– Welcome to the channel. I'm Justin B. McBride. And you're watching This
Just In With Justin. (upbeat music) Just in today is the Bluetti
AC50S portable power station. If you've been following
my channel for a while, then you know I love portable batteries. I've said time after time
that the Goal Zero Yeti 500X is my favorite battery. And it still is the portable
solar capable battery that I recommend the most, but the $700 price tag is
steep and frankly difficult for many to justify. So what if there was a budget battery that I could recommend as an alternative? I've already disowned
Jackery as a viable option for their lackluster design
and under engineering.
So what else could there be? This, there is this. The Bluetti AC50S. I still can't believe they can make money charging under $400 for this thing. They have a coupon code
on their site right now that makes it 399.47. Excuse me? How, how? But if you're watching this
after the code is expired, it's still under $450. I just don't get why more
people aren't running this over let's say, Jackery, just
for the price alone. The AC50S is a 500 watt hour
battery designed to take on the likes of Goal Zero and Jackery. And honestly, it does a
really great job at doing that with only a few drawbacks. I know there's a lot of
jargon around batteries and a lot of technical knowledge. So if you're new to batteries, a 500 watt hour battery
is a medium duty battery perfect for charging camera
batteries, a laptop, a tablet, a phone, and keeping a
12 volt fridge running all at the same time. It won't do all of that
simultaneously for very long, but knowing it can is what makes a sub $500 price tag really intriguing.
In my experience, those
who should be shopping for a 500 watt hour battery are
those who are looking to run critical electronics,
like a 12 volt fridge, a C-PAP machine, or a laptop off the grid, or during a power outage. And as added bonus, might
have access to direct sunlight for easy solar charging. The AC50S is an excellent
unit for camera and drone batteries and everything
I just listed above, but overkill if you're just
gonna run USB components like USB lights or charging
your phone or iPad. For that, one of my favorite batteries is the Goal Zero Sherpa 100PD. I've linked it below. I'll probably do a full
review on that one as well, but that's just a great USB battery. I also wouldn't recommend
the 500 watt hour battery for high draw electronics, such
as power tools, blow dryers, or other home appliances
like a full-size fridge, blender, or coffee grinder.
If those are the types of
electronics you're running, you'll need to be ready
to invest around $2,000. In short, a 500 watt
hour battery is perfect for camping or running low duty essentials during a power outage. The Bluetti AC50S form factor is one of my favorite things about it. Like the Goal Zero
500X, it has a flat top. It makes it perfect for
fitting into tight spaces.
This is easily one of the
things I dislike the most about the Jackery because they
have that fixed top handle, making a portable battery
a lot less portable. The AC50S is 11.6 inches
wide, 7.5 inches deep, and 7.7 inches tall, compared to the 500X and the Jackery Explorer 500, which are 11.25 inches wide by 7.5 inches deep. And only 5.8 inches
tall for the Goal Zero, and 11.8 inches wide by 7.6
inches deep and 9.2 inches tall for the Jackery.
The AC50S weighs in the
heaviest of the three at 13.6 pounds. While the Goal Zero 500X is 12.9 pounds and the Jackery is 13.32. I haven't found an actual
watt hour value for the AC50S, so we're just gonna take
it for what they say, 500 watt hours. While the Goal Zero is 505 watt hours, and the Jackery is 518 watt hours. As for the ports offered on the AC50S, I have to say, I'm impressed. For those overlanders
looking to run a fridge, it does have the regulated 12 volt output, so your fridge won't suck the battery dry. It also has a little cap for the 12 volt to keep it clear from debris, which I think is kind of a weird addition because the USBC port is
more likely to sustain damage due to debris than the 12 volt is.
So having a flap on there
doesn't quite make sense to me. It has to 110 volt AC outputs
with a 300 watt surge. Plenty for a C-PAP or camera chargers, as well as a laptop brick if your laptop requires
more than 45 watts. I say that because it has a
high powered 45 watt USBC port that can charge a 2015 or later MacBook, not the MacBook Pro, and the
MacBook Air 2018 or later without the brick. The remaining four USB ports are all five volt, three amp USBA ports. It also has two DC out ports that I don't think I will ever use. The Jackery has these too. So this must be some
kind of overseas thing that I just don't fully understand. On top is a feature that the
other 500 watt hour batteries are lacking, wireless charging. Yes, this is something I
wish the Goal Zero 500X had. I said that in my first and
initial review of it ages ago, but here on the Bluetti
AC50S, all you have to do, turn on DC mode on the battery, set your wireless
charging device up on top.
And then, well you're charging. Thank you, it's that easy. The collapsible handles
feel a little less secure than the Goal Zero, but since
they center above the battery, it makes it really easy to carry. No complaints. They work. After all of that, I am happy
to say that like the 500X the AC50S has a charging port in the rear, but unfortunately that is the
only input on this battery. I do wish there was one
on the front as well.
The AC50S also works with solar panels. I have the Bluetti 200 watt panels and they're pretty similar
to what I have for Goal Zero. The Bluetti cabling feels a
lot less thought out though, because it comes in two parts and they're a connection
I've never seen before. And they also don't have
a direct USB connection. So whatever, they work
though, that's the point. The panels do have an easy to carry handle and don't take up much room.
They are well worth the
addition to your battery if they're in your budget. The SB120, which is 120 watt is $400. And the SB200, which is what I have, the 200 watt panels, are $550. Another plus the Bluetti over the Jackery is that they actually put
a usable light on the unit. I think the flashlight on the Jackery is just an absolute joke. It's some incandescent, it's garbage. But this bad boy has a
complete scene light. And then this gimmick. So it has SOS mode. I don't think I'd use this to
actually flag down a boat or an aircraft as much as I would
just use it as a reference. So I'd look at it as I might
use a brighter flashlight or fan a fire or something to hopefully get the code correct.
I think this battery
has a lot going for it beyond just the budget price point. The 12 volt is regulated, which is a must. The wireless charging
frees up the USB port. The 210 volt AC ports add versatility. And the collapsible handle and small size make it easy to pack away. With all of those positive things to say, what are some of the things I
don't like about this battery? Well, I wish I had one less USBA port and one more USBC port.
I also want that high powered
USBC to be at least 65 watts so it could charge a MacBook
Pro without needing the brick. But don't even mention
USBC at all the Jackery, because it barely has three USBA ports. I think the 12 volt outputs are useless. I've been reviewing batteries
for the last few years, and I don't think I own a
single electronic device that uses that. An Anderson plug would have
been a way better option in my opinion. I also wish each area had
a dedicated power button like the other batteries do. Turning on the device as a whole, and then pressing a second
button to turn on DC or AC outputs is a little annoying, especially because
those AC and DC buttons, you have to hold them and
then they'll turn on or off. Lastly, the most significant negative that I have found about
this thing is the noise. The fan on it is so
loud, obnoxiously loud. It isn't always on, but when you're charging the
battery or running 110 volt, the noise will become very noticeable.
(fan blowing) I don't think any of these
negatives are a deal breaker. And if the 500X is out of your price range and you don't need that 65 watt USBC or a smaller form factor, then this little guy is where it's at. If I were Jackery, I would be
working feverishly to put out something with the Bluetti
and Goal Zero's modern hints. If my video helped you decide
to get one of these batteries, please consider using
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Until next time. I'm Justin B. McBride. (upbeat music).