Why you'll love the LFP 100 Pro - Right from the start, there’s a lot to love about this mini power plant. It’s simple yet powerful. Tuff and rugged yet full-featured. It can be charged just about anywhere and power just about anything. And because it’s so easy to use, it’s easy to love.
Its beautifully made. And performs beautifully. - Made from only high-quality materials the LFP 100 Pro systems are exquisitely designed. You can tell just by looking. But from the very first touch, you’ll realize there’s much more to them than meets the eye. That’s because our designers and engineers worked together to create a device that’s as remarkable on the inside as it is on the outside. With powerful LiFe batteries, pure sine-wave AC power output, and fast MPPT solar recharging, the true beauty of the system may just be how astonishingly capable it is.
A battery that last as long as you will. - LFP 100 Pro not only lets you do more, it lets you do more for longer. Even with its compact design and incredible performance, system has an astounding battery lifespan rating of 5-10 years of daily use. Since the LFP 100 was first introduced, great battery life has been one of the things that makes our LFP systems stand out from the crowd. And — even as we’ve made it recharge faster and more powerful — that continues to be true today.
Incredibly powerful. By design. - When we designed the LFP 100 Pro with LFP batteries, we started with a blank slate. That gave us the freedom to imagine something radical, something entirely different. A system so compact, so light, and so powerful. A solar generator designed for the future, but ready to use today.
The best design. For the best performance. - We designed every aspect of the LFP 100 Pro with performance in mind. From the beginning, the entire structure was built to house the very best high-performance components. The pro model features the most powerful MPPT charge controller we’ve ever put in a portable solar generator of this size. And the charge controller is capable of accepting power from solar, wind, and hydro renewable energy sources. Despite packing such an enormous amount of power into such a slim design, we still achieved an astonishing 5-10 year battery life when the system is used daily. We also found a way to integrate the highest-quality 1000w pure sine-wave AC power inverter into the military grade Pelican hard case. Alone, each of these elements is an incredible accomplishment. Together, they make LFP 100 Pro the world’s most advanced 1000 watt portable solar generator.
Precisely engineered. Down to the millimeter. - LFP 100 Pro is the result of an obsessive focus on detail. Our designers and engineers worked closely together to craft every single piece that went into making it — the LiFe batteries, the pure sine-wave AC inverter, the ultra efficient MPPT renewable energy charge controller, the laser cut and etched labels & panels, the screws, even the input & output connectors. Everything was considered, and nothing overlooked. Because when a solar generator becomes this advanced, every millimeter counts.
What Is LIFEPO4? The Benefits Of Using LIFEPO4 Batteries. -
+ Safe Technology - Will not catch fire or explode if damaged.
+ Half the weight of an equivalent capacity lead acid battery.
+ Over 2000 deep discharge cycles vs. 300 for lead acid battery.
+ Double the usable capacity of lead acid batteries.
+ Virtually flat discharge curve means no “voltage sag”.
+ High discharge & recharge rate capability.
+ They can be left partially charged for long periods of time.
+ Extremely low self discharge rate unlike lead acid batteries.
+ Does not suffer from thermal runaway like Li-Ion or Li-Po
+ Can be safely used with no loss in performance up to 140F.
+ Absolutely maintenance free for the life of the battery.
+ Does not contain any toxic heavy metals like lead & cadium.
+ The most eco friendly battery chemistry available.
What Is MPPT Solar Tracking? - The most widely known advantage is an increase in useable power going into your batteries from a photovoltaic array. When a photovoltaic module is connected in a system which has a battery, the battery acts as a limiter to the voltage output of the array. A MPPT charge controller “fools” the panels into producing a higher voltage by “eliminating” their view of the battery in the system. This way they operate on their maximum power point voltage. This allows more power to go into the battery, up to 30% in some instances.
Reports from the field indicate that increases of 20 to 30% in total daily solar power harvest are typically observed by using MPPT solar tracking technology vs. systems lacking MPPT technology.
You Always Know How Much Energy Is Available. - The Precision Battery Monitor is a device that monitors your battery status. It constantly measures the battery voltage and battery current. It uses this information to calculate the actual state of charge of your battery. The battery monitor displays the following information -
Advantages of Pure Sine Wave inverters over modified sine wave inverters -
a) Output voltage wave form is pure sine wave with very low harmonic distortion and clean power like utility-supplied electricity.
b) Inductive loads like microwave ovens and motors run faster, quieter and cooler.
c) Reduces audible and electrical noise in fans, fluorescent lights, audio amplifiers, TV, Game consoles, Fax, and answering machines.
d) Prevents crashes in computers, weird print out, and glitches and noise in monitors.
e) Reliably powers the following devices that will normally not work with modified sine wave inverters:
All equipment currently on the market is designed for use with sine waves. Some appliances, particularly microwaves and variable speed motors, will not produce full output if they do not use sine wave power.
Other devices, particularly medical equipment may not function at all unless you use a pure sine wave inverter. A true sine wave produces a much higher equivalent wattage compared to a modified sine wave power inverter. It is somehow believed that the more you will be using this type of inverter, the greater the variety of electrical devices and appliances you will be powering.
Hi Efficiency Mono Crystalline Portable Folding Solar Panels - The LFP 100 Pro system is paired up with 150 watt portable folding mono crystalline solar panels that are made with 18-19% efficient solar cells. We love and recommend these panels because:
Mono crystalline photovoltaic electric solar energy panels have been the go-to choice for many years. They are among the oldest, most efficient and most dependable ways to produce electricity from the sun. Each module is made from a single silicon crystal, and is more efficient, though more expensive, than the newer and cheaper polycrystalline and thin-film PV panel technologies. You can typically recognize them by their color which is typically black or iridescent blue.
Longevity - Mono crystalline solar panels are first generation solar technology and have been around a long time, providing evidence of their durability and longevity. The technology, installation, performance issues are all understood. Several of the early modules installed in the 1970's are still producing electricity today. Single crystal panels have even withstood the rigors of space travel!
Some other solar websites suggest that single crystalline solar panels can last up to 50 years. According to solar engineers I speak with even though this may be possible, there will be a slight drop off in efficiency of around 0.5% on average per year. So although this type of solar panels can last a long time, there will come a time when the lower efficiency makes it economically desirable to replace the panels especially as the efficiency of newer panels continues to increase.
Note: Most performance warranties go for 25 years, but as long as the PV panel is kept clean it will continue to produce electricity.
Efficiency - As already mentioned, PV panels made from mono crystalline solar cells are able to convert the highest amount of solar energy into electricity of any type of flat solar panel. Consequently, if your goal is to produce the most electricity from a specific area (e.g., a off grid site - emergency shelter in urban environment) this type of panel should certainly be considered.
Consequently, Mono crystalline panels are a great choice for urban settings or where space is limited or situations where you want to keep a low profile.
Greater Heat Resistance - Like other types of solar panels, mono crystalline solar modules suffer a reduction in output once the temperature from the sunlight reaches around fifty degrees Celsius/a hundred and fifteen degrees Fahrenheit. Reductions of between twelve and fifteen percent can be expected. This loss of efficiency is lower than what is typically experienced by owners of PV panels made from polycrystalline cells.
More Electricity - Besides producing more electricity per sqm of installed panels, for those who are "going green" and are concerned about the environmental impact of solar panels, mono crystalline panels reduce the amount of electricity needed from local power plants, reducing the dependence on fossil fuels. The greater benefit is a reduction in the use of limited fuel sources and greenhouse gases being pumped into the environment.
Portable Solar Panel Options for the LFP 100 Pro
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.
Just buy as many of the 150w panels as you desire. The Helios 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 Helios 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
System Technical Details:
LFP 100 Pro System
120w Portable Folding Solar Panels
Solar Recharging Times - 0% to 100% - Direct Sunlight To AC Power:
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