The cleanest, quietest and lightest was to carry power off the grid is a portable power station. Essentially, these are rechargeable battery-powered generators, that you charge at home, and carry with you. The Explorer series units from Jackery are equipped with AC outlet, DC carport and USB charging ports and, depending on the size, can charge electronics and even run small appliances. They range from the 160, with 167 watt-hours of storage to 2000, which stores a whopping 2060 watt-hours of power.
Outdoor Canada associate editor Scott Gardner is currently using the Explorer 300 (top of page), which weighs just seven pounds, to power gear on a remote fishing trip to an outpost cabin in northern Ontario. You can also charge the units in the field via Jackery’s high-efficiency SolarSaga plug-and-play portable solar panels (above), for a light, easy way to stay powered up in the field.