If it feels like you've been reading by candlelight more frequently lately, it's possible there's a good reason. Across the U.S., power outages have been on the rise. In 2020, there were 383 electrical disturbance events, more than double the 150 events in 2017, according to a Department of Energy analysis.
The number of outages has gone up, in part, thanks to the increasing prevalence of extreme weather events. From 2000 to 2019, there were 6,681 climate-related events across the globe, an increase from 3,656 events during the previous 20-year period, according to a United Nations report. Experts link the increase to climate change.
These trends have left homeowners clamoring for a way to back up their power sources—without creating toxic emissions or leaving a vast carbon footprint. For many, solar power generators like the Bluetti AC300 power station provide the answer. Bluetti products are affordable, portable, and modular, so you can use them for everything from a weekend camping trip to a whole-house power supply.
Solar as a smart alternative
Over the last decade, solar power has leveraged economies of scale and advancements in technology to become much more affordable for individual households. Homeowners are getting up to speed on the benefits offered by solar energy as compared to traditional energy sources. Solar power provides:
Endless clean energy. Traditional power sources that lean on fossil fuels, such as gas or propane generators, create toxic carbon monoxide emissions that harm the environment. With solar energy, you're leveraging clean power from the sun.
A cheaper alternative in the long run. Solar panels last 25 to 30 years, generally, and there's no cost associated with the power source. There are essentially no maintenance or energy production costs with solar. Compare that to costly fossil fuels, with prices that fluctuate based on supply and demand, and solar is a more economical choice, long-term.
Less noise. Gas and propane generators can run as loud as a washing machine or motorcycle, while a solar power generator has few if any moving parts, so it operates quietly.
Seamless installation. Solar panels can make use of just about any space that receives maximum sunlight, from the top of your roof to a portion of your backyard. And they're easy to install.
Easy mobility: Solar generators weigh much less than heavy-duty, gas-powered generators, which can top out at over 250 pounds. The Bluetti AC300 solar generator, for instance, weighs just 44 pounds, with detachable external batteries that weigh 74 pounds each.
When it comes to choosing the right brand to lead your foray into solar energy, Bluetti offers a lot to like. Not only are there multiple power units to accommodate any need, but the systems are built to stack battery power modularly, giving you the ability to grow your system over time.
The smart choice for solar
Whether you're looking to build a modular system that can power your entire house during an outage, or to start simple with a generator you can use to power appliances and throw in the back of your car for camping trips, Bluetti offers top-of-the-line power stations to provide the energy you need.
Take the company's AC300 power station. A single unit is capable of storing 2,400 watts of solar charging input. It's built to be 100 percent modular—each AC300 power station can accept up to four B300 battery modules, adding up to 12,288Wh. If that's not enough, grab the Bluetti Fusion Box Pro, which connects two power stations together to double the voltage, power, and capacity.
Because the system is modular, it's also highly portable. Each battery and power station can be loaded up and taken from one house to the next or into the outdoors. A few other key features:
- Using LFP cells, the battery units can go through at least 3,500 life cycles with up to 80 percent of original capacity. That's one cycle a day for 10 years.
- While connected to a pair of battery modules, the AC300 can be charged with both solar and AC power simultaneously—adding up to 5,400 watts of power input.
- Bluetti provides an easy-to-use smartphone app to manage its products via Bluetooth or WiFi, allowing for maximum customization and control at your fingertips.
While the AC300 maximizes power as well as modularity, homeowners looking for an all-in-one unit may want to opt for the AC200 MAX, which comes with a standard, built-in battery pack. You'll be able to expand your capacity by connecting up to two more battery modules, as the AC200 MAX is compatible with both the B230 and B300 battery units. At full capacity—connected to two B300 units—the AC200 MAX can achieve 8,192Wh.
Learn more about all of Bluetti's power and battery unit offerings at www.bluettipower.com.