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Most people buy gas powered generators because they don’t know enough about alternatives, such as a solar powered model. Solar power isn’t exactly a new trend, but it still hasn’t fully caught on in the generator industry. This may change soon, as there are many advantages solar power can offer.

Here are the pros and cons of owning a solar powered generator:



No noise: No need to worry about the constant engine roars when operating a solar powered generator; it’s almost completely silent.


Inside use: Because there are no exhaust or fumes, some models can be used inside. Of course, they can still be used outside and are perfect for RVs or camping.


No fuel needed: The main advantage is you don’t need to buy fuel or worry about loading it into the machine. All you need to do is charge it in the sun, then let it run.


More eco-friendly: If you’re concerned about your ecological footprint, a solar powered generator creates environmentally friendly, renewable energy with no pollution.


Low maintenance: There aren’t as many parts and cogs, so you don’t have to worry as much about maintenance or broken gears.




More expensive: Some prospective buyers are scared off by a solar powered generator’s price tag. However, if you sit down and do the math, the cost evens out in the long run: you won’t have to buy fuel, and maintenance fees are far lower.


Larger size: Solar powered generators are usually heavier than other models, so you may not be able to move it around and set it up yourself.


Inconvenient charging: Solar powered generators, as you may expect, can only be charged in the daytime and when it’s sunny. If you don’t think ahead of time, you won’t be able to charge it once a storm hits. Also, it may take a long time to fully charge the machine.

As the retail prices for solar powered generators decrease every year, more buyers are starting to see that the advantages of solar power may outweigh the drawbacks.