Solar power isn’t new, it has been around for decades.
But only recently has it become something that is “affordable” to the general public.
I say affordable in quotation marks, simply because a good solar unit is still an expensive item to put into your survival cache.
For all intents and purposes, it is a passive item, that you will charge up once or twice a year and never use.
But should you ever be stuck in a situation where the grid goes down and you need power… you will be mighty glad you have it on hand.
I have been interested in getting a solar generator for quite some time.
I just couldn’t ever dig in to my pockets deep enough to doll out the cash to get one.
Thanks to my friends over at survivalbased.com that is no longer an issue.
They are offering a special sale on a Solar Generator Kit- just for Survival Life members ( be sure to use the coupon code!)
But if you want one of these unit’s you’ll have to snag one quickly, they only have a few of them and they will not be available after June 3o.
Now, Normally I try to keep this section focused on items that everyone can afford… but I felt that this deal was too good to pass up.
(If you are in the market for a solar generator be sure you check this one out, and make sure you use this special coupon code, just for the Survival Life community, to get 20% off the order!)
Coupon Code: SurvivalLife20 (and it looks like they are offering free shipping on it!)
I was checking out the generator that they have to offer from Humless and they were kind enough to send one out to me to test out.
Now I have said it once before, and I will say it again, I am no expert when it comes to solar power, 9 times out of 10 I find a way to shock myself when doing anything with electricity…
But check out this great review that I found on the same unit that I have! This guy goes into really good detail on all of the bells and whistles that come with the kit:
I have had the unit for a couple of weeks now and so far I have found it to be quite a nice, reliable piece of equipment.
This thing also comes with TON of bells and whistles included:
This kit contains the following items
- 600 Watt Fuel-Less Generator
- 100 W Foldable Solar Panel
- AC Power Cord
- Hand Crank Charger
- 12VDC Extension cord (20 Ft.)
- Universal Cell Phone Charger
- USB Led Glow 1 W Light
- 2 – Master Control Keys
- 1 – EMP3 Protection Bag
- 1 – 12-Volt Electric Blanket
- 1 – 20′ 12-Volt Extension Cord
- 1 – Solar Generator instructional DVD
Multiple Charging options- you can charge it fully in about 3.5 hours from a standard wall outlet; you can use the included solar panels and get a charge in about 6 hours of full sun; or you can plug in the hand crank and about 20 minutes of good, solid cranking will give you 2 hours worth of a charge. ( I’m trying to find a way to rig the crank up to a bicycle or ta stationary bike to make cranking a bit easier)
4 usb plugs and 2 120 volt outlets let you power multiple small items, charge cellphones, run radio,s etc
The kit comes fully decked out with just about everything you need to stay powered up should the grid go down
Weight- I struggled on whether or not to put this in the good or the bad section. The battery itself comes in at a hefty 40lbs, but when you compare this to a few other comparable models (like the Goal Zero Yeti 1250 kit, which weighs in at a hefty 103 lbs) the weight of the Humless unit pales in comparison.
Charging cycles- the Humless unit runs on Lithium batteries which can boast a life cycle of up to 2000 charges. Most common lead acid batteries are lucky to get 400 charges before needed to be replaced. The lithium batteries only need to be charged every 10 months vs the Goal Zero which needs a charge once every 3-4 months.
Bulk- Again I struggled on where to put this, while the humless unit is much lighter it is still to heavy to be carried for any long distance in a bug out situation.
Price- This is the biggest factor that keeps most people from ever getting their hands on a solar charging unit. Now you can get smaller and lower quality units and they MAY work ( or they could set something on fire….) or if you have the ability and know-how, you can build your own. But if you do choose to purchase a solar unit, this is one instance where the term “you get what you pay for,” can’t be stressed enough.
The Humless unit does come in at around $2,600 for the full kit ( or if you want just the battery bank and have your own solar panels and other accessories, you can pick up the bank by itself for just under $2,000).
The Bottom Line:
I know this is a steep price to pay for what seems like just a big cluster of batteries, but when TSHTF and the power goes out for more than a few hours, what is the price in knowing that you can have at least some of your normal day comforts when no one else will…
Don’t forget to use the coupon code: SurvivalLife20
Remember if you want to snag one of these kits and save over $500.00 off the normal price you have to do it now. They only have a few of these left and after June 30 they will deactivate the coupon code and the unit will be made unavailable.