Level 1 & 2 Portable Solar Generator Benefits

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In both Go Solar Group’s level 1 and 2 battery backup options, a Goal Zero solar generator is used as the battery base. This backup battery lets people take the excess power stored from their home’s solar panels, stores it in a portable device, and uses it at home or on any kind of outing where power is needed – from camping trips to block parties.

Since solar panels can’t store their excess power alone, solar arrays need some sort of solar backup to maximize the solar savings ROI. There are many different solar backup options. Which one is best depends on the needs and budget of the individual.

Go Solar Group offers three levels of battery backup. This is so everyone has the option to store at least some of their excess solar production and use it in a way that makes sense for them.

Taking a Look at Portable Solar Power

What makes a solar generator portable is a little more than a couple of wheels: It has to be compact and light enough that it can easily move. Unlike gasoline generators, solar-powered generators don’t carry extra weight with them when charged.

An average Powerwall, the most popular solar battery,  weighs a little over 200 pounds. Solar generators, on the other hand, are often in the 10 to 70-pound range.

There are two main types of portable solar battery backup. These include portable solar generators and handheld solar battery chargers.

Uses for a Portable Solar Generator

Go Solar Group uses Goal Zero’s Yeti 3000. This solar generator is 68.6 pounds, which is light enough to take camping, especially since it has a dolly with large wheels and a retractable handle.

With Go Solar Group’s Level 2 battery backup, this portable solar generator can charge a laptop, cell phone, tablet, headlamp, camera and more for hundreds of charges. Solar generators can also charge with portable solar panels.

If an individual has residential solar installed, they can use the solar panels to charge the portable solar generator before a trip. However, do not attempt to take the solar panels off the roof for the camping excursion.

Portable Solar Chargers for Backpacking

Solar generators are heavy and forest trails can be uneven. If planning on going on a quick hike, a handheld solar charger is probably the best option. These small solar chargers won’t meet large energy needs, but it will keep a phone charged.

With this device, individuals can rest assured that they can call, text and take scenic pictures to their heart’s content. These chargers are also small enough that they can attach them to the back of a backpack. Allowing them to charge while hiking.

What Makes Portable Generation a Good Home Backup Option

When individuals purchase solar for their homes, it doesn’t come with backup capabilities. There is a mechanism installed in all solar systems that will shut off solar power when an outage is detected. These are called automatic/rapid shutdown switches.

Automatic shut-off switches are necessary for grid-tied systems. This is because the system puts power onto the grid, which requires extra code compliance to ensure safety for all those impacted by grid-tied power.

If this power were to go onto the grid while line-workers were fixing outage issues, it could harm them.  Because of this liability, automatic shut-off switches are a requirement for solar panels installed for both homes and businesses.

This, however, defeats the point of having solar. which is why many opt for some form of solar backup. These backup options allow individuals to continue using their solar power.

Go Solar Group’s First Level of Solar Backup

Go Solar Group’s first level of battery backup allows solar customers to access stored solar power during an outage. This level of battery backup comes with a Yeti solar generator, a portable solar panel and the HIK.

Benefits of a Portable Solar Power Source

One of the main selling points for portable solar generators is outdoor use. However, it is also a great option for home backup. This is largely due to the generator’s mobility and flexibility.

Portable solar generators, unlike an SPS outlet, can be moved to the item that needs power or connected to a Goal Zero Yeti HIK and effortlessly power up to four breaker circuits. This makes searching for extension cords or moving everything to the outlet unnecessary.

Solar generators also work no matter if the sun is out or not. This means that as long as the generator is charged there will be power.

Solar Backup Price Range Matters

People choose solar generators over other solar battery backup options because of the price. Getting enough Powerwalls to power a home, costs almost as much at the solar array.

With a solar generator, however, customers are looking at a far more reasonable price. The price for a solar generator could be anywhere from a couple hundred to a couple thousand. The price depends on the energy capacity and type of battery the solar generator uses.

Go Solar Group’s Battery Backup Expansion Package

Although the Yeti is a great essential battery backup option everyone has a different idea of what essential power entails. This is why Go Solar Group offers battery backup expansion options in their level two battery backup.

What Go Solar Group’s Level Two Backup Power Entails

When a customer opts for Go Solar Group’s level two battery backup they get more than just a solar generator. They also acquire a portable solar panel, the HIK, and up to four Tanks.

The Goal Zero Tanks are expansion batteries that can be added to the Yeti. This option allows customers with larger essential energy needs to meet them without having to purchase a home battery like the Powerwall.

Different Goal Zero Yeti Solar Generator Options

There are several different sizes of Yeti generators. Goal Zero has everything from small 150-watt to 3,000-watt generators. Which one is best depends on the energy needs of the customer.

If only a couple of small things need to be charged, the Goal Zero 150-watt lead-acid battery may do the trick. However, if the plan is to use the battery backup to power home essentials, a Yeti 1000 or Yeti 1400 is needed at the very least. This will allow individuals to charge multiple devices a couple of times and keep their TV and Fridge running in an outage.

What Makes the Yeti 3000 Different from the Rest

Go Solar Group offers the Yeti 3000 for level one and two solar battery backup. This is because we want to make sure our customers have all the power they need to power their essentials without any worries.

The eponymous Yeti 3000 provides up to 3,000 watts of power. This means it can either power a large appliance for longer or divide the power more easily among several devices.

This generator uses a lithium-ion battery. Lithium-ion batteries can power more and last longer.

This Yeti model also has an improved dolly so customers can more easily move it. The handle easily retracts back into the dolly and the wheels are more durable: Just one of many updates that have come with Goal Zero’s new and impressive solar product suite.

How to Use Go Solar Group’s Level 1 & 2 Battery Backup

Using Go Solar Group’s level 1 and 2 battery backup is pretty easy. Once the solar array and HIK are installed it is ready to go. In the event of an outage, all you need to do is flip the switch in the HIK and the electricity from the battery will start to power essentials connected to up to 4 circuits.

No matter the weather, you can easily use your Yeti to continue powering your essentials. You can turn the Yeti on and off directly on the generator or you can monitor and control it from the app. This means you can adjust how much power is being used from across the room or on the drive home.

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