Bluetti AC50 Is The Ultimate Portable Power Solution For Digital Nomads
As lots of you already know, we've spent the past four years living and working both on the road and on the water. With such an outdoorsy lifestyle, it's important to have a power pack that can keep up with our fast-paced and creative lifestyle.
That's where the Bluetti AC50 comes in!
This little grey box is a serious force to be reckoned with. Not only does it boast wireless charging and 12V power, but it also has two 3-pin plug outlets, making it perfect for digital nomads who need maximum power at a moments notice.
So, whether you're a writer, a blogger, a photographer, or you need electricity to power tools or medical equipment out in the field, the AC50 has you covered. Let's delve into what this thing can do and find out more!
Checking Out The Bluetti AC50
The Poweroak Bluetti AC50 is a charging paradise. Dare I say, it could be the fanciest bit of kit that we have in the van or the boat right now!
Not only does this thing keep my laptop topped up when I'm working outside, but it also has a light on the back with an SOS blinking function, great for using in a tent or if you come into trouble on the trail.
Powered by a reliable 500Wh lithium battery, this could easily be the main electricity source inside your camper. especially if you're a weekend warrior with a smaller van such as a VW Caddy. There really isn't any need to mess around with complicated electrics if all you want to do is charge up iPads, cameras, and run a travel toaster!
There's nothing worse than when a power pack comes in a flimsy box. That's not a problem with the AC50, however.
This thing came securely packaged with lots of padding; there wasn't a scrape, scratch, or bump to be seen anywhere.
The unit comes with a wall mains charger, cables for 12V DC, and solar panel hook up cables. Plugging them in is a piece of cake too; it's so simple to use that even a baby could do it...
... not that we advise that, of course!
Is It Heavy?
The AC50 isn’t super light, but it's not going to sink your boat or stop your van from going up hills. The flip up handles make it easy to carry too.
Although, you probably wouldn't want to take it on a 20-mile hike; your arm might ache a little by the time you got back!
This is a power pack that, in our opinion, would be best taken short distances or kept in an easy-to-reach place in your camper. It's not a lead weight, but it's not a pocket charger either.
Let's Talk Charging Ports!
One of the best bits about the Bluetti AC50 is the array of charging ports. It's the perfect solution for the whole family, no matter how many e-readers, phones, or appliances you bring on board.
Obviously, the more items you charge, the faster the power pack will deplete. But, there's a handy screen that you can use to keep tabs on how much electricity you're using.
And, as I hinted at earlier, charging it up via a solar panel is super easy, especially if you have one of Poweroak's incredible folding panels!
The AC50 boasts 4x USB ports. It has a USB-C fast charging port for any Apple Mac users with USB-C connectors or Nintendo Switch enthusiasts, and 2x round pin DC outs for lights or tyre pressure blowers.
Also, something that I use a lot more these days, there's a 12V Marine Socket for anyone who lives on the water. They're great for coolboxes and portable vacuums too (you don't really have to be a boater to use one!)
And, I've saved the best till last.
This power pack has wireless charging built-in! Simply place your wireless charging compatible device on the top of the unit, and away you go...
... now all we need is a newer phone so we can try it out!
What Devices Can I Charge With The Bluetti AC50?
I've been charging items on the go for a long time now, and I can't stress enough how important it is to use Pure Sine technology to charge up your equipment. It's the best kind of signal to keep your expensive equipment in good shape.
See, Bluetti have you covered!
The AC50 pumps out 300W of power. That's plenty enough for drones, laptops, and other travel equipment that you might need to use. It's admittedly a little low for some power tools like jigsaws and routers, so bear that in mind if you're looking for a replacement to a conventional generator.
If you need to power a TV or something to cure that snoring at night, then don't worry; the AC50 will be perfect.
What’s The Battery Life Like?
When it comes to battery life, the AC50 is a real forerunner. I've ben running fans at my table by the canal as I write this article as well as charging my laptop and phone, and the battery has coped incredibly well.
The battery panel on the front of the screen shows how much charge is left in little 20% segments. And, as I mentioned earlier, you can see how much each device is drawing and act accordingly to make sure that you don't use up all your storage at once.
That's a real neat little feature, especially if you're trying to conserve energy in the wild or need to make it last for a long weekend without solar panels.
Topping Up The Tank
Speaking of solar panels, now would be a good time to tell you how to keep this thing charged up!
The AC50 can be charged up in three easy ways -
- Via a solar panel
- Using the 12C car adapter
- Or by plugging into a mains outlet in your house/campsite/hotel.
Every cable that I need to charge this thing up came with the unit itself. It's so simple it hurts, and all of the cables are sturdy and long enough to reach hidden plugs under tables or behind plants.
The car charger is great if you do a lot of driving, but it's surprising how fast the AC50 charges up from a normal wall plug. 7-8 hours gives you a full tank, and then you're good to go!
Of course, a solar panel (fixed or removable) would be a great option to make sure that you always have power, especially if you live in a sunny climate. You can charge the unit up in just
4-5 hours using this method too - result!
Bluetti do a great folding panel called the SP120 which has four panels on it. Check it out; it could be a great off-grid solution!
Does The Bluetti AC50 Need A Solar Controller?
Nope! Everything you need is inside the matt-grey box. There's no need to overcomplicate the system at all!
This portable power pack is super energy efficient, so much so that it won an award back in 2019 as the most solar efficient generator on the market!
It's a one-stop sun-converting -power-machine!
What Kind Of Inbuilt Protection Does It Have?
With intelligent cooling protection and a battery management system built-in, the AC50 keeps you and your equipment safe.
Take advantage of little features like short circuit and overcharge protection that give you that extra peace of mind while out on the road too. It's the small things that make the biggest difference!
You Haven't Mentioned The Torch Properly Yet!
How could I forget!
Yes, some powerpacks don't make use of the space on the back of their units, but the AC50 has added a nice feature that we can all appreciate.
Anyone living the tent life or van life knows that you can never have too many lights, especially ones that have a couple of modes for mood lighting too.
If you do like to get out of your boat or van and into a tent, then this will light up your space perfectly, filling every corner without having to mess around with one of those lanterns that always bang into your head.
The AC50 has three modes including Bright, Dim, and an SOS function. As always, we hope that you never have to use the SOS function, but it's there if you need it!
What We Think...
We've used lots of powerpacks over the years, but the AC50 has so many awesome features that it's impossible not to consider it a winner.
With the double 230V charging outlets and tonnes of USB ports, there's a space for everything. And, the case feels super slick too.
Not only is it a reliable and sturdy power pack, but it also looks swish and stylish; a great addition to any tiny home!
Some power packs are easier to store than others, especially if they are thinner. The cubic design of the AC50 does mean that you would have to store it in a cupboard or under a seat, so plan your build accordingly if you are still in the early stages of your conversion.
Or, do what we do and keep it in the footwell!
All in all, we're supremely impressed and would definitely reccomend grabbing one for your setup. Check out the link below for more info!