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Solar generators vs Fuel generators

Electricity blackouts are never a fun experience, but thankfully off-grid power solutions like portable generators provide electrical power whenever energy from the grid is unavailable.

In this article, we take a close look at Solar powered generators and traditional fuel powered generators. Differences and limitations pertinent to each generator is presented briefly.

Difference between Solar Generators and Fuel Generators

The main differences between the solar generator and fuel generator are presented briefly in the table below. The differences were evaluated with a focus on key power generation requirements.


Limitations of Solar Generators and Fuel Generators

Limitations of Traditional fuel generators

  • Not suitable for sensitive electronics
  • They emit considerable noise hence cannot be used in noise-restricting areas
  • Safety hazard with handling combustible fuels and Carbon Monoxide (CO)
  • Not possible to use indoors

Limitations of Solar generators

  • Power capacity of most units average around 1000 Wh
  • Fuel sources takes longer to replenish i.e. Batteries could take longer to recharge

When to choose a Solar Generator vs Fuel Generator

Solar generators are the right solution for outdoor events where smaller electrical appliances would be powered. They are also a great solution for camping trips where they can power-up most portable appliances, especially for off-grid locations that have limited access to gas stations.

Fuel generators are ideal when large amounts of reliable energy is required over a sustained period of time. Typical users of fuel generators include, RV/Boat owners, construction sites and organization that conduct field operations i.e. military and disaster relief.

It is worth mentioning that there are hybrid power generation systems that provide the best of both worlds i.e. the high energy capacity of fuel generators coupled with the eco-friendliness of solar generators. This would be elaborated on in the future.

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