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The Top Portable Power Solutions at Batteries Plus & Practical Ways to Use Them

Power - by Bryan Veldboom - updated on 2/9/2021

Phone plugged in to a portable power source

When you think of portable power, the first thing you probably think of are emergency backup generators. While backup power is incredibly important, the truth is that there are many everyday activities where a source of portable power can be a huge asset. Here’s a short preview of the generators and other portable power solutions available at Batteries Plus, along with a list of uses you might not have thought of.

What Are Portable Generators Used For?

As mentioned above, generators are most often used mentioned above, generators are most often used as a backup when the power goes out, but they can also be used for a variety of other activities, including camping, tailgating, outdoor events, DIY projects and powering appliances in your RV. The portable generators we carry range in wattage from 2500W to 12000W. Below is a breakdown of your generator options by wattage and what activities they work best with.

2500W Generators

Our Champion 2500W generator is an example of an inverter model. Inverter generators are constructed with sophisticated exhaust systems, which enable them to throttle up and down to match the wattage of what they’re powering. This makes them extremely energy-efficient and much quieter than typical generators. The 2500W model is also extremely light, making it perfect for activities such as camping, tailgating or powering tools, lights and equipment on a small job site or DIY project.

3000W-6250W Generators

Generators in the 3000W to 6250W range are well-suited for small work sites, outdoor events and RVs. Generators in this wattage range are capable of powering ACs, heaters, refrigerators, sump pumps, home appliances, a few select power tools on a worksite or additional appliances in an RV.

We have a number of different models in this category, including 3500W, 3800W and 5000W portable generators. If you’re interested in an inverter model, check out our 4000W and 6250W inverter options.

7000W-12000W Generators

These are your heavy duty generators. These models will weigh more than the options above, but also provide more power. This additional power makes them perfect for large work sites and outdoor events. Plus, in the event of a power outage, they can also power most of the appliances in your home. We offer an 8750W inverter model, as well as portable 7500W, 8000W and 9200W options.

What Can a Portable Solar Panel Power?

Goal Zero products allow you to charge your favorite devices using solar power. Use the portable 50 watt or 100 watt solar panel to collect solar energy, which can be stored in either the Sherpa Power Bank or Yeti Power Station.

The Sherpa Power Bank has a variety of ports for charging phones, tablets, laptops and DSLR cameras. It also includes two high-speed 60 watt Power Delivery ports and offers wireless charging. The Yeti Portable Power Station has four different ports to power everything from cell phones to portable fridges. Plus, it can be charged three different ways, using solar power, an electrical outlet or through the 12V car charging cable (sold separately).

The Best Power Banks

Looking for a lightweight, portable way to charge your devices when you’re on-the-go? No problem. Tzumi’s line of Pocket Juice power banks are perfect for your needs. The 4,000 mAh Pocket Juice is compatible with all Qi-enabled devices and support Qi charging. It also features additional lightning and micro-USB inputs which allow you to charge multiple devices at once.

The 8,000 mAh Slim Pocket Juice power bank delivers up to two full charges for your device with high-speed USB ports and 2.4A total output. Need more power? The 12,000 mAh Slim Pocket Juice has a high speed USB charging 3.4A max output and can charge two devices simultaneously with intelligent QuickChip™ technology.

Portable Power Packs

If you’re looking for an inexpensive, highly portable option, look no further than a PawaMini. These single use power packs measure 2.56” x 2.16”, making them easy to take with you anywhere. They’re pre-charged and ready to charge your device right out of the package. Even better, they come in a biodegradable shell, allowing them to be easily recycled. PawaMinis come in versions that are iOS/Android compatible with a lightning/micro adapter and iOS/Android compatible with USB Type C devices.

As you can see, Batteries Plus has your portable power needs covered. Shop online for additional solutions or stop in to your neighborhood store where our knowledgeable associates can provide answers to all of your power and lighting questions.