No sweat. I get it. There are a lot of options, but to a degree, it’s all the same thing: A big to giant rechargeable battery with plugs and ports in it.
You will have a cable between the power station (aka big rechargeable battery) and the panel. The panel uses the cord to deliver the sun’s energy to your device (aka power station or big battery).
I’d recommend starting with something small. A couple good options are the Anker SOLIX 757 and the newly released Anker SOLIX C1000.
Both are extremely popular. Both are portable. Both can power your TV, heater, power tools and naturally, keep your portable electronics charged.
It might seem like a “waste” to spend $1,000 on a portable device, when what you really want is a whole home power solution that’s off-grid. A portable device is just more manageable however AND you can take it with you when and if you move.
A whole home power backup solution requires electrical work with your panel, perhaps a sub panel and maybe even a transfer switch. One such solution we offer is called the SOLIX F3800. It can be installed as a permanent home backup solution or it can be used as a portable unit. (It weighs 132 pounds, so portable is subjective here.) There’s also the cost – it can easily cost you $10,000 for the unit, the sub panel, the solar panels and the electrician’s bill.
Let me know if you’re following this, and if I can help answer more questions.