Best Power Stations with over 1,000 Watt (powerful & portable) [May 2023]

Shopping for a powerful power station with over 1,000 watts can feel like a grown-up Christmas, like finally getting all the toys you never got as a kid. At this level, many of the leading brands have developed astounding features and capabilities that, while expensive, make these devices truly impressive.

Depending on your use case, you can get a solid 1,000 W power station as a backup power source for devices like CPAP, or scale up and power your entire home for a day or more during blackouts. Want more? Expand your power station to 2,000, 4,000, or even 10,000 Wh and beyond with external batteries, plug in a few solar panels, and achieve complete energy independence anywhere.

If you want to get a quick recommendation, we chose the Anker PowerHouse 757 as our top pick because of the combination of power, features, and resilient design. With 2,400 W surge power, fast charging, and 300W solar charging, it’s incredibly versatile. It can power almost anything as a backup power supply, but is also light and durable enough to bring on your RV or car for long trips.

The BLUETTI AC200 Max is our second pick if you need a power station with a high capacity – with two B300 external batteries, this device provides a total of 8,192 Wh. If you are looking for a power station that stays mostly at home, the AC200 Max is a great choice if you may need a lot of capacity but don’t want to commit to a massive power station.

Best Value
Best Capacity
4.8
4.9
$ 1,399
$ 1,959
1,500 W
2,200 W
1,229 Wh
2,048 Wh
Best Value
4.8
$ 1,399
1,500 W
1,229 Wh
Best Capacity
4.9
$ 1,959
2,200 W
2,048 Wh

Factors to Consider

Before we go into details about the various models you might want to consider, let’s look at the factors you should think about. We highly recommend to take some time to really think about not only your must-haves and requirements, but also your priorities. Typically, the balance between power/capacity, weight, and price is the biggest decision, but other factors like solar charging options may also be important to you.

Power & Capacity

Since you are reading this guide, you clearly want a serious power station, and not just a glorified battery pack to charge your phone on a camping trip. But just how powerful do you need? Shopping for power stations is a bit like shopping for a house – sure, a little bigger is always nice, but there’s no upper limit, so it’s important to know what you really need.

A hard requirement is usually the power output, including peak output. For larger devices, you need to make sure that your power station will be powerful enough to actually run them.

The total capacity may also be important, but can always be expanded with external batteries, or re-charged independently with just a single powerful solar panel.

Ask yourself this: What is the biggest/most power-hungry device you want to power? Make sure to pick a power station that has enough power output to run this device, ideally about 20-30% more to be safe.

Ports & Charging

At this size – and thus, price point – you are unlikely to run into any problems with the ports and charging options. Unless you have very specific or unique requirements, you can safely assume that the power stations you are looking at provide all the ports and plugs you might need.

Charging is typically also a non-issue, unless you need to be able to go from 0-100% within a few hours and time is a priority.

Ask yourself this: What devices will you need to charge or power simultaneously? How many and which ports will that need?

Independence

When looking for a large power station, you may also want to be able to not only store, but generate a serious amount of power as well. While these power stations are becoming a little too large for small camping trips (check out our guide for power stations for camping instead), they are still perfect for RVs, van life, or when being on the road a lot. While size and weight are one concern for this type of usage, recharging is often the biggest one. After all, you can’t exactly find a wall outlet in the middle of nowhere.

Compared to smaller models, the products in this guide have not only a large storage capacity but can also handle a high input from solar panels, making it possible to charge them fully within a day if you have the appropriate solar panel and sunlight. But do you need that, or do you just really want it because it sounds damn cool to be “energy independent”?

Ask yourself this: Do you need to self-sustain power indefinitely while away from any power grid? If so, figure out how many watt-hours you need per day, and get a solar panel that can easily generate this amount.

Keep in mind that a 400W solar panel won’t actually generate 400W per hour. Usually, it’s between 100 and 200W per hour, depending on the sun exposure and temperatures.

Portability

If you do plan on using your power station outside of your home, make sure you think about how much space you have available, and if you can carry it. At this capacity, these devices are getting large and heavy, usually too much so for any trip on foot. Look for one that is relatively light and space-saving if you want to pack it in a car or RV, and don’t get more capacity than you need – it comes at the cost of a larger, heavier power station!

Durability & Longevity

Unless the weight is a serious concern for you, LiFePO3 batteries are really the only good choice at this price point. While traditional Li-Ion batteries in older power stations last for quite a while before losing capacity, modern LiFePO3 batteries last about six times longer, and if you’re going to pay over $1,000 for the power station, you probably don’t want it to degrade after only 3-5 years of use like Li-Ion batteries will do.

Apart from the battery quality, the durability and toughness of the power station play a big role if you want to use it on trips, as there’s nothing worse than breaking it by accidentally dropping it, wasting a lot of money in just seconds.

Ask yourself this: How often will you use the power station, and in what kind of conditions? How durable and tough do you need the device to be?

Making the Choice

With all these factors in mind, let’s go through the top choices for small power stations with over 1,000 watts, and check out all the options you have, including solar power and possible upgrades for each.

Overview

Before we go into details for each of our picks, here’s a short summary in table form for easy sorting and comparing! (click on any header cell to sort in ascending or descending order!)

BrandModelPricePowerCapacityExpandable toWeight
EcoFlowDelta 29991,8001,0243060 Wh27 lb (12 kg)
EcoFlowDelta Pro32993,6003,60010800 Wh99 lb (45 kg)
AnkerPowerHouse 75710991,5001,229-44 lb (20 kg)
AnkerPowerHouse 76719992,4002,0484096 Wh67 lb (30 kg)
JackeryExplorer 1500 Pro16991,8001,512-37 lb (17 kg)
JackeryExplorer 2000 Pro20992,2002,160-43 lb (19 kg)
BluettiAC200P16592,0002,2005272 Wh62 lb (28 kg)
BluettiAC200 Max19592,2002,0488192 Wh62 lb (28 kg)

Pick #1: EcoFlow Delta 2 / Pro

The EcoFlow Delta 2 is the new & improved baseline model in the Delta series, EcoFlow’s series of large personal power stations. With 1,600 watts and 2,700 W surge power, there isn’t much you can’t use on a Delta 2. With a capacity of only 1,024 Wh, you may find yourself running on empty pretty soon though if you actually use larger appliances for a while.

The upside is that with a maximum solar input of 500W, charging the Delta 2 is a breeze – with a 400W solar panel, you can get it charged from 0-100% in 3-6 hours in good conditions.

However, while the Delta 2 is a great pick, you may need to consider the older “Delta Pro” model, the upgrade of the first edition Delta. While it’s four times as expensive (as of May 2023), it’s only twice as powerful – but unlike the Delta 2, the Delta Pro can be expanded for up to 25 kWh power capacity. The Delta 2 can only use the Delta 2 external batteries, the Delta Pro can be connected with up to six batteries at 3.6 kWh each and is designed for use with RVs, EVs (electric vehicles), and as a complete home backup power solution.

The Delta 2 can be expanded with a small or large battery for an extra 1 or 2 kWh to combine its massive power output with high-capacity batteries.
The Delta 2 can be expanded with a small or large battery for an extra 1 or 2 kWh to combine its massive power output with high-capacity batteries.

Pick #2: Anker PowerHouse 757/767

The Anker PowerHouse 757 is quite similar to the Delta 2 with 1500 W power (2,400 W surge) and 1,229 Wh capacity. With fast charging, more ports than you’ll likely need, and a drop-proof frame, it’s a good choice for anyone looking for a strong power station.

The biggest limitation is that the 757 is the “small” model in Anker’s 7-series. The PowerHouse 767 is not only bigger and stronger, but more importantly, has external batteries as well. These 760 expansion batteries have a capacity of 2048 Wh, but can only be connected to the 767, not the 757.

So if you think you’ll someday need more than just 1,229 Wh, the PowerHouse 767 not only offers 2,048 Wh capacity, but the option to further double it with an external battery.

Both models use solid fast-charging technology and can be charged with a portable solar panel within hours – good enough for complete energy independence during road trips and the like.

The Anker Powerhouse 757 was designed for rough outdoor adventures and energy independence in mind.
The Anker Powerhouse 757 was designed for rough outdoor adventures and energy independence in mind. (image)

Pick #3: Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro

The Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro comes with a solid 1,800W power (2,400W peak) and 1,512 Wh capacity, but what makes it stand out from the other models on this list is the solar charging capabilities: it can handle up to 1,400 watts of solar input, allowing for rapid charging. This way, you’ll never run out of power as long as there is sun – making it the perfect choice for long trips where conventional recharging is not an option.

One downside is that it can only support solar panels of up to 200W, meaning you’ll need a small set of 200W panels, but can’t use a single bigger one. However, since 100-200W panels are usually quite small and portable compared to larger 300W or 400W panels, they may be your first choice anyway for outdoor use.

Like Anker’s PowerHouse series, Jackery also makes durability and toughness a real priority. The Jackery Explorer 1500 not only has smart battery management and temperature control, but can even withstand a fire with its shock-resistant and fireproof outer shell. If you go on rough trips, this is the power station you’ll want.

The only reason we would recommend upgrading to the Explorer 2000 Pro instead is if the power output of the 1500 Pro is insufficient. While the 2000 Pro has 2,160 Wh capacity compared to the 1,512 of the 1500 Pro, this difference is only really noticeable when you don’t have the option of recharging with portable solar panels.

Jackery's Explorer series is made to power your adventures in the wilderness, big and small. The Explorer 1500 is a great choice if you need both power and fast recharging anywhere you go.
Jackery’s Explorer series is made to power your adventures in the wilderness, big and small. The Explorer 1500 is a great choice if you need both power and fast recharging anywhere you go. (image)

Pick #4: BLUETTI AC200P / AC200P Max

For a mid-sized power station, the AC200P by Bluetti boasts a massive 2,000W power output with an equally impressive 4,800W surge power, coupled with 2,000Wh capacity. If you are looking to power almost anything you could possibly need, the AC200P is your top choice. Recharging is also a breeze with many different options, including charging with two AC inputs at the same time, or combining AC and solar input.

The AC200P can be expanded with a single B230 or B300 battery pack, while the AC200 Max can be coupled with two B230 or B300 batteries. The B230 offers 2,048 Wh, while the B300 adds 3,072 Wh to your power station, bringing the maximum to 8,192 Wh for the AC200P Max with 2x B300.

While that is not quite as massive as the potential of the Delta Pro, it provides that amount of capacity at a much cheaper price and in a more portable way. So if you need to strike a balance between high power output and capacity and portability, the AC200 Max is the way to go.

The AC200P Max with it's rather stylish expansion battery on top - for lots and lots of power wherever you need it.
The AC200P Max with it’s rather stylish expansion battery on top – for lots and lots of power wherever you need it. (image)

Pick #5: Grecell T-1000

If you are looking for something on a smaller budget, the fancy tech of the big brands might not be right for you. Instead, there are many brands piggybacking on the innovation of big companies to build power stations with similar features at a much lower price. The Grecell T-1000 power station is one such option – while only offering 1000W, 999Wh and fewer ports than most devices on this list, the price point makes up for this.

A downside is the Li-Ion battery, which starts degrading much faster than LiFePO3 batteries. But even at only 500 charge cycles until 80% capacity, it will take years of infrequent use for this to become noticeable.

Pair this with a 100W or 200W solar panel, and you get good power, capacity, and energy independence anywhere you go for less than $1,000!

A simple setup can be entirely sufficient when your requirements are basic and you just want a simple reliable power source for outdoor adventures.
A simple setup can be entirely sufficient when your requirements are basic and you just want a simple reliable power source for outdoor adventures.

Conclusion

When you’re looking at mid- to high-range power stations, the features get better and better, but that often just makes the choice very confusing. This guide aims to clear that up by providing a simple way to see the benefits and downsides of the various models of the leading brands for high-quality power stations.

However, we must urge that you also take some time to think about your personal priorities and requirements for your power station, as sometimes the number of ports, weight, or size can be the most important factor, or a deal-breaker if you need the device for specific purposes.

So make some notes on what you are looking for, go through this guide as often as needed, and pick your ideal power station!

2 thoughts on “Best Power Stations with over 1,000 Watt (powerful & portable) [May 2023]”

  1. I am seeking a power source to be used in the event of a sump pump failure. My location is a small town in VT where the power so far has been very stable. I have been here only 6 months. Neighbors claim that the power “never goes put”. I like the sentiment but understand that “never” is relative.
    Even is the power doesn’t fail, pumps can and do quit. The “back-up” pumps on offer on the WEB and in the Big Boxes appear always to be 12VDC and are described in terms of providing peace of mind rather than GPM @ various Heads. The blurb might claim the pump will drain 15000 gallons on a single battery charge but omits under what conditions.
    I am considering installing 2 cast iron 1/2HP pumps with float switches arranged so that is on pump is not working the , the second will “see” the rising water and take over the bailing chore.
    My second pump may or may not need to use battery power depending on the reason the first pump failed.
    So I am looking for a power source for one 1/2HP pump with a run time of 3days . No real design details yet. “run time” assumes the sump pump functions for a short burst several times per our until the plumber arrives. Short bursts suck power, I don’t see a fix for that. More importantly I don’t know how to plug the short-term surge requirements into overall device run time specification.
    While I have a pretty good idea of what makes a back up power system, in general, I don’t understand the the term “power station”. What are the main components under such a heading? Inverter; MPPT charge controller;communication device; other elements?
    I see you advise lithium batteries. Can I substitute with some version of lead acid battery. I don’t need portability and will need to save a few dollars somewhere in the system.
    Thanks for the comprehensive description of design consideration in your article.

    1. Thank you for reaching out to us with your inquiry. We understand your concern and the specific requirements for your sump pump backup system.
      Regarding the term ‘power station,’ within the scope of our products, it refers to backup battery systems. These are typically composed of components such as lithium battery cells, an inverter, a charge controller, transfer switches, and a charger. However, our expertise primarily lies in keeping up with the stats and prices of the devices, so we recommend consulting with a technical expert or the manufacturer for detailed specifications and compatibility.
      Regarding the substitution of lithium batteries with lead-acid batteries, it might be possible, but we again strongly advise checking with a technical expert to ensure that it meets your requirements.
      Feel free to reach out if you need any further assistance with our products.

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