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13 best power stations in Australia 2024: Portable batteries

What is the best portable power station you can buy in Australia? Here’s how to choose the right battery pack for camping, 4WDing, work, home and more.

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The best power stations in Australia

There's nothing better than getting out of the big smoke and into nature, but we can't always be completely without electricity for long periods of time. Be it phones, portable fridges, cameras, LED lights or even your sound system, there are plenty of reasons why you need to plug in – even in remote areas.

Thankfully there is an option for campers, workers and outdoor lovers who want to be well off the beaten track, but not without home comforts. They're called power stations. These power stations can be charged through a mains connection at home before you leave on your trip, via your car battery on the way or through portable solar panels in situ.

I've been using them for years, and have been sent power stations from many manufacturers to test and experience in that time. What is the best power station in Australia? Well, it depends on your needs. Below, you'll find a breakdown of the power stations I think you should be considering and why.

How did we pick this list?

I have personally experienced or owned almost all of the power stations in this list, comparing them during my outdoor adventures. In addition to my impressions, I’ve also looked at the average customer ratings at established ecommerce sites like Amazon and eBay (as of the end of 2023), user reviews on sale portals like Snowys, Anaconda, Tentworld and BCF, and the opinions of other professional reviewers and tradies.

Read more detail on our methodology below.


iTechworld PS2000

Best Power Station overall

iTechworld PS2000
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Pros

  • Very efficient
  • Long lifecycle
  • Good bang for buck

Cons

  • No charging pad
  • No app support
  • Short warranty

You can take your pick from the iTechworld range of power stations in truth. Built right here in Australia, this family-run business out of Perth makes a quality, premium power station across four sizes. There's the 300, 500, 1300 and 2000, with the number representing the max watt output the device can handle..

In my experiences using iTechworld power stations, they tend to punch above their weight, too. Delivering an efficiency, both with input and output, that makes the most of every one of its watt hours. They are relatively lighter, too, than their competitors.

The best in the range is the 1997 watt-hour, PS2000. This beast will get you through most of your troubles, especially anything like a camping trip off-grid for a few days. It doesn't have my preferred flat top, but the robust handles and straight-edged chassis do make it easy to carry and pack.

Notable features include 2 x 100W USB-C ports, a fantastic 3500 lifecycles (to 80%) longevity, a quick-charge to 80% in 60-minutes, 3 AC ports, a range of 12V ports and an external light. It's driven by the safer LiFePO4 lithium ion cell technology, too.

For the premium power station range that hover around the 2000 watt-hour mark, it's well-priced, too. And it's that and its Australian made roots that give me the inclination to call it the best power station in Australia.

Although, given it's a local company, I am disappointed by the relatively low 2-year warranty.


The Anker 767 Powerhouse

Best Premium Power Station

The Anker 767 Powerhouse
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Pros

  • Great build quality
  • Outstanding max input and output
  • Excellent warranty

Cons

  • Very heavy
  • More expensive that compatriots
  • Needs a fourth AC port

The newly released Anker 767 Powerhouse ticks just about every box, building on the premium offerings already on the market and then giving it that extra 10%.

There's no doubt it sets you back a pretty penny, retailing for $3799 in Australia. But you're getting a lot here for your moolah. The construction quality is excellent, and the device is smartly designed. The built-in telescopic handle and ruggard wheels make light weight of what on paper looks like a heavy device at 30kg. While the flat top makes it easy to stack and pack.

You can expect a whopping 2048 watt-hours of power, and I've run a typical camping set-up off it for 48-hours with ease. It quick-charges to 80% off mains power in an impressive 60-minutes, too. It's the safer LiFePO4 cell chemistry, which is a must in this writer's opinion, while the whole system is supported by a class-leading 5-year warranty.

What makes this power station particularly good for premium power station seekers - in particular those striving for off-grid living - is the maximum solar energy input. You can put 1000W of solar power into this station, giving you security in knowing you can make the most of sunlight hours to keep your electricity rolling. You can daisy-chain units together, too.

Other critical specs of note include the 2400W max power output, allowing it to run a lot of devices at once. The 3200W surge capability is handy. And managing to reach 3000 lifecycles before dipping below 80% capacity. I would have liked to have seen a 4th AC port, but 3 USB-C 100W outlets is fantastic.

Anker is an Australian company as well, which is also worthy of note.


EcoFlow Delta Max 2000

Best Power Station for power outages

EcoFlow Delta Max 2000
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Pros

  • Astonishing power gives it a lot of use case versatility
  • Huge number of output options
  • Incredible recharge rate

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Only 800 lifecycles
  • Lithium Ion instead of the preferred LiFePO4

If money isn't an object, you simply cannot go wrong with the EcoFlow Delta Max 2000. This power station is a beast and perhaps overkill for general purpose use like camping. (Although I did love taking it camping!) This really shines when it's an alternate power source for farmers or homes where power outages are common. Especially as they can be daisy-chained together.

A lot of that comes down to raw power. Its 4 x AC ports can each deliver a whopping 3000W power, which can run just about anything. It can surge to 4600W, too - enough to jumpstart your car. With 2016 watt hours of capacity, it lasts a while, too. But you can always plug in up to 800W of solar panels to bring it back to life.

As well as the AC ports, you've got 2 x USB-A fast charge and 2 x USB-A standard ports. There's 2 x USB-C 100W ports and 2 x DC ports. There's wifi and app support, and I'm a fan of the flat top design, as it's easy to store and leave devices on top while charging. I have even sat a projector on it sometimes while camping.

It's definitely heavy, and at 22kg it wasn't the easiest device to move around to be sure. It's also a shame it's a lithium-ion battery, which is not only a little less safe than LiFePO4 cell chemistry, but has reduced longevity. Expect 800 lifecycles to 80% capacity.

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NRG Vault PV1500

Best Power Station for Camping

NRG Vault PV1500
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Pros

  • Well-priced
  • Feature rich
  • Portable

Cons

  • Awkward handle placement
  • No front LED light
  • No app support

NRG Vault is an Australian-owned company, with a long history working with power banks through its better known partner-brand, Laser. This is a LiFePO4, mid-range portable power station, delivering 1288Wh of capacity.

It's a well made battery that can safely handle the rigors of "going bush." But there's plenty of other reasons why I've selected it as your best power station for camping.

While it doesn't quite have the capacity of the bigger premium power stations, you're still getting a lot of watt hours at a much more respectable price point of $1500. You're also looking at a smaller footprint and a slimmer 15.8kg frame, which is easier to get in and out of cars and tents.

Despite this, it doesn't compromise on high-end features. The 2500 lifecycles is more than acceptable, you're still getting 4 AC ports and 2 x 100W USB-C ports. There's a 3 year warranty, too. And it can take 300W of solar input, which is about the max you want to lug around camping..

As its name suggests, the 1500W max power output is more than enough for anything you're likely to take camping. Depending on the weather, you should be able to get 2-days out of your camping fridge, for example. But you can "cheat" and use a jaffle iron or microwave, too.,

Perhaps its most annoying fault is in its design, with a fixed top handle that impacts your ability to place things on top to charge (like a laptop) as well as pack into a vehicle.


EcoFlow River Max

Best Mid-Range Power Station

EcoFlow River Max
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Pros

  • Smartly designed
  • Long warranty
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • A little pricey for the capacity
  • No front LED light
  • Not waterproof

EcoFlow is undoubtedly one of the leaders in the power station space and the River Max is a genuine go-getter. At $1099 here in Australia, it's a little on the pricey side, but its superior build quality will last the distance.

Indeed, this LiFePO4 battery is backed in by a 5-year warranty, and claims 3000 lifecycles to 80% capacity.

You get a solid 512Wh lifespan, which charges to 100% in just an hour. That's going to give you no problems with any day trip or overnighter when it comes to powering general consumer technology or even a portable fridge.

It can output up to 500W in normal mode, but can be boosted to 1000W if you suddenly need to run something serious. That said, it won't last too long if you're drawing that kind of power.

The smart design keeps a nice flat surface, and it's got modern trimmings including a 100W USB-C port and an app. We also love that the whole battery only weighs a tickle over 6kg, meaning it's ultra portable.

It gets extra points for not just being receptive to 220W of solar, but the fact you can even charge it via USB-C. Albeit, that takes a bit of time.


Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro

Best Lithium Ion Power Station

Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro
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Pros

  • Operates at 43.2V
  • Light and easy to pack
  • Relatively quiet

Cons

  • Expensive for the watt hours
  • Annoying solar panel inputs
  • Low number of lifecycles

There's pros and cons between using lithium ion power stations, which were the old norm, and the newer LiFePO4 batteries. But for most the safety benefits and longevity of the LiFePO4 outweigh the cons, and most manufacturers are moving that way. But if you really want the extra capacity and power that lithium ion can deliver, there's still options on the market.

Until recently, Jackery wasn't available in Australia, despite being a major player in overseas markets. Namely the USA. It's now landed in Australia, and it's a pretty smart system.

The Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro offers 1002Wh of capacity, with 1000W max output capable of surging to 2000W if required. There's only the 2 x AC ports, but you do get 2 x USB-C 100W ports. It can receive a generous amount of solar, too, at 800W, but is a little bit slow to charge at almost 2-hours via a powerpoint.

It's quite light for its capacity at only 11.5kg, despite having some girth to it. I like the fold down handle, which is countersunk into the top surface for storage and packing. At the time of writing, a free 2-year extension to the warranty brings it up to an impressive 5-years, too, gifting added security.

You do only get 1000 lifecycles, however, until it dips below 80% capacity. And frustratingly, it has a bespoke solar panel DC input design that means you're more-or-less stuck with using Jackery solar panels. As a result, in my opinion, there's better bang for buck to be had with LiFePO4 batteries on this list.

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Companion Rover Lithium 40Ah

Best Budget Power Station

Companion Rover Lithium 40Ah
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Pros

  • Direct solar charging with power passthrough
  • Lots of ports
  • Very portable

Cons

  • No AC output
  • Limited to 10 amps of output at any one time
  • Bit slow to charge

What defines a budget power station outside of the price? In this writer's opinion, a budget power station is under $500. But you also don't want to skimp on the brand or cell chemistry. Go too low end, and you'll end up with a potential fire hazard.

The Companion Rover Lithium 40Ah comes in under $500, but is the safer LiFePO4 variant that is the safest on the market. Plus, it still ticks a lot of boxes.

It's a very portable power station at 6.3kg. It has a relatively small footprint with an easy carry handle. With a 140W maximum output, it's not going to run bigger appliances and indeed doesn't even come with an AC port as a result. So just note that it's effectively 12V or USB focused. But with a 512 watt-hour capacity, it still gives you plenty of legs.

Its in-built solar MPPT controller means you can plug your solar panels directly into the power station with no fuss. And it can store excess electricity while powering anything that's plugged in simultaneously..

You'll find 2 fast-charge USB-A ports, a USB-C port and dual 12V ports, which is impressive for this sized device. There are also 2 12V 3A connectors for directly running LED lights and you can also output via an Anderson plug. An LCD display and 3W LED light are welcomed bonuses, too.

At this price, the 2000 lifecycles to 80% capacity can't be ignored, either. Although we will say, it has a disappointingly long charge time.


Bluetti AC180

Best Power Station for CPAP

Bluetti AC180
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Pros

  • Good warranty and longevity
  • Quick charging
  • Plenty of power

Cons

  • Bit on the heavy side
  • Only 1 USB-C 100W port
  • No LED Light

For Australians who rely on a continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) machine while they sleep, power stations while away from home are vitally important. You want to overshoot a little when determining power needs so you can be sure you won't run out of power in the middle of the night. And ideally, you want to easily be able to charge it up for those multi-day trips.

Unfortunately, most cheaper power stations don't quite have the watt hours to safely ensure a full night's sleep. Nor do they have an AC port that most CPAP machines require to run.

You're looking at the mid-tier range then, and one of the best batteries that will deliver what you need, as well as the flexibility for plenty more, is the Bluetti AC180.

It's a wonderfully built machine, backed by a 5-year warranty and LiFePO4 cell chemistry that will give you 3500 lifecycles to 80% capacity. That capacity is 1152 watt-hours, running at 32V. It can take up to a 1440W appliance as well, and will handle a 2700W surge.

In terms of ports, you've got 2 x AC, as well as 1 x USB-C 100W and 4 x USB-A, to go with a 12V ciggie plug. As an added bonus, there's a wireless charging pad on top.

What's particularly handy here for people looking at multi-day trips, is that Bluetti AC180 is very fast charging (80% in just 45-minutes), and can accept 500W of solar power.

We do wish it was smaller, weighing in at 16 kg. But it's relatively quiet, and doesn't overstate its footprint. So you can sneak it into a small room, caravan or tent to run your CPAP machine.


AIMTOM PowerPal X

Best Power Station for Laptops and Phones

AIMTOM PowerPal X
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Pros

  • Great price
  • Can accept direct solar charging
  • Very light and portable

Cons

  • Only a day or so of battery life
  • Need US to AU AC adaptor
  • Only 500 lifecycles

If you're on a budget and just want a power solution for running your work equipment or charging basic tech while on the road,, the AIMTOM PowerPal X is your best bet. Despite going for around the $200 mark, you get quite a lot for your money.

As well as mains power, it also has a built-in MPPT controller for easy solar charging. There are 3 x DC outputs and 3 x quick charge USB outputs. It has a front-mounted LED light and is only 1.6kg with a very small footprint.

Importantly it has an AC output that is very handy at this price range, especially for plugging in a laptop. Although you'll need a US to AU adaptor to plug in local devices.

Given the above, the AIMTOM PowerPal X is suited to short trips away from power when you're not asking it to run any complicated devices. Anything that requires more than 100 watts of continuous power will struggle.

You get what you pay for. Despite its 42Ah capability, you only get 155 watt-hours, which isn't a heck of a lot of juice. And it takes a bit of time to get there. Expect around 8 hours via DC charging via your car's cigarette lighter. The 500 life cycles are also on the low end. But with near-unanimous positive reviews on Amazon, it's clear you still get good bang for your buck.


EcoFlow DELTA mini

Best Power Station for Portable Fridge

EcoFlow DELTA mini
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Pros

  • Great build quality and weight
  • Powerful and full of ports
  • Fast charging

Cons

  • Lithium-ion isn’t ideal
  • Low lifecycle count
  • No LED Light

There's no doubt that the activity I most use my portable power stations for, is keeping beer and meat cold. Especially on longer camping trips when it's not easy to resupply with ice constantly.

I can tell you from many years of experience, when it comes to the best power station for portable fridges, you want enough watt hours to get you through a warm summer evening easily. You also want good solar support so you can give it a charge pump easily during the day. And it needs to be light enough that you can move it about easily to keep it in the shade.

The EcoFlow Delta Mini does all that at a reasonable price point. Firstly, EcoFlow is a premium power station brand, with a build quality and reputation to match. The EcoFlow Delta Min is only 10.7kg, which is good given it still offers 882 watt-hours and a maximum 1400W output.

It's solar ready, and can take 300W of input directly into the power station. In addition, it's fast-charging when at home, All done in around 90-minutes.

It's not too shabby on the ports, either. You get 2 x AC ports, 2 x 3A DC ports and 1 x car DC port, 3 x USB-A ports (1 of which is fast charge) and 1 x USB-C (100W) port. Plus it's Wi-Fi and app enabled.

Sadly, it's a lithium-ion battery. Which means it's not quite as safe as some of the other options in the market if not treated correctly. Plus, it's only got 800 lifecycles to 80% capacity.

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ATEM POWER AP500X

Best Power Station for Van Life

ATEM POWER AP500X
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Pros

  • Small footprint and portable
  • 2 x AC ports
  • Ready for 100W of solar input via Anderson

Cons

  • Low lifecycles
  • Lithium-ion cell chemistry
  • No USB-C 100W, just 60W

If you're going to live the van life, there's nowhere better than Australia. In my opinion, the best portable power station for van life aficionados is the ATEM Power AP500X.

I was immediately impressed by its lightweight (5.58kg) chassis, small footprint and portable design. This is easy to stowaway, but also a cinch to pull out and have by the picnic table or on the rug as you're soaking up a sunset or chilling by the beach.

It's also great to see its array of ports, which includes 2 x AC ports, as well as 3 x USB-C 60W ports alongside your classic 12V and USB-A options. With 512 watt hours, and a 500W maximum output, it's perfect for charging cameras, phones, laptops, portable speakers and the like, but can also run a bar fridge or simple appliance, too.

It's 100W MPPT solar panel ready. So between that and the DC charging through a cig lighter, you can easily bump up the charge while on the road.

Where it falls down is with its reliance on tempremetal lithium-ion battery cell chemistry, even if it has some protection triggers in place. And also its 300 lifecycles to 80% capacity longevity. Which is effectively saying this isn't your forever and for everything battery… just your van life power station.


Giantz Chieftain Battery Box

Best battery box

Giantz Chieftain Battery Box
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Pros

  • Super cheap
  • Enough ports to get you by
  • Sealed for use in the elements

Cons

  • Plastic case could be a little stronger
  • No carry handle in design
  • No dedicated LED light output or USB-C option

The alternative to getting a power station is to grab a battery box. So, what's the difference between a power station and a battery box? Well, a battery box doesn't come with a battery; it's literally a box. You then buy a deep cycle battery – such as one you might purchase for a car, boat or trailer – and place that in the box.

So, why do you need the battery box? The Giantz Chieftain Battery Box not only protects it from the elements, but it also connects the internal battery to an array of ports. There are 2 Anderson plugs, which can be used to output power or input power via solar panels. You also get a 12V DC port and 2 USB-A ports – 1 of these being fast charging. There's even a little LED screen that provides a small amount of information.

You can pick up the box for around the $75 mark and then you can of course make your choice in battery. It's not as easily portable and is a bit more unwieldy than a power station and it doesn't feel as safe, but it works well, is reviewed favourably by customers and will give you power on the go while camping.


Goal Zero Yeti 500X

Best compact power station

Goal Zero Yeti 500X
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Pros

  • Slim and light design
  • Wide array of ports
  • Can charge via USB

Cons

  • Only 500 lifecycles to 80% charge
  • Expensive for the watt-hours
  • Long charge times

If space is a concern, then the design of the Goal Zero Yeti 500X power station is as functional as it gets. Rectangular, squat and with a handle that folds into the chassis to maintain a simple shape, you won't need Tetris skills to pack this into just about anywhere. It's light at 5.85kg, too, so very portable.

The ports are a little on the dated side, but there is no shortage of options. An AC port at this size and weight is great. There's 2 x USB-A and 3 x USB-C (2 x 18W and 60W sadly), as well as 2 x DC ports, including a car charger.
Charging times aren't great, however. Although being able to charge via both solar and USB-C is welcomed. Especially the latter when you're thinking about compact footprints.

There is compromise for this compact nature, however. It's pretty expensive for a device only offering 505Wh. The lithium-ion cell chemistry is also a pain point, being it impacts longevity (800 lifecycles to 80% capacity) and isn't the safest variant. The 1-year warranty isn't mind-blowing either.

It's worth noting that this is device for charging simple devices and appliances, with a 300W max output, capable of surging to 1200W. It's not going to run a microwave for example. But Yeti is reputable brand, so if you are looking for something compact it's still worth considering.

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How to choose a power station

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There are a few key things to think about when choosing a power station. The most important, however, is to understand your power needs. What are you going to be doing with your power station? Think about the products you are connecting to the power station and find out their amp consumption or wattage draw. Then work out how many of these products you will want to use at the same time. And from there you can begin to calculate your likely consumption.

For many of you, a likely scenario is running a fridge at around 60W. If you run it for 12 hours without charge – say overnight – that will consume 780 watt-hours. Maybe charge a phone for a couple of hours at 11W as well, so that might be another 40 watt hours. Run some LED light stips at 24 watts for 6 hours and that's 144 watt-hours. You get the idea.

This gives you an idea of your general consumption. And in the above scenario, anything less than 1000 watt-hours may not get you through a 24-hour period without some love from a few solar panels.

But you also need to think about the required power a device needs to even run. A microwave might need 1100W of power just to work! So you need to make sure that the AC ports on your power station can output at least that amount of consistent power if that's your use case.

Other devices may need a surge of power to get going, before they cool off to need fewer continuous watts of power to keep running. For example, power tools. So make sure you don't under-spec your power station for your needs.


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Methodology

Why you can trust our picks

We looked at power stations from the following brands and eliminated any products with poor customer feedback, low availability in Australia or brands yet to establish their reputation:

  • AIMTOOM
  • Allpowers
  • Black Diamond Moji
  • Blueline
  • Commodore
  • Companion
  • Dometic
  • Eco-Worthy
  • Ecoflow
  • Engel
  • Giantz
  • Goal Zero
  • Hyundai
  • iTechworld
  • Jackery
  • Blueline
  • PowerTech
  • Projecta
  • SolarOak
  • Sunovo
  • Thumper
  • Redback
  • Trekpow
  • XTM

Our editorial team selected the best power stations on the above list based on a number of factors. This includes the average customer rating at established ecommerce sites like Amazon and eBay (as of April 2021). We also looked at industry-specific sites like Anaconda, BCF, Tentworld and Snowys.

We carefully collected data from each review to identify recurring pros and cons for each product based on category-specific criteria such as speed, durability, size and price. Review volume and quality were also factored into our shortlist. Where multiple products had similar review scores, price was used as a deciding factor. We corroborated our choices with other professional review sites to identify any anomalies.

Finally, we brought our own personal experiences testing these products into the decision.

Understanding power station specs

If you're looking to buy a new power station for the first time, getting your mind around what the specifications mean can be a challenge. Here are the key specs you need to think about. These are also the specs that most contribute to the asking price.

Watt hours: This is going to give you a general indication of how long your power station will last. The more watt-hours, (often referred to as Wh), the longer it will run the same appliance before going flat.

Watt hours vs amp hours: Sometimes you will see amp hours (Ah) used instead of watt hours. Technically there is an easy conversion that can be made, as watt hours = volts x amp hours. In Australia, we assume volts will be roughly 12.4 if not listed. But batteries can operate at higher voltages depending on the cell chemistry, so make sure you check the specs before you do the conversion.

Max AC Output: This is generally the figure you'll find in the nomenclature of a power station. So if you see a 1000 in the title, it most often means 1000W max output, not 1000 watt hours. The max output reveals how many things you can have plugged in drawing at once before the power station freaks out and shuts down. Different products need different power inputs. A microwave, for example, generally needs 1100W. So a power-station at 1000W max output, won't run it.

Max Solar Input: If you're intending to pair your power station up with some solar panels, this figure is important to note. It reveals the maximum amount of solar input the power station can leverage for charging. If you have a power station with a 200W maximum solar input, and plug 400W of solar panels into it, you're at risk of over-charging and damaging the battery.

USB-C: Many of us now charge our devices through USB-C, so ports of this modern ilk are definitely desired. But not all USB-C ports are the same. The higher the watt of the USB-C port, the quicker it can charge. Most modern power stations will have at least 100W USB-C ports.

Lifecycles: Each time you charge a battery, drain it, charge it, drain it and so forth, its overall capacity degrades. As a result, over time it will hold less charge. The general practice is to reference how many times you can charge and drain a battery before its capacity dips below 80% of its advertised maximum. These are referred to as lifecycles. The more lifecycles, the longer the battery will give you the desired charge.

Cell Chemistry (LiFePO4 vs Lithium-ion): This is a critical one for anyone worried about the risk of battery-related fires. The safest option is a LiFePO4 battery, which stands for lithium iron phosphate battery. As opposed to a lithium-ion battery, also known as NMC (Nickel Manganese Cobalt). If you want to get technical, it comes down to the stronger covalent bonds between the phosphorous, oxygen and iron atoms in LiFePO4. They reduce the chemical thermal runway that can result in a fire.

Weight: Make no mistake, power stations are heavy. And generally, their weight is directly proportional to their might. You have to not just think about your use case here, but also your personal strength. To a certain extent design can help. A good handle, or even wheels, can help with portability.

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