Planning your next camping trip and wondering how you will recharge some of your devices?
By now it's likely you know what a solar generator is, but did you know that a 2000 watt solar generator also exists?
Both the Bluetti EP500 and AC200P are rated at 2000 watts.
In this article we aim to breakdown how these solar generators work, and why they are perfect for providing you off-grid power when you need it most.
What is a 2000 watt solar generator?
The 2000 watt solar generator is a 2000 watt device capable of storing and converting DC power generated through attachable solar panels into usable AC power. In essence, it is like a large mobile power bank capable of charging and operating a wide range of appliances from drones to CPAP machines.
Like all solar generators one rated at 2000 watts generally consists of the following components:
- Solar panels (attachable)
- MPPT charge controller
- 2000 Watt Pure sine wave inverter
- LiFePO4 battery
Solar generators generally come rated in watt hours and watts.
Watt hours or Wh indicate your solar generators storage capacity. Essentially it indicates what size battery is inside.
If you are familiar with the term amp hours (Ah) you can simply divide watt hours by the batteries voltage to get the amp hour rating. Here is a watt hours to amp hours calculator.
Not to be confused with watt hours, watts generally refers to the size of your built in inverter.
The watt rating is very important as it determines what sort of loads your solar generator can handle.
For example, let's say your solar generator is rated at 2000 watts.
This means your generator will be able to power appliances that are rated at no more than 2000 watts. If an appliances power rating is higher than your inverters rating, it will simply shut off, rendering your solar generator useless. It does this to protect it.
This is why it is so important that you understand what loads you aim to power via the solar generator before you buy it.
Why do you need a 2000 watt solar generator?
If you aim to power appliances that have a high wattage rating, then a 2000 watt solar generator may be your best option.
The following appliances can be powered by a 2000 watt solar generator:
Now, if you were to purchase a 1000 watt solar generator, you would not be able to power some of the above mentioned devices that are over 1000 watts.
This is why it is important to have some sort of idea in mind on what you plan on powering with your solar generator. Once you know this, you can have a better idea on what inverter size you need.
Choosing the right 2000 watt solar generator
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What can a 2000 watt solar generator power?
Let's create an example table of what a 2000 W solar generator will be able to power.
Keep in mind that you also want to take note of the battery capacity when working this out.
The EP500 for example has 5100 watt hours of capacity and a 2000 watt inverter rating, with a 4800W surge rating.
Watt Hours: A measure of electrical energy equivalent to a power consumption of one watt for one hour.
Watts: A "watt" is a measurement of power. One (W) is basically the rate in which work is done when one ampere (A) of current flows through an electrical potential difference of 1 volt.
Surge: All solar generators have a surge protector. The surge rating indicates how much energy it can absorb before it fails. Most appliances have a power surge when starting. For example, a vacuum cleaner may consume 1500 watts when running. However, when it starts up it may surge up to 2500 watts. If your solar generators surge protection is rated under 2500 watts, it will automatically switch off, meaning you wont be able to run the vacuum cleaner through the generator.
|Loads||Power (Watts)||Duration (Hours Used)||Daily energy usage (Watt-hour)|
|(x8) LED Lights||80||6||480|
|(x1) Washing machine||320||1.5||480|
|Total||1310 W||N/A||2490 Wh|
In the above table you can see that the EP500 would have no problem powering the included appliances for the durations mentioned. In fact, you would still have a good 2610 Wh of capacity left.
Now could it run all these appliances at the same time? Well, by adding up the total wattage we can see that the number amounts to less than our solar generators power rating of 2000 watts.
Additionally, the only two appliances that may have high surge ratings are the microwave and washing machine, so you may have to run these two appliances separately. However, the rest it could power simultaneously.
When you choose BLUETTI you are choosing the best, the latest battery technology with the longest life cycles.
You will want to pay special attention to the levelized cost of energy storage LCOS when deciding on your 2000 watt solar generator.
This final cost per watt gives you a real indicator on the cost. As it takes into consideration lifetime value as apposed to upfront costs.
Bluetti shines in this area having some of the lowest LCOS on the market.