Guide to portable power stations

Typical portable power station
PPS in use during power outage

Portable power stations (PPS) are a relatively cheap and flexible way to provide power to a few critical medical devices or appliances. Because they store their power in an emission-free battery, they can be used indoors as well as outdoors—unlike gasoline powered generators. However, compared to rooftop solar + battery systems, they are less convenient and cannot power built-in appliances like ceiling lights, furnaces, and electric ranges. Portable power stations need to be recharged, either by plugging them into a wall outlet, or, during a PG&E outage, by plugging a portable solar panel into the station.

This guide aims to answer all the questions you might have about buying and using a portable power station to survive PG&E power outages here at Rossmoor:

If you have a question that’s not answered here, please ask …

Adrian Byram, Residential Solar & Renewable Energy Committee Chair