Bluetti AC240 – Outdoor! Portable Power Station (IP65 Rated)

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Introduction

Over the past few years, I have had the opportunity to use and review several of the Bluetti portable lithium power stations: the AC200P, AC200 MAX, AC300, and AC70. The earlier generations did have a few drawbacks, in my eyes, like no app, dim touch screens, slow recharge times, etc.

However, Bluetti has listened to the feedback and continued to improve the product. Recent models have sported much faster recharge rates, brighter displays, physical buttons for the main functions, plus a WiFi/Bluetooth smartphone app for setup and monitoring.

I figured there wasn’t much for them to add or improve until I heard about the new AC240 model. It is one of the only portable power stations I know that can be left outside in the rain. With an IP65 rating for water and dust resistance! IP65 means it’s dustproof and protected against water jets but not submersible. So, it is not fully waterproof, but it should be able to handle the outdoor weather.

wet ac240

With a summer of cruising on our boat coming up, I jumped at the chance when Bluetti offered to send me a review sample. I plan to use it on our flybridge deck, leave it in the elements all summer, and see how it holds up.

I’ll split the review into two parts. Part One will be a look at it physically, its features, and a demo of how I’ll be utilized on our boat. Then, after a few months, Part Two will let you know how it performed and how much the weather affected it.

Part One – Physical Look, Features and Demos

In this video, I review the AC240’s important specifications and features and show various ways I will use/test it on our boating adventures. I plan to use it as a backup to my boat’s existing off-grid power system, which consists of traditional batteries, an inverter/charger, a solar controller, etc.

Shop Vacuum Plugged In

I’ll use a pair of 100W solar panels to keep the 1536Wh LiFePO battery pack topped up and use it when I need to power things outside. Another plan is to use it for our electric water heater. I can plug our shore power cord into the Bluetti and heat water for showers and dishes without depleting our main boat battery bank.

Water heater plugged in

So far, I’m more than impressed with the new AC240 model. If you want to dive deep into all the features and specs, here is a link to the Bluetti AC240 Page. Stay tuned, and in a few months, I’ll be back with part two and let you know how it performed over a longer term.

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