Solar Powered Microwave: How To Run A Microwave on Solar Power

Have you ever found yourself in your off-grid mobile home craving a piping hot bowl of mac and cheese but wondering how to use a microwave without electricity? If yes, you probably need a solar-powered microwave. In general, microwaves require a significant amount of power, especially high-powered and quick-heating models.

A compact microwave uses around 600-800 watts, whereas a commercial microwave consumes more than 1000 watts. Based on the power needs of your microwave, you can choose the right-sized Jackery Solar Generator. The premium-quality portable power station and solar panels work to convert maximum sunlight into electricity and power appliances.

how to run a microwave on solar power

Read along to learn what a solar-powered microwave is and how you can run a microwave on solar power.

What Is A Solar-Powered Microwave?

Before we dive deep into the nitty-gritty of how to power a microwave using solar panels, let us understand its basics.

A portable solar-powered microwave is a low-powered microwave that uses a solar panel to generate electricity. Whether you live in a mobile home, a camper, or an RV, a portable solar-powered microwave can work using solar energy.

Some of the main benefits of a solar power microwave include the following:

  • Solar microwave is a sustainable and renewable energy source that does not use fossil fuels.
  • As a sun-powered microwave uses the sun's power, you can save a lump sum of money on your electricity bills.
  • It is an excellent option for those living in areas prone to power outages, blackouts, or other electricity-related issues.

The solar power microwave collects energy particles from the sun and charges the appliance. That said, they are perfect companions for using microwaves in areas without electricity access.

How To Run A Microwave On Solar Power?

Almost all home or outdoor appliances can be powered by solar energy, and microwaves are no different. You can use portable or fixed solar panels to either go entirely off the grid or power only high-power-consuming appliances like microwaves. The three methods to run a microwave using solar include rooftop solar panels (fixed), portable solar panels, or a solar generator.

Types

Features

Pros

Cons

Rooftop Solar Panels for Microwave

- Fixed solar panels

- Installed on rooftops

- Require decent surface area on your roof

- Help reduce high electricity bills

- Can reduce your carbon emissions

- Improve the value of your home

- Not suitable for all types of roofs

- Weather and location dependent

- Involves high upfront costs

- High installation costs involved  

Portable Solar Panels for Microwave

- Fixed and portable

- May have an additional battery for power storage

- Weatherproof and portable in nature

- Made of highly-efficient PV solar cells

- Do not require high maintenance costs

- Provides renewable energy to charge appliances

- High-quality solar cells convert maximum solar energy into electricity

- Foldable and portable in nature, making them easy to carry

- May not work efficiently during cloudy, stormy, or rainy days.

- May not be suitable for powering large appliances

- Require additional components like an inverter, charge controller, and a battery

Solar Generator for Microwave

- Highly efficient solar panels for maximum charging efficiency

- Portable power station to store the power

- Instead of costly fossil fuels, they use free energy from the sun

- Low maintenance costs

- Clean and quiet operation

- Can supply power during cloudy days or nights

- Battery stores the unused power for later use

- High upfront costs

Rooftop Solar Panels For Microwave

As the name suggests, rooftop solar panels are installed on the roof of homes. The solar energy in the form of photons falls on the PV panels. The solar panel cells collect and transform the energy to power the appliances.

Pros

  • Reduce the amount of electric bill while boosting the home's value.
  • Excess electricity generated by solar power panels can be sold back to the electric grid, improving the economy.
  • Installing solar panels on your home's roof curb your carbon emissions.
  • Suitable only for residential purposes.

Cons

  • As they are fixed, they cannot act as off-grid systems for RV trips or camping.
  • Complex installation requires professional assistance.
  • May not work efficiently for homes that receive low sunlight hours.
  • May not provide constant and stable electricity, as they are weather and location dependent.

Portable Solar Panels For Microwave

Portable solar panels are a great choice because you can move them anywhere. They have a low cost of maintenance compared to fixed solar panels. Whether you go camping, hiking, or perform other outdoor activities, solar panels can charge your devices like microwaves, laptops, etc.

portable solar panels for microwave

Pros

  • Portable solar panels for microwaves are suitable for home and off-grid systems.
  • Most portable solar panels are suitable for charging small devices like smartphones or tablets.
  • Small and foldable solar panels are water-resistant and waterproof, making them suitable for homes, cabins, or vehicles.

Cons

  • Need a proper inverter to work efficiently and charge appliances.
  • May provide unstable electricity that can damage the devices when used without a power station.

The best way to charge your microwave is by using Jackery SolarSaga Solar Panels combined with Explorer Portable Power Station. The monocrystalline solar panels have a higher conversion rate and can help you charge all small and large appliances.

Solar Generator For Microwave

Solar generators act as an efficient and stable backup energy source if the grid goes down. They are portable enough to be used as an electricity source for your boat, RV, or campsite. It combines solar panels and a battery storage system to store power and charge appliances when sunlight is unavailable.

solar generator for microwave

Jackery Solar Generator is a complete solar panel and battery system that collects, transforms, and stores the power to power appliances like microwaves. Small solar systems like Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro and Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro are suitable for charging high-power-consuming appliances like microwaves.

Larger systems like Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro and Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro are suitable to power most home appliances. While Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro can charge 96% of home appliances, the Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro can power 99%.

Pros

  • Instead of using costly fossil fuels, a solar generator harnesses the power of free solar energy.
  • It does not have moving parts, thereby lowering the need to repair.
  • Unlike gas generators, solar generators are clean and quiet.
  • The portable and lightweight design of the solar generator makes it suitable for outdoor adventures.

Cons

  • Solar generators involve higher upfront investment.

How Many Watts Does A Microwave Use?

Microwave is one of the most important kitchen appliances that consume 600-1500 watts of electricity, depending on its size and model. Watts is the unit of energy that determines the electricity flow in appliances.

You can calculate the watt consumption of your appliance by multiplying amps by volts.

Watts = Amps × Volts

Here volts measure the speed of electricity passing through the electrical circuit, and amps are the number of electrons flowing through a circuit. Learn more about microwave wattage

How Much Does It Cost To Run A Microwave?

The exact cost to run a microwave will depend on the wattage it consumes and the time you run it. For instance, if the microwave uses 1000 watts of energy and you run it for 20 minutes, the solar power consumed will be 1000*(⅓) = 333Wh or 0.33kWh. Now, you can multiply the cost per Wh or kWh to determine the total energy cost to run appliances.

Energy cost to run microwave = kWh × time running × $ per kilowatt hour

Below we include monthly and yearly costs to run a microwave in different states of the US.

 State

Average Electricity Rate

Cost Per Month

Cost Per Year

California

22.00 ¢ / kWh

$1.34

$ 16.06

New York

22.59 ¢ / kWh

$ 1.25

$ 15.03

Texas

12.56 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.76

$ 9.17

Massachusetts

22.59 ¢ / kWh

$ 1.37

$ 16.49

Florida

12.21 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.74

$ 8.91

Virginia

12.58 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.77

$ 9.18

New Jersey

16.20 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.99

$ 11.83

Maryland

14.48 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.88

$ 10.57

Washington

10.38 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.63

$ 7.58

US Average

14.19 ¢ / kWh

$ 0.86

$ 10.36

How Much Solar Power Does A Microwave Need?

Calculating the solar power needed for a microwave is easy. You can multiply the wattage consumed by the appliance by the length of time to determine the solar energy.

Microwaves

Wattage

Length of Time

Solar Power Needed

Compact Size

600W-800W

30 Min

300-400Wh

Standard Size

800W-1000W

20 Min

266-333Wh

Commercial Size

1000W or More

15 Min

250Wh

Jackery Solar Products For Microwave

Portable solar generators are ideal charging options for microwaves and other electrical appliances. They are easy to set up and portable solutions, making them suitable for off-grid adventurers. Unlike rooftop solar power systems, portable solar generators are cost-effective and do not demand high maintenance.

jackery solar products for microwave

Jackery Solar Generators are made with high-quality materials and work efficiently during off-grid living or power outages. You can consider investing in Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro or 1500 Pro to power compact microwaves. On the contrary, Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro or 3000 Pro can charge large-size solar microwaves and other power-hungry appliances efficiently.

Series

Capacity

Ports

Microwave Watts

Working Hours

Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro

3024 Wh

4x AC Output: 120V~ 60Hz 20A Max

1x AC Output: 120V~ 60Hz 25A Max

Total AC Output: 3000W Max, 6000W surge peak

2x USB-C Output: 100W Max, 5V⎓3A, 9V⎓3A, 12V⎓3A, 15V⎓3A, 20V⎓5A

2x USB-A Output: Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Max, 5-6V⎓3A,

6-9V⎓2A, 9-12V⎓1.5A

Carport: 12V,10A Max

AC Input: 120V, 60Hz, 15A Max

DC Input: 2x DC 8mm Ports: 11-17.5V (Working Voltage)⎓8A Max, Double to 8A Max; 17.5-60V (Working Voltage)⎓12A, Double to 24A/1400W Max

Compact Size: 600W-800W

Standard Size: 800W-1000W

Commercial Size: 1000W+

Compact Size: 3-4H

Standard Size: 2.5-3H

Commercial Size: 2.5H

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro

2160 Wh

AC Output: 120V, 60Hz, 2200W (4400W Peak)

USB-A Output: Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Max

USB-C Output: 100W Max, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

Car Output: 12V, 10A

AC Input: 120V, 60Hz, 15A Max

DC Input:  11V-17.5V, 8A Max, Double to 8A Max

17.5V-60V, 12A, Double to 24A/1400W Max

Compact Size: 600W-800W

Standard Size: 800W-1000W

Commercial Size: 1000W+

Compact Size: 2-3H

Standard Size: 1.8-2H

Commercial Size: 1H

Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro

1512 Wh

AC Output: 120V, 60Hz, 15A, 1800W (3600W Peak)

USB-A Output: Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Max

USB-C Output: 100W Max, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

Car Output: 12V, 10A

AC Input: 120V, 60Hz, 15A Max

DC Input: 11V-17.5V, 8A Max, Double to 8A Max. 17.5V-60V, 12A, Double to 24A/1400W Max

Compact Size: 600W-800W

Standard Size: 800W-1000W

Commercial Size: 1000W+

Compact Size: 1.6-2H

Standard Size: 1.2-1.6H

Commercial Size: 1H

Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro

1002 Wh

AC Output: 120V, 60Hz, 1000W (2000W Peak)

USB-A Output: Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Max

USB-C Output: 100W Max, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)

Car Output: 12V, 10A

AC Input: 120V, 60Hz, 15A Max

DC Input: 12V-17.5V, 8A Max, Double to 16A Max. 17.5V-60V, 11A, Double to 22A/800W Max

Compact Size: 600W-800W

Standard Size: 800W-1000W

Commercial Size: 1000W+

Compact Size: 1-1.4H

Standard Size: 51 Min - 60 Min

Commercial Size: 50 Min

Solar Powered Microwave FAQs

What size of solar generator do I need to run a microwave?

The size of a solar generator will depend on the wattage of the microwave, the size, and the time you run it. Let us calculate the size of the solar generator for a microwave.

Here we assume that you are using a Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro with a capacity of 2160Wh to charge a solar microwave.

Working Time = Capacity Wh × 0.85 / Operating wattage of the microwave

Working Time = 2160 Wh × 0.85 / 500 watts = 3.6 hours.

The pass-through charging feature of the solar generator ensures you can charge appliances and the generator simultaneously.

How many solar panels do I need to run a microwave?

As you will operate the microwave only for a few minutes, you can invest in a few solar panels. Here is the estimation of solar power panels you need for different sizes and capacities of microwaves.

Microwave Wattage

Solar Generator with Solar Panels 

600W

Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Pro (Explorer 1000 Pro + SolarSaga 80W/100W)

800W

Jackery Solar Generator 1500 Pro ( Explorer 1500 Pro + SolarSaga 100W)

 

1000W

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro (Explorer 2000 Pro + SolarSaga 100W)

1200W

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro (Explorer 2000 Pro + SolarSaga 100W)

Jackery SolarSaga Solar Panels are built using high-grade solar cells, making them highly efficient. You can connect one or two solar panels to a portable power station to charge all electrical devices, including microwaves.

Can I use a solar generator to power a house?

Yes. You can use a powerful solar generator to power a house. Jackery Solar Generators are a highly efficient and portable combination of solar panels and power stations for home usage. Jackery Solar Generator 3000 Pro is the ultimate power solution capable of powering 99% of most home appliances during power outages.

can a solar generator power a house

Final Thoughts

With rising fuel costs and soaring electricity prices, many people are looking to power their home appliances using solar energy. A solar-powered microwave is an excellent addition to power devices during home or outdoor activities.

However, charging electrical appliances by directly plugging them into solar panels can be cumbersome and unsafe. That's why it's better to invest in a solar generator for a microwave.

Jackery is the top-selling brand offering powerful and portable solar generators that can power most home appliances, including but not limited to electrical grills, refrigerators, washing machines, microwaves, etc.

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