In times of rising energy prices and the fear of many people of the insecurity of the power supply, power stations are also becoming increasingly popular in this country. In Germany, it has so far been manufacturers such as Jackery, Bluetti and EcoFlow that have been able to sell their mobile energy storage units and emergency power solutions for the home in large numbers. Manufacturer Zendure, on the other hand, is still a largely unknown quantity in Germany. But that is about to change. The US manufacturer is now eyeing the European market. In today’s Zendure SuperBase V test, we want to take a closer look at an energy storage unit that is downright gigantic with its battery capacity of 4,600 or 6,400 Wh and can even be expanded with additional satellite batteries. In addition, there is a novel battery technology as well as a high level of user comfort. We’ll see if Zendure can deliver on its promises.
|Battery capacity||6438 Wh|
|Battery technology||Semi Solid Battery|
|Dimensions||73 x 34 x 44 cm|
|Expandability||Maximum 4x 6.4 kWh auxiliary batteries|
– 4 x 200-240V with max. 3680W
– 2 x 100-120V/15A with max 1725WDC:
– 1 x automotive connector with 12.6V/10A.
– 2 x DC5521 with 12,6V/3A
– 1 x Anderson Powerpole 12.6V/30AUSB:
– 2 x USB-C PowerDelivery with 100W
– 2 x USB-C PowerDelivery with 20W
– 2 x USB-A with 12 watts
|Inputs||AC: 2900W XT90
Solar: 3000W: 10-150 Voc & 25A Max EV Connection
|Price||5,899 € (more models available)|
Scope of delivery
Already with the scope of delivery it becomes clear that the SuperBase V wants to score with various charging options. So you will find here not only a classic Schuko cable for the household socket. On top of that, charging via solar panels is possible with the help of the included MC4 to XT90 plug.
The power station can also be charged via the car. For this purpose, Zendure includes a suitable car to XT90 plug. The cables can then be conveniently stored in the included carrying bag. Of course, the paperwork in the form of a Quick Start Guide and the warranty card may not be missing.
Zendure SuperBase V review: a power station in large format
- 73 cm x 34 cm x 44 cm
- 59 kg
- 6,400 Wh
Not all power stations are created equal. Thus, we were already allowed to take mobile energy storage units in a wide variety of sizes under the magnifying glass in the context of our test reports. Starting with small energy storage devices such as the Flashfish E200 (review), through medium-sized portable models such as the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro (review) to large, mobile versions such as the Bluetti EP600 series presented at IFA 2022, there is now a suitable size for everyone.
The Zendure SuperBase V can undoubtedly be classified in the segment of large-sized power stations. The dimensions of 73 cm x 34 cm x 44 cm speak for themselves. The dimensions are also matched by the weight, which turns out surprisingly high at 59 kg. Even bigger than the EcoFlow Delta Pro (review). With the large dimensions, however, one should not ignore the fact that a whopping 6,400 Wh of battery capacity is also hidden under the hood of the energy storage unit.
For comparison, the Jackery Explorer 500 (review) may be only 30 cm x 19.3 cm x 24.2 cm in size and weigh only 6.4 kg. However, it also offers just a battery capacity of 518 Wh. The SuperBase V offers twelve times as much. In terms of energy density, Zendure seems to deliver a real board here.
Zendure SuperBase V Test: Transport thanks to motorized wheels
- Transport with motorized wheels and pull handle
- Two LED strips on the front
- Plastic shell seems a bit fragile
To make transport possible anyway, the manufacturer builds in a notch on both sides, which allows carrying it, at least in theory. To spare the back, however, you should not do this over longer distances and if possible with energetic support. But of course Zendure has thought along and built in two transport aids at once.
Firstly, similar to the Jackery Explorer 3000 Pro, the Superbase V offers a convenient pull handle. With its help, the power station can be pulled like a rolling suitcase. If that still takes too much arm strength, you can benefit from the motorization of the wheels on the bottom. With their help, the Powerstation can be pulled as light as a feather, as if by magic. An ingenious idea, in my opinion.
For the case, Zendure relies on plastic, which is typical for the industry. This makes a good visual impression and feels pleasant. However, it lacks a bit of robustness in our opinion. The gray surface may look elegant, but it also looks very susceptible. You should pay attention to this especially if you want to use the power station on the go.
Another unique selling point of the SuperBase V is its chic light accents. These are in the form of LED strips on the left and right sides of the front and can be adjusted in their lighting pattern. They transform the energy storage visually a bit into a gigantic PC tower. Those who find them annoying can of course turn them off.
Zendure SuperBase V review: numerous ports
- 4x Schuko (230 V)
- 2x AC output 120 V seem unnecessary
- 4x USB-C (2x with 100 W) and 2x USB-A
- DC ports on the front side
The power station offers numerous options to provide power. All ports are located on the front of the SuperBase V for easy access.
There are a total of four AC connections here in the form of classic Schuko plugs (230 V). The two sockets with only 120 V are likely to fall under the category of “special interest.”
These are certainly due to the fact that the Powerstation was originally designed for the US market. Perhaps Zendure should have installed two more 230 V Schukos here.
Right next to the AC outputs, you’ll find four DC outputs at once. Away from the automotive connector, two DC5521 ports are located here. An Anderson power pole holds up as the fourth port.
As a third category of connectivity, there are USB ports on the power station. These include a total of four USB-C ports, two of which offer up to 100 W of power and the other two offer a maximum of 20 watts of power. These are complemented by two USB-A ports.
Zendure SuperBase V review: household power, solar and e-charging station
- Charging via household socket, solar or type 2 charging cable possible
- Additional battery can be installed
- Up to four additional batteries possible
While the outputs are located on the front, you can find the inputs on the back. Here, the SuperBase V can be charged in different ways. On the one hand, charging via the classic household socket is possible. Alternatively, the power station can also be charged via solar energy. It offers an XT90 connection for this purpose. A real unique selling point is the Type 2 charging port on the back.
This one will look familiar to owners of an e-car or plug-in hybrid. After all, it’s the same connection you use to charge your fully or partially electric car at an e-charging station. Zendure thus offers a practical way to charge the gigantic 6,400 Wh battery comparatively quickly within just three hours. If you ever need to go fast, this is certainly the perfect solution.
Furthermore, you’ll find the ports on the back that can be used to connect additional battery packs to expand the capacity. These are interesting for all those who would rather use their SuperBase V at home as a potential emergency power supply. We received a suitable additional battery for the test, which was easy to install with the help of the connection cable. This way, the capacity of the already large battery can be expanded once again.
Zendure SuperBase V test: user comfort and safety
- Display difficult to see in bright light
- Screen gives out a lot of status information
- Matching case for charging cables
- App operation possible
With the help of the screen located on the front, you can always get important status information about the power station. This does not only include the available battery capacity. On top of that, the display provides information about how much power is currently being fed into or out of the system.
What’s especially cool about this is that it doesn’t just give you one specification for the entire system. Instead, the display breaks this down to the three different connection groups of AC, DC, and USB. For many, the calculation of how long the power station will last at the current output power should also be significant. This information can be found at the very bottom of the display.
All in all, the screen makes a good impression. Thanks to large displays, it is also easy to read. However, there are sometimes recognition problems in direct sunlight. The screen is simply too reflective here. The overview via the practical app connection is certainly a bit easier on the eyes.
Here you can also view the status of the SuperBase V and also control it remotely. Also the motorized wheels. In addition to operation, safety naturally also plays a major role with a power station. After all, there are always risks with such a large battery. According to Zendure, its SuperBase V uses a so-called “semi-solid battery”.
This is a first for the company, as there is no power station with a comparable battery technology on the market yet. In summary, the Semi Solid Battery attempts to combine the performance advantages of lithium-ion batteries with the high level of safety offered by LiFePO4 batteries. This results in high energy density meeting the lowest possible flammability.
That’s why Zendure also manages to offer a high level of security and still fit 6,400 Wh into a comparatively small case. Incidentally, the manufacturer itself proved in its own test trials that the powerstation does not even ignite when you shoot at it.
Zendure SuperBase V Test: Only at the oven is the end
- Operation of many household appliances possible
- Except heavy current appliances such as oven and stove
- Combined charging with solar and household power possible
Not only the battery capacity, but also the maximum output power should make the jaws of some users fold down. Thus, the SuperBase V should be able to output up to 3,680 power. If you connect two of the heavyweight powerstations together, you should even be able to tickle out 7,600 watts.
Here we can see that this energy storage device can easily be used as an emergency power supply for an average household. At least, we can hardly think of a conventional household appliance that can’t be operated with such a high output power. The end of the line, however, is for extremely energy-hungry appliances like a classic oven or stove.
There is also a lot of power in the charging process. As already mentioned, charging via an e-charging station takes just under three hours. However, our test showed that you can also simply use a standard household socket, if available. Like the Type2 plug, this supplied the power station with a total of 2,900 W.
Zendure states that you can also charge the SuperBase V combined with solar and electricity. Up to 3,000 watts should be possible via solar alone. Summa Summarum should be able to halve the charging time. Unfortunately, we were not able to test the capabilities of the Powerstation in the area of charging via solar in a meaningful way due to the weather.
The Zendure SuperBase V cut a really good figure in our test. And this is not only due to the pretty appearance. On top of that, the manufacturer shows itself to be pleasingly courageous in some aspects here. This applies, for example, to the motor-driven wheels, which ensure a high level of user comfort. But the hobbyhorse of this system is actually the sheer power, like the massive capacity of 6,400 Wh, which can even be expanded.
Within just about three hours, you have fully recharged the huge battery with the modern “Semi Solid Battery” technology. You can even use e-charging stations on the way, which really offers an ingenious added value. Only the susceptibility of the plastic casing annoyed us a bit in the test. Regardless of whether you want to have a reliable power supply on the road with the camper or arm yourself against possible power outages at home.
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