Bluetti/Maxoak have been in the Portable Power Station aka “Solar Generator” business for a while now. As an owner of the more expensive Bluetti AC200 and the AC50s, I knew the AC30 was geared towards folks who might be new to these or wanted a no-frills, easy-to-use, portable power station for on the go, or emergencies, or power outages. What you trade off in features, you get a very affordable portable power station at a great price point.
Pros: You get 300Wh power station, 300W Pure Sine Wave inverter with one 2-prong plug and one 3-prong plug AC plugs, two USB-A ports and one USB-C QC port, along with a cigarette-lighter plug rated up to 12V/10A (120W). You also get a 15W Qi-compatible wireless charging on top along with an LED Light. You’re also able to charge via solar with 15V-25V at up to 150W. Also, passthrough charging is supported and it’s extremely light at under 11 lbs.
Cons: You’re not able to recharge the unit using a vehicle’s 12V cigarette-lighter as the charging input requires 15V-25V. The USB-C port is non-PD (Power Delivery). The 12V output is non-regulated, which isn’t too big of an issue. And using the included AC adapter charger takes about 7-8 hours to recharge the AC30 from empty, or basically, overnight.
Those are the trade-offs, but otherwise, great for any devices at or under 300W and useful for charging phones, tables, notebooks, CPAPs, running portable fridge/freezers, etc.
The battery pack is made from LiFePO4 which is one of the best and safest types batteries with a cycle life of over 3,500+ recharges. This unit is great for anyone looking to getting into portable power stations!