Eco-Friendly Electric Generators for Camping and Outdoor Adventures


Camping and outdoor adventures are bewitching on their own, but part of the magic also comes from the outdoor technologies, like lights and stoves, that some people might even enjoy using on these occasions more than when they’re at home. But if you want to have any of that fun after the sun goes down or the fire goes out, you’re going to need a power source. Eco-friendly electric power options are the choice for many outdoor enthusiasts because, after all, you don’t want to have to listen to a loud, smelly gas motor if you don’t have to, or for outdoor recreation, to have an unsightly generator that doesn’t move the story forward.

Why Choose Eco-Friendly Electric Generators for Camping?

Reduced Environmental Impact: Conventional gas-powered electrical generation systems release harmful pollutants and a lot of racket into our shared air. Unfortunately, because electricity is a rather handy thing to have, and because generators of electricity can use fuels that we have a long history with and a ready infrastructure for, means that in many cases, the damage they do to the environment is something of a necessary evil. As a way to get around this, Carmanah provides a range of solar electric power systems, along with our innovative Sunforce Portable Power Kit, that allows for much lower emissions or even no emissions in many cases. And also, we can’t forget the fact that for many people who live near the equator or in the Southern Hemisphere, access to solar electric power isn’t just a clean option; it’s a convenient and life-altering one.

Types of Eco-Friendly Electric Generators for Camping

Solar Generators:

  • What They Do: They use solar panels to harness the sun’s energy, which is then stored in a battery. After that, you can use battery power to run your stuff.
  • Pluses: Free and green power that is silent and renewable. They are also portable, which means you can locate them in the backyard during a blackout.
  • Minuses: If your solar generator doesn’t have enough panels to produce the kind of power you need, you are out of luck.
  • Portable Power Stations:
  • What They Do: These are essentially rechargeable battery packs that are good to have during a blackout, on a car camping trip, or whenever you need power and there is no wall socket around.
  • Pluses: They are very easy to use and can be charged in a number of different ways.

Choosing the Right Eco-Friendly Generator for Your Needs

  • To figure out how much total power you need, first, add up the wattage of all the devices you’ll want to power. A standard lightbulb, for instance, uses 30–40 watts. Most laptops use about 30 watts. … Do not neglect to add in some extra power for any tool you’ll be using that has a motor.
  • Size and weight are key if the generator is to be carried any distance. Some of the smaller generators can easily fit into (or be strapped onto) a backpack and weigh as little as 11 pounds. The comparison table above shows the relative size and power of each model.
  • Finally, here are the results of the solar power generator reviews.

Tips for Using Eco-Friendly Generators Responsibly

  • Reduce Energy Use: Make use of appliances that have been designed to be energy efficient, and adopt the habit of turning off electrical devices that are not being used.
  • Refuel With the Sun: If you have “gone solar,” remember to refuel (i.e., recharge the batteries) during the day. You can eke out a few more minutes of runtime with a fraction of a watt in the morning or at dusk, but for all practical purposes,
  • Refuel During Daylight Hours: See Refuel With the Sun.
  • Follow Current Battery Storage Practices: On average, current use of half the energy of a 100-watt lightbulb over six hours will decrease a battery’s “runtime” (its share of the total energy storage pool) by a good 33 percent.


The way we are powering our outdoor adventures is changing for the better—much better. When we choose to be sustainable in the way we power all the little gadgets we carry with us into the outdoors—and all the not-so-little ones we still use to cook, light, and keep warm in base camp—we’re not just enjoying the outdoors for ourselves; we’re working to make sure future generations can enjoy it, too. Because let’s face it; without them, we’re nothing.

At Outdoor Life, we understand the allure of the not-so-sustainable, cheap, and convenient power sources that crowd today’s market. But which generator would we choose for the half-dozen eco-friendly alternates we’ve been eyeing?

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