How To Find The Best Solar Generator

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When we first cleared the land to build our off grid home back in 2016, we started with one of those small 700 watt Moto Master Eliminator Power Box from Canadian Tire that we used to keep our cordless tools charged during the day. That’s about the limit of use for this sized device on a build site. The advanced and much more powerful solar generators of today just weren’t available quite yet and we didn’t own a gas generator… yet.

MotoMaster Eliminator PowerBox 700 watts

Next we bought a 3250 watt Champion generator that would run most of the day nonstop to power our compound miter saw, skill saw, charge up our cordless nail gun and recharge the cordless tools. You can check out our entire off grid tool list here. 

Champion 3250w Portable Generator

While we did indeed cut a lot of lumber using that gas generator, it would have been so much better to have a power delivery system that met certain criteria…

  1. Silent
  2. Draws power only when a tool trigger is pulled
  3. Continuously recharged by the sun while still operating
  4. Portable enough to bring home to recharge for the next day

Fast forward to today and a lot has changed in battery technology since then. Now we have solar generators that can serve as the electrical backbone for an entire build site for several consecutive days. Best of all, it can then be used to power the home afterwards. At last we have a reliable, portable, silent, fully rechargeable and ample power supply for every off grid enthusiast, homesteader, camper or cabin builder. 

Welcome to the world of Solar Generators! 

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Introduction To Solar Generators

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If you’re interested in off grid living or perhaps building your own off grid home, you already know that one of the biggest challenges is finding a reliable and sustainable source of power during and after your build. You never want to depend on the grid, which can be unreliable, expensive, or just plain unavailable in remote areas. You also don’t want to rely on fossil fuel generators, which are harmful to the environment, require ongoing maintenance, costly fu