This video is the 3rd of a 3 part series to show what a homemade portable solar generator could do in a power outage.
Conclusion: A portable solar generator can be a practical alternative to gas generators. When used with adequate planning and preparation, they will run a small compact freezer for extended periods without commercial power. Freezer packs, ice packs, etc will enhance the longevity of the battery between recharging by assisting in maintaining a constant temperature within the freezer thereby decreasing the number of times the compressor has to activate.
The freezer is 5.0 cu ft, 115V, 1.69Amps, and Startup Amps = 12A. All of this is on the label. After initial startup the kill-a-watt’s average read of the freezer is 96 Watts at .99Amps to 1.04Amps. I finished the experiment at 5:00 p.m. with an ending voltage of 11.19v (starting voltage was 13.07v). I started charging the battery with a speed charger (12v at 4Amps “medium battery setting”) around 5:30 p.m. so after aprox 5.5 hrs of charging, the battery was at 12.45v.