As major climate-related disasters increase in frequency and severity, more people are looking for backup power sources. But it can be a challenge to find one that produces plenty of power, is easy to transport, safe to use around the family, and quick to recharge.
Fortunately, there is such a model. It’s the OUPES Mega5 solar power generator. Notice its key features and see why it should be on anyone’s list for their next generator.
The Mega5 operates on a 5.04kWh LiFePO4 battery with a life expectancy of 10 years. The battery is good for over 3500 charges and discharges with an 80% depth of discharge.
If more home backup power is needed, the unit is scalable. Connect it to a separate expansion battery to double the power capacity to 10.08kWh.
If a family used 2kWh of emergency power daily, it would get two or three days of electricity from the Mega5 on one charge. And the family can expect four to six days of uninterrupted power by connecting the Mega5 to an extra battery.
Gas generators are large and unwieldy. Even the ones marketed as portable can require assistance moving them from one location to the other. And the fact that they’re filled with gasoline makes the process even more hazardous.
In contrast, the Mega5 rolls easily from place to place. A retractable handle allows someone to pull the Mega5 in the same manner that airline passengers roll their luggage through the airport.
Traditional gas-burning generators can be a serious health hazard if not handled correctly. Most experts recommend that homeowners install gas-operated generators no closer than 20 feet to the house. And installers should make sure the wind is blowing away from the residence.
Why are traditional generators so dangerous? Fossil-fuel burners emit carbon monoxide, an odorless and colorless gas. In large quantities, it’s deadly to humans.
The usual symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning are headaches and dizziness. People also experience mental confusion and nausea.
Sadly, many carbon monoxide poisoning cases occur when people are asleep and can’t show symptoms. Each year, the news media reports the tragic deaths of families struck down by carbon monoxide.
The Mega5 uses no fossil fuels, eliminating the danger of carbon monoxide poisoning. So homeowners don’t have to install the power station outside the home. The unit can operate safely and quietly indoors.
One of the many drawbacks of traditional generators is the need for gasoline. That means a trip to the nearest gas pump which could be far away.
But it also requires keeping one or two gas canisters on hand and transporting them in your vehicle. And refilling and hauling gas canisters can be dangerous. There’s always the possibility of leakage and spillage.
And if the power outage is the result of a major disaster, there’s no guarantee that gas pumps will be operational. So, even if someone has a top-of-the-line gas-operated generator, they could find themselves without any fuel.
On the other hand, the Mega 5 needs no gasoline. There’s no need to store gas canisters or look for an open gas station.
One of the recharging options for the Mega 5 is readily available—sunlight. The unit arrives with a solar panel that unfolds to seven and a half feet, turning the Mega5 into a solar generator.
Before the electricity goes down, keep the Mega 5 fully charged using the home’s AC power. The Mega5 can also be recharged at an EV charge station.
A full AC or EV charge requires just under three hours. But you can reduce the charging time by using the multi-channel option that allows simultaneous charging from more than one source. For example, recharging using solar panels with either AC or EV shortens the time to around an hour and a half.
Operating Home Appliances
Which home appliances are the most important to keep running during a power outage? The answer will differ depending on the household.
For example, one family may need a crucial piece of medical equipment to stay online. For many, it may be the refrigerator so food doesn’t spoil. And for those in extreme weather conditions, it could be an air conditioner or space heater.
And almost everyone would agree that these days everyone needs to keep a cellphone fully charged. The good news is the Mega5 has more than enough power to satisfy the demands of those items. And, if you work from home on the computer, you won’t have to miss a day.
How does the Mega5 make it possible to connect all these various electrical devices? The side and rear panels of the unit have up to 16 output ports. These include six AC ports, two DC ports, and 4 USB ports.
When the electrical grid goes down, the Mega5 can keep things functioning until the power returns. But its uses go far beyond emergency use.
Why not take it on the next family camping trip? There’s no need to wait for a campfire to get hot enough for cooking when a generator can power an electric frying pan.
The Mega5 can also be an essential tool for living off the grid. The solar panel means not having to drive into town to recharge.
There’s no need to walk back and forth to the generator to check on its status. The Mega5 has Wi-Fi capability, so its status is available on any smartphone that has the OUPES app.
And the unit is controllable through voice commands using Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant. For additional convenience, the Mega5 also has Bluetooth connectivity.
The Mega5 comes with a two-year warranty, while the solar panel has a separate one-year warranty.
Try the OUPES Mega5 Portable Solar Generator
During the next storm, don’t get caught without a home energy backup power source.
Candles and fireplaces may be romantic and charming, but some situations call for far more power. That’s when you need the OUPES Mega5 portable solar generator.
Do you have questions about how the Mega5 will work for a specific situation? We love to hear from customers and potential customers.
So, contact us today to learn more.