What is a power station? A quick guide

Written by: Jon Duffy



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You’ve probably heard of power banks – handy portable power units, ideal for keeping your phone, headphones and other electronic devices charged up while you’re on the go. But what is a power station? Maplin are here to help you with all of your portable power questions!

Off-grid power

Power stations, also known as powerpacks, are essentially super-sized power banks. They’re ideal for off grid outdoor activities such as glamping, cabins and market stalls. It’s even possible to use them as a basic backup energy source during a power cut.


Most power stations feature multiple connectivity options, so you can keep all your devices powered up while you’re away from home or the office. In addition to AC and DC charging, many also include USB ports to keep everything from phones to laptops charged, wherever you are.

Portable design

Although they’re far larger than power banks, power stations are still designed to be a portable power solution. They have a lightweight design, often weighing just a few kilograms, and feature handles to make them easier to carry.

Plenty of power

Ideal for everything from outdoor DIY to a luxurious glamping experience, power stations provide plenty of power. They can charge everything from cordless tools and USB fans all the way up to games consoles and music systems!

Curious to learn more? Explore our Power Stations range and find the ideal match for your needs today!   

About the author

Jon Duffy is a Digital Merchandiser at Maplin.

An avid gamer from a young age, Jon has dabbled in gaming journalism and dedicates much of his spare time to this hobby. He also has an interest in music, playing bass guitar in a rock covers band.

Having previously worked as a copywriter with another electronics retailer, he was eager to join Maplin with their new online venture. In addition to writing blogs, Jon also works on many of the website's landing pages and adding new tech to the range.