Finally saved up enough to purchase a Goal Zero 1250. and then discovered there is a new product, made in America, that is a 1000W unit with built in solar panels. More expensive, but not really more than the goal zero kit w/ panels and easier to move around – as long as you have a cart, even with the lithium ion battery in the latter.
am not doing it.
Have looked carefully at how long it takes to charge these things up using just solar power. And while I do have an away use for the bigger battery, its not something I’ve ABSOLUTELY GOTTA HAVE. And outside of the fridge/freezer, have nothing that can’t be powered with my Goal Zero 400. For lighting have fallbacks of oil lamps, candles, as well as rechargeable lights. If the S really HTF, things like phones and TV’s aren’t going to matter. And even these bigger solar power battery units will only do the fridge for 12 hours and will take 2 days of strong intense sun to recharge, so WTF! About the only thing they bring is buying the time to get all that stored food into cans or dehydrated.
so will look more at an extra 12v battery for the camper and a set up to use my solar panel (and maybe another) for charging it and a 12V run fridge for that. The GZ unit I’ve got is easily transportable for using with a pump for moving water if necessary – either at home or away, like grabbing creek water to filter or purify.
If I were 40 years old or so, might be looking at using that bigger GZ for powering a small house and hooking up panels and a wind generator. But I’m nearer to 70, not planning on going anywhere, so will look to use my money in better preps OR better technology.