The PowerOak Bluetti AC50 portable generator is a leisure battery, solar charge controller and inverter rolled into one. It can be charged up by plugging it into a mains socket or by connecting external solar panels, and it features both 12V DC charging points and 230V AC plug sockets.
The PowerOak AC50 is comprised of an internal lithium battery, a solar charge controller, a pure sine wave inverter and a battery management system. It has a screen to inform you of the current state of charge and a face covered in various charge points. It has carry handles for easy maneuverability, and an integrated light on the back of the unit.
The PowerOak unit we were sent has a 500Wh lithium battery. This is enough to charge a laptop using a 60W charger 8 times, or a phone using a 10W charger around 50 times.
The PowerOak Bluetti AC50 can be charged in 3 ways:
A mains power wall plug (~7-8 hours)
A car cigarette lighter (though only possible to charge to ~50% from a 12V input)
Plugging in external solar panels (~9-10 hours using a 100W solar panel)
The PowerOak Bluetti AC50 has a range of different power outputs:
1x 12V DC car cigarette lighter charger
4x 12V DC USB chargers
2x 230V AC mains power plug sockets
Wireless charging plate
The 230V mains power is supplied from an internal pure sine wave 300W inverter, meaning the unit can power up to 2 mains power products with a total wattage under 300W.
We think the PowerOak is ideal for those who are converting a smaller van and don't want to invest a lot of time and money in a complex electrical system, but still wish to have access to 12V and 230V power. Paired with a solar panel, the PowerOak AC50 makes the perfect portable off-grid setup with absolutely no installation requirements - you can just use it straight off the bat. It would also be useful as a backup for those with a lower spec electrical system that might be concerned about lack of power.
The PowerOak Bluetti weighs in at just over 6kg, meaning you're unlikely to use it for any camping trips that require you to walk a fair distance before setting up your tent, but it's also a great bit of kit for those who are car camping and need more power than what just their car charging point can supply them with.
Where to buy it
You can buy the PowerOak 500Wh portable power generator on Amazon, and using our discount code CLIMBINGVAN you can get £40 off!
The code and link above are for those based in the UK. If you're based in the US you can use the code MAXOAK100 to get $42 off by buying the Poweroak here, and if you're in Germany you can use the code 5POWEROAK to get 40€ off by buying the PowerOak here.
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