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Never Lose Power: How to Charge Your Laptop and Phone When Camping

Never Lose Power: How to Charge Your Laptop and Phone When Camping

Camping is a great way to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and reconnect with nature. However, our reliance on electronic devices like laptops and smartphones has grown exponentially, making it almost impossible to completely unplug, even when out in the wilderness. Whether you need to stay connected for safety, work, or entertainment, keeping your devices powered up can be a challenge.

So, how do you charge your laptop and phone while camping? Let's explore five practical methods that can help you keep your devices juiced up while you're enjoying the great outdoors.

1. Portable Power Banks

Portable power banks are a must-have for any modern-day camper. They have become more efficient and affordable over the years and come in a variety of sizes and capacities.

To ensure your devices stay powered throughout your camping trip, consider investing in a high-capacity power bank, ideally above 20,000mAh. This can charge a smartphone several times over and even fully charge a laptop once or twice.

Power banks are easy to use — just plug in your device using a USB cable and let it charge. Remember, though, you'll need to charge the power bank before you leave for your trip. Some models also come with solar charging capabilities, which can be handy during extended camping trips.

2. Solar Chargers

Another increasingly popular option for charging devices while camping is a solar charger. Solar chargers harness the power of the sun to charge your devices and are an eco-friendly and sustainable power solution.

Portable solar panels come in various sizes, from compact models that can charge a single device to larger panels capable of charging multiple devices or even powering small appliances.

Though the efficiency of solar chargers can be affected by weather conditions, most modern models are quite effective even in cloudy conditions. However, if you're camping in a heavily forested area, you might have trouble finding a good spot to set up your solar charger.

3. Hand Crank Chargers

While they may not be the most efficient or convenient option, hand crank chargers can be a real lifesaver in an emergency. As the name suggests, these chargers generate power through a hand crank mechanism.

Though it might take a considerable amount of cranking to fully charge a device, these chargers can give you enough power to make an emergency call or send a text when you're out of other options. They're typically compact and lightweight, making them a good backup power source to have in your pack.

4. Car Chargers

If you're car camping, using your vehicle's battery to charge your devices is another viable option. Most modern cars come with USB ports, but if yours doesn't, you can use a car power inverter.

A car power inverter converts your car's DC power into AC power that your devices can use. Remember that using your car battery to charge your devices can drain the battery, though, so make sure you start your car and let it run for a bit to recharge the battery.

5. Portable Power Stations

Portable power stations are the most powerful and versatile charging solution for camping. They're essentially large batteries that can power multiple devices simultaneously, including laptops, smartphones, and even small appliances like a mini-fridge.

Most power stations come with a variety of output ports, including USB, AC, and DC. While they're more expensive and heavier than other options, they offer the most reliable and convenient way to keep your devices charged while camping.

Introduce the Ark portable power station

The Ark 1800W Portable Power Station is a groundbreaking innovation in the world of portable energy solutions. It holds the distinction as the first-ever IP67-rated dustproof and waterproof power station, designed to remain operational even in challenging conditions such as sea spray or sudden rain showers. This high level of protection is made possible through its unique waterproof panel drainage system and waterproof fans.

The Ark doesn't just stand out for its waterproof qualities; it also boasts a rapid recharge speed and a substantial power capacity. Its 1500Wh energy reserve can be replenished in a speedy two-hour window, providing a trustworthy power source during camping trips or unexpected power outages.

To accommodate various environments and needs, the Ark supports multiple charging methods. You can harness the power of the sun with up to 500W solar charging, plug into a standard AC outlet, or even use your car or RV for charging. This versatility makes it an invaluable power solution when you're in remote or outdoor locations.

Beyond its charging capabilities, the Ark also impresses with its output. It comes with four AC power outputs and seven DC outputs, delivering a potent 1800W of power that can surge up to 3300W. This means you can power multiple devices simultaneously without any issues.

The Ark is designed with longevity and safety in mind. It offers up to 35 types of protection to ensure stable power delivery in various situations. It's engineered to last, with a life expectancy of up to 10 years or a durability of 1,000 charge cycles to 80% capacity while retaining optimal battery health.

As a final touch, the Ark 1800W Portable Power Station includes a built-in light for added utility. Simply pressing the "Light" button turns it on or off, while holding the button for a few seconds activates an SOS mode – a potentially life-saving feature in emergency situations.


Keeping your devices charged while camping doesn't have to be a daunting task. With a variety of options available, from portable power banks to solar chargers and hand crank chargers, there's a solution for every camper and every situation.

Before you head out on your next camping trip, consider your power needs and choose the charging solution that best fits your requirements and budget. And remember, while staying connected is important, don't forget to enjoy the beauty of nature and the joy of camping!