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If you are an outdoor enthusiast who likes to go outdoors frequently, one thing you must have for your trip is a portable power station that allows you to have enough power to charge all your devices on the go. These compact devices have become dramatically popular and demanding these days as more and more people are seeking outdoor ventures to experience different lifestyles.
As we all know, portable power stations vary in size, weight, output, and capacity. So when you are going to purchase one, there are a lot of factors needed to consider, such as your actual power needs, length of your trip, frequency of using it, the number of devices and appliances you need to power at once, and so forth. By knowing these factors, you can select the most suitable portable power station or solar generator for yourself.
First Thing First - What’s A Portable Power Station?
You can comprehend it in this way: it is a giant rechargeable and portable lithium-ion battery that stores energy for electronic devices and appliances. Portable power stations with higher output and capacity are powerful enough to run major household appliances during a blackout or a power outage. Portable power stations with lower output and capacity are ideal for camping, hiking, fishing, van life, etc., as they are lightweight and very easy to carry around with you on the go.
The main components in a portable power station include a lithium-ion battery pack, inverter, Input & output port, control panel, and so forth. If you want to know about them, click HERE.
When connecting a portable power station with a solar panel, together they become a solar generator, which can be charged via solar panels, AC adapters, and carports.
Some Key Terms About Portable Power Stations
Portable power stations are usually rated in watts (W) which is the measure of the amount of power. The greater the watts, the more power it can provide you on a single charge. If you want to know the working time of a portable power station, look at another measure called watt-hour(Wh), which indicates battery capacity. The higher the watt-hour, the longer it can power your devices and appliances continuously.
Besides that, pay attention to two other sub-measures of watts: continuous power(running power) and peak power(surge power). Continuous power, also known as running power, is the amount of power a portable power station can provide consistently. For example, POWEREPUBLIC T1200 has a rated power of 1200W, which means it can provide up to 1200W power when powering your devices and appliances simultaneously.
Peak power, also known as surge power, is the maximum amount of power in a short burst. Most appliances require a certain amount of power to start up, usually double the power that is written on the back. For example, POWEREPUBLIC T1200 has a surge power of 2400W, meaning that it can provide a maximum of 2400W power for some household appliances to start up.
Click HERE to learn more about running power and starting power.
How To Select The Best Portable Power Stations?
When selecting a portable power station for your needs, it is important to know what devices and appliances you need to power and for how long you want to power them. These two questions are the foundation of choosing the right portable power station.
First, find out the total watts you need by adding all the running power of your devices and appliances together to see if the power of the portable power station can handle it. The running power is often listed on the back. However, if you only find the measurement for amps and voltage, you can multiply them together to convert them into watts. Also, check the starting power of each device and appliance to see whether it exceeds the surge power of the portable power station or not.
Second, you need to figure out how many hours you plan to power the devices by using the formula below to estimate the working time:
Working time(hr)=Watt-hour of the portable power station*0.85/Total power of your devices
Let’s take POWEREPUBLIC T1200 Portable Power Station(1200W/1110Wh) as an example.
The total power of your devices is about 500W, thus:
Working time(hr)=1110Wh*0.85/500W=1.8 hours.
(If want to know more about the conversion rate, click HERE).
By knowing the total power of your devices, you can easily estimate the working time to see if the chosen portable power station is right for your needs.
POWEREPUBLIC Portable Power Stations For Different Uses
1. T306, 300W/296Wh, Surge 600W
Portable power for small devices on the go, like cell phones, laptops, cameras, drones, GPS, fans, and so forth.
2. T1200,1200W/1110Wh, Surge 2600w
Weekend getaway power source. If you are planning for a road trip for about 1-2 days, T1200 is right for you as it can power some larger items like coffee machines, blenders, space heaters, TVs, fridges and coolers, pancake machines, and so forth.
3. T2200, 2200W/2240Wh, Surge 4500W
Outdoors/Indoors. If you are looking for a power source that can be used both indoors and outdoors, the T2200 is right for you as it’s capable of powering almost all outdoor gear as well as some household appliances.
4. T3000, 3000W/3200Wh, Surge 6000W
Emergency backup at home for power outages. T3000 can power almost all household appliances. Perfect for off-grid living and power outages.
Scene 1: Weekend Getaway/Car Camping
If you are driving to some beautiful spots to spend your weekend with your friends and loved ones, you may bring your phone, camera, speaker, fan, projectors, and so forth.
In this case, a POWEREPUBLIC T306 portable power station would be great for you. With 300W power, 296Wh capacity, and 6 output ports, it can power all the small essentials on the go. Also, with less than 10 pounds, it is compact and very easy to carry around. It is also compatible with a 100W portable solar panel. If you value portability and space, choose T306 for your next adventure.
If you are planning to power some larger items like coffee machines, blenders, space heaters, TVs, electric grills, etc., choose a POWEREPUBLIC T1200 portable power station(1200W/1110Wh). With more than 10 output ports, you can charge multiple devices all at once. It is also compatible with either a 100W portable solar panel or a 200W solar panel.
Scene 2: Remote Working
If you planning to get rid of the concrete jungle and work wherever you go, you may have to bring your laptop, cell phone, Starlink, camera, and so forth.
In this case, a POWEREPUBLIC T306 portable power station would be great for you. With 300W power, 296Wh capacity, and 6 output ports, it can power all the small essentials on the go. Also, with less than 10 pounds, it is compact and very easy to carry around. By connecting T306 with a 100W solar panel, you can harness the sun's power and recharge it wherever you go. Choose T306 if you like to work remotely.
Scene 3: Van Life
If you live in a van, having a reliable power source is very important. Besides powering your small essentials to stay connected to the world, you will also need to power some larger items like TVs, blenders, coffee machines, pancake machines, electric grills, (water/space)heaters, mini-fridges and mini coolers, and so forth.
Choose POWEREPUBLIC T2200 portable power station(2200W/2240Wh). With more than 12 output ports, you can charge multiple devices all at once. Also, since the battery capacity is high, you can use it as an alternative power source during power outages or in some campsites where electricity is not accessible at the moment. No power, no worry. Let T2200 back you up.
Scene 4: Off-Grid Living/Power Outages
If you live off-grid or live in some areas where power outages happen often, choose POWEREPUBLIC T3000 portable power station(3000W/3200Wh). With more than 12 output ports, you can charge multiple devices all at once. Also, since the surge power of T3000 is 6000W, it can power almost all household appliances during power outages and back you up until the electricity is recovered.
Some Additional Features To Consider When Selecting A Portable Power Station
Besides the factors mentioned above, please also consider the following features:
Outlets: Check the available output ports on the power station. This will help you determine how many devices and appliances you can charge at one time.
Weight and Portability: If you plan to use it for camping or outdoor activities, a lightweight and compact design would be beneficial.
Recharge Options: Look at the recharge options provided by the power station, such as solar panels, AC outlets, and car chargers.
Brand Reputation and Reviews: Research the reputation of the brand and read customer reviews to gain insights into reliability, performance, warranty, and durability. Don’t risk your money.
In conclusion, there’s no doubt that portable power stations play an important role in outdoor life. It's essential to know your power requirements before getting one. Consider both continuous power output and surge power to run your devices and appliances. This will help you determine whether a portable power station can handle it without limitations.
Furthermore, by considering other factors such as different scenarios, portability, battery capacity, charging options, safety features, additional functionalities, brand reputation, warranty, etc., you can choose the most suitable portable power station for your needs. With the right-sized portable power station, you can enjoy a seamless, reliable, and durable power supply wherever you go.
Let POWEREPUBLIC portable power stations back you up.