At CES earlier this year, Anker introduced 535 Portable Power StationThe latest entrant in the powerhouse lineup of large portable batteries to support electronic devices while camping, during power outages, and in other situations where you’re off the grid.
I’ve had a little time to test the $500 Anker 535, and it offers a handy set of connectivity options for charging a variety of devices, and a decent charging capability that can keep things running for quite some time.
The Anker 535 includes a 512 watt-hour battery, and weighs 16.5 pounds (7.5 kg), so while it’s not something you want to take with you, it’s compact enough to be stored in your home. out of the way or can be easily carried in the car.
While I haven’t had the opportunity to use the Anker 535 outdoors yet, I’ve been able to test it around the house and found it comforting to know that it was available in the winter during snow storms in my area. , even though we eventually experienced nothing more than a few power blips here and there.
So while I don’t need a power station in a true off-the-grid scenario, I’ve used it quite a bit around the house for powering and charging various devices, and it works pretty well.
There are multiple ports and outlets, including four AC outlets that support devices up to 500 watts, a USB-C port that supports fast charging up to 60 watts, three USB-A ports, and a 12V vehicle-style outlet. An integrated light bar on the front of the unit helps illuminate your surroundings, as well as making it easy to manage all the devices you can connect to its ports.
The power station comes with a 120-watt AC adapter, and can also be recharged at 60 watts via its USB-C port. For even faster recharging (0 to 80% in about two and a half hours), you can connect both ways at once. It can also be recharged via the vehicle power port (though this will only take a long time at 12 watts), or via any 12V-28V solar panel charger equipped with an 8mm DC power connector.
On the front of the unit, there’s an informative LED display that shows the current battery level in both a percentage and a coarse graphical display, and it reports real-time input and output wattage as well as estimated time to fully recharge or power on. does. connected devices. A series of icons at the top of the display can illuminate to tell you what type of equipment is currently connected and provide high- and low-temperature warnings.
I really like the amount of detail shown on the display, letting you know which ports are currently active and giving you second data on input or output so you can tell how much battery life you have or How long to recharge a station, or even just to understand how much power an individual device draws while charging.
A switch near the AC outlet lets you toggle power-saving mode on and off. When turned on, the power station will automatically shut down after all connected devices are fully charged, saving battery. Turning this off will provide continuous, steady power for equipment such as CPAP machines that are running continuously while connected to the power station.
Anker says the 535 Power Station can charge a MacBook Air more than eight times or run a 40-watt CPAP machine for more than a full night’s sleep, and while I didn’t specifically test those claims, So I found it to deliver a lot of power for the tasks I’ve tested.
For example, it takes about an hour and a half to fully charge the iPad Air from the station’s USB-C port and uses about 6% of the power station’s total capacity. I tested several other devices at the same time, from powering a room fan to recharging a cordless razor to running a HomePod and lamp, and the Anker 535 had no problem keeping up.
Keep in mind that the 500-watt limit for the station means it won’t be able to power some high-load appliances like hot plates, toasters, hairdryers, and many larger home appliances.
Anker 535 Portable Power Station It costs $499.99, but the company has many other options available at multiple price points. 521 model 256 watt-hours has half the capacity of the 535, but it also comes in at half the price, checking in at $249.99. It also sacrifices some ports, checking in with two AC outlets instead of four, and two USB-A ports instead of three.
one is smaller Model 511 At 97-watt hours, normally priced at $219.99 and featuring a 100-watt AC outlet, a 45-watt USB-C port, and two USB-A ports.
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