Solar has a unique ability to capture the imagination. Sure, we know it’s a great way to benefit Mother Nature. Or to save money on electricity bills. But when most people think of solar, they think of panels sitting on rooftops.
And yet – solar is so much more than that. It has a myriad of uses that’s creating a societal shift in how we live that’s on par with the industrial revolution. Most people don’t realize the incredible things portable solar panels and generators can do in your home. That’s what this article explores.
11 Essential Items You Can Power Using Portable Solar Power Stations
1. Air Conditioner
Being stuck without power in the peak mid-summer can be a nightmare to deal with, even more so if you have children in your home who happen to be on summer break. Fortunately, with a high-capacity portable solar power station, such as the Bluetti ac200P, you can turn on your air conditioner and enjoy a cool and pleasant indoor space. Depending on the size of your air conditioner, the power station can power it anywhere from 1 to 4 hours on a single charge.
Since the solar power station can be charged using portable solar panels, you can pair your power station with versatile and affordable portable solar panels and enjoy a continuous energy backup throughout the power outage or for as long as the peak hours last.
Tired of sweating through your clothes on your camping trips and remote adventures? With a portable solar power station, you can hook up your portable fan to your system and fight off the hot and humid climate of the woods without disturbing the peace and quiet of nature.
Depending on the size of the power station and the wattage of the fan, you can easily power the fan for several hours without any trouble.
3. Coffee Maker
A cup of coffee in the morning is a staple in the American routine and we simply wouldn’t be able to make it through half our day without it. With a portable solar power station, you don’t have to miss your morning coffee regardless of where you are.
A high-capacity power station can power even a 1150W power-hungry coffee maker for about 1.5 hours, guaranteeing you that no matter where you are, you always have access to coffee. Connect the system to solar panels and you can extend the energy backup even beyond the approximated 1.5 hours.
4. Water Heater
A nice hot shower can be therapeutic and beyond relaxing, especially after a long and hard day at work. However, a power outage in your area may deprive you of this luxury if you use an electric water heater in your home.
Fortunately, you don’t have to worry about this since you can easily power your electric heater using your portable solar power station. Furthermore, you can also use the power station to power your water pump and maintain the water supply to your home ensuring that you have a consistent supply of hot water in your home.
5. Internet Device
Losing your power also means losing your internet connection since all Wi-Fi modems and internet devices run on electricity. Using a portable power station, you can keep your Wi-Fi device running and maintain your internet connection no matter where you are or if you have power in your home.
Considering that most Wi-Fi routers use around only 10 watts of power, even a low-capacity power station can easily keep the router running for many hours.
6. Mini Fridge
A mini fridge is a great appliance for keeping your beverages and food items cool and preserved at home and on the go. With a portable power station, you can easily connect your mini fridge to your system and keep it working during power outages and on camping trips.
A low-capacity power station, such as a 268Wh system, can power a 60- to 65-watt mini fridge for over 3 hours. Meanwhile, a high-capacity system, such as a 2000Wh system, can power the mini fridge for over 20 hours on a single charge.
7. Laptop and PC
Whether you want to binge a new series on Netflix or need to work on a project with an approaching deadline, you need a laptop or PC regardless of which category you fall into. You’ll be happy to learn that using a portable solar power station, charging your laptop or PC is just as easy as plugging it into your home’s outlet.
Power stations come with dedicated AC outlets, just like the ones in your home. Simply plug in your PC or laptop and start using it. Even a moderately sized portable solar power station will be able to keep your PC charged for 2 to 4 hours or charge your laptop, from zero to full, around 3.5 times.
8. Electric Cookers and Steamers
Electric cookers and Steamers are heavenly inventions that have made cooking rice, pasta, and other food items a piece of cake. The ease and convenience offered by these devices have made them an integral part of our daily lives. But as the name indicates, these appliances cannot function without electricity.
Fortunately for you, power stations can also support these devices long enough for you to easily prepare your meals, be it at home, on a hiking trip, or during camping. It is worth noting, however, that electric cookers and steamers and power-hungry devices and only moderate to high-capacity systems will be able to power them.
A list of essential items can simply not be completed without mentioning cellphones. Our pocket-sized companions that allow us to do almost everything from calling for assistance and help to ordering and buying stuff off of the internet.
Spending even a minute without a cellphone is unthinkable for some people, let alone several hours, or even days, as may have to during extended power outages or on camping trips. But you needn’t worry as cellphones are one of the many things solar power stations can power.
There are several ways you can charge you cellphone using power stations. For instance, you can directly plug in the charger of your phone into one of the AC outlets of the power station. Conversely, you could charge your phone by connecting your phone to the power station using a USB cable, Type A and Type C both are supported in most modern systems.
Furthermore, some high-end models of the solar power stations even come with wireless charging pads integrated into them. You simply put your phone on the pad and it starts charging, provided that the phone supports wireless charging.
If you’re out on an adventure, you must take your camera with you so that you can capture all the memorable moments and preserve them forever. Worried about the battery? Don’t be, your portable power station can handle that.
With your power station you can charge your camera, from zero to full, many times over, ensuring that you never fail to capture the precious moments of your trip.
11. CPAP Machine
Sleep apnea is a common condition where the breathing of a person stops and restarts while they’re sleeping. For people who suffer through this condition, a CPAP machine is no less than a daily essential. This machine provides pressurized air ensuring that the person has a constant supply of oxygen while they sleep.
Like all electrical machines, you need electricity to power a CPAP machine. Fortunately, a portable solar power station can power CPAP machines through extended power outages and blackouts ensuring the safety of sleep apnea patients.
Typical CPAP machines consume about 30- to 60-watts of power. A moderate- to high-capacity power station can easily power a CPAP machine for over 9 hours making sure that sleep apnea patients can get their full sleep.
Advantages of Solar Power Stations Over Gas Generators
Portable and Easy to Handle
Compared to gas generators, portable power stations are much lighter and more compact which makes them much easier to handle and transport. This is a major benefit for people who want a portable energy backup device for their RVs or off-grid adventures such as camping and hiking trips.
Unlike the noisy combustion engines found in gas generators, solar power stations are completely silent, allowing you to enjoy the much-desired peace and quiet on your off-grid trips.
Another major advantage of Portable solar power stations is that they, unlike gas generators, do not produce any unpleasant and harmful odors. This makes them not only more pleasing, but also safer since the odors released by gas generators are toxic and can lead to respiratory problems.
One of the biggest advantages of solar power stations is that they do not release any greenhouse gases. This makes them completely safe for the environment. Gas generators on the other hand, are one of the major contributors to global warming and climate change due to the large amounts of greenhouse gasses they release.
Contrary to gas generators, solar power stations can run solely on sunlight. This means you don’t have to invest in expensive fuel for your power station to supply you with energy, instead you can use the free and abundant sunlight. As such, you’ll save an enormous amount of money on gas making power stations more economical in the long run.
Portable solar power stations are among the most versatile and useful energy backup devices to date. These systems can power a diverse range of electrical appliances that are essential for your home as well as your off-grid adventures and work projects. Solar gives you a newfound freedom to do so much more. It’s a great investment that saves you money while benefiting the planet. Get started on your solar journey today by exploring Bluetti’s solar products. It begins by clicking the link below.