One of the fundamental elements of a backpack when going on a journey is to take a battery pack in case your smartphone doesn't make it through the day. These devices typically hold from 5000 to 20000 mAh and can charge a device a few times. For example, my 11300 mAh battery is rated at 42.7 Watt hours, and often the legal limit on aircraft is 100 Watt hours. Now imagine we scale that into something the size of a portable amplifier, that can charge laptops as well. These bigger battery devices has been around a while, varying in size and shape, but ChargeTech believes it has a nice sweet spot.

Its new 'portable power station' features a 124,800 mAh capacity battery, which comes in at 462 Wh. This large battery pack, which won't make it past the TSA, is designed for charging devices where there is no extra power, or for long journeys in the wilderness where power is a must. If a user needs to power many devices when away from a power grid, it features AC outlets, DC power connectors, USB Type-A, and USB Type-C ports. Furthermore, it can playback music, and has an LED light to illuminate surroundings as well.

The ChargeTech PS120K packs multiple batteries for a total capacity of 124,800 mAh (462 Wh), which is enough to charge a typical 13.3-inch laptop for 10 times, or Apple’s iPhone XR 47 times. Obviously, the product can do much more than that. It has two 110-120 Volt AC power outlets that can deliver up to 300 W each, three DC 9-12V/5A power outlets, a cigarette lighter port, three USB Type-A ports, and a USB Type-C port supporting 60 W power delivery (see exact specs in the table below). It requires its own special power supply to charge it, which is not built in to the device.

As two added bonuses, the unit features a 10 W Bluetooth speaker as well as a massive LED array that can light up surroundings or even display SOS signs.

The ChargeTech PS120K
110V only
Port Output Input
DC Input - 19V/4.5A = 85.5 W
via power pack
AC Power Outputs 2 × 300 W -
DC Power Outputs 1 × 9-12V/5A = 60 W -
USB Type-A with QC 3.0 1 × 18 W -
USB Type-A 2 × 2.4A/5V = 24 W -
USB Type-C 60 W PD -
Cigarette Lighter Port 1 × 9-12V/5A = 60 W -
General Features
Total Capacity 462 Wh
3.7V
124,800 mAh
Bluetooth Speaker 10 W
LED Light 5 W
Weight 12 lbs / 5.4 kg
Price $699

ChargeTech recommends the PS120K to those going to road trips to rural areas and who might need to charge smartphones, laptops, cameras, drones, and other gear. Naturally, the device can be used by various professionals to charge equipment they take on set. One thing to keep in mind that the product cannot be taken onboard of commercial airlines. In the meantime, the manufacturer does not position its portable power station for first responders and other people working in extreme conditions all the time (this does not mean that it cannot be used by them at all, but it just does not have certifications for extreme conditions).

ChargeTech will start sales of its PS120K portable power station in March 2019 at a price of $699. 

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Source: ChargeTech

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  • Death666Angel - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    What does CPAP refer to? Google says "Continuous positive airway pressure" which refers to sleep therapy. Pretty sure that's not related to what you mean. :D Reply
  • nevcairiel - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    I could see that, if you're camping and still want to sleep properly, need power from somewhere. Reply
  • cfenton - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    CPAP machines help with sleep apnea, which can be very serious for some people. Having a device that can run a CPAP machine if the power goes out is important, especially if you live in an area where power outages are frequent. Devices like this are far easier to keep ready and use than a generator. Reply
  • Death666Angel - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    I wouldn't trust my health on something advertised on a tech site though. Too many things can go wrong with consumer grade electronics. Reply
  • zepi - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    And what if you couldn’t afford fancy medical device, because your health insurance wouldn’t cover it or you live in a 3rd world country? Better live without one at all? Reply
  • mkaibear - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    Yep, and definitely what he meant too.

    This would be extremely useful for my CPAP machine.
    Reply
  • norazi - Sunday, February 24, 2019 - link

    Thats what he means... CPAP is a machine that help people with sleep apnea breath noramlly while sleeping. It looks like an oxygen mask hooked up to your face and obviously needs to have a VERY RELIABLE source of power. Thus the niche case use for this is for CPAP machine users as a backup incase of a power outage. A typical APC desktop UPS will only provide power for about an hour while this would run all night. Reply
  • DanNeely - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    That seems to be missing a pair of alligator clamps to jump start a car... Reply
  • Samus - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    I was thinking the same thing. Shame it doesn't support jumpstarting. It's also unfortunate it doesn't seem to have any sort of water resistance rating, basically eliminating it from being safely used outdoors, especially if camping. Reply
  • Opencg - Saturday, February 23, 2019 - link

    300w x3 does not come close to the 5000w or more that you would need to jump a car. the battery may not support that level of output. Reply

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