|Item Weight||58.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||0.8 x 2 x 1.1 inches|
|Item model number||852-2007|
|Discontinued by manufacturer||Yes|
|Manufacturer Part Number||8522007|
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- Contains one DC outlet and three three-pronged AC outlets (480-watt continuous / 600-watt peak) to power multiple devices, appliances and tools
- Built-in 600-watt power inverter, 5-watt flashlight, overload/over-temperature protection and reverse polarity detection
- Sealed, non-spillable 28Ah AGM battery and detachable alligator clamps for jump-starting cars (up to 8-cylinder)
- Built-in AM/FM radio and digital alarm clock
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The Duracell Powerpack 600 features an internal sealed, non-spillable 28 amp-hour AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery for reliable power delivery and recharging capability. This heavy duty power source operates multiple 120-volt AC household power applications and 12-volt DC applications (charging portable electronics devices) simultaneously with ease. Offering 280 CCA (Cold Cranking Amps) of starting power, the Duracell Powerpack 600 can jump-start most 8-cylinder vehicles without connecting to another vehicle or external power source. A built-in LED light also provides bright illumination, while an integrated AM/FM clock radio provides access to news and other important information The Powerpack 600 can be safely and conveniently recharged from any household AC outlet, DC cigarette lighter outlet or even from a solar panel, so that it's ready to go whenever you need it. The Duracell Powerpack 600 is an ideal companion for job sites, camp sites, or as a quiet, cost-effective emergency backup power source. Please note, the internal battery does not arrive charged. Refer to the Powerpack user manual for charging instructions. Please charge the battery fully before using the Powerpack for the first time.
Households around the world trust Duracell for high-quality, long-lasting batteries. As part of their industry-leading line of superior quality power products, Duracell has created highly reliable, rugged portable power solutions that you can count on in any situation. From power outages and roadside emergencies to remote jobsites and the great outdoors, the heavy-duty Duracell Powerpack 600 will be there to provide plentiful power for work, recreation and emergency backup situations. Do you frequently need extra power for your tools or accessories, but none is available? If an outlet is not in reach or plugging into the dashboard's cigarette lighter is simply not an option, the Duracell Powerpack 600 is the perfect solution. This robust stand-alone battery based power source is powerful enough to run many popular electronics, small appliances and power tools (Note: On a full charge a 60W AC appliance runs for 3.5 hrs or 35 cell phones can be charged using the USB ports or 12 tablet charges), and can even jump-start vehicle batteries. A multitude of safety and emergency features assures safe, simple plug and play operation, even when used by consumers who possess only basic technical knowledge. The heart of the Duracell Powerpack 600 is a sealed, non-spillable 26 ampere-hour AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) battery. The Powerpack can be safely and conveniently recharged from any household AC outlet or DC cigarette-lighter outlet [Works while car is running and should be limited to 4 hrs maximum], so that it is ready to go whenever you need it. This robust battery is tied to a power inverter that provides 600 watts of peak power (480W continuous) to its three grounded AC outlets and one DC socket. Multiple outlets give you the flexibility and convenience to operate several appliances at once, while the 4 level LED Fuel Gauge displays the Duracell Powerpack's battery charge level. Internal protection circuitry safeguards against overload and over-temperature conditions. An audible alarm warns of low battery state.
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This power pack comes with a really bright light that comes in handy if you go camping. I would recommend this for that camper that cannot live with ought the little gadgets. Will definitely charge your phone but don't expect to charge your phone in the outdoors all the time! You're in the outdoors for crying out loud!
It takes about 2 hours to charge but its worth it. Great to have around either in the basement or in your car. If you live in an area where the power goes out every summer (souther California) or in the midwest where you have tornado warnings, I would definitely encourage you to buy it!
To get the most out of this battery it is important that your first charge be for an extended period. Plug it in for a week, regardless of what the charge status light says. I'm no engineer but I guess it's sort of like priming it for optimal use.
Now to the interesting part, connecting it to the solar panel! At first I mistakenly thought I could plug the panel into the the DC port as if hooking it up to a car or boat. This did not work. I somehow missed the part in the manual that says you can solar charge the battery via the AC port, which requires a standard 5.5mm OD x 2.5mm ID coaxial DC connector. This is the one I ended up getting: http://www.amazon.com/2-5mm-5-5mm-11-5mm-Plug-Cord/dp/B000LFVFK8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=electronics&qid=1302372508&sr=8-1.
The solar panel I got (http://www.amazon.com/PowerFilm-Rollable-Solar-Panel-Charger/dp/B001UHAAAC/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&s=miscellaneous&qid=1302370487&sr=8-2) came with an extension cord that ends in some metal loops. I just wrapped the connector's white wire around the red loop, and the black wire of the connector to the blue loop. Put some electrical tape over it, and you are all set!
The alternative power I mentioned I have not attempted myself. I read about someone else doing this. For power sources above 30 watts (solar or pedal-power) this person plugged it into the DC power port and it seemed to work for them. I'm just mentioning it to those who are curious, and as further evidence to this power pack's versatility.
The built-in light isn't all that bright, but it'll provide a decent amount of light in a pinch. One huge annoyance is the battery charge percentage indicator. According to the manual, it will only display an accurate reading if it's been unplugged from EVERYTHING for 15 minutes. This includes both charge sources and devices using power. No idea why. It's annoying, so I pretty much ignore it.
This unit has a built-in charge controller. This is what allows you to plug a solar panel directly into it without damaging anything. It saves you the trouble of ordering a separate controller unit and fiddling with all those wires, which would reduce the handy portability of it. You also don't have to worry about overcharging the battery. According to the manual, when it reaches full charge, it will go into maintenance mode and basically trickle-charge to keep the battery topped up.
The manual is poorly organized (the part about fully charging the battery BEFORE you use it for anything is in the middle?!) but full of useful information that could have prevented most of the complaints mentioned in the negative reviews. I highly recommend you read it all before using this unit. Overall I am happy with this powerpack's versatility and portability!
UPDATE 5/7/2011: I recall a previous review saying that you can't use this battery to power anything while it is charging. This is not true. This very moment I have it outside charging via solar panel and my cell phone is plugged into it charging. Indicators on the battery and the phone say that they are both indeed charging. I've been using the solar panel as the only source of battery charging, and a full day is usually enough to fill it up. I haven't drained the battery from use yet. I pretty much use it to power a lamp with a CF bulb at night while I watch TV, and sometimes charge a phone with it at the same time. It is typically on for about 3-4 hours. In the morning when I check the battery's status, it says about 60% full. Hopefully that helps give you an idea about the battery's capacity as a solar generator. Not a real generator, but it's cool to have a tiny power source not reliant on coal. And you can take it anywhere!
Since the unit was delivered, I fully charged it (per instructions) and have taken it on two outings. I am very happy to report that it has performed flawlessly! Both outings were for two nights each. On the first outing, I had no opportunity to recharge the unit during the day, so I operated my CPAP without the optional humidifier. After the first night, the charge was down to 40%; so I expected the unit to die during the second night. Surprisingly, it didn't and operated my CPAP throughout the second night.
On the second outing, I had the ability to recharge it during the day and used the humidifier. Based on the rated watts/hour of the CPAP with humidifier, the Duracell 600 should not have powered the unit all night. However, it did!
I used the built in light just to make sure it worked (it did). May use it during a power outage, but will probably save the charge for the CPAP. Tried out the radio and it worked fine (even in camp). Good reception, but, as fully expected, lousy sound... AC/DC outlets both functioned well.
This unit scores high on price and functionality. I'm checking in to solar charges to take with me camping - this will let me take on a week-long scout camp next summer.