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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with Jackery to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Honda 290 Power Station, which provides 292Wh of power for camping, emergencies, outdoor activities, and more.

The HLS 290 Portable Power Station is a Honda licensed product that's been designed with outdoor enthusiasts in mind, but it's also super useful to have on hand for power outages.

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Priced at $350 on Amazon, the HLS 290 is one of Jackery's largest portable power stations, equipped with two USB-A ports for charging iOS devices and other small electronics, an AC port for charging a laptop or any other device, a 12V input, and a port for connecting an optional solar panel, which is sold separately.

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There's a handy little LCD on the front that lets you know how much charge is left on the battery, and it comes with a handle so you can carry it where it needs to go, from the beach to a night out camping. The HLS 290 Power Station weighs just 6.6 pounds and measures in at nine inches by 7.8 inches by 5.2 inches.

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Jackery says the HLS 290 Power Station has enough juice to charge a laptop up to four times, a tablet up to 14 times, and a smartphone up to 17 times. It's able to power a 32-inch TV for over three hours, and a mini fridge for over three hours. Operation is silent, so it's not noisy like a gas-powered generator.

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The HLS 290 Power Station can be recharged in multiple ways, including a solar panel (sold separately and coming soon, a carport, or an AC wall outlet. According to Jackery, it takes eight hours to recharge over AC or with the car adapter or 10 hours with a 50W solar panel. It has a shelf life of three to six months before the battery needs to be recharged, so you can also keep it around in case of emergency.

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We have two of Jackery's Honda Power Stations to give away. To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

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The contest will run from today (April 12) at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 11:00 a.m. Pacific Time on April 19. The winners will be chosen randomly on April 19 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Portable Honda 290 Power Station for Charging All Your Devices From Jackery
 

CarpalMac

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Cant turn down a chance to win free stuff. I laugh however since Honda probably had zero involvement besides paying to have their name stuck on it. A shame considering their generators designed in house are some of the best out there.
I'll wager it is the other way have round, with Honda being paid a licensing fee for their name to be used.
 

MRrainer

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Looks great. Though backpacking or even biking with it will probably become tedious after a while - 6.6 pounds is around 3kgs (I wish MacRumors would use metric units, or at least do the math)
 

justperry

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I'm a rolling stone.

Jackery says the HLS 290 Power Station has enough juice to charge a laptop up to four times, a tablet up to 14 times, and a smartphone up to 17 times. It's able to power a 32-inch TV for over three hours, and a mini fridge for over three hours. Operation is silent, so it's not noisy like a gas-powered generator.

That makes little sense, Tablets most of the time have much larger batteries.


Begs the question, Lithium cells inside?


$350?

It's just a battery with some step down plugs with a built in inverter

The price isn't that bad If there are Lithium cells inside.

IF so, probably about 30 cells, they don't come cheap.

Edit: Yup


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nutmac

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I wish Jackery would also make a battery that can jump start a car with dead battery. You would think that with Honda in its branding, that would be a standard feature.
 
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Solomani

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It will probably die if you ever attempt to power a 1) toaster oven, 2) a power drill, or 3) an average-sized microwave oven.

Sure it will power/recharge laptops and iPhones…. but then there are already $15 battery/charger bricks for that.
 

Westside guy

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I've already got this one's big brother by another mother - the Goal Zero Yeti 1000. I certainly wouldn't object to winning this smaller, more portable unit - they can be quite handy.

We can usually count on a handful of multi-hour (or even multi-day, less often) power outages during the winter. The worst thing about those outages is the lack of light during the long evenings... a problem the Yeti should address nicely next time around! I've tested it, and it looks like we can have a decent amount of light in the living room for 20-24 hours with the Yeti - plenty for reading or playing board games.
 

Reason077

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290Wh is fine for charging phones and tablets, but it’s way too weak for actually powering appliances in emergencies as suggested in the marketing material.

Really need to be in the >1 kWh range before those uses start to get realistic.
 
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