The need for electricity is already undeniable in this modern age. Be it from our personal gadgets or home device, all require electricity to function. Today, we will take a look and review a portable power station that you can use and take everywhere you go for all of your electricity needs. To be exact, we will take a look at two power stations, namely the Jackery Explorer 500 portable power station and the Rockpals 500 portable power station.
Jackery Explorer 500
First, let us take a look into the Jackery Explorer 500 portable power station. The one thing that you will notice is, as the name implies, the battery capacity of this power station is around 518Wh and uses lithium batteries. The Explorer 500 is made with ergonomics in mind as its design allows you to easily carry the power station with ease. Read also: Generac GP2200I Vs IQ2000.
When you get yourself the Explorer 500, you will receive the power station along with an AC Adaptor, a DC to Car Adapter cable, an AC to DC cable, and the manual for the power station. Other than that, you can also have an option to add additional accessory when buying this power station, namely a solar panel. It is available in two configurations, 60W and 100W solar panels.
|Jackery Explorer 500||Rockpals 500W|
|Product Dimensions||11.84 x 7.59 x 9.2 inches||10.24 x 6.7 x 6.28 inches
|Shipping Weight||46 pounds||12.13 pounds
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These solar panels can be used as an alternative to charge the power station. As the power station is designed with ergonomics, other than being as cost effective as possible, the whole unit is only weight at 13.32 lbs. or 6.04 kg. It also can be said as small with an overall dimension of 11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches or 29.9 x 19.3 x 23.3 cm. The power station comes in two color schemes, gray and orange.
It has several types of port that you can use in this power station, which is an 8mm charging input, a car port DC output, a 6mm DC output, 3 USB output, and a pure sine wave AC output. With all the ports available in it, the Explorer 500 can be said as a versatile power station. It could power from phones, tablets, cameras, laptops, mini fridges, fans, and even drones anywhere and anytime.
The Explorer 500 not only has plenty of features outside, but also inside of the power station itself. For one, the Explorer 500 is equipped with a smart display. This display will help you to gauge the remaining battery in the power station and how much power it is being inputted or outputted at that time. It also has a BMS system or a battery management system. This system will prevent the power station from being overcharged or over charging your connected device, preserving their battery from faster degradation. Lastly, this power station is super quiet when being used, which will allow you to put it inside your house without the worry of it being noisy.
Next, we will take a look into the Rockpals 500W portable power station. Just like the Explorer 500, the Rockplas 500 is a power station that has a lithium battery with a capacity of 500Wh, or 520Wh to be exact. The Rockpals 500W is also made with ergonomics in mind, as you can easily carry this power supply with one hand and also adjust its handle bar so that it will not get in your way.
When you get yourself the Rockpals 500W, you will receive it along with some additional items, namely an AC charger, a car charger, and a manual for the power station itself. In addition to that, you can choose to get the power station with an additional 100W solar panel if you plan to use it somewhere without an outlet.
This power station has more or less the same weight as other power stations with the same power rating, which is around 14.33 lbs. or 6.5 kg. This also applied to its overall dimension, as the Rockpals 500W has an overall dimension of 12.05 x 7.87 x 6.93 inches or 30.6 x 19.9 x 17.6 cm. The power station only comes in one color scheme, which is black-red color.
The Rockpals 500W supports multiple types of ports that you can use to charge or power your device, this include 4 USB ports with one of them being USB Type C port, 1 AC outlet, 4 5.5mm DC output and 1 car port. All of this port allows it to charge various types of electronic devices such as phones, pads, tablets, GPS, laptops, cameras, Gopro, drones, cooler, pump, CPAP, and various other devices.
Just like any modern power station, the Rockpals 500W includes a digital display to provide a better information of the current remaining power, what is being connected, and how much power being outputted or inputted to the power station. It also has multiple management systems to protect every device that is connected to it.
For example, it contains a Short Circuit Protection in case your device or the power station is short circuited. It also contains Voltage Control and Over Current Protection to protect your device from being damaged by too many or too few electricity. The Overload and Overcharge Protection will ensure the battery of the power station and devices it connected from damage by overloading and overcharging. Lastly, the Temperature Control feature will allow the power station to stay at the best temperature to operate at maximum capacity.
Jackery Explorer 500 vs Rockpals 500W
All in all, the Rockpals 500W power station might be the best power station for you to buy. First of all, the Rockpals 500W power station is somewhat cheaper compared to the Explorer 500 power station, 469.9 USD for the previous and 499.0 USD for the latter. Even with cheaper price, the Rockpals 500W power station has much more features compared to the Explorer 500, from its higher battery capacity, better amount of ports available, and better system and safety for your device. Overall, if you are looking for a new power supply around 500W, I recommend you buy the Rockpals 500W portable power station as your first choice.