A DIY solar generator is a must-have item for survivalists and the average Joe alike. Situations arise that cause the loss of power, like the recent flooding and fires many parts of the country have been experiencing, and knowing you have an alternative source of electricity will give you peace of mind.
A DIY solar generator is not only good in cases of emergency, it’s also a great item to have on hand for any outdoor adventure. A portable solar generator is great to take along on camping trips, hunting and fishing trips and even for a day at the beach. Anywhere you want to travel, a homemade generator can provide you enough electricity to power a fan to keep you cool, a heater to keep you warm, charge all your electronics and enough power to keep food cool and cook a meal. Check out these 12 DIY solar generators that you can build at a fraction of the cost of comparable store bought generators.
1- Portable Solar Generator
A tote on wheels hides the batteries inside and the wheels make this DIY solar generator easy to take along where ever you go. The plastic tote lid is replaced with a lightweight particle board lid so the interior components of the DIY generator are protected, yet easy to access.
2- Power Pack Solar Generator
When you are on the go and need to take the power along with you, this portable power pack is just the thing. Designed to be able to run and charge any type of electronic device or gadget you have, this large power pack is easy to build and cost effective.
Use these step by step instructions to build your own portable solar panel generator for under $200.
3- Solar Generator on Wheels
A bike trailer is used in this design to make the solar panel easy to transported. The bike trailer makes moving the heavy solar panel easy so you can follow the sun and move from one camp site or work site quickly and easily. Just hook the trailer up to your bike and ride to the next location.
This DIY solar generator provides enough power to run several power tools, appliances and electronic devices at the same time.
4- Suitcase Solar Generator
Pack up and move on has never been easier. Take power with wherever you go in a suitcase. Use a small suitcase on wheels when only a small amount of electricity is needed. The wheeled suitcase makes transporting the homemade generator easier. But if you need a lot of electricity for running power tools, just use a bigger suitcase to house all the components of the generator. It will still be portable and easy to load and unload as needed.
5- Pop Up Solar Generator
Easy to build, easy to transport and super easy to set up when you are ready for power. With these free plans, you can design and build a pop up solar powered generator that will meet you specific needs. Great for use at an off grid homestead, camp site or work location. Add on and enlarge the pop up system as needed, fold it up and take it with you when it’s time to move. Simple design produces lots of electrical power.
6- Small Scale Solar Generator
This go-anywhere portable solar generator will meet all the electrical needs of those living in an RV or tiny house. Build this DIY solar generator and meet all the electrical demands of small space living. All the power needed for a comfortable off-grid lifestyle can be provided by this compact, small scale generator.
7- Camping Comfort Solar Generator
Camping in the great outdoors is a fun and rewarding experience. Bonding with family and nature while sleeping under the stars can only be improved by having some creature comforts, like a small refrigerator and a few electronic gadgets. These creature comforts can be powered with this easy to build solar generator. Easy to build and easy to take along on a camping trip.
8- Solar Generator Power Supply
This very simple idea provides an excellent power supply for home or camper- the idea is basically to build a box on wheels that any electrical item can be plugged into and it’s powered by the sun.
This detailed instructions will show you how to do just that. The portability of this generator makes it a great choice for taking along on camping trips to inflate air mattresses, power a television and radio and charge various electronics.
9- Low-Cost Solar Generator
If you are in the market for a solar generator and have priced some in the store, you know they don’t come cheap. However, with these detailed instructions you will be able to build a homemade solar generator for under $300.
This is an ideal model to build for emergency usage at home. It’s always good to have a back-up power source when the electricity goes put in bad weather.
10- 420 Watt Solar Generator
This is a two part instructional video that will show you all the steps needed to build a 420 watt solar powered generator. The second part of video will show you how to hook it up after you have built it. This video takes all the guess-work out of the DIY project and solar generator will provide you with plenty of power or home or camper.
11- Free Energy From Solar Generator
More money in your pocket and all the free energy your household needs can be provided by this DIY solar generator. Follow these detailed pictorial instructions and build your own solar powered generator so you can convert your home to solar power and not have to pay a monthly electric bill again.
12- Recycled Solar Generator
These free plans will show you how to take old parts from the trash heap and recycle them into a new solar powered generator. A few old solar garden lights and few other recycled components can be fit together to create a small solar generator that provides enough electricity to charge electronics and listen to the radio.
By recycling old parts to capture the power of the sun, you will be helping the planet two ways – you will be minimizing the amount of trash going to the landfill and reducing the amount of natural resources your household consumes.