Orico 150-Watt Portable Power Station review – Powers your gear AND lights up your world

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REVIEW – If your house is like mine, you have dozens of power-hungry gadgets in every pocket, on every shelf, and under the Christmas tree, Menorah, or Festivus Pole. Keeping them running, especially when out-and-about can be challenging… unless you have a beefy power station like Orico’s 150-watt Power Station!

What is it?

The Orico 15-Watt Portable power station is a self-contained battery with an integrated USB, and 12-volt sockets, and a 110-volt AC inverter capable of running small household appliances.

Hardware Specs:

  • Model: ORICO PA120-1A4U
  • Color: Silver gray
  • Material: Aluminium alloy+ABS+PC(fire retardant)
  • Surface: Textured (plastic)+Sandblasting oxidation (aluminum alloy)
  • Battery Chemistry: Lithium-ion
  • Battery Capacity: 10.8V/14500mAh 156.6Wh
  • Dimensions: 186.5x102x113.5mm (7.3 x 4 x 4.5 inches)
  • Weight: 68Kg+/-10g, with accessories 1.85Kg (3lbs 11oz, 4lbs 1oz)
  • Input Power: DC13-24V 30W MAX
  • Output Power: 120W MAX(AC+QC+USB+Type-C+DC Total Output)
  • Indicators: Power: White light power capacity display, AC: Blue light

What’s in the Box?

  • Power station
  • 100 to 240-volt AC, 2000mA power supply
  • 12-volt DC power cord
  • 12-volt power “cigarette lighter” power adapter

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Design and Features:

Orico’s power station arrived in foam padding to protect it from bumps and bruises.

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The aluminum casing is pleasing to the touch and should hold up well.

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The leathery carrying strap is comfortable, but time will tell how well it holds up to heavy usage.

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Rubber feet keep the power station from sliding around while in use.

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Specs are clearly printed on the bottom.

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There are two small buttons, one turns on the USB and 12-volt power.

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The other button turns on the bright 4-LED flashlight.

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There is easily enough light to illuminate a room. There are no flash or dimming functions.

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The ends of the Power Stations are curved, so “tail standing” to bounce the light off the ceiling will result in a bit of rocking, but it calms down after a few seconds and remains stable.

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A slide switch turns on the 110-volt AC, 60Hz inverter.

A bright blue LED indicates the inverter is on. Orico offers a 220-volt, 50Hz version for Europe, Africa, and Asia.

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There are three USB output ports, two 12-volt output ports, one USB-C output port, and a partridge in a pear tree, um, I mean one 12-volt input socket.

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Straight out of the box, the power display read 85% capacity. For testing, I plugged in a 110-volt LED lamp with a 9-watt bulb. The next morning, the lamp was still going strong with 34% of the available capacity remaining, that’s 51% for about nine-hours of room-warming light. I’m impressed.

After several more hours, the display dropped to 0% and the inverter powered off, I plugged the power station into the wall charger. The full charge took almost exactly 6.5 hours. Not bad for a battery this big.

I spent the next two weeks charging and powering different devices using the Orico Power station. My Vizio 40” television ran for five hours on a full charge. A full charge from a completely dead battery in m iPhone XS took just over 2.5 hours. Based on my findings, the Orico Power Station should be able to charge my phone 5-1/2 times – that’s some serious peace of mind during a power outage.

Some wall-wart power supplies might block the power display.

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The 12-volt power adapter allows for use of any devices you can use in your vehicle.

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The 12-volt power supply plug allows charging from any 12-volt vehicle power socket.

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The 2000mA wall charger will work with any input voltage from 100 to 240-volts AC.

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For off-grid charging, the Orico Power Station can handle up to 30-watts of 12-volt solar power. This translates to about 2.5 Amps and, with full sun, should be able to charge the Power Station in about 5 hours and  15 minutes.

What I Like:

  • Powerful battery
  • Integrated inverter

What I Would Change:

  • Nothing

Final Thoughts:

I can’t express how appreciative I am of having a device like the Orico Power Station available. It’s great for keeping portable stereos and Bluetooth speakers running at a picnic, powering a small TV for tailgating, a bug zapper at a back-yard bonfire, or keeping your precious phone powered. My fiancée is in Madagascar and has successfully used a similar product (charged with a solar panel) to keep her family’s five phones running for over a year. Without it, our communication would have been seriously hindered. If portable power is on your Christmas wish list to Santa this year, you won’t be disappointed with the Orico 150-Watt Portable Power station!

Price: $120.99
Where to buy: Amazon (use coupon code: R7RNNTDW to save 10% Expires: 1/15/2021 23:59PST)
Source: The sample for this review was provided by Orico.

4 thoughts on “Orico 150-Watt Portable Power Station review – Powers your gear AND lights up your world”

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    1. I suspect Orico has called this “150-watts” because USB and 12-volt sockets can be used at the same time as the AC power socket, or they have a little overhead for peak inrush current but I have not been able to confirm this.

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