I have had the Res-Q for 9 months and I wanted to share my update after using it. I love it.
There has only been one minor problem and that may have been my fault. Once after having the Merlin solar panel in the rain by accident, I brought the panel in and the display showed an error. I can’t remember what it was now but it clearly wasn’t right. I disconnected the merlin solar panel from the back of the Res-Q and turned it back off and on and it was ok again.
If I had to guess I would say that the rain might have shorted something out in the Merlins panel. However, the Merlins panel continues to work great even after getting wet multiple times. I am not trying to get the panel wet, but at times I am unable to bring it out of the rain due to being in meetings or unavailable when it starts to rain. The Merlins solar panel has exceeded my expectations and continues to work as well as the day I bought it.
I have written other articles that talk about alternatives to the Res-Q that look interesting. They are not right for me, but they might work for you like the Leoch. I don’t like the Bluetti even though it has great reviews. Based on the experience of some reviewers I don’t think it has the long-term durability/reliability that I am looking for.
As I said before the only downside of this unit is the weight/price. I must admit that the Anker PowerStation II 800 is tempting at 770 Watts and a much smaller and lighter form factor. At 18 lbs it is an amazing unit however the other downside is that it goes to 500 W and doesn’t have the expandability this does. However if you are just looking for a reliable unit this would be my suggestion if you don’t want to pay almost $1500 for the Res-Q. For the price of this you could get two of them and have more reliability.
Due to the weight, I am concerned about how repairs will be done if there is a problem in the future. However, since this is the cost of what I used to pay for a good laptop, it’s not a killer concern for me or gives me anxiety. If I can get another two years use of out if I will feel it has paid for itself. Theoretically, as I said in my earlier review it could last for 10 years so most likely I will get a newer device before this wears out. Perhaps a friend will want it?
My experience with Anker products has been excellent. I have used both their smaller battery chargers and a variety of other products. They are not paying me to say this but I feel good recommending their product as an alternative. It was not available when I was looking or else I probably would have chosen it. I must admit that I am still tempted to buy it but I clearly don’t need it since I have something better in almost every regard except for the weight.
The Res-Q is my third solar generator. It is my favorite and makes the other two seem like toys. You really give up too much when you buy a cheap solar generator. I have looked at more expensive solar generators but the weight is the biggest issue. I’m not crazy about the cost either. Since I live in an apartment, I need to be able to take this if I need to move. If I had a home I would have a fully decked-out solar system but something like this would still be a part of it. Even when the main system goes down you have to have a backup.
Another option is this LightHarvester. I have not gotten much info about it but it seems like it could be another good option. For about $1600 you get 2.4kw of power with a 2-year warranty. This is another compelling choice as well.
Making power and knowing that I am helping the earth by reducing my carbon footprint has been a great feeling. We may not be able to make huge changes in the world, but having a solar generator is something we can do and it does matter.