Electricity is often taken for granted in the world today, but it is a fact that it could be disrupted at any moment for an extended length of time. This could be caused by natural disasters, civil unrest, EMP, or any number of situations. Emergency power may not seem like something that should be on top of a survival needs list but with so many things that require electricity – including communication – it is much more necessary than some might think.
Solar power is an excellent alternative for standard electricity. As long as the sun exists, power will be available once it is set up. As new technology is developed, having solar power anywhere is more reasonable than ever. Solar generators and other devices are sustainable, compact, lightweight, easy to use, and safe, all of which are key factors for a good survival power source.
Even in a disaster or survival situation, the creature comforts to which one has become accustomed can continue to be enjoyed. These things include heated running water, lights after dark, music, and even charging ports for phones and tablets. It is possible to obtain solar power gathering devices that are water resistant, allowing them to be used in almost any type of weather, as long as some light is available.
Additionally, carrying one’s own solar power and gear that uses it will result in lower cost camping due to not needing an electrical hookup. This offers more flexibility as well as saving money. Disposable power sources such as batteries and propane are less necessary when solar power is available, saving even more cash.
Solar power generators can be huge, especially when they are meant to power a whole house. However, smaller portable solar generators are also available. This is the type to look for to keep handy for survival situations. They can store easily and can be used for camping as well as power outages. Remember that the size of the panels determines the wattage; upgrades can usually be purchased to provide greater power capacity.
Because solar power does not require an engine, it is a quiet way to provide power in a campground or other situation when there are other people nearby.
Some of the solar powered items for survival include radios, lanterns and lights, stoves and ovens, showers, speakers, and more.
A built-in inverter and internal battery provide up to 720watt hours per charge. Wheels are built in to provide portability. The included power panel is 100W polycrystalline cells and 50 feet of cable are included to connect the panel to the generator. It has three AC outlets, 2 USB ports, one DC outlet, one solar input, and one wind input. An LCD screen offers information about the status of the battery, output, and charge. An expansion port will also allow additional power pods to be added.
Useful as a magnifier and ruler, this credit-card-sized bit of plastic is perfect for harnessing the sun’s rays to cause kindling to ignite. Six of these come together so they can be kept in a wallet or purse as well as a survival kit and first aid kit – never be without one!
This portable power station includes a solar panel and generator kit ready to use to power devices, recharge batteries, or use as backup. Lights can be powered for up to 64 hours. Its own lights have two levels of brightness.
This solar power bank charges its internal batteries with solar power and can then be used to charge mobile devices or power other items. It also contains a flashlight built in and comes with a compass.
This solar panel charger can charge two devices at once. It is made to recognize the needed power for connected devices so it can appropriately charge it quickly without damaging. It is compatible with a wide range of devices including phones and tablets. It folds for easy carrying and is lightweight, weatherproof, and made of durable polymer with polycrystalline cells.
This outdoor solar cooker can reach up to 550 degrees Fahrenheit (288C) to cook food in as little as 15 minutes. The washable stainless steel tray is easy to clean and holds up to 4.5 liters in volume.
A 42-quart cooler can be used to refrigerate or freeze food and drinks while camping, off-grid, or in a power outage. The battery holds up to 15 hours of power and it can be recharged with a solar panel (which is purchased separately). It has an LCD panel that is easy to read and can set the cooler to as low as negative four degrees Fahrenheit.
This flashlight has a handy solar panel to recharge it. It can be set up as a lantern or used as a flashlight. If there is a lack of sunshine, it can be charged with a charging cable, but the built in solar panel makes recharging simple.
Heat water easily in this lightweight but durable solar kettle. The temperature gauge allows users to know the temperature of the liquid inside. The inner tube is similar to a thermos and it has outer reflectors that increase the temperature as the sun shines. It folds for easy carrying.
This solar oven allows cooking at any time of day, as long as the sun is available. No need for fire and no fear of toxic fumes mean this oven can be used anywhere the sun shines. It
This emergency radio is solar powered but can also be powered with a crank if needed. It includes a reading lamp as well as the AM/FM/SW NOAA radio for weather and music. It is available in five different colors and contains built-in batteries that are charged with the sun’s rays or the hand crank.
Two and a half gallons of water will be heated and sprayed over a camper or other user. The bag contains a temperature gauge to know when the water is properly heated. The shower head can be turned off and on and it has straps attached to hold shampoo and soap. When empty, it can roll up to store easily.
his Bluetooth speaker is powered by solar rays that provide up to 50 hours or more of play time. It can also charge other devices at the same time. Three speakers provide clear audio that is high quality and no distortion.
Solar energy is used to purify water in this inflatable kit. After inflation, this is about 3 feet in diameter and it can purify even sea water, to make it potable.