ROCKPALS 500W POWER STATION SETUP, TESTING AND REVIEW FOR THE 5TH GEN 4RUNNER
Now more than ever, people are loving the opportunity to escape the everyday grind and go off the grid.
This power station can get you off the grid or help in emergencies without breaking the bank. Having a portable power station allows you to power your electronics without needing to run your 4Runner.
I was interested in this power station to charge at home and throw in the 4Runner for camping or little trips where I know I will need more electricity for my devices.
RockPals has 4 different sized Power Stations ranging from 250W up to 500W.
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WHAT’S IN THE BOX?
The box includes the Power Station at 14.33 lbs (7.87” D x 12.05” W x 6.93” H). It also includes an AC outlet wall charger and a DC Cigarette lighter charger as well.
520 Watt Hours or 140,400 mah. The pure sine wave protects your sensitive devices from damage. This also comes with a 30-day money-back guarantee and a 2-year warranty.
- AC wall charger
- 12V cigarette lighter
- 13-22V/max 6A solar panel charging
- 1 USB 5V~9V/2A Quick Charge 3.0
- 1 USB 5V~9V/2A Type C Quick Charge 3.0
- 2 USB 5V/3.1A
- 2 AC outlets
- 1 DC Cigarette lighter
- 4 DC 5.5×2.1mm
TESTING THE POWER STATION
I tested it out with just my work laptop to see how long it could last. I plugged my docking station into the power station and was able to get 3, 8-hour charges out of it. It was plugged in for the entire 8 hours each day, keeping my dock and laptop charged.
If I only used it for my laptop, I could get many more hours out of it. This will definitely be enough power to let me go on more road trips/camping while working remotely whenever I want and come in handy for my iPad, drone and other camera gear.
It charged everything up and barely drained any of the power station battery levels.
~70 HOURS OF POWER FOR USB CHARGING
The USB ports are 2A. You can charge your phone or USB device for about 70 hours. According to amp-hour calculators, you would have ~30hours for the AC output alone. Times will vary with the type of items you are charging, the amount of items charging, as well as weather. Batteries tend to drain faster in colder weather.
For reference, a mini portable battery pack that can charge your smartphone gets about 3,000 mah, and this bad boy is 47x more powerful with 140,400 mah.
CHARGING THE POWER STATION
Besides charging it at home, you can also hook it up to solar panels.
When the power station is fully drained it takes about 8 hours to do a full recharge from the AC wall charger. I plan on plugging it into the AC converter in the back while I drive if I didn’t charge it prior.
Do note that the power station cannot charge and power the AC outlets simultaneously; it can power the DC outs simultaneously.
The only thing I wish this station included was plugs to cover up the holes when not in use. I plan on being out in the dirt or near a beach when I use this, so I don’t want any debris getting into the holes when they are not being used.
Overall, I really like RockPals power station. I think it is comparable to other brands but at a more affordable price. That is RockPals competitive advantage:
We position ourselves as a medium-low end brand, to ensure our clients can find a reasonably high-quality product at a reasonably low price.
With quick shipping, a money-back guarantee, and a 2-year warranty, I am happy I purchased my power station from RockPals over other brands.
Review by 4RUNNER.