Is it worth buying a portable power station?

Portable power plants are a very practical device. Their functionality makes them invaluable during long trips by car or motorhome, during hiking or business trips. If you're looking for something that can be packed, that's lighter, and that can be used frequently, it's usually worth investing in a lithium-ion battery. But if you want something safer, that charges quickly, and that has the lowest passive discharge rate, then a power plant with a Li-Po battery might be the better option.

For these and other reasons, the Jackery 2000 Plus is our best large portable power plant and the best overall. While portable power plants are excellent investments, they come at a cost. These devices can be expensive depending on their size and capabilities, so you should consider how often you'll use them before you buy them. If you don't think you'll be using this device often, it might not be worth the initial investment.

It's worth checking out, especially if you're looking for more flexibility in areas like solar panels or DIY options. Examples of this would be gas generators, which are usually used as energy sources in remote areas or as a backup for the whole house, electric generators, which are not very common, but convert some type of mechanical action into electricity, and solar generators, which can use solar panels to power devices or homes, and usually use a battery to temporarily store electricity. It offers plenty of DC charging options, car power outlet, USB-C PD, and solar energy, and comes with all the necessary charging cables, although the solar panel is sold only as part of a package. To recharge from the sun, the unit comes with an adapter to connect its red and black Anderson connector to one or two solar panels (sold separately or in a package with the power plant).

The additional EcoFlow solar panel costs the same as Jackery's at the time of writing, but since it has a higher power (160 W versus 100 W), it has the potential to capture more energy from the sun, depending on weather conditions. The best-known brands offer solar panels, such as Jackery, or third-party solar panels that work with other brands, such as Goal Zero and Anker power plants.