January 4, 2014 – The Solar Liberator is a solar power appliance that combines photovoltaics, power inverter and lithium-ion battery. It comes in three sizes with the 500 Watt unit capable of being plugged in to a wall socket to feed power back to the grid.
The 500-Watt unit can be daisy-chained using supplied cables to create a large array of up to 4 units depending on your power requirements. Just use the supplied mounting kit to place it in a position where the sun can shine on it and let it do its thing. Then plug the array into a single household 15 Ampere power socket using the 9.1 meter (30 foot) A/C plug-in cord. Panels snap on to the mount. So no costly installation required.
The smaller 100 and 25-Watt units are not designed for grid tie-in but serve as portable power supplies that can be attached to a car, bicycle, backpack, tent, or portable heater to supply emergency power. Each comes with multiple AC sockets, USB ports and DC jack connectors.
All units have a built-in smart lithium-ion battery making the Solar Liberator usable day or night. The battery gives you 2 hours of power at full capacity or supplements solar power capacity on cloudy days. The embedded processor optimizes the system to make sure power is managed and distributed efficiently. And the accompanying Solar Liberator app lets you monitor its status from an iPhone, Android or Windows smartphone.
On Indiegogo, Solar Liberator has exceeded its fundraising target of $25,000 with a few days to go. You can still select a perk with a contribution taking advantage of discounts for pledges on the various units.
The company plans to sell the 500 Watt unit for $999.95 U.S., the 100 Watt for $299.95, and the 25 Watt at $129.95.
Solar Liberator comes with a 25-year warranty on the poly-crystalline photovoltaic cells. The units have a 5-year materials and workmanship warranty including the electronics. The company states the design lifespan of the electronics is 10 years or longer and the lithium-ion batteries come with a 1-year warranty and are rated to last 5 years using the software that optimizes charging cycles and thermal dissipation.