As energy-dense lithium battery technology has advanced over the last ten years, portable power stations have come up as a beneficial option for off-grid power. A portable power station is a transportable lithium battery that combines an integrated battery gauge, an inverter with an AC outlet, and several DC outlets to supply power for typical devices while you‘re off the grid.
All electronic gadgets use either alternating current or direct current. An alternating current is the more commonly acknowledged type of electrical energy. A lot of household devices, including air conditioning, microwaves, refrigerators, and hair dryers run on AC. Less frequently acknowledged than alternating current, direct current (DC) is utilized in devices that have a battery as their power source. These consist of cellular phones, computers, portable speakers, and video cameras.
Power stations are useful because they combine an inverter to power AC gadgets (standard 2 or 3-prong wall socket of US) with various connectors to power DC devices all in a single system. Great portable power stations include not only a standard charger that plugs into the wall at home, but also enable charging from a solar panel.
Whether you need power when outdoor camping, fishing, tailgating, on the job site, or in an emergency, a portable power station can supply electrical power when and where you require it. When looking at the benefits of a portable power station, a comparison needs to be made to their alternative, which is a fossil fuel generator. Generators offer an unlimited amount of power as long as you have the fuel, they are noisy, give off hazardous greenhouse gases (carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide), and need routine running and upkeep, including oil changes, cleaning up air filters, and spark arrestors, and typically cleaning out the carburetor when it gets obstructed by dirty fuel.
Alternatively, portable power stations do not require any upkeep besides discharging and charging at least after every 6 months. They are silent and can be utilized inside your home without you needing to worry of asphyxia. Despite their finite capacity, their constraints can be overcome by planning for and purchasing a power station with adequate watt-hours in reserve to get you through your desired experience and/or supplementing capacity with a solar panel.
Depending on the constant watt rating and capability, a portable power station can be used to power nearly any gadget for as long as you want. You can determine your power needs, size of your battery bank and calculate your solar requirements.