I have spent over 40 hours researching portable solar power stations for my Allpowers solar generator review. There are 4 generators in Allpowers’ power station range. Individual reviews cover:
- Its construction
- The Inverter
- Input & output ports
- The ways it can be recharged
- Recommended solar panels
- Comparison with a similar solar generator
- Customer reviews
- Pros & cons
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|MonsterX 2000W 1500Wh Portable Power Station||$1899.00|
|500W 606Wh Portable Power Station||$469,99|
|300W 288Wh Portable Power Station||$249.99|
|100W 154Wh Portable Power Bank||$159.99|
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Allpowers Solar Generator Review
“Allpower solar generators are portable batteries with built-in solar charge controllers and inverters. They are recharged with solar panels, mains electricity, a vehicle cig port, or type USB-C. Designed to provide electrical power for devices and appliances in an off-grid setting. The generators are invaluable as backups during electricity cuts, power outages, and emergency situations.”
Allpowers MonsterX 2000W 1500Wh Portable Power Station
MonsterX is the largest portable solar generator in Allpowers stable, and it is very versatile. It can be charged and used around the home, out of a vehicle, or boat and is excellent for camping.
Its weight might initially put you off 31.97lbs/14.5Kg, but its capabilities will make you think again. Because this unit is potent for its size and super handy for providing real power in emergency situations.
|MonsterX 2000W Solar Generator|
|Continuous Power Output||2000w|
|Peak Surge Output||3300w|
|Dimensions||14.76 × 9.64 × 9.84inch/375 × 245 × 250mm|
The MonsterX provides a capacity of 1500Wh, 405.4Ah, and a 3.7 nominal cell voltage. Follow this link if you want to know more about nominal cell voltage.
Battery cell chemistry is Lithium-Ion managed by an onboard battery management system (BMS). The BMS provides overload, overcharging, over-voltage, short circuits, and over-temperature protection.
Information is provided by a built-in LCD screen showing the generator’s state of charge, recharging rates, and power output. There is a remote control capability via an app you can download to a device like a smartphone. The app supports both IOS and Android.
An industrial design gives it a modern look, but it is of sturdy construction and finished with carrying handles.
There are 11 output ports, including fast charging, and they can all be used at once. But sadly, no micro-USB or wireless charging pad.
- 4 x AC
- 13V10A Car
- Type-C QC 3.0: 5V3A/9V3A/12V2.25A(PD 27W Max)
- Type-C QC 3.0: 5V3A/9V3A/12V3A/15V3A/20V3A(PD 2-Way 60W Max)
- USB-1/USB-3: 5V3.5A/9V2.5A/12V2A
- USB-2/USB-4: 5V3.5A/9V2.5A/12V2A
- USB-1+USB-3/USB-2+USB-4: 5V2.4A+5V2.4A
Anything with a rechargeable battery like a cell phone (150 charges) or laptop (12 charges) can be recharged with the MonsterX. The charge times for the cell phone and laptop depend on the device’s wattage and battery capacity.
Let’s take a look at some estimated device running times;
- 1000w Microwave, 1hr 10mins
- 1200w Coffee maker, 1hr 5mins
- 1150w Electric grill, 1hr
- 500w Blender, 3hrs
- 900w Pressure cooker, 1hr 15 mins
- 60w mini cooler, 21hrs
- 2000w Hair Dryer, 45mins
Carrying the MonsterX around in the trunk if you own an electric vehicle will help with emergencies. If you run out of juice, it will recharge your car battery, giving you 7½ to 9 miles to find a recharge point.
The pure sine wave inverter will power any AC appliance rated under 2000w, with peak power demand less than 3300w. These include a 10w bulb for 160hrs +, a 65w car refrigerator for 25hrs, and a 1500w electric saw for 1.6hrs. There are loads of other examples on Allpower’s website.
When it comes to inverters, they can be tricky cutting out if the load is too high, for instance. Keeping the total load to a maximum of 1500w is a good idea. If you were using a hairdryer with a 1000w load. I would unplug everything else that would take the total load over 1500w.
- AC: 400W(Max.100-240V)
- DC: Anderson 200W(12-36V,7AMax)
- Solar: 5.5mm 200W(12-36V,7AMax)
Unfortunately, there isn’t a car charging cig input port. But that can be easily remedied by buying a separate car power converter with a 5.5 connection.
Charging 3 ways
- Mains Electricity
- Solar Panels
- Type C-USB
The MonsterX can be recharged quickly in 4 hours with mains electricity and 24 hours with a type C-USB. Using all three charging methods at the same time will cut the recharge time to 2.5 – 3hrs. So you won’t have to hang around for long if you are in a hurry.
Charging with solar panels
Allpowers recommends using their 18V polycrystalline panels to charge the MonsterX. I am assuming the 18V refers to the panel’s VMP, not the usual 12V classification. Allpowers say that multiple solar panels must be connected in parallel.
Typically Allpowers polycrystalline panels will produce around 60% of their power output. So you would need 2 x 100w panels under full sunlight to achieve a 6hrs recharge time.
I must confess that I am confused by this because I can’t see 120w of solar recharging the MonsterX in 6 hours. So if, like me, you are a bit dubious about it, use monocrystalline panels like the Renogy Eclipse 100w Solar Suitcase.
As far as I am aware, Allpowers supply an MC4 to Anderson and a 5.5mm adapter with the MonsterX. If that isn’t the case, please let me know in the comments section.
Bear in mind while the MonsterX is charging, you can’t charge devices or power appliances. If you are about and about using it, you will have to plan when you will recharge.
Allpowers MonsterX v’s Jackery Explorer 1500
Compared to the Jackery, the MonsterX has a slightly lower watt-hour rating 1534Wh v 1500Wh. But has a higher inverter output 1800w v’s 2000w. Jackery doesn’t provide peak output information.
Both generators have Lithium-Ion battery chemistry and a similar BMS. The Jackery is 3.2lbs heavier and slightly larger but is just as sturdy and well constructed. The MonsterX claims 800 to 1000 cycle life span, while Jackery claims 500 to 80% capacity.
As far as the output ports are concerned, the Jackery has fewer, but it does have QC 3,0. It also has a car cig recharge port, but unlike the MonsterX, it doesn’t have a remote control capability via an app.
Allpowers warranty is 18 months, and Jackery 24months the Jackery is $300.00 cheaper at $1,599.00. With the Jackery being less expensive, it might prove to be a draw. But the specifications are not as high as the MonsterX. According to the claimed cycle life span, you would be replacing the Jackery long before the MonsterX.
Follow this link to look more closely at the Jackery Explorer 1500
What can I say? There are 7 reviews for MonsterX, 3 on the well-known reseller site, and 4 on Allpower’s. At the time of writing, they are all 5-star and praise the solar generator. Some had problems they had to take to customer service, which was dealt with promptly.
Check out a MonsterX review video from Ozark Overland Adventures;
- Long-running time
- Fast recharging 2.5hrs – 3hrs using all three charging methods
- 11 output ports that can be used simultaneously
- Remote monitoring via the mobile app
- Inexpensive solar panel options
- 2000 watt inverter (3300 peak)
- 800 to 1000 cycles
- Fast Charging Ports
- Good quality construction
- Great customer service
- No car cig charging
- No wireless charging
- No micro-USB port
- Lighter than some others it’s still heavy
Even with loads of output options, 800 to 1000 cycles, a big inverter, and great customer reviews. You may feel the cost is still a little steep, but you could always wait for the MonsterX to come on sale.
Allpowers 500W 606Wh Portable Power Station
The 500w is a mid-range solar generator that is great for powering longer camping trips and outings. Recharging with solar panels or in-car charging can extend your adventures by weeks.
It is powerful enough to run a portable fridge overnight and other appliances and devices during the day. If you experience a power cut at home, it will keep your wi-fi going and your devices charged.
|500w Solar Generator|
|Continuous Power Output||500w|
|Peak Surge Output||1000w|
|Dimensions||10.4 x 5.5 x 7inch/26.3 x 14 x 18cm|
The 606Wh is well made and durable with a capacity of 164Ah at 3.7 nominal cell voltage. I couldn’t find any information about the generator’s cycles, so I contacted Allpowers. They replied within 3 minutes, saying,
“After 800-1000 cycles, the battery capacity drops to 80%. You can still continue to use the battery.”
Battery cell chemistry is Lithium-Ion and incorporates a BMS that will take care of any problems. Backed up with a built-in MPPT solar charge controller, you won’t have to worry about overcharging.
A handy built-in LCD screen provides you with vital information about the unit’s state of charge etc. To make monitoring your system easier, you can use a BlueTooth wi-fi connection with a downloadable app. Saving you from having to get on your knees to see the information.
Equipped with handy LED lights on either side of the unit, you won’t be floundering in the dark. A fold-down carry handle, along with its 11.7lbs/5.3kg weight, makes it easy to move around and transport. Its compact square nature will allow you to find a space for it in any vehicle or boat.
The 500w pure sine wave inverter has a peak capacity total of 1000w; you will be able to power appliances such as;
- 40w mini-fridge, 12-13hrs
- 30w speaker,17-18hrs
- 50w fan, 10hrs
- 10w lightbulb, 52hrs
- 120w kettle, 4hrs
- 60w laptop, 8 recharges
Because you can charge and discharge the power station at the same time, you can extend the hour usage. For instance, if it is a bright sunny day and you are powering a mini-fridge, and you hook the station to a solar panel. The power going in will balance the power going out.
Say the panel is pulling 50w in per hour, and the mini-fridge is using 40w per hour. It means that you would have a net gain of 20w. The extra 20w is dissipated, but your power station should remain fully charged while the sun is out. If the power station isn’t fully charged, the additional 20w will go towards recharging it.
606Wh Output Ports
The 606W has 8 output ports that can power up to 9 devices at the same time;
- 2 x AC: 220V/50Hz
- 3 x USB: 3: 5V/3A(Max)
- 1 x Type- QC 3.0 in and out: PD5-20V(60W/100W)
- 1 x DC: 12V/5A(Max)
- 1 x Vehicle Cig: 12-13.6V/10A(Max.
The USB ports can be used to charge any device, and there is also a fast-charging capability if you are in a hurry. Typically the unit will recharge;
- 5w mobile phone: 100 recharges
- 10w camera 52 recharges
Unfortunately, there isn’t a wireless recharge pad which I must admit would have been nice.
606Wh Input Ports
There are 3 input ports, two of which can be used simultaneously to speed up charging.
- Mains wall outlet; 6-7hrs
- Type-C USB: Remember this is for both in and out.
- Solar Panels; 6-7hrs
The unit can also be recharged via your vehicle’s cig port and used while it is recharging.
As I mentioned earlier, recharging can be speeded up by using 2 charging methods together. Either a mains wall socket with the type-C USB or the wall socket with solar panels. Allpowers say this will recharge the 606Wh from 0%-100% in 3hrs.
Using With Solar Panels
Solar panel input must be100-watts (max), which Allpowers say will recharge the unit in 6-7hrs. But you will want to take care of your solar generator and not allow it to discharge below 70% to 80%. So it shouldn’t take as long as that to recharge in full sunlight.
Discharging below 70% to 80% will reduce the solar generator’s life, and discharging to 0% regularly will kill it.
As I mentioned in the Monster X review, 100w polycrystalline solar panels are available from Allpowers. You can take a look at them here;
You can also use Allpower’s Sunpower 100w multi-folding monocrystalline solar charger. You can look at it here:
If you opt for using a 100w panel you already own, it will likely have MC4 connectors. So you may need an MC4 to Anderson adapter cable available on Allpower’s website.
Allpowers 500W Vs. Rich Solar X500 Lithium Portable Power Station
The Rich Solar X500 has slightly less capacity 540Wh than the Allpowers 606Wh, but the inverter outputs are the same. The builds are very similar, with the 606wh coming in marginally lighter by 7.05oz/200g but similar dimensions.
They will both run 9 devices at the same time, have fast charging ports, but the X500 has one less USB port. When it comes to solar, the X500 can handle up to 200w, which suggests faster charging. However, it doesn’t have Bluetooth capability, and it can’t be recharged by USB-C.
Both can be used while recharging, and both are claiming 1000 cycles, then 80% capacity after that. Rich Solar is offering a 24-month warranty, 6 months longer than Allpowers. When it comes to pricing, the 606Wh is $30.00 cheaper than the X500. This means that the Allpower’s represents better value for money per watt-hour $0.77 v’s $0.94.
Follow this link to look more closely at the Rich Solar X500
Unfortunately, there are no reviews on Allpower’s website, but there are on the famous resellers. The review score is 4 out of 5-stars and a total of 44 ratings. But I couldn’t understand why 9 ratings gave 3 stars or less, so I investigated further.
3 of the ratings were without comments, so I immediately discarded them, leaving me with 6 to look at more closely. The 3-star rating was a complaint about a missing cable and poor instructions.
I can only assume they bought the generator and panel separately instead of buying them as a package. Because buying a package has all necessary cables are included.
The 1-star reviews have 5 comments 3 had a technical fault and don’t say if they were resolved. The other 2 were complaining their solar generators arrived uncharged. They come uncharged, and you have to charge them using a wall socket. This is the way Allpowers send them out for delivery.
I don’t know why they send them out that way. I guess it must be something to do with sending a live battery out by courier.
Check out a 500w review video from Spencer Hogg;
- Good value for money
- 800-1000 cycles
- Bluetooth for remote monitoring
- 4 Ways to recharge
- Can be used while being recharged
- 9 devices can be powered simultaneously
- 606Wh capacity
- 500w inverter
- Loads of ports
- The manual and instructions are not the best
- Delivery of an uncharged solar generator is confusing
- No wireless charging pad
- Limited solar input for charging
The 606Wh does have some short cummings but represents good value for money per watt-hour.
Allpowers 300W 288Wh Portable Power Station
The 288Wh is a much smaller solar generator suitable for off-grid emergency backup power. Helpful to use out of an RV, camper, trailer, and boat, or for days out, garden parties, and short trips.
The 300w isn’t going to set the world on fire with its inverter capacity. But it will provide lighting and electronic device charging when no other power source is available.
|300w Solar Generator|
|Continuous Power Output||300w|
|Peak Surge Output||500w|
|Dimensions||8.1 x 6.5 x 4.3inch/20.6 x 16.5 x 11cm|
The 288Wh construction is similar to the 606wh, but its capacity is 78Ah at 3.7 nominal cell voltage. Because its battery chemistry is Lithium-Ion, the onboard battery management system provides safety features. Such as:
Allpowers say the solar generator will last between 800 and 1000 cycles and will operate at 80% capacity after that. So with everyday use, you should still be charging your devices in 5 or 6 years.
It is best not to discharge it below 50% of its capacity to get the most extended life out of the power station. I know, in the 500w review I said, 70% to 80% depth of discharge (DOD). But if you want to achieve 800 to 1000 cycles, discharging to 50% maximum is best.
You can monitor the power stations (DOD) with the built-in LCD screen, which also shows data such as;
- Charge and discharge wattage
- Time before the power station is full or empty
- The balance between watts going in to watts going out
- Use of DC or AC
- If the fan is on
The screen feature showing wattage in and out means the station can charge and discharge simultaneously. Information can be checked on your phone using Bluetooth and IOS or Android apps. As well as being able to remotely monitor the station with the app you can also control its functions.
Like the 500w model, the unit is finished with a carry handle and LED’s to illuminate the night. As a lighter (7.5lbs/3.41Kg) and more compact power station, you will find it easy to move around. With dimensions of 8.1 x 6.5 x 4.3inch/20.6 x 16.5 x 11cm, finding space during transportation won’t be a problem.
The 228Wh has a built-in 300w pure sine wave continuous power inverter with a peak output of 500w. It can power AC appliances like:
- 60w 30 inch LCD TV, 4-5hrs
- 20w Light Bulb, 14hrs
- 40w Mini-fridge, 7hrs
- 30w Speaker, 8hrs
- 75w Printer, 4hrs
- 125w Games console, 2hrs
- 120w Kettle. 2hrs
Individual appliances attached to the solar generator must consume less than 300w of power. It also applies to multiple connections. Wattage must not exceed 300w; otherwise, the inverter will cut out.
288Wh Output Ports
A small power station 288Wh has 9 output ports satisfying the needs of people who like multiple outputs.
- 2 x AC; 110v/60Hz 2A；220V-240V
- 3 x USB; 3: 5V/3A (Max)
- 1 x Type-C QC 3.0 (in and out); 5V/3A,9V/3A,12V/3A,20V/3A (PD 60W at Max)
- 1 xDC; 12V/5A (Max)
- Cig; 12V/10A (Max)
- Wireless Pad; 5V 2.1A
Device recharge times look like this;
- 5w Cell phone; 55 – 60 recharges. (A smartphone depending on it’s capacity will be much less, base it on the laptop recharge rates)
- 10w Camera; 28 recharges
- 60w Laptop; 4-5 recharges
It’s nice to see Allpowers fitted the 288wh with a wireless pad, a welcome addition.
I know the Allpowers website says you can power 9 devices simultaneously. This is wrong, it is 5, and it’s unlikely you would attach 9 devices to a small unit like this anyway.
288Wh Input Ports
With 4 input ports, the 300w can be charged 4 ways;
- AC; 110v/60Hz 2A – 220V-240V (the adapter is supplied with the unit)
- Solar Panels; 12V-22V/3.2A(Max)
- Vehicle Cig; 12V-22V/ 3.2A (12V vehicle battery only)
- Type-C QC 3.0 (in and out); 5V/3A,9V/3A,12V/3A,20V/3A (PD 60W at Max)
Unlike the 606Wh, it is impossible to speed recharge rates by using more than one charging method. Allpowers say a wall socket will recharge the power station in 5-6hrs, and vehicle Cig and Type-C 6-7 hours. Recharging times are from 0%, and they say the wall socket will charge from 0% to 80% in 3.6 hours.
Unless you buy a package with solar panels, the only recharging cable included with shipping is the AC wall socket.
Using The 288Wh With Solar Panels
Solar input is managed by a built-in MPPT solar charge controller and recharges in 7-8hrs. Once again, I am confused by the 18V solar panel recommended rating. Allpowers say the power station will recharge using other manufacturers’ solar panels with an Anderson connection.
The manual says that the MPPT will accept solar between 16.6V – 22V with a 3.2A max current. That sounds like a 60w solar panel, but they also say it will take a 12v 100w panel.
If you already have a 100w solar panel, I would look at its VMP to ensure it is under 22V. In an Allpowers question and answers section, I noticed that the MPPT regulates the solar input to 60w.
You might be thinking you can save a few dollars by buying an Allpowers 60w panel. But you would be better served by purchasing a 100w. Mainly because you might achieve 60w in full sunlight but in cloudy and hazy conditions substantially less.
A 100w solar panel will help compensate when weather conditions are unfavorable for sunlight collection.
Allpowers 288Wh Vs. EcoFlow RIVER 288Wh Portable Power Station
The River and the Allpowers have the same watt-hour capacity, but that is where the similarity ends. The River has a 600w inverter with a peak output of 1200w, and EcoFlow says it can be as high as 1800w.
EcoFlow River has an extra AC, DC, USB-C port and can charge 10 devices simultaneously. Using its X Stream Technology, it can be recharged in 1.6hrs and 0% to 80% in 1hr. Using EcoFlow’s 110w solar panel, the recharge time is 3hrs and the vehicle charger 3.5hrs.
It has remote control via Bluetooth, and its capacity can be increased to 576Wh with an expandable battery. Several connection cables are shipped with the River, and it has a 24-month warranty.
Sounds impressive, doesn’t it?
But the River is rated at 500 cycles compared to Allpowers 800 – 1000. The River is also larger, 11.3 x 7.3 x 7.7 and heavier by 4lbs/1.59Kg, and can’t be recharged with a type-C connection.
Without a wireless charging pad costing $100 more than the Allpowers, its shine might have already dimmed in your mind.
Or maybe not, and you are now hungry to find out more information about the EcoFlow River.
I am unable to provide an effective customer review report for the 288Ah. The famous reseller’s site has reviews for the previous 372Wh mixed in, and I couldn’t unravel them. But for what it’s worth, there are 192 reviews with a 4.2 out of 5-star rating.
Looking through the 3-star reviews and less. The complaints seem to be based on faulty units, reseller complaints, and higher expectations than the power station can deliver.
The easiest way to make sure that you do not get caught out by a faulty unit is to;
- Purchase from Allpowers things don’t always turn out well using 3rd party resellers.
- As soon as the unit is delivered go to Allpowers website and register the warranty. You can find the link under the tab called support on the top right hand side of the page.
- If the product is faulty, report it straight away. If you can, back it up with photographic or video evidence.
Remember, the 228Wh solar generator isn’t meant for heavy-duty use. It can run AC appliances under 300w for short periods. It is not a solution designed for use to reduce your electricity bill. You would need a much larger power station to achieve that, like the MonsterX.
There are 3 reviews on the Allpowers website, two five-star, and one 4-star. I have noticed a couple of comments about the app saying they couldn’t find the English version.
Check out a 300w review video from ChargeDCrew;
- Competitively Priced
- Loads of output ports for a small unit
- Multiple charging options
- Wireless charging pad
- Mppt charge controller
- Great portability
- Dual in and out QC 3.00 quick charging port
- 800 to 1000 cycles
- Reliable off-grid back-up power
- The solar panel setup is confusing unless you use Allpowers own panels
- I’ve mentioned it before the manual is confusing
- Limited capacity
- If you don’t buy a power station/solar panel package deal you only receive one cable with the unit.
Remember, the Allpowers 288wh solar generator is a smaller battery, despite the hype in the product description. It might not have the capacity to perform the tasks you want it to.
If you have higher expectations than the specifications, you should look at a more significant capacity generator, like the Allpowers 500W 606Wh Portable Power Station.
Allpowers 100W 154Wh Portable Power Bank
The 154Wh power bank is designed to bridge the gap between a full-blown power station and a small power bank.
I feel it’s a bit too big to fit into a pack for backpacking or hiking. But for use around camp, from your vehicle, days out, at the beach, in the forest, or by a lake, it’s perfect.
If you live in an apartment where space is at a premium, it can be used during a power outage. Providing some light and charging small electronic devices like a smartphone until mains power returns.
|100w Solar Generator|
|Continuous Power Output||100w|
|Peak Surge Output||120w|
|Dimensions||7.87 x 6.7 x 1.96 inch/20 x 17 x 4.8cm|
The 154Wh is the smallest and lightest Allpowers solar generator with a capacity of 41.6Ah at 3.7 nominal cell voltage. Keeping you and your battery safe is handled by the power station’s battery management system.
If you keep the power bank’s depth of discharge (DOD) to a maximum of 50%, you should achieve 800 to 1000 life cycles. The built-in LCD display will help you get the most extended life from your generator. As well as showing current DOD, it shows:
- Remaining running hours
- Power going in (in watts)
- DC watts you are using
- AC watts you are using
About the size of a large hardback book 7.87 x 6.7 x 1.96 inch/20 x 17 x 4.8cm, and weighing 3lbs/1.37Kg. You will find it easy to transport in a vehicle or in a pack for days out picnicking or camping.
The unit doesn’t have a built-in light, but you can solve this by plugging a USB light into one of the ports.
The edition of a wireless output charging port for QI-enabled smartphones is a nice touch. To activate it, you simply place your device on the pad, and charging will begin.
As a small, simple, affordable plug-and-play solar generator, the 154Wh isn’t as powerful as larger units, so you must manage your expectations.
The 100w inverter has a 120 peak output which means you can power AC appliances rated under 100w. So it’s not meant for powering fridges, microwaves, TVs, or any larger device.
AC and DC output is managed by a switch on the side of the unit. You can use either but not at the same time. For instance, you cannot power an AC fan at the same time as using a DC port to charge a smartphone. You must flip the switch to AC to charge the fan and to DC to charge the phone.
Equipped with modified sine wave technology, it isn’t compatible with sensitive electronic equipment. But you don’t need to worry about it because you won’t be powering medical equipment and appliances with AC motors.
Using the inverter, you can power AC appliances like:
- 20w Air pump, 6hrs
- 10w LED Light, 12hrs
- 5w Mini fan, 25hrs
- 10w Radio, 12hrs
- 30w Bulb, 5hrs
- 45w Laptop, 3 recharges
154Wh Output Ports
The 154w has 6 output ports;
- 2 x AC; 220V 60Hz
- 2 x USB: 2 5V2.4A (Max)
- 1 x Type-C: 5V3A
- Wireless charging pad; 5V2.1A (Max) – Frequency 110-205 KHz
The number of device recharge’s vary depending on battery size and wattage;
- 2000mAh 3.7V smartphone; 17 recharges
- 1000mAh 7.4V drone; 17 recharges
- 45w laptop; 3 recharges
154Wh Input Ports
There are 2 ways you can charge the 154w with the AC wall socket provided or solar panels.
- AC wall socket; 220V 60Hz
- Solar panels; 18V/2A (Max)
It will take around 5-6 hrs to recharge from empty using the AC wall socket.
Pass-through charging is possible, but Allpowers say it should only be used in an emergency. I would take this advice seriously. Because charging the unit and powering devices at the same time will reduce the 154w’s lifespan.
Charging The 154Wh With Solar Panels
Solar charging is achieved through the DC5525 input (5.5mm) on the side of the unit next to the DC/AC switch. Again, it will take 5-6hrs to fully charge the unit in full sunlight.
I know that Allpowers literature says a 100w solar panel is suitable to charge the unit.
Without going into technicalities, a 40 – 60 watt panel should be used for solar charging.
A solar panel less than 40w will not generate enough volts to charge the power bank.
If you use a panel you already own, it will likely have MC4 connectors. You would need an MC4 to DC5525 connector cable, and the same applies if you buy a separate non-Allpowers panel.
You can look at my guide to 50w Solar panels here: What are the best 50 watt 12V portable solar panels?
Or you can use Allpowers 60W Monocrystalline Solar Panel, which is shipped with a DC5525 connector cable.
If you want to keep things simple and want a plug-and-play no-nonsense solution, the Allpowers panel will be best.
Allpowers 154W Vs. ACOPOWER PS100 Portable Power Station
The Allpowers and ACOPOWER are both 154w solar generators, but the PS100 is claiming a 200w inverter. My research has found that the 200w is a maximum output, and the continuous power isn’t stated. I will leave that with you to think about.
However, it is a pure sine wave inverter, so you could run a CPAP from it but not for very long. The built-in MPPT charge controller will ensure the most efficient solar conversion. It is worth noting that Allpowers don’t say if the solar charge controller is MPPT or PWM.
ACOPOWER says the power station will last 1200 cycles compared to the Allpowers 800 to 1000. The PS100 is larger in length and depth but shorter in width and is 1.52oz/43g heavier. So apart from the shape, they are roughly the same size and weight.
But, the ACOPOWER doesn’t have an LED screen to monitor the unit or a wireless pad and has only one AC output port. On the plus side. It has a built-in LED light, QC 3.0 port, and carry handle.
However, the PS100 is about $30.00 more expensive and only has a 12-month warranty. With the Allpowers costing less, having a longer warranty, and the extra tech. You might feel the PS100 is a little basic for the price. But to take a closer look at it, follow this link; ACOPOWER PS100 Power Station.
The famous reseller website has 17 ratings with a score of 4.1 out of 5-stars. Looking at the reviews of 3-stars or less, there is only one written review at the time of writing. This review describes an unrealistic expectation of the 154w power station’s capabilities.
It even has pictures showing the unit powering a standing lamp during a power outage. If this is the way it has been used over an extended period, no wonder it is now dead. Over discharging is one of the fastest ways of killing any solar generator.
Allpowers website has 5 reviews, three 5-star, one 4 -star, and one 3-star complaining about a delivery delay. I would say overall, the Allpowers 100W 154Wh Portable Power Bank has pretty good reviews.
Check out a 154w review video from Iridium242;
- Great price point
- LCD Screen
- Light weight
- 6 output ports
- Wireless charging pad
- 100w AC output capability
- 2 ways to charge including solar
- Very portable
- The instruction for use in the manual are not clear
- Modified sine wave inverter
- Can’t Use AC and DC at the same time
The 154w is perfect for use as backup power for short trips and days out. Charging devices, providing light, running fans, and maybe powering a small radio. It has a great price point and can be used in the event of a power outage or emergency.
However, you need to keep your expectations realistic. If you want more out of your power station, you need to look at something with a larger capacity. Consider taking a look at the Allpowers 500W 606Wh Portable Power Station.
My Closing Thoughts
I hope my presentation of Allpowers 4 solar generators has helped clarify the different battery capabilities. You must choose the right power station for the way you want to use it.
If you choose a power station based on the price instead of its capacity, you will be disappointed. Better to wait until you have the money if your solar generator requirement is currently more than you can afford.
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