Bluetti Has Developed an Innovative New Portable Charger

Bluetti has developed an innovative new portable charger. What does this mean for electric vehicle owners?
Written by Andrew Kidd
Reviewed by Kathleen Flear
Jun 15, 2022
One of the biggest concerns for electric vehicle owners is what happens when their car's battery runs dry with no
public charging
within reach. Thankfully, portable battery
technology
has been getting even more efficient, meaning getting stranded at 0% charge could become a thing of the past (unless, of course, you know someone with a Ford F-150 Lightning who can give you a quick boost).
Could the latest offering from Bluetti give electric vehicle owners some peace of mind? Join
Jerry
as we dive in to find out more!

Bluetti’s new high-capacity portable charger

Bluetti has released a new high-capacity portable power station, the
Bluetti AC200MAX
. The AC200MAX is a 62-pound portable battery pack that can help keep your home or electronic devices going for days, whether it's in an emergency or while roughing it in the wilderness (peep that dedicated RV power port; this thing means business).
With an enormous capacity of 2,048 Wh from a 51.2V/40Ah lithium iron phosphate battery, the Bluetti AC200MAX is capable of lasting through 3,500 cycles—or nearly a decade's worth of daily use, and even then it will still maintain 80% of its original capacity.

How much does Bluetti’s portable battery pack cost?

The AC200MAX retails for $1,899, which is a great deal for that much power capacity. Bluetti also offers expansions of up to 8,192Wh for the AC200MAX; the B300 3,072Wh expansion pack is available for $1,999—pricey, but a great deal below the $1/W value goal for the industry.
The 2,200W AC pure sine wave inverter means the AC200MAX can pump out as much as 4,800W of surge power.

Multiple methods of charging

Of course, you need to charge the battery itself before you can use it to charge other electronics. The AC200MAX comes with a 400W AC charging unit for wall charging as well as a variety of solar panel connectors.
With the wall charger, the Bluetti AC200MAX can replenish to a full charge within five to six hours, with the option to run dual-wall chargers to bring that charge time down even more. Bluetti also offers solar panels, which can also be used to recharge the unit.
It also comes with a 12V car charger, though you're probably not going to get much use out of that unless you forgot to charge it before a long road trip. The car charger would take almost 20 hours to charge the power station, so it's not too practical except for small in-transit top-offs.

What can you charge with it?

The Bluetti AC200MAX features four AC 120V/20A outlets, a 120V/30V NEMA TT-30 outlet, four USB-C ports (two 5V/3A and two 18W USB-A), as well as the aforementioned 12V/30A RV outlet, a 12V/10A car outlet and two 12V/10A DC 5521 5.5mm outlets.
On top of all that (literally) are two 15W wireless charging pads for phones and other similarly enabled devices.
Bluetti doesn't specifically mention that you can charge an all-electric vehicle with it, just the standard lead-acid battery. Some users, however, have attempted to charge their
Teslas
with the power unit with limited success.

A market for portable EV chargers

It's promising to see a portable power unit that can unofficially grant a few more miles of range to an electric vehicle, which bodes well for future developments in
battery technology
.
Other power unit manufacturers are already addressing the issue of range anxiety by marketing portable chargers for electric vehicles.
ZipCharge
, for example, is marketing its Go portable charger as being able to provide around 20-40 miles of range depending on vehicle and battery capacity.
It'll be interesting to see if other manufacturers like Bluetti will get into the electric car portable charging game in the near future, especially as batteries continue to get smaller and more efficient.
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