BigBlue Cellpowa500 Transportable Energy Station Assessment

BigBlue Cellpowa500 Transportable Energy Station Assessment
BigBlue Cellpowa500 Transportable Energy Station Assessment

We have reviewed fairly various transportable energy stations, a few of which stretch the definition of “transportable”. Whereas many of those merchandise can clearly meet any energy want throughout an outage or an emergency, not everybody requires 3000W or extra of energy, particularly for a fast journey open air or when spending all day working someplace missing publicly accessible energy retailers. That is the place BigBlue’s Cellpowa500 (CP500) is available in. We lately examined the ability station to see what it could ship and had been happy with the outcomes.

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It is positively refreshing to overview a conveyable energy station that will not pressure one’s again when attempting to raise it. In fact, its 17.2lb (7.8kg) weight isn’t any laughing matter, however it’s nothing in comparison with a few of the hulking energy stations in the marketplace. The decreased weight does imply this mannequin skimps a bit in terms of battery capability, which we’ll get to later, however it’s necessary to notice the CP500 wasn’t designed for a similar type of utilization situations as these bigger merchandise.

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BigBlue designed Cellpowa500 to be straightforward to hold for brief outside actions off the grid. Along with its comparatively mild weight, the CP500 sports activities a retractable deal with, the design of which makes it simpler to hold the gadget whereas avoiding problem when it is time to put the ability station in storage. That mentioned, the highest of the box-shaped gadget has a curved floor that is lower than splendid for putting objects, as they could slide off.

The CP500’s design is spartan with a concentrate on comfort greater than anything. All the enter and output ports are positioned on the entrance in order that cables do not run from all sides. The fan vents are positioned solely on the left facet, that means you solely must thoughts the air flow on one facet. The gadget’s again, in the meantime, has a big LED mild with two depth settings and a blinking SOS mode. Because of this, you will not must accept a slim beam of sunshine when fumbling in the dead of night.

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Battery and Output

As talked about, the BigBlue Cellpowa500 sacrifices battery capability for portability, however that is not a knock towards it. Everybody has completely different wants, and the CP500 meets these wants for a lot of shoppers. For some customers, the ability station’s 537.6Wh battery is sufficient to get them via the day, particularly given the opposite advantages the gadget presents.

Regardless of its compact dimension, there’s a port accessible for each sort of gadget and want, together with two 120V AC retailers, a automobile charger, two barrel-type DC outputs, a DC enter for the AC charger and photo voltaic panels, two USB-A ports, and two 60W USB-C ports. The CP500’s capability and output means it could cost or energy up nearly something, together with a 45W automobile fridge. The 60W USB-C output, nevertheless, won’t be enough for some laptops. Customers in nations the place 200V AC or greater is the norm can even wish to pay attention to the ability station’s limitations in that regard.

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The Cellpowa500 additionally has some nifty options that make up for its smaller battery dimension. You’ll be able to, for instance, use all of the output ports on the similar time, although naturally that can drain the battery quicker. It’s also possible to use DC passthrough, which implies you need to use DC output whereas charging the ability station. Sadly, that will not work for the AC retailers as a consequence of security measures.

BigBlue additionally packed fairly just a few different security options inside this small field. Along with utilizing a safer LiFePo4 battery, the CP500 additionally options over-charge, over-current, and overheating safeguards and can robotically shut down ports that exceed the security limits.


Like all transportable energy station, the 500W battery will not final perpetually and it will ultimately must be recharged. The smaller battery, comparatively talking, means the CP500 fees quicker than bigger fashions, plus BigBlue included options to make the method even quicker.

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The Cellpowa500 helps your typical charging choices, together with automobile charger, AC, photo voltaic, and USB-C. When utilizing a single supply, it’ll take at the very least 6 hours to completely recharge the ability station’s battery; if you happen to’re utilizing a automobile charger, it will naturally take longer as a result of decrease energy output. What makes the CP500 particular is its help for combining DC and USB-C charging to hurry up the method, finally lowering how lengthy it takes the ability station to recharge. When utilizing the AC adapter and the 2 USB-C ports for enter, the CP500 can go from zero to full in round 2 hours.

BigBlue’s energy station additionally helps photo voltaic charging, after all, however it makes use of the identical DC enter because the AC charger, so you possibly can’t use each strategies on the similar time. The corporate sells its personal set of photo voltaic panels for that function, and the CP500 helps the MPTT tech to make it even quicker.

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With the rise in energy interruptions brought on by inclement climate situations throughout the nation, the necessity for different energy sources has additionally risen. There is a energy station in the marketplace that covers practically each utilization situation and finances, however some shoppers merely require a conveyable companion, particularly for these occasions you’ll want to pack up and go away shortly.

The BigBlue Cellpowa500 positively meets that want with its light-weight design and a number of output choices. The gadget will not energy your total home in a pinch, however it’ll allow you to get pleasure from a time out within the solar with out worrying about your devices.

With only a few flaws, the $499 CP500 delivers a compact and dependable transportable energy resolution, one that does not take up an excessive amount of area or value an excessive amount of to function a backup energy supply on stormy days.

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