Introducing our new 2000w Portable Solar Generator System we are calling "Basecamp 2K" Because its powerful enough to power a small base camp in a off grid or grid down situation when used with energy efficient appliances. This system is very flexible and can be sized up or down to meet the power needs of just about any situation. Simply add solar panels to decrease recharge times and add LFP 180 or AGM battery modules to increase power storage capacity.
This system allows you to power just about any device you would normally plug into the standard 120v wall power socket at your home or office. The only difference is the AC power will be generated from either Sunlight, Wind, or Hydro Power instead the power company who generates electricity via non renewable resources like coal or nuclear power. We like to use solar panels to generate power because the sun is abundant and today's solar panels do a really good job of turning sunlight into electricity for a reasonable price.
This system is using all the latest technology to efficiently turn sunlight into electricity. The harvested power can be used to power all your most important electronics & appliances while off grid or during any emergency situation like Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Sandy, or many other natural or man made disasters.
A lot of the people we talk with want to be able to power their fridge/freezers if the power goes out, or run their microwave to quickly cook some food as need. To keep a normal house fridge running for 24 hours or run a microwave at full power your going to need a system that can provide Pure Sinewave AC Power & at least 1800 watts of AC power to handle the large start up current of most refrigerators. If you try to run a microwave on a non Pure Sinewave power you will notice that it takes 200-300% longer to cook food, plus the microwave will sound funny while operating.
Our system provides the same or better power than your receive from the power company so all your normal equipment will run without issues. Pure Sinewave power inverters are more expensive compared to non Pure Sinewave inverters since they require more more advanced electronics to manufacture. The base camp is using a top of the line Pure Sine wave inverter that can supply 1800 watts continuous, 2000 watts for 5 Min's max, and has a maximum surge power rating of 3000 watts to start most of your larger appliances, especially those with large electric motors.
This system is using the latest and most efficient renewable energy regulation technology on the market called MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking). Maximum Power Point Tracking ensures you harvest the absolute maximum amount of power from the Sun, Wind, or Hydro energy power sources. Our solar/wind/hydro regulator will harvest more power over the course of the day than any other system on the market under the same conditions.
You are getting the best technology and equipment with this system which means you will have more useable power over the course of the day when compared to any other system in this class using different technology. Our solar/wind/hydro regulator has a big beautiful digital display that shows you exactly how much power you are harvesting in real time and it also logs this info every 10 Min's so you can go back and view the a graph of how the system performed over the course of the day, week, or month which is really cool.
This system can handle a continuous 1100 watts of renewable energy input form sources up to 150v DC. This system can handle 10 or more of the pictured 150w folding solar panels on a good sunny day to power equipment directly from sunlight or to charge the connected battery modules so you can use the power anytime in the future.
1100 watts of solar panels would recharge our LFP 180 or AGM Battery in approx 2.5 hours which is really quick for such a large battery. 5 solar panels would take 5 hours to recharge the same battery. 2 panels would take approx 10-11 hours to recharge a single LFP 180 or AGM Battery.
This system has a built in 90 Amp/1500 watt AC battery charger to recharge the batteries that are attached to the Basecamp 2K. The 90 Amp AC charger is powerful enough to recharge one LFP 180 or AGM Battery Pack in approx 2.5 hours.
If there is no Solar/Wind/Hydro power source available to recharge the batteries then you can run a cord from a Gasoline Powered generator to the AC Charger input port on the Basecamp 2K to quickly recharge the battery or batteries.
After you quickly recharge the batteries you can turn off the gasoline generator and pull power from the Basecamp 2K silently without the fumes or constant noise that gas generators produce. Any 120v AC power source will work as long as it can supply 1500 watts of power.
There is a AC Output power button and status LED on the outside of the case so you can turn the AC power output ON & Off while the case is closed or open. A green LED means AC Power is supplied to the 120v AC Power Outlets on next to the ON/OFF button.
If the battery power gets low the inverter will automatically turn the AC power output off. The solar/wind/hydro regulator will remain on and wait for renewable energy to be available to recharge the battery bank. Once the battery bank has been recharged you simply push AC ON/OFF button to turn the AC power output back on to power your equipment.
The system comes with a 50 ft solar panel cord so the panels can be placed up to 50ft away from the system in the most ideal location. Longer cord lengths are available upon request.
Portable Solar Panel Options for the Basecamp 2K
120w Portable Folding Non Glass Portable Solar Panels offer the smallest lightest weight solar panel option avalialbe. These 120w solar panels are using Sunpower 24% Efficient solar cells that produce more power under all lighting conditions than any other type of solar cell. These solar panels weigh 5 pounds each!
We have paired this system up with 150w folding portable solar panels because they perform great and are priced reasonably. The panels also have built in tilting arms in the back that allow you to easily tilt the solar panels towards direct sunlight for maximum power harvest. Tilting the solar panels vs not tilting them can create a 200% increase in power output from the solar panels.
The solar panels are made with 18% efficient mono-crystalline solar cells that have a long lifespan and great performance. These panels are mass produced and because of this the price per panel is as low as we can find for a nice portable solar panel kit. The panel has all the features you would want to get maximum power out of each panel like built in tilting arms to angle the panel towards direct sunlight. The panels fold up easily and have a nice handle which makes them easy to carry when you need to transport from location to location.
The solar panels have 75 Amp Anderson Power Pole connectors on the back for quick and easy solar panel connections.
You can purchase the 150w Portable Folding Solar Panels by vising the 150w Portable Solar Panel sales page by clicking HERE NOW Just buy as many of the 150w panels as you desire. The Basecamp 2K's solar input will just limit the incoming solar input to 1100 watts if the solar input is more than 1100 watts at any given time. There is no problem with connecting a solar array that has a combined power rating over 1100 watts.
The cheapest solar panel option is this...
If your a DIY type of person then you can save some real cash by purchasing the 6 x 100w aluminum framed portable solar panels from Amazon for $849 + Free Shipping if you have Amazon Prime.
Because these solar panels are mass produced and there is so much competition going on between solar panel manufacturers the cost per panel just keeps getting lower and lower. These solar panels will work just fine with the Basecamp 2K solar generator system.
The only thing you will need to do is lay the panels outside flat on the ground if its during the summer when sun is directly over head most of the day. Or just create some simple way to tilt the solar panels toward the sun like our 150w panels above have built in. By finding a way to secure the solar panels yourself you can easily save a nice chunk of change. If you don't want to deal with that then just go with the 150w folding solar panels we are offering above.
Here is the link for the 6 x 100w Glass Solar panels pictured above on Amazon Click Here
Basecamp 2K Battery Options - AGM vs LFP
The Basecamp 2K can be used with AGM or LFP 180 Battery Modules. Each have their own unique advantages and disadvantages.
We prefer LFP (Lithium Iron Phosphate) batteries for all the reasons below. The only downside to our LFP 180 Battery Modules is that they cost much more than AGM batteries. There are some situations where using AGM batteries with the Basecamp 2K could be perfectly fine and this allows you to purchase a system for less money. The AGM batteries just have a shorter lifespan if you deeply discharge them consistently and they weight up to 60% more per battery which may or may not be a problem for you.
Why LFP Batteries are Awesome & Expensive....
The battery is a 180 Amp Hour LiFEPo4 12.8v battery pack that is designed to provide 2000 charge/discharge cycles when drained 100% on a consistent basis and 5000 charge and discharge cycles if you discharge the battery to 30% on a consistent basis.The less you discharge the battery consistently the longer the battery will last you. 5000 Cycles would last you 13 years if you discharged the battery every single day, and 26 years if you discharged the battery every other day. This means LFP batteries should last you a lifetime which is surly enough to get by a natural disaster that could possibly last a few years or longer.
The LiFePo4 / LFP / Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries provide superior performance when compared to the old Deep Cycle Lead Acid Batteries or AGM batteries because they are 60% lighter in weight which drastically reduces the weight of the LFP 180 Battery Modules. The LFP 180 battery module weighs 75 pounds as you see it pictured here. A comparable Deep Cycle battery of the same capacity weighs in at about 160 pounds for just the battery alone. The LFP 180 battery module can be moved and rolled around on its wheels easily by most average sized people.
The next major advantage that LiFePo4 / LFP / Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries give you is superior life span or charge / discharge cycles when compared to the old Deep Cycle Lead Acid or AGM batteries. The LFP 180 Battery Module can provide up to 10 times longer lifespan or charge / discharge cycles compared to Deep Cycle Lead Acid or AGM batteries under most conditions. So if we drained the LFP 180 portable battery module from 100% full to 30% full the battery is rated to last 3000 cycles to be conservative. If we do the same thing with most Deep Cycle Lead Acid Batteries we only end up with 300 cycles before the battery is rated to need replaced most manufacturers. So the LFP 180 portable battery packs when drained down to 30% full consistently will outlast the same capacity Deep Cycle Lead Acid or AGM battery by 10 times or 1000% which is amazing.
Another key benefit that LiFePo4 / LFP / Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries provide is that they actually provide 100-90% of their rated capacity when drained at high rates of current which is very nice when you compare it to how a comparable sized Deep Cycle Lead Acid Battery usually only provides around 60% of their rated capacity when drained at high rates which means the remaining 40% of stored power in the Deep Cycle battery just disappears and you do not get to use it. LFP batteries prove to be superior again in this respect.
Another benefit of LiFePo4 / LFP / Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries is that they are made out of Non Toxic ingredients and will not ignite or explode if punctured or shot while in combat. Other types of lithium batteries can be very dangerous and explode under some circumstances.
And the last benefit of LiFePo4 / LFP / Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries is that the actual battery pack is smaller in size than a Deep Cycle Lead Acid / AGM battery which allows the case to be smaller and the overall size and weight of the system to be smaller.
For more information about the LFP 180 Battery Modules please click HERE
The Cheaper AGM Battery Option Information
We have decided to begin offering AGM battery packs to work with the Basecamp 2K Solar Generator for the simple fact that they are much cheaper and they will work just fine to store the solar power that the Basecamp 2K harvest on a daily basis.
If you are considering the Basecamp 2K as a emergency power generator to be used mainly during emergencies that should not last more than a year then the AGM batteries will work just fine and they will save you a good amount of money compared to our long life LFP 180 battery packs.
We are offering high quality AGM battery modules made by Outback Solar. They do not come in the fancy Pelican cases which makes them smaller in size. You will simply place the AGM batteries beside the Basecamp 2K and connect using the custom wiring and connectors and step by step instructions that we supply you with.
Here is some info showing how many cycles you can expect out of the AGM Battery bank based on how deeply you discharge the battery bank on average. You can see that if you want a really long lifespan out of the batteries you can not deeply discharge the batteries on a regular basis like you can with the LFP batteries.
This what it looks like to connect multiple AGM batteries together to increase the total battery storage capacity which will provide longer run times for your equipment.
Batteries are placed in parallel (positive to positive, negative to negative) for additive amp-hour capacity. Three batteries in parallel have three times the amp-hours of a single battery. However, batteries in parallel do not have additive voltages. A single set of batteries in parallel (as shown in this figure) have the same voltage as a single 12v battery. We provide a custom set of wiring to connect the number of batteries that you buy along with the Basecamp 2K Solar Generator system which takes the guess work out of how to hook them up.
The EnergyCell RE valve regulated lead acid battery is designed for high power density and renewable energy cycling applications. This battery utilizes Absorbed Glass Mat (AGM) technology for efficient gas recombination of up to 99% and freedom from electrolyte maintenance. The EnergyCell RE also features low profile terminals with threaded copper alloy inserts providing reduced maintenance and increased safety.
Here are more specs on the AGM Batteries:
Basecamp 2K Portable Solar Generator Module
LFP 180 Battery Module
150w Portable Solar Panels
120w Portable Folding Non Glass Solar Panels
Please call Ryan@ 765-517-1210 or email Sales@PortableSolarPower.biz with any questions about this system.
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