Portable battery generators are popular than ever. With so many different options online, it could be difficult to choose the one for your needs and budget. Luckily, Maxoak, a company that specializes in portable power has been developing some of the best and most affordable battery stations. Their multipurpose Bluetti EB240 station is selling like a hot cake. What makes this power station unique? Should you buy it? You will know everything in this review.
As a quick intro, EB240 is a suitcase power bank with a capacity of 2400Wh and offers 1000W power output. This capacity is enough to run almost anything in your house, even a power drill. If you think 2400Wh is a lot for you, go with the 1500Wh version which is much cheaper. Read my detailed review of Bluetti EB150 (1500Wh version). Both EB150 and EB240 are the same in everything except the battery capacity and cost.
If you need any other info about the product or have feedback, leave a comment below. Without wasting any more time, let’s get into the Bluetti EB240 review.
What’s in the Box
This power station comes in a super heavy box. You may need some assistance in carrying it. If you open the box, you can easily carry the battery station with its handle.
- PV Solar Charge Cable (7909 to MC4)
- AC Wall Charger (including AC input charging cable)
- EB240 Solar Power Generator
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
- Certificate of Qualification
Out of the box, EB240 looks like a metal suitcase. The design is not that great but the build quality is top-notch. The handle is sturdy, the metal casing is super strong and the plastics on the sides are good.
On the front, you will find different input and output ports
On the back, you have AC outlets and a fan vent that keep the battery cool. The following table lists all the ports.
|AC Power Outlets (110V)||2 Ports 1000W each|
|USB Ports||4 Ports 3A Max|
|USB C Ports||1 Port 45W|
|DC Car Port||12V 9A|
|Solar/DC Input Port||16 – 60V / 10A|
|AC On/Off Switch||Yes|
|DC On/Off Switch||Yes|
|Overload Protection Switch||No|
Now that you’ve seen the physical overview of the product, let us get to the actual review of EB240 and see how it performs.
EB240 has an output power capacity of 1000W. This means the battery station can power/drive any device that is less than or equal to 1000W. For how long? it depends on the battery capacity that we shall see in the next section.
You have two AC outlets on the station and both of them support 1000W but if you use them together, the power divides based on the connected device. So, two 1000W AC ports do not mean 2000W. Also, there is a 45W USB C power delivery port on the device. You can use this to recharge laptops, smartphones, etc. Power delivery will speed up the charging process. You can also use the DC port to powerup devices like CPAP, camping lights, etc.
Is 1000W output enough? Well, it depends. As far as I’ve seen, 1kW is more than enough for household devices like TV, laptops, blender, microwave oven, etc. Even some of the power tools like drilling machine would easily work. But most of the heating devices like kettle, heater, etc will not work on EB240. So, if you are buying this for a specific use or appliance, make sure the wattage is under 1000W.
Although Bluetti EB240 does not have surge support, the battery can handle up to 1200W load momentarily (for a minute or so). This is not great. If you really need a good surge capacity, go with their AC200 version or Ecoflow Delta 1300.
EB240 has 2400 watt-hour power stored in the lithium battery pack. If you are wondering how big is the capacity, EB240 can power any 1000W device for 150 minutes straight. To give you an example, your TV typically consumes around 150 watts. So, EB250 can power it for 16 hours straight.
2400Wh (watt hour) is equal to 200Ah (ampere hour)
Is 2400Wh capacity enough? Definitely yes. This much battery capacity is considered under the top 10% in portable power because most of the battery stations offer around 1000Wh of power and it is very difficult to find one over 1500Wh.
So, 2400Wh capacity is perfect for a power user like outdoor enthusiasts, traveler, adventurer, campers, RV’ers, Van lifer, liveaboards, and ocean anglers. Also, this high capacity battery station has a battery management system that will protect you from overvoltage, overcurrent, and short-circuit problems.
Like many other Maxoak’s power stations, EB240 supports solar charging by default. It accepts up to 500W solar input. You just have to plug the solar panel into the DC input port. The MC4 connector will be included in the package, so you just need a solar panel. The solar charging efficiency is much higher with MPPT as it can track the strength of the sunlight and adapt itself to the best charging mode.
When choosing a solar panel, make sure you choose the portable ones. Portable panels come in suitcase-type and flexible type. The flexible type is easy to carry but its efficiency is poor. Suitcase type is better if you have an RV. I have created a buying guide on portable solar panels, you can find it here.
The LCD display on the device shows you different metrics like battery percentage, DC and AC power output and AC input. The display is not super advanced like EF Delta but it does the job.
If you ask me if EB240 is portable, I would say yes. But if you ask me is it easy to carry it around, I would say no. Weighing around 50 pounds, this power station is definitely heavy. But the overall size is very small. In other words, it is not bulky. The compact size lets you carry it everywhere, be it camping, hunting, picnic, or whatever. The suitcase handle is particularly useful.
Performance of EB240
The below table gives you an idea of some of the devices that can be powered by EB240. In reality, the battery can power almost anything under 1000W for at least two hours because of its huge 2500Wh capacity. Moreover, EB240 has a lifetime recharge cycle of about 2500 which is crazy. This means you can drain and recharge it up to 2500 times without any significant drop in battery performance.
|Appliance||Bluetti EB240 Performance
|Laptop (80W)||28 Times|
|LCD TV (150W)||16 Hours|
|Smartphone (8W)||250+ Times|
|Desktop Computer (200W)||12 Hours|
|Ceiling Fan (52 inch)||39 Hours|
|Microwave Oven (1100W)||120 Minutes|
|Instant Pot Cooker (1000W)||150 Minutes|
|Corded Drilling Machine (600W)||3.8 Hours|
|Washing Machine (900W)||2.4 Hours|
|Blender (250W)||9 Hours|
|Electric Clothes Dryer (1700W)||No|
|Toaster (650W)||3.5 Hours|
|Electric Kettle (1300W)||No|
|Portable Refrigerator (70W)||34 Hours|
|Mini Vacuum Cleaner (250W)||9.5 Hours|
|Surveillance/Wifi Camera (5W)||20 Days|
|CPAP Device (without humidifier/pressure)
* Some of the table values are based on my personal experience while some are estimates. It can change with devices, settings and battery age.
- High Capacity: 2400Wh (648648mAh/3.7V, 162162mAh/14.8V)
- Inverter Load: Continuous 1000W (1000W≤load<1200W last for 120S; 1200W≤load, shut off after 0.5s)
- Battery: LG Li-ion battery cell, Auto-level, Lower heat, and high efficiency
- Input: AC/PV Input: 7.9*0.9mm DC, 42V/160W, OCV 16V~68V/ MAX 10A
- Outputs: 1*AC110V, 1*12V9A, 1*PD 45W USB-C, 4*5V3A USB
- AC/Solar Recharge (DC to MC4 solar charging cable is included in the package)
- Size & Net Weight: 19.4*6.5*14.4inch, 48.5lb
- Built-in MPPT, no need for external solar charge controllers
Bluetti EB240 vs EB150
Honestly, these two versions are exactly the same and it is not possible to differentiate by their looks. EB240 has a higher battery capacity of 2400Wh while EB150 is limited to 1500Wh. Apart from this, EB240 costs you ~$400 more but if you see the price to Wh ratio, EB240 is very cheap.
It is a long review, isn’t it? EB240 deserves even more words but I think I have discussed everything vital for you to make a decision. Personally, I think EB240 is best for those who go on outdoor adventures for weeks. For short trips, EB150 is more economical. EB240 is also good for outdoor workers and people who live in rural areas without 24/7 electricity access.
Even though EB240 is not the best-looking, its performance is top-notch. It offers so much battery backup for so little price. If you want to find a long-lasting and high load portable power station for your household/RV/Camping/tailgating/garden device, EB240 won’t disappoint you. Highly recommended.
If you are interested in checking out different power stations, check our power station buying guide here.
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Last update on 2021-01-06 / Links / Images from Amazon PAAPI