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Portable Power Stations: What Are They and Why Do You Need One?

It is not an exaggeration to state that the portable power station is a game-changer. Think about the possibilities, not to mention the conveniences of being able to bring electricity with you in a box to almost any place in the world.

You don’t even need to imagine much, since that is precisely what we will discuss soon. Before getting started, let’s get ourselves better acquainted with what this impressive little gadget is exactly.

What is a Portable Power Station?

Think about a highly energy-efficient, powerful, and portable electricity generator, but one that does not pollute the environment or even run on any conventional type of fuel. Powered by huge lithium batteries, these little powerhouses run and recharge on sunlight. That’s what separates them from any traditional generator and makes them so incredible. They can also be charged from a DC wall socket of course, and the best portable power station models come with solar fast charging capabilities.

Photovoltaic (PV) cells have been around for a long time, but nobody could have predicted even a few years ago that PV cells on a portable solar battery would have conversion efficiency high enough to turn the device into a veritable solar generator with fast solar charging! Nevertheless, we do have them now and the following should provide you with some idea about the portable power station’s usefulness.

Electricity in the Middle of Nowhere

The sun shines throughout the United States and the entire planet, albeit with varying degrees of intensity. Admittedly, that’s not something one can rely on if they choose the wrong season to go camping, hiking, or trekking. If you do choose the right season though, it’s a safe bet that the yellow star will always rise to power your solar generator, even if you are in the middle of nowhere.

Your portable power station will be your renewable and rechargeable source of electricity everywhere you go for an adventure. It will charge your satellite phone, power your solar/convection cooker, and provide you with light inside your tent at night. There are no toxic fumes, so you won’t have to worry about getting CO poisoning inside the tent either.

Power During Power Cuts

The portable power station is, after all, a generator and emergency electricity generation is the primary reason why generators are used in the first place. The biggest difference between the two is that you will not need to spend more money on charging your solar generator for emergency power cuts. Just put it up on the roof or on a sunny patch in your yard to recharge. As mentioned, wall charging is possible, but that should not be necessary provided the sun is out during the day hours.

Even if there is no power cut, the powerful (bigger) models can be used to power a small house for quite a few hours. It’s good for the environment and your wallet to take some load off your home’s daily energy consumption needs.

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