Portable solar has come a long way from the horribly inefficient and ill-designed devices of just a few short years ago, which were all too often more of a gimmick than a reliable and effective source of energy for daily use. With the increase in solar cell efficiencies, improved manufacturing processes, and better battery technology that we’ve been seeing recently, it’s now possible to buy a portable solar charger and power pack that is not only affordable, but is also actually effective and practical.
one of the recent trends in portable solar setups is bigger panels paired with larger capacity battery storage (often called solar generators), which can be a huge boon when working off-grid or traveling or lighting up a tiny house.
The latest offering in this category is currently enjoying a successful Indiegogo campaign, and is billed as being “the world’s most compact, lightweight, expandable, and modular solar system,” capable of supplying sufficient backup power for a home’s essential needs
Right now, Inergy is offering the Kodiak with five of the solar panels to backers at the $1767 level, or the Kodiak with a single panel for $1260, or a single 50 W Predator panel for $140. These prices are said to be about 30% less than the future retail price of the units, and will be delivered to backers in February 2016. Although these products vary in their specs from a comparable system made by a leading manufacturer, for comparison purposes it’s helpful to know that the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 power pack sells for about $1600 and weighs about 100 pounds, and the Goal Zero Nomad 100 W solar panel sells for $750.
Source of article: Treehugger.com