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Tailgate Gear: More Power to You

By Marshal M. Rosenthal
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Are you the power-hungry type? (After all, everybody does, in fact, want to rule the world.) But what happens when that power runs low or — gasp — runs out?

We all need a plan B in parking lot C or F or wherever we’re tailgating. Fully charged batteries have a way of running low as the tailgate rages on. And getting a charge from that car lighter doesn’t really makes sense, given the price of gas, not to mention the smell of exhaust fumes.

Tailgate Fan has what you need to keep the juice flowing and the party going, day or night, no matter what happens. It’s football season, so the tailgate must go on.

Anker External Battery Charger Power Pack

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Anker Astro3 External Battery Charger Power Pack ($99.99)

This mobile charger is shaped like a hip flask, which is perfect for all those phones and tablets that drink up the power. The 12,000mAH of power can charge three devices simultaneously. And there are no buttons to press; give it a shake to start the charge or light up the LED power indicators. The rubber finish and sturdy construction protect the insides and keep it from looking beat up.

Buy the External Battery Charger Power Pack.

Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern

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Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern ($39.95)

Post-game tailgating can last long into the evening. And don’t get us started on night games. You’re going to need light to see that burger, brat or beer. Plug in this lantern at home to charge it up ahead of time. Or leave it out during the day, attached to a solar panel (sold separately). It should give you a few solid hours of light. But what do you do when that power runs low? Pull out the crank, and charge it again with your own muscles. There’s no need to party in the dark, unless, of course, you want to. The lantern’s USB socket can even power up your mobile device if needed, though a tablet will drain the charge pretty quickly.

Buy the Goal Zero Lighthouse Lantern.

Goal Zero Solar Generator

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Goal Zero Yeti 150 Solar Generator ($199.99)

When you really need power, for charging a laptop or mobile device, or running a fan or light, this portable generator has plenty to spare. And it isn’t limited to just charging USB devices. So grab the pop-up handle and take it where its 12 volt and AC outlet and two USB sockets can do the most good. Stay juiced for your next epic parking lot tailgate.

Buy the Goal Zero Solar Generator.

DuroStar DS4000S Gas Powered Portable Generator

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DuroStar DS4000S Gas-Powered Portable Generator ($479.99)

Battery chargers are fine for small gadgets. But powering appliances and other heavy-duty electronics requires more than a long extension cord. This gas-driven, 7 horsepower portable generator can power your entire tailgate. That’s 3300 watts of electricity over an eight-hour run, with 120 volts powering two 20 amp, three-prong household outlets and 1 30 amp twist lock for high-powered tools. Just fill up the four-gallon tank. A super quiet muffler even keeps the noise level down.

Buy the DuroStar Gas-Powered Portable Generator.

Happy tailgating!

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Marshal M. Rosenthal is a technology, gadget and lifestyle writer based on the West Coast.

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