Hi there. I live in Florida with sweltering heat, out of control heating bills and the fear of a miserable hurricane season. I just purchased a BLUETTI Portable Power Station AC200P, 2000Wh LiFePO4. I plan to purchase two 200w bifacial panels for a total of 400w as an emergency backup, but also to help offset soaring summer energy costs. Could anyone please tell me (very specifically) exactly what I will need to connect the solar panels to and charge the power station? If you could tell me how many of each cable, etc., I would be most, most grateful. I am a single 58 year old woman just struggling to understand all this and would be appreciative of any assistance.
The power station comes with all the cables you’ll need. The only thing I bought extra was some MC4 extension cables so I could have the power station set up away from the panels. You can find the extension cables on Amazon or any solar supply store.
I moved to Vegas from the Gulf Coast, and every summer we get enormous power bills as you can imagine. I wanted to see if I could survive a major extended blackout, because people do die from excessive heat. Even though I have central air conditioning, I turned it off and am running 2 window air conditioner units, powered by a Bluetti AC500 and 5 batteries. My Fridge and ACs run 24/7 from the Bluetti. I had to keep adding more batteries and solar panels to get to this point.
If it’s sunny and clear, I have power to spare in the daytime. If it’s cloudy, it might take all day to recharge the batteries before nightfall.
Many thanks… and very helpful. Being a bowling pin in hurricane alley we too need backup elec. Gas generators are no good when you can’t get gas. I have Midea inverter style window units to backup the central AC, and I cannot say enough good things about them. Perfect companions to the solar generator solution.
Many thanks Alan. Trying to complete this crash course before that triple digit gulf water gets active.