Best portable power stations of 2024 – TechRadar

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The best portable power stations are built to keep you connected on the go, whether you’re at work or camping. We got our hands dirty testing and comparing the top-rated models to see which are worth your time. 

Portable power stations are useful when you need to power or charge electrical devices, but can’t connect to a standard outlet or charging station. These power stations contain a high-capacity rechargeable battery, which makes them quieter and cheaper to run than fuel generators. They’re also longer-lasting than even the the best power banks and best laptop power banks. These power stations come equipped with plug sockets, USB ports, and more, which means you can run almost any device off the grid, provided that you charge up the power station first.

There are many different models on the market from brands like EcoFlow, Bluetti, Ugreen, and Anker. But which portable power station is the best? 

Our expert review team went hands-on with the top units, testing battery capacity, connectivity, and port selection. We also assessed the weight and portability of those regularly transporting the unit. Battery health, charging times, and our first-hand experience using the best portable power stations also came sharply into focus during our review process.

The quick list

Want to find out what the best portable power stations are? Below, you’ll find a roundup of our choices. You can jump to a more detailed review of every pick, along with our price comparison tool to help you find the best deals.

The best portable power station of 2024

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Below, you’ll find full write-ups for each of the best portable power stations on our list. We’ve tested each one extensively, so you can be sure that our recommendations are trustworthy.

Best portable power station overall

1. EcoFlow Delta 2 Max

Our top choice of portable power station


Capacity: 2048Wh

Charge Cycles: 3000 cycles to 80+% capacity

Weight and Dimensions: 23kg / 19.6 × 9.5 × 12 in

Ports: 6x AC Outlet, 4x USB-A, 2x USB-C, 2x DC5521, 1x Car Outlet,

Reasons to buy


Expandable Storage


Bluetooth / Wi-Fi Connectivity


6x three-pronged AC outlets


Superfast Charging


Solar panel input

Reasons to avoid

Can trip breakers at home when recharging if not careful

No wireless charging top

Buy it if

✅ You want the Cadillac of portable power stations: This is EcoFlow’s top-tier portable power station with all the bells and whistles including Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity to track metrics, divert power, and check status.

✅ You want six three-pronged AC Outlets: EcoFlow’s full-featured option stands out with its six three-pronged AC outlets, unlike the usual two-pronged ones.

✅ You want solar options: If you’re looking for a high-capacity portable power station that can also recharge off the grid using the sun, the EcoFlow Delta 2 Max has fantastic solar panels that recharge the large battery quickly.

Don’t buy it if

You’re looking for a mid-priced portable power station: EcoFlow’s Delta 2 Max is just under $2000 base, with an additional $500 – 600 for the solar panels, and another $1400 for an extra battery. It’s pricy, but EcoFlow runs deals occasionally dropping that price a bit.

❌ You want wireless charging: The trend these days with portable batteries, regardless of the main intent of the battery, is to include wireless charging. This power station missed the memo though, without qi charging built in.

❌ You need wheels to tote this around: Sometimes when power banks get this big and heavy, manufacturers add wheels to help when moving the power station. EcoFlow didn’t feel that was necessary for the Delta 2 Max though.

The bottom line

🔋 The Delta 2 Max is EcoFlow’s top-tier portable power station with phenomenal performance, plenty of ports, expandability, and solar input. This model even has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity which pairs with a companion app, allowing for even more detailed control and metrics. ★★★★★

What you need to know

The EcoFlow Delta 2 Max Portable Power Station is impressive. Not only is it a demanding power station due to its stature, but also because of just how well it works. It has the ability to charge nearly all appliances in a home in case of a power outage, it can run solely from 1000W Max solar power input if desired, it can be expanded up to 6kWh with additional batteries, and it even has an attachment to be a plug and play solution to take over as smart-controlled redundant backup in case of a power outage at your house. Usually, portable power stations have some cool features, but the EcoFlow Delta 2 Max seems to be in a race of its own, ahead of the pack with quite a few remarkable specs to find in a portable model.

Design: The overall design of this portable power station is fairly simple. Unlike what we normally see on power stations with the control panel and outlets on the widest side of the device, this power station uses the narrower side as the interface side, with the exact opposite side (the other narrow side) being the place to plug in cables to add power to the bank and all the AC outlets are back there too. If you want to take advantage of the extra power banks, the ports for those connections live on the right side if you’re looking at the control panel. On the left lives some vents to help circulate air.

Performance: During our time testing the EcoFlow Delta 2 Max, it performed wonderfully without any issues. We could easily connect to the smart features and perform some firmware updates, and we were up and running in no time. Even while this thing is running a heavy load, it’s still whisper quiet compared to what we would expect, especially compared to an equivalent gas generator. The solar panels are easy to unfold and set up if you harness the sun’s power for your electricity. Beyond that, we were also shocked by how fast the battery fully charged. According to the spec sheets, this massive battery charges to 80% in 1.1 hours on standard AC outlet power, or 43 minutes utilizing the 1000W solar input in addition to the AC outlet.

Battery Capacity: Looking again at the specsheets, the EcoFlow Delta 2 Max’s max battery capacity with two battery packs is over 6kWh at 6144Wh. Without the extra battery packs, the main unit still has a maximum battery capacity of 2048Wh. 

Value for money: The package we have is worth about $2,540. That includes the main unit and a pack of 220W solar panels. If you wanted to choose to pick up both battery extensions and solar panels, a fully kitted system would run well over $5,000. But, depending on what you will be using the system for, that may be entirely worth it.

The Delta 2 Max is EcoFlow’s top-tier portable power station with phenomenal performance, plenty of ports, expandability, and solar input. This model even has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity which pairs with a companion app, allowing for even more detailed control and metrics.

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EcoFlow Delta 2 Max test results
Attributes Notes Rating
Price Expensive, but high quality ★★★★☆
Design Simple, powerful, lightweight ★★★★★
Performance Outstanding, while quiet ★★★★★
Battery Capacity Large capacity, can be expanded ★★★★★

Best portable power station for outdoors

2. Anker 767 PowerHouse

Ideal when you’re heading outside


Capacity: 2048Wh

Charge Cycles: 3,000

Weight and Dimensions: 20.7 x 15.5 x 9.8 in

Ports: 2x USB-C, 3x USB-A, 4x AC Outlet 2x Car outlets, 1x TT-30R,

Reasons to buy


Wheels and “Tow” arm


TT-30R Outlet


Built-in Light Bar


Companion App for more control

Reasons to avoid

No wireless charging top

Heavy, needs the wheels for easy transport

Buy it if

✅ You want a high capacity battery: This battery is quite large coming in at 2048Wh. With an expansion, it can jump to 4096Wh. That’s a huge, currently matching our #1 in size.

✅ You want an easy to maneuver powerstation: The Anker 767 PowerHouse has built in wheels and a retractable handle to make moving this beast of a powerstation as easy as moving a suitcase.

✅ You have an RV: The 767 PowerHouse boats quite a few ports, one of the most surprising is the inclusion of the TT-30R outlet, which is used heavily by RVs.

Don’t buy it if

You’re looking for a lightweight power station: The Anker PowerHouse 767 is not for the faint of heart. It weighs a whopping 67lb. Granted, it has wheels, but it’s still hefty.

❌ You want a kWh of battery backup: Even with the battery extension, this power station maxes out at 4096Wh, just under half of a kWh.

❌ You want easy home installation as a backup: While this power station could absolutely run aspects of your home, and, with some fancy wiring, could be ran into your main breaker, that’s not something this model promotes.

The bottom line

🔋 The PowerHouse 767 is Anker’s (Anker Solix)’s flagship portable power station, and it shows. It has a wide range of ports, great capacity, easy maneuverability and a built in light bar. What more could you ask for?  ★★★★★

What you need to know

Anker’s PowerHouse 767 Portable Power Station is an impressive power station, to say the least. It thrives in the outdoors, though, in our mind. Yes, it could be used just around the house, but with the built-in wheels, RV outlet, and built-in light bar, this feels like a portable power station designed to be taken on fun adventures and put to the test. While we did not get them to test, we can get solar panels with this power station, as we see with many high-end models. Also, this power station can be controlled via the companion app. We can divert power to certain port types through the app, see the discharge or recharge status, and much more.

Design: As mentioned, this massive portable power station has a few unique features worth noting. First, this power station has wheels and a retractable handle, much like a rolling suitcase. The wheels are rugged enough and large enough to go over some outdoor terrain, and the handle can hold well over the weight of the PowerHouse 767. Next, this power station has an RV outlet. We’ve seen a lot of power stations, and not many have this outlet. So, if you have an RV and are looking for a power station, knowing that this could run your entire RV if needed is a huge gain. In fact, pro tip, if where you are staying does not have one, this could even act as an adapter. Lastly, this power station has a built-in, multi-brightness LED light bar to help illuminate whatever you are plugging in, your campsite, garage, or wherever you are.

Performance: I noticed that everything worked as promoted while reviewing the Anker PowerHouse 767 Portable Power Station. We could dial in every aspect of how this power station operated, including details like how quickly (balanced with how loudly) the unit recharged, we could trigger a light SOS mode in an emergency, toggle power save mode, and more. As we have seen on most portable power stations with companion apps or zone control, we can enable or disable ports by type, i.e., enable all AC outlets simultaneously.

Battery Capacity: 2048Wh is a large battery. When writing this, it also matches our number one offering in size. Without breaking beyond the portable power station size, this is probably one of the larger options you will find. Even the fact that this model has wheels should tell you that it’s no longer portable beyond this. Because of that, we think the capacity has hit its sweet spot when you need portable power.

Value for money: The Anker PowerHouse 767 portable power station is reasonably priced for what it is and all that it can do. At the time of writing, the base cost for just the PowerHouse is $2000. If you want to add the expansion, that’s going to be another $1000, if instead you wanted to add 3x 200W solar panels, the price jumps $3000 from the original cost, and so on. It’s expensive, but sometimes the things you want are not what “fits in the budget”, but still end up being a fantastic choice.

The PowerHouse 767 is Anker’s (Anker Solix) flagship portable power station, and it shows. It has a wide range of ports, great capacity, easy maneuverability, and a built-in light bar. What more could you ask for?

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Anker 767 PowerHouse test results
Attributes Notes Rating
Price Well priced for the features and size ★★★★★
Design A great design making it easy to move ★★★★★
Performance Works great, lightbar included ★★★★☆
Battery Capacity Great capacity overall ★★★★★

Best budget portable power station

3. Renogy Phoenix 200

A lightweight power station you won’t mind lugging


Capacity: 222Wh

Charge Cycles: 500 Cycles

Weight and Dimensions: 5.3lb

Ports: 1x USB-C, 2x USB-A, 1x Car Port, 2x AC outlet

Reasons to buy


Integrated handle on top of the power station




Solar panel connectivity

Reasons to avoid

No expandable battery

Only 1 USB-C

Buy it if

✅ You want a light and small power station: This power station is only 5.3lb making it quite light and small enough to fit into a bag if needed.

✅ You want an an option to use AC, USB-A, USB-C and car outlet: The Renogy Portable Power Station 200 is small but mighty power station with a great port offering.

✅ You want quick recharging: Renogy’s Portable Power Station 200 can recharge from 0 to 80% in 1.5hr when charging USB-A and USB-C inputs at one time.

Don’t buy it if

You’re looking for a large power station: If you’re looking for a large capacity portable power station, this one probably isn’t at all what you’re looking for.

❌ You want expandability: While many portable power banks can be expanded by way of a cable to a battery pack, the Renogy 200 cannot, what you get is what you get here.

❌ You want multiple USB-C ports: Of the available ports, this device has only one USB-C port, used for in and out.

The bottom line

🔋 The Portable Power Station 200 is Renogy’s highly portable model. You could grab some portable power banks that can fit in a pocket, but when you need power station levels of power check out Renogy’s 200 option ★★★★½

What you need to know

The Renogy Portable Power Station 200 is a small portable power station with 222Wh battery capacity and an ultra-portable design. We can easily put this in a bag or the backseat of a car without any problems. There is no extra battery addition, but we’re not shocked about a device this small. The Renogy Portable Power Station 200 is well-priced, works well, and has some quick charging options, which are helpful. Much like other portable power stations, there is a way to control which kind of power ports will receive power. For this model, we can control whether the AC or car/cig outlets work and the USB-A and USB-C ports stay operational.

Design: The power station features a unique design with a front panel shaped like a tall octagon, ensuring easy access to all the ports. The ports, including AC outlets, car/cigarette lighter outlets, USB-A, and USB-C ports, are conveniently located on the front of the device for effortless connectivity. Additionally, the top of the power station features an integrated handle, making it more convenient to carry around.

Performance: The Renogy Portable Power Station 200 delivers reliable and efficient operation. It includes a 200W Pure Sine Wave inverter, which ensures a stable power output and protects sensitive devices from power fluctuations or damage. Whether charging electronics, running small appliances, or using power tools, this power station provides a consistent and safe power supply.

Battery Capacity: The Renogy Portable Power Station 200 has a 222Wh battery, providing a decent amount of power considering its compact size. While it may not have the ability for battery expansion, this limitation is to be expected, given the device’s small form factor. You can rely on the available battery capacity to keep your essential devices and appliances running for an extended period, such as charging smartphones, laptops, portable fans, or small appliances.

Value for money: The Portable Power Station 200 from Renogy offers excellent value, especially considering its functionality and performance. It is priced at just over $200 and provides a cost-effective solution for portable power needs. While the optional solar panel combo may increase the overall cost, it offers the convenience of harnessing renewable energy to recharge the power station, making it even more versatile and environmentally friendly.

The Portable Power Station 200 is Renogy’s highly portable model. You could grab a portable power bank that fits in a pocket, but when you need power station levels, check out Renogy’s 200 option.

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Renogy Phoenix 200 test results
Attributes Notes Rating
Price Well priced for feature set ★★★★☆
Design Very simple design overall ★★★★☆
Performance Easy operation, quick charging ★★★★☆
Battery Capacity For the size, good capacity ★★★★☆

Best portable power station for multiple devices

Perfect if you have a lot of devices to charge


Capacity: 1036Wh

Charge Cycles: 3500

Weight and Dimensions: 5.47 x 8.94 x 9.41in

Ports: 3x AC ports, 3x USB-A, 2x USB-C, 1x Car outlet, 2x DC5.5

Reasons to buy


Wireless Charging pad built in


LED light bar built in


Solar recharge option


Comfortable carrying handles

Reasons to avoid

Slow charging

Huge charging brick

no grip on wireless charging pad

Can get loud

Buy it if

✅ You want a great value for the money: At just about $1000 MSRP and frequent sales (currently this is $800) this portable power station is a fantastic value for the money.

✅ You want a wireless charger: The big seller on this portable power station is the ability to use it to charge a dozen devices at once. What better way to charge a phone with qi charging than with a qi charger. This power station has one built into the top of the device.

✅ You like all ports on the front: Some power stations on this page have a split port location, with some in front and some behind. Personally, I don’t mind the location of the port.

Don’t buy it if

You’re wanting wheels for ease of use: The Deeno X1500 Portable Power Station, unlike others, does not have wheels to move this around. Thankfully, since it’s slow, then wherever he they respond

❌ You want a quick charging power station: In our experience with this power station, it takes quite a bit to recharge for use. The specs say a full charge through the AC outlet would take 5.5-6.5 hrs and we saw about 6 hours to go from no battery to 100%

❌ You plan to drop your phone on the wireless charging pad: While this power station has a wireless charger that is great to use, it does not have a bumper of any kind. So, if you don’t want to risk having your beloved handheld fall or get knocked over, gently place your phone down and hope for the best.

The bottom line

🔋 The X1500 Portable Power Station is Deeno’s 1036Wh offering in the portable power world. It’s got a phenomenal value for the money, can power 12 devices simultaneously and has a wireless charger built into the top. ★★★★★

What you need to know

The Deeno X1500 Portable Power Station is a 1036Wh battery bank that charges up to 12 devices simultaneously. It also has a wireless charger built into the top. It has a decent capacity, especially for the size and price. However, it is important to note that this portable power station takes quite a bit to recharge.

Design: Overall, the design is quite simple. It’s a rectangular box with all the ports on the front, a light bar on the back, and some vents on the side. On the bottom are some grippy feet for putting this on a table or something that may otherwise slip. The top is where the Qi wireless charger lives, though it is a flat, smooth surface, which could cause your phone to fall off with a vibration from a phone call or message. For transporting this power station back and forth, there are some unique handles that, when grabbed, extend away from the power station to give your hands a bit more breathing room.

Performance: Overall, this power station performs as well as we would hope in most areas. As mentioned, the device charges slowly, but that’s not the world’s end. In addition, we wish the Qi charger had some grip on it. When it comes to the handles, it feels a bit unnecessary to have them extend the way they do. There have only been a few times of picking this power station up that it has felt helpful; the rest of the times, it feels like something that is over-engineered and could have been the same handle without the extension and been fine. Another performance area worth mentioning is that Deeno has made the shell out of ABS+PC 94-V0 fireproof materials, helping keep things safe in worst-case scenarios.

Battery Capacity: 1036Wh is a good battery for this size battery bank. It’s enough to recharge the average smartphone nearly 90 times, an average laptop around 15 times, or a light for nearly 100 hours. For something of this size, we are very pleased with the capacity. Deeno does not have an expansion battery like some other companies on this list, so what you see is what you get.

Value for money: For under $800 with the current deal or right around $1100 MSRP, the Deeno X1500 Portable Power Station is a great value for the money. It can charge 12 devices at once, has great port offerings to charge just about anything on the go, and has a small enough form factor to tuck it just about anywhere on a trip, in a vehicle, at a campsite, or a worksite.

The X1500 Portable Power Station is Deeno’s 1036Wh offering in the portable power world. It’s phenomenal value for the money, can power 12 devices simultaneously, and has a wireless charger built into the top.

Read our full Deeno X1500 portable power station review

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Deeno X1500 Portable Power Station test results
Attributes Notes Rating
Price Great price, great value ★★★★★
Design Solid design, a few quirks ★★★★☆
Performance Great output, input speed is lacking ★★★★☆
Battery Capacity Great for the size of device and price. ★★★★☆

Best portable power station for camping

5. BioLite BaseCharge 1500 / 600

A perfect choice if you’re camping


Capacity: 1521Wh

Charge Cycles: 1000 cycles to 80%+ capacity

Weight and Dimensions: 28.5lb / 14.4 x 12.2 x 8.2in

Ports: 1x DC Car port, 2x DC Barrel, 1x Wireless charger, 3x AC, 2x USB-A, 3x USB-C

Reasons to buy


Wide range of usability


Drop and vibration tested



Reasons to avoid


Not expandable with extra batteries

No true UPS mode

Buy it if

✅ You want a highly versatile power station: Sometimes when camping, you need to keep some electronic essentials, with the BaseCharge 1500 or 600, that’s now easily doable.

✅ You want wireless charging: This power station has a wireless charging top, with a somewhat helpful top material to help hold your phone where it needs to be to charge.

✅ You want an easy to use LCD screen: The LCD readout on this power station is simple and helpful.

Don’t buy it if

You’re looking for quick re-chargeThe 1500 model takes over 13 hours to recharge, which is quite a long time for this size battery.

❌ You want expandable capacity: BioLite does not have expansion battery packs or the ability to add on.

❌ You want UPS mode: While you can use this device while plugged in, BioLite did not include true UPS mode.

The bottom line

🔋 The BaseCharge 1500 is BioLite’s largest offering, with the smaller of the two being a 600 model. Both models look identical and work very well. Both have wireless charging on the top and ports on the front. ★★★★½

What you need to know

The BioLite BaseCharge 1500 and 600 look identical. The only differences are that the 1500 model has slightly more ports and a larger battery. Both models have the 10W wireless charger on the top, an energy odometer, and solar charging capability. The 1500 has 1521Wh, and the 600 model has 633Wh. BioLite not only has a great product, but it also provides energy to over 5 million people worldwide who rely on BioLite to power their homes.

Design: The BioLite BaseCharge 1500 and 600 have two handles to help carry them from campsite to vehicle or storage to home-turned-campsite, thanks to the lack of power. All of the ports in and out of these power stations are on the front of the unit. Each bank of port types has a single button to enable power to those ports, except for the USB-A and USB-C ports.

Performance: The BioLite BaseCharge 1500 offers wall outlet performance anywhere. We can run multiple ports at a time and have a great range of ports that can be plugged in. The maximum output is 1200W, and a surge possibility of 2400W. The solar panels can charge the BaseCharge in 4 hours if you use a maximum of four 100W panels.

Battery Capacity: Thanks to the 1521Wh on board, this battery can power the average fridge for up to 20 hours, could charge a laptop over 20 times (depending on the laptop), or it could charge tools at a worksite or light at a campsite.

Value for money: The BioLite BaseCharge provides excellent value for the available features. BioLite has two BaseCharge models, the 1500 and 600. Naturally, the smaller of the two options is a bit cheaper, however it lines up with the drop in capacity as well.

The BaseCharge 1500 is BioLite’s largest offering, with the smaller of the two being a 600 model. Both models look identical and work very well. Both have wireless charging on the top and ports on the front.

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BioLite BaseCharge 1500 test results
Attributes Notes Rating
Price Well priced for features ★★★★☆
Design High functioning design ★★★★☆
Performance high end performance from a little box ★★★★☆
Battery Capacity Multiple options to match your need ★★★★☆

Best high-capacity portable power station

A high-capacity choice for massive power needs


Capacity: 3840Wh

Charge Cycles: 3,000

Weight and Dimensions: 132.3lb; 27.6 x 15.3 x 15.6in

Ports: UPS AC Port x3, AC Port x3, NEMA 14-50 AC Port, L14-30R AC Port, USB-C x3, USB-A x2, DC x 1, Home panel port, Expansion battery port, Dual solar panel input port, car input port

Reasons to buy




Great port offering


Built-in display


High power output


AC coupling

Reasons to avoid

Very heavy

Quite large

Rather expensive

Buy it if

✅ You want a high-capacity power station: With its 3840Wh battery capacity and 3,000 charge cycle, this is perfect for plenty of charges.

✅ You want flexibility: The Anker Solix F3800 offers a range of ways to charge devices, with lots of ports, sockets, and solar panels to keep the unit boosted outside.

✅ You have a lot of devices to charge: The beauty of the Solix F3800 is the ability to charge just about every device you have, from phones to EVs. Impressive stuff. 

Don’t buy it if

You need a lightweight device: The Anker Solix F3800 may be portable, thanks to its wheels, but it’s still a heavy unit.

❌ You won’t be charging a lot: You’re only charging a handful of devices now and then, this portable power station may be overkill for your needs. 

❌ You want a budget portable power station: The Solix F3800 isn’t a a cheap power station, this one is a heavy-duty device. 

The bottom line

🔋 The Anker Solix F3800 is a multi-location portable power station – a tall, handsome device with wheels for easy transportation. It’s not the lightest in its class. With a 3840Wh capacity, it’s built for heavy use, making it ideal for those who need a consistent, reliable charge. ★★★★½

What you need to know

The Anker Solix is a massive portable power station designed to provide power to locations that need it. It has wheels for easy transport and a handle for moving it over long distances using the larger back wheels. This power station has an impressive range of port options such as USB-A and USB-C ports, AC outlets, a DC port, a NEMA 14-50 AC port, and an L14-30R AC Port. The Solix’s battery can be used to connect to your home through a proprietary breaker box, allowing you to power up whatever you need during a power outage. You can also expand this power station to hold up to 53,760Wh, making it an excellent backup battery for even the most power-hungry homes. You can take it with you outdoors to locations such as remote campsites, off-grid cabins, or detached garages. However, it is quite heavy (132lb), so it may not be the best option for frequent travel.

Design: The Anker Solix F3800 is quite tall and large together. It has wheels at the base, two larger ones in the back, and two swivel wheels on the front, along with a carrying handle and a suitcase-style retractable handle on the top, all to help with moving the power station around. On the front, Anker added all of the USB-A, USB-C, and DC ports, all spread around the main display and power button. On the right side is where all of the AC outlets and other plugs are for power output, and on the left is where all of the input ports are located.

Performance: This portable power station is truly impressive when it comes to performance. Its ability to output 6,000 W and the option to hook directly into a transfer switch at the main breaker is absolutely insane. With that, the F3800 is modular because it can be used for so many things. It can recharge from the main power grid, from permanent solar panels, portable solar panels, a standard AC outlet, or even a car’s DC port. Further, the F3800 can charge EVs directly, can power RVs directly as well, has 120V and 240V capabilities, and can even manage power flows throughout the hose, balancing the load between solar, grid, and reserved battery already stored by the F3800 all through the app. You can even determine how to best save on your electric bill based on the cost of electricity at peak moments, relying on your battery when things are expensive, and using the grid when power is cheaper.

Battery Capacity: The Anker Solix F3800 starts with 3.84kWh in a single unit. What makes this setup mind-boggling is that Anker has allowed for both battery expansions and even another F3800 to all be able to work together (up to two F3800 units and up to 12 battery expansions) to have a combined capacity of 53.8kWh.

Value for money: The Anker Solix F3800 is not cheap. However, for what you are getting, for the modularity, and the abilities of this power station, if you are looking for a battery backup unit, you should absolutely consider the Anker F3800 system.

If you are looking for a more permanent solution for home backup, the Anker F3800 is a great option. However, they also have an X1 Power Wall with a capacity of up to 180kWh that is a permanent install to the house.

Read our full Anker Solix F3800 portable power station review

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Anker Solix F3800 test results
Attributes Notes Rating
Price Expensive, but understandable ★★★★☆
Design Great design and port layout ★★★★★
Performance Impressive performance overall ★★★★★
Battery Capacity Massive capacity, with expansion ★★★★☆

Also Consider

7. GoalZero Yeti 1000X

The best portable power station for emergencies


Capacity: 983Wh

Charge Cycles: 500 Cycles to 80% capacity

Weight and Dimensions: 31.68lb / 15.25 x 10.23 x 9.86in

Ports: 2x USB-C, 2x USB-A, 2x AC, 3x 6mm, 1x car port, expansion module port

Reasons to buy


Plenty of connection options


rugged design


Daisy chain-able

Reasons to avoid


For some people, a battery backup only comes to mind when disaster strikes. For example, what would you do if the power in your home were to go out? That’s where the Yeti 1000X comes in. It’s great for quick backup power. It won’t run your whole house for days, but it will back up a handful of devices, such as the fridge, with ease.

If you need something with more power, you can daisy chain and add power supplies, or you could upgrade to a larger Yeti power station model.

The Yeti is a fantastic portable power station. It’s part of a wider ecosystem that could potentially power your home for several days.

There is an option to recharge this battery with solar power and wire it into your home to make that redundant switch in case of a power outage, which is very simple. If you wish to keep things simple, though, you’ll find several ports on the front that will work for plugging in a multitude of devices as well.

Pecron E1500LFP

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The best value-for-money power station


Capacity: 1500Wh

Reasons to buy




Wi-Fi/Bluetooth enabled




Fast charge


UPS mode

Reasons to avoid

Loud fans 

Pecron E1500LFP features a 1500Wh high-endurance battery with a 2200W AC inverter. The station is well-equipped for use around the house with a wireless charger, four USB connectors, three AC sockets, and multiple ways of charging the battery. Moreover, the unit is Wi-Fi and Bluetooth enabled, allowing access to the front panel from the mobile application. The E1500LFP supports upgrading its battery capacity by purchasing additional battery units and high-speed charging in less than two hours.

Features such as a UPS mode make the E1500LFP suitable for an office. However, the dual fans that cool the device when charging or delivering high AC power can sometimes be loud. The unit is in the low-budget territory at $0.60 per Wh with the current promotion, but make no mistake, the station is well-built and will last many years.

Read our full Pecron E1500LFP review.

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Best first buy


Capacity: 1024Wh

Ports: 2x Type-A, 2x Type-C

Reasons to buy


Up to 2500W output power


LiFePo4 battery


WiFi/Bluetooth connectivity



Reasons to avoid

Automatically turns AC off even with a small load

400W solar input

Ugreen’s GS1200 power station is an affordable medium-sized unit for home and office use. The 1024Wh LiFePo4 battery provides over 3000 charge cycles before losing 20% of its charge. With a good mix of DC and AC sockets providing 1565W, Wi-Fi, UPS, and fast charge, this station will make life more bearable during power outages.

The GS1200 isn’t perfect by any means. The station’s Wi-Fi will turn off without warning, while a 400W solar input represents two and a half hours before the unit is fully charged. The always-on mode still allows a suspended PC to be turned off due to too little power consumed. The GS1200 remains a great buy for anyone looking for their first power station and comes with a five-year warranty out of the box.

Read our full Ugreen PowerRoam GS1200 power station review

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A perfect road trip companion


Capacity: 378Wh

Number of charge cycles: Over 1000

AC output power: 400W, Surge to 800W

DC output power: 254W

Reasons to buy


Bluetooth low-energy




Small and lightweight

Reasons to avoid

External power adapter

NCM based battery

The 70mai Hiker 400 is easily one of the best portable power stations for small and compact uses. This is a tiny, lightweight model with a toughened case that even includes a handle. In other words, it’s ideal for fitting into a backpack and taking with you on the road, on your travels, on your commute. 

In our tests, we found this to be a quiet unit. But then, as a compact model, it only has a single fan creating an airflow, so that’s expected. The unit itself features four USB ports (although only one is Type-C) and two AC sockets. There are hidden depths here, too. The unit boasts a 400W inverter, which has an efficiency of 74%, and you’ll also find Bluetooth low-energy interface controls built into the device. Here, you can select a range of remote functions, including the option to turn on the built-in flashlight. It’s a nice touch. 

We didn’t find the NCM battery life especially – and again, perhaps that’s to be expected with such a small unit. However, with its 378Wh battery capacity, there’s enough power here to charge your laptop at least five times over. And that’s arguably the best use for this type of portable power station.

Read our full 70mai Hiker 400 review

Best portable power stations: FAQs

Are portable power stations worth it?

Yes, but it depends on how often you use it and how many devices you’re charging. There are a lot of models on the market, and the best portable power stations can handle everything from charging mobile devices and laptops to powering appliances and even EVs. If your needs are simple, you can pick up a good portable power station for around $150-200. 

What is the difference between a portable power station and a generator?

Generally speaking, a portable power station is charged and outputs electricity. Generators tend to refer to units that use fuel like gasoline to generate energy and power. 

Both can be used for back-up purposes, and both have different pros and cons. 

Power stations are quieter, cleaner and more eco-friendly, and . However, their battery capacity can be low, and if it runs out of charge during a power-cut, you’d best hope it has built-in solar panels to re-charge. 

Power generators are ideal for running heavy appliances, as they have a higher capacity, and isn’t reliant on electricity, making it perfect for a back-up solution. 

How many years do portable power stations last?

It depends on how often you use your power station and the type of battery inside. Like any battery, for example one in a phone or laptop, this will wear down over time until the power station no longer holds charge. General estimates put the lifespan of a portable power station at around ten years. Expect it to last approximately five years minimum with standard use. 

What can you run on a portable power station?

So long as your portable power station has the right ports and enough capacity, it can run a massive range of devices, including phones, laptops, and desktops. Higher capacity units will also let you power appliances and charge electric vehicles. 

Check which ports your preferred model has, including USB Type-A and Type-C, AC and mains sockets.

How long can you run a portable power station?

It all depends on the power station and the device or devices you’re charging. As a general rule of thumb, to figure out how long your portable power station can run, divide battery capacity (Wh) by power drawn by the device (W). 

How to choose the best portable power station for you

When selecting a portable power station, it’s essential to identify your primary needs and priorities for owning one. Most portable power stations have main common features (such as a battery and ports to pull power from that battery). However, port options, battery sizes, UPS ability, and recharging ability are some features that could vary from product to product.

For example, suppose you need a portable power station at the office to back up a vital computer or other technology. In that case, you will need a different portable power station than if you plan on running a campsite or your kitchen fridge in a power outage. In the office, a main focus point would be the UPS ability so that the battery backup would kick in if there is a power outage, yet you can safely keep it plugged in at all times so that when it can, the power station with UPS can pull from the outlet’s power. For camping, having that UPS feature may not be nearly as vital, but what would be more important is a balance of size and capacity while also featuring all the ports you need, the proper output, and perhaps even multiple ways to recharge the battery. Maybe you’ll need several USB-C outlets to charge camera gear, perhaps you’ll need a high-output AC outlet to plug in an air mattress for inflation, and maybe you’ll want the ability to recharge via solar or DC power from your truck so you can be completely off the grid.

It’s important to consider whether weight is a factor in your situation. Will you need to move it to a campsite or will it stay put once it’s set up? Will you keep it in your vehicle for emergencies or use it in remote locations? Your answer to these questions will determine whether weight is a deciding factor in your choice. Some power stations come with handles or wheels, while others are designed to be portable but will mostly be used in one spot. Whatever your scenario, make sure to choose the power station that fits your needs.

If you aren’t quite sure which one to get, guides like this can help. We’ve done the hard work of testing these power stations, and our expert team of reviewers is here to help you decide which portable power station you may want to buy for whatever adventures lie ahead.

How we test the best portable power stations

Our team of expert reviewers have hand-tested a range of outdoor-ready equipment, including the best rugged smartphones, the best rugged laptops, and the best rugged tablets for working out in the field. We’ve even tested out the best rugged hard drives. So, we know what to look for when it comes to technology for rural locations and hostile environments. 

We test the best portable power stations on volume, weight, battery chemistry, and additional feature sets. Before writing any review, we try to fully understand the unit to describe each device’s pros and cons best and accurately compare them. Part of this process is through benchmark tests, part is through daily use, and part is through simulated or real scenarios.

As the main function of these devices is to be batteries, we test charge and discharge cycles on every unit. First and foremost, this is the most important feature of the portable power stations we test. If they cannot meet our standard here or do not come near what the other portable power stations in this guide are capable of, we will most likely not include them.

Next, we push the power stations to their limits and beyond. We intentionally exceed the maximum power allowed on each generator, then observe and note the recovery from the over-power protection. This helps us promote safe power stations for you and your family.

To ensure reliability, these tests are designed to learn the features, the downfalls, and the limits of the power stations tested by our subject matter experts.

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