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Jackery 550-Watt Hour Portable Solar Generator + Solar Panel $789

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Capacity: 550Wh; Weight:13.8lbs; Dimensions: 11.8 in. x 7.6 in. x 9.5 in; Input:8 mm DC, 24-V/3.75A; AC Outputs(x 1): 110V, 500W continuous/1000W peak; Car Port Output(x 1); DC Outputs (x 2); USB outputs (x 3): 5-Volt, 2.4 A(each)

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Wonder if anyone used it before, we were out of power for 4 days because of Ida and that was rough. But gas was extremely hard to find so don't think a gas generator will be much help anyway under and this looks like a good alternative.
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Wonder if anyone used it before, we were out of power for 4 days because of Ida and that was rough. But gas was extremely hard to find so don't think a gas generator will be much help anyway under and this looks like a good alternative.
Would there be enough sun shine after hurricane? Anyway 550Wh is enough for phone charging and lights mainly, maybe few hours of table fan included. Cannot run full size fridge for a day
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Wonder if anyone used it before, we were out of power for 4 days because of Ida and that was rough. But gas was extremely hard to find so don't think a gas generator will be much help anyway under and this looks like a good alternative.
I have a dual fuel generator which can take propane tank too. I always store two 30lb propane just in case gasoline is hard to find after a major power outage. And unlike gasoline, propane never expires and can be stored forever as long as the tanks are in good shape.
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A generator that runs on natural gas is the way to go.
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Wonder if anyone used it before, we were out of power for 4 days because of Ida and that was rough. But gas was extremely hard to find so don't think a gas generator will be much help anyway under and this looks like a good alternative.
would require multiple tesla power walls and a full roof panel system, a very nice car in cost.
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Wonder if anyone used it before, we were out of power for 4 days because of Ida and that was rough. But gas was extremely hard to find so don't think a gas generator will be much help anyway under and this looks like a good alternative.
This is a relatively tiny battery for home use but it's good for camping and very light home use.

Fully charged, it stores 550 Watt hours. The easiest way to think about this is 550 watts for an hour or maybe 100 watts for 5.5 hours.
So, start when you start measuring devices' power usage, you'll see what you can use this battery for.
Examples:
A laptop uses about 30-50 watts idling & A computer is closer to 100 watts.
A fridge is 400 to 800 watts.
AC or space heaters use about 1500 watts.

Also, don't expect a 100 watt panel to produce 100 watts. You should expect maybe 50-70% of the rated wattage.

Something you can do with this solar battery set: You could probably use a laptop + router + cell phone for a full work day with this set.

This battery and solar panel isn't a great deal because Jackery is usually a more expensive brand and a 100 watt solar panel will probably cost around $200.
A generic set with similar specs would probably cost this much daily so you're only really saving on the brand name.
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Quote from peterkn :
This is a relatively tiny battery for home use but it's good for camping and very light home use.

Fully charged, it stores 550 Watt hours. The easiest way to think about this is 550 watts for an hour or maybe 100 watts for 5.5 hours.
So, start when you start measuring devices' power usage, you'll see what you can use this battery for.
Examples:
A laptop uses about 30-50 watts idling & A computer is closer to 100 watts.
A fridge is 400 to 800 watts.
AC or space heaters use about 1500 watts.

Also, don't expect a 100 watt panel to produce 100 watts. You should expect maybe 50-70% of the rated wattage.

Something you can do with this solar battery set: You could probably use a laptop + router + cell phone for a full work day with this set.

This battery and solar panel isn't a great deal because Jackery is usually a more expensive brand and a 100 watt solar panel will probably cost around $200.
A generic set with similar specs would probably cost this much daily so you're only really saving on the brand name.
Thanks for the explanation, talked me out buying it.
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Would there be enough sun shine after hurricane? Anyway 550Wh is enough for phone charging and lights mainly, maybe few hours of table fan included. Cannot run full size fridge for a day
a typical hurricane moving at 12 knots (13.8 mph) would travel 120 nautical miles (138 miles) in just 10 hours. Seems like they move slow, but they never stop for gas, sleep, etc; so even something that moves at bike riding speed, can be pretty far away before ya know it. And, my experience has been that the hours and often days before the storm are pretty rainy, but the hours and days after seem to be much more sunny. fwiw, imho...
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Thanks for the explanation, talked me out buying it.
Quote from peterkn :
This is a relatively tiny battery for home use but it's good for camping and very light home use.

Fully charged, it stores 550 Watt hours. The easiest way to think about this is 550 watts for an hour or maybe 100 watts for 5.5 hours.
So, start when you start measuring devices' power usage, you'll see what you can use this battery for.
Examples:
A laptop uses about 30-50 watts idling & A computer is closer to 100 watts.
A fridge is 400 to 800 watts.
AC or space heaters use about 1500 watts.

Also, don't expect a 100 watt panel to produce 100 watts. You should expect maybe 50-70% of the rated wattage.

Something you can do with this solar battery set: You could probably use a laptop + router + cell phone for a full work day with this set.

This battery and solar panel isn't a great deal because Jackery is usually a more expensive brand and a 100 watt solar panel will probably cost around $200.
A generic set with similar specs would probably cost this much daily so you're only really saving on the brand name.
Agreed, this isn't gonna power the whole home. From experience though, people mostly want/need power for the fridge, a floor fan, a light, and maybe of course 'cell phone chargers' This should work for that.
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Quote from peterkn :
This is a relatively tiny battery for home use but it's good for camping and very light home use.

Fully charged, it stores 550 Watt hours. The easiest way to think about this is 550 watts for an hour or maybe 100 watts for 5.5 hours.
So, start when you start measuring devices' power usage, you'll see what you can use this battery for.
Examples:
A laptop uses about 30-50 watts idling & A computer is closer to 100 watts.
A fridge is 400 to 800 watts.
AC or space heaters use about 1500 watts.

Also, don't expect a 100 watt panel to produce 100 watts. You should expect maybe 50-70% of the rated wattage.

Something you can do with this solar battery set: You could probably use a laptop + router + cell phone for a full work day with this set.

This battery and solar panel isn't a great deal because Jackery is usually a more expensive brand and a 100 watt solar panel will probably cost around $200.
A generic set with similar specs would probably cost this much daily so you're only really saving on the brand name.
Thank you! I just don't want to mess with gas, but this is not as good as I was thinking so I'll pass this time.
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Agreed, this isn't gonna power the whole home. From experience though, people mostly want/need power for the fridge, a floor fan, a light, and maybe of course 'cell phone chargers' This should work for that.
I was hoping I could use fridge and air flyer, because nobody had power so we ate leftovers the first day, then ham sandwich for one day and neighbor who grilled gave us food the next day, last day had to drive to food distribution place to get something hot and fresh since food in fridge were bad and stores were still half empty. Fan probably a must too cause Louisiana is hot. But I just realized if it keeps raining after hurricane this generator can't charge so it would not work anyway…
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I was hoping I could use fridge and air flyer, because nobody had power so we ate leftovers the first day, then ham sandwich for one day and neighbor who grilled gave us food the next day, last day had to drive to food distribution place to get something hot and fresh since food in fridge were bad and stores were still half empty. Fan probably a must too cause Louisiana is hot. But I just realized if it keeps raining after hurricane this generator can't charge so it would not work anyway…
You will need wayyyy more than that. an air fryer is ranges from 800 to 2k watts. Its basically like a microwave. Fridges, if new, are between 300(tiny dorm fridges)-800 watts(normal sized ones)

Honestly, the cheapest to get by that would be versatile is a gas propane generator, probably between 500-1000 dollars.

Otherwise if you want to be fuel free, you'll be spending a upwards of couple thousand dollars to 10k+ on good batteries, inverter, and solar if you want.
The only reason getting batteries and solar makes sense is that the solar you generate will offset the cost of the setup and batteries over time.

I'll add that a friend of mine added solar to their house along with tesla batteries because of the unstable power in the area. No gas lines in the area so a propane generator was out of the question. With the money he's saving from solar and the fact that he also runs his business from the house and can write it off, i think he said 8 years to break even.
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