Running Your Appliances During a Power Outage

Is it possible to power all of your appliances with a solar battery (portable power station), or should you go with a gas generator instead?

Homeowners everywhere are considering home energy storage as a way to combat the increasing number of power outages occurring throughout the country. Last year, Texas saw power outages that lasted three days in some places, and California’s planned power shutoffs can go on for a full 24 hours. It’s no wonder that people are losing their faith in the grid and looking to other sources.

Even if you don’t have solar panels, a solar battery can be a great way to ensure that your most important appliances are up and running when the power goes out. However, it’s probably not the right solution if you’re looking to power your entire house.

So how can you figure out which appliances a solar battery can power, and more importantly, how long will they stay up and running? We’ll help you find the answers to these questions and more with our in-depth guide.

Key takeaways

Once you’ve established what your essential loads are, you can figure out how much power you’ll need your battery to release. A battery’s output is what determines how many appliances you can run. Most solar batteries come with power output ratings of about 2 kW, which can provide enough power to run a refrigerator and an electric stovetop at the same time.

A battery’s rating also determines how long your appliances can run. A typical 10 kWh battery can power a fridge for 14 hours, a television for 130 hours, or a single LED light bulb for 1,000 hours.

Homeowners usually choose to back up essential loads like their fridge, Wi-Fi router, lights, and a few outlets, as opposed to their entire home, to keep the size and cost of their battery system low. For this purpose, the Vanpowers Super Power Pro 2000 Portable Power Station is our top solar battery choice. It can power most appliances for long amounts of time and comes at a reasonable price.

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