15 Best Solar Generators for Your RV (300 to 3000+Wh)

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In this modern world, everything runs on electricity. 

We live among electronic devices, from phones that communicate with us to refrigerators that keep our food frozen; from the electric heater we use to keep warm during winter to our computers that can do basically everything. 

These devices have made our life easier, but they all run on electricity and it has to come from somewhere. We have enormous power stations that generate electricity, power lines that transport it, and the infrastructure that distributes it through our houses, buildings, and offices. 

Electrical power is something we take for granted, so when there is a power shortage or electricity is not available somewhere, we stand puzzled wondering how we are going to charge our stuff. That is when portable power generators come in handy.

For a day camping or to have power available in case of a power shortage, there is no need for huge generators that run on diesel or natural gas. They are noisy, heavy, and are usually overkill for the average user. Portable power stations are compact and they come with different capacities to satisfy every need. 

In this article, we will compare 15 different power stations and their characteristics. Since these work best for different situations, there is no way to declare a winner, but relevant information will be provided so that the user knows which option is best to meet their needs.

BrandPoint Zero EnergyInergyGoal ZeroMaxoakGoal ZeroEcoFlowJackeryRockpalsGoal ZeroSuaokiJackeryGoal ZeroAnkerRockpalsAeiusny
ModelTitanFlex 1500YETI 3000 LithiumBluetti EB150YETI 1400 LithiumDelta 1300Explorer 1000500W/540WhYETI 500XG500Explorer 500YETI 400 LithiumPowerHouse 400300W400W
ImageTitan solar generator front viewInergy Flex AC unit front viewYeti 3000 featured imageBluetti EB150 solar generatorYeti 1400 front viewEcoFlow Delta 1300Jackery 1000 front viewRockpals 540Wh generator front viewYeti 500X front facing viewThe Suaoki G500 features an LCD displayJackery Explorer 500 front viewYeti 400 Lithium frontAnker PowerHouse 400 front viewRockpals 300 featured imageaeiusny 400 front view
Capacity2000+Wh1500+Wh3075Wh1500Wh1425Wh1260Wh1002Wh540Wh505Wh500Wh518Wh428Wh434Wh280Wh296Wh

TITAN

Titan solar generator front view

Manufacturer:  Point Zero Energy

Price: $2995.00

The manufacturer of this powerful device is the company Point Zero Energy, a company in Idaho whose owner used his knowledge in Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering to develop a high-capacity portable power station for any need – and it’s called the Titan

The company was founded in 2013 so they have been in the business of portable power stations for a while.

This portable power station’s main console has the inputs and outputs on the top and the battery attached to the bottom. The system has the ability to attach more batteries to the bottom to increase capacity. 

This system is also easy to transport, it is just a matter of detaching the main console from the battery and carrying each component by their handle.

The lithium-ion battery has a capacity of 2000Wh, which is one of the largest available in solar generators.

There are 3 ways to charge your battery to get it ready to go:

  • AC wall charger: Charges in about 4 hours.
  • Solar panels: Charging time depends on the wattage obtained from the panels and the weather conditions, but the power station can handle up to 145V OC from them.
  • 12V car charger: This might be the slowest charging method, but convenient anyway.

This device also has the capability to use two simultaneous charging methods when using multiple batteries.

Input Ports:

2 x Solar panels input (up to 2000W using both ports, and with 2 or more batteries)

2 x AC charger inputs (600W standard, 1200W with second charger)

1 x Input for car charger or small solar panel that takes 12V

1 x Input for additional battery

Output Ports:

6 x AC 120V outputs with a 3,000W inverter (can handle 15A each)

6 x smart USB ports

2 x USB-C ports

1 x RV 30A plug

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 35lbs (approximately)
  • Dimensions:  12×18.5×4.5 in

Extra:

  • LCD monitoring screen that reports on the battery usage and status
  • Dual MPPT Charge controllers

Finally, to make the most out of your portable power station it is recommended to make it a solar generator, that way, in the long run, you will save money and help the environment.

When buying the power station, there is an option for adding solar panels, extra batteries, extension wires and/or an extra AC charger.

The solar panels range from 500 watts to 2,000 watts, and the rest of the equipment depends on where you want to use it and how you want to install it, but it is all compatible. Additionally, these accessories can be bought from different sites and adapted to the Titan.

Includes:

  •     1 x Titan solar generator
  •     1 x cigarette to SAE (for charging from a car)
  •     1 x MC4 to SAE (for jump-starting with a solar panel)
  •     1 x MC4 to Anderson adapter
  •     4 x 30W USB adapters (2 with two USB-A, and 2 with 1 USB-A, and 1 USB-C)
  •     1 x AC charger (20A)

Read Full Review of the Titan Here

FLEX 1500

Inergy Flex AC unit front view

Manufacturer: Inergy

Price: $1500

The next portable power station on the list is the Flex 1500 from the company Inergy. This power station looks good on all sides and, although is not as powerful as the previous one, it has enough charge to power almost anything you need. 

All in a portable device that is silent and does not emit any fumes.

Like the previous power station, this unit offers the capability to separate the console from the battery to transport, clean, or to add another battery to the bottom. It has a lithium-ion battery with genuine LG cells and a capacity of 1069Wh. 

A perceivable physical difference from the previous unit is that, while the console has a handle on the top, the battery on this power station does not, which is a minor inconvenience, but something worth mentioning.

There are 3 ways to charge this battery (30A maximum battery charge rate):

  • Solar power: 14-90V DC with 30A max. Charge rate can charge in as little as 3.5 hours.
  • 12V DC car charger: A slower option, but really useful in certain cases
  • AC 120V Wall Charger

Up to 96 batteries can be stacked with this device, providing you with up to 102kWh, enough to power several average houses for a day. That is when the capability of charging it with multiple sources, or to use a large solar array and the Flex MPPT Supercharger (not included), come in handy.

Input Ports:

1 x EC8 input port

Output Ports:

6 x AC outputs 1500W (3000W surge) pure sine wave inverter with 12.5A 

2 x USB-C ports 60W with PD and QC 3.0

2 x USB-A ports with QC2.0

2 x DC output 13.8V regulated cigarette lighter ports 

2 x 5.5mm x 25mm DC ports

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 30lbs
  • Dimensions:  14″ x 8″ x 8.9″

Extra:

  • You can expand the Flex 1500 with as many as 96 Flex batteries
  • Has an MPPT charge controller
  • It has latches on the sides to attach or detach batteries
  • Pure sine-wave inverter

As mentioned before, the best way to take advantage of a portable power station is to turn it into a solar generator by charging it with the clean energy from solar panels. 

On the Inergy website, there are options for panels that have a 100W capacity, or you can look around to find some that fit better to your needs. It depends on what you want to do with it.

Includes:

  •     1 x Flex 1500 Power Console
  •     1 x Flex Battery
  •     1 x Standard Wall Charger
  •     1 x Shoulder Strap

YETI 3000 Lithium

Goal Zero Yeti 3000 front view

Manufacturer: Goal Zero

Price: $2999.95

The Yeti 3000 from Goal Zero, a company in the heart of Utah, has a greater capacity than the two previous ones in this article. This unit gives you longer runtime on your necessary equipment and, if that is something that interests you, then this is a good unit to consider. 

Sometimes it is better to pay a little extra for extra charge than to run out of power when you need it. This power station has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 3075Wh.

This portable power station, unlike the two mentioned above, has both the main console and the battery under the same case. This makes transportation of the power station a little harder due to its weight of 68.6lbs (31.1 kg), but the two handles on the sides can help with that, as well as the extremely useful roll cart that comes with the Yeti 3000.

There are 3 ways to charge your Yeti 3000:

  • Solar power: Charge time is dependent on the size of the solar panel and weather conditions. A 200W panel will charge it in 18-36 hours.
  • Plug it into the wall: Rechargeable time is about 9 hours.
  •  12V car charger: Using the Goal Zero Yeti Lithium 12V Car Charging Cable. 

NOTE: Do not attempt to charge your Yeti Lithium from a 12V source using a regular charging cable. Doing so may cause damage to the unit.

Input Ports:

1 x Charging port (8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x Power Pole charging port: 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)

Output Ports:

2 x USB A port: 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated

1 x USB C port: 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulated

1 x USB PD port: 5V, 12V, 20V up to 3.0A (60W max)

1 x 6mm port (6mm): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V car port: 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V Power Pole port: 12V, up to 20A (240W max)

2 x AC outputs: 120VAC 60Hz, 12.5A pure sine wave (1500W, 3000W surge)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight (Yeti & MPPT charger): 68.6lbs (31.1 kg) 
  • Dimensions (Yeti only): 10.1 x 15.3 x 13.1 in (25.7 x 38.9 x 33.3 cm) 

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone: 150+ Recharges
  • Headlamp: 500+ Recharges
  • Laptop: 50+ Recharges

Extra:

  • Roll cart to transport the power station,
  • MPPT pre-installed,
  • WiFi connectivity allows you to sync your Yeti with the Goal Zero Yeti App to control ports and monitor your power usage right from your phone.
  • Pure sine-wave inverter,
  • Expansion Module port and Covered port under the lid. To be used with Goal Zero expansion modules only.

To turn this portable power station into a solar generator you can charge it with the solar panels offered at the Goal Zero website, they offer different packs of the Boulder 100, Boulder 200, Nomad 50, and Nomad 100, which have 50W, 100W and 200W. 

They also offer packs containing both the power station and a solar panel. For this size of battery, it is recommended to charge it with an array of multiple solar panels, because only one would take too much time.

As well as with the other units, you can also search for different solar panels and equipment from different providers to charge your Yeti 3000.

Includes:

  •     1 x Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Lithium Portable Power Station
  •     2 x Wall Chargers
  •     1 x Pre-installed MPPT Module
  •     1 x Roll Cart

Read Full Review of the YETI 3000 Lithium Here

BLUETTI EB150

Bluetti EB150 solar generator

Manufacturer: Maxoak

Price: $1299.99

The Bluetti EB150 is a portable power station designed and created by Maxoak. Its aspect is elegant and more vivacious than the previous portable power stations, due to the clear blue and white colors that give it the aspect of some futuristic briefcase of the size of a computer’s CPU. 

Like the others, this one also has a handle on the top that makes it easier to carry.

The lithium-ion battery inside the device has a capacity of 1500Wh, a pretty decent capacity considering its slim design. It also has three buttons, the first is a simple Power button to turn it ON and OFF, the second is a DC to turn on DC current and the third is for AC current.

The battery can be charged in 2 different ways:

  • AC 120V Wall Charger: charges in 10 hours.
  • Solar power: The battery can receive from the solar panels 16-60V/Max. 10A, Max. 500W.

Input Ports:

1 x AC/PV Input port: 7.9*0.9mm, 16V~60V / MAX.10A DC

Output Ports:

2 x AC pure sine wave outputs from an inverter that can provide up to 1000W at 110V.

4 x USB-A ports which provide 5V/3A (Max). Not many USB devices go up to 3A as of current.

1 x PC Type-C connector for USB-C devices. (Max 45W).

1 x Car cigarette lighter port which provides 12V/9A.

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 38lbs (17.23 kg)
  • Dimensions: 14.6” x 14.4” x 6.5” 

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone (10W): 128 Recharges
  • Camera (15W): 84 Recharges
  • Laptop (50W): 26 Hours

Devices that might not be powered correctly are:

  • Microwaves (600-1200W)
  • Irons (800-2000W)
  • Hair dryers (800-1800W)

Extra:

  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Pure sine-wave inverter
  • Battery management system (BMS)
  • An LCD monitoring screen that shows the remaining capacity, charging, discharging, and abnormal status.

This is a great portable to go camping, given its slim design and its relatively high capacity, so it would also be a great idea to turn it into a solar generator. On the Maxoak website, there is a solar panel of 120W available for purchase. 

That might be enough to make sure you don’t run out of power when using the unit, but if you want to charge it completely and fast you can consider buying a couple of those solar panels or something similar from other brands. 

Just make sure to load the necessary energy into your power station so it charges correctly and you don’t damage it.

Includes:

  •     1 x Portable power station (EB150)
  •     1 x AC Wall Charger
  •     1 x PV Solar Charging Cable (DC7909 to MC4)

Similar: Bluetti EB150 vs EcoFlow Delta 1300 – Which Solar Generator is Best?

YETI 1400 Lithium

Yeti 1400 front view

Manufacturer: Goal Zero

Price: $1899.95

The Yeti 1400 is another portable power station from the company Goal Zero. This unit has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1425Wh (10.8V, 132Ah), a little lower than the Bluetti EB150. 

Unlike the previously mentioned Yeti 3000, this unit does not come with a roll cart to transport it easily, but with its lower weight of 43.7lbs. and handles on both sides it is not difficult to carry.

This unit comes with everything you might need from a portable power station. It can be considered a small version of the Yeti 3000, perfect for those times when you do not want to overkill and you just want the necessary power to charge small devices.

There are 2 ways to charge your Yeti 1400:

  • Solar power: Charge time depends on the size of the solar panel and weather conditions. Maximum input (360W) done in 4.5 hours.
  • AC wall output: Recharge time at 5A is 25 hours.

Input Ports:

1 x Charging port (8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x Power Pole charging port: 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)

Output Ports:

2 x USB A port: 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated

1 x USB C port: 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulated

1 x USB PD port: 5V, 12V, 20V up to 3.0A (60W max)

1 x 6mm port (6mm): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V car port: 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V Power Pole port: 12V, up to 20A (240W max)

2 x AC outputs, 120VAC 60Hz, 12.5A pure sine wave (1500W, 3000W surge)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 43.7lbs (19.8 kg)
  • Dimensions: 10.1 x 15.3 x 10.4 in (25.7 x 28.9 x 26.4 cm)

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone: 70+ Recharges
  • Tablet: 52+ Recharges
  • Laptop: 23+ Recharges

Extra:

  • WiFi connectivity allows you to sync your Yeti with the Goal Zero Yeti App to control ports and monitor your power usage right from your phone.
  • Pure sine-wave inverter.
  • Expansion Module port and Covered port under the lid. (To be used with Goal Zero expansion modules only.)

This portable power station can also be turned into a solar generator, so you can charge it with the solar panels sold online at the Goal Zero website. They offer different packs of the Boulder 100, Boulder 200, Nomad 50 and Nomad 100, which have 50W, 100W and 200W.

They also offer packs containing both the power station and a solar panel. For this size of battery, it is recommended to charge it with an array of multiple solar panels, because only one would take too much time.

As with the other units, you can also search for different solar panels and equipment from different providers to charge your Yeti 1400.

Includes:

  •     1 x Goal Zero Yeti 1400 Lithium Portable Power Station
  •     1 x Wall charger

Read Full Review of the YETI 1400 Lithium Here

DELTA 1300

EcoFlow Delta 1300

Manufacturer: Ecoflow

Price: $1399

The Delta 1300 was created by Ecoflow, a company founded by a team of entrepreneurs who used to work on developing the perfect drone battery. Now they use their experience in creating lightweight, long-lasting, and powerful power stations. 

This futuristic-looking power station has a battery with a capacity of 1,260Wh, but it still holds enough capacity for long days and nights of charging your electronics. This unit has a more industrial look; with different tones of gray, it gives a modest impression.

It has a handle both in the front and back so you can grab it and carry it easily. It even comes with a bag to protect your device.

There are 3 ways to power this station:

  • AC wall socket (100-120V): Battery can be charged to 80% in 1 hour, and 100% 1.6 hours.
  • Car port: 12V/24V 10A Max.
  • Solar panels: With the included XT60 to MC4 cable you can plug a solar panel or a solar panel array into the battery easily. 10-65V with a maximum of 400W.

Input Ports:

1 x Car Charger / Solar Input: 10-65V/10A (Max)

1 x AC Input: 100-120V AC (50Hz/60Hz only)

Output Ports:

6 x AC Outputs which can provide 1800W / 3300W Peak

1 x Car port which provides 13.6V/8A (Max)

2 x USB-A outputs 5V and up to 2.4A

2 x USB-A Fast Charge outputs 5V, 9V, and 12V with up to 2.4A

2 x USB-C outputs 5V, 9V, 12V, 15V and 20V with 3A

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 31lbs
  • Dimensions: 15.7” x 10.6” x 8.3″

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone: 90-140 Recharges
  • Camera: (18W) 65+ Recharges
  • Laptop: (60W) 23+ Hours

Extra:

  • Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT)
  • Pure sine-wave inverter
  • Battery management system (BMS)
  • Monitoring screen to check the status of the battery, as well as current charging and discharging.

Ecoflow, the manufacturer, has some solar panels for sale on its website, so you can turn your portable power station into a solar generator and save some money while looking after the environment.

Since this has a smaller battery, the solar panels they offer are smaller, with wattages of 21W, 60W, and 110W. Enough so you don’t run out of power while using your unit outside, but you can also consider panels from other brands.

Includes:

  •     1 x Portable power station (DELTA 1300)
  •     1 x AC Wall Charger (1.5m)
  •     1 x Car Charge Cable (1.5m)
  •     1 x PV Solar Charging Cable (XT60 to MC4)
  •     1 x DELTA Bag

Similar: Inergy Apex vs EcoFlow Delta 1300 – Which is the Superior Solar Generator?

EXPLORER 1000

Jackery 1000 front view of generator

Manufacturer: Jackery

Price $999.99

With the Explorer 1000 from the company Jackery, a company founded by a former Apple engineer that specializes in outdoor green power solutions for, as its name should tell you, explorers. Campers and people in need of emergency power can also benefit from this silent and convenient portable power station.

It is with this unit that we enter into the realm of really portable power stations. With its small size and its 22lbs of weight, it is easy to carry everywhere. And of course, it comes with a handle on the top for easier transportation.

But even with its size and light weight, it has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 1002Wh (21.6V, 46.4Ah). It is convenient considering its price.

There are 3 ways to charge this battery:

  • AC wall outlet (120V): Charges in 7 hours.
  • 12V car charger: Charges in 14 hours.
  • Solar energy: Charge by solar with MPPT. If two SolarSaga 100W panels are used, as well as the adapter cable (included with solar panels) it can be charged in 8 hours. If connecting only a single panel, the approximated recharging time is 17 hours. 

Input Ports:

DC 8mm: 12V-30V (200W Max)

Output Ports:

2 x USB-C ports PD18W (5V 3A / 9V 2A / 12V 1.5A)

2 x USB-A ports (5V 2.4AQuick Charge 3.0)

1 x DC car port 12V, up to 10A

3 x AC outlets with pure sine wave 110VAC, 60Hz, 1000W (2000W surge)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 22lbs
  • Dimensions: 13.11″ x 9.17″ x 11.14″ (33.3 x 23.3 x 28.3 cm)

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone: 100+ Recharges
  • Camera: 180+ Recharges
  • Laptop: 12+ Recharges

Extra:

  • LCD monitoring screen with charge/discharge data and battery status 
  • Pure sine wave

The website of Jackery, the manufacturer, also sells the necessary solar panels to turn the Explorer 1000 into a solar generator. It has panels of two different wattages, one of 100W and one of 60W.

This can work really well for this more modest portable power station, but it is up to you to find which one fits your needs. Like the others mentioned, you might prefer another brand, and that works as well.

Includes:

  •     1 x Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station
  •     1 x AC Adapter
  •     1 x Car Charger Cable
  •     1 x SolarSaga Parallel Adapter Cable

Read Full Review of the Jackery 1000 Here

ROCKPALS 500W/540WH

Rockpals 540Wh front view

Manufacturer: Rockpals

Price: $499.99

The next portable power station on the list does not have a specific name, it rather uses its manufacturer’s name, which is Rockpals.

Its load and capacity are 500W and 540Wh, respectively. It is smaller and significantly lighter than the units mentioned above. It is a really portable power station and its capacity is enough for something of its size.

This power station has a handle on the top for easy transportation, although its 12.13lbs weight means it can almost be transported inside a backpack with very little effort. It has a simple design with grey and black colors, and the handle on the top is bright red.

There are 3 ways to power up this portable power station:

  • AC Wall Outlet ((90W) (DC24V / 3.75A)): Charges in 6 to 7 hours.
  • 12V Car adaptor: Using 4A charging takes 6 to 7 hours.
  • Solar panel (18V, 100-200W): Charging takes 6 to 7 hours.

Input Ports:

1 x DC input port: 12V to 24V

Output Ports:

2 x AC Output (pure sine wave) 110V, 60Hz provides 500W (1000W surge)

1 x USB-C 

2 x USB-A 2.4A

1 x USB-A QC 3.0

2 x DC output (12V/48W max)

1 x Car Port (12V/96W max)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 12.13lbs (5.5 kg)
  • Dimensions: 10.24 x 6.7 x 6.82 in

Estimated Charging Capacity:

This device can charge basically all electronics that require less than 500W. Cellphones, tablets, laptops, drones, pumps, mini-fridges, TVs, and many other small devices work great with this, but anything that goes over 500W might not be charged correctly and can cause malfunctions.

Extra:

  • Pure sine wave
  • Over-current, overload and overcharge protection

As mentioned on the previous unit, this one also works well with small solar panels. You can turn your portable power station into a solar generator by charging it with solar power.

Rockpals also sells two different solar panels; they are 60W and 100W and have the advantage of being foldable, that way you can carry your whole solar generator with ease. 

Includes:

  •     1 x AC Cable
  •     1 x AC/DC adapter
  •     1 x MC4 Adapter Cable
  •     1 x Car Charging Cable

Read Full Review of the Rockpals 500 Here

YETI 500x

Yeti 500X front view

Manufacturer: Goal Zero

Price: $699.95

This one is a yet smaller version of the Yeti 3000 and the Yeti 1400. It has a very similar aspect, just smaller and lighter.

It also has the distinctive portable power station handle on the top to carry it with you everywhere. These are perfect for a small party or a day camping with light use.

Although it has a small aspect, it has a lithium-ion battery with a respectable 505Wh (10.8V, 46.8Ah) of capacity, enough to charge your electronics with no trouble, or to power up a speaker or TV for hours.

There are 3 ways to charge your Yeti 500X:

  • Solar power: Charge time depends on the size of the solar panel and weather conditions. Charging time can be between 6 to 58 hours. Maximum input (360W) done in 3 hours.
  • AC wall output: Recharge time at 120V with 5A is 8.5 hours.
  • 12V car charger (120W):  Charges in 4.5 hours.

Input Ports:

1 x Charging port (input, 8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x Power Pole charging port (input): 14-22V, up to 30A (360W max)

Output Ports:

2 x USB A port: 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated

1 x USB C port: 5V, up to 3.0A (15W max), regulated

1 x USB PD port: 5V, 12V, 20V up to 3.0A (60W max)

1 x 6mm port (6mm): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V car port: 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V Power Pole port: 12V, up to 20A (240W max)

2 x AC outputs, 120VAC 60Hz, 12.5A pure sine wave (300W, 1200W surge)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 12.9lbs (5.85 kg)
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.25 x 5.8 in (19.05 x 28.58 x 14.73 cm)

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Camera: 70 Recharges
  • Phone: 40 Recharges 
  • Laptop: 8 Recharges 
  • TV: 3 Hours

Extra:

  • Pure sine-wave inverter

To turn your Yeti 500X into a solar generator, you can connect any of the solar panels mentioned above that are sold at the Goal Zero website, or you can also get them from another brand.

Just keep in mind that, due to this power station’s capacity and size, you should not load more than 360W of power into it as it may cause it to heat or to malfunction.

Includes:

  •     1 x Goal Zero Yeti 500X Power Station
  •     1 x Wall Charger

Read Full Review of the YETI 500X Here

G500

The Suaoki G500 features an LCD display

Manufacturer: Suaoki

Price: $525.99

It is a great thing when you can buy a portable power station at this price and with this capacity. The G500, created by the Chinese company Suaoki, is a small device that delivers more than expected.

It can be moved around easily outdoors or stored for emergencies and power outages. It is the representation of a unit that covers the essentials effectively.

With its weight of 2.2lbs (6.88 kg), basically anyone can carry it, so you can take it anywhere you need it. It is hard to imagine that inside that little device there is a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 500Wh (11.1V, 45,900mAh/ /3.7V 137,700mAh).

There are 3 ways to charge the G500:

  • AC wall charger (30W): Charge time is between 8 to 10 hours.
  • 12V cigarette lighter: Charges in 6- to 8 hours.
  • Solar power (max of 10A/ 14-40V: 30W 10 150W, don’t use more than 40V, 10A, and/or 150W input) – Charging ranges from 8 to14 hours with 150W solar panel.

Input Ports:

1 x DC adapter input: 14-40V (150W max)

1 x PV connector: 14-40V (150W max)

Output Ports:

2 x 300W (600W peak) PURE SINE WAVE AC 110V 

2 x QUICK CHARGE USB-A QC3.0 ports (5V-12V) (18W max)

1 x Quick charge USB-C QC3.0 port (5~12V/3A)

2 x VERSATILE DC OUTPUT 12V/3A DC

1 x 12V/10A cigarette lighter socket

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 2.2lbs (6.88 kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.00 x 7.50 x 8.30 inches

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Drone: 15+ Hours
  • Floor Fan (80W): 4+ Hours
  • TV (55 inches): 2.5+ Hours

Extra:

  • Monitoring screen that shows charging / discharging rates and battery status.

Suaoki has an online store where they sell foldable solar panels. Most of them are small but really worth considering for the G500.

The largest panel is 120W. Although searching on different brands is recommended before buying a solar panel or a couple of solar panels, remember that the G500 should not get an input of more than 150W.

Includes:

  •     1 x AC brick
  •     1 x Car charger
  •     1 x MC4 solar charger

Read Full Review of the Suaoki G500 Here

EXPLORER 500

Jackery Explorer 500 front view

Manufacturer: Jackery

Price: $599.99

This is another model from the company Jackery, also specialized in campers and people in need of emergency power can also benefit from this silent and convenient portable power station.

This model is the Explorer 500, which is on simple sight the same as the Explorer 1000, but with fewer connectors and significantly smaller and lighter.

The Explorer 500 has a handle built on the top and weighs only 13.32lbs. It is ideal for small parties and camping. It has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 518Wh (21.6V, 24Ah).

There are 3 ways to charge this battery:

  • AC wall outlet (120V): Charges in 7.5 hours
  • 12V car charger: Charges in 16 hours
  • Solar energy: By using 100W solar panels and with full sun can charge in 14 hours. 

Input Ports:

1 x DC 8mm: 12V-30V, 3.5A (100W Max)

Output Ports:

3 x USB-A ports: 5V/2.4A total 30W max

1 x 12V car output

1 x AC pure sine-wave output: 110V (500W) 60Hz (100W surge)

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 13.32lbs (6.04 kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 in

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone: 34+ Recharges
  • Camera: 60+ Recharges
  • Laptop: 7+ Recharges

Extra:

  • LCD monitoring screen with charge/discharge data and battery status 
  • Pure sine wave
  • Battery management system

The website of Jackery also sells the necessary solar panels to turn the Explorer 500 into a solar generator. It has panels of two different wattages, one of 100W and one of 60W.

This can work really well for this more-modest portable power station, but it is up to you to find which one fits your needs. As well as with the other ones, you might prefer another brand, and that works as well.

Includes:

  •     1 x AC Adaptor
  •     1 x DC to Car Adapter cable
  •     1 x AC to DC cable

YETI 400 Lithium

Yeti 400 Lithium front

Manufacturer: Goal Zero

Price: $599.95

Here is another proposal from Goal Zero. The Yeti 400 Lithium, as the Yetis that came before on this article, represents a good portable power station that is reliable, small, and good looking.

It has the same image as the other’s, but with a weight of only 16.3lbs, it is a good option if you are interested in a power station from Goal Zero, but you don’t see the need for that much power.

With its 428Wh (39.6Ah, 10.8V) of Li-ion NMC battery storage, it is a good option to recharge small electronics and to keep them functioning. It would not be recommended for long days of heavy use, but it is good for a couple of hours.

The Yeti 400 can be charged by 3 different ways:

  • Wall charger (5A): 7 hours 
  • Maximum Input (360W solar panels): 4.5 Hours 
  • Solar charge: 4-62 hours (depending on solar array size and weather)

Input Ports:

1 x Charging port (input, 8mm): 14-22V, up to 10A (120W max)

Output Ports:

3 x USB A port (output): 5V, up to 2.4A (12W max), regulated

1 x 6mm port (output, 6mm): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

1 x 12V car port (output): 12V, up to 10A (120W max)

2 x 120V AC inverter (output, pure sine wave): 120VAC, 60hZ, 2.5A (300W, 1200W surge max) 

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 16.3lbs (7.4 kg)
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 11.25 x 7.0 in (19.0 x 28.6 x 17.7 cm)

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Smartphone: 40 Recharges
  • Laptop: 3-5 Recharges
  • TV (32 inches): 3 hours

Extra:

  • Battery Management System (BMS)

As mentioned previously in this article, Goal Zero has its own line of solar panels that can be used on this battery, and you can also consider checking on other brands. This has a higher input tolerance (350W), but it is not advised to reach that limit.

Includes:

  •     Goal Zero Yeti 400 Lithium Power Station
  •     Wall Charger

Read Full Review of the YETI 400 Lithium Here

POWERHOUSE 400

Anker PowerHouse 400 front view

Manufacturer: Anker

Price: $499.99

Designated by Anker as “the world’s smallest power supply”, this little portable power has inside its curved structure considerable power. Anker is known for its chargers, adapters, and this power supply comes to get a different market.

This device is designed for light use for long times, perfect for camping or for spending an afternoon outside not worrying about your laptop’s or cellphone’s charge. It has a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 434Wh.

There is 1 way to charge this battery:

  • AC wall outlet: 10.5 hours with a 16.8V/3A power supply

NOTE: Solar charging is possible, but search for a solar panel that has a compatible connector.

Input Ports:

1 x DC Input: 16-17V/6A

Output Ports:

4 x USB Output: 5V/6A

1 x DC Output: 12V/10A car socket

1 x AC Output: 110V

Physical Characteristics:

  • Dimensions: 200 x 145 x 165mm
  • Weight: 9.5lbs (4.2kg) 

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Tablet: 10 Recharges
  • Cellphone: 24 Recharges
  • Laptop: 6.5 Recharges

Extra: 

  • Battery Management System (BMS)

The PowerHouse 400 can be also converted into a solar generator, although there have been some issues concerning the compatibility with its input connector to that of the solar panels. It is recommended to contact Anker about compatible solar panels for this unit.

Includes:

  •     10ft / 304 cm AC Adapter
  •     2ft / 60cm Micro USB charging cable

Similar: Goal Zero vs Anker – Which Company Reigns Supreme?

ROCKPALS 300W

Rockpals 300W solar generator front view

Manufacturer: Rockpals

Price: $289.90

This portable power station gets into the realm of the tiny power stations. Made by the company Rockpals, this small device is good for emergencies, charging small electronics or to keep charged and stored for power outages.

It might not be big enough for camping or longer activities, but its low price and size makes it attractive for many different uses.

This unit has a capacity of 280Wh, small capacity compared to the first power stations on this article, but useful for emergencies and at a low price.

There are 3 ways to charge this battery:

  • AC 110V, 60Hz Wall Outlet: 6-7 hours (pure sine wave)
  • 12V Car adaptor: 6-7 hours
  • Solar Panel: 8-9 hours (60W-100W)

Input Ports:

1 x DC: 12-24V port

1 x AC: 100-240V port

Output Ports:

1 x 24V/3A DC output

1 x car output port 12V/8A (96W max)

3 x 12V/4A Output Ports 

1 x 110V 60Hz AC output port (300W max)

3 x USB (5V/total 3.1A) + QC3.0

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 7.31lbs (3.32 kg)
  • Dimensions: 7.48 x 5.9 x 5.5 inches

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • GoPro: 36 Recharges
  • Phone: 20-25 Recharges

Extra:

  • Battery Management System (BMS)
  • Monitoring screen for battery status
  • Pure sine wave

You can turn your portable power station into a solar generator by charging it with solar power. Rockpals also sells two different solar panels; they are 60W and 100W and have the advantage of being foldable. Keep in mind this is a small power station when looking for solar panels.

Includes:

  •     Rockpals 300W power station
  •     MC4 cable
  •     110V AC Wall Charger
  •     12V Car Charger

AEIUSNY 400W

aeiusny 400 front view

Manufacturer: Aeiusny

Price: $259.95

The last portable power station in this article is a bright yellow little device. It has the lowest price on this list but not the lowest capacity, so it is something to be considered when looking for a small power station with decent capacity.

This power station, created by the company Aeiusny, is ideal for garden parties, picnics, or for emergencies when electricity is needed but not for long periods of time.

It can be carried like a big flashlight. It has a capacity of 296Wh (10.8V/25.5Ah).

This battery can be charged 3 different ways:

  • AC wall outlet: 6-7 hours
  • Car port 12V: 10-15 hours
  • Solar panels: 10-15 hours (60W)

Input Ports:

1 x input port

Output Ports:

3 x AC outlet (400W)

2 x USB 5V/1A

2 x USB 5V/2.1A

2 x DC 12V ports

Physical Characteristics:

  • Weight: 7.05lbs
  • Dimensions: 12.3 x 4.88 x 6.48

Estimated Charging Capacity:

  • Phone: 40+ Recharges
  • Laptop (30W): 10 Hours

Extra:

  • monitoring screen: battery status

This unit can also be converted into a solar generator. The Aeiusny website sells a 60W solar panel that fits great with this. You can look also for other options, but keep in mind the small size of the power station.

Includes:

  •     Portable power station
  •     AC wall charger
  •     Car cigarette port

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Max Peters

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