I am going to share a little secret. Or maybe it isn’t such a secret, but I don’t think as many people are aware of this as I thought. The East Coast power grid sucks. There are 4 main power grids in the US: East, West, Texas (we all saw how what happened there…), and Alaska.
We didn’t realize how bad it was when we moved to North Carolina. The last time I lived on the East Coast I was 14 and that was a very long time ago. I don’t think I really worried about the power going out at that age 🙂 unless it meant I couldn't listen to my Bruce Springsteen or Journey cassette tapes.
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Here if you sneeze the power goes out!
Disclosure: I was gifted a Generark HomePower ONE Solar Bundle without any obligation to write a blog post. But as I was in the market for a generator and had already tried another brand, I took them up on the offer to send me a product. As always ALL opinions are my own.
I mentioned this during an extended team meeting and my East Coast colleagues could not believe that this wasn’t “a thing” on the West Coast. I said, “Nope!” And 2 other former Californians now living in the Raleigh area confirmed it for me!
During our first year in the Raleigh area, we were amazed and dismayed. Constant power outages wreaked havoc on our electronics. We lost a TV and some external hard drives. After that, we bought APC UPS’s for all our entertainment devices and all our computers.
I also started making coffee in my coffee pot the night before a storm so I would be able to have coffee in the morning if there was going to be a storm!
We keep a freezer in the garage loaded with protein and low-carb ice cream. It is worth a lot of money and I feared losing the food during a particularly bad storm (it happens every 10 years or so).
My new North Carolina teammates told me to buy a generator but Wowza, after some initial research, we felt it was cost-prohibitive, but then we discovered a category of generators that were perfect. More on that in a sec.
When we were RVing full time we had pondered adding solar panels so we could boondock, but ultimately we didn’t. Mr. Misadventures has wanted a solar generator for camping for quite a while. When we were camping in places like White Pocket or Alstrom Point we were constrained by equipment running out of battery. There are only so many drone or camera batteries you can bring!
We are planning a long back-country camping trip to White Pocket and Grand Escalante and now we comfortably can without worry!
Mr. Misadventures also envisions using the generator as an accessory that allows him to have a portable (or remote) photography studio. Really, any place you need electricity you have a use case!
Summer thunderstorms season is coming and we are prepped and ready to go with our new Generark Solar Generator!
I tried my coffee pot, espresso maker, and frother, and it worked! Don’t worry about your hair. No hats for you! You can plug in your hair dryer (on low and medium settings, my 1875 watt high setting was too high) and curling iron! The A/C won’t work when the power is out, but you can plug in a fan! You have 1000 watts to work with and that covers a lot of appliances and devices!
We also plugged in our Traeger grill! Don't be fooled by these photos. That sun is shining, but this was shot between 2 thunderstorms! We got out and barbequed come chicken and burgers before the downpour came again!
We took the Generark HomePower ONE Solar Bundle camping to Okracoke Island in North Carolina's Outer Banks to give it a spin. We didn't actually need it for the single night we stayed, but we wanted to test it out nonetheless and we recharged our iPhones, iPad, and laptop while fixing dinner.
This baby only weighs 23 pounds so it is easy to lift and carry around. The solar panels come in a case that keeps all the cables together. Our model is made for a 1-2 person family, you can different models for larger families.
I don't have to worry about my freezer, the generator has up to 7 days of power supply on a single charge but I can also use the solar panels to keep it going! There are 3 AC outlets, 2 USB-C outputs, 1 USB-A with Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0, and 1 car outlet. It's loaded!
We are very excited about the freedom this gives us on road trips and offroad camping trips, hello White Pocker (would be awesome at Alstrom Point too)!
And now. Now I am ready for all those crazy North Carolina power outages too. Bring them on!
How about you? Do you live in an area with a lot of power outages? Do you offroad camp or RV and use a solar generator? Share your experience!
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