As battery technology has improved, rechargeable power blocks are replacing portable gas generators as the preferred source of power in remote camps. Plenty of options exist in this field, but a couple of new products from Yoshino Power have impressed our team.
For general basecamp use, the Yoshina B660-SST model offers everything needed to keep your outdoor devices fully powered. The B660 offers 660 watts of total power output from a solid-state Li-NCM 16.2A battery. That power is accessible through a host of ports – three 120-volt AC plugin outlets, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and two 12-volt DC ports. We used the B660 for a week in camp and found it sufficient to keep three iPhones fully charged (all in pretty heavy use each day as they were used for music in camp, mapping on the trail, and book reading at night). The B660 also recharged our GPS receivers and digital camera batteries. One camper even used it to power her electric teakettle for evening tea each day!
The B660 weighs 16.9 pounds and measures 12 x 10 x 8 inches – about the size of a large toaster. It features a display screen showing the current percentage of charge available and what ports are in use. When charging, it shows the estimated time remaining to achieve a 100-percent charge.
The B660 sells for $699. Buy in now.
For more extensive power needs, Yoshino offers the burly B4000 SST Portable Power Station.
This beast of a power block provides a whopping 4000 watts of go-juice for extended backroads camping, van-life adventures, and even emergency power at home – it will power a full-sized refrigerator for up to 14 hours!
The B4000 features 2 AC outlets (120 volts), two wireless charging plates, two USB-C ports, and two USB-A ports, along with a couple of 12-volt DC ports. The power is stored in a solid-state Li-NCM 54A battery.
Like the B660, the B4000 features a display screen showing the current percentage of charge available and what ports are in use. When charging, it shows the estimated time remaining to achieve a 100-percent charge.
The B4000 tips the scales at just over 53 pounds and sells for $2,799 through September 30, 2023 ($3,299 after that date). Buy now.