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Solar Generator vs Solar Inverter-What is the difference between them? As a solar inverter manufacturer with a development history of more than 16 years, Xindun Power will provide high-quality solar inverter and solar generator for our globle customers.

Solar Generator vs Solar Inverter

  • Xindun
  • March 18, 2023

Solar Generator vs Solar Inverter-What is the difference between them? 


solar generator vs solar inverter


Part 1-Solar generator vs Inverter
a)Solar generators,like our ESS Solar Generator are a great source of backup power for all sorts of outdoor trips. They are light and portable, allowing you to charge and run various electronic devices via renewable energy.Plus they are eco-friendly and unlike conventional generators, do not require you to keep loads of fuel on hand. 

b)There are various types of inverters, including convenient wall-mounted inverters with small volume, space saving, convenient installation and high conversion efficiency, and tower inverters with large volume but stable load capacity. Inverter can be applied in a wide range of fields, including home, factory, transportation, outdoor travel, etc. It uses renewable green energy like solar generator, and makes full use of solar energy resources to supply power for load. 


Part 2-Solar Generator vs Solar Inverter

a)How does a solar generator work? 
A solar generator works by collecting solar energy through solar panels with it’s inbuilt solar charge controller and then storing that energy into its built-in solar battery. A solar inverter then converts that energy into alternating current (AC power) before it is released for use in home appliances and other electronical devices. When combined, these three components solar charge controller, battery and solar inverter make a fully functioning solar generator.

b)How does a solar Inverter work?
A solar inverter is critical to a solar panel system. Without it, the system can’t generate electricity. Solar panels are usually made from silicon, which provides a semi-conductor surface. The solar panels sit within a metal frame encased in glass. When particles of light – photons – hit the silicon of each individual solar panel, electrons become agitated. This creates a photovoltaic (PV) charge, which in turn produces an electrical direct current (DC). The solar panel’s wiring captures this current, and it’s the solar inverter that converts the DC to an alternating current (AC). Solar Inverters also could convert the battery DC (direct current) power into AC power which is passed on to be digested by your electronics or appliances as DC power and allows you to switch on the TV or fry up an egg.


Part 3-Solar Generator vs Inverter

a)The term solar generator can actually be referred to any technology capable of being powered by the sun’s energy. However, most commonly,when people use the term solar generator, they are more often than not referring to a portable power station set up, like the ones ESS Series Solar Generator we sell. These special systems are capable of capturing the sun’s energy via integrated solar panels, which then transport said energy to an internal storage system (usually comprised of lithium-ion or lead acid battery technology ). Solar generators may not always be the right setup for large homes however, they can be extremely useful for boats, camper vans, or as an emergency backup if your area experiences a blackout.

b)The inverter can flexibly configure batteries, and the off grid inverter can configure batteries with different capacities according to actual needs. The grid-connected inverter does not need to be equipped with batteries. It obtains DC power through the solar panel and then converts it to AC power through the inverter to supply power to the load. Finally, the surplus power can be sold to the grid to reduce the burden of the grid. And the inverter can be divided into single-phase and three-phase inverters. The three-phase inverter outputs 380Vac/400Vac three-phase power, which can be used for high-power electrical appliances in the factory to ensure the stable operation of electrical appliances. It can also be used as standby power supply in case of emergency.


Through the introduction in this section, you can choose the solar inverter or solar generator for your solar system according to your actual use.


solar generator vs inverter


Finally, we will discuss each component of Xindun Power ESS solar generator separately:

A solar generator is all in one solar inverter with inbuilt solar charge controller and inbuilt battery.


Battery: A solar generator needs to store the energy it collects from the sun in order for you to use it at a later stage. The battery functions as the storage unit. Lithium-ion batteries have been used in a wide variety of solar generators on the market since about the year 2016. However, you can also use less efficient lead acid batteries which are cheaper and more abundant than lithium-ion technology. With that being said, lithium-ion batteries do have significant advantages over lead acid batteries, and it is our recommendation to use lithium-ion batteries as they are safer and more affordable in the long term. 


Solar Charge controller: Is a vital component of the solar generator, its main purpose is to protect and promote the durability of the battery. Solar Charge controllers usually have various features for charging and discharging based on the certain type of battery and solar panel combination that you are using. Solar Charge controllers are crucial to making a solar generator work as they balance the power dynamic between the solar panels and batteries. 


Inverter: This component converts the low direct current (DC) from the battery to alternating current (AC) which can be used to power your everyday household items. Appliances that require DC power can actually do without the inverter since the electricity does not need to be converted.


As a solar inverter manufacturer with a development history of more than 16 years, Xindun Power has mature production and R&D technology, and has provided high-quality services to customers in more than 70 countries. Whether it is price or technology, please consult us for more information.

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