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BioLite expands its charging range with portable power plants and a solar system | Engadget

After years of providing off-grid camping, cooking and bag charging technology, BioLite has continued to push the genre with its newest and more robust power backup solutions. The company just announced the BaseCharge 600 and BaseCharge 1500 portable power stations along with an accompanying SolarPanel 100. As with most products of this type, they’re great for powering entertainment, appliances, and workspaces when you’re far from an outlet. They are also helpful in the household when the power goes out.

Both powerhouses offer an LCD dashboard with performance metrics, system notifications, temperature alerts, port activations and battery life status. You can also view cumulative usage over time and reset the counter as needed. They should hold a charge for quite a while, but it’s recommended to charge these every six months so they’re ready when you need them.

Each device is encased in a hard plastic case with small rubber feet on the bottom. There are recessed areas on each side to make it easier to carry these relatively heavy devices. As far as sturdiness goes, given the weight, they’re not exactly built for big drops. And while they’re great for off-grid backup power, there’s no IP rating or weather rating to speak of, so you’ll want to protect them from the rain.

Base fee 600

Base fee 600

BioLite

The cheapest pair of power plants is the BaseCharge 600 ($699). This has a lithium-ion battery capacity of 622 Wh with three types of inputs: a combo wall and solar charging input, and a connector for USB-C PD input. Charge times range from seven hours via a wall charger, three and a half hours with wall and USB-C PD charging, and six hours with a SolarPanel 100 at maximum sunlight. It weighs 13 pounds and measures 12.2 x 7.9 x 7.9 inches.

There are ten exits:

  • 2 – 110 V AC (600 W up to 1,000 W surge)

  • 1 – Wireless charging for Qi and related devices on the top platform (10W)

  • 2 – 12V DC barrel ports (120W)

  • 1 – 12V car socket (aka cigarette lighter socket – 120W)

  • 2 – USB-A (5V)

  • 1 – USB-C (5V)

  • 1 – USB-C PD (5V/100W)

Basic fee 1500

The BioLite BaseCharge 1500 power plant.
Basic fee 1500

BioLite

The larger, heavier, and more powerful model is the BaseCharge 1500 ($1,699). It has a 1521Wh lithium-ion battery capacity and the same three inputs as the 600 model. Charge times range from 13.5 hours with the wall charger, eight hours with wall charger and USB-C PD, and four hours at maximum sun exposure, if present oven Solar panel 100 units. This larger device weighs 26.5 pounds and measures 14.4 x 12.2 x 8.2 inches.

There are a total of 12 outputs on this device:

  • 3 – 110 VAC (1200W to 2400W surge)

  • 1 – Wireless charging for Qi and related devices on the top platform (10W)

  • 2 – 12V DC barrel ports (120W)

  • 1 – 12V car socket (aka cigarette lighter socket – 120W)

  • 2 – USB-A (5V)

  • 2 – USB-C (5V)

  • 1 – USB-C PD (5V/100W)

Solar Panel 100

The BioLite Solar Panel 100.
Solar Panel 100

BioLite

If you want to turn your portable power station into a solar generator, there’s the new SolarPanel 100 ($400). This is a single foldable four panel unit that offers 100 watts of power output at maximum sun exposure. You can also impersonate astronaut Mark Watney and daisy chain up to four SolarPanel 100s to quadruple the wattage.

These panels are rated IPX4, making them relatively durable and resistant to water such as water. B. light continuous rain, power. There’s no built-in battery, but you can charge two devices directly from the panel while it soaks up the sun via two USB-A ports and a USB-C PD.

All panels fold into a 20.1 x 14.3 x 1.5 inch rectangle, with an integrated carry handle so you can lug around all 9.5 pound panels. The back of the device, which is the only exposed side when folded, is made from a gray cloth-like material. There is also a zippered pocket for storing cords.

When extended there is a 20.1 x 57.5 inch face and a shallow depth of about 1 inch and two relatively low legs when fully extended. The “optimal solar system” is the same as BioLite’s previous solar panels, consisting of a small target and a recessed white area to allow you to track the sun’s angle by its shadow.

Customers can join a waitlist on the company’s website starting today, with pre-orders for all three new products open September 7th. They are scheduled to be available in October 2022 in retail stores such as Amazon and REI.

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