Portable power stations are rechargeable lithium-ion battery packs that come with AC outlets, DC carports and USB charging ports. These lightweight wonders can keep all your gadgets charged from smartphones, tablets and laptops to small appliances such as mini refrigerators, fans and even drones.
In addition to regular power, these stations can be compatible with separately sold solar panels that can be recharged enabling the production of clean and green energy to safely power your electronic devices.
Below are a few of the best portable power stations available. Besides making your outdoor life easier, they are also some of the most advanced, easy to travel with and lightweight generators you can buy. They are now quieter than a window air conditioner or the average conversation and can be recharged safely anywhere while living indoors, outdoors or even a carport.
1. WEN 56200i Portable Inverter Generator
The WEN 2,000-watt inverter generator allows you to safely power your sensitive electronics with clean energy and quiet operation. You can save fuel and money with the eco-mode setting which allows the generator’s motor to automatically adjust its fuel consumption as items are plugged and unplugged from the panel, preventing the usage of unnecessary gasoline. This clean power is ideal to safely operate and prevent damage to sensitive electronics such as smartphones, tablets, TVs and computers.
PROS: This unit is extremely quiet, quieter than a window air conditioner or the average conversation.
CONS: The oil needs to be changed every 25 hours.
2. Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240
The Jackery Portable Power Station means never being short of power when you are outside. This powerful battery backup has a large charging capacity to keep your devices charged, is lightweight at just 6.6 pounds and comes with an easy-to-carry handle. The Jackery also comes with a green and clean power supply which allows you to plug it into a wall outlet, carport or compatible solar panel (sold separately) for recharging. Recharge your smartphones, laptops, GoPro’s, drones, mini projectors, mini-refrigerators and most any other small power appliances.
PROS: This power station features a backlit LCD display that shows battery operating status and enables easy reading, even in the sun.
CONS: The Jackery does not come with a carrying case.
3. Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station
Push power to up to seven small devices like laptops, cell phones and CPAP machines at once with the Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Portable Power Station. The Yeti has three USB ports and two 120-volt AC ports with 300W and 1200W surge pure-sine wave inverters. Designed and engineered by a group of power station experts in the US, the Yeti features a clear LCD screen that keeps users informed on their battery life. The generator has a 12-month shelf life that means it’ll be ready in the case of an emergency and the lithium battery can be replaced by the user when necessary, thus extending the life of the generator.
Pros: The Yeti can be fully charged in only five hours using the USB port or wall outlet.
Cons: The Yeti has a big price tag and does not come with a solar charger, although one can be purchased separately.
4. SUAOKI Portable Power Station
SUAOKI’s Portable Power Station is small in size with a big charging capacity that is made to be the ideal outdoor charger. It is designed and engineered for your hiking, camping, music festivals, tailgating and road trips’ power supply. This advanced portable generator features multiple charging ports, comes with a built-in emergency flashlight, five LED lights that show battery life status and an easy-carry handle that is user friendly to conveniently take anywhere.
PROS: There are three ways of recharging: car charger, wall charger and solar panel.
CONS: If you require powerful charging of mini appliances, this might not be the best option.
5. Aeiusny Portable Solar Generator Power Station
The Aeiusny Portable Solar Generator Power Station is a 400-watt charger that can power small electronics through multiple outlets, including three AC outlets, two DC ports and four USB ports. The rechargeable lithium power pack included in the Aeiusny is powerful enough to charge the iPhone X 40 times or a 30-watt laptop for 10 hours. The generator is fully charged in 10-15 hours from a 12-volt port in a car or 6-7 hours from an AC wall outlet. Perfect for camping, festivals, or power outages, the Aeiusny can power small appliances and comes with a one year warranty.
Pros: The Aeiusny is quiet and weighs only 7.5 pounds, making it one of the most portable options on our list.
Cons: The Aeiusny can be recharged in 10-15 hours of full sun using the company’s 60W solar panel, but the panel must be purchased separately.
6. Rainier Power Station Outdoor Inverter Generator
The Rainier Power Station Outdoor Inverter Generator is a gas-powered inverter generator that boasts 1800 watts of power and 2200 watts during peak output. Power small appliances through the Rainier’s two 120-volt 20A household outlets and one 12-volt 8A DC power outlet. An eco-mode lets users conserve energy and maximize fuel efficiency. Rainier takes the guesswork out of the generator’s levels, with the control panel including a Low Oil Alarm, Overload Alarm and Output Indicator.
Pros: The Rainier is one of the quietest generators on our list, with a noise output of only 52 dBA.
Cons: The Rainier tips the scales at 44 pounds.
7. ROCKPALS Portable Power Station
For a small but powerful portable generator that can handle multiple devices at once, we recommend the ROCKPALS Portable Power Station. The Rockpals boasts 300 watts of continuous power, with a 600-watt max. Power and charge multiple electronics at once using the Rockpals two USB 2.1A ports or for faster charging, using the generator’s two USB 3.0 ports. An AC outlet is also included. Keep an eye on the Rockpal’s lithium battery charge with the generator’s large LCD screen, which also shows AC-output watts and voltage, as well as solar and AC input. The Rockpals comes with three charging options including a MC4 cable, 110-volt wall charger, and 12-volt car charger, which can charge the generator in six to nine hours.
Pros: The compact Rockpals weighs only 7.3 pounds and features a built-in handle, making it a truly portable option.
Cons: The Rockpals loses charge on the shelf when not in use and therefore isn’t a good option for emergency situations.
8. Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator
Put your Champion 3800-Watt Dual Fuel RV Ready Portable Generator to work straight out of the box using either gas or propane. The Champion can power small to medium sized electronics and appliances for hours, including an RV air conditioner, with nine hours of run time on a full tank of gas or 10.5 hours of run time on a 20-pound propane tank. The Champion is easy to use and has a push-button electric start. Equipped with an LPG hose and regulator, the Champion has rugged, never-flat tires that make it easy to push on cement, gravel and grass.
Pros: The Champion features two 120V 20A household outlets that offer added protection to appliances and electronics against power surges thanks to a built-in volt guard.
Cons: The Champion comes with a big price tag and a big weight limit at 122 pounds. It also doesn’t give an option for solar or battery charging.