Which is the Best Solar Power Station for Camping

Which is the Best Solar Power Station for Camping?

When you are away for a few days off grid and need to recharge your devices, the best solution is to use a portable power station that gives you options for recharging the unit. Power stations can usually be charged at home before the trip, using an AC wall plug. It can also be charged using your vehicle’s alternator while travelling, or through the use of solar panels when your vehicle is not moving.

The important factors to consider when purchasing such a unit is, how much charge it can hold and how long does it take to recharge it. Today we are going to look at 3 of the top selling Portable Power Stations.

Bluetti AC200P 2000Wh/2000 Power Station.

This Power Station is probably what you would go for if you plan to spend long periods of time off grid. It can deliver 2,000 Wh of power. The built in 2000W inverter can power most AC devices through its 6 x AC plug outlets. It also has 1 x 60W PD 2.0 USB-C and 4 x 5V/3A USB-A outlets, 1 x PV 35-150V/12A outlet and 2 x 15W Wireless charging pads.

You can power a refrigerator, freezer, fans, lights, a laptop, mobile phones,cameras, as well as power tools, although you would most likely not be using all that at the same time. The thing is with that much power on hand, the AC200P could solve almost all of your off grid power needs. 

It would take about 4 hours to fully charge the LifePO4 battery using an AC wall plug, about 15 hours of driving to charge through the alternator, or 3.5 hours with a 700 W solar power input.

The unit weighs about 60lbs and has dimensions of approximately 16.5 x 11 x 15 inches.

Pros

  • A very high 2000Wh battery capacity
  • Reliable Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery that has 3,500+ life cycle
  • “BLUETTI ECO” Mode can Prevent up to 50% of wasted Electricity Loss
  • Can power up to 17 power devices simultaneously
  • 700W solar input fully charges the unit in 3 to 3.5 hours

Cons

  • The 60 lb weight makes the unit less portable than other models
  • The huge price tag

Monstar M2000 2000W/2220WH Portable Power Staion

The 2220 Wh makes it the highest capacity portable power station on the market. More than enough power to keep your devices running for long periods of time off grid.

You can power 10 different devices at the same time through its 3 x AC wall plug, 4 x USB and 3 x DC outlets.

With 2220 Wh of power you can power most high power consumption devices such as refrigerators, freezers and power tools.

Recharge from 0 to 80% in 8 hrs. Unit has an MPPT charge controller with a solar input of 200w.

The MonstarM2000 weighs 46 lbs and has dimensions of approximately 11 x 7.5 x 10.5 inches. It is powered by a Lithium Ion battery.

Pros

  • Largest capacity of 2220Wh
  • 10 power outlets
  • Fast charging with an MPPT controller and 200W solar input
  • At 46 lbs, it is quite portable

Cons

  • Hefty price tag
  • Only 3 AC wall outlets

EcoFlow DELTA Power Station

The EcoFlow DELTA has a capacity of 1260 Wh, slightly more than half the capacity of the other 2 makes of power stations.

Although it’s capacity is much less compared to the other two units, the EcoFlow Delta can be charged from 0 to 80% in just 1 hour, making it 10 times faster than most power stations out there. This means that if you are running out of power, you can get it charged up and ready for use fast.

It takes about 3.5-7 hours using 3 x 160W Solar Panels simultaneously with full sun and about 10 to 12 hours on a 12V car socket.

The battery is Lithium-Ion and has a lifespan of around 800 cycles.

This unit has 6 x AC wall outlets and can power up to 13 devices at once.

It weighs 30.9 lbs with dimensions of approximately 15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches.

Pros

  • Charges 10 times faster than most of the competition
  • Powers 13 devices simultaneously
  • Light and portable
  • Affordable

Cons

  • Lower power capacity but is made up for by the super fast charging time

Conclusion

The Bluetti AC200P has an impressive power capacity with the ability to power 17 devices at the same time. The price is hefty but is worth it if you have the budget. Another concern is the PV charging that requires 7 x 100W panels to get it charged in 3.5 hours. Although the weight is 60 lbs, you would probably be leaving it in the vehicle or on the ground or table near the vehicle.

The Monstar M2000 has the highest capacity but the lowest charging times. Price and weight are cosidering factors too. It also lacks on features.

The EcoFlow Delta has a power capacity of only 1260 Wh. But it can power up to 13 devices at a time and recharges faster than the other two. It is lightweight and highly portable. This will fit the needs of most campers, off road enthusiasts and boaters who spend up to 3 days off the grid. The EcoFlow Delta is also  affordable.

Bearing all these factors in mind, our choice for the best Solar Power Station for camping is the EcoFlow Delta.

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