Portable and Silent
A couple years ago, we did a big tour of four states here in the west. In many of the national parks we stayed in, they have “generator free” campgrounds. These are always our first choice as tent campers. “Generator free” refers to noisy, smelly gasoline-powered generators.
One of our best camps was in Zion, where we spent 4 full days and nights. I was doing a lot of time-lapse and infrared photography using two cameras and that required lots of camera battery charging. The portable nature of my generator allows me to position it to track the sun. On that trip, I could recharge the batteries during coffee and breakfast and then be ready for a full day of shooting.
Emergency Power, Too
Back here at home, we have used the solar generator to power our computer’s DSL modem during power outages. The battery is not large enough for big appliances, but the 5 watt draw of the modem is easily handled. With the modem up and running, our laptops and email can keep us in contact with family during winter storms, and prolonged power outages. I have also used my solar generator at our off-grid cabin to supplement our entertainment. My girls have a small portable DVD player that has a car adapter; they can watch movies up in the sleeping loft without having to tap into the main DC system that I use for music, etc.
A few weeks ago the Discovery Channel’s web page picked up my solar generator story along with a few others. Have a look, and leave a comment to ask me anything about my solar generator.
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By Kevin Stevens, Networx
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