is essential if you’ve got pets or kids. It’s also possible to need to get a system meter, which tells you how full your battery is and how much electricity will be drawn at any given instant – that may help discover and prevent problems.