The term "solar generator" is nothing but a marketing term. They are storage units, also known as batteries. They do not generate anything.
Like most battery units, I can charge from 12v, AC, or solar. I use all as needed. The EcoFlow can also plug into most EV charging stations for a quick top up.
I can use the gas/Propane generator when my batteries are really low, or when I need to run my AC for an extended time, or just before boondocking quiet hours to extend my AC. I also have a Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) battery that I can also charge the EcoFlow.
My generator is a Champion 2000 inverter that runs on propane or gas. My generator has only run on propane. No need to carry gas cans.
I have solar panels, and am working on mounting one to my truck bed for charging on the road. I am not ready to attach to the roof of the camper yet. I have up to 1100 watts of solar panels available, but a still working on a way to transport them. The EcoFlow has a built in Solar controller good to 150V and 15 Amps.
Its amazing how slow solar power is to charge. One little panel does not do very much. Having solar panels on the correct angle to the sun is very critical, and of course they do not like shade at all, even partial shade. Presently at home, I have 800 watts of solar panels, and it barely keeps up with a static camper.
Those "solar generators", like the Jackery, would be good for devices like a CPAP or charging phones, but it takes some horse power to do a full camper. You really need to understand how much power you are drawing while camping. Something like a power monitoring meter can tell you a lot about usage. For me, I will want to power my water pump, TV, lights, and my 12 v fridge. I use propane for coffee, cooking and hot water. Its all about knowing your power usage.
I hope this is helpful.
Originally Posted by Lloyd
So you have a gas powered generator to charge the solar generator?