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How to Get Electricity While Camping

Looking out a green tent onto a landscape with cars and tents

Camping gives you the chance to take a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life and connect with nature. But it doesn’t have to be a completely rustic experience. If you know how to get electricity while camping, you’ll be able to take comfort from certain modern conveniences.

You have a few choices for obtaining electricity while in the great outdoors. The option that’s best for you will depend on your needs. Let’s take a look at some devices that can power your gadgets while you explore Mother Nature.

Portable Power Bank

In today’s connected society, many of us are joined at the fingertip to our smartphones. A portable power bank keeps your smartphone during your nature retreat. These devices are small, with some types compact enough to fit in your pocket. Some models have multiple USB ports and features such as over-current and short-circuit protection. Portable power banks aren’t just for smartphones; they can also be used to charge MP3 players, tablets, cameras, camcorders and GPS units.

Power Inverter

Not all devices are equipped to receive power via USB. In cases like this, a portable power bank won’t help; your best bet is a power inverter. Power inverters, sometimes called DC-to-AC converters, are similar to portable power banks in that they have USB charging ports. Unlike power banks, power inverters also come with one or more charging sockets that work just like standard wall sockets, allowing you to power laptops and other appliances. Power inverters vary in size, and some are small enough to fit within your car’s cup holder.

Portable Jump-Starter

Like a Swiss Army knife, a portable jump-starter has many uses and applications. These devices are essentially portable batteries that have one or more USB ports to keep your electronics fully charged while you’re out exploring. As its name implies, you can also use a portable jump-starter to boost your car’s dead battery in a matter of seconds. This gives you complete independence when you’re out on the road, so you don’t have to rely on roadside assistance or jump-starts from good Samaritans.

Some portable jump-starters come with portable air compressors that can pump air into flat tires, sports balls and inflatable mattresses. Many are also equipped with LED flashlights that can shed some light on the wilderness around you.

You can stay connected and enjoy creature comforts while camping, but you’ll need a reliable power source. These devices give you the power you need to make the most of your camping experience.

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Warren Clarke View All

I'm a writer and editor who's a regular contributor with the New York Daily News and Carfax, and my content has appeared in over 20 publications. I've written content that covers industries such as automotive, medical, insurance, healthcare, real estate, plumbing, pest control, dental and hospitality.

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