A typical generator comes along with a massive roaring noise and gasoline fumes burning throughout the entire time it’s running. Needless to say, this can be an extreme nuisance in several different places and can make it difficult to run a generator to get all the power you need.
Today, even our cars are being powered by massive battery packs that can last for hundreds of miles, so it’s easy to wonder if there is a battery-operated generator out there to choose from. One of the best options out there is a solar powered portable generator. The benefits to utilizing the sun for power far outnumber the benefits of a gas generator and can be a quick and easy solution to all of your power needs.
Let’s look at how exactly a portable solar generator can provide the massive amount of power you need for almost any situation and do so without much effort at all.
What is a Battery-operated Generator?
A battery-powered generator is simply a method for producing energy and storing it in battery packs to be used at any time. It obtains power through various charging methods (e.g., car charging, solar charging, and wall charging). These come most commonly in the form of a solar generator, where you pair a portable power station, like the INFINITY 1500, with solar panels in order to harness the sun and transfer it into power stored in the station.
Battery operated generators like this one are far superior than their counterparts, the gasoline-fed generator. Gas generators are far more traditional, but they also come with a lot of drawbacks. There’s no chance that you can run a gasoline generator inside of your house as it will roar the entire time it runs and fill your home with gas fumes. While this can provide a lot of power, it’s not always worth the trade off.
Instead, a battery operated generator is functionally silent and has no output of any fumes at all. Rather, it’s a clean and sustainable form of energy that allows you to power all of your needs without simultaneously having a higher carbon footprint.
How Does a Battery-operated Generator Work?
Battery operated generators are incredible because of their versatility in differing ways to charge them up and store power. While the most portable method is to charge your portable power station with an efficient set of solar panels, that isn’t always an option when you need portable power and don’t have the sun.
For those moments, you can easily charge off of AC wall charging. When at home, or on the go, you can quickly and easily plug into the wall and have a fully charged power station in a couple of hours.
All Growatt’s solar generators can also be charged while on the go in a car. There are cords that plug directly into the 12V plug so you can charge while driving. This is a fantastic option for those who have taken to a life on the road and don’t have access to plug into the grid for a few hours.
The versatility of these battery-operated generators is one of the best selling points of buying a these over a traditional gas generator.
What’s the Difference Between a Traditional Generator and a Battery operated Generator?
We’ve already mentioned a bunch of differences between a traditional generator and a battery-operated generator, but there are even more that can help make the decision if you’re struggling to choose between the two.
The way that the battery operated generator works essentially stores power for future use. Traditional generators must be running in order to get power from them, which can take a lot of gas or require you to be in one place for a longer period of time.
Traditional generators are also significantly larger and heavier than these battery operated generators, so they are far less portable.
Aside from these differences, don’t forget how much noise a traditional generator makes compared to the silent solar generator and the fumes that you’re inevitably going to experience if you go with a traditional form of power.
How Long will a Battery-powered Generator Last?
Some people say the biggest drawback of a battery-powered generator is its capacity for energy storage. On the contrary, you can store a ton of power and make these generators last a long time. This all depends on a few different aspects of the generator.
The load (what device to power) and storage capacity of the generator's internal battery, for example, will influence how long you can use it for. If you’re simply charging a phone, the battery will last significantly longer than if you are running an entire sound system or carpentry tools with the power station.
Each power station has a different capacity for energy storage and can power certain appliances more better than others. A battery-powered generator with a high capacity for storage can operate most appliances for a hours on end. But, just like any battery, it depends on how you use it and for how long.
Growatt Battery-operated Generators
The VITA 550 is Growatt’s most portable generator that still has a high capacity for energy storage. This is a fantastic option for anyone that’s on the move often and doesn’t have much space to store a larger portable power station, but still need reliable power every day.
With a 538Wh capacity, you can be sure that you’ll have enough storage for most of your energy needs throughout the day. A max output of 600W means that you can easily operate most of your office appliance with ever worrying about placing too much demand on the station.
Growatt’s newest battery operated generator is the INFINITY 1300. With the newest and best technology, the INFINITY 1300 charges to full in only 2.5 hours when connected to solar. This is an incredible power station that can give continuous power for hours on end.
The 1382Wh capacity and 1800W output power means you’ll have to try to run out of power and can operate most large appliances off this power station with ease. This comes along with a 5-year warranty, proving how confident Growatt is in its capacity as a reliable generator to be in your home.
The INFINITY 1500 is the battery-operated generator that you need if you’re hoping to run multiple larger appliances at a time because it can deliver a whopping 2000W of output power at a time. With a 1512Wh capacity, you can run this for a long time without worrying about running out of power at all.
The INFINITY 1500 is covered for two years with warranty and will quickly become your go-to power source for any yardwork or any occasion that calls for a ton of power at a time.
Every single one of these battery-operated generators have a wide variety of different outlets so you can charge multiple devices at once, no matter what plug they need to be connected to.
Each of these also have an Emergency Power Supply (EPS) system that ensures you have consistent power, even when something goes wrong in the grid. This can be a lifesaver for anyone that uses their power to run their computers with important work documents, or even those who just can’t miss the important part of the sports game that day.
These are designed to work well with anything you need to power because Growatt understands how important it is to have power when you need it, no matter what.
How long does it take to recharge a battery generator?
Each battery generator takes a different amount of time to charge, especially depending on the source of power you’re charging from. The INFINITY 1300 can charge from a wall outlet in 1.8 hours and from solar in 2.5 hours. The VITA 550 will be to 80% in only an hour from the wall and also takes just 2.5 hours with solar.
How long will a generator battery last?
Each generator battery is different, and Growatt uses two different styles. A LiFeP04 battery is installed in the INFINITY 1300 and the VITA 550. This battery tends to last between 8-10 years, or even more depending on how you care for it. The NMC battery found in the INFINITY 1500 will last an incredible 3-5 years or more while delivering a huge amount of power over its lifespan.