Which is the best portable power station?
While options are numerous, I’ve found the Jackery 2000 Plus to be the best portable power station overall. That’s because Jackery’s offerings are usually solid in this arena. I have felt in the past that some models have been lacking, or omit features like wireless charging options, but the company has now added the ability to expand the 2000 Plus by adding on external batteries, thereby increasing overall capacity and capabilities.
In general, as electronic devices become ever more integrated into our daily lives, the need to keep those devices charged and online increases, but we can’t bring the power grid with us wherever we go. Portable power stations are the perfect solution to keep us electronically powered on the go. These devices have enough bells and whistles to justify adding one of these to your everyday life, as well.
If you’re looking to juice up your devices, you’ll have way more options than bulky, simple power banks with basic outlets. Portable power stations have undergone major improvements since we first started reviewing them here at CNET. As the industry has matured, it’s brought even more portable power station options. Now, you’ve got features like USB ports, solar panel inputs and wireless charging. You can even daisy-chain some models for even more power or connect them to your home’s electrical system, giving you backup power in an emergency or power outage.
Gas-powered generators used to be your main option for “off-grid” power where electricity is needed, especially in more temporary situations like camping, if you didn’t have an RV or another power supply for your campsite.
I put each power station through its paces and considered factors such as battery life, power output and input charging options, plus output options for juicing up my gear. Power stations that only sport AC outlets and force you to use adapters are no longer viable. Each is more than just an on-the-go phone battery charger or glamping must-have. These power bank performers have wide-ranging uses, from building and construction to staying connected with the office or family to having access to emergency lighting and power wherever you roam or call home.
Best portable power stations for 2023
Factors to consider when choosing a portable power station
This is really the main point of a portable power station. How many times can you recharge that phone? Or how long will that light run?
So many to choose from… AC receptacles, USB ports, wireless charging, RV connector, EV connector… make sure it has what you need!
Other than the main AC charging via receptacle, some people specifically need DC charging on the road, or solar panel charging (check the input watts here).
Once all your basic criteria are met, check out the nice-to-haves. Ability to add additional batteries? Modular pieces to spread around your power?
Other portable power stations we’ve tested
Togo Power Advance 346 (346Wh): This unit held the title for best small portable power station for about two years on this list; solid performance, great features and an attractive price tag.
Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro (1512Wh): With this Jackery you will get a dependable machine that performs well in our usable capacity tests at 90.4% and charges quickly: 0 to 100% in 2 hours, with AC-only charging. Toss in a couple of solar panels and you can drop that time down quite a bit.
EcoFlow Delta Pro (3600Wh):The EcoFlow Delta Pro is one of the largest portable power stations on our list at 3.6kWh (expandable up to 25kWh), and also happens to be one of the fastest charging. Lots of power, and plenty of charge options to keep that power rolling.
Energizer PPS700 (626Wh): OK performance and features overall, but one of the lowest tested capacities, making the usable capacity closer to 477Wh.
EcoFlow River Max (576Wh): Blazing fast charging and a low cost per watt-hour make this a reasonable pick, although this unit did test lowest in measured versus expected capacity, putting it at 425 usable watt-hours. Where’d those extra 151 watt-hours go?
GoSun PowerBank 1100 (1,100Wh): I really wanted to like this unit more, partially because of GoSun’s extended offerings of solar-friendly devices, and as far as capacity goes, this runs in the middle of the pack, but man is it slow to charge. It took nearly 12 hours — over six times as long as our largest power station (Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro) — which offers nearly twice the capacity. At $1,299, I’d like to see a faster charging option and maybe more outputs or at least wireless charging.
Bluetti EB3A (268Wh): If you’re interested in something small to work for your personal charging needs but those pocket-sized battery packs just don’t cut it, this could be your option. As a previous CNET “best value” winner, the EB3A has what you need to keep rocking for a couple of days.
Bluetti EB55 (537Wh): We’ve liked almost every unit from Bluetti, and three of them took previous titles in this best list, but this unit just got overshadowed by its siblings. Just as good or better offerings at better prices keep the EB55 out of the winner’s circle.
Fanttik Evo 300 (299Wh): This is a solid pick in the small power station category, and this unit sports my favorite display: extra large and easy to read. We did see average performances on our charging and capacity tests.
Rocksolar Nomad RS650 (444Wh): Until they update this unit, there are likely better options for almost anything you’re looking to do. It has a high price, low usable capacity, slow charge time and is low on features and options, but it does work.
BigBlue Cellpowa 500 (537.6Wh): This is a better-than-average performing unit at better-than-average pricing: nothing outstanding to speak of.
Jackery Explorer 240 (240Wh): We’ve been fans of all the Jackery units we’ve ever tested in the past, and that doesn’t change here. Just missing the best small power station title, this unit still boasts the second-best capacity rating of all the ones we tested. It was a little slow to charge but is offered at a great price.
Geneverse HomePower One (1,002Wh): This unit was the second slowest overall to charge, but did well on its usable capacity rating at 91%. Its display is small but offers all the standard input and output features you’d want.
Oupes 600W (595Wh): Not a bad little unit. I love that it has the LiFePO4 battery. It performed about average (maybe a hair under par) and I feel like it could be cheaper. The name can be hard to pronounce; “Oops” is our best guess.
Goal Zero Yeti 200X:: The Goal Zero products are solidly made, but we did get the lowest score in our ‘usable capacity’ tests from this unit; about 65% compared to the industry-accepted norm of 85%. There are better products in the small portable power station category.
Rockpals 300W: This unit also came in under the line in usable capacity. Given the industry standard of 85%, Rockpals’ 78% is a bit lacking. In terms of charge speed, this unit is one of the faster small portable power stations. It has decent features and kind of looks like a handheld radio.
BioLite BaseCharge 600 (622Wh): Here’s a unit that’s about average with an OK price. It has 87% usable capacity, a Li-ion battery, average features and is maybe a little slow on the charge time. On the plus side, it does have wireless charging.
Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro (1,002Wh): The 1000 Pro falls into our large portable power station, which begins at 1,000Wh (this Jackery weighs in at 1,002Wh; the same as its big brother, the 2000 Pro). I like the 2000 more than the 1000 for a few reasons, so the 1000 never really had a shot at taking the “large” category. That said, it still has good performance, nice features and pretty amazing charge times.
Anker 555 PowerHouse (1,024Wh): An increasing number of portable power stations are shipping with LiFePO4 batteries, and I love that. The 555 is slower to charge than most of its competitors but sports a 94% usable capacity and an attractive price versus the number of watt-hours; the better to power those six AC outlets!
DaranEner NEO2000 (2,073.6Wh): This unit didn’t win any categories, but it did perform in the top tier for our charge tests and came in about average for our usable battery capacity tests. This sturdy unit has plenty of features and one of the lowest prices per watt-hour.
EcoFlow Delta 2 (1,024Wh): The EcoFlow Delta 2 is very similar to the Anker 555 PowerHouse across the board — features, pricing, etc. The main differences you can see from our tests are the usable capacity percentages: Anker with 94% versus EcoFlow with about 70% and charging rates, with both being rated at 1,024Wh. The EcoFlow Delta 2 charged to full in only 86 minutes, 275 minutes faster than the Anker model. Another point for EF is that it can wire in a secondary battery module, taking the capacity from 1,024Wh to 2,048Wh. Expect to pay an additional $800 for that battery expansion.
Bluetti AC200P (2,000Wh): This is one of Bluetti’s earlier large portable power stations and a previous winner for “best large portable power station.” It’s currently over $500 off on Bluetti’s site. It still offers plenty of power and options, but is likely nearing the end of its product cycle lifespan (hence the $500 discount).
Geneverse HomePower One Pro (1,210Wh): This is the grownup version of the Geneverse HomePower One. The feature specs are about the same, but at $500 more, you’re only getting about 200 extra watt-hours. In addition, the standard One model comes in at 91% usable capacity versus the Pro model’s 73%. That gives you 912.6 usable watt-hours with the standard and only 886.7Wh on the Pro. The Pro did charge in almost a quarter of the time it took the standard version.
BioLite BaseCharge 1500 (1,521Wh): Having tested both the 600 and 1500 models of the BioLite BaseCharge, I can tell you that this company is fairly consistent when it comes to their product manufacturing. The BaseCharge is about 2.5 times the capacity of the 600. That 2.5 modifier carries across the board fairly accurately from price to capacity, charge times, everything. If you like the 600 but you wish you had two and a half of them, save yourself the effort and just buy the 1500.
Renogy Phoenix 200 (189Wh): Slower to charge, but with 96% usable battery capacity paired with the lowest price of any unit we’ve tested, this a great option for smaller use cases or for people generally interested in checking out portable power stations at a reasonable price.
Zendure SuperBase Pro 2000 (2,096Wh): The first unit we tested with the Li-NMC battery composition. This unit also just missed the best large portable power station title. It does have a weight-to-capacity ratio likely thanks to the NMC composition and boasts our highest solar charging capacity to date at 2,400 watts. Its telescoping handle and wheels make it easier to manage, but the form makes it a little more compatible with navigating paved walkways versus “off-road” terrain.
Anker Solix F1200 (1,229Wh): This unit was previously known as the PowerHouse 757 from Anker, and was also CNET’s previous pick for “best portable power station for backup.” Its UPS mode was one of the earlier units to boast “less than 20ms” switchover time in the event of a power outage. It’s also currently $300 off on Anker’s site.
Runhood Rallye 600 (648Wh): There are a couple of these types of units on the market now, and I’ve been waiting for their arrival. This Runhood unit is the first modular-style portable power station I’ve been able to get my hands on, and I love what it means for the industry. Performance-wise, this model was about average, but it could offer you more in flexibility and convenience than many other units. The batteries are swappable, so you can pick up extras, in addition to stand-alone AC and USB modules that can use those extra batteries without being plugged into the main power station unit. This could be a game changer for trips where every member of the family is off in a different area draining some electronic device. I look forward to adding a “best modular power station” category soon.
Anker Solix F2000 (2,048Wh): Previously known as the Anker PowerHouse 767 and previous winner of “best large portable power station” here on CNET. This model has lots to offer by way of features and options — pretty much anything other than wireless charging. It also performed quite well on our usable capacity and charge time tests.
Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro (2,160Wh): This was a previous title-holder of the “fastest charging portable power station.” The Jackery units overall are great and dependable. If you’re looking for a model (really, their entire lineup) that will recharge fast with multiple, even combined options, Jackery is a no-brainer.
Litheli PowerHUB B600 (562Wh): This one can be slow to charge, but otherwise, there is a lot to like here. It has good usable capacity at a decent price since it’s currently marked at about 30% off. Litheli is also offering a battery platform (U-Battery) with this unit. Two smaller batteries plug into the main unit that you can then use with a variety of other tools. Check out our upcoming coverage on handheld vacuums to see Litheli’s performance there.
Jackery Explorer 3000 Pro (3,024Wh): Another beast of a unit and a great offering from Jackery. If you’re already a Jackery fan but need more battery capacity, this is an easy win for you. Otherwise, recent improvements include wheels, telescoping handling and that round RV plug we’ve been waiting for.
Mango Power E (3,530Wh): I mentioned this unit earlier as the runner-up in the “fastest charging” category. This thing is loaded with features, even allowing you to provide 240-volt service by linking a second unit. There are also battery expansions for the Mango Power E. The one downside is the price tag, as this unit also comes through as the most expensive portable power station with a list price of $3,999.
Deeno X1500 (1,036Wh): The X1500 did not fare well in our tests. It came through with one of the lowest usable capacity scores we’ve collected so far at 69.88%, meaning you see about 724Wh out of the stated 1036Wh. For the price, there are better options.
Oscal PowerMax 700 (666Wh): Another unit that didn’t perform particularly well in our tests, but does boast a ton of features including a “non-stop continuous power supply mode.”
Monster Power Grid 300 (296Wh): The Power Grid 300 can be slow to charge but did test at over 90% usable capacity. It has all the bells and whistles you’d expect at this level at a price that’s potentially a tad high.
Pecron E2000LFP (1,920Wh): I discussed this unit briefly earlier as the runner-up to the Delta Mini in the “best portable power station for camping” race. It has more options than the Mini and is suitably priced. I’m also a fan of any of the companies that adopt the modular approach with the capability to expand capacity with external batteries like Pecron has done. You can also pick up a rolling caddy for the unit if you’re on the go.
BougeRV Fort 1000 (1,120Wh): I’m a fan of BougeRV’s approach to camping and outdoor products in this space. It’s worth checking out especially if you’re looking for more flexibility in areas like solar panels or DIY options. The Fort 1000 did well in our tests but didn’t stand out enough to capture any titles.
EcoFlow Delta 2 Max (2,048Wh): Another example of a great product that didn’t capture any of our titles. The Delta 2 Max performed well in all of our tests, and with the ability to expand to 6.144kWh, you’re really walking the line between a portable power station and a whole-home energy solution.
Phyleko ENF1000S (1,024Wh): I’ve seen this body style before in the GoSun 1100 — it feels super sturdy and I do like the larger colorful display. Otherwise, this unit landed just under average in our tests.
Ugreen Power Roam 600 (680Wh): This unit didn’t do great in our tests, but it does have a reasonable price. It does charge quickly, but to be fair, that has more to do with the smaller capacity than an elevated charging capability.
Bluetti AC200 MAX (2,048Wh): This is (what I consider) the newer version of Bluetti’s AC200P. The features are all as great as before, and the test results were similar. It did come back with slightly less usable capacity than its predecessor and about the same charging speed. Again, I love the modular approach: you have a few external battery options here, getting you as much as 8.192kWh of expansion.
Duracell Power 500 (515Wh): This is the first Duracell unit I’ve tested, but not the first battery brand (see Energizer at the top of this list) to put out a portable power station. So far, the results are similar. Test results come back slightly under average performance and slightly questionable prices.
70mai Hiker 400 (378Wh): This unit didn’t fare too well in our tests, coming in at about 75% usable capacity (versus the industry standard of 85%) and taking about four and a half hours to charge its 378Wh.
70mai Tera 1000 (1043.9Wh): The larger of the two 70mai units did test better, hitting the industry standard for usable capacity and taking about twenty minutes less to charge nearly three times the capacity of the smaller model.
Enernova ETA 288 (288Wh): Another example of a hierarchy of models where the smaller units underperform, but larger models improve. This unit took about three hours and forty minutes to charge but did reach about 81% usable capacity.
Enernova ETA Pro (1050Wh): Moving up a notch, 83% usable capacity and charges 1kW in about an hour and a half; a better showing and about 10 cents cheaper per watt-hour than its smaller sibling.
Enernova ETA Ultra (2150Wh): Best of the three, sporting 2160Wh, 87% usable capacity and still charges in under two hours.
Deeno GT S1500 (1036Wh): We previously tested the Deeno GT X1500 and we feel like this S1500 is a big step up. It has the same capacity and same pricing, but with nearly 20% more usable capacity than the previous model and it charges nearly five times faster!
Jackery Explorer 300 Plus (288Wh): Another nice entry into the platform, the 300 Plus offers a solid power option in small form. Not a ton of frills, but it does what you expect it to do.
Jackery Explorer 700 Plus (680.96Wh): If you need more power output than the 300 Plus (300W/600W) then the 1000W (2000W surge) of the 700 Plus may be what you’re looking for. It will charge via AC in about an hour and a half, and sports one of Jackery’s higher usable capacity percentages at 88%.
Yoshino B4000SST (2611Wh): This unit tested fairly well in our lab. 87% usable capacity, blazing fast charge speeds and a decent feature set; an option worth considering if you can find it on sale.
Encalife YUE2000 (2048Wh): A bit of variation in our model hierarchy groupings with Encalife. As one might expect, charging capabilities do increase with the larger units. The YUE2000 being the largest of the three charges relatively quickly, at about 11.13 watt hours per minute. In this series, the usable capacities trend in the other direction, with this unit showing 73% usable capacity.
Encalife UAF1100 (992Wh): Industry standard usable capacity here at about 84%, but a bigger drop in the charge capabilities at 3.35-watt hours per minute from its larger sibling.
Encalife UAF550 (595Wh): Of the three, this one has the largest usable capacity percentage at 87% but the slowest charging at 1.98-watt hours per minute.
Bluetti AC180 (1152Wh): This unit tested well enough, scoring 88% usable capacity and charging via AC outlet at 13.88 watt hours per minute, but one thing to clarify, unlike many of the other Bluetti units that use the same physical format, this unit does not support capacity expansion via external batteries.
Anker Solix C1000 (1056Wh): Another good option from Anker. It tested well in our lab and I don’t have any real complaints about this one. You might be interested in knowing that Anker currently has this at $250 off, which is great, but also offers 30-day price matching. You could end up with an amazing deal this time of year.
Dabbsson DBS2300 (2300Wh): I love that it’s a modular format, expandable up to 8.33kWh. The 87% usable capacity is good, and charges relatively quickly; 18+ watt hours per minute, for a total of 122 minutes to charge the entire 2300Wh.
Renogy 1000 (998.4Wh): This is another decent performer. It charges fast enough for its relative capacity category, but only offered us about 80% usable capacity. Normally I wouldn’t be too bothered, but the smaller Renogy unit we tested clocked in at 96% usable capacity, so I was hoping for more.
How we test portable power stations
Every company that sells portable power stations provides the expected number of watt-hours its products are supposed to last. For the Jackery Explorer 240, that’s 240 watt-hours; for the Ecoflow River Max, it’s 576 watt-hours. Bluetti AC200P claims 2,000 watt-hours.
That means if you run a device with a 1-watt output on the Jackery Explorer 240, it should last for about 240 hours. You’d get 576 hours from the Ecoflow model and an impressive 2,000 hours using the Bluetti generator. That would last you almost three months! For reference, a USB-C iPhone charger draws up to 18 watts, a 3-quart Instant Pot draws 700 watts and a standard microwave draws around 600 to 1,200 watts, depending on the model.
Currently, we look at two main performance metrics for portable power stations: charge time and discharge capacity. A power station’s capacity should be a no-brainer. You should be able to look at a device’s rated watt-hours and purchase accordingly based on your needs. Generally, you can do that. I’ve found that you typically won’t see the entire capacity rating as usable power.
Lots of factors can affect this, and most of them center on how the manufacturer chooses to build their units’ internals to manage their charged capacity. There is some (usually negligible) amount of power that goes to fuel the various indicator lights and readable LED panels on the units. Some of the larger units even have their own operating systems, so it’s almost like powering an additional mini PC on the inside. Other units can have power-saving features where they reduce outgoing bulk power as they near depleting their charge.
To run our capacity tests, we connect a number of 10,000-lumen LED work lights rated at 110 watts to each unit (the number of work lights is based on the overall watt-hour rating of the unit under test or UUT). We record the outgoing voltage and wattage using external measurement instruments or the UUT’s own measurements if available. Once we have this data, we can leverage the calculations into a dizzying array of information about the UUT’s performance. The main piece of information we look at here is the observed capacity, based on our measurements, compared to the UUT’s stated capacity.
In every case, that percentage ends up at less than 100%. (Most manufacturers say you should calculate expected usage at 85% of stated capacity.) Two of our smaller units both clocked 98% capacity — the Jackery Explorer 240 and the Togo 350. Generally speaking, the midsize units didn’t fare well. The largest units did better, with the Bluetti AC200P scoring highest at almost 96%. If you blindly accept both a unit’s stated capacity and our work light wattage rating of 110 watts, the numbers look very different.
For example, we will take the GoSun PowerBank 1100 (to make the math easier) and attach four of the 110-watt lights. That load rating is now 440 watts and the GoSun’s capacity of 1,100 divided by 440 is 2.5. We would expect to see 2.5 hours of usage. The actual run time for this unit was 2 hours, 50 minutes — 113% capacity. Sounds great, Right? We’re missing some key factors. Without going into a long(er) explanation of how to more accurately measure power, the fact that this unit has an output of 110 volts AC (compared to 120VAC) and the actual output wattage to the four lights is 352 watts, our real expected run time is 3 hours, 8 minutes, which drops the capacity rating to 90%.
Here is the calculated capacity data for the tested units. One note for these numbers — the Oupes data might be slightly off. The unit turned off the lights at 9%. It would allow me to start the lights again but would turn them off again after some time. I repeated this process at least 20 times before the unit wouldn’t power the lights for more than a couple of seconds at a time.
Charging performance can be nearly as important as knowing your actual capacity stats. It helps to know how long your device will take to charge, especially if you’re crunched for time or need to be able to charge quickly for whatever reason. Will it take an hour? Two? What about 10? Or 12? (That’s an actual number from our tests.)
We report three data points for charging performance. Each unit is plugged in for AC charging and we record how long it takes to reach 50%, 80% and 100% charge. Half-full is probably the least amount of power you’re going to want, especially from the smaller units. 80% is the “magic number” for many rechargeable batteries.
Keeping it simple-ish, imagine a swimming pool with room for 100 people, each person representing 1% of the total space. When you first start charging, and that first person dives in, you don’t really have much to worry about. You’re not going to run into anyone else, so dive, splash around, whatever you want. Now, as we add people, it gets a bit more crowded, and complicated. You’ve got less room for people. Once you have 80 people in the pool, that next person is going to take a few extra seconds to more carefully choose their entry so as to not cause any issues by just jumping and hoping no one is in the way.
Each manufacturer deals with this purposeful slow-down in their own way, so you won’t see the exact same performance changes from one manufacturer to the next. True to the analogy, person number 100 into the pool can sometimes be very slow, taking several times longer to get in than any of his predecessors.
Take a look at the charging data. Charge times in minutes are listed, with a bonus “watt-hours-per-minute” metric that no one asked for other than myself. In most cases, you’ll see how the charge rate is fairly constant between 0 and 50% and from 50 to 80%, then slows from 80 to 100%.