Hey my name is Ben! I’m an avid prepper, self reliance advocate and I love enjoying the outdoors as well. I have been researching different portable solar generators for years now and and read many solar generator reviews. I have finally found the solution that fit ALL of my needs. I love my solar powered generator so much that I bought a second solar generator of the same kind!
As I was looking for long term power options for events like hurricanes, earthquakes, floods, EMPs and so on I tried to consider all the readily available options. Gas, diesel, propane, solar and wind were all ready made options. In the end, after reading countless reviews and doing hours of research I determined that a solar powered generator was the best option. A solar powered generator get’s free fuel everyday, runs quiet, can be run indoors, has no moving parts which means extremely low maintenance and many other reasons why solar generators are the best for these situations.
There are a couple of big name solar powered generator brands out there like Goal Zero, Humless, Patriot Power Generator 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. It appears the at focus of the majority of the solar generator makers is car camping and not needing power for extended periods of time such as weeks or months. My focus on the needs of my solar generator is to last me for months or even years of producing power everyday that I use for multiple applications.
There is only one portable solar generator 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 portable solar generator 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. Because it’s a portable solar generator I can basically take it anywhere with me.
In my years of research and testing different solar powered generators, I have found many units/companies make big claims. After going through many reviews I wanted to make a comparison chart of the top 9 solar powered generators that would be easy for me to understand and help me make the best decision. 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:
Here is my detailed comparison video of the chart shown above:
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After building the solar generator comparison chart it was self-evident why I chose the Kodiak over the portable solar generators. In my research and study these are the top or most well-known solar generators on the market.
I am not smart when it comes to electronics or how to use things like solar panels and so on. Also after reading other people experiences and reviews I realized that solar can be a bit tricky. That is why I needed a solar generator kit that fit my needs and was easy to use. There are various different solar generator kit options that I have made because they are simple enough for me to use and that’s one of the big reasons why I like them, they’re simple and very effective and generating power.
I have had MANY different people and companies tell me that their portable solar generator is the best, and I have no problem with that. All I ever ask them to do is “show me why it is the best.” 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 generator with all the cabling and accessories can be very confusing. I’ve made a simple diagram that shows how each kit connects together. Each solar generator kit comes complete and ready to use from A to Z. All cabling, connectors, adapters, panels and so on are included in each kit. Simply go to the How it Works page and see the information there. The solar generator kit setup is very easy, to the point where people in Puerto Rico who don’t speak English have been setting up their kits without any problem.
Here is my follow up video with my 2 year review:
There are 8 main concerns when it comes to a solar generator 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. Lithium Iron are also very high quality and share the same characteristics of the Lithium Ion, except that it weighs more than Lithium Ion. I personally feel that having a solar powered generator with a high quality grade Lithium Ion battery is the best because I want to keep it portable. Having additional Lithium Ion or Lithium Iron batteries to attach to the solar generator is nice because it splits up the weight and keeps things more portable. Weight is what makes a portable solar generator, portable.
What I found interesting about other brands of portable solar generators 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 solar powered generator 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. That means I need a solar generator that can charge quickly or in other words has a high input charge capability.
The Goal Zero Yeti portable solar generator 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 portable solar generator 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 Patriot Power Generator 1500 portable solar generator only takes 3.5 hours to charge but only holds 500 watts of energy which is way too low for long term emergency situations. It’s max solar input is 150 watts, that’s why it only takes 3.5 hours to charge because 500w battery ÷ 150w input charge = 3.5hrs
The Kodiak portable solar generator 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 the solar power generator and get it to where it needs to be? That’s why it must be portable. Most people define their portable solar generator meaning it has wheels or one person can move it around. This where it gets a little hard to understand the term “portable solar generator,” because it may be portable, but I may not be able to lift it.
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 an easy portable solar power generator 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.
So when we’re talking about about portable solar generators I found it to not always be true that portable means easy to move around. To me a portable solar power generator should be one that only takes one person to move, lift, and use. The Kodiak is so light that I can do all of that one handed.
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. That’s very easy to do on my solar generator.
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. Inside the solar generator 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 and BnD 100 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.
The Predator 50 panels are futuristic and fantastic to use. They are each 50 watts and connect together by sliding together on their corners. One of the main benefits to them is that they are only 4lbs each which make them very light to move around and use. They have an aluminum sheet metal backing with keeps them light but also makes them rigid, making it easy to lean them against a wall, chair or other item to put up at an angle.
They also have holes in each corner similar to grommets to make them easy to fasten to a mount or stake down. The only down side to the Predator 50 panels is that when they are linked together, if they are not on an even surface they can tend to slide which makes the contacts disconnect and the power is lost and not sent to the Kodiak. So be mindful when connecting them and placing them that they are set on a flat surface and won’t move.
The BnD 100 panels are a great option. They are each 100 watts and all connect to a combiner making it very easy to link up to the Kodiak. This is one of their benefits is that when each connector is plugged in, it clicks and locks into place guaranteeing that it doesn’t lose connectivity. They only weigh 4lbs each making them easy to move and take with you. They are very efficient and powerful for their size. The only downside to these is that they are so light weight and a little flexible that wind becomes their adversary. It is as simple as fastening them to a stand or staking them to the ground. A test I recently did showed only a 10% difference in performance from laying flat on the ground to up at an angle facing the sun.
It is important to know that not all flexible 100 watt panels are made the same. I tested almost a dozen different flexible 100 watt panels and NONE of them held up to the claims that were made about them. They were lower efficiency, didn’t get full power, and broke easily. The BnD 100 panels are different from all the rest because they actually do perform as advertised. That is why they are the only flexible panel I will use.
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 Predator 50 and BnD 100 panels. 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 Predator 50 Panels are more rigid than the BnD 100 panels. The Predator 50 panels have an aluminum sheet metal backing and the BnD 100 have a UV proof durable plastic backing.
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 solar generator 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.
The Predator 50 panels will easily fit inside the Tech Protect XXL faraday bag. The BnD 100 panels however won’t fit in any Tech Protect faraday bags. The good news is that solar panels will still produce power after an EMP. The diodes are what is most effected by and EMP. Simply make sure that the solar panels get unplugged from the Kodiak when it gets dark, and then plug them back in when it gets light again.
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.
Being able to use the Kodiak or any solar generator for that matter with an RV is definitely not a requirement to be good for preparedness. It does help however when you’re able to take a long road trip in a trailer or RV and have lots of power to run everything. The Kodiak comes with a 30amp RV plug in it. This makes it really easy to simply connect it directly to the RV and it will power everything connected just like a normal gas generator. It is only a 30amp connection though so it is a good idea to make sure that you’re not going to run a ton of heavy equipment.
Running lights, fans, microwave, fridge, and so on is no problem at all for the Kodiak. It is often that RVs come with additional 12 volt batteries already and it can be quite easy to attach those batteries to it so that way it expands it’s “gas tank.” It is very easy to mount the BnD panels to the roof of an RV so that it can constantly be making power whether boon-docking or driving.
Please don’t hesitate to get prepared. There’s no way of knowing when you’ll need this equipment. After Hurricane Harvery, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Maria and so on 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!