If you’re a regular reader of the site, you know that we’ve been big fans of BLUETTI, a company that has built out a whole line up of solar power storage products that’ll keep you powered up whether you’re dealing with a power outage due to a natural disaster or are simply camping in the great outdoors, miles from the closest outlet.
With their portable power stations and generators, you are able to keep your food fresh, your drinks cold, and stay comfortable with tower fans or air conditioners, no matter where you’re at. After all, everyone’s definition of “roughing it” is a little different! But what’s great about BLUETTI is that they’re always innovating, with new product offerings at every turn.
So when we heard that BLUETTI was introducing some big things at CES 2022 spanning across sodium battery power stations, solar panels and all-in-one home power solutions, we were excited to learn more about these new product offerings. While we weren’t able to make it out to CES this year, I did have the opportunity to take part in a virtual chat with one of BLUETTI’s VPs, Longman, at the Intersolar North America show recently, where he introduced us to some of BLUETTI’s new offerings and gave us more info on them.
You can watch a replay of our live stream with Longman below:
If you don’t feel like watching the whole 30-minute video, keep on reading as we break down BLUETTI’s three big announcements for you.
1. BLUETTI NA300 & B480 Power Stations Use New Sodium-ion Battery Technology
BLUETTI unveiled the world’s first sodium-ion solar generator, the NA300 and its compatible battery pack, the B480 at CES last week. The NA300 and B480 seamlessly inherit all the style and appearance settings of its predecessor – EP500 Pro, especially four 20A plugs and one 30A L14-30 output ports driven by the built-in 3,000W pure sine wave inverter to power most of your household electrical appliances. Besides, the NA300 further outstrips the EP500 Pro’s incredible 2,400W solar input to 3,000W. It will be the fastest charging solar generator since it can be recharged from 0% to 80% in a short half-hour by 6,000W swift AC + PV dual charging. (3,000W Max. for both AC and PV)
However, the NA300 provides a capacity of 3,000Wh, less than the 5,100Wh of EP500 Pro in the same size, due to current sodium-ion battery technology limitations. That said, it supports up to two B480 battery modules (4,800Wh each) for a whopping total capacity of 12,600Wh, and the unit can sustain the constant electricity supply needs for a family for several days or even a week if they’re facing a grid failure or natural disaster with recharging by the solar panels. Additionally, NA300 also offers the 240V, 6000W connection with a Fusion Box and another NA300, IoT App Remote Control by iOS or Android, and other EP500 Pro’s merits.
The first-generation sodium-ion battery rivals the LiFePO4 battery cells widely used in other BLUETTI products in security and long cycle life except for the low energy density. What has us excited about sodium-ion batteries is the fact that it’s easier to come by, cheaper, offers better low-temperature performance, quicker-charging, and other electrochemical aspects because of its chemical characteristics. BLUETTI’s sodium-ion battery can charge in less than 30 minutes to 80% SOC at room temperature. Besides, in a low-temperature environment of -4℉, this sodium-ion battery pack in NA300 and B480 has a capacity retention rate of more than 85% and provides a system integration efficiency of over 80%, which is perfect for those using it in winter or in regions with extremely low temperatures.
2. The Long-Awaited BLUETTI AC500 “Apex” Is Finally Here
After 2 years of development and product iteration, the BLUETTI AC series now goes 5kW for 2022: meet the mighty BLUETTI AC500 (aka. The APEX). As the name suggests, the BLUETTI AC500 features a crazy 5,000-watt pure sine wave inverter, which is the most powerful inverter that BLUETTI has ever shipped, and might well be the most powerful inverter in today’s market. The APEX also inherited the design language from its predecessor AC300, and just like the AC300, AC500 is a 100% modular solar battery system, works with its own battery module B301 (3072Wh LFP per pack) and also backwards compatible with the B300 battery module that BLUETTI shipped with the AC300 in 2020.
BLUETTI AC500 can work with up to 6×B301 (3,072Wh LFP per pack) battery modules per unit, adding up to a total of groundbreaking 18,432Wh. Power your whole family’s basic needs for DAYS during emergencies or power outages.
- Turbo Charge: With AC and PV(solar) simultaneous charging, the total input can achieve up to 8000W. That is to say, one hour charging can power up an air conditioner for 5-8 hours, or a clothing dryer for 1-2 hours.
- 5000W AC Charging: Quickly charging to full, steady backup power in case of any kinds of emergencies.
- 3000W PV(solar) Charging: Sustainable energy which is clean and friendly to the environment. One hour of PV charging can power up an electric saw for 2-4 hours or a professional computer for 4-6 hours.
- Output: 5000W pure sine wave inverter for clean and safe power output, two AC500’s can be paired for a 240V, 10000W output power system (Split-phase bonding, home circuit integration by BLUETTI Smart Home Panel)
3. The Tiny Yet Mighty Assassin: BLUETTI EB3A
Realizing that not everyone needs a massive (not to mention heavy) power station, BLUETTI has introduced a smaller unit to their CES booth that is small in stature yet delivers plenty of punch. Meet the BLUETTI EB3A.
Unlike the previous BLUETTI naming rules, the name EB3A stands out because it’s so compact and lightweight (weighing around 10 lbs). Longman told us that the “A” stands for “advanced”, with a 600W pure sine wave inverter and 268Wh of LiFePO4 battery pack under the hood, and also support up to 200 watts of solar input, the EB3A is gonna be a quite big catfish for the entry-level power station market. (vs. Jackery 240, Ecoflow River Mini).
Unlike any of BLUETTI’s other compact units, the EB3A is the first model in the sub-3000Wh range that doesn’t need a bulky power brick to charge. One single cable will charge the EB3A at a relatively stunning rate of 600W, 0 to 80% charged in just 20 minutes!
With a very affordable price tag ($250-$300 est.), the EB3A is sure to start a revolution among the ultra-portable power stations.
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