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Just got this the other day for occasional power outage. I just need it to be able to power our wifi router and recharge laptops and phones. It has LifePO4 battery. 96000mAh, 298Wh, 320W, includes type-C 60W PD, regulated voltage. I haven't tested it to see if it's any good. $200 when I bought it the other day after $60 off clickable coupon. Inside the box I found an offer for a $30 Amazon gift card if you leave a review (good or bad).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GPL38M3/

Any opinions on this? Not sure if it's a good buy/keeper.
Looks good for the price. 170 after gc. You should be able to get a lot of charges out of it.

What do you plan to use it for?
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Looks good for the price. 170 after gc. You should be able to get a lot of charges out of it.

What do you plan to use it for?

For occasional power outage. I need enough juice to power my wifi router and recharge laptops and cell phones for a few hours. I have a separate backup battery for my FiOS modem since that unit is located in our garage.

Would a UPS like this give me longer run time? https://slickdeals.net/f/14861383-starts-on-3-3-21-cyberpower-1500va-900watts-true-sine-wave-uninterruptible-power-supply-ups-149-99-fs-costco-members-online-only
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While "BigBlue" is great and it certainly serves a purpose if you really wanted some reserve power wouldn't it be better to get something like a deep cycle battery and a power inverter?

https://www.walmart.com/ip/EverSt.../164242687

https://www.amazon.com/Kinverch-C...NrPXRydWU=

I'd like to have a good backup for my Cpap and "BigBlue" should do the trick but for less money I think you could do better?
I've never had much luck with inverters actually living up to their recommended power capacity. Maybe for something like running my bi-pap or some really low power requirements, they might work, but for anything near their advertised power draw, not a chance.

I have a 2000/4000 watt inverter that I tried to run a 750/1500 watt space heater through, using my deep cycle boat batteries. It constantly failed.

The inverter I was using wasn't cheap compared to many of them, somewhere around $250 (Schumacher's PC-2000). The deep cycle batteries I was using were Duracell Ultra BCI Group 31M 12V 800CCA AGM Marine & RV Battery, around $300 per battery.

I'd go with a small multi fuel generator and an extension cord if I wanted to depend on it to work.
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With recent power outages, I'm looking for a solution for next blackout it 1) in winter should be able to run small portable heater for 4 - 5 hour at the time 2) in summer should be able to run small window AC also for 4 - 5 hours at the time. Will this unit fit the bill?
I live in apartment so generator is out of questions
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With recent power outages, I'm looking for a solution for next blackout it 1) in winter should be able to run small portable heater for 4 - 5 hour at the time 2) in summer should be able to run small window AC also for 4 - 5 hours at the time. Will this unit fit the bill?
I live in apartment so generator is out of questions
Sadly no. A typical heater consumes 1 KW or more so you'd only get 15 minutes of heating from a 250 Wh station. No sure about the window AC, but that eats a fair amount of power as well.
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This battaty will run a diesel heater? Wouldn't the diesel heater run on diesel itself hence the name "diesel heater"?!
I take it you've never actually used or seen a diesel heater before. If you winter camp, I suggest looking at them. Fan, fuel pump, and glow plug all need power. It's a heat exchanger and not an engine. They use very little power and fuel. Maybe 3/4 a gallon over 9hrs of run time. Kept my tent at 60 while it was 4 outside.
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Quote from AlpineMan :
Just got this the other day for occasional power outage. I just need it to be able to power our wifi router and recharge laptops and phones. It has LifePO4 battery. 96000mAh, 298Wh, 320W, includes type-C 60W PD, regulated voltage. I haven't tested it to see if it's any good. $200 when I bought it the other day after $60 off clickable coupon. Inside the box I found an offer for a $30 Amazon gift card if you leave a review (good or bad).

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08GPL38M3/

Any opinions on this? Not sure if it's a good buy/keeper.
it was discussed here before. Its an ok noname power station, nothing crazy about it. Heavy and bulky due to lifepo4 cell type. Charge rate at 70W is slightly above average for noname products. Pass through for DC and AC ports. Does not support simultaneous charge. Let us know about $30 GC - I expect them to decline it.
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With recent power outages, I'm looking for a solution for next blackout it 1) in winter should be able to run small portable heater for 4 - 5 hour at the time 2) in summer should be able to run small window AC also for 4 - 5 hours at the time. Will this unit fit the bill?
I live in apartment so generator is out of questions
Winter - look for Mr Buddy heater with propane tank, it is safe indoors. Summer - you can take cold shower. I'm not joking.
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Can you list everything since you just finish building it. Everything including the box.
Sure:
4 x 280AH lifePO4 cells:
https://www.alibaba.com/product-d...creen=true

1000W AC interver / charger:
https://www.ebay.com/itm/1000w-So...Sw8bteOS32

Wheel tool box
https://www.lowes.com/pd/CRAFTSMA...1001276824

USB port
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product...P4BF&psc=1

AC outlet port
https://www.amazon.com/Outlets-Re...219&sr=8-9

Battery monitor:
https://www.amazon.com/AiLi-Voltm...512&sr=8-3
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I have an aquarium with a 150 watt heater. The power in Texas went out for multiple days and I had to pour boiling water in to avoid fish dying. Do you all think this would be a good idea to prevent having to do that? The heater does not run continuously.
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Quote from aghast :
Sadly no. A typical heater consumes 1 KW or more so you'd only get 15 minutes of heating from a 250 Wh station. No sure about the window AC, but that eats a fair amount of power as well.
That's what I thought, thanks
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Winter - look for Mr Buddy heater with propane tank, it is safe indoors. Summer - you can take cold shower. I'm not joking.
looks like propane heater best option thnks
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I have an aquarium with a 150 watt heater. The power in Texas went out for multiple days and I had to pour boiling water in to avoid fish dying. Do you all think this would be a good idea to prevent having to do that? The heater does not run continuously.
you see, 250Wh / 150W * 0.8 = 1h 20min max run time.
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looks like propane heater best option thnks
I'm looking into it too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUqogfs7cVU
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for reference:

this thing carries around $.04 worth of electricity.

1kwh from mommy power company typically costs are $.16

meaningless for sure, I just found it amusing.
yep. you can get ANY mommy power 10 miles offshore? congrats on your fantasy. what say next? movie house cokes are pricier than walmart's?
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