Portable Power Stations for Camping and Off Grid Use

Portable Power Stations for Camping and Off Grid Use

Head Outdoors and Bring the Conveniences

It's that time of year again for some good old camping and outdoor fun. We've been behind closed doors due to COVID19 for a few months now. Opportunities for getting out are slowly increasing, and one of the safest ways to break up the stay-at-home boredom is to hit a campground and breathe some fresh air!

Some of us love getting back to nature and hitting the camp ground roughing it a little. And some of us....still want to enjoy some modern conveniences! 😂

So go ahead. Bring along some lights, a camping fan, an air pump for that little air mattress you can't live without, and your mobile devices. And, consider getting a clean, green and quiet portable power station instead of using up all those throw-away batteries.

How big of a portable power station do you need, anyway?  Let's do a little quick math.

Lights: LED camping lights, usually with internal rechargeable lithium batteries, run on very little wattage. Read the mAh specifications on the internal battery to determine how much stored energy you need to recharge your lights, or otherwise determine the watt draw.

Portable fan: You can get a great small camping fan with built in lithium rechargeable batteries. Most come with USB charging cables that are compatible with portable power stations. Say for example, the internal fan battery is about 4400mAh. That is fairly close to an average mobile device, too.  To account for energy losses during the conversion process, you'll need about 25% more, or about 5500mAh, of stored energy for a full recharge.

Air pump: Research shows that most of the small electric air pumps on the market pull an average of 130 watts during operation. But, one usually only needs less than 15 minutes worth of action to inflate an air mattress.

Cell phone: All mobile phones charging via USB will draw watts according to the specifications of the built-in USB port. So, if a portable power station has a USB out rated at 5V 2.1A, it means that your phone will be drawing 10.5 watts (5 x 2.1) of power for the time it takes to charge. If it's charging for 3 hours, that's 31.5Wh.

Laptop: An MS Surface Pro draws about 40-45 watts per hour. Check your own equipment specs.

All this is to say that, before you invest in a portable power station, you need to add up the estimated amount of watts that you need for all your electric needs, along with an estimate of how many hours of run time for each that you need (watts x hours = watt hours). You also need to know how may watts any one appliance will draw so you don't exceed your power station's capability.

Then, you can dive into considering which portable power station will best meet your needs for a weekend in the wilderness. Solar Sporting Goods offers a sound variety of small portable power stations to take you off grid with ease. 

We recommend 2 options for portable power stations. 

1. NITECORE - When you need something a bit more robust to take care of something like running a fan or powering a laptop for an extended period, NITECOORE is the better option. 

Portable Power Stations for Camping and Off Grid Use Portable Power Stations for Camping and Off Grid Use


2. ECOFLOW - And, if you insist on bringing along your personal coffee maker or any higher wattage power equipment, you will most likely need the ECOFLOW DELTA1300.

Portable Power Stations for Camping and Off Grid UseECOFLOW DELTA 1300 Portable Solar Panel and Power Station Kit

Shop our portable power stations and foldable solar panels, and get ready to head off grid! All choices are solid and ready to keep you connected for a few days. 

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