POWER OUTAGE? Solar Generator Test: Bluetti AC200P

hey guys sam here and angela and welcome to our 
channel we received a really cool thing to try   and what is it it is a solar generator battery 
in a box or more technically it is the blue eddy   model ac 200p thing that is the thing so let's 
try it out and see what it can do as sam said   this is a power source a battery in a box so it's 
pretty much like a generator without having a gas   engine with it which is very usable especially 
if you're an apartment or something like that   or somewhere that you can't have a lot of 
noise we're here in the kitchen and so we   are going to hook up some stuff and see how it 
runs it and kind of like a max load type thing so here we are here is the battery in the box 
the thing i will go into the very technical specs   nerd out session later in this video so if 
you're looking for that hang around or you   can skip ahead to it but for now i think 
angela has some practical uses in mind   so let's go ahead and start experimenting a very 
good application for this would be if the power   goes out and you don't have any other backup 
no generator or anything like that especially   if you're in an apartment or a small home 
that you don't have anything like that   you will need to run your refrigerator and 
possibly your freezer if you have one too   so we're gonna hook up our fridge and see how 
what kind of drain it does on this battery and   how long it could last i want to go ahead 
and turn this thing on and let it boot up all right since it's on we are going to be 
using a ac mode so we touch that and turn that   output on which does all of these 
over here and it even says ac output   on the top so you know which ones you're 
doing so i'll pull this up and plug it in   and it automatically will tell how many 
watts it's pulling at any given time and i just heard the compressor or whatever 
it's called kick on on the fridge so this is   probably in more of a power pulling mode 
right now it is pulling about 140 watts   we do have a large fridge that 
is a side-by-side fridge freezer   so it's doing good let's see what else we can 
find to run on it to add to our no power scenario   we're going to add in some lighting because 
that's something you would definitely need it's only gone up to about 155 watts 
which is not very much another 10 maybe   so let's see what else we can do so 
let's do a little practical scenario here   uh the power is out we're running 
our fridge and our two little lights   and you got a hanker for some hot wings so go 
ahead and set up to airfry 400 degrees for about   20 minutes we're not gonna run it that long but 
i want to see how much juice this thing draws okay that really stepped things up according to 
the blue eddy it is now pulling 1580 watts this   is only rated for 2000 watts peak output so we 
are nearing the top of the scale however we got   our air fryer going we can have ourselves some hot 
wings or a cauliflower pizza if that's your thing   plus lights plus fridge what else can we find 
all right i got a box fan surely to goodness   this could get close to the top here so box 
fan on plug number five we'll turn it on high wow okay we're learning that these things 
that we think would use a lot of electricity   apparently we're only pulling i don't know 40 50 
watts and we've got 400 something more to chew up   vacuum gotta get rid of the dust bunnies 
okay angela has said it's time to bust out   the vacuum cleaner we have a shark rocket stick 
vacuum with the brushes on it my vote is this is   going to overload this box which should trigger 
its emergency protocols or something to shut   it down so it doesn't damage itself we'll see 
though so we're plugging it here in this outlet are you serious so you're telling me we can run our fridge a 
couple of lights charge our cell phone air fry   us up some hot wings turn a box fan on high 
and vacuum and it's still not overload with   this box i'll tell you what this box wants to do 
more than i would want to do in the power outage   angela told me that when she was filming that she 
saw the wattage meter what edge meter showed that   it went over 2 000 watts for initial startup and 
then back back down so that's pretty cool to see   2000 watts is apparently not the hardline 
cut off we're still looking for some other   things to plug up to actually find out what the 
actual cut off peak portion is for this device   so when we dig out something else we'll 
be right here so don't go anywhere   all right we found something that i 
believe will push us over the edge this   is a power brick adapter for my laptop 
it's stamped that it's 150 watt usage so   that plus everything should definitely pop 
us over the 2000 watt threshold and we can   actually see when it actually cuts off we had to 
take the box pin out of the mix because this is   just too many things plugged up but i think this 
is going to work for giving us a really good idea fingers crossed i guess i don't know i 
don't know if i want it to trip or not   either way let's fire up the hot wing machine cool fridge is running lights are on 
computers charging cell phones charging   now let's do some nice spring cleaning i don't know at this point i don't know what 
else to throw at it so i think what would be a   cool test is to leave this let's let the airfryer 
run through an 18 minute cycle plus the fridge   lights phone and computer and let's see what it 
does the battery right now we're at 88 percent   so let's make ourselves some hot wings and 
see how much juice we have after that's done   while those hot wings i'm more 
hot wings now i'm just saying   but while everything is running angel 
had a good idea to go and talk about   yes we've shown how to discharge the system but 
what kind of options do we have for charging   this unit comes with a wall adapter or a wall 
charger it also has the option to add solar panels   to the system which we have three of and those 
together all combined are rated for 500 watts as   well now you're not going to get 500 watts out 
of a 500 watt system unless you've got perfect   you know alignment with the sun and weather and 
everything so realistically the most we've seen   out of that is around 450 watts of charging which 
is still really good yes still very good another   option for charging the buu yeti is to plug it 
into the cigarette lottery of your car but that's   going to take about 26 years so it's not really 
one i consider an option when you're dealing   with a battery this large and the average output 
from your vehicle i mean i don't know it's it's   technically possible but not plausible speaking of 
solar we do have the solar panels and we have been   trying it out on our property in tennessee we 
might give you a little sneak peek of what that   looks like but that'll be in one of the upcoming 
videos yeah it's rainy here today so it would be   a poor example of the solar panels usage plus 
everything would get wet so that's why we don't   have footage to show right now today however what 
you're seeing at this point is b-roll and footage   of an upcoming video where we try to figure 
out spoiler we haven't figured out just yet but   we try to figure out how we can boondock and run 
our camper completely off grid from this system   our hot wings are still cooking we are currently 
preheated and we have 16 minutes left to cook them   so we'll see the battery percentage is now 79 
percent which one down pretty fast what did we   start at 88.

All right 11 of our batteries chewing 
up on these hot wings they better taste good   that might be a good time to get a little 
coleman stove or something like that   true but if you're in a home or an apartment 
you can't really be firing up the old coleman   you don't want to burn the place down no so this 
was i mean i don't know we'll see this might be a   one hot wing meal system set up but we are still 
running laptop cell phone two lamps in our fridge   so that's really good it is cool it's i'm shocked 
i thought we would have been able to overload it   immediately with the vacuum cleaner and fridge and 
stuff so you're not going to be using more than   this probably not probably not okay see you guys 
when the food gets done while this test is running   let's go ahead and dive into the really nerdy 
technical stuff with this blue yeti if you're   not interested in this go ahead and skip ahead to 
whatever point you see down below like the next   chapter and you'll be brought back to things that 
are not as dry and boring unless like me you're   really interested in that stuff as mentioned 
this is the model ac200p by blue yeti and it is   basically an off-grid setup in a box what you 
have behind this pretty little gray plastic cover   down in this area is a bank of batteries these 
are lithium iron phosphate batteries which are the   current industry standard as far as the 
best ones to use in such an application   they are stable they are safe they don't off gas 
when they charge they have a ton of charge cycles   or duty cycles and they last a very long time 
above this and i'm totally guessing because i have   not taken this apart but you're going to have some 
electronics that maintain the battery's voltage   that system is called a bms or battery maintenance 
system i think so and then you're gonna have a   charge controller tied to the bms and then you'll 
have an inverter which basically takes juice from   the batteries and changes it out throughout 
the out the door products like this have become   extremely popular in the last year or two 
given certain world events changes in weather   whatever you want to call it people are 
more interested in a little bit more   self-sufficiency when it comes to electricity 
needs usage generation and storage in their   home rv camper boat or personal underground bunker 
perhaps as far as contents you get the actual unit   itself i'm going to call this probably a lot of 
different names because depending on the subject   or sentence i'm saying i'll call it a solar 
generator battery box or thing so bear with me   there are a handful of ways to get electricity 
into this box and charge your batteries the most   common way that we use is this monstrous wall 
charger or ac adapter it is a giant 500 watt   charger built-in fan and everything you plug this 
into your home's outlet and this side of it plugs   into the side of the box here and charges it at 
500 watts input that's by far the easiest thing   to do considering you're in a situation where 
you have mains electrical or normal electricity   and you're just charging the batteries for use at 
a future date the system also charges from solar   panels which are optional and most commonly 
included whenever you see bundles kits or   maybe other videos about this kind of setup 
you have solar panels sitting out in the field   well you need this cable to connect into the 
side and allow you to charge the system that way   this particular model can handle up to 700 watts 
of solar input which is pretty cool however if   you're a mathologist out there you're quickly 
going to realize 700 watts input from solar   up to 2 000 watts output it's not an even playing 
field and you're right that is a limitation of the   system it is able to juice out more than it can 
juice in at the same time so the juices don't line   up another cord they include for charging is this 
it is a cigarette lighter adapter for your vehicle   you plug this in and you can adapt it and plug 
it up to the side here along with this box you   get this adapter which allows you to go from mc4 
connectors which is what most solar panels use   over to an xt90 to then adapt over to your input 
there's a lot of cables here and it's a lot of   confusion you may think gosh why didn't they just 
give you solar panel to side of the box let you   be with that mainly it's because it gives you 
flexibility to use these adapters in a way that   suits your needs your system or whatever else so 
i don't mind the additional steps and changeovers   it's a little confusing at first but whenever you 
just kind of plug everything together and see what   works you're good there as you learn using this 
kind of system and setup and charging you may want   to branch out and use these connectors otherwise 
and so in that front i think it's cool that they   give you the option so you don't have to then 
buy another connectors or things when you want to   i don't know get different or experiment so that 
covers the main ways you can charge this unit you   can plug it into the wall at your house you can 
plug it in your vehicle you can then also plug it   up with solar panels now you can also get creative 
if you have a regular battery that's 12 volts   you could connect it and charge it that way with 
the solar connection cables or whatever but as far   as the most common ways normal people are going 
to use that covers the three house vehicle and   solar panels alright so let's jump into what you 
see here on the front of the box which is mostly   the power outputs here at the top left that's 
not a power output that's the power button we'll   cover that in a little bit whenever we go through 
the screen and menus and all that kind of stuff   starting here at the left you have a 12 
volt 25 amp output this is courtesy of   an aviation style plug which you may think like 
wow that's weird it's because this single port   is able to pump out 300 watts this is great for 
boondocking dedicated 12 volt systems or anywhere   where you need 12 volts and up to 25 amps of power 
supply so heavy duty 12 volt output right there   next to it is 12 volt 3 amp outputs and these are 
more of your barrel bolt connections something   where you plug in something like that into 
it so there's those two and then up here   we have a cigarette lighter port so kind of more 
of an automotive 12 volt socket that we're used   to a lot of times this handles up to 10 amps which 
is nice so 120 watts of capacity through that guy   next here is the pd61 now this is kind of a newer 
connection for me however any of you with a new   macbook or fancy computers will recognize 
that as a usbc type connection so 60 watts   of charging directly to usbc here in the 
middle below the screen are your standard usb   ports these are 5 volt and 3 amp output which 
is standard for charging most mobile devices   cameras electronics any type thing there 
are your four usb ports that you could use   without needing to convert or rather invert 
your electricity plug in your wall adapter   then plug your cord in to charge your phone 
or device you can plug them in here directly   that rounds out the dc portion of power for 
this box over here to the right you have ac   outlets these are rated at 2 000 watts total not 
individually but total and you have six of them   the fact that they give you six is really 
cool because that saves you from having   to have a lot of extension cords or outlet 
strips and allows you to connect up to six   devices here from this one hub and run them all at 
once given they're lower than that 2000 watt limit   one thing that i thought was cool is these plugs 
are shown as grounded but a lot of these devices   don't actually ground or do anything internally 
with the third port down here at the bottom   and it's kind of an empty slot for things to hang 
out i tested with my multimeter continuity between   a couple of these ground ports internally and 
they are at least bonded in that direction given   this thing it doesn't have a ground rod so i don't 
really know where it goes beyond that it is cool   to know there's actually some metal connections 
back here and they at least talk to each other i   think that's an improvement upon other boxes i've 
seen but that's about all i can say about that   so who knows really if it's a benefit or not over 
here on the left side of the box as you're facing   the front this is the left you have the port here 
this is your input for your solar array charging   that's where this little connector goes plugs in 
and locks into place it locks that is really cool   so you pull the sleeve back and it disconnects 
that's for your solar charging and this next   port here is for your input from your ac adapter 
for your home charging so the ac adapter will do   up to 500 watts charging whereas your solar it can 
handle up to 700 watts charging input from solar   so combined you could do 1200 watts of charging 
capacity but i don't know how often somebody would   do that but i guess it's an option around 
here on the back there's not much to look   at other than the sticker it says the model name 
it reminds you of your input ranges for pv which   is your solar array your photovoltaic arrays car 
charging and then your household adapter there's   also the required stamps and things they pay a 
lot of money for to have their little symbols   on from companies i'm sure and then it talks more 
about your output ranges and everything it's kind   of nice to be able to have it here in case you're 
ever wondering you can see here and figure it out over on the right side of the machine there is 
not much to look at other than another fan port   there are two fans in this box one on the right 
side and one on the left keeps everything running   nice and cool and operating well so that it's 
good to go when you are on the bottom of this   box there are four large rubber pads otherwise it 
is a solid plastic bottom which is good because   it will see a lot of scratches and abuse from use 
as you load tote carry and do all sorts of things   with this box on top there are two ports here for 
wireless charging of cell phones or other devices   that support it that is a 15 watt charger two of 
them so yeah 15 watt charger it's pretty cool it's   nice to be able to plop your cell phone down there 
on top without having to have cables or anything   and otherwise a pretty cool use of what 
would probably just be dead space anyway   as far as weight of this box it is heavy 
okay it's not crazy heavy but it's a lot   chunkier than you would think thanks to those 
batteries this thing weighs right at 61 pounds so   when you take it somewhere you're gonna want to 
sit it there and let it stay there this isn't   something you're going to be carrying in for 
a backpack camping trip taking down the hiking   trail i mean unless you're i don't know you might 
maybe you will i don't want to shortchange you   but in general this is going to be more of 
a stationary power source charging station   type apparatus it's not one where you carry it 
to places per se that being said we have been   carrying it back and forth from here where we 
live to our property where we're building stuff   and trying to develop our homestead so it has 
seen a lot of back and forth travel and uses   these two handles on the top are very nice and 
they give you nice i guess hand surface for   carrying the the unit but it is not super easy to 
lug around for sure i just turned the unit on and   we're able to look at the screen here hopefully 
you're able to see it good enough it is difficult   to see this when you are outdoors in sunlight 
or even in indirect sunlight which we're looking   at right now indoors or at night no problem but 
outdoors where we have been using this primarily   it's difficult to see so hopefully 
you're able to see this good enough   i'm not going to go into the nitty-gritty every 
single granular level in detail of this menu your   user's manual will cover this or other videos you 
may watch will cover this so i'm just going to hit   the very high level you know what you need to know 
to get it working and some cool features of it   front and center is our battery percentage 
this is a touch screen so as you touch things   other menus may open we can see our batteries 
are sitting at 99 which is cool over here to   the left there is a little picture of a solar 
panel and a sun so if you look close you can   tell that's your solar input right now it's at 
zero because we're not connected to anything   nothing is charged in the box right below it is 
the dc load so this is dcn and dc out both are   at zero because nothing's happening to the right 
of the battery meter up top we see a little outlet   that would tell us the amount of power coming 
in say if we were charging it from the house or   yep charging from the house that would show 
you how much your charging rate is in wattage   right below that is your ac out so that 
tells us how much we are using ac power   you can see everything is zero and that's because 
nothing is connected but also the dc and ac side   are turned off there are faint little buttons 
below this one says dc off i can turn it on it   now kicks on and connects the connections inside 
to allow voltage to be powered to these dc ports   now if i don't plan on using dc i'll go here and 
turn it off that saves electricity internal from   inverters converters or relays running to just use 
juice otherwise for us most of our stuff is ac so   we go over here to ac turn it on and it fires up 
the inverter so this will be using electricity   however i don't have a way of judging or measuring 
or seeing how much juice that inverter is using   so that's a little bit of a bummer but it is still 
nice to be able to control the ac power source   so when we're not using it and we want 
it to sit and last as long as possible   i guess yet still leave the box on for some weird 
reason we can at least control the outputs and   the front panel ports that's as much as i want 
to cover on this screen like i said there is a   bunch of other things you can get into such as 
settings menus data logs fault reporting screens   tons of information are here but for this high 
level overview video that's all i'll show you guys   so for kicks and giggles i'm going to 
go ahead and plug up the home charger i   just plugged it into the side of the box and 
now i'm going to connect the power cord here   we'll see that this guy kicks on and then if 
i zoom you in right here if you can see it   we're able to see we have input ac voltage of 
472 watts so we are now charging our batteries   through ac connection regular household 
electricity at 472 473 watts of input   so we have finished our fake hot wing test and 
that was pretty disappointing because there   weren't really hot wings but whatever the blue 
yeti ran everything no problem if i remember   correctly the percentage after running that 
toaster oven for a 20 minute cycle was around   60 something percent so that's pretty awesome it 
has since then been running just our refrigerator   for about two and a half maybe three hours 
and it's currently down to 45 capacity so   pretty cool yes it was most cool that i was 
unable to kill it running the fridge toaster   oven all that stuff plus vacuum cleaner i tried 
over and over to overload it and i guess we   weren't using the right stuff that's okay i don't 
think you're going to be using all of that at once   just for this i wouldn't think so not 
in a power outage scenario that would be   possibly the most typical use for something like 
this in a home environment like we tested it today   well that pretty much does it for everything in 
here as far as testing it we do plan on doing   more of it when we get on our property as far 
as running our camper off of it and everything   so if you have any questions regarding how that 
works leave us a comment question below and then   we'll see if we can get to it whenever we do that 
future video yeah cool idea as always there are   links to this unit and the stuff that we use down 
below if you have any questions or if you want to   check it out for yourself well guys thanks 
for coming along if you have any questions   or comments again leave them below otherwise we'll 
see you guys next time on the homestead see ya bye you

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