Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Suaoki G500 Power Station – Real Overland Review
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Up for review is the Suaoki G500 Power Station.
Agenda Free Link : https://www.amazon.com/SUAOKI-Generators-Portable-Generator-Emergency/dp/B07BDCD9BQ
Price : $490 at the time of filming on Amazon
Weight : 15.15lbs
Plenty of companies who make similar products and I’ve used many and in the future will be reviewing even more. With such devices, I use them for emergency uses, overlanding and travel and also for video/photography trips
Good quality system
Good capacity – 500w which translates to 137,700mAh
Multiple ways to charge the device – solar, AC, DC, wall and cigarette charger
Can be charged via solar with many different types of solar panels – includes an adapter so you can connect to varying types.
Can run anything that is under 300w. If you go over, it will shutoff.
The AC ports will allow for a surge up to 600w so you won’t trip it when you turn on some devices.
Shows AC and DC outputs.
Shows input power
To charge the device fully it takes around 8 hours from the wall.
To charge it via 100W solar panels, I’ve been able to fully charge the device in 2 days; those are real world conditions where I set up the panels and walk away. If you were able to stay with the panels and had optimal conditions, you could charge the device in about 5 hours.
Pure Sine Wave ports ; Pure sine wave inverters produce power which equals – or is better than – the power in your home. Appliances which may not function properly, or which may be permanently damaged, without pure, smooth power will be safe with pure sine inverters. Use these inverters for televisions, laptops, digital microwaves, fridges and other sensitive electronic equipment. Pure Sine inverters can power just about any AC appliance without risk of damage.
Can run all ports at the same time
Holds a charge for a long time with minimal loss.
Even though this is a 500w hour system, only 450w are open to the user; the rest is to protect the battery.
Some low devices won’t register how much they are drawing.
300w is a low rating; there are other power stations which can offer more such as 500w.
Case materials will condensate in certain situations such as a humid overland trip
I wish the power level was in percentages and not the bars. Each bar translates to 20%. It doesn’t provide accurate information. You will never know exactly how much power is left.
Slow charging from vehicle using 12v power. Really slow! With my testing it’s around 6-7 times slower than other power stations. With the DC power, 6-8w max. This is super, super slow as other products can easily do 40w. 12V Cigarette plug can’t fully charge the device and this can be a deal breaker for some people.
Also, if you plan to run a fridge for an example while you are traveling, the device can’t pull enough power from the cigarette lighter port to charge the device – you’ll be draining even when charging.
The overall quality of this device is excellent but for overall overlanding and travel I would recommend looking at other brands which allow for full charging via 12v port unless you are going to rely on solar when off grid.
For home use and limited trips this is a good performer; the price is very competitive and for emergency use I have no problem giving it a positive review. Just keep in mind the device limitations.
Suaoki Brand : I am not overly familiar with this brand as the company is relatively new to the market when compared to more established brands. Because of that, I can’t comment on how well the company stands by their products as far as warranty go; there isn’t enough information available from what research that I have seen online. I did look to see if the company has a phone number listed online and they don’t whereas most companies who do offer similar products do. No phone number in the instruction manual and included documentation.
120W Solar Panels :
Agenda Free Link : https://www.suaoki.com/suaoki-120w-solar-panel/sk_1826266_027742191648.html
Price : $290
Weight : 10.8lbs
Measurements : 20.87 x 20.75 x 2.36 inches
Good size, easy to setup.
Easy to clean
Small size when folded
Stand works but isn’t the most sturdy
build in charge controller – can charge devices directly including laptop or even your car battery with the alligator clips.