Affordable and efficient portable power is a necessity these days to keep our electronic devices powered on the go. But there are literally dozens of options to choose from, making it extremely difficult to decide which mobile charging solution is best for you. We’ve sifted through tons of portable power options and come up with six of the best portable power stations to keep your smartphones, tablets, laptops, and other devices running while living off the grid.
The best overall:Jackery Explorer 1000
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Jackery has been a mainstay in the portable power market for several years and today the company continues to set the standard. With three AC outlets, two USB-A and two USB-C plugs, you have plenty of options to keep your devices charged.
The 1002Wh lithium batteries in the Explorer 1000 provide up to eight laptop charges, 50 camera charges, or 100 phone charges. You can charge the Power Station from an AC outlet, a DC outlet in your car, or a compatible solar panel. A built-in LCD display also shows the generator’s current charge levels and depletion and recharge rates. Read the Jackery Explorer 1000 review.
The best for the campsite: EcoFlow Delta
EcoFlow has become one of the most interesting options for use at remote campsites. The EcoFlow Delta offers an incredible 1,260 watt hours of battery life. Coupled with its 13 different charging ports – including six AC outlets – this portable generator actually provides enough power to power small devices like an LCD TV or mini fridge. Better still, the battery charges from empty to 80% in less than an hour.
The EcoFlow Delta has an integrated handle that makes it easy to transport to and from camp. It works even in extreme conditions and continues to work in temperatures from -4 degrees to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. When you need a powerhouse to keep your mobile devices, cameras, drones and other backcountry devices running, the EcoFlow Delta is a great option.
The best for the long haul: Anker 757
Behemoth power plants don’t come cheap, and unlike a laptop or phone, there’s not exactly a store at the mall to lug your own into if it starts smoking. If you’re spending more than $1,000 on a device and you’re going to rely on it for emergencies, you’d better trust it to work for the long haul. For this security we recommend the anchor 757.
All of the brands we recommend here have solid reputations, but Anker offers something the others don’t: a five-year warranty. That’s a big deal considering that Jackery and EcoFlow only support theirs for two years. With 1,500 watts of AC power, you can power almost anything you would plug into a household outlet, and the 1,229 Wh capacity is enough to power a modern full-size refrigerator for about a day. Oh, it also looks like it would feel right at home aboard a space station, which is a refreshing pop of industrial design in a field of repetitive plastic boxes.
The best for the mobile professional: Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC
Modern streetfighters require a different level of portable power than other users. Not only do they need to keep their smartphones, tablets, and other devices charged, but they also need to keep their laptops powered and ready for work. The Goal Zero Sherpa 100AC was designed with them in mind, offering not only four USB ports, but also a power outlet and wireless charging pad. Its compact and lightweight design – weighing just 2 pounds – makes it easy to take with you almost anywhere.
The Sherpa 100AC is equipped with a high-capacity battery and can also be used to charge camera batteries, drones and Bluetooth speakers. For the on-the-go pro, this $300 battery pack is a godsend, keeping a variety of tech going no matter where they head next.
The best for your car: Noco Boost Plus GB40
A backup generator for your home is a smart option, but we also recommend taking a portable power source for your car. The Noco Boost Plus GB40 is a lightweight and compact device with a variety of features that come in handy in emergency situations. For example, the device comes with a set of jumper cables and can start a whopping 50 vehicles on a full charge before the internal battery itself needs to be charged.
The Noco Boost Plus GB40 is IP65 waterproof and includes a built-in flashlight with up to 100 lumens of illumination. It can even double as a flashing hazard warning light to warn oncoming traffic of roadside obstacles. The power bank is equipped with a USB port to power a smartphone or tablet on the go.
The best for smartphones: Anker PowerCore Speed
Sometimes we need a power plant that’s a little more portable than the other options on this list. That’s where the Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless comes in. This compact and lightweight battery pack packs a 10,000mAh battery, which is enough to charge an iPhone at least twice. With its automatic detection and surge protection circuitry, the PowerCore keeps our mobile devices safe while charging their internal batteries.
The PowerCore III 10K Wireless features two USB battery ports, both of which support Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 technology. This feature safely charges devices almost four times faster than usual – a handy option when charging on the go. The most useful part of this battery is its Qi wireless charging feature, eliminating the need for additional fiddling with cables. It even has a little built-in kickstand so you can enjoy a show while your phone charges.