In our interconnected world, a power outage is particularly frustrating. But if you have an electric power plant present, never worry about dead cell phones or gadgets again.
Large capacity batteries become cheaper and more efficient. It has happened that an electric power plant in a shoe box can, in the right context, give you more mileage than a powerful, gas-powered generator. And you can use a power plant to get off the grid for a while, just pair it with some solar panels.
It will be long before you can throw out the gas generator at the cabin and replace it with a backpack friendly power plant, of course, but the current generation of power plants is quite amazing and you can easily stay on a remote campsite for days and weather . Less power outages with your cell phone and portability are still strong. [1
Fortunately, we have done the research for you. Here's our favorite powerhouse to keep juice flowing, whether you're in the deep forests, deep under the snow in power outages, or deep into a serious workplace.
EcoFlow River 412Wh Power Station ($ 550)
If you're looking for a large capacity power plant that can charge multiple units during a camping trip or power outage, take a look at the EcoFlow River. We have raved about the EcoFlow River before – it has a capacity of 412Wh, which means you can connect to the TV or light for a few days. Or, if you want to blow through these 412Wh a bit faster, you can use the EcoFlow River to connect up to 11 units at a time. The river has 2 USB Quickcharge inputs, 2 common USB inputs, 2 USB C inputs, 2 AC outlets, 2 DC outlets and 12V car port input. There are quite a few ports and considerably more than you will find at most power stations.
If you need some extra juice, you can extend the life of this power station by connecting it to an EcoFlow solar panel. But really, 412Wh is more than enough power. The only real drawback to this unit is that it is quite expensive. And if you're just trying to charge a couple of phones on a camping trip, this power plant can be a little overkill.
Suaoki 150Wh Portable Power Station ($ 126)
Some power plants can be a bit big, especially if they have many entrances. But the Suaoki power plant is about half of a shoe box, and it runs up to 10 units at a time. This power plant has 1 fast-charged USB input, 3 common USB inputs, 2 AC ports, 4 DC ports. It also has a set of built-in lamps so you can use it as a lantern (with a giant battery!) In a clamp.
Suaoki can power many devices at the same time, but it only has a 150Wh capacity, so you can't expect it to run TV and laptops for days at a time. Really, this device is best for power supplies such as fans or lights, or for charging phones and laptops. You can park Suaoki with some solar panels to extend life, which is a pretty good idea if you are trying to stay out of the net for a few days.
Jackery 240Wh Portable Power Station ($ 250)
If you are looking for a strong, intermediate power plant, consider Jackery Power Plant. It has a capacity of 240Wh, which is more than enough power to hold a TV or Mini fridge in one day.
Jackery has only two USB inputs, one AC port and one DC port. If you need a power plant that can provide your family with a long power outlet, you might be out on a power plant that has more power inputs, such as the EcoFlow River mentioned above, or upgrades to the $ 500 440Wh Jackery model. But if you just need a power plant for personal use, then 240Wh Jackery is a perfect choice.
Like other power plants, you can connect it to a solar panel. In fact, they have a 50w solar panel built specifically for Jackery power plants.
DeWALT Professional Power Station ($ 260)
Sometimes you are more concerned about charging your car battery than the phone battery. DeWALT's professional power plant is designed for car maintenance and emergency situations. It comes with a pair of alligator terminals to jump into the car battery, an air compressor to re-inflate your tires, and a set of bright work lights to help you see what you're doing. Of course, DeWALT has two AC inputs and two USB inputs so you can use it for power supplies or to charge your phone.
This is a relatively inexpensive device and it can be used for any type of purpose. But it has only two AC inputs and two USB inputs, so sharing with a family during power outages or camping trips can be difficult. You can get some extra life on this power plant by charging it with a solar panel, or passively charging it with your car's cigarette lighter when driving around. Just remember that these cigarette lighter tend to charge things very slowly.
imuto 182Wh Camping Generator ($ 130)
If you want the smallest, most affordable power plant, you should take a look at the car's power plant. It is slightly larger than a can of noise, but it has a fairly large capacity of 182Wh, and it can flow up to 7 units at a time.
Imuto has 3 DC ports, 3 common USB ports and 1 fast-charged USB port. It does not have an AC port, but you can use a first party power supply for devices up to 100w if you really need one. But to be honest, this power plant is best with laptops and mobile phones. You are not going to run a mini fridge of this thing, but you will be able to recharge a bunch of portable devices.
If a power plant can size a soda can appeal to you (and everything is more appealing when referenced in soda cans as a unit of measure) it is difficult to say no to imuto. It's quite affordable, and you can always pair it with an imuto solar panel to get some extra battery life.