Sometimes it is the little things we initially overlook that end up making a trip great. One of those often overlooked things is a blender. Now you are probably asking yourself how on earth a blender can make your trip any better, but really it could be just what your camping or tailgating experience was missing. Being able to blend things on the go is surprisingly handy. Sometimes you just need a smoothie or some salsa to put that finishing touch on things. Whether you are going tailgating, camping, boating or just want a poolside drink, having a battery operated blender is a must. There are so many different battery powered blenders on the market that it can be hard to know where to begin this search, which is why we have compiled this list of 5 different battery operated blenders to help make your tailgating, camping, or outdoor experiences great.
Ultimate Guide to Camping and Tailgating Blenders
Things to consider
These portable blenders usually come in two different types: there are immersion and stand blenders.An immersion blender is a handheld blender that you place into the dish to blend it. These are great for blending small quantities of food or drinks, or if you plan to move quickly from pot to pot or dish to dish. They are also ideal for on the go, as they are usually a lot smaller and easier to pack than stand blenders.The stand blender is exactly what it sounds like, your typical blender that sits on a stand. This is best for blending larger quantities of things and is usually better for making smoothies. So step one is to know what type of blender best suits your needs.
Power is an important aspect of a battery powered blender, since they usually have less power than your average blender. Around 12 volts should be all you really need in battery operated blender.
Finally, you will want to know what sort of charge your battery operated blender holds. Since these more portable blenders do not usually have a direct power source, it is important to make sure you know how long your blender is going to last for you.It is important to know whether you will need to pack extra batteries or have a plan in place for recharging the unit. A good battery operated blender should hold a charge for roughly 20 minutes of continuous use.
Our Top 5 Picks
Now that you know what you are looking for in your tailgating, camping, poolside blender, here are our 5 top picks to help you decide which blender is right for you.
The Waring TG15 Tailgater Blender is not exactly battery operated but it is still ideal for tailgating or camping. This 48 oz. portable blender is powered by the cigarette lighter in your car.
This is a stand blender and comes with a 14-foot cord so you can use it quite a ways from your vehicle. This blender has one speed and is a 12 volt blender. It also has a measuring cup insert in the lid and is a 6 cup pitcher-shaped container made of tough plastic. Some reviews did complain that the lid fit a bit too snugly, but overall it is ideal for crushing ice, blending drinks, and making salsa.
- Long cord
- 48 oz.
- Measuring cup insert
The Margaritaville Cordless Frozen Concoction Maker with Re-chargeable Battery is a battery powered blender that can blend up to 20 pitchers (60 drinks) in just one charge. It is a stand blender with a rechargeable 18 volt battery that makes this pretty heavy duty for a battery operated blender.
It has a 36 oz. blending jar that has an easy grip handle. It also has pre-programmed drink settings, plus a manual “blend only” or “shave only” option. This being said, you can alter the consistency of your drinks in this blender. This blender also has a locking lid and the battery is included.
Some people complain that the battery life is on the shorter side and it is larger than the Waring TG15 Tailgater Blender. This could take up a bit of room and it is a tad on the heavy side.
- Easy grip handle
- Multiple speeds/settings
- Locking lid
- Shorter battery life
The “Extreme” Daiquiri Whacker is definitely a stand blender. This blender is unlike any of the previously mentioned blenders, because this one is gas powered. It has two-horse power and it comes with a Mountain Safety Research aluminum fuel bottle for fuel mixing and fuel storage as well as a can of oil to treat the first gallon of gas.
This is a very powerful blender which allows you to control the mixing with the twist grip throttle. With the added power does come added noise. It is rather loud and attention-grabbing, but it is also very fast. This is a 48 oz. blender and you certainly won’t have to worry about running out of battery.
- 48 oz
The Cuisinart CSB-78 Smart Stick Plus Cordless Rechargeable Hand Blender is the only immersion blender on the list. This blender is also cordless, which is a huge plus for an immersion blender — the last thing you want is a cord dragging through your soup or salsa!
It is rechargeable, plugging into an outlet for a quick recharge. Once charged this hand blender should last for 20 minutes of continuous usage. This blender also includes a countertop or wall-mounted storage stand, as well as a mixing / measuring beaker.
Since it is an immersion blender, this is the smallest and easiest to pack or store out of all 5 blenders. It also includes whisk and chopper attachments. The main complaint with this battery powered blender is that it breaks down into 3 pieces and some users found it difficult to reassemble.
- Multiple attachments
- One speed
- Difficult assembly
The GSI Outdoors Vortex Hand Blender is a hand crank stand blender with a capacity of 1.5 liters and a polycarbonate pitcher that is practically unbreakable.
This blender has 2 speeds and a table clamp that firmly locks it down to any table or surface. The clamp is one of the only complaints. Some reviews suggested that they could have used a slightly sturdier clamp with the design. This blender is the only blender mentioned here that runs off of your own self power — no batteries, no gas, no cord.
- Table clamp
- Multiple speeds/settings
- Bit of a workout (could also be considered a pro)
- OK table clamp
Overall, having a battery operated blender or any portable blender can make any trip much more fun. The next time you go tailgating, camping, or even boating, try bringing along a battery powered blender and enjoy your instant party. Any one of these battery blenders is a great option for whipping up some margaritas, salsa, or any sort of drinks you need for your outdoor experience.