Portable charging stations are nothing new. Bluetti already offers corresponding solutions in this country, for example with the EB55. Now, however, a well-known manufacturer is also entering this segment in Germany. With the Anker 521 PowerHouse charging station, the first model now also appears in our country.
Anker 521 PowerHouse charging station: power for everywhere
In the USA, the charging stations from Anker enjoy great popularity. Now the Anker 521 Powerhouse is the first model to come to Germany. Of course, suitable with EU connection for all electrical appliances up to 200 watts and matching plug.
The Anker 521 PowerHouse charging station weighs just 4.3 kilograms and is even quite compact with a size of 21.6 x 21.1 x 14.4 centimeters. Nevertheless, the device has a lot of power under the hood and has a long-lasting and powerful battery with a capacity of 256 watt hours.
According to the manufacturer, this is enough to fully charge smartphones up to 20 times and laptops up to four times. This is made possible by modern lithium iron phosphate batteries (LFP or also called LiFePO4) inside. Even after 3,000 charging cycles, the battery capacity is still said to be up to 80 percent.
Also offered is a smart power-saving mode that further conserves battery power. After all connected devices are fully charged, the 521 PowerHouse automatically turns off.
Fast charging, even with solar power
The batteries of the Anker 521 PowerHouse charging station can be recharged via all ports (2x USB A, 1x USB C, 1x EU power and 1x 12V car port). However, the fastest way is to use the included power adapter, which recharges the completely discharged battery to 80 percent in about one and a half hours. Thanks to the pass-through support, the connected devices can be charged even if the PowerHouse is connected via the vehicle outlet or the power socket.
Particularly environmentally friendly and practical in summer is charging with the help of an 11-28 V solar charger and matching plug (DC 7909). Manufacturer Anker plans to launch a corresponding module shortly.
In order to always be informed about the battery status as well, the 521 PowerHouse charging station has an integrated display that also shows the charging power of the connected devices. The charging time and the remaining battery life are also displayed there. There is also a bright LED strip on the front that provides some light in the dark.
The technical data at a glance
- Connectors: 2x USB-A, 1x USB-C, 1x EU power and 1x 12V car connector
- Cell capacity: 256 watt-hour / Total power: 398 watts
- Life: 3000 cycles to over 80 percent
- Operating and Ambient Temperature: 0 to 40 degrees Celsius
- Input Power: DC: 11 to 28 volts ⎓ 5.5 amps (65 watts max); USB-C: 5 volts ⎓ 3 amps / 9 volts ⎓ 3 amps / 15 volts ⎓ 3 amps / 20 volts ⎓ 3 amps
- Output power: Car charger: 11 volts ⎓ 10 amps; Power outlet: 220 to 240 volts, 0.9 amps max, 50 hertz, 200 watts; USB-A: 5 volts ⎓ 3.6 amps (2.4 amps max per port); USB-C: 5 volts ⎓ 3 amps / 9 volts ⎓ 3 amps / 15 volts ⎓ 3 amps / 20 volts ⎓ 3 amps
Price and availability
The Anker 521 PowerHouse charging station is available for pre-order starting today on the manufacturer’s official website and is scheduled to hit stores on April 25. Pre-orderers also secure a discount of 50 Euros and only pay 319.99 Euros. Accordingly, the manufacturer’s RRP is 369.99 Euros according to Adam Riese.