Self-reliance has always been an essential component of overlanding. We can live off-grid by supplying everything we need: water, food, shelter, and power. In this week’s video, we provide an in-depth review of the portable power station we find ourselves using every day. It’s the Renogy Phoenix 300.
There are five factors we use to decide whether to select a piece of gear. A decision-making method is vital because we live in such a small space and are extremely limited in what we can carry with us as we drive around the world.
- Size: how much space will the item take up?
- Weight: how will payload capacity be impacted?
- Functionality: can this item perform more than one function? Are its functions essential?
- Frequency of use: how often will we actually use this item?
- Durability: can this item withstand temperature swings and the rigors of off-roading?
Disclosure: Renogy is one of our 27 gear sponsors. You can always view the full list of our gear sponsors on our blog. Even though Renogy is our partner, we still share the cons of the Phoenix 300 in our video.
Watch our quick and informative gear review:
Renogy makes many smart electrical components for overlanders and RVers. We also have the solar-powered E.Lumen flashlight, several pocket-sized 10000mAh Power Banks for charging our devices on the go, and the E.Flex 50 solar panel that can actually charge our Phoenix 300.
With the E.Flex 50, we don’t need to find an electrical outlet to recharge our portable power station! We can charge the Phoenix 300 back up as long as we have sunlight. Talk about self-reliance.
We only have three weeks left in Mexico. We are so excited to skirt the coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, revisiting old favorites and discovering new ones. Before we know it, we’ll be in Central America!