With many people dealing with power-outages in Louisiana due to hurricanes, a lot are purchasing gas-powered generators for their home needs. If used correctly, gas-powered generators can bring relief to those without power; however, they can also be dangerous to use without proper training. Although maybe not a powerful/flexible, there are battery-powered alternatives. These can also be coupled with solar panels to provide off-grid charging of batteries.

The system I’ll be providing links to below is based on the EGO Batteries, the same ones that many people use in EGO Lawn Equipment. So, if you are already an EGO customer, these might make sense. FYI: I don’t own any of these products, yet… Please do your own research. The solution(s) below isn’t necessarily cheap; and NOT used to power an entire home, etc.

EGO Power+ Nexus Portable Power Station:
YouTube Review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_IUgLIPT44
Price: Standalone Unit/No batteries: $550.00 (Lowes)

POWER+ 7.5 AMP HOUR BATTERY WITH FUEL GAUGE:
Price: $350 per battery – (Lowes)

POWER+ 10.0 AMP HOUR BATTERY WITH FUEL GAUGE:
Possibly compatible with the EGO Power+ Nexus Portable Power Staton
Price: $450 per battery (Lowes)

POWER+ NEXUS SOLAR PANEL CHARGER for Nexus Portable Power Station:
*180W Max power from solar panel
Price: $159 (Lowes)
YouTube Videos:
Part 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PJSGA5ydHDY
Part 2: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DyN-FfWHd4k&t=0s
Part 3: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ddNcTiiqEx8&t=0s
*Additional product list in description

Compatible Solar Panels:

Renogy RNG-100D-SS Solar Panel – 100Watt – 12V Solar Panel:
EGO Nexus Portable Power Station Compatible
Price: $110 (Renogy Website)

Grape Solar 100Watt – 12V Solar Panel
EGO Nexus Portable Power Station Compatible
Price: $87 (Lowes)

Renogy Solar Panels:
https://www.renogy.com/solar-panels/
Up to a 180 Watt 12-V Solar Panel Output is compatible with the Ego Nexus Solar Panel Charger


Alternative EGO Power Charging:

POWER+ NEXUS ESCAPE (150W POWER INVERTER):
Single battery power inverter for EGO Batteries – Not for use with the Nexus Solar Panel Charger
Price: $99 (Lowes)
Good for charging mobile phones, laptops, etc
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzcGtb3k7U
YouTube Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UiiR-_4AI1A


Here’s another Battery-enable generator that is worth a look: https://www.bluettipower.com

These don’t use the same interchangeable battery technology like EGO; however, this vendor provides the battery-generator and solar-panel options from one place.