Hey my name is Ben Gillmore. I’m an avid prepper, self relianct advocate and I love enjoying the outdoors as well. I have been researching different portable solar generators for years now and have finally found the solution that fit ALL of my needs.
There are a couple of big named brands out there like Goal Zero, Humless and so on, I could care less about brand as long as the product does what I need it to do. Many of those units are okay but when using them I have always run into different issues that proved to me I truly did not want to depend on them for emergencies.
There is only one solution out there that I have found that truly is a step above ANY other solar generator available currently. That system is the Kodiak. The Kodiak has truly been made for real emergencies where power could be out for days, weeks or even months at a time. It is designed to run as many essential devices and needed.
In my years of research and testing, I have found many units/companies make big claims. I got a hold of all the user manuals and talked individually with these companies and put together my findings on what each solar generator could actually do:
The Kodiak’s $2,900 price tag can be greatly reduced when ordering through someone like me because of my connections at the company. Please visit the Shop page to get further info on pricing.
After building the comparison sheet it was self-evident why I chose the Kodiak over the other systems. In my research and study these are the top or most well-known solar generators on the market.
I have had MANY different people and companies tell me why their system is the best, and I have no problem with that. All I ever ask them to do is “prove it.” I don’t want something that works in theory, I need it to work in reality. It HAS to be tested. That’s why I test out all my equipment to see if will truly perform.
You can see in this video I made why I love using my portable Kodiak Solar Generator:
Understanding how to use solar panels and solar generators with all the cabling and accessories can be very confusing. I’ve made a simple diagram that shows how each kit connects together. Simply go to the How it Works page and see the information there.
There are 8 main concerns when it comes to solar generators that I had:
What I found is that lead acid batteries are not reliable, are heavy, do not have a long cycle life (drained and filled over and over) and are temperamental. Lithium Ion batteries is the only way to go because they are much more powerful, much lighter, last longer and don’t lose power over time easily.
What I found interesting is that the Humless and Kodiak had the same inverter size of 1500 watts. That means it can run 1500 watts of energy continuously without any problem. The Yeti by Goal Zero is only 1200 watts. The BIGGEST downside to the Yeti and the Humless though is their peak wattage. The Yeti can only peak to 1500 watts and the Humless to 1600 watts. That means when I’m running multiple units like a fridge, freezer, fan, lights and son on; when the motors kick on for the fridge and freezer it can be too much and the unit will automatically shut off.
The Kodiak has a peak wattage of 3000 watts, double of the others. Which means if multiple motors or units kick on at once, the Kodiak will not shut down and will continue to run all the devices properly.
Solar Panel Input/How Fast it Can Charge:
The average amount of solar charging light most people can get worldwide on a clear day is 5 hours. Which means for me I need my unit to be able to charge in less than 5 hours in case it’s partially cloudy or for other weather conditions.
The Goal Zero Yeti will charge from zero to full in 8 hours because it can only input 160 watts per hour. It literally cannot be charged in one day. That is if it is just that unit, no extra batteries or units to charge. That doesn’t work for me. Or I can charge it off a car but it takes 44 hours.
The Humless 1500 takes a little more than 5 hours of full brightness to charge from zero to full. It’s close to meeting my needs but doesn’t make the cut. It also cannot be charged off a car. It can input only 250 watts per hour.
The Kodiak on the other hand can input up to 600 watts per hour. It has an 1100-watt hour battery, 1100w battery ÷ 600w input charge = 1.8 hours to charge from zero to full! It charges from zero to full in less than 2 hours! So even on a cloudy day I could more easily expect it to get fully charged in a longer period.
If I were not home and the power went out, could my wife, or my sister, or mom or cousin or whomever, could they lift it and get it to where it needs to be?
If I kept a Goal Zero Yeti 1250 around, the answer is most likely no. It weighs 103lbs. That literally is more than my wife. My wife is 4’11’’ and weighs less than the generator. Now granted it does have wheels but that is only good if I’m on perfectly flat surface. My driveway is gravel, I have stairs, I have to get it in the car or the truck bed and so on. It’s not easy to move.
The Humless 1500 is not nearly as bad as the Yeti but it still weighs in at 47lbs. Keeping in mind that is not including panels or anything else.
The Kodiak weighs a grand total of 20lbs. I can carry it one handed to my vehicle, upstairs, downstairs, to my greenhouse, get collect waste vegetable oil to run my truck, and so on.
The batteries that come built in to these different systems, as far as power, is just fine. For example, I have run my fridge and freezer at home on the Kodiak for about 8-10 hours without using solar panels or any other batteries.
One of the biggest things I love about the Kodiak is that I can add AS MANY OTHER 12V BATTERIES to it as I want without hurting the system. Basically, every battery I add to the Kodiak is like adding one more Kodiak. So, if I add 1 extra battery it’s like having two Kodiaks, so I can now run my fridge and freezer on just the batteries for about 16-20 hours. If I add 10 batteries, it’s like having 10 Kodiaks and I can run my fridge and freezer for 80-100 hours on just the batteries.
This is all possible because of the inverter and charge controller that are built into the Kodiak. It will automatically detect what kind of battery it is, charge and discharge it appropriately, and sync all the batteries so they charge and discharge at the same percentage.
The Yeti can add another Yeti to it or another lead acid battery but isn’t nearly as versatile as the Kodiak. And the Humless 1500 has NO capacity to add more batteries or other units to it. For those reasons, I don’t like either of those systems. I can’t plan on having sunshine every single day of the year, so I need to store as much energy as possible each day.
The panels that come with the Yeti, Hummless or other brands are fine. There is nothing wrong with them when it comes to charging off the sun. However, the Predator 50 watt panels that you can get with the Kodiak are a better option. They only weight 4lbs each and they will charge off ANY kind of light source because they’re monocrystalline, not just UV light from the sun.
I have switched from the Predator 50 to the BnD 100 for various reasons. It is a flexible 100 watt panel instead of 50 watt panel. The BnD 100 still weighs 4lbs which means I can get double the power at half the weight as the Predator 50. Here’s a comparison of the Predator 50 and the BnD 100:
Even on a cloudy day the BnD 100 panels will generate enough energy to charge the Kodiak. Some claim that you can’t get energy from the moon, but using the Predator 50 and the BnD 100 panels we have actually been receiving a charge with full panels out on a full moon. It wasn’t enough to actually charge anything up quickly at all but the charge light was definitely on and receiving power from the panels during a full moon and full panels out. The BnD 100 and Predator 50 panels are monocrystalline which means they’ll charge off of any kind of light not just UV.
The Predator 50 panels are still a great option because they are lightweight, very tough, connect easily and can charge efficiently because they are monocrystalline. The BnD 100 panels happen to be half the weight per watt as the Predator 50 panels, are very tough, flexible, are monocrystalline, and use a simple cable to connect everything together so there’s no question if everything is properly connected.
Here’s a picture of a light turned on by the Predator 50 panel, which is a monocrystalline panel, just by sitting in my office:
Picture 3: I am standing on the panel and it is not damaged in any way. This is another advantage of the monocrystalline panel. The panels are partially flexible and can take serious beatings and not get ruined like typical panels. So even in a hail storm, falling off the roof of my truck, falling off the roof of my house, or whatever it is, they keep working and don’t break! The new BnD 100 panels are even more flexible, more efficient, just as durable and are designed to be mounted to any surface or be extremely portable.
Last of all, as an avid prepper I want to be able to protect my entire solar system from an EMP attack or Solar Flare. Luckily all solar generators will fit into high grade military EMP/Faraday bags. The best ones are from Tech Protect. Theirs have actually been tested by multiple government agencies and are 100% EMP proof.
The Yeti will easily fit into the Tech Protect Generator Bag but it’s a little expensive. The Humless 1500 will fit into their XXL bag which isn’t very expensive, about $45. The Kodiak though fits easily and with extra room into the XL Tech Protect faraday bag which is about $20. Also, if you buy a Kodiak from me OR from Tech Protect it automatically comes with a FREE EMP bag that the Kodiak will fit inside of.
Last and definitely not least, how much does all of this cost me? Well as shown in the comparison picture above, the difference between the units in price is only a couple hundred dollars. I could either spend my money on a Yeti with panels, which has many concerns and issues for almost $2,600. Or I could get a Humless 1500 with panels that’s better than a Yeti but still has concerns for about $2,700. Or I can get the Kodiak with panels and carrying case with zero concerns for a little more than $2,900. To me it’s a no brainer. The Inergy Kodiak portable solar generator is the best. Period.
Because of my connections with these companies I am able to give a GUARANTEED LOWEST PRICE ANYWHERE without any hesitation. I do not do this to make money. I do it to help people get prepared. I have other businesses that support my family that we live off of. For this reason I can meet or beat ANY price out there without a problem.
The easiest thing to do is go to my Shop page and see which kit would be best for your needs and budget. Or you can personally message me at firstname.lastname@example.org or go to my contact page and I can get all that info to you.
Please don’t hesitate to get prepared. There’s no way of knowing when you’ll need this equipment. After Hurricane Harvery and Hurricane Irma we have been sending out orders left and right now that people realize how much they need this setup. Don’t wait until it’s too late!