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The Bluetti EB3A sits proudly in a crowded portable power station marketplace. It sits in the ultra portable side of this market. It has a battery capacity of 268Wh. But if you combine it with the PV120 solar panel you have you own free to recharge renewable solar generator that charges in a matter of hours.
|Battery Capacity||268Wh (12Ah)|
|Life Cycles||Over 2,500 to 80%|
|AC Output||600W (Peak 1200W), Pure Sine Wave, 220V/50Hz|
|USB Ports||2 x USB-A (5V/3A), 1 x 100W USB-C|
|Wireless Charging Pad||1 x 15W|
|Solar Input||Max. 200W|
|AC Input||2 x 120V/5A, Max. 600W|
|Charging Time||AC:1.3-1.8 hours (with turbo mode 350W) Solar: 1.8-2 hours, Car Adapter: 12V 3.2-3.7 hours, 24V 1.9-2.4 hours,|
AC+ Solar 1.2-1.7 hours, Dual AC: 1.2-1.7 hours
|Charging time Solar||1x Bluetti PV200: 1.8 hours|
1 x Bluetti PV120: 2.7 hours
|LCD Display||works with Bluetti app – can trigger ‘turbo charge’ mode|
|Operating Temperature||0-40°C (32-104°F)|
|Weight||4.6kg (10.14 lbs)|
|Dimensions||255 x 180 x 183 mm (10.04 x 7.9 x 7.2 in)|
|Car & Solar Charging||Optional cables not supplied|
One thing that might sway you in the direction of the lunchbox-sized EB3A is that it has 9 output connections. It also has a built in LED light so you can already see the potential this thing has if you are taking it on the road. Bluetti also don’t hold back on the standard of the quality of their batteries and keep them for their more exotic or higher tiered top line products. No, they include the fast charging LiFePO4 phosphate battery inside this humble power station that is priced keenly. These deep-cycle, no maintenance, fast charging batteries will stick around a lot longer than conventional lithium-ion models, and with faster recharge times, the EB3A can reach a full solar charge in 2 hours, so you can take this small unit with you to festivals or on your travels and theoretically never run out of power. Yes, and you can recharge it and plug in your devices at the same time as it supports pass through charging.
EB3A Multiple Charging Methods
Bluetti don’t skimp on charging means for their baby neither. With 6 ways to get back to full power including multi-combo methods you have the versatility to use what suits you and what you have on-hand. For quick as a flash recharging you can get the EB3A back up to 80% power with a combination of AC and one x 200w solar panel.
This light little box has a fold in handle and it looks just like a retro wireless radio. It has a wireless charging pad on the top, so it maybe a modern version of the aforementioned vintage radio. You can recharge with AC straight, AC with solar, Car port (12 and 24V accepted) Dual AC or just completely with solar. So you can go completely off grid with this little machine and power a lot of those devices that are under 600 watts combined. So what kind of appliances run below 600 watts?
Devices & Appliances The Bluetti EB3A Will Run
Well first up the EB3A has 2 AC inputs so you could in theory run two wall plug appliances. But if they have a combined wattage of 1200 watts the machine won’t run. (You have to enable the Power Lifting 1200W mode in the app). Or if either of them rolls over 1200W when starting up its circuits will kick in to stop it short circuiting and it won’t start either. But here is what you can run.
|Appliance||Power Consumption (Watts)|
|LED Light (10W)||10|
Bear in mind if you are running those appliance which run on the higher end of the wattage scale even though the EB3A can run them they are going to eat up that battery pretty quickly. So have a solar panel ready if you are off grid, or run it through the cigarette port of your car at the same time.
Or if you just want to run a pile of appliances and devices when you are having a party outside your home in the garden (think of phones/laptops/lights/bluetooth speakers/bubble making machines/electric heaters/electric grill/fridge) just run a single extension lead to your device and/or a cable to your solar panel and you can keep your machine charged with AC and solar combined (or one of either) and prevent all the connected devices and appliances eating all your battery. This cute little box offers a great deal of connectivity and can save you running multiple extension reels all over the place.
So Why would you choose another Portable Power Station?
The limitations are that you cannot expand the EB3A. Just think of the joy you would have when you want to go longer without charging this unit when you’ve used up the 263 watt-hours of battery, but alas it isn’t to be. You are also limited to a combined wattage of 1200 watts and thats for peak only. It can output 600W of continuous power, so if you want to power something more heavy duty you have to go larger. You won’t boil a kettle or run a coffee machine too long on this unit, and not at all with some coffee machines, so for an all round complete domestic power source you’ll need something with higher wattage and watt-hour capacity. You can read about Bluettis’ higher powered models here.
The charging cables for solar panels and car charging are not supplied. Yes you get a lot of bang for your buck but as Bluetti are already going so far they really could have made your day by providing these cables.
This also has a close contender in the market, the Jackery Explorer 300. The main thing the Jackery has over the Bluetti is that it has 30 more watt-hours. But the EB3A trumps that with a 2500+ life cycle battery as opposed to the 500 on the Jackery. Bluetti will also support double the wattage of the 300, it can power appliances with a continuous 600 watts. It has has a much higher surge of 1200W. This really is not normal for such a small power station to have these specs. You could almost say it is over spec’d. So Bluetti have stolen a march over their counterparts with their entry level power machine. Its something Jackery will maybe have to contend with as Bluetti’s EB3A sells by the bucketload and has a large section of this market covered.
Here’s a side by side comparison:
|Bluetti EB3A||Jackery E300|
268Wh (12Ah) 600W (Peak 1200W), Pure Sine Wave, 220V/50Hz
293Wh (20.4Ah, 14.4V) 300W Inverter 500W PEAK SURGE
|Dimensions: 10.04 x 7.9 x 7.2 in||Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 in|
|Weight: 10.14 lbs||Weight: 7.1 lbs|
|Output Ports: 2 x 120V/5A, 600W|
2X DC Ports
2 x USB-A (5V/3A), 1 x 100W USB-C
1 x 15W Wireless Charging Pad
|Output Ports: 1x AC Outlet (110V, 300W)|
1x DC Car Port (12V, 10A)
2x USB-A Ports (5V, 2.4A) (1x Quick Charge 3.0 port)
1x USB-C Port (5V, 3A)
|Charging: AC:1.3-1.8 hours (with turbo mode 350W) Solar: 1.8-2 hours, Car Adapter: 12V 3.2-3.7 hours, 24V 1.9-2.4 hours,|
AC+ Solar 1.2-1.7 hours, Dual AC: 1.2-1.7 hours
|Charging: AC : 4.5 hours* Solar: 5-8 hours (100W SolarSaga) Car Charging : 5.5 hours|
*Can be charged in 2.5 hours with AC + 60W USB-C PD Charger combo
|Life Cycles: ≥2500 cycles to 80+%||Life Cycles: ≥500 cycles to 80%|
Fantastic LED DIsplay
Stats are easy to get a hold of on the LED screen. You can clearly see the input and out of all connected devices. It has Temperature, short circuit and overload warning, remaining charge and discharge times, courtesy of intelligent Battery Management System (BMS) and it will tell you if you have ECO mode switched on to conserve the battery or turbo charge boost switched on which will charge your devices much faster at the expense of battery capacity. It all is easy to control and connect to on the Bluetti app.
One thing Bluetti will have to look into is the amount of customers who have voiced concern on websites and forums about the battery suddenly tanking at 10% and not always giving accurate readings, especially after you have just connected something. The battery can give the wrong display for a while and then it will do an adjustment to correct itself. Something that needs work on, but a small price to pay if you have a solar panel or AC charger at the ready.
Who Would The Bluetti EB3A Suit?
Those who want to keep their camper van tours touring longer. Workmen who want to make sure their power drill batteries never run out. Festival goers and wild and docked campers will love this light, fume free and safe power box. Found of a cold beer when you are out throwing golf discs or fishing? Like a cool beverage or some snacks when you are hunting? Instead of carrying round bags of ice and clearing out your cooler bag after you’ve finished, grab your mini cooler and the EB3A and away you go.
The Bluetti EB3A is also a great power source to have when the electricity goes out. Its perfect to keep small lights, fans and your phones working and can even running a CPAP machine for up to 9 hours. For folks who don’t want to invest in a larger more expensive and heavier unit, this micro power station will see you through the dark. If your area is not that prone to raging weather fronts this is all that you will need to keep those essentials running. If you have the 100 or 200W solar panel you’ll also be able to charge it with only a couple of hours sunlight, so if the power does stay off for longer than expected you could keep all your electronics and a mini cooler charged for days.
The Qi wireless charging pad is also an exceptional add on in such an inexpensively priced power station. Brands selling power stations alone in the $1000s don’t even offer this charging technology.
Finally one reason that this power station is really worth the asking price is the long battery life. As the LiFePO4 battery is rated for 2500 cycles, it will effectively last for years. That’s something that even $5K+ models like the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X don’t even offer.
Signing off on the Bluetti EB3A
Its a more than capable compact power box that out performs its minuscule demeanour. The long lasting battery and quick multi-charging modes and wireless charge pad, are features normally reserved for higher specced premium priced power stations. But, Bluetti have done their customers a massive favour by not segmenting their batteries into an exclusive range, with automatically means paying more.
Its small, but with massive appeal.