If power goes down for a long time, not even a generator is going to do you much good. The answer is solar. Goal Zero sells lightweight, folding solar panels, which you can move around as needed. They range from this 200-watt unit, to less expensive 100 and 50 watt units.

They are meant to power up a battery pack, which can then power a conjunction of equipment such as lanterns, lights, and, well, anything you need to recharge such as laptops or phones.

Goal Zero Boulder 200 Watt Briefcase Monocrystalline Solar Panel

  • WHERE TO BUY

  • THE ESSENTIALS

    Importance: Luxury item.

     

    Bottom line: These panels are the most efficient way to power and recharge electronic devices and stuff around the house.

     

    Recommended for: Home/Away shelters.

     

    You’ll also need: A power station like the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station.

     

    Be aware: Solar panels are great, and the technology is moving fast. Still, small portable solar panels aren't able to charge major devices in the same way as a gasoline-powered generator. So forget about the kitchen fridge. 

  • FIELD NOTES

    This is the big solar panel, and it weighs 25 pounds. It is the kind of thing that can live in a closet in your house, and moved around the yard as the sun moves. For that, you'll need the long extension cord.

  • OFTEN BOUGHT WITH

    The solar panels go into a "power station" (ie, a batery), which is then used to power other items. There are various battery sizes, from the 150-watt Goal Zero Yeti 150 Portable Power Station, the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station, all the way up to the 1500-watt Yeti 3000 model. 

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