Enkeeo makes a wide range of camping and sports gear. They offer skate boards, hammocks, air beds, and portable power stations. We’re going to review the Enkeeo brand portable power station rated for 155 Wh or Watt Hours. Enkeeo makes more powerful portable electric power sources, but this one balances price with power output. Note that this is not a power generator like a gas generator. Instead, it can be understood as an incredibly dense energy storage device capable of delivering power at a variety of rates and can sustain the power delivery for significant lengths of time. Let’s take a look at the features that come in the Enkeeo 155 Watt hour model power station.
Charging – Input and Output
The Enkeeo brand power station can be charged via a standard wall socket, car 12 volt socket, and solar panels. It can deliver power through 2 100 Watt AC ports. They have a maximum output of 100 Watts, though they may survive a short-term surge of 150 Watts. Only one of these plugs can support a three prong plug.
The unit has 2 9 to 12 Volt DC ports. Their maximum load is 15 amps. The unit has 3 USB charging ports suitable for smart phones and laptop computers. The USB ports include one that can deliver a quick charge of 5 to 9 volts and 2 amps, while the other two USB charging ports can only deliver a 2 Volt, 2 amp charge. The overall power output is equivalent to 42,000 mAh. Know that you can get a steady stream of power but it will drain faster if you connect multiple devices to it.
What about charging up the Enkeeo? It can be charged via a standard wall outlet in ten hours. You can charge it via the car charging port or cigarette lighter, but this can take just as long. That method is only practical if you’re charging the power station while driving on the road and topping off its capacity. One side benefit of the Enkeeo brand power station is that it comes with the car charger. The Enkeeo power station can be recharged via solar panels, but expect at least ten hours of sunlight to be required to charge it. If it is an overcast day or the solar panels are shaded, the unit may not be fully charged.
It weighs less than four pounds. That makes it lighter than any conventional battery bank. Better yet, it has a built-in carry handle and slim profile so that it can be carried like a briefcase.
The Built in Safety Features
This power storage device comes with a number of safety features. For example, it has over-heat protection, over-charge protection, and short-circuit protection. Another safety feature is the right LED light. You can use it to provide long-lasting light for your campsite, set it to blink so that others can identify your campsite, or set it to SOS mode so it can serve as an emergency beacon. However, it may turn off when fully charged due to overheating or connecting multiple devices at once. Then you have to reset it to get it working again.
You can turn off the AC output and DC/USB output. This will stop charging of the connected devices when they’re topped off, and you can use it to end power draw when the unit is almost drained. The unit has a screen that tells you how much power is left. The downside is that it has only a four stage bar. You’ll know if you’re down roughly to the last 25 percent but not exactly when the unit will die.
While you can plug a laptop computer or other power-hungry appliance into the power station’s AC power plug, you’ll get more operating life out of the power station if you use a DC power adapter.
This power station can run critical medical equipment like CPAP devices for one or two nights, depending on its power draw. That makes the Enkeeo a good emergency backup power source for those who can’t live with the power out. Another benefit of the unit is that it can recharge several smart phones so you can check your location via GPS or make phone calls.
The Plug and Play Interface with Solar Panels
This power station is compatible with 50 to 60 Watt solar panels. Note that these are sold separately. You can connect it with Rockpals brand 60 Watt power panels, though they don’t advertise that fact. You can plug the Lensun brand solar panel directly into the Enkeeo power generator with the MC4 cable.
The Enkeeo 155 Watt-Hour power station is a good choice for those who want a light, portable power source for the essential on weekend campouts. It is an excellent product for those who need to power one or two essential items like CPAP machines when the power is out.