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A Guide to Portable Power Stations for Staying Connected Anywhere

There's nothing more worrying than being away from home with a dead battery with no charger. That's where a portable power station comes into play.

If you don't want to be away from your apps but need to step away from conveniently located outlets during a weekend getaway or an emergency, a portable power station is your friend. This short guide will give you all the ins and outs of what to look for.

What Do You Look For?

Before you opt for the first power station you see, make sure you understand your budget and purpose.

An actual portable generator can range anywhere from $200 to $2500, depending on your size and power. If you just need basic power for charging your smaller devices for apps, a smaller, more affordable option will work great and be a more convenient option.

Of course, if you're heading out for a camping trip and want to charge up much more than a phone or two, larger generators have the power you need.

Benefits of a Power Station 

Portable generators are not the same as full-scale generators. However, these could be the solution you're looking for. Consider these benefits of purchasing a power source.

Power On The Road

If you work a lot on the road, power stations can be an invaluable option. You can power your laptop and other devices without needing to be feet away from an outlet.

So whether you're heading out for a road trip, a camping adventure, or just don't want to be caught without power, portable power sources are an excellent way to not lose the connection to your digital space.

Be Prepared for Emergencies

Emergencies happen, but having a power source throughout any disaster helps keep you safe and connected. If you don't want to get caught without power, a backup source can be as simple and convenient as a portable generator.

Use Renewable Energy 

You can find portable power stations that use environmentally conscious energy options like solar energy. This is not only better for the environment, but it will save you money when you don't need to continually purchase fuel. It's also safer when you don't need to have fuel sitting around.

What Are Power Ratings?

When shopping for power stations, it's important to know what the Watts-Hours power ratings entail. If you know your way around the basics, you can make a more informed decision.

  • Watt-Hour - Watt-Hours refer to the peak capacity of the battery. These measurements are represented as “Wh”. The higher the Wh rating, the more power the power station stores.
  • Milliamp Hours - Similar to watt-hours, these are less accurate representations of the battery capacity. These measurements are represented as “mAh”. The higher the number, the higher the power.
  • Watts - This refers to the peak power rating of the battery capacity. Watts represents the output or the amount of energy a battery can emit at one time. If you see a higher number, the battery can deliver more power to more devices.

Typically, you'll need a larger generator to get the larger watts, which may not be convenient for your needs. Carefully consider where you'll be taking your generator and how much wattage you truly need.

Don't Leave Your Apps Behind — Take Power With You

The world continues to revolve around access to electrical power. If you lose your connection, you lose time and money.

A portable generator can help bring you back to the digital world and keep you connected. Follow these guidelines to help find the best portable generator for your next venture.

About The Author
Russell Emmental

Russell is a finance journalist and ex-banker. He lives in Utah with his family and is a keen aviation enthusiast in his spare time.

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