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How to Provide Backup Power without Gas

Ask This Old House master electrician Scott Caron shows off a battery-powered generator that is capable of being charged by solar.


  1. The battery-powered generator can be trickled charged from any outlet or recharged from optional solar panels.
  2. Because the generator runs off a battery, it can be used indoors without fear of harmful combustibles in the air associated with gas-powered generators.
  3. The noise output is very low compared to a gas-powered generator.
  4. It has a maximum output of 1.8 kilowatts with a continuous output of about 1.8 kilowatts. That means it could run something like your refrigerator during a small power outage.
  5. It has two 120-volt outlets and two 5-volt USB outlets for phone charging and two 12-volt DC car lighter outlets.