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4 Popular Ways to Recharge a Portable Power Station

by AFERIY UK Team 18 Jun 2024 0 Comments

As an alternative to traditional power sources, portable power stations play an important role in some scenarios. They are lightweight and have a high capacity. You can easily bring them with you for reliable power during outages, camping, road trips, etc.

One benefit of the portable power station is that it can be repeatedly recharged. So in this article, we will detail how to charge a portable power station.

Understand Your Portable Power Station

There are many options for portable power stations on the market, each with its own specifications, like input adapters and voltage requirements. Before you charge your power station, make sure to read the manual and follow the instructions—it's the best way to ensure efficient recharging.

How to Charge a Portable Power Station

Here are the most common options:

  • AC Outlet
  • Car Outlet
  • Solar Panel
  • AC Outlet + Solar Panel Together

4 Best Ways to Recharge a Portable Power Station

    Charging with an AC Outlet

    The easiest and most common way to charge your portable power station is with AC power. Most power stations come with an AC adapter that allows you to plug it into a standard wall outlet. Simply connect the adapter to the input port of the power station and plug it into the wall outlet.

    You may get the power station fully charged within 2 to 8 hours depending on the capacity. You can monitor the charging progress using the LED display or the companion app.

    Charging Portable Power Station with an AC Outlet

    For instance, the AFERIY P210 2400W portable power station can fully charge its 2048Wh capacity in just 2 hours. This saves you time.


    • Fast and reliable.
    • Easy to use.


    • Accessing an AC outlet outdoors is not easy.
    • Limited by the position of the outlet and the distance of the cable.


    • Make sure you securely connect the adapter to avoid interruptions.
    • Avoid overcharging by unplugging once fully charged.

    Charging with a Car Outlet

    If you are living in a caravan or on a road trip, the best way to recharge your portable power station is with a car cigarette lighter socket. Advanced portable power stations can be connected to your car's cigarette lighter or 12V outlet using a car charging cable. Due to lower wattage, it usually takes 10 to 20 hours to get it fully recharged. However, it is convenient for short trips like camping where you may not have access to an AC outlet.

    Before attempting to charge your portable power station, check the manual and ensure that your power station is compatible with the voltage output of the car adapter.

    Charging Portable Power Station with a Car Outlet


    • Convenient while traveling.
    • Doesn’t require additional equipment.


    • It can drain the car battery if used extensively without running the engine.


    • Charge while the car is running to prevent battery drain.
    • Use this method as a secondary option for quick top-ups.

    Additional Resources

    Compatible Car Charging Cables for AFERIY Power Stations

    Car Charging Cable Model Compatible Power Station Models
    With XT60 Connector AFERIY P010 800W
    With XT90 Connector AFERIY P110 1200W
    AFERIY P210 2400W
    AFERIY P310 3600W
    With Anderson Connector AFERIY 2001A
    AFERIY 1201A

    Charging with Solar Panels

    It's a great way to recharge your power station with portable solar panels if you are in a sunny spot. Many advanced portable power stations allow it to connect with a solar panel using a solar panel cable. But it requires enough sunlight and a long time to generate sufficient power. When you use solar panels to recharge your power station, just connect them together and place the solar panels in direct sunlight.

    Charging Portable Power Station with Solar Panels

    Some advanced power stations can be recharged via an AC outlet and solar panel simultaneously, which is the fastest way to recharge a power station fully.

    Charging Portable Power Station with AC Outlet and Solar Panel together


    • Renewable energy source.
    • Ideal for outdoor use.


    • Dependent on weather conditions.
    • Slower charging compared to AC outlets.


    • Regularly adjust the angle of the panels for optimal sunlight.
    • Clean the panels to maintain efficiency.
    • Ensure your solar panels are compatible with your power station. Most portable power stations use panels with MC4 connectors.

      Comparison of 4 Charging Methods

      Let me take the AFERIY P210 portable power station (2400W 2048WH) as an example.

      Charging Methods Charging Time
      AC Outlet (Max 1100W Input)  2 Hours
      Car Socket (Max 120W Input) 17.5 Hours
      Solar Panel (Max 500W Input) 4.5 Hours
      1100W AC outlet + 500W Solar Panel 1.7 Hours

      Please note that the above data are based on laboratory conditions and are for reference only.

      Best Practices for Charging a Portable Power Station

      Use Original Cables

      Always use cables and adapters provided by the manufacturer.

      Avoid Wet Conditions

      Keep the power station and charging equipment dry.

      Check Connections

      Ensure all connections are secure to prevent short circuits.

      Charge Regularly

      Charge the power station regularly, even if not in use.

      Store Properly

      Store the power station in a cool, dry place.

      Avoid Full Discharges

      Avoid letting the battery fully discharge before recharging.


      Disconnect the charger once fully charged to prevent battery damage.

      Use Compatible Equipment

      Use only compatible solar panels and chargers.

      Follow Safety Warnings

      Adhere to the manufacturer’s safety guidelines.


      In this article, we have shared 4 common charging methods and compared their pros and cons. The most convenient method to recharge your portable power station is always the best one for you. And never forget that your safety always comes first, no matter which charging ways you use. So please familiarize yourself with your portable power station and follow the manufacturer's instructions before you charge your power station.

      FAQs About Charging A Portable Power Station

      Are portable power stations worth it?

      Yes. Portable power stations are worth it for anyone who engages in outdoor activities or suffers power outages. A high capacity can provide reliable power and make all sorts of activities easier.

      How long does a portable power station hold a charge?

      The charging time depends on what type/size/capacity battery pack was installed in the device and what charging way you use. Let me take an example with the AFERIY P310 3600W 3840Wh portable power station.

      The AFERIY P310 supports a 1500W input power via an AC outlet, and you may get it fully recharged in about 2.5 hours. However, you may only need to take 1.3 hours to get it fully recharged via a 1500W AC outlet and a 500W solar panel together.

      Can you leave a portable power station plugged in all the time?

      We don't recommend it. If you plug a portable power station in all the time, it may cause battery overcharging, which can reduce the battery capacity and make it less effective. So plugging them in only when necessary would be best.

      Is it normal for the power supply to heat up when charging?

      All electronic devices generate heat within a certain temperature range while charging, including power stations. High-capacity power stations have built-in cooling fans to help keep the temperature down. You can also keep good ventilation during the charging process.

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