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Old 01-03-2018, 01:58 PM   #1
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kodiak solar generators

Hi, wondering if anyone has experience with the kodiak solar generator. They look great on paper and no heavy , noisy gas generator needed for most things, it appears or am i all wrong. Thanks for any advice.
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Old 01-03-2018, 03:36 PM   #2
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The Kodiak "Solar Generator" is neither solar nor a generator--the name is a complete lie. (Two lies, actually.) It can't generate power; all it can do is store power that comes from somewhere else. It's just a battery and an inverter in an ugly, heavy black box.

Where would you get the power to charge the "Solar Generator's" battery? Well, you could charge it from an AC outlet, but that's hardly off-grid living. Or you could buy a few hundred bucks worth of solar panels... but if you're going to do that, you're better off charging your RV's house batteries directly.

Remember, this product is just a battery and an inverter in a box. But hey, your Airstream already has batteries and an inverter, right? So why pay $1,900 (and that's not including the cost of solar panels to actually generate power) to duplicate what you've got?

OK, let's be fair: the Kodiak product's battery has about twice the storage capacity of the batteries that Airstream installs in most current rigs. But again, you can double your rig's battery capacity for a couple hundred bucks... why spend a couple thousand?

I can see a possible use for this if you're camping out of your car and have heavy power needs--let's say you're a radio amateur driving cross-country. But for somebody with a good RV that has its own batteries and inverter, this makes no economic sense.

And speaking personally, just on principle I wouldn't buy anything from a company that lies in the very names of its products. (Goal Zero has been pulling the same deceptive "generator" stunt for a couple of years now.) In Kodiak's case, since the product name is two lies in one, why would I trust anything they say?
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Old 01-03-2018, 08:40 PM   #3
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FYI here are some company links for large stand-alone lithium batteries, some of which can be charged by solar panels.

https://www.inergysolar.com/product/kodiak/
http://www.goalzero.com/p/424/goal-z...-power-station

There is a place in RV life for these units, even if the marketing folks were loose-lipped with the terminology. We plan to carry one on longer boondocking trips, in the tow vehicle van, in order to make the TV a capable mini-RV camping center on its own.

Along with our lithium jump starter unit, and Milwaukee M12 12v tool/battery quiver, any redundancy in battery storage is a good thing IMO.
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Old 01-09-2018, 06:41 PM   #4
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There are plenty of these "power vault" battery packs, that are mislabeled as generators. Some of them are 100% identical other than labels and coloring of the shell. The one thing I would worry about with "cheap" ones is that these are using lithium batteries, and improperly manage lithium batteries are literal landmines waiting for the "wrong thing" to trigger an unpleasant event. For fun go to YouTube and search for lithium battery fire videos, and then evaluate if you trust that whatever device you are looking at has adequate intelligence built into the battery management system.
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Thought I'd resurrect this thread since I'm interested in hearing about actual use and no one responded in that regard.

Has anyone on the forum used the Kodiak Solar Generator with their AS and what was your experience?

Thanks,

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