A Portable Power Station Called ‘a Lifesaver’ for Severe Weather Is $121 Off Before 2024’s First Big Snowstorm


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Just a couple of years ago, portable power stations took over as one of the hottest new pieces of gear to add to your collection. But it quickly became evident that they’re also as essential as a flashlight in cases of extreme weather because they act as a battery backup for phones, laptops, and other important devices if the power goes out. As major cities in the US prepare for the year’s first major snowstorm, Jackery, one of the most popular power station brands, is offering a discount on one of its most affordable models.

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station is on sale for $279—a 20% discount on the original price of $350. But the brand is also offering a $50 coupon, bringing the cost down to just $229, a total savings of $121. The Explorer 300 is a favorite among Amazon shoppers, with over 2,000 sold in the last month and more than 6,700 five-star ratings. It boasts a 4.7-star average and is currently the no. 4 bestseller on Amazon in the outdoor generators category—no small feat.

Jackery Explorer 300 Portable Power Station, $229 (was $350) on Amazon The Jackery Explorer 300 Portable Power Station.

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The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station is the ultimate solution to powering devices if you lose power during a snowstorm. At just about the size of a lunch box, this little power station packs a 293Wh capacity and a 300-watt output power. The brand says that’s enough power to fill up a Nintendo Switch with 40 hours of juice, give the average DSLR camera 15 battery charges, and recharge a drone more than five times.

It features two AC outlets, one input/output USB-C port, one USB-A port, one DC car port, and a fast charge port. It can recharge in as little as two hours when connected to a wall outlet and USB-C port simultaneously, but can also charge in just 4.5 hours off the Jackery solar panel, which is offered in a bundle deal that’s also discounted.

Two years ago, portable power became the new desire of many campers, with Jackery as one of the top names. It took no extra time to figure out just how practical these juice boxes can be in snowy areas as well as those prone to power blackouts in the summer due to excessive use. With machines like the Explorer 300, it became possible to stay connected to forecasted weather, emergency responders, family, and friends when the grid fails.

Jackery Solar Generator 300, $449 (was $579) on Amazon The Jackery Solar Generator 300.

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The customer reviews of the Jackery Explorer 300 are extremely detailed, with firsthand accounts from many shoppers’ experiences. But the biggest theme throughout the reviews is that it comes through in clutch situations when bad weather is expected.

One shopper went as far as calling the Jackery Explorer 300 a “lifesaver,” saying it’s “a must-have for any home or on-the-road usage.”

“I bought my unit a month before we had our Texas winter storm in Feb 2021. We lost power and had rolling brownout for days. This unit was a lifesaver…Once the power went out the Jackery was there to provide constant clean power.”

Other shoppers have already invested in a Jackery power station for snowstorms in years past. “I ordered this portable power source because of the likelihood of temporary power shut down due to our infamous winter blizzards and frigid temperature during the winter months,” one shopper said. “So far so good… I liked the various plugins including two 110 outlets. It is portable and easy to carry and store. I plan to take it with me on any long trips and loan it out to my family to try it out.”

It’s scary to get caught in the dark, especially during a snowstorm. But a little device like the Jackery Explorer 300 can keep you connected and going for hours. With the price down to just $229, which is one of the lowest prices we’ve tracked on Amazon, we’re fully expecting this to shoot back up at some point soon. If you’ve been thinking about adding one to your gear lineup, feel confident opting for this model. 

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