Portable gas generators are exceedingly helpful during power outages or when you need access to power while camping or in remote, off-grid locations. The downside lies in their never-ending thirst for fuel and the resulting carbon emissions, plus the chug-chug-chug sound of the engine as it generates electricity. Enter the Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station, a compact 240 Wh lithium battery-powered portable device that weighs less than 7 pounds, while it silently electrifies your gadgets and produces zero emissions. And with this special Deal of the Day on Amazon, the Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station and its companion SolarSaga 60 Solar Panel are both 30% off.
Versatile Portable Power Station
The Jackery Explorer 240 Portable Power Station is ideal for powering all of your mobile electronics gear, such as smartphones, laptops, and tablets. For example, a single charge of the Explorer 240 can recharge most smartphones 17 times over or most laptops four times over. And while you are not going to light up your McMansion with one of these, they can power a mini-fridge for up to five hours or a USB fan for 40+ hours.
The rated output on these portable power stations is 200 watts continuous and 400 watts peak, so you can do the math on what devices can be powered and for how long by looking at their respective specs. For example, a standard LED lamp rated at 5 watts could run for about 40 hours on a single charge of the station.
But don’t expect to run a hair dryer or microwave oven, since they consume more than 200 watts. Where you do need more power output, consider the Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station below (with its 518 Wh output) or think about the portable gas generator alternatives.
In a nod to their versatility, the Explorer 240 has a single AC outlet, two USB ports, and 12-volt car output. For recharging, you can plug it into any AC wall outlet, a 12-volt car outlet, or the SolarSaga solar panel.
Refuel from the Outback With a Jackery SolarSaga 60 Solar Panel
So you won’t have to carry special gas generator fuel for a Jackery power station, but you can still recharge it from the outback with the Jackery SolarSaga 60 Solar Panel. This 60-watt solar photovoltaic panel can recharge either the Jackery Explorer 240 or Explorer 160 power stations.
For the Explorer 240, a full recharge cycle takes from 8 to 10 hours in full sun, while the Explorer 160 can recharge in about 5 hours. These solar panels also work with the Honda HLS 200 and 290 power stations, which are also manufactured by Jackery for Honda.
These solar panels are compact, measuring 17.5 by 12 inches when folded out, and weigh less than 4 pounds.
Tom Kolnowski is the Chief Content Officer & Founder of Digitized House Media, LLC, the publisher of Digitized House | Guide to the Connected Home. When he isn’t writing about smart home technology, sustainability, and high-performance architecture, you’ll find him exploring faraway destinations with his family.