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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. 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.