8 Best Portable Power Stations in 2022 Reviewed

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The portable power station market has seen significant innovation over the years and shows no signs of slowing down. It is an exciting time for those who like to stay energized on the move. But with so much already out there, how do you know where to begin? If you find yourself asking that question, you’ve landed in the right place.

In this guide, we’ll be taking you through eight of our top picks at the moment for the best portable power stations. We’ll explain some of their specific features, pros, cons, and why they deserve a spot on our list. On top of that, we’ve put together a buyer’s guide with advice on making your first purchase. By the end, you’ll feel like an expert. Let’s jump in!

1. EcoFlow RIVER

First on our list is the EcoFlow RIVER. Popular thanks to its portable design and modular customization features, at just 11 lbs (5kg), it’s the ideal balance of portability and power. 

You’re in total control here, precisely what you need from your portable power station. The best part? It can reach full charge in just 1.6 hours. No more waiting around for your station to charge—you can charge while you pack and head out early for your camping trip. 

In addition to customization, the RIVER works with a wide range of products. It’s compatible with your TV, kettle, coffee maker, and oven. It can even give your laptop a backup boost for up to ten hours. What we love the most about this product is its versatility, portability, and low price. 

Granted, it isn’t the most powerful portable power station out there, but it provides enough of a kick to keep you going for longer and can connect to a wide variety of devices. There’s a lot to love here. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 288Wh
  • Weight: 11lbs (5kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 7.3 x 7.7in (28.9 x 18.5 x 19.4cm)
  • AC Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
  • Car Power Output: 136W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 250W Max
  • Car Charge Input: 12V DC
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion battery
  • Life Cycle: 500 cycles to reach 80% capacity

Pros

  • Capable of providing power to numerous devices
  • Modular customization gives you complete control over usage
  • Reaches full charge in just over an hour

Cons

  • Not as powerful as some similar portable power stations

2. EcoFlow RIVER Mini

If you like the look of the EcoFlow RIVER but could do with something just a little more compact, then the RIVER Mini is a perfect choice. Designed to be the ideal ‘grab and go’ power station, the RIVER Mini succeeds in its aims, weighing a little over six lbs (2.85kg). 

Despite the diminutive size of this station, it still packs enough power to give your devices the boost they need precisely when they need it. It allows you to feel right at home, no matter where you are!

Like the original RIVER release, the Mini reaches full charge fast — in about an hour! You also have complete control over your desired output methods via a variety of buttons just beside the ports. 

It’s incredibly user-friendly, which is emphasized even more by the EcoFlow app that can give you details of battery capacity and power usage — straight to your smartphone. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 210Wh
  • Weight: 6.3lb (2.85kg)
  • Dimensions: 9.8 x 5.5 x 5.2in (24.9 x 14.0 x 13.3cm)
  • AC Output: 300W Total (Surge 600W)
  • Car Power Output: 126W
  • AC Charge Input Power: 300W Max
  • Car Charge Input: 12/24V
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion
  • Life Cycle: 500 cycles to 80% capacity

Pros

  • Highly portable thanks to its compact and lightweight design
  • 15W wireless charging
  • Numerous USB ports for multiple charging simultaneously

Cons

  • No carrying handle, so carrying isn’t always easy, but the light weight makes up for that

3. EcoFlow RIVER Max

If you like the EcoFlow RIVER but want an extra punch, the Max is the answer. With almost double the watt-hour power of the original RIVER, the Max will keep your devices going for longer. 

Incredibly, the extended capacity doesn’t mean it takes much longer to charge. It still only takes an hour and a half to hit full charge. The fast-charging capability is thanks to the two separate 288Wh batteries that are capable of simultaneous charging. It’s pretty impressive. 

One of our favorite things about this release from the RIVER series is how quickly it can get started. You can start using it right out of the box. If you need to recharge it, it’ll take you under an hour to hit 80%. The quick recharge time is one of the best things about the RIVER series. 

Additionally, despite the higher power rating, the RIVER Max is still surprisingly portable. It’s easy to carry around at less than 20 pounds. 

You can also adjust it to be even more lightweight. The second battery is entirely removable so you can halve the station’s weight in seconds. Just remember that this will also halve the power capacity of your station, so keep that in mind!

Specifications

  • Capacity: 576Wh
  • Weight: 17lbs (7.7kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 7.3 x 9.96in (28.9 x 18.5 x 23.5cm)
  • AC Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
  • Car Power Output: 136W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 500W Max
  • Car Charge Input: 12V DC
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion battery
  • Life Cycle: 500 cycles to reach 80% capacity

Pros

  • Reaches full charge in just over 90 minutes
  • Compatible with a smartphone app for easy monitoring
  • A removable second battery gives you complete control over how much your station weighs

Cons

  • A higher price point than previous RIVER releases due to higher capacity

4. EcoFlow RIVER Pro

Last on our list from the RIVER series, we’ve got the Pro — which lives up to its name. This system is the most powerful in the RIVER range, with a capacity of 720Wh. 

Despite its muscular capacity, it weighs less than the Max at 16.8lbs (7.6kg). Granted, it isn’t a huge difference, but it’s still an interesting detail. 

The user-friendly design found in the rest of the RIVER range continues through to the Pro. The quick-start guide provided will get you set up and running as soon as possible.

Even though this is the largest portable station available in the RIVER series, it is still easy to carry around with you, thanks to the handle at the top. The easy-carry design makes it an ideal (and powerful!) device to have on hand during a camping trip or extended road trip where you may just need that extra push to keep going. 

There’s also a lot of versatility with the RIVER Pro, as demonstrated by the extensive list of options found in the settings menu. Features such as maximum charge level can be selected here to prevent overheating, where 80% is generally advisable. 

It’s also effortless to use. Once charged, plug in the device you want to power and hit the DC or AC switch. Congrats, you’ve now given your equipment the power it needs! All in all, we’re impressed by this final addition to the RIVER series. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 720Wh
  • Weight: 16.8lbs (7.6kg)
  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.1 x 9.3in (28.9 x 18.0 x 23.5cm)
  • AC Output: 600W (Surge 1200W)
  • Car Power Output: 136W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 660W Max
  • Car Charge Input: 12V DC
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion battery
  • Life Cycle: 800 cycles to 80% capacity

Pros

  • Easy to use right from the beginning, thanks to the quick-start guide
  • Multiple customization options available from the settings menu
  • Long-lasting battery life even when used frequently

Cons

  • LCD may be harder to see in bright outdoor light

5. EcoFlow DELTA

If you’re looking for portable home backup systems, the DELTA series may be your preference. These power stations are still mobile but have much higher power capacities. However, the extra juice does come with a significant weight increase, so bear that in mind. 

The first of the DELTA series boasts an exceptional power output and groundbreaking charging technology. It’s even capable of charging electric vehicles!

Despite the increased power capacity, the DELTA also benefits from the high-speed charging times of the RIVER series, reaching capacity in just ninety minutes. It also has six USB ports and a car-charging port, so you’ll be covered on all fronts if you take this on a road trip. 

In addition to this station’s impressive features, it is also highly durable. At 31 lbs (14kg), it may feel hefty for some, but it’s the perfect entry-level item for home backup in an emergency. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1260Wh
  • Weight: 30.9lbs (14kg)
  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6in (40 x 21 x 27cm)
  • AC Output: 1800W (Surge 3300W)
  • Car Power Output: 108.8W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 100-120Vac
  • Car Charge Input: 12V/24V DC
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion
  • Life Cycle: 800 cycles to reach 80% capacity

Pros

  • Superfast charging speed, especially given its power capacity
  • Numerous USB parts provided, in addition to a car charging port
  • Highly durable, perfect for extended road or camping trips

Cons

  • Not as portable as the compact RIVER series, which may limit its mobile usage

6. EcoFlow DELTA Mini

The DELTA Mini is the answer for those who want more power but still keep charged on the move. 

The first thing you may notice about this station is how durable it feels despite its compact size. There is minimal plastic creaking when you move it around, and the integrated rubber pads along the bottom mean that it stays in place no matter where you put it.

The DELTA Mini is still impressive in terms of power, with a total capacity of 882Wh. The bright display makes checking your remaining power and battery percentage an easy task, even in outdoor settings. 

The air vents at the back of the station keep it cool while providing much-needed power to your devices, allowing it to keep operating even in high temperatures. You can also use the EcoFlow app with the Mini for completely remote operation. Now that’s efficiency. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 882Wh
  • Weight: 23.6lbs (10.7kg)
  • Dimensions: 14.9 x 7.2 x9.4 in (37.8 x 18.4 x 24cm)
  • AC Output: 1400W (Surge 2100W)
  • Car Power Output: 126W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 100-120Vac
  • Car Charge Input: 12V/24V DC
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion battery
  • Life Cycle: 800 cycles to 80% capacity

Pros

  • Powerful despite its compact size
  • Multiple USB ports are available to charge numerous devices at once
  • Reaches 80% charge in just thirty minutes

Cons

  • Too heavy for hand-carrying during a festival or hiking; better for transporting in a vehicle

7. EcoFlow DELTA Max

The DELTA Max packs a powerful punch when you need it. Designed to keep your home running during an outage or to energize your entire camping weekend, this portable power station means business. 

If the 2K power capacity isn’t enough for you, you can even expand upon it with additional batteries to reach a 6K power capacity. That’s an output that can impress even veteran portable power station enthusiasts!

Beyond the exceptional power capacity, the DELTA Max comes with other enjoyable perks. For one, it’s a lot lighter than you might expect. Of course, it isn’t lightweight by any means. How could it be with the power it packs? But compared to others on the market that achieve similar capacity, 48lb (22kg) really isn’t that bad. 

It also features six AC outlets, so choosing which devices to prioritize in a power outage will never be a problem again. Just charge them all!

Specifications

  • Capacity: 2016Wh
  • Weight: 48lbs (22kg)
  • Dimensions: 19.6 x 9.5x 12in (49.7 x 24.2 x 30.5cm)
  • AC Output: 2400W (Surge 5000W)
  • Car Power Output: 126W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 100-120Vac
  • Car Charge Input: 12V/24V DC
  • Cell Type: Lithium-ion
  • Life Cycle: 800 cycles to 80% capacity

Pros

  • Huge power capacity, enabling you to charge multiple high-energy devices
  • Multiple AC outlets are available for your devices to connect to
  • Optional solar panels provided for outdoor use

Cons

  • The somewhat bulky design pushes the limits of ‘portable’

8. EcoFlow DELTA Pro

The last on our list, but by no means least, is the DELTA Pro. This power station is a beast when it comes to power capacity, with 3600Wh at your immediate disposal. 

You can extend it past 6000Wh with the help of an extra battery. That’s enough to keep your home running for hours, even while powering high-energy appliances such as your refrigerator or freezer. The clear LCD screen at the front also keeps you consistently updated on input and output power, recharging time, and current battery status.

This power station is primarily designed as a backup for your home and is less likely to be helpful on camping trips. The limited mobility is mainly due to its size and weight. 

The DELTA Pro takes about two hours to reach full charge. It is more time-consuming than other releases from EcoFlow, but this is because of the significantly higher power capacity. 

All in all, if you need a juggernaut power station that still technically holds onto the title of portable, you have undoubtedly found it with the DELTA Pro. 

Specifications

  • Capacity: 3600Wh
  • Weight: 99lbs (45.0kg)
  • Dimensions: 25 x 11.2 x 16.4in (63.5 x 28.5 x 41.6cm)
  • AC Output: 3600W (Surge 7200W)
  • Car Power Output: 126W Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: 100-120Vac
  • Car Charge Input: 12V/24V DC
  • Cell Type: LFP
  • Life Cycle: 3500 cycles to 80% capacity

Pros

  • Enormous power capacity
  • Enough capacity to serve as the heart of a whole-home backup system
  • Highly durable due to its heavy body
  • An additional battery can put your power capacity over the 6000Wh range to keep you going even longer

Cons

  • Too heavy to make it easy to carry, but the two wheels at the rear improve its mobility 

What to Consider When Buying a Power Station

So, now we’ve taken you through our top eight recommendations, it’s time to get into our buyer’s guide. There are numerous portable power stations currently on the market. It can feel pretty overwhelming if you’re purchasing one for the first time. Don’t worry; we’re here to help. Below are some factors we think you should consider before committing to any purchase. If you can answer all of these confidently, you’re ready to make your choice! 

Let’s dive in. 

Purpose

The first question you need to ask yourself before making any kind of purchase is why you need a portable power station in the first place. Your desired purpose will largely dictate the criteria you need to prioritize. 

As the products we have reviewed have already shown, there is a significant variance between power stations, even with the same brand! You need to make sure these differences match your needs.

For instance, if you only need a portable power station to keep your smaller devices (such as smartphones) going on your road trips, you don’t need an enormous power capacity. A product like the RIVER Mini will do for smartphones and laptops, or even the RIVER Pro if you’re looking to charge your power tools in the garage. 

However, suppose you want to use your station as a backup for your electric vehicle or a powering station for numerous devices at once. You’ll need something with a little more punch behind it. Something like the DELTA Max is ideal for charging home appliances. 

When shopping around, keep your desired outcome firmly in mind.  

Battery Capacity

One of the critical aspects of any portable power station is the battery capacity, also known as the energy rating. This component ties into our previous consideration of purpose. 

You may not need a powerful battery if you only intend to use your station for casual use, like a weekend camping trip. But you’ll need something more robust if you’re relying on it to support your family during an emergency outage. It’s important to know what you’re dealing with from the beginning. 

In addition to the make and design of your power station, the way you use it will also significantly impact battery longevity. If you intend to charge numerous high-energy items at once, your battery will lose charge much faster. 

However, many power stations are purpose-built for multiple device charging. As a rule of thumb, look at the energy rating (measured in kilowatt-hours, kWh) to compare how much energy different portable power stations can store. 

Device Compatibility

Not all power stations can produce the battery output necessary for any device. In other words, not all stations all compatible with the same devices. It all depends on the wattage. 

Some power stations can only power particular small electronic devices while others can sustain large appliances like washers and refrigerators. You need to be sure your station can charge what you need before purchasing.

Most power stations will have this information in their product description, but you should always double-check if it isn’t clear. You could try searching for the brand model online alongside the device you want to charge to see if they are compatible. 

Alternatively, you could try reading previous reviews. Whatever you do, just make sure you don’t rush into a purchase that will ultimately prove unsuitable for your selection of gadgets. It could be the most incredible power station in the world, but it’s no good to you if it isn’t compatible. 

Power Output

Portable stations all have different levels of power output. If you are just looking for something to give your smartphone an extra kick, you don’t need a significantly impressive output. However, if you want to rely on your station to jumpstart your electric vehicle or power much larger appliances, you’ll need a much larger power output. 

We consider anything nearing the 1000Wh power capacity range a strong contender, but only you know for sure how much power your devices will need. The last thing you want is to purchase a power station that can’t live up to your needs. 

Conversely, you also don’t want to pay a significant amount for a station with more power than you’ll ever need. Try and strike a balance to find the right station for you. 

Charge Time

Imagine you receive warnings about a power outage due to a severe thunderstorm alert. You have a portable power station, but it’s been sitting in the garage for several months. It needs to recharge, but will you have time before the blackout?

The charge time for the power station is a critical element of its functionality. The good news is that technological advancements have enabled exceptionally fast recharge times. 

EcoFlow’s X-Stream technology means all RIVER and DELTA series products can reach 80% charge capacity in around 60 minutes.

Size/Weight

The term portable can be somewhat subjective and may depend on why you need to transport the machine. If you’re attending a music festival and want a small backup power station for your smartphone and speaker, you can get away with a compact device like the RIVER Mini. But the size will impact its output and capacity. 

It should be no surprise that the most powerful stations out there are some of the largest. For example, consider the DELTA Pro. At a little under 100 pounds, it’s not the most compact. Still, it is generally moveable thanks to two wheels positioned at the back, similar to some airport luggage. The mobility is perfectly suitable for some, but it won’t be practical for all. 

If you want portability, consider in what contexts you’ll need to transport the power station and how that impacts design. Remember that this also affects energy capacity, so bear that in mind.

Additional Features and Accessories

Let’s get into features. Portable power stations can often do much more than just keep your appliances alive, even though that is their primary function. Additional features could include an extra battery to double the power capacity, removable solar panels for outdoor charging, or wall outlet connections to charge from home.

The number of USB ports can also vary significantly between portable power stations. The key is to make sure you purchase a station with all the features you need without paying for stuff you don’t need. Just because something is the latest in a range doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the perfect device for you. 

If you’re looking for a home backup solution, for example, the EcoFlow DELTA Pro is at the heart of an entire smart home ecosystem. 

Get very specific about which features matter most to you and let that lead your purchasing decisions. Don’t get drawn in by shiny features that ultimately prove useless. 

Price

Speaking of paying a significant amount, it’s time we talked a little about the budget. People often feel pulled in two opposite directions when buying a new device. They either want to pay out for the most expensive, believing it to be a wise investment, or they seek out the cheapest deal. Both methods have understandable thinking behind them, but they can both fail spectacularly. 

Here’s why.

On the one hand, the most expensive power station doesn’t necessarily mean the best. Sure, it might be loaded with exciting features and possess a significant power output, but that might not be right for your needs. If you’re only going to use it on the occasional camping trip, you don’t need a juggernaut of a station to keep you going. You could benefit from something much smaller, with a lower price tag but still capable of charging your devices.

On the other hand, hunting down the cheapest possible power station could also prove to be a costly mistake. There are plenty of deals advertising affordable portable stations, but they are typically priced so low for a reason. If you purchase a station that simply cannot charge what you need due to faulty design or insufficient power capacity, you’ve effectively thrown money away. 

Try to strike an ideal balance. 

Find out exactly what you need and try to find a good deal; otherwise, you will end up disappointed!

FAQs

How Long Does a Portable Power Station Last?

The lifespan of a portable power station can vary significantly based on the quality of its build, the brand, and the design. Frequency of use can also affect how long you can expect your station to remain functional. Roughly speaking, you should expect between one and three years of life out of your station if it is used frequently, such as more than once per week. If you only use it on the occasional camping trip, it will likely last far longer. 

What Can You Run on a Portable Power Station?

Depending on its energy rating and output, you can run just about anything with a portable power station. Some common examples of devices and appliances people keep running with their stations include:

  • Lights
  • Televisions
  • Refrigerators
  • Coffee makers
  • Smartphones
  • DIY tools
  • Hair dryers
  • Grills

And many more! 

As long as the station can handle the respective wattage (which you should always double-check before connecting), you’re good to go with just about anything. That’s what makes portable power stations so appealing in the first place. 

Does a Higher Power Capacity Immediately Mean a Better Power Station?

Not necessarily. All a higher power capacity means is that your station is capable of handling more devices at once or is capable of powering high-energy consuming appliances. If you don’t intend to use your portable power station for home appliances, there’s no need to purchase a station with the highest power capacity. It will likely set you back financially for something you don’t need.

However, suppose you want to use your station to keep your home running during an electrical failure or to keep your electric vehicle going. In that case, you will need higher power capacities. 

It all comes down to your personal needs. Whatever suits your circumstances the best is the best station for you. It’s as simple as that!

Conclusion

There are numerous portable stations on the market, but only EcoFlow offers innovative solar-powered solutions with high-speed charge times thanks to our X-Stream technology. Whether you want a mini-power station that you can grab and go or a home backup system, we have the power stations you need, built with energy efficiency and environmental impact in mind. 

With the advice of our guide, you can’t go wrong, even if you’re making your first purchase. There’s something for everyone in our top eight picks, and remember, the best station for you is one that suits your personal needs, so get specific! Shop EcoFlow today for portable power solutions that will keep you powered, no matter where you are!

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EcoFlow is a portable power and renewable energy solutions company. Since its founding in 2017, EcoFlow has provided peace-of-mind power to customers in over 85 markets through its DELTA and RIVER product lines of portable power stations and eco-friendly accessories.

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