When summer arrives, a lot of people are stepping out to enjoy the outdoor scenes with friends and family. We all love nature but none of us like to get sweat too much. There's nothing quite like the relief of stepping into a cool, air-conditioned space. And that’s why a lot of people will bring a small portable air conditioner with them. However, it is hard to find electricity in some remote areas or campsites. Thus, having a reliable power source for the AC is important. And that’s why portable power stations become so popular.
From camping and road trips to emergencies, portable power stations can power a wide range of devices and appliances, such as TVs, space heaters, mini-coolers, mini-fridge, air conditioners, and so forth.
These compact and versatile units come equipped with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries, inverters, and multiple outlets, allowing you to charge multiple devices all at once. However, to choose the right and best portable power stations for your air conditioner outdoors, factors like compatibility, performance, and overall satisfaction should be considered before purchasing.
The Amount Of Power For Different Air Conditioners
We use air conditioners in two different scenes: at home or outdoors. Nowadays, many families have installed either central air conditioners or ductless air conditioners. When going outdoors, people tend to bring a portable air conditioner with them to stay cool.
Depending on the length of use, central air conditioners take about 2000W to 3000W power to operate whereas ductless air conditioners take about 700 to 2000 W. So if you want to power these 2 types of air conditioners, you will need to choose portable power stations with higher output and capacity. For household air conditioners, you are more likely to choose a home backup solar system or portable power stations with expandable batteries.
When it comes to portable air conditioners for camping, outdoor lives, and RV lives, they range from 100W to 1000W, depending on different sizes and brands. For portable air conditioners, you can select portable power stations with a rated power of around 1000W to 2000W.
For how long portable power stations can power a portable AC, use the formula below:
Duration(hrs)=capacity of the portable power station*0.85/power of the AC
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Let’s use POWEREPUBLIC T1200 portable power station(1200W/1110Wh) and a 230W portable AC as an example.
Duration=1110Wh*0.85/230W=4hrs. That being said, T1200 can power a 230 portable AC for about 4 hours. If you charge other devices at the same time, the working time for the AC will decrease. So look for portable power stations with higher output power and capacity if you want to run an AC for a longer time while charging other devices and appliances.
The Benefits of Using Portable Power Station To Power Air Conditioners Outdoor
1. Portability and Mobility
One of the key advantages of portable power stations is their portability. They are compact, lightweight, and easy to carry around, making them ideal for camping trips, RV adventures, outdoor events, or even during power outages. With their grab-and-go design, you can stay cool and comfortable wherever you roam.
2. Off-Grid Power
Portable power stations can operate independently. This makes them invaluable in remote areas or situations where access to electrical outlets is limited. With a fully charged portable power station, you can power your air conditioner and enjoy a refreshing breeze in the wilderness, on a boat, or in any other off-grid setting.
3. Versatile Power Output
Portable power stations offer a range of output options, such as AC outlets, DC ports, USB ports, and car chargers, which allows you to power various devices at the same time. No matter you have a small portable air conditioner for your tent or a larger unit for your RV, portable power stations with enough power and capacity ensure compatibility and efficient power delivery.
4. Quiet and Emission-Free Operation
Portable power stations operate quietly compared to traditional generators, making them ideal in camping grounds, outdoor events, or any situation where noise pollution is a concern. Additionally, portable power stations are emission-free and produce zero waste to the environment.
5. Efficient and User-Friendly
Portable power stations often feature built-in inverters to convert DC(direct current) into AC(alternative current) for your devices, ensuring a seamless and reliable connection to your air conditioner. Many models also have advanced features like LCD screens for monitoring battery status, multiple charging options, and safety features such as overload protection and temperature control.
How To Select The Best Portable Power Stations For Your Portable ACs?
1. Battery Capacity & Output Power
Before selecting the best portable power station for portable ACs, make sure you know the power requirement of the ACs. Usually, you can find it on the back of the ACs.
In general, a portable air conditioner would require around 100W to 1000 Watts of power. Thus, the portable power station should have a running power of around 500W to 2000W if you want to run the AC for a longer time while charging other devices such as cell phones, laptops, and other essentials that need consistent power.
If you want to know how long a portable power station can power a portable AC, look at the capacity, which is measured in watt-hour(Wh). The higher the watt-hour of the portable power station, the longer it can power a portable AC.
2. The Number Of Output Ports
Check the available output ports on the portable power station. Ensure it has a compatible AC outlet for your air conditioner's plug. Some power stations offer pure sine wave inverters, which provide a stable and clean power output, ideal for sensitive electronics like air conditioners. Additionally, consider if the power station has DC ports, USB ports, or other outlets to power other devices simultaneously.
POWEREPUBLIC T1200 portable power station has 6 AC outlets, 2 USB ports, 1 Type C, and 1 QC.3.0, making it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. With a running power of 1200W, surge power of 2400W, and 1110Wh capacity, it can power portable ACs ranging from 100W to 300W for about 3 to 9 hours.
3. Battery Type and Charging Options
Different power stations utilize various battery types, such as lithium-ion or lithium-iron phosphate (LiFePO4). Lithium-ion batteries are commonly preferred due to their higher energy density, lighter weight, and longer lifespan. Check the battery type and assess its pros and cons based on your requirements.
Additionally, consider the available charging options for the power station, such as solar charging, AC wall outlet charging, or car charging, depending on your intended usage. You don’t want a portable power station with a slow recharge time. So make sure to see if the portable power station selects 2 or more charging options at the same time, such as dual AC or AC+Solar.
4. Size, Weight, and Portability
Evaluate the size, weight, and portability of the power station, especially if you plan to use it in mobile or outdoor settings. Consider factors such as the dimensions, carrying handles, and overall weight. A compact and lightweight power station will be more convenient to transport, making it easier to take along on camping trips or other outdoor adventures.
POWEREPUBLIC T1200 portable power station is about 14kg(30 pounds), which is quite easy to carry around with you. However, it is important to know that if you want to power the AC for a longer time, you will need portable power stations with higher output and capacity. But higher output and capacity mean heavier and less portable. So make sure to fully evaluate the balance between portability and the working time before getting a portable power station.
5. Additional Features and Safety
Look for additional features that enhance user experience and safety. These may include LCDs for battery monitoring, built-in surge protection, overload protection, temperature control, or even built-in flashlights. These features can add convenience and peace of mind when using the power station.
All POWEREPUBLUC portable power stations have a BMS(battery management system) with 6 protections to ensure the safety of the lithium-ion battery packs, including Overcharge Protection, Over-discharge Protection, Over-current Protection, Temperature Protection, Short Circuit Protection, and Cell Balancing.
In conclusion, selecting the best portable power station for your portable air conditioner can greatly enhance your comfort and enjoyment, particularly during the hot and humid summer.
Consider crucial factors such as power requirements, capacity, output ports, battery type, charging options, size, weight, and additional features when making your selection. Carefully evaluating these aspects will ensure that you find a portable power station capable of efficiently powering your air conditioner, whether you're camping, traveling in an RV, or facing a power outage.
A reliable and well-suited portable power station offers portability, off-grid power capabilities, versatile output options, quiet operation, and user-friendly features.
Imagine the convenience of maintaining a cool and comfortable environment wherever you go. Investing in the right portable power station for your portable air conditioner empowers you to do just that. It allows you to experience increased comfort, freedom, and flexibility in your adventures, ensuring that you can enjoy your activities without the worry of sweltering heat.
Take the time to assess your air conditioning requirements, explore the available options, and choose the portable power station that will provide you with the cooling relief you desire. Embrace the ability to create a refreshing oasis no matter where you find yourself, and revel in the joy of sweat-less enjoyment.