One month ago, Amazon-first gadget brands Aukey and Mpow suddenly and mysteriously disappeared from the giant online retailer’s storefront, with almost all their electronics vanishing from Amazon’s shelves. Today, popular battery and charger brand RavPower has completely disappeared as well — and Amazon now confirms to The Verge that it was the one that removed RavPower from its store, and that it removed Aukey and Mpow previously. It also appears to have removed Vava and TaoTronics, two other brands from RavPower’s parent company Sunvalley; read our new story here.
Amazon hasn’t yet said why it took the action on RavPower, but it’s not hard to imagine what happened here. On Sunday, The Wall Street Journal’s Nicole Nguyen ran a story about how her new RavPower charger included an offer for a $35 gift card in exchange for a review, something that Amazon confirmed was a violation of company policy. Amazon banned incentivized reviews in 2016. Nguyen tweeted about RavPower’s removal earlier today:
As a result, all of RavPower’s product listings have disappeared, leaving blank white spaces in the company’s Amazon storefront. Searches for “RavPower” don’t bring up any listings for products made by the company. Existing links to RavPower products either point to Amazon’s “Sorry, we couldn’t find that page” cute 404 dogs, or listings that read “Currently unavailable.”
By and large, this is exactly what happened to Aukey, Mpow, and other lesser-known electronics retailers last month — except here, Amazon has been a bit more thorough. You can actually still find a couple of Aukey listings on Amazon, while RavPower seems to have none.
Another important difference may be that RavPower has its own separate online shop that ranks high in Google search, so it may not strictly need to depend on Amazon. RavPower didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.
Amazon would not tell us last month if it actually removed Aukey and Mpow, merely giving us a generic statement that suggested it generally suspends sellers that violate “the integrity of our store,” but it confirmed both removals to The Verge today. At the time, Aukey and Mpow didn’t respond to requests for comment.
Fake, inflated, paid, and other forms of scammy reviews run rampant on Amazon (and other online platforms, to be fair), and I see suspicious-looking cards in my random Amazon purchases all the time. It’s weird to think that RavPower would need to stoop to this behavior, though: we’ve regularly featured good products that the company makes, including our favorite wireless charging pad.
Amazon is actively trying to clamp down on this kind of fraud, though it’s not always successful. In a Wednesday blog post that explains some of its enforcement efforts, the company says it “stopped more than 200 million suspected fake reviews before they were ever seen by a customer” in 2020.
Below, find some of our recent coverage.
Update, 1:46PM ET: Added a link to Amazon’s blog post on Wednesday that generically describes some of its enforcement efforts around fake and incentivized reviews.
Update, 3:55PM ET: Added confirmation from Amazon that it removed RavPower.
Update, 4:24PM ET: Added confirmation from Amazon that it removed Aukey and Mpow, too.
Update June 17th, 3:17PM ET: Added that Amazon has reportedly suspended sister brands Vava and TaoTronics, too.
Wherever you are and whatever you’re doing, safety comes first. It’s SCE’s top priority in everything we do. Electricity can be dangerous, and when it comes to keeping your family safe at home, it’s smart to be aware of common hazards. SCE provides the following tips and recommendations for information only. SCE does not make any warranty or representation about any specific information, and you are responsible for researching and understanding all of the risks associated with installation, connection and use of an electric powered generator you use. Any action you take upon the information provided is strictly at your own risk, and SCE will not be liable for any losses or damages in connection therewith.
Connecting to a Portable Generator
If you need your portable generator to be wired directly to your home, you are required by law to notify us first at 1-800-655-4555. You should only use a qualified installer or licensed electrician to connect any type of power generator.
Connecting generators directly to household circuits creates “back feed,” which presents a danger to our repair crews.
Choosing the Right Generator
There are two main types of backup generators you can consider for your business. Down below you will find information on both electric generators and gas generators. Each has its own characteristics, benefits and disadvantages which you should research before purchasing.
Connecting a portable electric generator directly to your household wiring can be extremely dangerous, even deadly, to you and others if it is not done correctly. Do not connect your generator directly to your home's wiring or into a regular household outlet. Always start or stop the generator only when no electrical loads are connected. Overloading your generator can seriously damage your valuable appliances and electronics.
Do not overload the generator. A portable electric generator should be used only when necessary, and only to power essential equipment. Use the proper power cords. Plug individual appliances into the generator using heavy-duty, outdoor-rated cords with a wire gauge adequate for the appliance load. Overloaded cords can cause fires or equipment damage. Do not use extension cords with exposed wires or worn shielding.
Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal-burning devices inside a home, garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Keep these devices outdoors, away from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide (CO) to come indoors. Never operate the generators in wet conditions such as rain or snow.
Opening doors and windows or using fans will not prevent CO buildup in the home. Although CO can't be seen or smelled, it can rapidly lead to full incapacitation and death. Even if you cannot smell exhaust fumes, you may still be exposed to CO. You should always use CO detectors and make sure that they are in good working order. If you start to feel sick, dizzy, or weak while using a generator, get to fresh air RIGHT AWAY - DO NOT DELAY.
Generator engines vibrate and create noise. Excessive noise and vibration could lead to hearing loss and fatigue that may affect job performance. Keep generators far away from work areas and gathering spaces. Wear hearing protection if this is not possible.
Always keep children and pets away from portable generators. Many generator components are hot enough to burn you during operation.
Before refueling, shut down the generator and allow it to cool. Gasoline and other generator fuels should be stored and transported in approved containers that are properly designed and marked for their contents and vented.
Keep fuel containers away from flame producing and heat generating devices. Do not smoke around fuel containers. Escaping vapors or vapors from spilled materials can travel to ignition sources.
Do not store generator fuels in your home. Store fuels away from living areas.
Gas generators store the extra gas in an ANSI-approved container in a cool, well-ventilated place.
Gasoline is extremely flammable and explosive.
Select the Right Outlet
To keep your family safe from electrical shock, ensure that you or your qualified installer or licensed electrician install ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlets in the kitchen, bathrooms, garages, and anyplace where electrical devices can come in contact with water. Other places to use GFCIs: around the swimming pool or spa, and where you use power tools and gardening equipment. GFCI outlets can sense unsafe electrical hazards and they automatically shut off power before a serious injury or electrocution occurs.
To learn more about installing GFCI outlets, consult a qualified and licensed electrician.
Be Careful with Plugs & Cords
Most of us use outlets and plugs every day. These common-sense tips are a good reminder.
- Grasp the plug, not the cord, to remove a power cord from an outlet
- Never use nails or staples to attach a cord
- Don’t kink, twist, bind, or walk on power cords
- Check your appliances periodically to make sure cords are in good condition
- Repair or replace cords that are damaged or brittle
- Three-pronged plugs absolutely need that grounding pin – never try to remove it
- Put plastic safety caps in all unused wall outlets
- Select an extension cord that is properly rated for your intended use
- Never overload extension cords or wall sockets
- Choose extension cords that are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory, such as UL, CSA, or ETA
Never Mix Water & Electricity
Water conducts electricity, and water that’s been in contact with electricity can be deadly. Remember:
- Keep electrical appliances and power tools away from water
- Never use electrical appliances in the shower or bath
- Dry your hands thoroughly before reaching for anything powered by electricity
Get to Know Your Home’s Fuse Box
Are you familiar with your home’s electrical system? It's important to know how to reset the circuit breakers and replace fuses in case of power outage. Use extreme caution whenever you’re working on the electrical system, and if you are not confident about doing the job safely, contact a qualified, licensed electrician.
If the power’s still out after you turn the main switch back on, report it online or call us at 1-800-611-1911.
What to Do if There’s an Electrical Fire?
The best way to put out an electrical fire is with a fire extinguisher. Additionally, remember these tips.
- Call 911
- Never throw water on an electrical fire – you could be electrocuted
- Baking soda can be used to help extinguish an electrical fire
- If there’s smoke, fire, or a strange odor coming from wires, appliances, or electric motors, turn off both the appliance and the circuit breakers or fuse box’s main switch
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Portable power stations are the smaller, lesser-known cousins of generators. They keep your power tools, phone and other electronics charged and running smoothly. These versatile, lunch-box-size power bank gadgets can go with you to construction sites, on camping trips or wherever else you need electricity and there is not a single wall outlet to be found. They're also useful as a backup power source during a power outage when you need to keep your phone or an essential appliance powered up and are without a generator or some other portable power supply.
I tested and reviewed seven portable power stations ranging in price from $270 to $1,200 to compile this list. I focused exclusively on rechargeable battery-powered models, including one with a solar charging add-on, but gas generator models are also available. While each power station provides mobile power in a compact design, each portable generator has a different design and range of features. I put each battery pack device through its portable charger paces and considered factors such as battery life, wattage, power output, type of charging ports the power station offered (at least one USB port was a must!) and more.
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Keep in mind that the prices I note below for each portable power station may change as retailers introduce sales and other updates. I'll do my best to check in regularly so they reflect the most recent pricing.
That's it! It's time to find the best portable power station for your needs.
Editors' note: Due to the pandemic and recent power outages, demand for portable power stations has been outpacing supply. One of the models listed below, the Rockpals 300W, is currently out of stock and the Klein Tools KTB5 has been going in and out of stock. Keep checking back because availability at online retailers is subject to change.
Best portable power station overall
Jackery Explorer 1000Megan Wollerton/CNET
The Jackery Explorer 1000 is by far the most well-rounded portable power station of the bunch. At 22 pounds, this powerful generator is fairly compact, especially compared with the 44-pound Ego Nexus model. Despite this Jackery portable power station's smaller size, it manages to make space for three three-prong outlets, two USB-C ports, two standard USB-A ports and more to use for your power supply and for charging your devices.
Its display is easy to read, too, and it dominated the performance tests, exceeding its expected battery power run time of 3 hours and 2 minutes (with three work lights connected to it) by an average of 8.5 minutes. For an additional $500, you can tack on a portable solar panel pack and use it as a solar generator for solar power when you're camping.
- Price (Amazon): $1,000
- Watt-hours: 1,002
- Weight: 22 pounds
Best midrange power station
Klein Tools KTB5 (Update: Out of stock)Megan Wollerton/CNET
When you don't need something quite as powerful as the Jackery Explorer 1000, the Klein Tools KTB5 is an excellent option. While it has roughly half the battery capacity watt-hours of the Jackery generator, it's still a solid portable power station performer with a lot of power.
Complete with two three-prong outlets, two USB-C ports and two USB-A ports, this midrange portable power station will charge pretty much anything you'll ever need to, from a CPAP machine to small appliances to your computer. Bonus: This power bank did well in my performance tests, averaging just 2 minutes less than its expected run time of 2 hours and 29 minutes (with two lights connected to it).
- Price (Walmart): $500
- Watt-hours: 546
- Weight: 12 pounds
Best budget power station
Rockpals 300W (Update: Unavailable)Megan Wollerton/CNET
The Rockpals 300W is my favorite affordable portable power station. Not only did this portable power station average 2.5 minutes over the expected 2-hour 33-minute run time (with one work light connected), it's only 7.5 pounds and has a ton of options, ranging from one three-prong outlet to four USB-A ports and a handful of other features to use for your portable power supply.
I know $197 isn't exactly budget, but it's the most affordable model I tested -- and its strong performance and solid lineup of features give this power bank even more value.
- Price (Amazon): $197
- Watt-hours: 280
- Weight: 7.5 pounds
How we test
Before diving into how I tested these things, here's a list of the models I looked at:
Every company that sells portable power stations provides the expected number of watt-hours its products are supposed to last. For the Goal Zero Yeti 200x, that's 187 watt-hours; for the Paxcess 300W, it's 288 watt-hours. The Jackery Explorer 1000 claims 1,002 watt-hours.
That means if you run a device with a 1-watt output on the Yeti 200x, it should last for about 187 hours. You'd get 288 hours from the Paxcess model and a whooping 1,002 hours using the Jackery generator. For reference, a USB-C iPhone charger draws up to 18 watts, a 3-quart Instant Pot draws 700 watts and a standard microwave draws around 600 to 1,200 watts, depending on the model.
Since I didn't have a 1-watt device to test (wait, are there any 1-watt devices out there?) and because I don't have over 187 hours to test a single power station, our labs manager, Steve Conaway, devised a clever plan: I'd use 110-watt, 10,000-lumen portable LED work lights (here are the exact ones I used).
For example, if you divide the Yeti 200x's 187 expected watt-hours by 110 (the number of watts in one of the work lights), you get 1.7. Then my accountant husband helped me convert each decimal into each power station's expected run time. 1.7 equals an expected run time of 1 hour and 42 minutes from fully charged to zero (when the light turned off).
I plugged a work light into the Goal Zero Yeti 200x, Rockpals 300W and Paxcess 300W. The higher-watt-hour Blackfire PAC500 and Klein Tools KTB5 each ran two work lights, again, to reduce the test time. And the two largest generators, the Jackery Explorer 1000 and the Ego Nexus 3000 PST3042, each ran three work lights per test.
I ran two identical tests with each of the seven power stations to track consistency and rule out any anomalous results. In the end, each one performed pretty close to the expected run time.
|Price||Watt-hours||Expected run time||Actual average run time||Actual vs. expected run time||Number of lights|
|Goal Zero Yeti 200x||$300||187||1 hour, 42 minutes||1 hour, 33 minutes||9 minutes less than expected||1|
|Rockpals 300W||$270||280||2 hours, 33 minutes||2 hours, 35 minutes, 30 seconds||2.5 minutes more than expected||1|
|Paxcess 300W||$300||288||2 hours, 37 minutes||2 hours, 19 minutes||18 minutes less than expected||1|
|Blackfire PAC500||$500||546||2 hours, 29 minutes|
Editor's note, June 23: Prime Day has officially ended at Amazon, but Walmart's sale continues through Wednesday. Check out the best Prime Day deals still available and some of our favorite deals that are hanging on.
Amazon Prime Day has come and gone for the year. But if you're in the market for a portable power station, you're in luck. Amazon still has lots of deals available on these battery-powered portable generators, whether you need one to go with you on camping trips, to construction sites or anywhere else you might need electricity off the grid.
Here are some of the best deals on portable power stations we've found post-Prime Day, thanks to some Amazon coupons. Note that prices were accurate at the time of publication, but may fluctuate.
EF Ecoflow Portable Power Station River: $279
EF Ecoflow Portable Power Station River includes three three-prong outlets, two USB-A outlets and one USB-C outlet, and can power up to 10 devices simultaneously. It's currently on sale at Amazon for $349, with an additional $70 off coupon, bringing the price down to $279.
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We’ve all forgotten to plug our phone in overnight or before a night out, only for our phone to die a sad, quick death halfway through our commute. Even if you’re OK with carrying a phone charger with you everywhere you go, you still have to hope there’s a free outlet to use (and even then, you’re stuck by your phone). Save yourself the trouble of lugging around extra wires, and just invest in a portable battery pack that gives our smartphones a boost on-the-go.
Most battery packs aren’t device-specific, and can be used for iPhones, Androids and everything in-between. Some are external packs, and even have multiple USB ports for charging more than one device at a time. Others masquerade as phone cases, protecting your device while giving it enough juice to get you through until your next full charge. The best part? None are over $31.
Take a look at some of our favorite budget-friendly power banks and charging cases from Amazon.
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Portable Charger Power Bank 24800mAh High Capacity External Battery
This sleek and portable charger is a great little device. Built with 4 LED lights to indicate how much power it has, there’s no need to keep track of how many charges this has done. Built to stop overheating and overcharging, it can charge two devices at once with ease.
Get It: Pick up the Portable Charger Power Bank 24800mAh High Capacity External Battery ($28 with coupon) at Amazon.GET IT!
Anker PowerCore 10000
This charger is small, but it’s certainly mighty. Plug in that phone or tablet and get a quick charge. Consider the over 11,000 reviews a testament to the quality of the PowerCore.
Get It: Pick up the Anker PowerCore 10000 ($28 with coupon) at Amazon.GET IT!
Aduro 20,000mAh Battery Pack Power Bank
This powerful and compact battery pack has 2 USB ports, plus it can charge most smartphones up to seven times before needing a charge itself. Tablet user? You’re covered for up to two and a half charges.
Get It: Pick up the Aduro 20,000mAh Battery Pack Power Bank ($30 with coupon) at Amazon.GET IT!
GETIHU Portable Charger LED Display 10000mAh Power Bank
This power bank comes with an LED flashlight, so you’re covered in the case of any emergencies. It’s no bigger than an iPhone, plus can charge two devices at once, all at rapid speed.
Get It: Pick up the GETIHU Portable Charger LED Display 10000mAh Power Bank ($16 with coupon) at Amazon.GET IT!
INIU Portable Charger 10000mAh Power Bank
Like the Getihu option, this also has an LED flashlight. However, instead of an LCD screen, it comes with a pawprint-shaped charge indicator. Plus, over 1,600 reviewers claim it gives them a speedy charge on every device they pair it with.
Get It: Pick up the INIU Portable Charger 10000mAh Power Bank ($17 with coupon) at Amazon.GET IT!
Power Bank 25000mAh Portable Charger Battery Pack
This power bank can charge 3 devices at once. It’s also a high capacity power bank—it can give an iPhone X a full charge six times over before it needs to be recharged itself. Reviewers say it’s the best for long trips and travel.
Get It: Pick up the Power Bank 25000mAh Portable Charger Battery Pack ($30 with coupon) at Amazon.
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