Rated 3.6 out of 5 by 14
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by TheNavigator Some things to consider
This is a good basic system but it does not have a pure sine inverter which can be harmful to some electronics. If you do some research on batteries, many pros recommend 6 volt golf cart batteries connected in series - these batteries cost more but are designed for many more charge/discharge cycles. Marine deep cycle batteries are different and are designed/constructed differently from golf cart batteries.
March 6, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by beck7601 good product
Know what you are ordering. This unit is not a pure signwave inverter....that means some rechargable devices will not work. No it does not come with batteries, and when you get the Exide batteries, they do not have hex nuts. That requires a trip to the hardware store for 2 3/8 inch coarse thread nuts and washers [ mine were 13 cents each]. Hook up the batteries first and then plug the battery box into the inverter/charger[ otherwise you get sparks]. Keep the shipping foam to cover the solar panel when installing [ keep it in the dark until it is hooked up]. Always hook up the charge controller to the inverter first and then to the solar panel. Highly reccomend a DC disconnect switch between each panel and it's charge controller.
This unit is not perfect but it gives you a chance to put together a system using wind and sun and provides emergency power for many uses. There will be better units in later years but this on is here and now. I like it and reccomend it.
December 4, 2011
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Henry Don't compare this to a serious off-grid system!
If you are interested in a real off-grid system or a grid-tied system with battery backup for standby power, this is not likely it. It will run some small things for a short period of time, but keep in mind that depending on where you are, 140 watts of solar is going to generate, at best, 100 watts of AC power. That means that you could not run a 100 watt lightbulb for perpetuity. The size of the battery bank will determine how long you can go, but running a 100 watt light bulb will eventually deplete the battery bank because you don't have 24 hours of sun each day. Google Shockoe Solar and check out their website if you want to learn a little more. The site contains lots of information.
December 13, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by David Does what I wanted it to do.
I ordered Home Depot's Phono Solar 1800 Watt Solar Generator. Maybe I am slow, but it took a while for me to be able to understand that the generator comes with everything except a battery. You need to clearly understand "batteries are not included” in this package! You must order at least one from somewhere. You can only put up to two in the battery storage unit shown, not four! To use four batteries, you need to buy another “solar power expansion box” for $219 which will hold another two batteries. It is my understanding that no matter whether you use one or four batteries, the wattage power is not increased; just the length of time you can run on batteries is extended. You also need to understand that although there is no battery shown as an accessory on the web page showing the generator, one can be ordered. Do a search on Home Depot’s website with the internet number 202548459 and you will find that it costs $199. They were “out of stock” when I was ready to order, so I called customer service to find out when they might get them in. They didn't know when they would get more of these batteries. "Maybe in a couple of weeks" I was told. I am excited about finding the solar generator at Home Depot and look forward to getting it. It sounds great! By the way, if you want your system right away and can't get the battery, you may want to do a search on the internet for a solar battery. P.S. Got the system in last week and I am very satisfied with it.
September 6, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by theoutdoors4life Impressed---Much better than a gas generator
Wow, I live in a condo association that does not allow the use of gas or propane generators. I found this online, but admit I am not a solar expert. It was simple to install....just plug wires into obvious ports. (I called customer service once, extremely helpful and they even sent me a link to an installation video they created that shows each step of how to install and confirm I did it correctly). It is completely silent, good for the environment and it worked great! My neighbors are all on-board to buy more for association members. Most of the time I plug it into the wall when the power is restored and the charge the batteries back to full. They last a while so I have barely even needed the panel yet!
June 17, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by GreatGen1 Excellent Solar Generator
Generator works great for our needs. Easy to install and it ran our TV, lights, and small electronics because our power goes out for short periods periodically. Big Help!
June 17, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Nick Wonderful product at a great price, and free shipping, even to Hawaii!
I was researching buying the components to build one myself, but finally realized that it would be safer to get one that was already put together. Recharges battery in about 5 hours of good sun. A larger solar panel might improve charging. Battery voltage goes higher with AC charging. Would have wanted a pure sine wave output. But thrilled with the product.
July 26, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by kory This product saves money and pays for itself
At first I was not feeling to good about the price. It was very expensive and I thought that it wouldnt work out to pay for itself; however, after I decided to buy it started cutting my electric bills by major amounts. i work all day so my house uses little electric during the day and at night i have a few lights on and the tv, so basically my electric bill was very minimum. Winter rolled around and the heat needed to be turned on. my eletric bill rose in the winter, but only for the heat. over all i am very impressed with this product.
April 16, 2012