A portable power station offers maximum independence and flexibility - also when it comes to the charging process. The most common charging methods include the regular wall socket, car socket or the solar panel for green, self-sufficient electricity. In addition, some models can also be charged via USB-C connection, at an EV charging station or a combination of different methods (multicharge function).
1. Portable solar panels
In times of a looming energy crisis and rising energy prices, portable solar panels have become one of the most popular charging options. Solar panels not only generate free, green energy, but at the same time users get more self-sufficiency through grid-independent electricity production.
If you rely on solar energy, you should inquire about the use of solar panels before you buy your power station. Depending on the manufacturer and power station, a certain number of portable solar panels can be used. The Delta Pro (EU) can, for example, be connected to up to 4 x 110W solar panels.
Instructions for the Jackery Explorer 1000 and 2 SolarSaga 100
- Locate the DC port on the back of the SolarSaga 100
- Connect the DC interfaces of the two SolarSaga 100 with the Y parallel cable
- Connect the parallel Y cable to the Explorer 1000 Anderson input
- Free solar power
- Off-grid power source
- Sustainable power generation
- Higher acquisition costs
- No electricity is generated at night
- Portability will be restricted
2. Wall outlet
Wall sockets are still one of the most common charging methods for portable power stations, which is partly due to the fast charging time and ease of use. In addition, other devices can be easily charged using pass-through charging.
While almost every power station can be charged via a wall socket, more powerful models such as the EcoFlow DELTA Pro also act as an emergency power generator that supplies the house with electricity within 30 ms in the event of a power failure.
- Plug your power station into a wall outlet
- Use the supplied cable from the manufacturer
- Depending on the model, the loading process takes a few hours
- (Optional): Depending on the model, you can also use a USB-C port individually or in combination with the wall socket to speed up the charging process
- Easy loading method
- Available almost everywhere
- Continuous charging possible
- Not suitable for outdoor expeditions
- Network dependency
- No savings on electricity costs
3. Car Socket
Anyone who likes to travel in the car or camper can easily access the 12-volt socket in the vehicle with most portable power stations. This gives users more flexibility and, in addition to solar panels, another option for charging their power stations off the grid.
Due to the placement of the car socket, this method is primarily suitable for small to medium-sized models that can be easily placed next to the driver's side and provide enough energy for the drive and the journey.
- Find a stable place for your portable power station while driving
- Many models, such as the EcoFlow Power Station, come standard with a car charger cable
- Connect your power station to the car socket using your car charging cable
- Off-grid power when travelling
- More charging options in the car
- Only one car charger needed
- Charging only possible in the car
- Car battery discharge
- Little flexibility despite network independence
4 EV charging station
It has recently become possible to charge selected Power Stations at EV charging stations. These are charging stations for electric vehicles. There are now around 45,000 of these charging stations in the entire DACH region, which ensures even more flexibility when travelling.
With the EcoFlow DELTA Pro it is possible to charge your power station at thousands of EV stations worldwide. With this unique charging method, you can quickly charge your device up to 3000 W on the go.
Instructions for the EcoFlow DELTA Pro
- Find your EV charging station on directories like GoingElectric before you leave
- Connect your power station to the 3400W connector
- Your power station will be charged in 1.8 hours
- Fast charge when traveling
- Increasing number of EV stations
- Flexible loading options
- Mainly only possible in combination with car trips
- 1.8 hours waiting time on the charging station
- Not suitable for everyday use
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best way to charge a portable power station?
The best loading option depends on users' needs. While solar panels can generate electricity independently, the wall socket is suitable for domestic use and when using emergency power generators. Multicharge functions can also speed up the charging process.
What is the fastest way to charge a portable power station?
Newer models can be charged in a few hours using all charging options. Multicharge capabilities allow users to simultaneously charge their Power Stations through multiple options to further reduce charging time.
How long does it take to charge a portable power station?
The charging time depends on the model and the charging method. For example, the DELTA Pro can be fully charged in just 1.9 hours from a standard AC outlet using EcoFlow's X-Stream charging technology.
How long does a portable power station last with a fully charged battery?
This depends on the capacity of the model. The higher the capacity (measured in watt hours), the longer the battery lasts. Watt hours are calculated from ampere hours (Ah) and the voltage in volts (V).
Can portable power stations charge their own batteries?
The batteries in a portable power station must be charged from external power sources. This is possible via the wall socket, the car socket, the solar panel or even an EV charging station..