We’re forced to forgo many comforts when we travel, from familiar food to leisurely hot showers (not every country enjoys a seemingly endless supply of hot water!), and sleeping on a comfortable pillow.
But for all the comforts you sacrifice to hit the road, access to power shouldn’t be one of them. After-all, electricity is one of the most important blessings science has given us!
Power is everything when you travel; keeping your phone charged means communication in an emergency; keeping a fridge going means food for off grid trips, or during a natural disaster / power outage.
Keeping a TV in your van means you won’t kill the family you committed to share a confined space with, and keeping lights charged could save your life during night-time adventures.
But how do you guarentee you have constant access to a reliable source of power? The EB240 is a portable solar power station from MAXOAK which has a huge capacity and load, and is super long lasting for travel in the outdoors, an RV, or even for use as emergency backup power at home.
MAXOAK EB240: A Portable Solar Power Station with a MASSIVE Power Load
What’s the Capacity?
When we talk about the capacity of a power station, we’re talking about the Maximum Power Output. This is the amount of electricity a generator can produce when it’s running at full blast.
The EB240 from MAXOAK is one of their highest capacity portable power stations – the battery provides up to 2400 watt-hour of power with a capacity of 1,000 Watts. This means that you can charge any device under 1,000 W.
Wondering what a 1,000 watt generator can run?
Practically speaking this means you can run / charge your light bulbs, laptops, coffee makers, TV’s, phones, fans, blenders, toasters etc. You can find out whether your device exceeds 1000W by checking the user manual.
If a device does exceed 1000W and you try to run it, the safety features of the EB240 will kick in, and it’s over-load protection will turn the power station off.
Size, Weight & Battery Life
Size wise the EB240 is 19.43*6.5*14.4 inches, and weighs 22 kg (48.5lb). While heavy, it’s still portable enough to pick up and move freely around with, and the benefit of this battery is its huge capacity to power both indoor and outdoor large load devices.
It’s important to know when investing in a power bank that lithium-ion batteries can degrade over time if they are charged too quickly. The recharge time on the EB240 is set to around 12 hours, so that the battery lasts longer.
By using top brand LG Auto grade high 3C lithium batteries, the EB240 is capable of lasting for at least 2000 cycles. This means it has a much longer life cycle to similar power banks of this size – most of their competitors are only rated at 500 cycles.
In terms of quality of the battery, there is a built in battery management system (BMS) with overcharge, overcurrent, overtemperature, overvoltage, overheating and other protection, which means it will do none of the above!
Connections and Charging
There are 8 ways to recharge your devices using the EB240; via 2 AC outlets, a car cigar charger, a PD 45W Type-C port, and 4 USB ports. You can charge multiple devices at the same time, and you can charge and discharge at the same time.
There are two ways to recharge the unit itself, either from a wall socket or solar panels. The solar charging efficiency is much higher with MPPT built in, and a bonus of the EB240 is that it can track the strength of the sunlight and adapt to the best charging mode.
Solar panels are not included and do need to be bought separately (input voltage must be 16V～68V), but the EB240 does come with an MC4 solar charging cable included, so there’s no need for another charge controller.