Hello there, my name is Ben and I have been involved in emergency preparedness for my entire life. I have grown up doing it and truly believe at some point we will all face a moment when being prepared for an emergency would’ve drastically made life 100x easier.
It doesn’t matter if it’s an earthquake, hurricane, flooding, tornado, winter storm, power outage, EMP attack, or any other kind of emergency, having power is a necessity. There are a number of different solar generators out there. The newest and best one I have seen that has been released in 2019 is the Titan.
I have been working in the solar generator niche for a number of years now and have tested, played with, compared and evaluated many solar generators. Finally, Point Zero has taken essentially years worth of info and requests from customers and people interested and compiled it into one solar generator, The Titan.
Here is a pre-release video that is not a publicly shared video. It is only viewable to those who see this article and were on a special email list. A full detailed review will come out later once the next prototype unit is finished and I get to test it.
As mentioned in another post there are 11 tips or points for finding the best solar generator. They are:
- Battery Capacity | 2. Weight/Portability | 3. Charge Speed | 4. Expandability | 5. Life Cycle | 6. Number of Plugins | 7. Inverter Size | 8. RV Connectivity | 9. Car Charging Capability | 10. Lithium Battery | 11. Customer Support and Warranty
All of these points are vital in determining which unit to go with. Everyone has different needs so that’s another thing to take into account. That being said, the last few years I have been working with hundreds of customers using different solar generators and have heard what most people really want. This is the reason why I like the Titan so much is that it fulfills all those desires of users.
The Titan has a 2,100 watt lithium ion battery that is extremely powerful and light for it’s capability. The original model of the Titan solar generator had an 1,800 watt battery. Point Zero was able to put in a 2,100 watt battery that was lighter than the 1,800 watt battery which is incredible.
Most lithium solar generators can only use a max 90% of the total battery capacity. So for example if a generator had an 1,100 watt battery, only 90% (990 watts) was actually usable. The Titan’s battery though has a full 97% usable capacity.
That means of the 2,100 watts in the battery, 2,040 watts is actually usable. If it had the same efficiency as other solar generators it would only have 1,890 usable watts. Since Point Zero worked really hard to get the highest quality battery it means that for all intended purposes the entire battery can be used.
It is important to know that lithium ion batteries can be damaged and will not have as many life cycles if they are charged too fast. Generally this number is around 2 hours from 0% to 100%. So if the battery were drained to dead, 0%, and 2,000 watts of panels were connected and charged the unit in 1 hour, it would end up damaging the battery. This is why the Titan is built with a 1,000 watt solar panel charge rate. That means it cannot be charged in less than 2 hours which means the battery never gets damaged and keeps its life cycles longer. Very cool.
This is the toughest part of the Titan, the weight. We have been spoiled with the Kodiak since it only weighed 20lbs. That 20lbs was amazing and the Kodiak was amazing for what it could do being that lightweight. However, there were many things it’s couldn’t do. The new K2 which replaced the Kodiak now weighs 25lbs because it has some slightly changed features. The Titan though is right in about 60lbs.
60lbs is A LOT of weight to handle. When Point Zero first told me it was going to be 60lbs I was not excited. They invited me to meet with them and see their prototype unit they had made which was really nice of them. I went and saw it expecting this huge box that I wouldn’t be able to move easily. Once I arrived and saw the new unit I noticed 4 clasps around the side, the Titan is two separate pieces!
The top part which holds the plugs, inverter, MPPT controller and all the brains separates from the bottom battery piece! This was incredible. I had heard of designs like this but had not seen anyone actually pull it off. The Titan, when split into two pieces, has two 30lb pieces which are very easy to move around. Each piece is only slightly more than the K2.
As I got to test the prototype Titan unit it was very easy to move around once it was split into two pieces. It is very easy to put back together and there’s no way to put it back together incorrectly. It is 100% fool proof.
I loved that Point Zero did that because it allows the unit to still be very portable and moveable in emergency situations. Simply disconnect the top from the bottom, then move each piece individually or in each hand and move it to wherever it needs to go.
Going back to the point of the battery capacity, since it can be separated that means that more batteries can be sandwiched in between the top and bottom piece which increases its “fuel tank” capacity.
Once a second battery has been added, the unit will have 4,200 watts of power. At that point the Titan can be reprogrammed to input 2,000 watts of solar panel energy which keeps its charge time at the 2 hour mark!
This is the hardest part for me when it comes to seeing different solar units on the market. Many of them such as the Goal Zero and Humless have decent battery sizes but can’t be charged quickly.
For example the Goal Zero 1400 Lithium takes 4.5 hours to charge with its MAXIMUM amount of solar panels connected. So it barely meets the requirement to charge in 5 hours. If it’s a cloudy day or more power is needed then it is impossible to charge in that 5 hour time frame which means it can’t be charged in a day, that’s a no-go for me.
Same goes the Humless. It’s absolute fastest charge speed is 5.2 hours. Which means even on a bright sunny day it will barely charge in one day and that’s only if conditions are perfect.
Around the USA there is an average of 5 to 6 hours of light a day where solar panels can make their maximum power. So for example the BnD Flex panels are 100 watt monocrystalline solar panels. They are the best I have been able to find and are extremely rugged. But each day they will only make a max of 100 watts each for 5 to 6 hours.
The time is usually averaged to 5 hours a day to account for different parts of the USA and time of year. So if I have 600 watts in solar panels I can count on making around 600 watts in panels x 5 hour of light = 3,000 watts generated on bright sunny days.
This means that a Titan that has 600 watts in panels can be charged in about 3.5 hours. That is a perfect setup. Even better if the Titan has 1,000 watts in panels then it can be charged in about 2 hours. Even with only 400 watt in panels it will charge in the minimum requirement of 5 hours from 0% back to full 100%.
Another great feature about the Titan is that the wall charger that comes with it is already a fast charger! With other units it was required to purchase an additional charger that would get extremely hot and still was only sort of fast. The Titan’s wall charger charges at a rate of 750 watts per hour. So if the Titan were empty it would only take less than 3 hours to charge it back to 100%.
This makes it easy when used for short term power outages or outdoor activities. The Titan can be used then easily charged once the power is back on or access to an outlet becomes available.
In the past it has been very hard to find units that could easily expand with more batteries. The problem of expanding with lead acid type batteries is that they’re more expensive in the long run compared to lithium based batteries. On top of that it is generally not recommended to drain more than 50% energy from a lead acid and definitely never below 30% because it will damage the battery. So really expandability with Lithium is best.
All other units I’ve seen in the past were only expandable with batteries either lithium or lead acid. The Titan is expandable with lithium batteries but is also expandable with voltage as well as panel capacity! That’s three ways it’s expandable not just one.
The Titan can add as many Lithium Titan batteries as desired. Each battery is 2,100 watts. So if 2 batteries are added then it has a battery capacity of 3 x 2100 = 6,300 watts of power, that’s crazy big! I could run my necessities in my house for about 3 days no problem with that amount of power, and that’s not adding solar panels.
If I had 800 watts in panels combined with that large of a battery bank I could run my emergency essentials such as fridge, freezer, lights, fans, tv and other small items probably indefinitely.
So that’s the first way it’s expandable, batteries. The second way is that the solar panel capacity is also expandable. Earlier I mentioned that it’s not wise to charge a lithium battery from empty to full in less than 2 hours. That is why the Titan only allows for 1,000 watts of solar input power. However, once another battery is added the total battery capacity is at 4,200 watts.
So with 1,000 watts in panels it will take about 4 hours to charge, still pretty good since I only have 5 hours a day where I know I can make max power. But if I wanted to keep my charge speed down to 2 hours then I am able to turn on an additional bank of 1,000 watts in solar panels on the Titan. There are two solar input plugs and each plug can handle 1,000 watts in panels for a total of 2,000 watts. The second solar charge plug will be able to be used once the second battery is added and a slight reprogramming is done. This keeps my charge rate at 2 hours still.
Because its solar charge speed can be expanded to 2,000 watts I can effectively have 4 or 5 batteries total for about 8,000 to 10,000 watts of power and still charge it in one day, INCREDIBLE!
The third way it’s expandable, voltage. At least a few times a week I get people asking me if there’s a system that will run their 220/240v well pump or it there’s a unit that can be connected to the whole house. Until now that was no an option with a lightweight portable solar generator!
The Titan has the unique ability to attach two Titans together and combined can make 220/240v power. This also gives it the unique ability to connect it directly to a house and run the entire house like a normal large gas generator would. This is uncanny!
Let’s say all 3 of these expandable options were put together. Let’s say there were two Titan linked together, each had 3 battery packs attached, and each one had 2,000 watts of panels attached. This means it would not only have 110/120v capability but 220/240v capability as well which could run an entire house. It has over 12,000 watts in battery power (3 batteries per unit, 6 batteries total, 6 batteries x 2100 watts = 12,600 watts of battery power). And with 4,000 watts in panels connected it could still be charged in around 3 hours! Mind-Blown!
Because of the Titans unique expandability, it can literally run as a single unit like a normal solar generator helping people get through emergencies. Or it can be expanded and connected to a house, cabin, tiny home or whatever and be a 100% off grid unit. The power of going from light and portable to heavy duty and powering everything is incredible.
I don’t understand why some companies use lithium technology that only allows 500 life cycles on the battery. Lithium batteries are capable of lasting at least 2,000 cycles if the quality is high enough. Why not just use the highest quality right? That’s what the Titan has.
The Titan has all the features built into it to make sure that not only safety measures are met but that the battery doesn’t get overworked. Not overworking the battery makes sure it will last the 2,000 cycles fully.
This is one common question I get, “Can I replace the battery once the unit has reached that point?” In the past replacing the battery on a solar generator was not something that could be done on your own at home. It would’ve needed to be sent back to the manufacturer and replaced. The Titan is so easy, all that is necessary is the new battery. The old one clips off, the new one clips on, done.
It is important to understand though how hard it is to use all 2,000 cycles. If the unit was drained from 100% to 0% then back to 100% one time each day, one cycle, then it would take 5.5 years to use all 2,000 cycles.
My experience has shown that I do not use all 100% of the battery each day. If I average 50% of a cycle each day that means the battery will last 11 years before needing to be replaced. In the worst-case scenarios of an EMP attack, the US Military has said it would take about 10 years to rebuild. So, in that worst-case scenario that means the Titan battery would outlast that 10 year rebuild time!
There isn’t a unit out there that is easier to manage the battery and lifecycles than the Titan.
Number of Plugs
This is one thing that I love about the Titan, I can plug a lot of things into if I need to. Units of the past have had anywhere from 2 to 4 110/120v plugs (wall outlet plugs). This made it difficult to plug in my fridge, freezer, fans, lights, chargers, TV and so on because of the limitations. I was having to get power strips for single plugs which can easily trip the fuse since so much power is going through one plug.
Secondly I find that on almost all solar generators out there, the plugs are way too close together. This made it hard to plug in multiple items, especially if the plug was a big boxy plug.
The Titan has a unique symmetrical looking face that makes it easy to plug a lot of things in at once, including big boxy plugs. Since all the DC plugs are up top and all the wall outlet type plugs are spaced along the middle everything has its own room. I used to use 1ft extension cables just so I could plug everything in on my old units but now I don’t have to!
It has 6 110/120v wall outlet plugs. 4 DC plugs w/USB options including USB C. It also uses the common 5.5×2.1mm plug for powering other DC items. Of course, it has a 30amp RV plug because Point Zero listened to people and they all said they wanted an RV plug. The RV plug can be used for RVs but also with a wall outlet adapter to run heavy duty items if necessary.
That being said, the Titan has run welders and multiple heaters at once in its testing phase and never had to use the RV plug for an extra bump in power.
Those are all the output plugs. It also has many input plugs such as 2 solar plugs for a total of 2,000 watts in solar power. A wall charging plug for a total of 750 watts per hour charge speed. A car charger plug as well to charge on the go. It also has another 5.5×2.1mm battery reset plug to reset the battery in the event that the battery hits it’s 3% minimum battery level.
The average size for a portable solar generator on the market is right around 1,500 watts. In many cases this has sufficed since not a lot of heavy-duty equipment was being run. But that also meant that heavy duty equipment couldn’t really run. The Titan uses a 2,500 watt continuous inverter. This means 2,500 watts of energy can be used non-stop until the battery runs out.
In all the testing that has been done it has actually been able to handle up to 2,700 watts of continuous use without any problems but it is programmed to keep the unit safe so 2,500 watts continuous power is what it’s set to.
Even though the continuous wattage is 2,500 the peak wattage is 6,000 watts for 10 seconds. Generally the peak wattage for an inverter is twice the continuous wattage. But the Titan is obviously no ordinary solar generator. It uses 2.5x its continuous wattage capability.
Not only that the but peak wattage can hold for 10 seconds which is quite long. Sadly many solar generators will only handle 2 to 5 seconds of peak surge which sometimes is not enough to get large items running.
The Titan uses a Pure Sine Wave Inverter to make sure that anything can be run on it smoothly. Especially in the DIY Solar industry it seems all too often people use Modified Sine Wave Inverters because they’re cheaper and will run most things. I don’t want to settle and find out something I need to run can’t run on Modified Sine Wave. Pure Sine Wave is the only way to go.
With the Titan I was able to run my large miter/chop saw which I have not had any other unit use. Meaning if during an emergency I needed to build, repair, cut or whatever with large heavy duty shop tools, I can do that no problem. Especially with an additional battery and lots of panels I can run all the heavy duty tools in my shop! Imagine using this at a construction site instead of big heavy diesel generators. This entire Titan system could be used to run entire construction sites to recharge cordless drill batteries, run heavy-duty air compressors, table saws, chop saws and so on. It has the full capability of effectively running entire job sites!
There are a couple of units out there that have RV connectivity such as the Kodiak and K2. On those smaller units it was very advantageous to include the 30amp RV connection because not only did it make it easy to connect to RVs but higher power items could be connected to the RV plug.
The Titan also includes the RV plug which will make it extremely easy to connect to an RV and run everything like normal. Some tiny homes, trailers and off grid locations also use an RV plug to make it easier to connect a generator to it and run everything.
As mentioned earlier the Titan can run 220/240v when combined with a second Titan. Not everyone is looking for that capability. Some people just need to have the RV plug to run all of their items in their setup.
Because of the large inverter size, battery size and larger fuses the Titan has no problem running the heavier items that smaller units cannot. The Titan can easily run a double Hot Plate, toasters, heaters and other high wattage items without needing to plug into the larger RV plug and use an adapter to get the higher power needed to run those items.
It is very common for solar generators to have a car charger option with them. For example, the Kodiak and K2 have car chargers and will charge the Kodiak/K2 in about 5 hours which isn’t bad at all. This means it’s charging at about 18amps which is very high for most vehicles. Most vehicles have a 10amp fuse to their cigarette lighter port, some have 20amps. We’ll touch more on this in a minute.
Other units such as the Goal Zero 1400 Lithium take 12 hours to charge using the car charger. That means that it is using about 10amps charging speed from the port to charge the Lithium 1400. Again, we’ll touch on this here in a second why this is actually important.
The Titan is able to charge in 17 hours. This does seem a little long to charge, and I agree on that. But there is a good reason for it due to what the average car charger port can handle.
Most vehicles have a 10amp fuse connected to their cigarette lighter port inside their car. Some have a 20amp fuse. But because most cigarette plugs in cars are limited to 10amps it’s a bad idea to plug anything into that that uses more than 10amps. If something is plugged into that port that uses more than 10amps then it can blow the fuse and the port will stop working until that fuse is replaced. It’s not the end of the world by any means if the fuse blows but it’s quite annoying to have to replace it.
Amps x Volts = Watts. Car batteries are 12v. So we take 10amps x 12volts = 120watts. That’s how fast we can charge the Titan without blowing any fuses. Since the Titan has a 2,100watt battery and the charger can charge at 120watts, we take 2,100w ÷ 120w = ≈17hrs. So yes it does charge slow but it won’t blow any fuses. Other units that use more than 10amps have the potential to blow fuses where the fuses are 10amps.
One of the cool features of the Titan is that multiple charging ports can be used at the same time. I have never seen this capability on any other unit out there. It has always been that you can only charge from the car, or wall or solar or whatever one at a time. This means on my truck and I could place 3 or 4 panels on my tonneau/bed cover and have them connected to the Titan. Then at the same time have the car charger plugged into as well and charge much faster.
Lithium has become very common to use now-a-days and in my opinion is definitely the best way to go. There are many Youtube videos and blogs out there that explain how much more cost-efficient lithium ion is to lead acid. In many cases it takes roughly 12 lead acid batteries to equate to one single lithium ion battery in terms of power, cycles, and longevity.
So if a lithium battery costs $1,000 and a lead acid costs $150 it would take 12 x $150 = $1,800 to match one $1,000 battery. The numbers vary quite a bit depending on many different things but lithium is absolutely the best way to go. I don’t know why some companies still make units with lead acid type batteries. It’s not cheaper in the long run.
The Titan uses Lithium NMC technology and it uses the highest quality grade. For example the Goal Zero series of lithium units only have 500 cycles because they are using lower grade lithium than the Titan. This is why the Titan has 2,000 cycles and the Goal Zeros only have 500 cycles.
The beauty of the Titan lithium battery is that it is stackable and 97% of the battery can be used. Any other unit out there as of right now can only use 90% of the capacity at most and cannot add extra lithium batteries.
Customer Service & Warranty
This is a big one for me. It blows me away that so many companies want to look big which means you have to push 10 different buttons to get to an operator just to answer a question. This was sadly what I experienced with the Patriot Generator. When I was originally doing a lot of my research I looked at the Patriot Power Generator.
It literally took me days to find a phone number to contact Patriot just to clarify some questions since they had never responded to any of my emails. This is a real deal breaker for me with companies when they won’t help people out. Patriot is not the only company who I have experienced it with, many companies look small but act big.
This is one major thing I like about Point Zero Energy. Every single time I have called or emailed I have been answered quickly. I never have to go through a huge menu of where to connect my call to, I get straight to someone who can help.
Not only have I found them to be very responsive, but they also include a 2-year warranty on the Titan rather than just a 1 year. Every single other unit I have seen anywhere has included a full 1-year manufacturer warranty. Point Zero took it a step further because they truly believe in their product and doubled the warranty. If anything goes wrong with the unit that is due to manufacturing, they will replace it for free no problem. That speaks tons of confidence in their product to me.
There are dozens of solar generators out there on the market now. Every couple years a new and improved unit comes out that beats previous technology. Point Zero seems to have taken everything they’ve heard and learned the last few years and applied it to the Titan. I am glad they have listened to others and want to provide the highest quality product available.
The Titan is my go-to unit now and have been very pleased with its performance, quality and customer service. I think it will be many years until another comes out that can beat what the Titan can do.
Some people have claimed I am just like any sales rep who chooses a product and sells it to others. This is very hard for me to hear since I publish all my research openly and am only after the very best that’s out there. If you know of something that is better than the Titan please let me know and I am happy to learn more about it. I am only looking for the highest quality, not a paycheck.