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Five Best Camping Emergency Backup Power Packs

Updated on May 27, 2016

One of the most annoying things that can happen during camping is taking along electric-powered appliances and then suddenly you lose power from your portable power generator. We bring various appliances because we still want to have that home-sweet-home feel with them while living in the outdoors for a while. Because of this, we should not be running out of power sources that is why emergency backup power packs are now becoming part of many families’ camping must-have lists.

Emergency Backup Power Packs will provide your electrical appliances energy so that you can still get little luxuries even without the regular electrical power sources. You can plug your camp radio into it, charge your cellphone, laptop or MP3, turn on your portable fans, watch movies on your portable DVD player, light up your campsite and many more home about usual things. So, even when you are camping and it’s just you and nature, you don’t have to live like a caveman and away from home luxuries. So you see, it is just very necessary that you must always have a very dependable power backup power sources especially when those batteries on your gadgets and portable appliances ran out.

As an advice, before you decide on what backup power source you must buy, make a list of your electricity-powered camping gadgets first. How many watts will they require when you run them all simultaneously? That should count a lot to your decision if you will need a bigger backup power source or just a portable one to handle small electrical appliances and camp lights.

A real power backup buddy is like an exceptionally good friend. You may find lots of friends out there but only few can be your best buddies. You can try the yellow pages, malls, electrical stores and other shopping stores and can find many portable backup power source but only few can really provide you your camping requirements and can be dependable. So how about simplifying the search with this best-of-the best list? You just might get exactly what you’re looking for – or even more.

Xantrex Powerpack 600 Watt Jumpstarter, Power Inverter and Backup Power Source
Xantrex Powerpack 600 Watt Jumpstarter, Power Inverter and Backup Power Source

Xantrex Powerpack 600 Watt Jumpstarter, Power Inverter and Backup Power Source

Ditch the hassle of constant maintenance required by gas camping generators and get this super convenient backup power source. You can charge this at home or through your car’s 12V cigarette lighter and get hours and hours of power support for your essentials such as your cell phone. There’s a barograph LED indicator that tells you the battery status and prevents overcharging.  There’s also a reverse polarity detector that indicates plugging into wrong terminals. It’s got three AC outlets and one DC outlet with which you can run several kinds of devices. You can sleep comfortably with a camping fan all night, watch TV or use your laptop. It also has a built-in light, AM/FM radio and digital alarm clock so you’ve got easy access to news, music and other extras. For roadside emergencies, this backup power source is also powerful enough to get your car back to running mode. This will effectively jump start 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder engines so you don’t have to push to the nearest auto center which could most probably be miles away. It also comes in a rugged plastic case for easy storage.

Black & Decker StormStation All-In-One Rechargeable Power Source/Radio/Light #SS925
Black & Decker StormStation All-In-One Rechargeable Power Source/Radio/Light #SS925

Black & Decker StormStation All-In-One Rechargeable Power Source/Radio/Light #SS925

This camping backup power source has a light that shines when all other lights go out. When plugged, it’s got a locator light that tells you were to find it during a power outage. You can charge this through an electrical outlet at home and store it in your car’s trunk. It’s pretty lightweight too – lighter than a lot of other power sources with its 13.3 pounds. It’s got a 25-watt inverter for smooth and quiet functioning and for powering your camping essentials such as your camping radio. It also comes with a detachable flashlight for convenient lighting when you need to look for your things through the blackness prior to plugging. There’s a 12V charger too for you to charge your cell phone so you stay connected. For added convenience during excursions, this power source comes in a rugged plastic case with a rubber handle.

Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter & Emergency Power Source with Radio
Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter & Emergency Power Source with Radio

Duracell DPP-600HD Powerpack 600 Jump Starter & Emergency Power Source with Radio

From an expert in power solutions comes this very reliable camping backup power source. It can be charged in your home before you hit the road or through a vehicle’s 12V cigarette lighter. It features a charge-monitoring barograph LED that keeps this HD600 unit from getting overcharged and reverse polarity detection that prevents plugs into wrong terminals. It can provide 480 continuous running watts and 600 surge watts. It contains three 3-pronged AC outlets and a DC outlet that enables you to charge your cell phone or iPod, run your laptop, camping fan, camping power tools and even your car. The package includes detachable alligator clamps especially for jump-starting your car as well as charging instructions. With this backup power source comes also a built-in AM/FM radio, a digital alarm clock so you’re kept updated with news, music and time.

Schumacher IP-125 Instant Power Jump Starter With 12 Amp Hour Battery
Schumacher IP-125 Instant Power Jump Starter With 12 Amp Hour Battery

Schumacher IP-125 Instant Power Jump Starter With 12 Amp Hour Battery

For a competent camping backup power source less the size and weight, here’s the perfect little power plant. It weighs a lot less than a lot of jump-starters and comes in a junior size yet brings a battery-dead car back to life even with a low charge. The package includes copper jaw, plastic clamps for resurrecting car batteries. Plug it into an outlet at home and you’re set for power-covered trip. It’s got a reliable 12 ampere hour battery. Its LED indicators monitor battery status so it won’t get overcharged. It tells you whether the battery is half-charged, 75 percent charged or fully charged. With a backup like this, you’ll never run out of power for your car battery as well as other electrical camping gear and appliances you can connect to it.

Stanley J5C09 500 Amp Jump Starter with Compressor
Stanley J5C09 500 Amp Jump Starter with Compressor

Stanley J5C09 500 Amp Jump Starter with Compressor

For camping trips that will take days or long hours on the road, this backup power source is surely going to be very useful. From your little electronic gadgets to your car’s battery and tires, you’ll get everything you need from this power box. To get it camping-ready, all you need to do is charge it at a home outlet. A charge indicator tells you about the battery status and prevents overcharging, while a reverse polarity alarm tells you when things are plugged into the wrong terminals. It’s capable of 500 amperes of starting power and 1,000 peak amperes. It’s got a 12V outlet and a USB outlet for charging different kinds of cell phones and other gadgets. For your car, the package includes heavy-duty metal clamps and No. 6 AWG cables for the battery and a 120 PSI compressor for dealing with flat tires. It’s like having a mini-generator-cum-auto-center you can carry along with a sturdy handle.

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    Coolmon2009 6 years ago from Texas, USA

    I was thinking of buying one of these. Thanks for this useful information on backup power.