Feb 15

Ecotricity 1800W Solar Power Generator ECO1800S from EARTHTECH PRODUCTS

Posted on Feb 15, 2012 under Uncategorized | Comments are off


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The Ecotricity 1800W Solar Power Generator is a good example of a portable 1800 watt system. With minor variations, several suppliers offer similar equipment, but the system discussed here illustrates exactly the type of system I had in mind when I wrote my November 24th post, 1800 Watts… and I’ll Take My Solar Backup System to Go! For further discussion of the benefits of this size and type of system, please refer back to that post.

Included with the Ecotricity ECO1800S are the following:

  • (1) 80 watt folding solar panel
  • (1) Xantrex PowerSource 1800 inverter/charger unit with (3) 18Ah internal SLA batteries
  • (1) digital battery status indicator
  • (5) 120 volt AC electrical outlets
  • (1) 12 volt DC accessory or charging port
  • (1) 50 foot cable to connect solar panel and inverter

The solar generator is “plug-and-play,” meaning that it can be set-up and operated by the customer: there is no need for an electrician, as is the case with larger installations. The high-efficiency 80 watt solar panel has wheels, making it easy to set-up and position for optimum sun exposure. A 50 foot cable is supplied to connect the solar panel to the inverter/charger (Xantrex PowerSource 1800). The solar panel also folds down to a compact square, making it easy to store, or load into an automobile.

The size of the inverter/charger is 19” high x 28” deep x 10” wide. The entire system weighs about 105 lb., but the Xantrex PowerSource 1800 comprises about half the system weight. Having no cart with wheels, it is also the most difficult part of the system to move around. Nevertheless, the system is portable enough to be a practical source of power to use on a camping trip, for example.

Once the system is set-up, the batteries can be charged by plugging the unit in to house power; alternatively, batteries can be charged from the solar panels. Actual time to fully charge the unit from your home’s electrical outlets will range from 12 to 15 hours, depending on the initial state of the batteries. Charging from the solar panel takes roughly the same amount of time in “sun hours.” The combined capacity of the internal batteries is 54 amp-hours.

As the name implies, the PowerSource 1800 can deliver a peak load of 1800 watts (1440 watts continuous). All outlets are surge protected and backed up by the internal battery. The ECO1800 can power a refrigerator, television, radio and mobile phone charger during a power failure. In storm situations, the unit will supply power for critical needs such as lights, garage doors and sump pumps. A fully charged unit can deliver up to 4 hours of emergency power for a cordless phone, T.V., clock radio and lamp. The ECO1800 is also ideal for small office use. In the event of an outage, it can provide up to 10 hours of power for a cordless phone, printer, laptop computer and wireless router. And the best part is that all this power is delivered without noise, emissions and the need to purchase gasoline!

According to Earthtech’s website, the color of the PowerSource 1800 may vary: depending on availability, the unit will ship in either green and black, or black and gray. Also, Earthtech specifies that this item is overweight and will not qualify for free shipping. A flat rate shipping charge of $189.00 applies (in the U.S.A.). This item ships via freight truck and will take approximately 7-10 business days for delivery from time of order. Additional “lift-gate fees” may apply. To visit Earthtech’s product page for the Ecotricity 1800W Solar Power Generator, simply click on the image below:


Ecotricity 1800W Solar Power Generator ECO1800S – Portable Solar Generator

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