When it comes to portable charging, we think about power banks with USB charging ports that can charge devices such as our smartphones and tablets.
That’s really what power banks are, and they have changed quite a lot over the years, with very high-capacity power banks that can basically last you for a week without needing a recharge.
There are also portable chargers that use USB-C Power Delivery so that you can charge USB-C compatible laptops with them.
Then there are power banks that use AC outlets, and some of them go into the category of being called portable chargers, and some of them get called Portable Power Stations.
An AC Outlet On-the-Go can be Very Useful
Some portable chargers that use AC outlets have a lot more power capacity than others, and some of them use a DC port, too, along with their usage of USB ports and an AC outlet. That said, no matter how you look at it, using an AC outlet with a portable powering device is possibly one of the most reliable types of devices that you can own.
It could come in handy if there’s ever an emergency if you’re going out camping or hiking, or you can keep it in your car if you ever needed it.
AC outlet power banks and portable power stations can be some of the most useful devices you can own because they can power appliances, which regular power banks cannot do.
That’s why in this guide, we’re going to be going over the most useful AC portable charger and power stations.
RAVPower 70,200mAh Dual AC Portable Power Station with USB-C PD
This RAVPower portable power station has gained quite a bit of popularity since its release last year, and for good reasons. The power station has a 252.7Wh (70,200mAh) power capacity, and that’s a great amount of power that can be used to charge large or small devices to full power multiple times; this power capacity also enables the power station to have size and weight that is manageable to take anywhere you want. The power station has a height of 7 inches and a width of 5 inches, so it has a cube form factor and a large handle that makes the 5-pound power station very easy to hold.
On the charging and powering side, this power station does a great job. It has two AC outlets that each share a 300W Pure Sine Wave power output. However, you should know that the two outlets are two-prong AC outlets that don’t work with a three-prong AC plug. Other than that, though, if you have an appliance that can be powered within the 300W range, this power station is perfect for camping or hiking. This means that you can power mini-fridges, electric mosquito lanterns, laptop chargers, or lamps.
In addition to the outlets, this power station also has three USB-A ports, one USB-C Power Delivery port, and one DC port. One of the USB-A ports features Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging Android smartphones, and the USB-C Power Delivery port has a very powerful output of 60W. With a 60W PD output, you can charge most USB-C chargeable laptops, and in our review, we were able to charge a Lenovo Flex 5 at its max charging speed via the DC port.
You can use the DC port for charging DC chargeable laptops or use it to power appliances powered via a DC cable. There aren’t too many of those, though.
Recharging this RAVPower power station is easy because you can either recharge via the DC input port or the USB-C Power Delivery port. The power station includes an AC wall charger to recharge the unit via the DC port, and it also comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable.
|RAVPower RP-PB187 252.7Wh Portable Power Station 300W AC Outlets Specs|
|Standard USB-A Ports||5V/2.4A (12W)|
|Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A Port||5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A (18W)|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/3A (60W)|
|DC Output||12V/10A (120W)|
|AC Outlets||110V/60Hz 300W Max. 250W Rated|
|DC Input||12-24V/3.3-4A, 60W Max|
|USB-C PD Input||5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, PD 60W|
|Size||5.12 x 5.12 x 7.44 inches|
MAXOAK Bluetti EB240 2400Wh Dual 1000W AC Portable Power Station
The EB240 power station from MAXOAK is perhaps one of the best portable power stations that you can own on the market, definitely not because of its portable aspect but because of its power. Starting out, the EB240 has a 2400Wh power capacity, and in terms of charging smartphones with a voltage of approximately 3.7V, this power station has a 648,000mAh power capacity; if you’re using higher voltage charging or powering appliances such as at 14.8V, then the power station has about a 101,000mAh power capacity to use.
This change in power capacity that you can use is dependent on the power usage, as higher voltage means more power is lost when you’re using the power station. That said, this EB240 has a lot of power to use, and depending on how you’re using it, it can last for days or weeks. It’s reliable for camping trips or for those times when you’re doing a project and need portable power to use your electrical tools outdoors more easily.
Then there’s the powering and charging you get, with the EB240 using two 3-prong AC 1000W Pure SineWave outlets. The two outputs share the 1000W outlet, but that’s still a ton of power to use with a portable device. In our tests, when did he review the EB240, we were able to power a fan, an Air purifier, laptop chargers, sandwich makers, and a reciprocating saw. Powering a reciprocating saw goes with what we said before about using this power station outdoors.
This EB240 also has four USB-A ports, one USB-C Power Delivery port, and a 9 Amp 12Volt DC port. The USB-C Power Delivery port has a 45W charging speed, so you’re able to charge USB-C laptops while powering appliances via the AC outlets.
It comes with a 200W AC adapter to recharge via the DC input port. You may also use a Solar panel to recharge the unit, and the EB240 includes a DC solar charging cable in the box.
Considering just how much it features and the high power output, the EB240 is very easy to use using a backlit LCD that shows the remaining power capacity and how much wattage is being inputted and outputted from the power station. Three buttons include a power button to turn on the unit, then a DC or AC button to turn on certain sections of the power station.
|MAXOAK Power Station 2400Wh EB240 Specs|
|Power Capacity (Wh)||2400Wh|
|Power Capacity (3.7V)||648,648mAh|
|Power Capacity (12V)||200,000mAh|
|USB-A Port Output||5V/3.0A|
|USB-C PD Port||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/2.25A (45W)|
|12Volt Car Port||12V/9A|
|AC Inverter Outlets||100-120Vac, 220-240Vac | 50/60Hz | 1000W|
|AC Adapter Recharging||42V/160W|
|Solar Adapter Recharging||Up to 500W|
|Power Indicator||LCD Digital Display|
|Size||19.4 x 6.5 x 14.4 inches|
HALO Bolt 58830 Portable Jump and AC Portable Power Station
This HALO Bolt 58830 portable jump starter barely fits into the portable power station category, but since it has an outlet, we feel that it is a power station. The most notable part of the HALO Bolt is that it can jump-start vehicles with a 500 Amp output, and the power station even includes jumper cables.
In addition to jump-start vehicles, this power station has two USB-A ports and a 65W AC outlet. The two USB-A ports do not feature Quick Charge but have a standard 5V/2.4A (12W). The outlet can accept 3-prong plugs, so even though the AC outlet can only output 65W, you’re still able to power laptop chargers and other low-wattage appliances with this power station. In our review, we were able to power a DC laptop charger for a Dell laptop.
|Halo Bolt 58830 Portable Car Jump Starter Power Bank Specs|
|Jump-Start Output||500 Amps|
|Size||7.2 x 3.8 x 1.6|
MAXOAK Bluetti AC10 99Wh 100W AC Portable Power Station Power Bank
Another MAXOAK Bluetti portable power station is MAXOAK’s lowest capacity power station. It may be what most people are looking for when it comes to a daily-use power station. That’s because, with its lower 99Wh (26,756mAh) power capacity, the power station can have a smaller size; of course, it’s not the size of a power bank and still quite large and heavy. With its 99Wh power capacity, though, you can charge larger devices such as tablets or laptops to full power about two times.
Using this Bluetti AC10 power station is great considering the form factor that it comes in, with the AC10 featuring a single 3-prong AC outlet, a USB-C Power Delivery port, and two USB-A ports.
The AC outlet has a 100W power output which is pretty incredible considering the size of this power station is small. So you’re able to power appliances that fit into the 100W range, and we found it most useful for charging up laptops in case you’re charging a DC chargeable laptop or need to connect a Power Delivery wall charger that uses more power than the one available on the power station.
The USB-C Power Delivery port has a 45W charging speed to charge most USB-C chargeable laptops. The two USB-A ports use Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging compatible Android smartphones. Not recharging related, but this power station also has a LED flashlight that can be useful if you’re taking this on a hike or a camping trip.
Included in the box is a 30W PD wall charger that can recharge the power station at its max recharge speed.
|MAXOAK 99Wh 100W AC10 Portable Power Bank Specs|
|Power Capacity||99Wh | 26,756mAh|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A (45W)|
|Both USB-A Ports||5V/2.1A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A (18W)|
|AC Outlet||100W | 140W Peak Power|
|Size||7.1 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches|
RAVPower 20,000mAh 80W AC Outlet Portable Power Station with PD
We have done a review for this RAVPower 20,000mAh AC power station. However, the review was for an older model that has lower specs. So, in this case, we’re recommending the newer model as that’s the one that is available now, and it’s practically identical to the model that we reviewed, but with a few upgrades to its ports and outlet.
The power capacity for this RAVPower portable power station remains the same as its 20,000mAh power capacity. A rather low capacity when it comes to power stations, but when you consider the power it can output, this is more of an AC power bank.
As we mentioned, the outlet and the ports are where things got upgraded, with the AC power bank having an AC outlet that can output 80W, while the older model could only output 65W. With this higher power output, you can expect to use smaller appliances to power or simpler things such as laptop chargers like we did in our review.
The USB-C and the USB-A port on this AC power bank also get an upgrade; with the USB-C port now using a 30W Power Delivery charging speed and the USB-A port uses Quick Charge 3.0. So you can use the USB-C PD port for charging USB-C laptops, something that the older model was missing as it only used a 15W USB-C port. Also, RAVPower got rid of the DC input port and made the USB-C PD port the input for recharging, and so you’re able to recharge the power bank at 30W, too.
|RAVPower 20,000mAh 80W AC Outlet Portable Power Station with PD [Upgraded Model Specs]|
|3-Prong AC Outlet||80W|
|USB-A Quick Charge Port||5V⎓2.4A | 9V⎓2A | 12V⎓1.5A (18W)|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V⎓3A | 9V⎓3A | 12V⎓2.5A | 15V⎓2A | 20V⎓1.5A (30W)|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port Input||5V⎓3A | 9V⎓3A | 12V⎓2.5A | 15V⎓2A | 20V⎓1.5A (30W)|
|Size||6.06 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches|
MAXOAK AC50 500Wh 300W Dual AC Portable Power Station
This MAXOAK AC50 portable power station hits a great balance of power and portability because it has two AC outlets and has a 500Wh power capacity. Yet, the power station has easy-to-hold handles. Of course, the unit is still quite heavy, with it weighing 13 pounds.
The two AC outlets can take 3-prong plugs, and they both share a 300W power output; not the highest output, but it fits into a good space where you don’t have to settle with powering only low-leveled appliances, and you have more freedom with what you can power no matter where you are.
The AC50 power station has many other ways to use it, featuring USB-A ports, a USB-C Power Delivery port, a 12Volt DC carport, and two DC 12V/3.0A DC ports.
Each of the USB-A ports has a 5V/3.0A charging rate, and the USB-C Power Delivery port has a 45W charging speed that can charge most USB-C chargeable laptops near or at their max charging speed. Our review for the AC50 used the 12Volt Cigarette lighter port to power a portable tire pump, and it worked great. The two 12V/3.0A DC ports are an okay addition to the power station if you can find a use for them, such as charging a laptop or powering appliances that are powered via DC.
The one other way to use this power station is through the wireless charging pad at the top, and it does feature 10W fast wireless charging. All Qi wireless compatible smartphones can charge using the pad at the top.
|MAXOAK AC50 500Wh Portable Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity (45Ah/11.V)||50,000mAh|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||45W - 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A|
|DC 12Volt Output (Cigarette Lighter Port)||9.6V/12.6V|10A|
|DC 12Volt Output||9.6V/12.6V|3A|
|AC Outlets||Rated Power: 300W | Peak Power: 450W|
|Wireless Charging||5W | 7.5W | 10W|
|Size||11 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches|
Suaoki 150Wh Dual AC Output 4 DC Port and 4 USB Port Power Station
The Suaoki 150Wh portable power station is one of the smallest and most capable power stations we’ve ever used. It has a lower power capacity than most other power stations on the market, and the 150Wh capacity translates to 40,500mAh if you’re using 3.7V for lower-level charging. If you’re using 11.1V, then you’re getting about 11,500mAh of power to use.
More than the power capacity, though, how you’re able to use this power station is the best part because it has two AC outlets, four USB-A ports, and four DC ports. That’s a lot considering the power station has a low capacity. One of the outlets can take two-prong plugs, and the other one can take three-prong plugs. The outlets share a 150W power output.
The DC ports are a nice touch to the power station if you can find a use for them, and thankfully, the power station comes with a 12Volt cigarette lighter adapter that you can use to power certain appliances. For our test, we were able to power the tire air pump.
One of the four USB-A ports uses Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging certain Android smartphones. Included in the box with the power station are an AC adapter, a 12Volt DC car adapter charger, and a DC Solar cable; all of these can be used to recharge the Suaoki portable power station.
|SUAOKI S270 150Wh Portable Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity||150Wh (40,500mAh)|
|USB-A Ports||18W Quick Charge | 5V/2.1A (10.5W) Standard Ports|
|DC Ports||9V-12V/10A/15A | Rated Power: 120W | Max Power: 180W|
|AC Outlets||AC Modified Sine Wave Output | 100W|
|Size||7.2 x 4.3 x 4.2 inches|
RAVPower 27,000mAh AC Outlet Power Bank
The first AC outlet power bank that we’re recommending is from the brand RAVPower.
RAVPower is actually quite a popular brand on the market for charging electronics, and we dare say that they’re one of the best brands with the number of reviews they have received for their products. This power bank of theirs is definitely a way of telling that they’re an innovative brand.
It has a 27,000mAh power capacity, and you might think that’s barely any power capacity at all for an AC outlet power bank. However, it’s still a lot of power for a portable charger, and it gets to maintain a “portable charger” form factor that you can more easily take anywhere that you want.
With the 27,000mAh power capacity, you can use this charger for charging smartphones to their full power about 7 times if you wanted to.
Powerful Standard Charging from its Ports
Of course, since this power bank makes use of an AC outlet, you’re also able to charge laptops, and you can charge most laptops on the market to their full power about two times with this power bank.
There are three main ways to use this RAVPower portable charger. There are two USB-A ports, and each of them has a 5V/2.4A charging speed; there’s also a USB-C port that has a 5V/3.0A charging speed, and then there’s the AC outlet.
It really meant for more Simple Appliances
The AC outlet is a 2-prong one, and it has a 100W power output, so you can only power appliances that fit under that 100W range.
The best use for the AC outlet on this RAVPower charger is for mini fans, mini-fridges, and of course, laptop chargers that use a 2-prong connection.
One of the most useful types of chargers to plug into the AC outlet is a USB-C Power Delivery wall charger as those can require 30W, 45W, 60W, and up to 100W, and so you can charge your USB-C compatible laptop at its max charging speed if you use the AC outlet on this power bank.
|RAVPower 30,000mAh AC Outlet Power Bank [Upgraded Model] Specs|
|3-Prong AC Outlet Output||100W|
|USB-C Power Delivery port||60W|
|USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 Port||18W|
|Standard USB-A Port||12W|
|USB-C Power Delivery Input||45W|
|Size||7.01 x 5.43 x 1.77 inches|
Jackery PowerBar 20,800mAh AC Outlet Power Bank
Moving onto the next portable charger with an AC outlet brings us Jackery’s PowerBar 20,800mAh AC outlet power bank. This charger definitely has a lower power capacity than many other power banks that use an AC outlet.
That said, it’s still a high-capacity power bank that allows you to charge your smartphone and a tablet to their full power multiple times over.
There are three ways to use this charger or four ways to count the two USB-A ports to be different charging methods.
Three Ways to Charge from, but No Power Delivery
So there are two USB-A charging ports, with one using Quick Charge, which basically allows you to charge Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speed. The other USB-A port has a 5V/2.4A charging speed, which is quite a fast standard charging speed. Something to know about the Quick Charge port is that you can still charge Non-Quick Charge compatible smartphones with it, and they will charge at a 5V/2.4A charging rate.
One other charging port is the USB-C port with a 5V/3.0A charging rate, and you can use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to charge USB-C compatible smartphones, tablets, and also laptops with the USB-C port.
That said, the USB-C port only has a 15W output and can really only charge the USB-C MacBook if we’re talking about using the USB-C port to charge laptops. Even then, a 15W charging rate for a MacBook is very slow.
A 3-Prong AC Outlet
Then there’s the 3-prong AC outlet, and with the use of 3-prongs, quite a lot of doors open up with the types of appliances that you can use with this Jackery PowerBar.
The AC outlet has a 100W power output, but even so, the 3-prong outlet combined with that much power output yields no problems with using a DC port charger that usually does make use of a 3-prong power cord connection.
|Jackery PowerBar 20,800mAh Power Bank Specs|
|3-Prong AC Outlet Output||100W|
|Standard USB-A Port||5V/2.4A (12W)|
|Quick Charge USB-A Port||3.6V-6V/3A | 6V-9V/2A | 9V-12V/1.5A (18W)|
|USB-C Port||5V/3.0A (15W)|
|USB-C Input||5V/3.0A (15W)|
|Size||6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches|
Now,, going into the portable power stations, these are basically beyond portable chargers. They have a lot more power capacity that can be used and quite a few more charging and power options to use.
Power to Last for Days
First, let’s start with the power capacity of this Anker PowerHouse portable power station, and that would be 120,000mAh. Yes, you read that right; this power station basically has four 30,000mAh power banks combined into one power station.
You can basically charge smartphones, tablets, and laptops with the PowerHouse to their full power into the double digits.
Definitely a PowerHouse of an Appliance
Then there’s a total of four ways to use the PowerHouse. There are four USB-A charging ports with a 5V/2.4A charging speed, which is quite fast in standard terms. The max output of the four USB-A ports is 6A altogether. Then there’s a DC port that has a 12V/10A output and a 12Volt outlet, too.
Finally, there’s a 3-prong AC outlet that can provide about 150W of power to appliances.
So many Options, and Yet it’s Easy to Use
The user experience with this PowerHouse is also quite easy because all you have to do to activate any power station section is press the power button next to each output. So there’s a button for activating the USB charging ports and a button for activating the AC outlet. There’s also an LCD that shows what’s currently active and how much battery power you have left to use.
|Anker PowerHouse 120,000mAh Portable Power Station Specs|
|3-Prong AC Outlet||500W|
|USB-A Ports||5V/2.4A (12W)|
|Size||7.9 x 6.5 x 5.7 inches|