Whether you are a camping enthusiast, like to hunt, like to take a fishing expedition, or just want to watch movies in the backyard, chances are you might need some power. Many hunters or fisherman (or woman) head off to camp for a weekend or a week in a tent or a remote cabin and often times, there is not a power source available. The next best option is a noisy, gas burning generator or a kerosene burning lamp for light. Well those days can be put behind you; Goal Zero has a 1250 watt generator that won’t leave you with smelly fumes and loud noises so you can’t hear the bears sneaking up on you.
The Goal Zero Emissions Rechargeable Electric Mini Generator is lightweight and with the handle on top, is also easy to carry. The product has two regular electrical outlets, two USB ports, and three 12V ports for charging. Although it can’t be used to power large appliances, you will be surprised at what it can power–small appliances like a radio, small television, a lamp, a DVD player, or a laptop and it can keep the item powered for several hours. If you just need the generator to charge smaller things like a cellphone, tablet, or a GPS, the power source can last for multiple days.
Not only does the generator give off zero emissions, but it can be recharged using solar power too. The solar panel needed to do this is not included, but can be purchased separately. Before purchasing any accessories, you will want to reference the instruction manual or check with the manufacturer regarding compatibility. If you don’t want to power by solar panel, the generator can be recharged by plugging into an AC wall charger. The charging adapter is included when you purchase the generator.
Some other specs of the product include: The weight of the generator is about 29 lbs, the dimensions are 10.25 inches long by 8 inches high, by 8 inches wide. The weight and dimensions make it an easy piece of equipment to transport.
I can think of several uses that a camper could use the generator for, such as powering a lamp at the campsite, staying in touch with family by being able to keep your cell phone charged, plugging in a GPS to charge at night so you are good to go for the next day’s adventures, or plugging in a radio so you can listen to some tunes while you sit around the campfire. Using the generator decreases the need for batteries in a flashlight or kerosene in a lamp.
The cost of the generator runs about $199 and there are both smaller and larger models available depending on your need. If you only need to power a lamp at your campsite, you might want to consider the micro version of the generator. If you have a hard time justifying the cost of the product, just think about what you spend on batteries, gasoline, or kerosene; and more importantly, think about how you are saving your environment–doesn’t that make it all worth it?