REVIEW – If you’re looking for power stations in the 1000-2000 Wh range, there’s a huge range of options so you’ll probably be looking most closely at factors like longevity, port selection, and cost. One of the features I have rarely seen so far is the inclusion of a high-amperage RV style port, but today I’ve got a power station with an RV port in to review: the ALLPOWERS S2000 Pro Portable Power Station.
What is it?
What’s in the box?
- ALLPOWERS S2000 Pro Portable Power Station
- MC4 to XT60 solar connector cable
- AC charging cable
- Car port to XT60 charging cable
- Weather resistant cover
- Accessories carrying pouch
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- Battery capacity: 1500 Wh (405,405 mAh)\
- Battery type: Ternary lithium battery
- Size: 37.5 x 24.5 x 25 centimetres / 14.76 x 9.64 x 9.84 inch
- Weight: 14.5KG/31.96lbs
- AC output (4 outlets combined): Continuous: 2400W, Surged: 4000W
- RV plug output: 110V,30A Max
- USB-A output: USB1/USB2/USB3/USB4:5V3A/9V2A/12V1.5A, USB1+USB3/USB2+USB4:5V2.4A+5V2.4A
- USB-C output: 5V-20V/5A(PD 100W Max)
- AC charging input: 1500W 110V
- Solar input: MPPT 18-70V, 18A 650W Max
Design and features
The front of the ALLPOWERS S2000 Pro Portable Power Station is set up with the layout I prefer: all output ports on the front. This helps with cable routing, and the upside-down AC ports up top means you can route cables back or to the sides without obstructing the LCD screen. The four AC + AC RV ports can put out a combined 2400 watts continuous, 4000 watts peak power.
Below the 30 amp/110 volt RV port is an XT60 DC input port – for charging via car charger or solar. Control buttons below the LCD screen control the on/off state of the unit, AC ports, and DC ports (including USB). The DC button doubles as a Bluetooth pairing button as well when held down.
The DC/USB cluster includes a car port (always nice for random 12V car port devices like vacuums, lights, air compressors, etc.), two type C ports (PD 100 watts between them), and four USB-A ports. Using a single USB-A port delivers up to 18 watts, but when you use more than one, it spreads wattage out between devices (to ~10W per device if I’m reading the spec sheet correctly?).
Both sides look the same, so I’ll only include one picture. Each has a ventilation hole to allow for cooling. The cooling fans kick on under load and sound similar to a laptop (both in volume and pitch). The handles feel very robust, but I wish they were flush with the top instead of raised – this means you can’t set something flat the full width of the power station on top.
Around the back is the AC charging port, which supports up to 1500 watts of fast charging.
The top view (above) shows the texture and shape of the top of the power station. I like this area for setting devices that I’m charging (at least laptops and smaller devices).
On the bottom, we have four rubber nonstick pads and technical information.
The included weather-resistant travel/storage cover is a nice addition, though it’s a bit harder to pick up and move the unit with the cover zipped on.
Charging the ALLPOWERS S2000 Pro Portable Power Station is pretty straightforward, you just plug in the AC cord to a wall outlet. It quickly ramped up to 1500 watts charging, and fully charges in about 90 minutes from empty. You can connect your mobile phone via Bluetooth to use the ALLPOWERS app, though it doesn’t offer any functionality you can’t get on the main screen, except for changing AC frequency from 60 to 50 Hz, and only works when you’re already close to the power station (Bluetooth range). App screenshots:
The ALLPOWERS S2000 Pro Portable Power Station is a solid performer for its price point and storage capacity (at least with the sale price of $699 it was at during the review). I tested with charging laptops, e-bikes, phones, tablets, and then really pushed it with a space heater that spikes over 2000 watts and then settles to 1500 watts continuous load. The S2000 Pro didn’t bat an eye at the strain, though it estimated 45 minutes to empty from a full charge.
ALLPOWERS also sent over a pair of 200 watt solar panels to test with. Unfortunately we had an unusually cloudy December during the review period on top of shorter days at high latitude, so the best I could get was about 30 watts input (but I also tested other similar panels and they did no better, it’s just a rough time for solar here). With these panels wired in series, I can theoretically get 400 watts of input in optimum conditions, which should be more than enough to recharge the power station during the day if I’m using it for camping/RV excursions.
What I like
- Good value with the sale price (not so good at full retail)
- UPS / passthrough charging
- Flexible solar MPPT charging (some similar power stations are much more restrictive on voltages and max power allowed)
What I’d change
- Make top completely flat for stacking things on top
- App doesn’t seem to offer any additional functionality with limited Bluetooth range
- Prefer LiFePO4 battery chemistry for longevity, though they claim nearly the same cell cycle estimate
The ALLPOWERS S2000 Pro Portable Power Station seems to be a good all-around power station for the 1500 Wh class. Output and charging are all good high numbers, the RV port would be great if you are using this with an RV, and the other ports make for flexible power delivery for all sorts of scenarios. The better-than-average solar input range is nice too, giving you options on what (if any) solar panels you choose to add to your power station setup.