Very often I get asked “Tom how can I use lights when I am filming in remote locations?” In the past I used to always say go and buy a gas generator.
Those work of course and with the new selection of the quieter inverter generators you can still record sound but only if you run a long extension cable so the generator is far enough from the camera so you can’t hear it. However, ever since I started using the new solar generators things have improved dramatically. First of all, I no longer need to worry about not just sound but also about the fumes that a gas generator emits. Also when stuck out in the wilderness without a gas station nearby I no longer worry about getting extra gas or having to change the oil in the gas generators. My favorite right now is the Inergy Apex. You can find it on the company’s online store. If you use my discount code ANTOSFILM you will save 10%.
The advantage of solar generators is because they are clean to use, they are simple to start up and maintain. Also they are silent. PLUS they can be recharged just using the sun!
If you have been on the fence about getting out then I can honestly say just go out and invest in this new technology. It’s definitely going to pay itself off when you consider that you will no longer need to spend money on gas or maintenance like you would with a standard gas generator.
The gas generator I do still use whenever I happen to be in the wilderness but there isn’t enough sunny days is the Westinghouse iGen2200. It’s got a pure sine wave inverter which allows me to charge my phone and laptop. Also it’s one the quietest and cheapest options around. Plus it’s small and fairly light, considering it is still a gas generator.
You can find the Westinghouse iGen2200 Gas Generator on Amazon.
Another smaller but still useful solar generator I use is from Maxoak. I’ve used before some of their V-Mount batteries to power my cameras. This solar generator is great and a lot cheaper than the one from Inergy. This might make it a great way to dip your toes in this new tech. That is how I started. But honestly after using the Maxoak solar generator I eventually wanted something that has bigger capacity and a more powerful inverter.
Lights I used in this video:
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