Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Real World Review - Maxoak Bluetti EB240 Power Station

This is an Agenda Free Review of the Maxoak Bluetti EB240 Power Station and in this video, Luke goes over the good and the bad along with all of the points which you need to be aware of before making a purchase.

Is it a good fit for off-grid use?
How does it work with overlanding?
Emergency Use?

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Battery Size : 2400Wh Lithium Polymer battery cell Battery which are automotive cells. (87% of the 2400 is useable)

Price : $1900 retail but finding these for $1600 is common.

Weight : 48.5lbs

Dimensions : 19.43x6.5x14.4”

Included: Power Station, Power brick, Cord and MC4 Solar cable

From the Company :

All-in-1 power station with various outputs: 2*AC outlets for most household appliance under 1000W, 1*DC12V for car powered devices, 1*PD Type-C (Max 45W) for USB-C devices, 4*5V3A(Max) USB.

Review Pros :
Per watt hour, the price of this device is very good; 70 cents pers watt hour, Jackery runs more than 80 cents per watt hour.

Great quality Excellent handle - feels very sturdy and stable Great connectivity options Impressive capacity -

Sine-wave AC ports Regulated DC Port

1000W Draw Inverter (500watts per AC port) The AC ports are pure sine wave 1200W Peak - this is good but not great. It will run 1200 peak for 2 minutes before shutting off.

Features pass through charging; you can charge and use it at the same time.

Protections : built in BMS(battery management system), it has over-load/ over-current/ over-temperature/ over voltage/ low-voltage/short circuit protection.

Comes with a barrel port MC4 solar cable

Screen shows power input and output

Fast charging via AC and Solar : Solar is faster if you can harness the max 500W. - The text says 60v but it will handle up to 67v according to the company

AC takes roughly 12 hours to fully charge. Charging with solar; for 300W input solar energy, the charge time is about 8-8.5Hrs. for 500W solar panel, the charge time is about 5.5-6hrs.

USB can run indefinitely without a load which may be important for some users.

Review Cons :

Inverter could be larger - 1500w would make more sense considering the size.

1200W peak surge protection is a bit low considering the max draw is 1000W so if you plug in a 1000W draw device and it surges initially higher than 1200w, it could trip the device and shut down. Most of the time, the surge is double the draw rating.

Because the device is heavy, it can be a beast to move and maneuver around your vehicle. In your own, it won’t be much of an issue.

Battery level indicator doesn’t show actually percentage points but rather 20% blocks. This translates never knowing exactly how much power remains which I don’t like.

Only 2 AC ports - surprising to see with such a large device

The power brick and the device are very loud when loud that one likely couldn’t sleep with the device charging say at night time. Equivalent to a blow drier on low.

No Anderson power port nor convert cables included.

Lower than 30w draw inverter devices will not show on the screen.

Can’t be charged via vehicle DC which is a problem for overlanding which I find to be a major drawback for this unit. Yes, there are smaller Bluetti models which will charge VIA DC but this one does not.

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