Our Portable Power Needs
We didn’t want a complex set up with stacks of batteries and a roof full of solar panels along with all of the electronics in between for our off grid power needs. There’s no debate for the need of a large solar installation for those who boondock off grid for long periods of time – our needs are much simpler. We spend the majority of our RV time in campgrounds with power. Without debating the cost of one form of RV travel vs the other, it’s just our preference.
As we’ve traveled in a 5th wheel since 2014 there has been one thing missing – the ability to power high wattage 120V AC appliances for meals or convenience at rest stops in between campgrounds. Many of these devices require 1500 Watts of power. In a perfect world we want to have a simple to use device that we can connect to our 120V AC 50 Amp connection and have a battery power device that will operate the appliances in the 5th wheel. After eight years of RV travel we thought such a device would never exist and if there was something to fit our needs it would be cost prohibitive. No longer. We now have an Oupes 1800W Portable Power Station and the unit has exceeded our expectations.
Oupes 1800W Portable Power Station
We found the Oupes 1800W Portable Power Station to be a workhorse powering ALL the high wattage appliances in our 5th wheel. We placed the power station in our storage bay and using a 15 Amp to 50 Amp locking adapter (also known as a dogbone), we connected the 5th wheel main power to the power station using a 10 Gauge 15 Amp extension cord.
The Oupes 1800 Portable Power Station provides 1488Wh of power with 1800W continuous and 4000W peak output. It has a wide range of power connections for those devices most used in RV travel.
The Oupes 1800W Portable Power Station has a 1488Wh capacity using LiFEPO4 batteries with a lifecycle of 2500 cycles to 80% capacity. Charging times vary depending on the methods used. The AC adapter charges the unit in 4 hours, the 12V adapter can take 8 to 12 hours depending on output and up to four 100W solar panels on a sunny day can charge the unit in less than 4 hours.
Oupes 1800W Portable Power Station Testing Results
Every appliance and tool used in our evaluation worked. We didn’t purposely look for devices that would cause the power station to fail. We preferred to test appliances and tools that we would use throughout our RV travels. You can follow along in the video below as we tested the following 120V AC devices and tools:
- 1200 Watt Microwave
- Keurig Coffee Maker and a Black N Decker Brew & Go
- GE three door residential refrigerator
- 32” TV, Roku, vertical fan, and AC powered cellular hotspot
- Skill saw
- Power drill
- Cut off tool
- 1650 Watt heat gun
All worked with no issues.
In the video, we jokingly shared that we could turn on the 13,500 BTU air conditioner with the expectation the power station would go into overload and the test would fail. To our surprise, the power station worked without any issues. The air conditioner is a Coleman with no soft start capacitor. The power station handled the compressor start-up surge with no issues and the AC produced cold air. We’re realistic that for a little more than an hour we could operate the air conditioner with the power station, but the idea that we could cool the 5th wheel while having lunch in a rest stop on a hot summer day is a huge benefit.
Our thanks to Oupes for sending iLoveRVlife the Oupes 1800W Portable Power Station to evaluate. At 36 pounds it’s easy to manage, has all the power we require for our RV travels, and most of all, powers all of the appliances and tools we need.
Our thanks to Oupes providing the power station for our review. Use our helpful link below for more information about Oupes Power Stations.
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