Solar Powered Generator Offers Relief Without Gas Beth Snyder November 21, 2012 We are all familiar with having a generator for a backup plan in case the power goes out for an extended period of time, right? Even if we haven’t experienced a need for one ourselves, we definitely have seen the need with recent natural disasters such as Hurricanes Sandy and Katrina, or the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. One thing all generators have in common is a need for fuel in order for them to work. But if you’re in an area that has been wiped out by a hurricane or flood, where exactly are you supposed to find gas for your generator? Now you don’t have to worry about it. You just have to hope that once the storm passes, there will be sun. Because this particular generator, rather than using gas or propane, uses solar power to charge itself so it can continue to run your necessary appliances. Its internal battery is 1250 watts, and can be charged either in 16 hours with A/C, or about 20 hours using the included solar panels. Each solar panel has an 8-foot cord, so you can set them up outside your house while keeping the generator itself inside. Wait. Inside? You can’t keep a generator inside! You’ll die from the exhaust fumes! Nope. Remember? It’s solar-powered, which means it runs with no emissions and also means it runs silently. When fully charged, it has the capability of running a refrigerator for four days, a television for 35 hours, or a laptop for 30 hours. It comes with two solar panels, but you can buy more individually, to use up to eight of them at a time. The bonus is that while the solar panels are attached, it will continuously charge, so you can keep your stuff running no matter how long it takes to restore actual power. In addition to its regular A/C outlets, it also has USB ports to charge your phone or other devices. There is an LCD screen on the front which displays how much power you’re using as well as how much is coming in via the solar panels. It measures just 16? L x 11? D x 14 1/2? H, and weighs 103 pounds. Of course, you don’t have to keep it just for potential disasters; this would also come in handy if you were tailgating, or camping, or anywhere else that doesn’t come with its own electrical power. Each unit, with two solar panels, costs $2,000.00 US, while each additional solar panel is $239.95 US. Source: Craziest Gadgets Share This With The World!