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A high powered portable solar generator, storing power from the sun and making it available to power large devices day or night!
A high powered portable solar generator, storing power from the sun and making it available to power large devices day or night!
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What are Orion Sun Systems?

Orion Sun Systems are portable power stations, efficiently converting the suns rays into usable energy. With a rechargeable, 12.8-volt, 100 amp-hour, absorbent glass mat battery pack that will tolerate at least 2000 discharge-charge cycles at continuous 70% depth of discharge, these units are ready for large power loads.The battery is charged directly from the solar panel also from the optional windmill attachment providing power day or night, rain or shine! The 8 in. all-terrain wheels allow easy portability across most surface types and the soft grip handle makes it easy to maneuver. These units are custom designed to be highly portable, yet also tough enough to be left out in the weather for weeks, months, or even years at a time and still maintain a continuous free power supply. These units will act as power generators, only without the harmful and expensive fuels and oils, constant maintenance, or deafening  noise. 

What are the key features of Orion Sun Systems?

 

 

Efficient, Mobile and User Friendly: The Orion Sun Systems backbone is the ultra efficient 100w 12v monocrystalline photovoltaic solar panel providing the internal battery at optimum charge. The all terrain wheels and retracting handle allow the unit to be transported anywhere. The integrated charge regulator maintains the charge meaning no routine maintenance.

“If a generator is installed in every house in a society and you add up all the emissions from these generators, it far exceeds the emissions from a thermal power plant supplying electricity to the entire society” Farooq Alam
“If a generator is installed in every house in a society and you add up all the emissions from these generators, it far exceeds the emissions from a thermal power plant supplying electricity to the entire society” Farooq Alam

 

Green power for a Healthy planet: Do you want to help save our planet for future generations? Reduce your carbon footprint and replace your loud, expensive, earth polluting generator, with a silent, eco friendly Orion Sun System, and save thousands on fuel, oil, and maintenance costs!

Fuel and maintenance free
Fuel and maintenance free

 

 Weatherproof  Design: Orion Sun Systems is designed to withstand the elements, allowing the units to be left outside for days, weeks or months, or years all while maintaining full charge to provide power whenever you need it.  The waterproof outlet box keep moisture out during heavy rainfall.

 3 EXTERNAL 120V OUTLETS 

 WATERPROOF OUTLET COVER

Internal USB Charging Station: The Orion Sun Systems two internal 120v, and one USB outlets provide the perfect place to charge up your smart phones, tablets and bluetooth speakers out of the sun and heat. The lockable lid allows you to keep all your valuables safe while away.

2 INTERNAL 120V AND 1 USB OUTLETS

Just Roll it in the Sun: Its That easy!  just roll it in the sun and plug in your appliances. Its like having a wall outlet anywhere you want it!

3 Ways To Charge: The Orion Sun System can be charged by the sun, by the optional wind turbine attachment or by the wall charger (In emergencies, units can also be charged by a vehicle though not recommended). The wall charger allows the unit to be stored inside while maintaining full charge for emergencies and power outages.

Where Can I Use My Orion Sun System?

 

  • Rv/ Camping Trips. One of the most practical use for the Orion Sun System would be out in the rural areas where grid power is not an option. Silently keep the camp lit up after dark, the music going all night, the refrigerator cold, and all your gadgets at full charge. Orion Sun Systems and camping go together like Lewis and Clark!

  • Tailgating. Orion Sun Systems will make your next tailgate party the best yet. Easily power a T.V. to watch the pregame show, plug in the coffee maker to keep your fans warm, and plug in that hotplate to cook up some snacks!
  • Boating/Sailing. Keep an Orion Sun System on the boat to run the electric trolling motor, power additional appliances like speakers and refrigerators, or just as a back up power station.
  •  Greenhouse/Garden. Run your greenhouse pumps, fans, irrigation, supplemental lighting and more! Orion Sun Systems are perfect for gardens and greenhouses because of the ample sunlight.   
  •  Emergency/Disaster Relief. With Power outages and natural disasters are on the rise, its best to have a backup plan in place when the grid goes down. Keep your family safe with a unit from Orion Sun Systems. 
  • Ranches and Farms.  Have free power all over the farm when you need it where you need it. Ranchers and farmers spend most of the day out working on the farm where there is no ready available plug in power, Orion Sun Systems allows for plug and play power everywhere.
  • In the Backyard. Do you want to hang lights, speakers or even a tv in your backyard but don't want to run long extension cords all over? The Orion Sun System is the perfect backyard powerstation.
  • At the Beach.  Orion Solar Systems are great for a day at the beach. Bring your laptop and get some work done or keep the lights on for late night beach party!

Orion Sun Systems Production plan

All the above pictures are of our fully functioning production prototypes. All of our systems are hand made in the U.S.A. and undergo extensive product testing to ensure that we only deliver the best quality sun systems to our customers. Over the past year we have been working very closely with our design and manufacturing partner going over every detail of our Orion Sun System to finally get it to its current production ready state. At this point all the necessary components are finished and ready for mass production. Our manufacturing company just need the initial capital for the first production run. Thats where you come in, with your pledges your making Orion Sun Systems a reality.  

We are very fortunate to be working so closely with our manufacturer, we will be overseeing the entire first production run first hand allowing for a timely production of about 4-8 weeks allowing us to begin shipments by June 2017 just in time for the hot summer season! 

    

 WATERPROOF DIGITAL VOLT METER

                                    TYPICAL RUN TIMES

Power Tools- 4-6 hours                   Irrigation pumps- 24+ hours 

Refrigerators- 12+ hours                 Trolling motors- 20+ hours

Microwave-6+ hours                       TV- 12+ hours

*Units recharge in under 3 hours in full sun, and 6 to 10 hours in cloudy or rainy weather.

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge we have faced during this project has been securing a dedicated and reliable source for manufacturing and distribution. We began contacting companies overseas and though the production cost were relatively low, we would have to sacrifice the quality of our product and that is something we just cannot do. We stand by our Orion Sun Systems and strive to deliver nothing but the best to our customers and we want a manufacturer that feels the same way. In order to ensure a timely production of top quality units, our only option is to manufacture right here in the U.S.A.
After several months of phone calls and emails, we've found the perfect manufacturer for our Orion Sun Systems. The factory is local allowing us to oversee the production ensuring that only the best quality materials and components are used. We feel 100% confident you will love your new system and every unit comes with a one year manufacturers warranty!
Another challenge we overcame was our competition. Lucky for us there is nothing quite like the Orion Sun System we are offering the worlds first portable self charging solar generator capable of powering large appliances for long periods of time, day or night. The most similar product is one offered by a company called Goal Zero. The main differences is that the units offered by Goal Zero are not weatherproof meaning they cannot be left outside in the rain, they do not have the ability to charge themselves, and they are hundreds of dollars more than our Orion Sun Systems, therefore making our unit the smarter buy.

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    SHOW YOUR SUPPORT! Do you believe in solar power, green energy, or just love the idea powering your off grid home, rv, boat or campsite with clean eco friendly free power? Donate $5 and keep up to date with the products progress, latest news and updates.

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    Secure your unit today by donating $50 and to show our appreciation, you will be placed on a pre order list, able to order 48 hours before the general public and receive $100 off your pre order purchase. Pre orders to begin June 15th 2017

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    Orion Sun Systems 1000W SOLAR POWER SYSTEM. We're getting the ball rolling by offering a limited number of our 1000w solar power systems (Retail value $1999.99) at a great price!!

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    Orion Sun Systems 1000W SOLAR POWER SYSTEM. We're offering a limited number of our 1000w solar power systems (Retail value $1999.99) to our early supporters and as a special thank you we are throwing in the 400w wind turbine attachment at no extra cost!

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    Orion 2000w XL unit early bird special

    Orion Sun Systems 2000W XL. Need more power? For a pledge of $2000.00 you will receive one of the first of our 2000w XL solar power systems with the wind turbine attachment, an extra UPG 12V 100Ah AGM Battery and a supplemental 100w 12v monocrystalline solar panel for faster charging and longer run time. Tested and certified right off the production line these units are ready to go, just plug and play! In addition, your power station will bump up to the front of the shipping line!

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