Its important to make arrangements for backup power if you’re determined not to be a victim of a sudden power outage. Regardless of how you’ve chosen to power your home office, you can’t go wrong if you make arrangements for backup power.
‘Power Banks’ are the most common backup power you’ll find. They’re great because of their mobility and impressive capacities; however, you might find them limiting when setting up power for your home office.. unless you primarily work on your mobile phone or tablet.
Enter Power Stations
I own an Inverter Set but still find my Power Station indispensable. You can’t run your generator all the time, neither should you run your Inverter Set for hours at a stretch without breaks in-between. This is where Power Banks come in.. and even better; Power Stations.
What is the difference between a ‘Power Bank’ and ‘Power Station’
These terms are just common names, both are Power Banks at the end of the day, even your inverter is a Power Bank. Three important differences between a Power Bank and Power Station are:
- Capacity: Power Stations often have much larger capacities, hence their bulky size. Sure, you can carry some models around but you’ll definitely be conscious of the weight.
- AC Output: A Power Bank has only USB outputs; hence, you’re limited to charging only USB devices. With an AC output (socket), you can connect appliances like an extension box, laptop, blender, standing fan, TV, Mini Refrigerator etc.
- Solar charging input: Some models have inbuilt solar controllers so you can hook them up to solar panels. This is more efficient than those advertised on many Power Banks.
I definitely suggest you add a Power Station to your home office / remote work setup. It not only guarantees reliable backup power but allows you take your power with you as you work on-the-go.
You might find them a bit heavy but their benefits far outweigh the extra weight.