Adventure Tech: Suaoki G500 Portable Power Station.

Yesterday we took a look at a new portable power bank designed specifically with drone users in mind. Today, we have a more traditional model of personal power station that delivers even more energy to your base camp, while offering pretty much all of the outlets you could possibly need to keep your expedition powered up for days at time.

The new Suaoki G500 Portable Power Station recently launched on Indiegogo and has garnered a lot of attention thanks to its massive battery, relatively light weight, and high level of versatility. This device features a 500 watt-hour lithium-ion battery, which translates to roughly 137,700 mAh. That’s enough to power your smartphone for up to 90 hours or a laptop for as much as 45 hours. The G500 is even strong enough to recharge drone batteries, run a mini-refrigerator, or power an LCD projector too. In short, it is a powerful and useful tool for mobile professionals, family camping, or expedition teams heading into remote areas.

The G500 is equipped with two AC wall outlets, 2 quick-charging USB-A ports, a single quick-charging USB-C port, two 12-volt DC ports, a 12-volt car port, and an Anderson Powerpole connector. That should cover just about any kind of device you might bring with you when you hit the road, including phones, tablets, laptops, cameras, GPS devices, and headlamps.

The power station itself ships with an AC adapter to recharge it via a wall outlet and a DC charger for plugging into the cigarette lighter in your car. The G500 can be recharged in the field using a solar panel as well, allowing it to serve as a solar generator on extended expeditions. Recharging at home or in your car takes about 8-10 hours, while the time required using the sun varies depending on the solar panel, how much direct sunlight it receives, and so on.

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Gear Closet: EcoFlow River Portable Generator Review.

The options available to us for keeping our electronic devices charged while in remote regions continue to grow. A couple of weeks back I took a look at the Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator and found it to be a powerful and full featured – if a bit heavy – method for staying charged while on the go. Now, I’ve gotten my hands on another portable generator called the EcoFlow River that will be available soon, and it brings some more intriguing possibilities to the market.

Currently, the River is only available for preorder on Indiegogo, but the device is already fully-funded and should begin shipping in July of this year. In fact, the River has been such a success on the crowdfunding site that it’s designers had hoped to raise $30,000 to get it into production, but have already raked in more than $400,000 with more than two weeks to go before the campaign ends. In other words, people already want this gadget and it is a major success before it even goes on sale.

I’ve been lucky enough to get to test out a pre-production model of the River, and have found it to be an incredibly well made product. Everything about the generator screams high quality, from the excellent case (complete with handle on top), to the LCD screen that provides info on the amount of power in the device, and how it is being used, to the plethora of ports to keep our gadgets charged. In terms of lightweight, portable generators with lots of power, this is the most well thought out and best designed version I’ve seen yet.

With its 116,000 mAh battery and 500-watt output, the River is capable of recharging a smartphone up to 30 times and a laptop as many as 9 times depending on the model. Additionally, it can power a projector or mini-refrigerator for 10 hours, and recharger a drone 4-8 times as well. This makes it a great tool to have at base camp, whether you’re working in the field or spending an extended amount of time in the backcountry. And since it is waterproof resistant, offers built-in surge protection, and weights just 11 pounds, its an excellent companion for use on our adventures.

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