Best Value

The EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 is the more expensive brother of the EBL power station 330, which is smaller, lighter, and several hundred dollars cheaper. With the higher price tag of the Voyager 1000, you get more outputs and a larger battery capacity and output power.

Relative to portable power stations from other manufacturers, the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 is priced in line with its competition.  Most cheaper stations have a similar size or are smaller but at the cost of lower energy capacity and output.

Power stations more expensive than this one may have a better battery but usually are less mobile because the stations are bigger and heavier.

Overall, the ratio of size and mobility to battery capacity and output feels like it sits right in that middle spot. It may be too expensive and overpowered for people on a casual weekend getaway but lacks enough power for users wanting backup household electricity for major appliances.

For the perfect situation, say the Goldilocks, of an extended off-the-grid trek traveling with several smaller to mid-sized devices, the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 should feel just right.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

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    Decent battery life for its size and weight
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    Weight and handle make it very camping friendly
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    Ideal for recharging multiple smaller to mid-sized devices off-the-grid for extended periods
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    Solar-powered charging compatibility can extend its off-the-grid energy usage

Things we don't like:

  • check-markCharges itself less quickly than some even larger power stations
  • check-markPricey option for people prioritizing mobility over battery capacity
  • check-markNot ideal for continuously powering major kitchen or household appliances over several consecutive days without recharging battery

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EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000

Specs & Features

  • Battery Capacity: 3.7V/270000mAh
  • Weight: ~19 pounds
  • Dimensions: 11.41 in x 7.95 in x 7.95 in
  • Recharging Input Voltage: 12-26V
  • Recharging Input Power: 150W
  • Solar Charge Input: 12-26V, DC 8A Max
  • AC/DC Input Adapter: 150W max, AC 100-240V (50HZ/60hZ), DC 24V, 6.25A
  • AC Output Voltage: 110V+/- 10%/60Hz
  • DCOutput: 14V 8A
  • Rated Output Power: 1000W
  • Overload Protection Power: 1100+/-80W
  • Wireless Charger: 10W
  • USB Output: 1C3.0/18W
  • Output Type-C: PD60W
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The perfect energy station…for the right Goldilocks

At just under nineteen pounds, The EBL portable power station actually means what it says, it’s portable.  The bright orange handle is very sturdy and makes moving it around very easy, and we quickly found ourselves enjoying moving it around and trying it with different devices.

The EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 is easy to move around and use anywhere for charging
The EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 is easy to move around and use anywhere for charging

Setup and Ease of Use

Our station came with a 50% charge, but the manual and manufacturer both recommend charging it fully before use.  Here was our first (albeit mild) disappointment.

Plugged into an outlet using the provided cords, the station takes seven to eight hours to reach a full charge from zero, based on the manual’s specifications.  Starting at 50%, it took between four and five hours for us to charge completely.  This time presents a palpable difference from other stations such as the Geneverse Homepower One Pro, which started at zero and still reached 100% in about two and a half hours on a battery bigger than the EBL 1000’s.

On the one hand, the longer-than-average charging time isn’t a problem for planners who make sure to charge their station overnight before going on a trip.  However, being able to reach a full charge quickly is a nice strength that, unfortunately, the EBL 1000 doesn’t offer.

EBL Portable Voyager 1000 has a clear display
EBL Portable Voyager 1000 has a clear display

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The light-up display clearly shows the current battery percentage and, while charging up, how much power is going toward charging the battery.  This feature is most helpful when using solar panels to charge the energy station so you can tell how effectively the solar energy is charging the station.

In a tree-saturated neighborhood in a temperate zone’s low-angled November sunshine, we found that charging portable power stations using solar panels was not very effective.

In the case of the EBL 1000, the 6-9 hour labeled charge time would likely be significantly longer.  Given that some latitudes see varying levels of sunlight depending on the season, reaching a full charge on a portable power station purely through sunlight could take several days.

Knowing exactly how much time is remaining until a full charge would make the planning process even easier.  Stations like the Geneverse Homepower One Pro feature a display message while charging indicating how much time is remaining until a full charge.

The EBL 1000 doesn’t offer this display, meaning you’ll have to estimate based on the manual’s directions and whatever wattage the display shows you’re getting.

Outputs

What the EBL 1000 portable power station lacks in charging features, it makes up for in other ways.

The EBL Portable Power Station 1000 has a large range of power outlets
The EBL Portable Power Station 1000 has a large range of power outlets

With three USB outputs, one type-c output, two AC outputs, two DC outputs, a cigarette lighter socket output, a wireless charging pad, and an LED light, it can provide support to a wide range of devices in a variety of ways all at the same time.

You could have a phone wirelessly charging on the top of the unit, a few more phones or tablets plugged into the USB ports, and two laptops plugged into the AC ports all at the same time.

Of course, if you don’t need to charge multiple devices at the same time, you can turn on specific parts of the station without wasting power in other areas. For instance, if you’re just charging your phone, hit the USB button to provide power to just those outputs.  The DC and AC outputs won’t receive any power.

Presumably, this feature helps preserve battery life because you’re not wasting power in other parts of the battery that you’re not actively using.

Overall, the outputs seem to work well, individually and simultaneously.

The EBL Voyager 1000 with a 39” TV and portable game station plugged in
The EBL Voyager 1000 with a 39” TV and portable game station plugged in

The more you have plugged in at the same time, the faster the battery will drain.  When we hooked up our 39” Samsung TV to the ac output and watched a show, in 35 minutes the charger dropped just a couple of percentage points.  When we added our Nintendo Switch as well, the battery dropped faster.

Over two hours of powering the TV and the Nintendo at the same time, the station dropped 10%.  The power station’s fan also kicked on a few times. It was not that noticeable but certainly appreciated as a good sign the unit was working to keep itself cool.

The USB outputs charged the phones faster than when plugging them into the AC outputs with a brick adapter.  Using a phone charger with a brick adapter plugged into the AC output, our 2nd gen iPhone SE went from zero to a hundred percent in about 2.5 hours.  Plugged directly into the USB output, the same phone went from four percent to a full charge in about half that time.

The EBL Portable Power Station 1000 quickly charges smartphones with its wireless charging pad
The EBL Portable Power Station 1000 quickly charges smartphones with its wireless charging pad

Other Features

The wireless charger is a fantastic feature, allowing you to charge a wireless charging compatible phone on the pad, which frees up the USB ports for other devices that need to be plugged in.  When we tested this charging pad, it worked well even with a cell phone still in its case.  It also worked while another phone was charging via a USB output.

The emergency light can illuminate a dark room reasonably well with miniscule battery effects.  We turned on the light while the station was at a 91% charge and then checked it three hours later.  The battery was still at 91%.  Trying again the next day, we turned the light on while at a 91% charge, which stayed at 91% 7 hours later.

The EBL Voyager 1000 has a bright emergency light
The EBL Voyager 1000 has a bright emergency light

Construction and Design

Most everything about the EBL portable power station1000’s construction, durability, display, and user-friendliness present well.  The materials and accessories are of good, durable quality. The bottom corners of the station have a cushioned grip texture that reduces the risk of sliding around on slightly uneven surfaces.

The layout and buttons are intuitive and easy to identify and use.  When powered on, the display lights up, making it easier to use in the dark.  The only helpful feature we feel is missing, is an indicator of time remaining until a full charge.  As we mentioned before, we have seen this feature on at least one other station, and given the EBL 1000 station’s charging time, this addition would be very helpful.

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At just under 19 pounds, the station is too heavy for the typical backpack, but the sturdy handle at its top makes it easy to carry for short to medium distances.

Price/Quality Ratio

The EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 is a good price for users needing a balance of mobility and power.

If your main need is mobility, there are lighter, more affordable options out there.  Within the EBL family, the power station 330 runs several hundred dollars cheaper and is substantially lighter than the 1000.

Outside of the EBL family, you won’t have to look hard to find a portable power station for less than $500 and less than the 19 pounds that the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 weighs.  The EcoFlow RIVER Power Station weighs in at 11 pounds and will run you around $300.

Of course, the cheaper cost and smaller size also mean sacrificing battery life, making the EBL power station 1000 a good middle-of-the-road option.

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On the other hand, if you don’t care that much about mobility and just want the most battery for your buck, the EBL power station 1000 prices itself comparably to or better than other stations that offer much more power.

For instance, the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 rates its battery capacity at 999Wh and can cost as low as $599 from Walmart, meaning you’re spending about $0.60 for every Wh.  This ratio is better than, for example, the EcoFlow Delta Pro, which will get you 3,600 Wh but for a whopping $3,199, making your price-to-power ratio about $0.88 for every Wh.

In short, if you want mobility and a healthy battery life and don’t need to run a basement-sized supercomputer that can predict whether or not a group of con artists will manipulate your casino’s odds of being cheated, the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 offers excellent value for a mobile power station.

Do We Recommend it?

We recommend the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 for the user who needs a balance of battery capacity and mobility.  

If you need a portable energy station for your family’s weekend camping trip involving cell phones, an electric camping stove, and some other smaller items, you can get decent stations for much cheaper that are just as mobile (if not more so) than the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000.  If you’re worried about keeping your house’s major appliances going during an outage that lasts several days, you’ll need to go the other direction and invest in a station with more power.

The EBL portable power station would be great for a team that needs to film and edit drone footage off-the-grid and is lugging around phones, laptops, and drones for days to weeks at a time.

With decent battery life, the station can last days to weeks before depleting with typical use.  In addition, its compatibility with charging while driving and solar-powered charging can further extend a team’s ability to stay off the grid by letting them charge the battery when traveling between sites and in good solar conditions.

Our Overall Review

We have thoroughly tested - and read reviews from other experts and users. In summary, this is what we think:

4.6

Things we like:

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    Decent battery life for its size and weight
  • check-mark
    Weight and handle make it very camping friendly
  • check-mark
    Ideal for recharging multiple smaller to mid-sized devices off-the-grid for extended periods
  • check-mark
    Solar-powered charging compatibility can extend its off-the-grid energy usage

Things we don't like:

  • check-markCharges itself less quickly than some even larger power stations
  • check-markPricey option for people prioritizing mobility over battery capacity
  • check-markNot ideal for continuously powering major kitchen or household appliances over several consecutive days without recharging battery

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FAQ

Frequently asked questions

Are portable power stations worth the money?

Portable power stations can be a great investment for users who are looking for off-the-grid energy or emergency backup power.

Potential customers should consider how much mobility and battery capacity are needed when making a purchase.  Read more about the price/quality ratio for the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 here.

Is EBL a good company for portable power stations?

According to their website, EBL has been making products since 1998.  They exclusively sell batteries, battery chargers, and other accessories related to powering-up electronics, such as solar panels and portable power stations.

Check out our in-depth review of the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 to see how their durable design stacks up against the competition.

Can I use the EBL charger while it is charging?

Yes, but the manufacturer recommends using it after it has finished charging.

Do the wireless charging pads of portable power stations work through a phone case?

Based on our testing of the EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000 with an iPhone 8 with multiple phone cases, yes. We had no issues charging our phones through a case.

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