Planning a day-long tailgate party or camping trip and need to juice up your electronics or appliances? Portable power stations give you power wherever you want, whenever you need. Portable power stations are the smaller cousins of generators, but they do the job just as well, keeping your phone and other electronics charged and running smoothly.
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240
The Jackery Explorer 240 is an affordable, entry level power station equipped with a 240Wh lithium-ion battery pack. Weighing only 6.6 lbs. and capable of providing your phone with 24 charges, it’s no surprise that this compact power source will be your go-to companion. The solid handle makes it easy to carry around for outdoor adventures. This power station can also be recharged by the Jackery SolarSaga 60 solar panel, which is sold separately. (Its built-in MPPT controller enables the solar panel to operate at its max power point for the power station to be recharged at its highest efficiency.)
Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen160s
Looking for a battery backup supply that’s small and quiet? Look no further. As the smallest and lightest portable power station on the market, the Westinghouse iGen160s will fit in your backpack with no problem. It is engineered without an engine, which means it uses no fuel, needs no maintenance, and generates no noise for a hassle-free experience. Without fumes or special care, this is the ultra-versatile silent power source to take anywhere! The outlet options are plentiful, with two 120V outlets, four USB ports including a USB-C and QualComm Quick Charge 3.0 USB outlet. You can also shine your way through the night with the three-mode lighting to keep as a bedside lamp or flashlight.
Flashfish 330W Portable Power Station
This unit boasts high AC outlets and large capacity for a portable power station. Unlike other backup powers with large AC output but small capacity, or with large capacity but small AC rated power, the Flashfish is equipped with both 330W AC outputs for large devices like a portable freezer or TV. Per the instruction manual, the unit should hold a full charge for about three months. It doesn’t have a built in DC/cigarette lighter style outlet for 12v appliances, but it does have an adapter which you could then plug a splitter into it. And on the upside, it has a helpful built-in display which shows battery life. There are five bars, and each bar represents approximately 20% battery life, so you can really know how much you have left.
EcoFlow RIVER Pro Portable Power Station 720Wh
The RIVER Pro can power up to 10 devices simultaneously with multiple outlet options, including 3 pure sine wave AC outlets. For a power output of 720Wh you can imagine the size should be comparable, so this unit will weigh a little under 17 lbs. Another standout feature is that you can recharge from 0-80% within just one hour, thanks to its patented EcoFlow X-Stream technology. The EcoFlow RIVER is designed for easy and user-friendly control with the convenient EcoFlow App which lets you visualize and monitor the power usage in the palm of your hands.
MILIN Portable Power Station 622Wh
Run all of your road trip essential devices for hours, including laptops, phones, tablets, fans, drones, radios and cameras. This power station uses efficient heat dissipation by monitoring battery temperatures and providing self- regulating high temperature protection. The MILIN Portable Power Station was developed by a team of professional engineers and is backed by an excellent Battery Management System so you can be assured 100% charging safety with overheating or risk of short-circuiting.