Bluetti EB3A Portable Power Station Review
In this Bluetti review, we’re looking at the Bluetti EB3A portable power station. This is one of the best portable power stations on the market by Bluetti Australia. EB3A power station has a fair price while still delivering on some great input functions we’ll address in this review.
The Bluetti EB3A has a 268Wh power capacity from the LiFePO4 battery. This portable power station is the smallest in Bluetti’s product range. The maximum output of 600W is high for this size unit. You can expect fast charges when it comes to charging devices like laptops, tablets or phones, in fact the speed of charging in this device is considerably faster than on a typical power bank.
From a full charge of this Bluetti power station, most phones can be charged to full battery capacity approximately 25 times, while laptops and tablets with comparable battery capacities may be recharged about 5–6 times.
When it comes to powering appliances, the wattage of the devices you’re using matters more than anything else. The 268Wh power capacity of the EB3A power station allows you to run a 268W appliance for one hour, so make sure to calculate the total wattage of your devices.
However, note that using more than 268W to power an appliance will provide less than an hour of usage time. The max wattage an appliance can be to be used in this power station is 600W with a max surge of 1200W.
The Bluetti EB3A power station’s port selection is extensive and in line with what is reasonable, given its output and capacity. The device features eight outputs for recharging multiple devices at once: two DC 5521 ports, two USB-A ports, one USB-C port, one DC cigarette lighter port to plug in a car outlet, one AC output and one wireless phone charging at the top.
The USB-C connector provides a 100W power output, while two USB-A ports share a 15W output for additional charging ports. As a result, there is no Quick Charge USB-A connector, but the USB-C port makes up for it by allowing maximum speed charging of most USB-C laptops. The top wireless charging pad has a maximum output of 15W.
Most phones can be quickly charged using the USB-C port, including iPhones and Android devices.
We assumed Bluetti would have chosen a 60W USB-C port for a power station in this price range; therefore, a 100W port is unexpected and exceeds expectations. We were able to charge two Android phones from the two USB-A ports concurrently, a laptop at its maximum speed via the USB-C connector, and a phone from the 15W wireless charging pad at the top of the power supply. The power station can even supply power for a small fridge, and other devices for anyone that wants to be off-grid.
Given that 5521 ports power few appliances, the DC cigarette lighter port will probably be more useful than the two DC 5521 ports. The 5521 ports, however, could be used to charge DC-chargeable laptops.
AC Power Outlet
As we already said, the EB3A power station features one AC outlet and a maximum output of 600W. The power station will last less than an hour when powering appliances that are more than 268W. Despite this, it still cannot be overstated how amazing it is to be able to run appliances up to 600W on such an affordable power station.
The appliance we tested used roughly 500W, which is very near to the power plant’s maximum output and operated without a problem.
To simultaneously test power appliances and capacity, we charged two phones from USB-A ports, a laptop from a USB-C port, and a phone that was wirelessly charged and also used the AC outlet to power a 2nd laptop. The power station operated nicely and did a great job.
This power station is excellent for running several devices simultaneously and allowing you to utilise it for a few hours, as seen by all of the appliances we used at once to charge.
Charging Input Technology
The Bluetti EB3A power station can be recharged using the AC recharging cord through the AC recharge port or using the solar port. The Bluetti app allows you to boost the recharge rate and turn on Turbo recharging, which can recharge the power station at 350W. However, despite how handy it is to recharge the power station at 350W, we advise against doing so too frequently since it might destroy the battery technology and should only be used in dire circumstances.
Functionality and Cost
The power station is simple to use because almost all of its functional components are located at the front, except for the wireless charging pad and the handle, which are located at the top.
The one AC outlet is in the AC portion, while the USB and DC outlets are in the DC section. The top right corner also has an LED flashlight and Bluetooth connectivity according to the user manual.
The device costs $629 which is reasonably low for its functions and its power capacity, making it a good purchase.
There are power buttons for the LED flashlight, AC, and DC parts. Press the power button for each area to turn it on, illuminating the green light on each power button.
The power station can become heated while operating at heavy loads; however, internal fan technology keeps the unit cool. All power stations produce heat, but everything runs smoothly as long as they have a mechanism to keep them cool.
The power station’s Power Lifting Mode allows it to operate appliances with a higher output than 600W. The EB3A will, however, automatically shut off if you use appliances at levels significantly higher than their maximum output.
This power station’s portability and cost are up there as the best in the market, but it still has certain limitations.
The power station’s 600W maximum output is a nice feature that will allow you to power small-wattage appliances for a brief period. However, it can be limiting as most kitchen appliances will use more than 600W. It all depends on what you would use the power station for.
If you are looking for a power station that will allow you to work remotely and keep your phone and computers charged, this is the best one out there.
The following review concludes that the Bluetti Australia EB3A is a quality option for people searching for a small-capacity portable power station as an investment for camping or the outdoors.
Wade & Dani
Hi! We’re Wade and Dani, We’re currently travelling around Australia in our 2017 Mercedes Sprinter Camper van and sharing our best experiences, stories, reviews and adventures as we go along. Make sure you follow us on Instagram @wadeanddani