Mike LaPlante

What is the Best Portable Heater for a Solar Powered Setup?

In a previous article, I discussed the feasibility of running a small, room-type air conditioner using a portable solar setup, so continuing the whole ‘climate-control’ theme, I thought I should address the issue of what is the best portable heater for your solar powered camper or cabin. After all, I want to make boon-docking a …

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Xantrex 802-1500 XPower PowerPack 1500 Backup Power – Review

Portable power for emergency backup purposes or general off-grid use is a popular subject. In this review, I will be looking at the 1500 watt XPower powerpack from Xantrex, and pointing out what I believe are its strengths and weaknesses. Ready, set, go! “>Xantrex 802-1500 PowerPack – check prices First, the good stuff… This is …

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What is the Best Portable Air Conditioner – Will My Solar Setup Handle It?

Answering the question of “What is the Best Portable Air Conditioner” depends an awful lot on what the intended use of the system will be. In my case, the best portable air conditioner is a small, efficient unit that I can use in an RV, with a low energy draw sufficient for my solar panel, …

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Renogy Portable Solar Generator Review – The Almost Perfect Solar Generator

First, My Goal Here, Plus a Little Background…. In this article, I want to touch on the features of Renogy’s multi functional portable solar generator, and discuss the good and bad points of this product. I will also compare it to its leading competitors and give my final recommendation. We Floridians frequently lose power. Okay, …

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What is the Best Portable Power Bank ? The Answer May Surprise You

Talk about a loaded subject with a crowded playing field! Powering your electronics for extended periods of time used to be such a hassle. Mostly it involved a bulky power inverter and lots and lots of cords. Then there were the relatively power hungry cameras, phones and notebook computers, and, to round out this horror …

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What is the Best Type of Solar Panel, and Does That Even Matter?

Personal power generation and the freedom it enables is an exciting topic for me, and since you’re reading this, likely for you too. One fundamental question that comes up early in the discussion about this subject is, what is the best type of solar panel? The short answer is that solar power is a rapidly …

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