*H = Hour
Note: AC and 12V DC Out have MAX output of 100 Watts
All figures are estimations assuming a full battery.
No Sun - Hours of usage of back up power only.
Some and Good Sun - Hours of usage combining back up power and solar charging power.
Up to 40 watts in good sun will not drain battery while device is being used.
Please Note: The max charge output is 100 Watts.
There are many components that make our sun-tracking
technology complete, but the main piece of the pie would be our sun
sensors. These are strategically placed at the top and center of our
solar panels and are able to determine the exact position of the sun.
We have also taken into consideration that there will be many times that
a cloud may cover the sun for a short period of time. When this
happens, our panels know not to move and will stay in place until the
sun comes back out.
Our solar cells are monocrystalline which have the
highest efficiency compared to polycrystalline and thin-film
technology. Ours in particular have an efficiency rating of 19%, which
is very good. As technology continues to advance, you will see
efficiency ratings get higher over time. Each of our SunSocket solar
generators, use expandable solar panels rated at 60 Watts. The term
“Rated” refers to the actual amount of watts that solar cell
manufacturers get on the bare cell uncovered by any plastic or glass
materials. Unfortunately, solar cells are quite fragile and need to be
protected by such transparent material, which then slightly reduces the
efficiency. Our panels, however, always get consistent high efficiency
because they continuously are oriented towards the sun.
There are many different types of batteries available on
the market. We use lithium iron phosphate “LiFePO4” which is the best
portable battery available at the moment. Lead-acid batteries are quite
common in portable solar solutions and are also cheaper. Unfortunately
these batteries are also very heavy. For example, a 250-Watt lead-acid
battery might weigh up to 18 pounds. Our entire generator, which has
built in solar panels, a 250-Watt LiFePO4 battery as well as a hard
metal case, has a combined weight of only 25 pounds. The downside is
that lithium iron phosphate is much more expensive than the common
lead-acid, but it is worth it. They also have a much longer life span
compared to other lithium ion batteries.
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