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Tech review: Zendure SuperBase V portable power station can do almost anything, but it'll cost you

Jim Rossman, Tribune News Service on

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I’ve reviewed a few portable power stations, which are big rechargeable batteries you can use to power your stuff if the electricity goes out or you are away from any sources of power (off the grid).

As the batteries inside these power stations have increased in capacity, and companies have figured out a way to recharge them faster and chain multiple batteries together, these systems have become a viable option for powering your entire home for days at a time. All it takes is a lot of money.

For the last few months, I’ve been testing the Zendure SuperBase V, a portable power station that uses semi-solid-state batteries. The SuperBase V has a battery capacity of 6,438 Watt-hours of stored power and it can provide up to 3,800 watts of power out to your devices. Two SuperBase V units can be chained together to provide an output of 7,600 watts of power. They have the ability to power any single device up to 5,000 watts. The power stations can provide 120-volt and 240-volt power.

According to Zendure, their semi-solid-state batteries can hold up to 42 percent more energy per pound than lithium ion phosphate batteries and they are less likely to pose a safety hazard if damaged.

The SuperBase V can recharge from multiple sources, including solar panels and AC (plugging it into a wall outlet). If you max out the solar and AC inputs, you can charge it up fully in an hour. It can handle up to 3,000 watts of solar, 3,600 watts of AC power and 3,600 watts from an EV car charger.

The SuperBase V is more than just a portable power station. You can purchase additional satellite expansion modules (extra batteries) to add to the capacity of the system. Each satellite battery provides an additional 6,438 Wh of power and they can stack on top of each other. You can add up to four additional satellite batteries to each SuperBase V.

 

In the examples from Zendure, you can pair two SuperBase V base units with four satellite batteries on each, for a total of 64,380 Wh of power.

The SuperBase V and satellite batteries can be wired to your house with an optional Smart Home Panel to provide instant backup power to your home, should the electricity go out.

The batteries can also be used to charge an electric vehicle.

The SuperBase V has 16 power outlets to charge your stuff. There are four 15-amp AC outlets, one 16A 240v outlet, one TT-30 (30A RV outlet), four USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, one Anderson DC output, a 12v DC port (cigarette lighter port) and two 5521 DC outputs.

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