I was given the opportunity to test and give feedback on a new Bluetti product. The only information I was initially provided was the model number: AC200L. I was very curious about this new device, so when the box arrived at my home on September 30th, I was quick to open it and see what this was.
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This is how it came.
It comes with the typical cables.
And this is what it looks like once unpacked!
The first thing needed was to get it powered on and charge it. I made a short video of doing just that, showing the various plugs, and what the new style display looks like.
While I had the AC200L charging I had some time to review the manual, and there were some things that were very interesting to me. Compared with the AC200Max, which I have, the inverter output has been increased to 2,400 watts, that’s a full 20 amps! A typical large appliance, like a mini-oven or electric fry pan, is going to be no more than 1,800 watts to use, and this leaves plenty of margin to keep a fridge running, or a fan and some lights if you’re camping.
Battery capacity inside the unit remains at 2048 watt-hours, as well as having a connector for an external battery, like a B230, a B300, and the manual mentions a new B210 battery option. The AC200L can have two B300 batteries attached since those have a pass-through port to chain two together, for a whopping 8,192 watt-hours of battery storage!
There is no power brick! The charger is built in to the AC200L. The new style display makes it easy to read the important details, and includes the expected run or charge time remaining. With this unit Bluetti is using buttons instead of the touch screen, and I like that change. To me it seems that buttons are better for longevity than touch screens, and these devices are able to last 10 plus years, based on the battery technology used.
The AC200L comes with bluetooth and WIFI connectivity. I love the WIFI feature as I like to check the app to know how well solar charging is doing and if it’s charged yet, even when I’m not close enough for bluetooth.
Speaking of solar, the MPPT charge capacity has also been increased compared to the AC200Max, up to 1,200 watts, and that charging rate is something I was able to test.
Here is a short video showing 1,120 watts solar charging:
And here is a short video running a load while solar charging:
Next I put it to use for something really important: making coffee!
If I could get the coffee maker to brew continuously I could make coffees for 1.5 hours. That’s a lot of coffee.
For an even heavier workout, I used the AC200L to bake a 10" by 15" casserole (upside down pizza!) for dinner. It started at 100% and it’ll need 30 minutes bake time plus preheating.
Pre-heating the Breville mini oven. Battery is at 93%, but started at 100%, the load is almost 1,800 watts, time shows 1 hour battery left.
Here is the casserole baking. The time needed is 30 minutes.
And here we are at the end of the bake cycle. Dinner’s ready! 1,800 watts is no problem for the AC200L.
A few times now I have used the AC200L to power my home office, as I am able to work from home one day per week. For my home office I use a laptop, an external monitor, a table lamp, mug warmer, and chargers for my phone and bluetooth speaker. Since everything at my desk plugs into a power bar this is easy to accomplish. Later in the day I ran a 30 foot solar extension cable through the window and connected it to a Bluetti PV350 panel outside, which got the AC200L charged up again.
Running the home office
Here’s the app showing the solar charging and office power use.
And, of course, we had to take it with us on a trip to the great fall outdoors for a couple of days here in early November. We made hot chocolate and coffee, cooked up a bunch of beans in a pressure cooker, and powered a few strings of lights around the cabin. And I had my PV350 along to keep it going.
But have a look at the display on the AC200L, full sunshine and still easily readable! There are icons to show what outputs are active as well. The usefulness of that became apparent when the sunshine made the button backlighting impossible to see. The display is a huge improvement over the AC200Max.
And finally, some new monitoring capabilities in the app specifically for the AC200L that I noticed. From the main app view of the AC200L you can touch the icons for PV input, Grid input, and AC output and get a display of the power and voltage coming in or out! That’s something I have wished that the AC300 could do, especially for the solar input.
I have been very happy with the Bluetti AC200L power station. No noisy power brick with a fan that doesn’t stop, individual buttons for output options, super fast AC charging option if you need it in a hurry or extra slow for quiet operation, really fast solar charging, and WIFI for full remote monitoring. This is a take-it-anywhere-and-power-anything power station.