Hello everyone welcome back to obsessive prep crazy.
Today i want to do a real quick review on the OKMO solar panels that i have back here now i just got two of them in they're 100 watts each and I've got it where i can actually combine the two so i have 200 watts.
And the reason why i wanted two of the 100 watt panels is because I've got my power station back here now i did previous reviews on the OKMO 1000 that I'll leave up here if you want to see it and also the OKMO 2000 that I'll leave up here for you.
Those reviews i go through an extensive review on what you can plug in, how long it will last, i plug in my freezer it lasts for a long period of time, and in that video i set a stopwatch and you can see how long before one of these power bars go down and until i get to that last bar what i plug in lights fans if you want to plug a heater oxygen machines things like that in an shtf situation.
you're going to have to think about electricity you could have a generator but you've got to think about how much gas you're going to store that's a lot of gas propane how much propane are you going to store.
Now as a Prepper i store a lot of all of that but you have to keep in your mind if you're running a lantern per se you go camping you plug one of those 16.4 ounce lantern propane canisters into your lantern and eventually through the night that thing runs out of gas so you have to have a lot of propane on hand to be able to run lanterns but you can't run freezers and refrigerators unless you have a propane generator or gas.
And again i go back to how much fuel are you going to store so we've got the OKMO 1000 the OKMO 2000 if we use them how are we going to recharge them that's where my solar panels come into so i have two of my panels back here i went ahead and opened one up because i wanted to show you and then i left one in the box so that you could see how it comes in shipped.
um in this video if you want to keep watching what I'm going to do is I'm going to take my ultima 2000 I'm going to plug it into my freezer I'm going to go ahead and drain this battery down, and tomorrow we're going to go ahead and get our solar panels out in the sun connected to our power station and see how long it takes to build up those bars.
I want to know how long and i think in these videos you want to know how long it's going to take to charge, now just like any solar panel you're going to have to work out where your area is at and how long some places have more wind, some people have more clouds in their areas so with those kind of conditions they will take longer.
I'm in Arizona, it's going to be a snap for those to recharge, because we really don't have unless it's hazy days, we don't have a lot of issues with clouds unless it's going to storm. So we've got our OKMO solar panel here, this thing is sturdy i would say it's probably about five pounds I'll have to look at the description on it it has got a crazy crazy magnetic.
You can see I'm holding it with it in the center and it's not plopping open, now they have the outside legs and i will show you this as the video goes on. I'll probably time lapse it when i do this tomorrow but it has two legs to set it up there's the other leg, and then they also have a bag to their power the uh can't see it to the solar panel.
In that bag it's got all the readings and here what i have is the cable that will attach my other solar panel to this so if i just wanted to have one solar panel for one thing i could but this Anderson cable will connect the two and then we've got all the cables in here and I'll go through more of that tomorrow when i hook this up so that you can see i just wanted to give you a general idea of what it comes with now these solar panels are approximately 299 and if you've watched the price of everything is going up originally a lot of these were like 229 dollars they're getting a little pricey but if you're worried about having energy for your house i highly suggest getting them now.
This is one of the panels here, then when we have the legs out it will hold it and again depending on the angle of the sun what you're going to need to get. If you have a solar sun oven you know you're always chasing the sun with solar so this is uh one of the panels.
I'll give you an idea, I'm going to get this over here give me a second, get set up so I'm going to go ahead and get it opened up here for you, so you can see might do this time lapse, so it doesn't take as long for you solar panel up here.
As you can see and the other one down here now the owner's manual on your OKMO, is not a whole lot, it is pretty basic and simple try to get it in here. So you can see you've got your different outlets that you can plug in your Anderson outlet pretty much what they're telling you is don't get the solar panel wet don't submergent other than that don't drop it don't break the panels but that's common sense we all know that
Just to give you a little bit of information here as i had mentioned before it's 100 watts peak power we're at 21.6 on the open circuit voltage power current is 5.55 a we have cell efficiency at 23 percent short circuit current is 6.1 usb connection is 5 volts 3a power voltage 18 volts usb a output.
And then you have the operating temperature range here so that's some of the information. Again I'm going to go ahead run my power station down I'm going to hook them up tomorrow and we're going to find out what we can do so if you want to keep watching we'll get back to you so this is the backup refrigerator i have out in the garage, it basically just holds a bunch of random stuff i have my deep freezer also so if you're having a bunch of freezers full of meat again a power brink is very smart to have the solar panels i went ahead and unplugged this little guy here.
And I'm going to plug it into an electrical cord and then i will get it over to my power station on the OKMO 2000 or even the 1000. When you plug this in you're going to have to push this ac button to get it to work so i turn my power station on I'm gonna plug it in and then what we have to do is hold down this button and you can see all of a sudden it started blinking
You can see ac out and it's going to start running my freezer my refrigerator tomorrow I'll get back with you I'll show you how much how many bars have dropped and then we'll get a hook to the solar panel okay so we're almost at 24 hours here and we are down to one bar on our power station.
Now i did the review on this OKMO 2000, and i showed you using my newer freezer lights and fans and i got much more time so what this tells me is that my old refrigerator is a energy 11 creature and I'm gonna have to get rid of it, and get a new refrigerator for outside because it sucks the energy.
But anyways we're down to our one bar it's four o'clock in the afternoon in Arizona, I'm going to wait till tomorrow to hook up the solar panels. I'll get those hooked up and that'll be in the next clip okay so this is our solar panel and the back of it in the pouch here it's got all the information.
Actually on the nylon it is printed on the nylon here and this is our plug-in and has a usb port and it has a type c port and so what i have here is my usb see if i can do it holding my camera all we have to do is plug it in and then you can see that my phone just turned on and that is because i have it connected to one of the solar panels i have not opened up this one yet.
So what we've got is the cord going down it's the Anderson connection here I've got an extra cord that attaches the two solar panels together and then it is actually connected to one of my solar panels here I've got my power station here and my barbecue island for me is a perfect place that i can have my power station without being in direct sun.
I'm going to go ahead and get this connected, well it's already connected get it set up so you can see the whole setup but i like being able to just be able to charge your phone or something small if you need to.
I have my panels set up each panel when it is open is approximately three foot nine inches and the whole thing set up is a little over seven and a half feet and i went ahead and put it on beach towels i will probably look for something else but I'm going to be able to know that it's not going to move around and that the legs will slip and I'm just one of those people that if you can keep it from getting filthy all the better.
So i went ahead and put a couple beach towels here and like i said I've got my barbecue island here and I've got my power station over here my power station set up here and then all I've got to do is plug in my Anderson connection see if i can get it here, where you can see it I'll plug that in and you can see that i am charging on my power station here with the Anderson.
You could also do the dc but it's nice having this Anderson connection here, another thing i wanted to mention real quick is i have almost nine feet of cable here so by having that you should be able to stretch out your cord keep your power station under some kind of awning something like that let me get past here, so you can see the whole setup.
Hopefully it's not such a horrible glare all right again we'll get back to you as soon as uh i get to a full charge, so you can see that I've adjusted my solar panels a little bit, i always say with solar we're always chasing the sun and we are at two bars probably pretty close to three bars and it is approximately 1 15 so 4 hours 15 minutes after we plug this in.
Okay so I've had to shift and chase the sun around we are seven hours and 42 minutes into this and we are at three bars almost to four so i have everything set back up here in the garage. A few final thoughts now i love these solar panels, i love the fact that they're light weight they're easy to use! i love the legs on the solar panels now the only thing that i had mentioned previous is i cook with solar sun ovens all the time and i am always chasing the sun and so with the solar panels you're having to move them around a little bit.
I like the fact that i use those beach towels because i was able to drag them and not have to pick them up and move them those legs we had one windy day that was just amazingly windy and uh didn't knock the panels over, didn't even move them.
What i did find interesting is i was expecting to recharge this 2000 watt power station in about 14 17 hours it took much longer than that i got these panels set up I'm raring to go and i knew i was going to take some time to go into the next day of charging what i didn't anticipate is it became cloudy and it didn't just become cloudy on Monday Tuesday it rained so that's something as a Prepper we've got to plan for you're always going to have those kind of conditions so where i expected to have my 2000 power station charged and give or take a day and a half two days it took much longer than that.
But as a Prepper you know you're always coming across obstacles so it's one of those things why are you want to be prepared with maybe another alternative, an extra power station to run those refrigerators or freezers or the things that you want.
I hope this video helped you out, i did a little tiktok I'll have here showing as I'm finishing up that i showed Prepper supplies things that we need as a Prepper. I don't want anybody to ever be discouraged on prepping, we all have to start somewhere and i know that these panels can be a little pricey, power station are pricey.
you're trying to make the right decisions, but doing something is better than doing nothing, and i hope these reviews help you out on trying to make decisions of something that you want i really like these solar panels, they were lightweight, easy to move, very easy to use, very easy to use so if you don't even have power station, but you want other things to charge again i had mentioned vans motorhome dry dock you know boondocking in your motorhomes your rvs i think you have a place for these kind of solar panels and the power station. I hope you enjoyed this video!