Portable power stations have several useful purposes:
• Backup power - They provide an alternative power source in case of power outages or when camping/off the grid. Any device that runs on AC or DC power can potentially run off a power station.
• Power for devices on the go - They allow you to charge and power devices like laptops, phones, lights, fans, mini-fridges, etc. when away from a standard electrical outlet. Useful for road trips, camping, outdoors activities, etc.
• Power tools - They can run and charge power tools, extending their usage away from normal power sources. Handy for work sites without electricity.
• Emergency power - During emergencies when power is out for an extended period, a power station can provide power for essential items like lights, fans, electronics, medical devices, and more.
• Off-grid living - For those living off the grid without traditional electricity, a power station can power smaller appliances and electronic devices when solar power is unavailable.
• Event power - They can provide temporary power for outdoor events when extension cords are impractical, like festivals, tailgating, etc.
The key benefits are portability, versatility and functioning as a backup power source when main power is unavailable. They basically bring the convenience of standard electricity to places where electricity is limited or nonexistent.
The larger the capacity of the power station, the more power it can provide and the longer it can run devices before needing to be recharged. Smaller stations are good for short-term, mobile power, while larger ones work better for more extended outages or off-grid use.