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Best Portable Power Station for Off-Grid Use (2023 Picks)

Several years ago, I was lucky enough to inherit a small off-grid cabin. After making an outhouse and rainwater harvesting system for it, electricity was the next task on the list. 

I ultimately decided to use a power station for the cabin. Here’s what I’ve learned about choosing a power station for off-grid living and my picks for the best power stations. 

Key Considerations:

We recommend you choose a power station with the following features

  • 1,000Wh to 2,000Wh of battery capacity – offers the best balance between portability and capacity
  • LiFePO4 battery – for fast recharging
  • High max input – for faster solar charging
  • High surge power – for tools and appliances

Quick Picks

Top Power Stations for Off-Grid Properties

Other great power stations are out there, but these were specifically chosen for off-grid properties. They all have roughly 1000 to 2000Wh of capacity, LiFePO4 battery technology, and support charging/discharging simultaneously (pass-through).

Our Top Pick

EcoFlow Delta 2

EcoFlow Delta 2


  • Capacity: 1024Wh
  • Continuous power: 1800W
  • Surge power: 2700W
  • Outlets: 15
  • Max solar input: 500W
  • Expandable: Yes
  • Time to recharge: 0-80% in 50 minutes with AC
  • Retains 80% capacity to: 3000 cycles

Quick Review:

The EcoFlow Delta 2 is frequently mentioned as one of the best power stations for a good reason. It is very user-friendly, has many outlets, and is lighter than other power stations in its class. The 1024Wh capacity is good for most off-grid cabin needs and is expandable if you need more power. It also supports a higher max solar input than other power stations in its class.


  • Expandable
  • High max solar input for its class
  • Quieter than most other power stations
  • Recharges quickly


  • Only 3,000 instead of 3,500 cycles to 80%
  • Handle is kind of awkward

Best 2000Wh Power Station




  • Capacity: 2048Wh
  • Continuous power: 2400W
  • Surge power: 4800W
  • Outlets: 15
  • Max solar input: 1000W
  • Expandable: Yes
  • Time to recharge: 0-80% in 1.1 hour with AC
  • Retains 80% capacity to: 3000 cycles

Quick Review:

The Delta 2 Max has twice the capacity as the Delta 2 model. It also is expandable by two batteries, so you can have up to 6,000 watt-hours of power storage. When you calculate the cost per watt hour, the setup is a very good deal.

Like with all EcoFlow power stations, it charges very quickly. It only takes a bit more than an hour to completely recharge with AC. A cool feature is that you can charge with both AC and solar simultaneously (which is not the case with the Delta 2 model).

My main gripe with the Delta 2 Max is that it is 50 lbs yet not on wheels. The awkward handle makes it especially difficult to carry or lift. You’ll want to get yourself a cart for it or keep it in one spot.


  • Lightweight for its class
  • Expandable by up to 2 batteries
  • AC and solar charging at the same time
  • Fast recharging
  • X-Boost mode for up to 3400 watts of power
  • Good price per watt-hour


  • Only 3,000 instead of 3,500 cycles to 80%
  • Heavy, awkward to carry and not on wheels

Best Budget Pick

DEENO Portable Power Station 1500W

DEENO Portable Power Station 1500W


  • Capacity: 1036Wh
  • Continuous power: 1500W
  • Surge power: 3000W
  • Outlets: 12
  • Max solar input: 200W
  • Expandable: No
  • Time to recharge: 0-100% in 6 hours with AC
  • Retains 80% capacity to: 3500 cycles

Quick Review:

I have the Deeno X1500 power station because the brand sent me one to try. As a new brand, they try to stand out with low prices. It does take much longer to recharge than other power stations, though and has a low max solar input.

Besides the price, the best thing about the Deeno X1500 is that it’s QUIET. Unlike other power stations, which have fans continuously running, the Deeno fans only kick on during high loads or when the temperature gets high.  


  • High surge power
  • Long lifespan
  • Good value
  • Quiet fans


  • Brand reputation not well established
  • Takes a long time to recharge
  • Low max solar input

Best for Very High Power Needs

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus


  • Capacity: 2042Wh
  • Continuous power: 3000W
  • Surge power: 6000W
  • Outlets: 10
  • Max solar input: 1400W
  • Expandable: Yes
  • Time to recharge: 0-80% in 1.1 hours with AC
  • Retains 70% capacity to: 4000 cycles

Quick Review:

Jackery is probably the best-known brand of power stations. I would never recommend any of their older models of power stations for off-grid cabins though; those use the older Li-ion technology and have short lifespans. However, the Jackery 2000Plus uses LiFePO4 technology, so has a lifespan of 4,000 cycles to 70%.

This model was designed to handle huge power needs. It has a continuous power of 3,000W and can handle 6,000W in surge. The best feature is that it’s expandable by up to 5 batteries (most power stations are expandable by just 1 or 2 batteries). You can get up to 24,000 watt-hours of power – which should cover all of your cabin’s power needs. The downside is that the power station and expansion batteries are expensive per watt hour.


  • Expandable by up to 5 batteries for up to 24,000Wh
  • Very high continuous and surge power
  • Supports up to 1400W in solar input
  • Is on wheels
  • Quiet operation


  • Price
  • Very heavy
  • Only 10 outlets

Best for Outdoor Use

Anker PowerHouse 767

Anker PowerHouse 767


  • Capacity: 2048Wh
  • Continuous power: 2400W
  • Surge power: 3600W
  • Outlets: 12
  • Max solar input: 1000W
  • Expandable: Yes
  • Time to recharge: 0-80% in 1.4 hours with AC
  • Retains 80% capacity to: 3000 cycles

Quick Review:

I like the brand Anker because their products are very well thought-out. The 767 power station is no exception. It is very rugged and can withstand some abuse. The wheels even have good traction so you can lug it around your cabin property.

The downside is that the Anker 767 doesn’t have as high power output or surge power as the other 2000Wh power stations here. It is also only expandable by one extra battery. So, I’m not sure whether it’s worth choosing this one because it’s on wheels.  


  • Supports up to 1000W solar input
  • Rugged design and on wheels
  • Brand has an outstanding reputation


  • Low surge power for its class
  • Only expandable by one battery
  • Higher price per watt hour

Best Battery Lifespan



  • Capacity: 2048Wh
  • Continuous power: 2000W
  • Surge power: 4800
  • Outlets: 17
  • Max solar input: 700W
  • Expandable: No
  • Time to recharge: 0-100% in 6 hours with AC
  • Retains 80% capacity to: 3500 cycles

Quick Review:

Bluetti is another brand that often gets mentioned with the best power stations. They sent me their EB70 power station for free to try (read the review here). While I liked it, it was very loud – and their AC200 Max has the same problem. It isn’t as good as the competition regarding max solar power, continuous power, or recharging speed. The AC200 Max model also isn’t expandable.

However, Bluetti does win in one key aspect: lifespan. Their power stations retain 80% capacity after 3,500 cycles (instead of just 3,000 like with EcoFlow). If you care more about lifespan than recharging speed or quiet operation, then the AC200 Max is a good option. 


  • Long lifespan
  • Charge with AC and solar at the same time
  • Lots of outlets
  • Brand known for quality


  • Loud fans
  • Only 700W max solar input
  • Not expandable
  • Customer support notoriously bad
  • Very long recharge time

How to Choose a Power Station for Your Off Grid Property

Instead of rehashing the main features of all power stations, I want to focus on the features which really matter for off-grid living. 

Battery Type

Only choose a power station with the newer LiFePO4 battery technology for an off-grid property. The reason is that LiFePO4 batteries have a much longer lifespan.  

Where regular lithium batteries have a lifespan of about 500 to 800 charge cycles, a LiFePO4 can handle 3500+ charge cycles before dropping below 80% total capacity.

The downside is that LiFePO4 power stations are pricier than those that use older lithium-ion batteries. But, when you factor in longevity, it becomes much cheaper.

Max Input

Pay attention to the maximum input of the power station. Many of the smaller, cheaper power stations only have an input of 200W. This means you can only use it with solar panels up to 200W… which means that your power station will take hours (or days!) to recharge. Aim to have a max input of at least 500W to recharge faster with solar.

Recharging Speed

How quickly your power station recharges is important, especially if you have high power needs, small solar panels, or not a lot of sunlight. Most of the power stations here recharge at fairly similar rates. The exception is EcoFlow power stations which use quick recharge technology.

High Surge Power

Most 1000Wh power stations can deliver around 1200-1800 watts of energy at once (aka continuous power). I’ve never come close to needing that much energy at once at my off-grid cabin! I think I’d have to plug in everything I have there.

So, unless you know you’ll need to run many appliances simultaneously, I wouldn’t worry about continuous power much.

However, I would pay attention to surge power. This is the amount of energy the power station can handle for a short time. Appliances that use motors often need 3x their wattage just to get going.   (If you have a 500-watt appliance, it might require 1500 watts to turn on.)  

You will probably use a lot of motorized appliances and tools in your off-grid cabin, so having a higher surge power is very useful. Aim to have at least 2000 watts of surge power, if not closer to 3000 watts.


Some larger power stations allow you to chain the unit to additional expansion batteries. Because the extra battery doesn’t need tech like a charge controller, the other battery is cheaper than buying a completely new unit. So, you get to expand your capacity for a lower cost.

No Automatic DC or USB Shutoff

Almost all power stations have automatic shutoff: they turn off if there is no power draw for a certain time. While this is good for AC ports, you do NOT want automatic shutoff on the USB or DC ports. 

Otherwise, the power station would shut off when you use devices that don’t constantly draw power, such as a fridge. Luckily, the good brands of power stations know this and don’t have auto-shutoff on DC or USB ports.

Weight and Portability

You will probably need to move your power station around your cabin and property fairly often. Like when you need to take it outside to use with power tools. Or move it into your vehicle to recharge while driving. I often take my power station under my favorite tree to work outdoors.

Bear in mind that a 1000Wh power station will weigh around 30lbs to 40lbs. A 2000Wh power station is going to weigh around 60 lbs. That’s heavy enough to hurt your back! You will need to buy a little cart for a power station this large or choose a model which comes on wheels – and even then, it may be difficult to move over bumpy terrain, and you’ll still have to lift it over stairs or into your vehicle.

Two Small-Capacity Power Stations or One Large-Capacity Power Station?

For my off-grid cabin, I’ve found having two smaller power stations more practical than one massive one. Not only is it easier to move the power stations to where I need them, but I can also charge one with solar outdoors while using the other indoors.  

However, buying two power stations is always more expensive (especially when you calculate the price per watt-hour!). So, if you want to get one larger power station, plan your cabin’s “energy center” well so you don’t have to move the unit. Like making sure all your lights, tools, etc., operate on rechargeable batteries and any appliances which use AC outlets are kept near the power station.

How Much Capacity for Off-Grid Cabin?

I find that approximately a 1000-watt hours power station is a good sweet spot for off-grid living. Assuming that you lead a minimalist lifestyle, 1000Wh is enough to meet most power needs while still being portable and not costing a fortune.

Of course, the only real way to know how much capacity you need is to tally up your energy requirements. If you need to run a 10W device, it will (theoretically) last 100 hours on a 1000Wh power station.

How Will You Recharge Your Power Station while Off-Grid? 

The more often you can recharge your power station, the less capacity you need. So make sure your budget also includes a charging method for the power station. 

These are some good ways to recharge a power station while living off grid:

Do You Want to Run a 12V Fridge on Your Power Station?

A refrigerator is the most complicated power need to calculate. This is because refrigerators don’t run constantly: they only draw power when cooling. How often they are in cooling mode depends on the ambient temperature.

On a summer day, a well-insulated 45L 12V fridge might run for two full days before draining a 1000Wh power station. In colder weather, though, the same power station might run the fridge for a week before it dies.

Read more about running a refrigerator on a generator

My recommendation? Invest in an off grid propane refrigerator. It’s a lot better to use propane than risk the contents of your fridge going bad. Otherwise, you are going to need a much larger-capacity power station for your off-grid cabin (at least 2000Wh) and a larger solar setup. Those costs might end up being the same as a secondhand propane fridge!

Power Stations for Off-Grid Cabins vs. Disaster Prepping?

Power stations for disaster prepping only need to be used occasionally and for shorter periods of time. By contrast, power stations for off-grid cabins will be used regularly and for extended periods of time.

Because of this, features like LiFePO4 battery technology, high surge power, a high max input, and quick recharging are more important when choosing a power station for off-grid cabins. You’ll also probably want a more portable power station because you will be moving it around your property so often.

Vs. Power Stations for Off-Grid Vans?

When choosing a power station for an off-grid van, you can get away with less capacity. This is because you will likely be recharging the power station more frequently while driving. With off-grid cabins, you’ll probably need at least 1000Wh of capacity. 

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