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Portable power for less: Save $130 on a portable generator

From Home Deals: $130 off a portable generator, and the best deals in power to go.

Life is all about having a backup plan, a contingency plan in case things go wrong. Having a portable power source can be a big part of this, so here are some of the best deals for portable power on the go.

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The DuroMax XP4400E, on sale for $279.99 at Amazon, which is $130 off the usual price

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If you are a frequent camper or live in an area with frequent power outages, you need a portable generator. Amazon has a pretty great deal here: a DuroMax XP4400E for $279.95. Normally priced over $400, this generator can run for eight hours on a four-gallon gas tank, producing a sustained 3,500 watts. With two 120V sockets, it could run a couple of large appliances and has enough power to keep your fridge, freezer and a radio or TV going through a long power outage. It also has a 120/240V twist output to run power tools, a 12V output for RV use and comes on wheels so you can easily store it when you don't need it.

If that's more than you need, the Pulsar 1200 might be more suited to your needs. This can produce about 1,200 watts peak power, or 900 watts sustained. Amazon again has the best deal on this at $114.66, while Bed Bath and Beyond has it for just $9 more, at $128.99. The latter offers free shipping, but you can also buy online and pick up in the store. This generator will also run for about 8 hours on a tank of about 1.2 gallons, but it has a two-stroke engine which means that you need to remember to add 2-stroke oil to the gas when you use it. It has a lawnmower-style pull starter.

For more occasional and lighter use, a battery-based portable power source will be a better choice. And the option to charge it from solar power is even more attractive. The Goal Zero Yeti 400 offers 400 watt-hours of power available through two standard 110V sockets, a lighter socket or USB ports. Both Amazon and B&H have this for $370. You can charge the Yeti 400 from a standard wall socket, but you can also add on solar panels that can use the power of the sun. A panel like the Nomad 20 ($190.70 from Walmart, $20 less than the usual $200 price) can charge the Yeti 400, albeit slowly: it would take between 40 and 80 hours of sun to fully charge the Yeti 400. If you add more solar panels, it can charge faster.