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Anker PowerHouse, Compact 400Wh/120000mAh Portable Outlet, Generator Alternative Rechargeable Power Source with Silent DC/AC Inverter, 12V Car/AC/USB Outputs for Camping, CPAP or Emergency Backup
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- Portable Power: Off-grid power supply for camping or emergency backup, capable of powering lamps, phones, laptops, TVs and even mini fridges. PowerHouse boasts triple output modes: a 12V car socket, an 110V AC outlet (for devices up to 120W) and 4 fast-charging USB ports.
- Remarkably Compact: PowerHouse is possibly the smallest and lightest 400Wh power supply on the market. A high-density lithium-ion battery allows for a more compact build than that of lead-acid power packs.
- Safety Guaranteed: Battery Management System (BMS) undertakes voltage control, temperature control and more advanced safety operations, ensuring complete protection for you and your devices.
- What You Get: Anker PowerHouse (434Wh Portable Power Supply), 10ft / 304cm AC adapter, 2ft / 60cm Micro USB charging cable, welcome guide, our worry-free 18-month warranty and friendly customer service.
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America’s Leading USB Charging Brand
PowerHouse by Anker.
- PowerHouse is our premier portable power supply solution, built using only premium components and the most advanced power management technology.
The Ultimate Portable Power Supply
With PowerHouse, we've taken mobile power to a whole new level, creating a power supply that’s extremely potent yet remarkably portable.
Whether within the confines of your home or in the great outdoors, we’ve created a way for you to never run out of power but stay connected. Your life is mobile, so we’ve put unlimited power in your hands.
- Powers phones, laptops, lamps, mini fridges and other small appliances
- Silent and safe enough to operate indoors
PowerHouse’s sturdy yet compact body encases a remarkable 434 watt-hours of power, enough to fully charge a laptop up to 15 times or give your phone up to 40 recharges. With a compact build made for easy carrying, PowerHouse is the perfect power supply to carry on outings or roadtrips.
Four USB ports powered by fast-charging PowerIQ technology, ensure that your phones, tablets and cameras stay charged throughout the day.
PowerHouse offers a reliable alternative power option for small medical devices such as CPAP machines. Its noiseless and fumeless operation makes it the ideal clean power source.
Perfect Camping Partner
PowerHouse can light a 15V lamp for 100+ hours. With ultra-high capacity and a highly portable design, it’s the perfect power supply for outings or camping trips.
Only Premium Components
PowerHouse is built using only the highest-grade components. Its sturdy, drop-tested aluminum shell is built to withstand the rigor of your outdoor adventures.
Battery Management System (BMS)
BMS undertakes voltage control, temperature control, short circuit prevention and more advanced safety procedures. It conducts active cell balancing to optimize battery performance and extend battery life.
Peace of Mind Included
Every purchase includes our worry-free 18-month warranty and lifetime technical support. If you have any questions, our friendly customer service team will be more than happy to help out.
For Optimal Use:
- To preserve battery lifespan, use and recharge at least once every 4 months and store in a cool, dry place.
- Use the included adapter or one certified by a third-party.
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• Faster and safer charging with our advanced technology
• 10 million+ happy users and counting
Boasting a remarkable 434 watt-hours of energy, PowerHouse packs enough power to fully charge a laptop up to 15 times. A high-density lithium-ion battery makes PowerHouse significantly smaller and lighter than lead-acid power pack alternatives.
Eco-Friendly Power Supply
PowerHouse is completely fumeless and fuel-less and produces clean, safe and silent mobile power.
Triple Output Modes
PowerHouse offers you varied modes of power delivery. A 12V socket, an AC outlet and 4 fast-charging USB ports allow you to power an extensive range of devices or appliances.
Battery Management System undertakes voltage control, temperature control, short circuit prevention and more advanced safety procedures. It conducts active cell balancing to optimize battery performance, thus extending battery life.
At Anker, we believe in our products. That's why we back them all with an 18-month warranty and provide friendly, easy-to-reach support.
AC output is 110V only, but voltage converters will work.
Fully recharge in 10.5 hours with a 16.8V=3A power supply.
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The Anker PowerHouse is not designed with (any) serviceability in mind. Just getting inside the box is quite tough, especially if you intend to do so without marring or scratching the aluminum body or plastic. If you're considering trying to take this thing apart for some reason, I would highly recommend you give that a second thought.
There are 4 screws on each side of the PowerHouse. These screws, while they do still need to be removed, do not allow access to the internals. Also, the handle does NOT need to be removed or modified in any way to complete the disassembly - it stays attached the whole time. In fact, if you try to remove the handle from the exterior, you WILL break it in the process.
In addition to the 8 screws on the sides of the PowerHouse, there are an additional 4 screws on the bottom, one under each rubber foot. The rubber feet are adhered to the PowerHouse chassis using high-strength RTV silicon adhesive, so removing the feet to get to the screws means that you will have to come up with some other way to re-attach the feet - either thin, 3M VHB double-sided tape, or more silicon adhesive. The adhesive holding the feet on is VERY good quality, and it should be very difficult for these to "accidentally" come off under normal wear and tear.
Once the 4 screws are removed from the bottom, the front & back face plates need to be removed. Both are attached to the inner chassis by multiple 1/2" wide plastic clips that run along the top edge of the plastic plates. These clips hold the plastic front and rear face plates recessed inside the aluminum body just far enough to keep you from getting a tool behind them to pry them off. I used a large suction cup to pull the back panel off, but there's lots of flat area on the back for the suction cup to attach to - not so with the front. The front panel retention clips can be accessed from inside the chassis once the rear cover is removed, but it take two people, 2 very long flat-head screwdrivers, and a fair amount of patience. You have to carefully rotate 2 clips simultaneously while also pressing them down and out towards the front, until the panel pops out enough for you to get a fiber spudger under the front seam to work it free the rest of the way. Or, you could mar the heck out of the plastic on the front and dig a tool behind the plastic to pop it off (yikes!). Again, I don't recommend you bother trying to get inside this thing unless you really have to. It turns out that in my case, I did - I just didn't know it yet...
Once the front plate is popped free of the chassis (but not completely removed, because there are wires connecting the 12V socket and the AC plug that still need to be removed), you can finally access multiple machine screws that lines the outer perimeter of the inner chassis. 8 on the front, and 8 on the rear. These screws like to strip, so watch out during re-assembly, and don't over-tighten! After these screws come out, the entire inner chassis slides out towards the front.
Once the inner chassis is removed, you can access most of the electronics. I have provided a plethora of pictures of the innards, hopefully in good enough resolution to dissuade you from feeling the need to open your new $400 battery.
I was quite impressed by the construction of the unit overall. Still, I found some problems, one of which could be classified as "severe". First, though, go browse the photos I provided. Overall, the unit has good soldering (but not great), and decent internal supports for the electronics. There are some solder flow-through issues that are worth nothing, especially on the through-hole electrolytics. The battery compartment cover is held on with 6 screws and holds 36 16850 batteries dressed in red wrappers. There are 3 ground planes in the battery compartment - 2 support 9 batteries each, and the center one supports 18 batteries. It would be extremely tedious and time consuming to try and remove or service any of the cells due to the design of this battery compartment. The ground plates are made of a contiguous piece of metal, spot-welded to the batteries' cathodes. Then, those 'modules' are glued into the plastic battery frame. In short, GOOD LUCK servicing the batteries in the PowerHouse, and shame on you, Anker, for making them virtually impossible to service. Welcome to our lovely, new, throw-away society. With very little additional effort, Anker could have made this battery completely user serviceable, or at least somewhat repairable/replaceable.
There are 2 primary PCB's inside the unit, not including the battery compartment electronics. The top PCB holds the optically-isolated electronics for the pure-Sine Wave AC inverter and the 12V socket current limiter (and fuse), and a boat-load of switchers and filters. The electrolytics used inside the PowerHouse aren't particularly grade A quality, so expect that they'll have no better than 5 to 6 years of useful operating time before the start to dry out and fall out of spec. My guess is that the batteries will terd-up before the caps dry out. Most large components are gooped-up with white silicon for stability, and the top PCB has a very light conformal coating on it. Most disappointing here is that there are two fuses soldered to the PCB, and if they pop for some reason, you're going to have to figure out how to get into this monster to replace them. Again, they could have been installed in such a way as to be user-serviceable, but they weren't. BooooOOOO!!!
There's a Pure-Since AC Inverter inside - I was VERY shocked to see how clean this was. See attached picture from my scope.
The front-facing PCB contains the brains & UI of the operation: A Microchip PIC16F1519 microcontroller. It also contains DC-IN polarity protection electronics (a bridge rectifier), another switching supply for the USB sockets (2.4A each with their own limiter electronics), the LCD panel with blue backlights and the beeper circuit and piezo transducer. The main battery also connects to the front PCB, near the lower-left. Since I didn't dismantle the battery completely, I didn't get a chance to see or evaluate how (or where) the cell balancing is accomplished. I sure don't see the electronics necessary to perform the balancing necessary on 36 batteries on the front PCB, so I hope those electronics are housed internally in the battery compartment along with the thermal safety electronics... The usefulness of this multi-battery system very critically depends on proper cell balancing, and at $400 and no user-serviceable options available, one terd battery inside could ruin this very expensive gadget.
Ultimately, I'm very glad I opened my unit, because my review would have been 2 stars or less if I hadn't: When I removed the front panel and the 12VDC socket that connects to the top PCB, I noticed that the small nut holding the positive wire to the socket body was so loose that it was about to fall off. No glyptol, thread lock, or lock washer to secure it on, just the nut and the wire. I suspect I could have used this socket 2 or 3 times before the nut came off, rattled around inside the unit (possibly shorting), all while the internal guts of the socket come tumbling out the front into my hand. It was really that loose - no exaggeration! Then there's the matter of that high-current, 12V positive wire floating freely around the backside of the PCB. See where this is going? Yikes! Anker -1 star for that FUBAR alone. No locking nut on the socket? Really?!?!
Anyway, the pictures speak a thousand words, so have a look at them. I'll answer any questions I can.
I bought this almost exclusively for the purpose of having portable power for car camping at campgrounds where power isn't available. I use a CPAP (Respironics Auto 50 series, no humidifier) and while I CAN sleep without it, it's not a pleasant experience. My hope in purchasing this unit is that I can now expand the camping options available to us to include no power sites. I really love camping.
My first test was simply charging it up to the full 30 hour capacity and run my CPAP for 8 hours on the AC plug. After 8 hours of running the CPAP, the PowerHouse still had 24 hours of charge left on it, so theoretically it could run my CPAP for 4 nights before requiring a recharge. I plugged it back in to recharge this morning and it was back to a full 30 hour reserve in about 90 minutes. I am impressed.
I also tried hooking up a small fan (Honeywell HT-900 TurboForce equivalent) running on high. While the fan runs, It is apparent that the Anker unit is not designed to power this item to the degree that a wall outlet can, and on full power the fan ran as if on the lowest setting. Furthermore, the available power of the Anker dropped from 30 hours to 29 in a matter of minutes.
EDIT 4.29 - On a whim, plugged the fan, the CPAP, and a cellphone in to verify just how long the unit would last from full charge. After the reserve dropped from 30 hours down to about 9 in about 90 minutes, it leveled off and drained at the reported rate. This combination of devices will last about 10 hours before the Anker needs recharging.
My next test will be added later, with the CPAP connected to the 12v outlet using a 12v adapter (Part Number 1001956). After doing some reading, my conclusion is that the 12v option will be more efficient and therefore use a little less power. I will report on that test next week.
EDIT 05.03.2016 - Using the DC power adapter for my CPAP, I ran it for 7 hours, along with a phone being charged. According to the readout on the PowerHouse, it only used one hour of charge for the entire night. This amazes me. I had no idea how much more efficient the 12v option would be, but it clearly is, and means there is practically no limit to the number of days I can take this camping with my CPAP.
I envision using the PowerHouse as an intermediary power storage option if I am faced with an extended power outage. We have a propane-powered generator that I would use to charge this during the day, when the noise of a generator is more tolerable, and then use the Anker at night for running my CPAP and charging phones.
As others have mentioned, this unit seems solid and well-built. Objections to it being called a "generator" notwithstanding, it "generates" power for my intentions as expected and does so in a compact, highly portable, easily (if not quickly) replenished manner. As with many "convenience" items, the price reflects the awareness of the manufacturer that yes, there are other options, but they have identified a niche and know that the people who will find this device intriguing and useful are probably going to be willing to pay a premium for that convenience. I am one of those people.
I think Anker would do well to follow the suggestion of one of the commenters here, and equip future models to swap out depleted Li-ion components, perhaps in a way that made it possible to use other Anker battery products in a modular fashion, or expand the power capacity with some sort of backplane. That would be a feature that made the price absolutely and unequivocally in line with the functionality.
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