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The 8 Best Solar Batteries of 2024 (and How to Choose the Right One For You)

From backup power to bill savings, home energy storage can deliver various benefits for homeowners with and without solar systems. And while new battery brands and models are hitting the market at a furious pace, the best solar batteries are the ones that empower you to achieve your specific energy goals.

In this article, we’ll identify the best solar batteries in 2024 based on some of the most desired features and some of the things to consider when choosing a solar battery for your home.

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Best Solar Batteries of 2024

Naming a single “best solar battery” would be like trying to name “The Best Car” – it largely depends on what you’re looking for. Some homeowners are looking for backup power, some are motivated to decrease their reliance on dirty electricity from the grid, and a growing number – especially in California – need battery storage to maximize the savings potential of their solar system.

The best solar battery also depends largely on whether you are installing it with a new solar system or adding it to an existing system.

So, after reviewing the technical specifications of dozens of battery models on the market, we’ve identified a few of the best options for each purpose.

Best solar batteries for backup power

Backup power for grid outages is traditionally one of the most desired features of a solar battery. While most batteries have this feature, a few stand above the rest in 2024.

Franklin Home Power

franklin home power battery

Quick facts:

  • AC-coupled
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

If you’re looking to back up everything during a grid outage (including central air conditioning), the Franklin Home Power system is clearly the preferred choice among’s network of battery installers.

By combining three 13.6 kWh aPower batteries with a single aGate controller, the Home Power system can provide up to 15 kW of continuous power and 40.8 kWh of usable energy, and a single aPower has a peak power output of 9 kW to handle large surges like an AC or freezer kicking on.

Franklin Home Power specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 13.6 kWh
Peak power 9 kW (10 seconds)
Continuous power 5 kW
Warranty 70% after 12 years or 43 MWh
Round-trip efficiency 89%
Depth of discharge 100%


At 408 pounds, a 13.6 kWH aPower battery is significantly heavier than comparable models. For example, at 359 pounds, LG’s 14.4 kWh HBC battery is over 50 pounds lighter.

It’s also notable that 13.6 kWh is the only battery size offered in the Franklin Home Power system, so it’s tough to build the system to a precise size.

LG ESS Home 8

LG ESS home8

Quick facts:

  • AC-coupled
  • Lithium Ion
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

In addition to the comfort of a globally recognized brand name, the LG ESS Home 8 offers 14.4 kWh of usable capacity, 7.5 kW of continuous power, and 9 kW of peak power, which makes it suitable for large backup loads during grid outages.

LG ESS Home 8 specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 14.4 kWh
Peak power 9 kW (10 seconds)
Continuous power 7.5 kW
Warranty 70% after 10 years or 59.8 MWh
Round-trip efficiency 90%
Depth of discharge 90%


While prices vary by installer and project type, the Home 8 tends to be on the expensive side.



Best DC-coupled batteries

The major advantage of DC-coupled batteries is much higher round-trip efficiency, which can add up to longer backup power and greater bill reductions. Higher efficiency becomes especially beneficial if you’re charging an EV from your solar battery.

It’s worth noting that DC-coupled batteries can be difficult to add to an existing solar system. So, if you plan on going the DC solar battery route, it’s best to install the battery at the same time as the solar system.

Panasonic EverVolt

panasonic evervolt battery

Quick facts:

  • AC or DC-coupled
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like: The Panasonic EverVolt has a hybrid inverter that allows it to be AC- or DC-coupled, which makes it a viable option for both existing and future solar systems. It comes in three sizes – 10, 15, and 18 kWh (nameplate power) – which can be combined to accommodate various system sizes and offers a whopping 7.6 kW of continuous power when paired with solar panels.

Panasonic EverVolt specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 9 / 13.5 / 18 kWh
Peak power 5.5 / 8.3 / 11.1 kW
Continuous power (with solar) 7.6 / 7.6 / 7.6 kW
Warranty 70% after 12 years
Round-trip efficiency 89% (AC); 94% (DC)
Depth of discharge 90%


To be honest, we’re having trouble finding a drawback to this battery option!


LG RESU Prime battery

Quick facts:

  • DC-coupled
  • Lithium-ion
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

With 97.5% roundtrip efficiency, the LG RESU Prime appears to be the most efficient solar battery on the market. If you’re load shifting on a daily basis (because of time of use rates or unfavorable export rates) that extra 7-10% efficiency quickly adds up to greater bill savings than a typical AC-coupled battery.

It comes in two sizes – 10H and 16H – which can be combined in parallel for up to 32 kWh of usable capacity and offer 100% depth of discharge.

LG RESU Prime specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 9.6 / 16 kWh
Peak power 7 / 11 kW
Continuous power (with solar) 5 / 7 kW
Warranty 70% after 10 years or 32MWh throughput
Round-trip efficiency 97.5%
Depth of discharge 100%

 Drawbacks: The two apparent drawbacks of the LG RESU Prime battery are a relatively short warranty life (10 years or 32 MWh) and the fact that as a DC-coupled battery, it is quite difficult to add to an existing solar system.

Most modular batteries

Generac PWRcell DCB

Generac PWRcell battery

Quick facts:

  • DC-coupled
  • Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt (NMC)
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

At just 3 kWh per module, the Generac PWRcell is the most flexible and customizable solar battery on our list and perhaps the market. Stack three batteries together for 9 kWh of usable capacity – ideal for Solar self-consumption and light backup – and then add up to three more per cabinet as your storage needs increase.

Plus, you gotta love the 96.5% roundtrip efficiency!

Generac PWRcell DCB specs (3 modules)

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 9 kWh
Peak power N/A
Continuous power (with solar) 4.5 kW
Warranty 10 years or 7.65MWh throughput per module
Round-trip efficiency 96.5%
Depth of discharge 84%


As a DC-coupled battery, the PWRcell is challenging to add to existing solar systems. There is also something left to be desired regarding the warranty length and depth of discharge.

Enphase IQ 5P

graphic showing Enphase IQ 5P battery and key features

Quick facts:

  • AC-coupled
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

The IQ 5P is by far Enphase’s best and most powerful battery offering to date. Better yet, it’s 5 kWh size and stackability make it incredibly versatile. Use a single module for small-scale self-consumption or stack several together to create a large backup system. Oh, and you gotta love the industry-leading 15-year warranty!

Enphase IQ specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 5 kWh
Peak power (3 seconds) 7.68 kW
Continuous power (with solar) 3.84 kW
Warranty 15 years or 6,000 discharge cycles
Round-trip efficiency 90%
Depth of discharge 98%


The drawback to the 5P is that it isn’t compatible with many of Enphase’s second-generation products, including the IQ 3T and 10T batteries. So, if you already have older Enphase batteries, you may stick with your current generation or consider a full lineup change.



Best solar battery warranties

Tesla Powerwall 2

Tesla powerwall 2 battery

Quick facts:

  • AC-coupled
  • Lithium-ion
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

The Tesla Powerwall 2 is a great overall battery with industry-leading efficiency, depth of discharge, and one of the first “unlimited cycle” warranties. Better yet, it’s often one of the most affordable options and pairs seamlessly with other Tesla products (like EV charging).

Tesla Powerwall 2 specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 13.5 kWh
Peak power (10 seconds) 7 kW
Continuous power 5 kW
Warranty 70% after 10 years (unlimited cycles)
Round-trip efficiency 90%
Depth of discharge 100%


Tesla tends to be a polarizing brand, which may play a role in your decision. There are also more concrete issues regarding customer service and availability (although the latter appears to be improving)

SunPower SunVault

sunpower sunvault battery

Quick facts:

  • AC-coupled
  • Lithium Iron Phosphate (LFP)
  • Solar self-consumption, time-of-use, and backup capable

What we like:

SunPower is a well-known and trusted solar brand and its 10-year/unlimited cycles warranty is on-par with Tesla’s. If you’re not a Tesla fan and a robust battery warranty is high on your list, the SunVault Strage system offers a great alternative.

SunPower SunVault Storage specs

Feature Measurement
Usable capacity 13 / 16 kWh
Peak power (10 seconds) 10 / 12 kW
Continuous power 6.8 kW
Warranty 70% after 10 years (unlimited cycles)
Round-trip efficiency 86%
Depth of discharge 92%


The SunVault’s round-trip efficiency and depth of discharge are a bit lower than the industry averages and SunPower tends to come with a higher price tag than other brands.

Solar Battery Features

Frankly, there is a lot to consider when choosing a solar battery. The industry jargon doesn’t help and neither does the fact that most battery features are things we don’t think about on a daily basis.

In other words: What does it all mean???

in this section, we’ll give a brief summary of some common battery terms and what they mean.

AC vs DC-coupled

It’s important to understand the difference between Alternating Current (AC) and Direct Current (DC) batteries because DC batteries, while more efficient, can be challenging to add to an existing solar system.

This is due to differences in which type of power is generated, stored, and used in each system, shown in the table below.

System Type of current
Solar panels Produce DC power
Batteries Store DC power
Home (lights, AC, fridge) Use AC power
Utility grid Distributes AC power

Existing solar systems typically have solar inverters which change the DC power produced by panels to AC power that can be consumed in your home or exported onto the grid. But if you want to store that AC power in a battery, it needs to be inverted again to DC power.

Each time the power is inverted, a little bit is lost during the inversion process (hence the lower efficiency of AC-coupled systems).

In a DC-coupled system, the DC power produced by the panels can be directly stored in the battery and inverted only once to be used in your home or exported to the grid.

Round-Trip Efficiency

Related to AC vs DC coupling, round-trip efficiency is a measure of how much of the original power put into the power can be retrieved later on.

As we mentioned above, a small amount of power is lost each time it is inverted from AC to DC, or likewise. So, for AC-coupled systems with multiple inversions, efficiency is typically around 85-90% while for DC-coupled systems with fewer inversions can boat up to 97.5%.

If you plan to use your battery on a daily basis to charge an EV or avoid peak time-of-use rates, small differences in efficiency can really add up.

Types of Solar Batteries

The next thing to consider is the composition of the battery. Every battery on our list is either lithium-ion or lithium iron phosphate (LFP). While similar, the differences are noteworthy.

LFP batteries typically have longer lifespans and increased thermal stability (aka less heat and fire risk). They also do not use nickel or cobalt, which can be toxic and dangerous to mine.

Batteries can also be categorized as backup versus consumption-only.

self consumption versus backup battery

Traditionally, the main feature of solar batteries was to provide backup power for grid outages. However, as net metering policies are weakened and removed, there is a growing demand for batteries that allow homeowners to save money by storing and using their own solar production without providing backup power – known as consumption-only or non-backup batteries.

Why would anyone want this? Well, the components, programming, and labor that go into providing backup capabilities are expensive, and removing these things can reduce the cost of a battery by 20-30%.

So, consumption-only batteries enable all of the bill-savings of a traditional backup battery at around 75% of the upfront cost – which can be well worth it for homeowners who aren’t concerned with grid outages.

Peak and continuous power

Most batteries feature two numbers that represent their capacity to provide power.

Peak power is the measure of the battery’s ability to handle surges of power, like when an air conditioner turns on. This is a short burst of energy that can typically only be sustained for 10 seconds or so.

Continuous power is a measure of how much output the battery can sustain over long periods of time. This figure is especially important if you plan on using a battery for backup power during grid outages.

Usable Capacity

Usable capacity is a figure that represents how much power you can draw from your battery at one time. This is different from the nameplate capacity, which represents the total amount of power a battery can store.

The key difference is draining a battery all the way down to 0% can damage the system and reduce its lifespan. It’s typically recommended to leave at least 10% of the nameplate capacity in the battery at all times to prevent damage, hence the term “usable capacity.”

Depth of Discharge (DoD)

Depth of Discharge is the manufacturer’s recommendation for how much power you can pull from the battery at one time relative to its total capacity.

On our list, this figure ranges from 84% to 100%. So, some manufacturers say “go ahead and empty the tank” while others say it is best to keep a minimum charge of 16%.

Battery Warranties

Like solar panels – and everything else – batteries naturally degrade over time. Battery warranties guarantee a certain level of performance over a stated time frame.

For example, every battery on our list has a warranty guaranteeing that it will have 70% of its original usable capacity available after 10-12 years or a certain level of usage (measured in throughput capacity or cycles), whichever comes first.



How to Choose the Right Solar Battery for You

As we’ve shown above, not all solar batteries are created equal, and the best battery is the one that serves your needs. So, it’s important to begin your search with some goals, beginning with your energy needs.

Assessing Your Energy Needs

In 2024, there are several reasons to want battery storage for your solar system. These include:

  1. Backing up essential systems for outages (lights, refrigeration, Wi-Fi, medical devices)
  2. Backing up your entire home (air conditioning, EV charging, heat)
  3. Load shifting to reduce your energy bill
  4. Reducing your carbon footprint as much as possible
  5. Adopting new and pioneering technologies

Your energy goal(s) will play a big part in dictating the best solar battery for you. For example, if your primary goal is bill savings, then you will likely be shopping for smaller batteries than if your goal is to backup your entire home.

Comparing Battery Specifications

Once you’ve used your energy goals to narrow down a few brands and models, take a deeper dive into the specifications. If you’re comparing backup batteries, pay attention to usable capacity and continuous power. If you’re comparing self-consumption batteries that will charge and discharge every day, focus on efficiency.

Evaluating Battery Warranties

Finally, if you’re having trouble deciding between two battery models that check all your boxes, use the warranty offerings as a decision-maker.

While the goal is to never have to use your warranty, it can be worth the peace of mind to have a more robust guarantee on your side.


Let’s face it: Choosing a solar battery can be daunting. However, by starting with your energy goals and focusing on two or three batteries that check your boxes, it can be much easier to identify a storage system that meets your needs.’s eight best solar batteries of 2024 are a great place to start. If you’re ready to compare prices, connect with an Energy Advisor to see exactly how much solar batteries cost through installers in your area.


Solar Battery FAQs

Which batteries are best for solar panels?’s top choices for best solar batteries in 2024 include Franklin Home Power, LG Home8, Enphase IQ 5P, Tesla Powerwall, and Panasonic EverVolt. However, it’s worth noting that the best battery for you depends on your energy goals, price range, and whether you already have solar panels or not.

Which is the best solar battery company?

Some of the best solar battery companies in 2024 include LG, Panasonic, Enphase, Tesla, SunPower, and Sonnen. These companies all have a track record of producing quality products and offer some of the most robust warranties on the market.

Which solar batteries last the longest?

Since solar batteries are a relatively new technology, we are still waiting to see which batteries last the longest. However, it’s worth noting that Tesla and SunPower offer 10 year/unlimited cycle warranties, while Franklin and Panasonic offer 12-year warranties.



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