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Best Portable Battery Box For Camping – Our Opinion

In the 21st century, most of us have multiple devices that require a daily recharge. When we go out camping, we often want to power a number of appliances like fridges, lights, fans or heaters too, to ensure we are comfortable and can enjoy ourselves.

Today we are reviewing the best portable battery boxes for camping that will enable you to power and charge devices, appliances, lights and more. Read on and see which external power source best suits your needs next time you head out for a weekend in the bush.

 

Engel Series 2 Smart Battery Box

Hardkorr Heavy Duty Battery Box

Projecta Power-Hub Battery Box

XTM Battery Power Box with USB & Cig Socket


Engel Series 2 Smart Battery Box
Best Value
Hardkorr Heavy Duty Battery Box
Our pick
Projecta Power-Hub Battery Box
XTM Battery Power Box with USB and Cig Socket

44 x 24 x 32.7 cm

45.5 x 24 x 32.5 cm

40 x 23.5 x 33 cm

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Plastic

ABS plastic

Glass-reinforced plastic

Plastic

12V & 24V DC, 240V AC, solar panel

12V & 24V, 4 x 50A Anderson input/outputs

240V AC, DC-DC, Solar panel

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1 x 12V cigarette socket
1 x 12V Engel Posi Fit socket
1 x 240V AC 300W
1 x 52.2 1A USB

2 x 10A 12V cigarette socket,
4 x 50A Anderson inputs/outputs
1 x 175A Anderson,
1 x dual USB

2 x 15A Merit,
2 x 2A USB
1 x Engel
1 x DC terminal
1 x 50A heavy duty
2 x 10A cigarette sockets,
1 x 240V AC

1 x 5V/2.1A USB
1 x 5V/1A USB
1 x 50 AMP connectors,

Lead acid, gel calcium, AGM & LiFeP04 up to 130Ah

Deep cycle, Lithium, AGM, Calcium, Wet, Gel

Up to N70

All

4.62 kg

4.15 kg

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1 year

2 years

1 year

1 year

Best Portable Battery Box For Camping

Engel Series 2 Smart Battery Box

Engel Series 2 Smart Battery Box

Runner Up

Pros
  • 300W modified sine wave inverter
  • Compatible with LiFeP04, Gel, Calcium, AGM and lead-acid batteries
  • Multiple options for charging
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Minor motherboard issue

Here is a product that many people did not know they needed until they started using one. The Engel Series 2 is a great product that can take a standard 12V battery and turn it into a power source that can last up to six days.

It has a load of different power options for 12V lights, to 240V fridges and a USB for your phone or tablet that can operate all at once due to the 300-watt sine wave inverter.

Customer reviews are very positive with people stating they kept a large fridge running for six days (which can be increased with a solar panel sold separately), or that they didn’t need to go into town for ice for a week.

The only negative is a motherboard issue that can occur very rarely but does require a replacement. This battery box is loved by almost all and you simply can't go wrong with buying and using one.

Hardkorr Heavy Duty Battery Box

Hardkorr Heavy Duty Battery Box

Best Value

Pros
  • Affordable
  • Large battery display
  • Suitable for a range of battery types
  • Multiple outlets for charging options
Cons
  • No sine wave inverter
  • Carry handles hurt the hand
  • Can only take smaller batteries

The Hardkorr Heavy Duty Battery box is very similar to the previous Engel Series 2, but at about a third of the overall cost coming in at under $200.

It has multiple output options for charging or powering different appliances or devices and has a nice compact LED display giving you the information you need easily.

The customer satisfaction for this camping battery box is very high, overall it will keep a fridge running for four to five days at a time, will power lights during the early evening for a few days in a row.

The main drawback is lack of AC power - you’ll need a separate inverter for this.

There are many minor issues that don't really affect it too much like the carry handles hurting your hands or after many uses, the cigarette sockets don't hold the cable that well. Overall this is a solid performer that won't break your bank and will keep you powered for a long weekend easily.

Projecta Power-Hub Battery Box

Projecta Power-Hub Battery Box

Our Pick

Pros
  • LCD in full colour
  • 300W Pure sine wave inverter
  • 10 power outlets
Cons
  • Expensive

Projecta produce the Power Hub Battery box which is a much loved portable battery box that will keep your campsite powered for days.

Like the Engels Series 2, the Projecta has a 300-watt sine wave inverter that allows you to power multiple appliances or devices at the same time, even if they run on different volts or amps.

It has a total of ten charging ports, providing you with almost every style or type you could possibly need. You can run a heater on a cold night, along with a light in your tent and charge your phone with zero issues.

There isn't much negative to say about this battery box as customer reviews are all five stars and for $100 less than the Engel, along with more charging options and the ability to use any battery, regardless of size - we feel this is the best battery box on this list.

XTM Battery Power Box with USB and Cig Socket

XTM Battery Power Box with USB and Cig Socket

Best For Charging Phones

Pros
  • Affordable