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Amazon.com: Anker Portable Generator for Home Use, PowerHouse II 400, 300W/388.8Wh, 110V AC Outlet/60W USB-C Power Delivery Portable Power Station $299

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Not a generator. Can't help but wonder what Anker is going for here calling it that.
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Lithium Ion
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Not a generator. Can't help but wonder what Anker is going for here calling it that.
Yea, there's a growing trend for calling these batteries as generators. These don't generate power, they just hold it.
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Suppose calling it a generator will get more views. Some people who search for generators who really just need one of these will see this. Still, nobody likes people mislabeling their products or including irrelevant tags to get more of an audience. Shame on you, Anker.
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please update the wording.....

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Not a generator. Can't help but wonder what Anker is going for here calling it that.
They call it a generator because it has a DC input for solar power, so it's functionally comparable to devices marketed as solar generators (e.g., Jackery, Yeti GoalZero).
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I can never find the gas fill hole for these solar GENERATORS.
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They call it a generator because it has a DC input for solar power, so it's functionally comparable to devices marketed as solar generators (e.g., Jackery, Yeti GoalZero).
Even then, it is not actually generating power. In your example, its the solar panels which are the generators with this device simply storing the power.
This is a battery, no ifs ands or buts.
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And worst part of it, these can usually only be used and re-charged about 1000-1500 times before the battery goes bad, making the whole thing useless, versus just putting the parts together yourself inside a crate, as some youtuber has, and then being able to swap out/ upgrade any bad parts easily.
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And worst part of it, these can usually only be used and re-charged about 1000-1500 times before the battery goes bad, making the whole thing useless, versus just putting the parts together yourself inside a crate, as some youtuber has, and then being able to swap out/ upgrade any bad parts easily.
I went with LiFePO4. more like 5,000 recharges. That's daily recharges for 13 years. I think there will be newer better battery technology rendering it obsolete before it dies.
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And worst part of it, these can usually only be used and re-charged about 1000-1500 times before the battery goes bad, making the whole thing useless, versus just putting the parts together yourself inside a crate, as some youtuber has, and then being able to swap out/ upgrade any bad parts easily.
I built one at home, inside an ammo box. Trust me, it's not worth the effort. I doubt any gas generator would last 1000-1500 uses without huge amounts of maintenance.

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Even then, it is not actually generating power. In your example, its the solar panels which are the generators with this device simply storing the power.
This is a battery, no ifs ands or buts.
Generally the argument I see is that the chemical reaction in the battery is generating the power and you refill it by charging it back up. Burning of gas is also a chemical reaction. I don't like labeling these as generators but that's how they get away with it.
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A bit of an OT question, but I've been watching van conversion videos (perhaps because the cocooning aspect of the pandemic) and see that nearly all have solar panels that charge up battery banks, but which are then converted to AC using an inverter, as with this "generator", which is basically a charge controller, battery and inverter in one.

What I'm wondering is why bother with the extra complexity, expense and energy loss of inversion when basically anything you'd want to power in a van, RV or elsewhere where you're off the grid, is now available in DC versions, e.g. lighting, fridges, fans, TVs and other electronics, etc.? Anything high-power like an oven, heater or water heater can run off of propane.
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Love Anker chargers and cables. Have been buying them for ~8 years now.

This is absolutely NOT a generator LOL. Title is garbage, and deceptive. Deal post title and product title. Get real, and stop being disingenuous.
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