With “Snowmageddon” (or “Seattle Snopocalypse” if you prefer) affecting everyone in the area, many people are experiencing power outages. People are wondering about battery backup systems and how they can eliminate the risk of a future power outage. You might be thinking about purchasing a generator – but wait! Batteries may be a better choice than a generator for many reasons! Here is an introduction to two different battery backup systems we sell, the LG Chem RESU and the Goal Zero Yeti 3000.
Batteries vs. Generators
Batteries are more environmentally friendly than fossil fuel powered generators. The batteries used in both of these backup systems have a small carbon footprint a long life cycle, can easily be recycled and don’t rely on fuels which cause pollution.
Batteries can be charged from any source of electricity (including solar!). Many homeowners charge their batteries with electricity supplied from the grid. However, homeowners with solar panels can also charge their batteries using energy from their solar panels.
Generators are loud and require regular maintenance. Home batteries are low maintenance and quiet.
Batteries are fast and efficient. A grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system with battery backup can respond quicker to a power outage than an auto-start generator can and there is no fuel cost.
Batteries are a great add-on to a solar PV system. How would a “Solar + Battery” backup power system work? Solar panels would generate power during daylight hours, and batteries would store that solar energy for use at night. Solar + Battery backup power systems can provide energy for extended power outages and can even be used to go completely off the grid. Additionally, you can use the solar panels to generate free power when there is not an outage, which can save you thousands of dollars on your electric bill.
LG Chem RESU – A great choice for those looking for a larger power capability
LG’s lithium ion RESU battery is a home energy storage solution with a usable capacity of 9.3 kWh, it can easily cover the power requirements of an average home during an all-night power outage and beyond. It can be paired with a solar panel system or charge via the grid. The RESU can be used both to maximize consumption of solar energy at home, rather than sending it back to the grid, and also functions as a source of backup power in the event that the grid goes down.
The Chem battery pack is sized for day-to-day use at your home and is installed onto a wall usually in your basement or garage.
Goal Zero Yeti 3000 – A compact solution that can cover your critical loads (and it’s portable too!)
The Goal Zero Yeti 3000 is a compact but powerful backup solution that starts with the push of a button. It produces 1500W of continuous power and a 3000W surge for running high-power devices. It’s a clean alternative to a gasoline-powered generator that It can be paired with solar panels or charge from the grid. The Goal Zero can be connected to a sub-panel tied into your critical loads, so you’ll have all the household essentials in a power outage.
- Smartphone 150+ Recharges
- Headlamp 500+ Recharges
- Tablet 110+ Recharges
- Laptop 50+ Recharges
- Fridge 50+ Hours
- 32 LCD TV 30 hours
This battery has 10 input ports to handle charging different types of devices, including those that charge via USB like phones and laptops. Since phones provide critical communication and information during a crisis, it’s great to have the ability to charge so many simultaneously without tying up AC outlets.
Never be caught off guard by a storm or power outage again – protect your home and your family
Artisan provides and installs Goal Zero, LG Chem RESU and many other integrated battery solutions. Contact us today!
- PowerScout: Generators Vs. Batteries
- PowerScout: Lead Vs. Lithium
- EnergySage: LG Chem RESU
- Goal Zero: Yeti 3000
- RecycleNation: Lead-Acid Battery Recycling
- Winter Storm Preparedness – Introducing Goal Zero.
Last Modified: February 11, 2019