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Bluetti AC200Max Expandable Power Plant
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The Blueetti AC200Max is a superb 62 lb portable powerhouse with 16 ports, 2048Wh power, 15W wireless chargers and a NEMA TT-30 outlet.
When it comes to mid-sized power plants, the Bluetti AC200Max is at the top of its class. If more, then you need wheels to move around.
It's the largest battery we've tested and also the most versatile. There is no shortage of ports, power output or charging.
But at $1,700, it's not for the average user. This is a heavy duty premium option for those who anticipate extended power outages or plan long outdoor excursions.
Blueetti AC200Max features and design
Blueetti big power plant measures 16.5 inches by 11 inches by 15.2 inches. It weighs a hefty 62 pounds and can be carried by the handles on either side.
The size and weight are due to the high power of 2048 Wh. That's double the EcoFlow battery we reviewed, with a premium of around $700.
Like other similar power plants, it is not waterproof. It cannot be used in a humid environment or in the rain.
Ports and display
Almost all interface points are on the front of the station. The display is a touch screen that allows you to control the distribution of energy and provides information about the rate of charging and discharging.
Users can manage settings and view faults on the display. The large ring in the center shows the remaining battery level.
There are two charging pads on the top that can charge devices wirelessly at 15W. The pads aren't magnetic, but the iPhone plays a MagSafe charging animation when plugged in.
The ports on the side of the device are for additional batteries and charging inputs. Users can connect up to two Bluetti Battery Expansion Units, charge with a 120W power source using a car charger plug, or charge with a 500W power source.
There are 14 ports and outputs on the front panel of the device. They are split between AC and DC power supplies and are controlled by a touch screen.
The big button is used to turn the entire device on or off. When turned on, a green ring is illuminated around the button.
Left: 120W car charger output, 360W Super DC output, two 120W DC 5521 outputs, 100W output USB-C PD 3.0 port, two 18W USB-A ports, two 15W USB-A ports, four grounded AC outlets, and a NEMA TT-30 outlet.
The connectors mostly speak for themselves, eg the DC outputs are used for certain lighting installations. The USB charging ports can be used to quickly charge your 14″ MacBook Pro from the 100W port.
Blueetti AC200Max has two unique — NEMA TT-30 and Super DC. These sockets are usually associated with high power AC equipment or vans.
Using the Bluetti AC200Max
Like other mid-size power plants, Bluetti is great suitable for back-up power during emergencies or long stays away from reliable power sources. It is very large and heavy, so it is better for a weekend hike than an afternoon picnic.
A massive 2048Wh of power makes this powerhouse great for use during power outages electricity supply. . It can work with a 150W refrigerator for 10 hours, or keep a 10W light for more than 150 hours.
High voltage loads drain the battery much faster. Even with this much power, something like an electric grill or air conditioner will drain the battery in about an hour.
The large size requires some compromises. It takes about six hours to fully charge the battery using the supplied 400W AC adapter. Combine the power supply with solar panels to get up to 1300W of power input that charges the battery in just two hours.
Bluetti AC200Max supports pass-through charging, but Bluetti does not recommend using it as an uninterruptible power supply. It also does not support 240V split phase connection even when connected to another power plant.
We can't imagine ourselves lugging this big battery around every open space — smaller batteries are specially designed for this. However, we think it's a great choice for weekend getaways or camper enthusiasts.
The touchscreen isn't great in certain lighting and you'll have to go up to eye level to see it clearly. It's easy to use, but perhaps separate hardware buttons to control the power supplies would be better.
There is an app to connect to the Bluetti AC200Max. It's very simple, but gives users some control without having to interact with the display on the device.
When first launched, Bluetooth pairing is almost instantaneous. When the app is opened for the first time when there is an active battery nearby, it will automatically appear in the device list.
Click on a battery to view its current status and access controls. It will show the charging and discharging rate and will allow users to turn AC and DC power supplies on and off.
Should I buy the Bluetti AC200Max
Blueetti AC200Max may appeal to many. It has plenty of ports and capacity so it won't be a problem to keep some lights on and charge devices during a power outage.
The Blueetti AC200Max can be especially useful for camper and motorhome owners thanks to its dedicated residential sockets. Casual users may not find as many immediate use cases other than emergencies.
Bluetti AC200Max found itself in an uncomfortable position for consumers. It has a large capacity, but may not be a backup solution for the whole house. It's also too big to take anywhere.
Customers looking for a power station that will come in handy in the event of power outages or other emergencies will find the Bluetti AC200Max useful. However, there may be higher quality specialized batteries elsewhere for non-RV owners.
Bluetti AC200Max Pro
- Simple one-button operation, touch screen
- Wide range of outputs, including 15W wireless panels
- High capacity at a decent price compared to smaller models
- Dedicated motorhome outlets
< h2 data-anchor="bluetti-ac200max-cons" id="bluetti-ac200max-cons">Bluetti AC200Max Cons
- Additional feature set aimed at enthusiasts may attract customers to other locations
- Big, heavy
- No built-in cable storage
- The abundance of USB-A ports in 2022 is not ideal
Rating: 4 out of 5
This is a great powerhouse and we d would have awarded it 5 out of 5 if we were only writing for RV enthusiasts. However, in the wider market, there may be better options for more casual users.
The Blueetti AC200Max is an expensive, big powerhouse that can be more than most people need. So, we're giving it a 4 out of 5 for great design, build and capacity, but not quite for everyone.
Where to buy Bluetti AC200Max
You usually get the $1699 Bluetti AC200Max expandable powerhouse directly from the Bluetti website. Instead, it only costs $1,499 thanks to a Black Friday discount that ends November 30th.
Amazon also has a limited-time sale for the Bluetti AC200Max as of press time. Get it on Amazon for $1499 with the coupon on the page.