The Best Portable Power Station

The Best Portable Power Station

Our pick

EcoFlow Delta 1300

EcoFlow Delta 1300

The best portable power station

This unit packs lots of power into a portable, easy-to-use package. Plus, it has more AC, USB-A, and USB-C ports than any other portable power station we’ve tested.

Buying Options

$1,400 from EcoFlow

The EcoFlow Delta 1300 is light enough for one person to carry, but its dual-handle design allows two people to share the load easily. It had the highest max output of any model we tried, making it capable of running the most power-hungry appliances in our tests. It also had one of the highest battery capacities among the models we tested, suitable for keeping most devices from laptops to CPAP machines running all day (or all night) long. We love its easy-to-read screen, which shows input/output wattage and how much power is left in reserve. Plus, it has more output ports—six AC, four USB-A, and two USB-C—than any portable power station we’ve tested, allowing you to charge a wide range of devices from phones and tablets to cameras to GPS units.

Rated max output: 1,800 W
Rated capacity: 1,260 Wh
Weight: 30 pounds
Body dimensions: 12 by 8 by 11 inches

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Runner-up

Jackery Explorer 1000

Jackery Explorer 1000

Fewer ports, more endurance

Sturdy, rugged, and powerful, with plenty of port options, Jackery’s Explorer 1000 is also light enough for most people to carry single-handed.

Buying Options

$1,000 from Amazon
$1,000 from Jackery

The Jackery Explorer 1000 has a lower max output than the EcoFlow Delta 1300—so it might not be able to power your highest-wattage appliances, such as an AC unit or a vacuum—but it makes up for that with a higher battery capacity, keeping less power-hungry devices running longer. It has a tough exterior, a highly portable design, and output ports (three AC, two USB-A, and two USB-C) that provide plenty of charging options for a wide array of devices.

Rated max output: 1,000 W
Rated capacity: 1,000 Wh
Weight: 22 pounds
Body dimensions: 12.5 by 8 by 8.5 inches

Budget pick

Jackery Explorer 500

Jackery Explorer 500

High capacity for the money

If you don’t mind sacrificing a little power, the Explorer 500 offers the highest capacity per dollar of any model we tested, with the same sturdy build as its bigger sibling offers. It’s backed by a great warranty and reliable customer support, too.

Buying Options

$500 from Amazon

Nearly identical to its larger, more powerful sibling, the Jackery Explorer 500 offers an impressive capacity per dollar—the highest of any model we tested. You lose some of the power and port options you get with our larger picks, but you save on space (and money).

Rated max output: 500 W
Rated capacity: 518 Wh
Weight: 13 pounds
Body dimensions: 11.5 by 7.25 by 7.5 inches

Also great

Jackery Explorer 160

Jackery Explorer 160

Small yet powerful

Light (and tough) enough for a small child to tote around, the Explorer 160 can keep personal electronics running for two hours or more.

Buying Options

$110 from Jackery

The smallest of our picks, the Jackery Explorer 160 weighs less than 4 pounds and delivers twice the capacity of our favorite portable laptop chargers while offering a single AC port, a DC port, two USB-A ports, and a USB-C port. If you want to pack light and don’t mind sacrificing some capacity—this model can charge a 13-inch MacBook Pro twice, compared with as many as 20 times with the Delta 1300—this model is more portable than our other picks and just as rugged. Like the other Jackery models we recommend, it has a hard-plastic exterior, an ergonomic handle on top, an LCD screen, and a built-in flashlight. And of course it’s backed by the company’s two-year warranty and responsive customer support.

Rated max output: 100 W
Rated capacity: 167 Wh
Weight: 3.8 pounds
Body dimensions: 7 by 4.5 by 4.5 inches

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Our pick

EcoFlow Delta 1300

EcoFlow Delta 1300

The best portable power station

This unit packs lots of power into a portable, easy-to-use package. Plus, it has more AC, USB-A, and USB-C ports than any other portable power station we’ve tested.

Buying Options

$1,400 from EcoFlow

Runner-up

Jackery Explorer 1000

Jackery Explorer 1000

Fewer ports, more endurance

Sturdy, rugged, and powerful, with plenty of port options, Jackery’s Explorer 1000 is also light enough for most people to carry single-handed.

Buying Options

$1,000 from Amazon
$1,000 from Jackery

Budget pick

Jackery Explorer 500

Jackery Explorer 500

High capacity for the money

If you don’t mind sacrificing a little power, the Explorer 500 offers the highest capacity per dollar of any model we tested, with the same sturdy build as its bigger sibling offers. It’s backed by a great warranty and reliable customer support, too.

Buying Options

$500 from Amazon

Also great

Jackery Explorer 160

Jackery Explorer 160

Small yet powerful

Light (and tough) enough for a small child to tote around, the Explorer 160 can keep personal electronics running for two hours or more.

Buying Options

$110 from Jackery

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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