Fear No Disaster With This Portable Solar Power Station

It’s summer and the United States is open for natural disasters. With multiple wildfires burning across the West, Florida already on lock down in the face of Tropical Storm Debby, and heavy flooding in Minnesota, it’s becoming painfully obvious that extreme weather is something we’ll all have to get used to.

Weather it’s record-breaking heat or unexpected tornadoes, human-accelerated climate change is at work in almost every natural disaster we’ve seen recently. Despite our own hand in creating these life-threatening situations, humans are being forced to adapt to the Earth’s changing environment–and quickly. In most emergency situations, survival depends on access to power. That’s why Sun Flare Systems created the SOS In A Box: a solar-powered backup generator systems provides instant solar electrical power in any outage or disaster.


Image via Sunflare Systems

The SOS kit consists of three main components which work together to provide free, clean energy during an off-grid living situation: a backup generator, flexible high-efficiency solar panels, and a charge controller. Each PV panel can be expected to produce up to 75 watts of electricity for a total of 800-2500 watts.

Similar to the Solar Suitcase we featured previously, the SOS system can power low-wattage LED A/C or D/C powered lights, cell phone chargers, radios and other pieces of emergency equipment that can be plugged into the 12 volt outlet. It also features an external 110/120 Volt 60Hz A/C power outlet, a 12-volt car adapter, and according to Sun Flare Systems, is completely waterproof.

The company claims that in addition to operating free of wires, noise, and costly fossil fuels, the SOS kit is one of the only backup power generators that can be used safely inside a house or temporary shelter. Additionally Sun Flare says its solar package is the first FAA and Airline Approved generator of its kind.

Beth Buczynski is a freelancer writer and editor currently living in the Rocky Mountain West. Her articles appear on Care2, Ecosalon and Inhabitat, just to name a few. So far, Beth has lived in or near three major U.S. mountain ranges, and is passionate about protecting the important ecosystems they represent. Follow Beth on Twitter as @ecosphericblog

1 Comment

  • Reply July 4, 2012


    What about the sun blowing up? Solar panels will be useless.

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