Jackery HLS 290 Review.
Jackery recently partnered with Honda to produce a top selling, battery-powered portable power station (generators).
It features 292 watt-hour energy storage that’s 100% emission-free.
No fumes or exhaust means you can safely use it indoors!
So far it has received positive ratings — buyers love its light-weight feel and affordable price.
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Jackery HLS 290 Review:
The Explorer 440 is a light-weight, portable power station that’s perfect for recreation or travel.
As a versatile generator it comes with multiple ports and can power appliances under 200 watts.
Weight: 6.6 pounds
It’s compatible with mostly any AC or USB-powered device — ideal for recharging smart phones, laptops, tablets or headphones.
Here’s a quick overview of what you can charge.
Smartphones 17 times Tablet 14 times 32″ TV 3.4-hours Laptop 4 times Mini Fridge 3.4-hours
Reading reviews, buyers use the Jackery HLS 290 for a variety of purposes:
outdoor parties, camping trips, tailgating, fishing, outdoor festivals, road-trips
It’s not a heavy-duty portable generator for multiple day usage, but should do the trick for basic electronics.
Also makes a good backup generator for emergencies (hurricanes, floods, etc).
The lightest in its class at 12.57 pounds, campers and outdoor enthusiasts say it’s one of the best portable generators for outdoor activities.
Similar-size generators can weigh 2-3x as much.
Here’s a list of the ports for charging devices and recharging the HLS 290 itself.
Type PortCharging Input (DC, 8mm)12V – 30V (42W Max)DC Output (Car port)DC 13.3V (up to 10A)USB Output2 USB-A ports (5V 2.4A)AC Output110VAC, 60Hz, 200W (continuous), 400W Max
The Jackery HLS 290 also includes a Battery Management System (BMS) which protects it from short circuit, voltage control, temperature changes and other scenarios.
There’s even a built-in LED flashlight with SOS mode.
When you need to recharge, here’s how long you can expect it to take.
- Wall outlet: 8-hour recharge
- Car charger: 8-hour recharge
- 2nd generator: 8-hour recharge
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The Jackery Explorer offers multiple ports + adapters for charging.
- Jackery HLS 290
- AV charger
- Car adapter
- Carrying bag
- User guide
- (Optional) 50W solar panel
Jackery HLS 290 Review:
Since it’s battery-powered, buyers like its ability to be used indoors — you won’t have to worry about exhaust fumes, gasoline leaks, fuel smells, or flammability.
Buyers like the simple, straight-forward controls as well.
The Jackery HLS 290 includes a backlit LCD screen showing you how much power is left (before needing to recharge) + approximate time left.
If you need a larger or smaller model, perhaps one of the Jackery Explorer portable power stations are a better solution:
Jackery Power Station Capacity Output iPhone Recharges WeightExplorer 160167Wh100W123.84 lbsHonda 290290Wh200W176.6 lbsExplorer 240240Wh200W18 6.6 lbsExplorer 440440Wh400W2812.57 lbsExplorer 500500Wh500W3413.32 lbs
Jackery Honda HLS 290:
- Peak Capacity: 292Wh
- Dimensions: 9 x 7.8 x 5.2 inches
- Weight: 6.6 pounds
- Recharge: 8-10 hours
- Built-in LED flashlight (with SOS mode)
- LCD screen with battery life info
- Battery Management System (BMS)
Jackery 290 Power Station Review:
Whether it’s for a 2-3 day camping trip, backpacking trip, weekend getaway, tailgating, or powering outdoor lights/music — the Jackery HLS 290 is an excellent option.
It’s also great for a backup-power source in case of emergencies.
What buyers like most is its light-weight feel and easy portability. Weighing only 6.6 pounds makes it super easy to take with you.
So far it’s gotten very good buyer reviews.
If you’re looking for an affordable power supply for small appliances, outdoor usage, or backup-energy, the Jackery HLS 290 power station is worth considering.
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