Product Review: Schumacher Instant Portable Power

By:  Jim & Melinda Tanner

20th Dec, 17

While we love "boondocking" (RVing with no hook-ups).... we still have a few items we need to keep charged in order play music or our GPS that we use riding our dirt bikes.

We've used a Schumacher XP2260 1200 Peak Amp Instant Portable Power Source and Jump Starter unit for about 6 years. I can't count how many times we've used it over the years. It is a solid "work horse" and has never failed to perform. It's an impressive tool! We've used it for big jobs such as jump starting cars and filling tires to the proper air small jobs such as charging phones and laptops.

Last summer, we were camping, and we ended up in a heat wave. It was over 100 degrees for 5 days straight, which is not typical summer camping weather for us! The power unit came to our rescue as we used it to operate a small fan inside our RV. Having air moving around the RV made a huge difference....!

We mainly use the Schumacher "Instant Portable Power" during our camping trips, however, we were so impressed with it....that we now have an additional one that remains in our truck for those rare yet surprising "just in case" moments.

I charge the units about 3 times a year. Yep..... it's amazing how well it maintains a charge. Another great feature ... it comes with a sealed lead acid battery which allows for storage in any position.

In the end.... the Schumacher "Instant Portable Power" unit is hands down one of the best purchases that we have made over the years. We like it so much we included it on our "15 Practical Gift Ideas for RV Enthusiasts" along with some of our other favorite gadgets we use in our Heartland Bighorn.

*A version of this article was originally published on It is published here with permission. All opinions expressed are solely those of the author.*

Jim & Melinda Tanner

Jim & Melinda Tanner

About Melinda and Jim......

We met at Oregon State University. Jim currently works in the high technology industry while Melinda works in Education. 

We have 2 boys and enjoy camping as a family and being in the outdoors.

Jim grew up in Oregon and Melinda, having moved from Virginia, has come to love the Pacific Northwest's vast outdoor/camping opportunities.