Is a ‘water-resistant’ power station too good to be true? I tested it to find out.

Is a 'water-resistant' power station too good to be true? I tested it to find out.

The Bluetti AC60: A Power Station That Can Brave the Elements

Bluetti AC60

Over the years, I’ve tested a multitude of power stations. Some big, some small, but one thing has always remained constant – my aversion to water. Water and electricity don’t mix well, and as power stations are essentially boxes filled with electricity, I’ve always taken extra precautions to keep them away from water.

However, that all changed when I got my hands on the Bluetti AC60. This power station claims to be IP65-rated for dust-proofing and water resistance, making it the first of its kind that I’ve used.

Naturally, I had to put this claim to the test. Armed with the knowledge from Bluetti’s Q&A section about the device’s waterproofing capabilities, I took the AC60 on a four-day adventure in South Wales, U.K. The weather was less than ideal, with fluctuating temperatures, heavy rain, and high humidity.

Bluetti AC60

The Bluetti AC60 comes with an impressive set of specifications. With a capacity of 403Wh, it is powered by LiFePO₄ (Lithium Iron Phosphate) batteries, providing over 3,000 cycles to 80% of its original capacity. It features two AC outlets offering a total of 600W, a pure sine wave inverter, USB ports, a 12V car outlet, a wireless charging pad, and a built-in light. It can be charged through AC, solar panels, or a car outlet.

At just over 20 pounds, the AC60 is portable and easy to transport. The comfortable handle and well-balanced design make it a joy to move around, even on longer trips.

Functionally, the AC60 performs flawlessly. The power outputs are as advertised, and the easy-to-read display and intuitive controls make it easy to operate, even in unfavorable conditions. The glowing buttons provide a nice touch and clearly indicate which features are in use. The wireless charging mat on top adds convenience and eliminates the need for cables.

Bluetti AC60’s built-in light

Now, let’s talk about the main feature that sets the AC60 apart – its IP65 rating. The power station is equipped with flaps that cover all the ports, forming a secure seal against water and dirt. These flaps are robust enough to withstand heavy outdoor use. With a quick wipe-down before use, I found that the AC60 is highly resistant to water, dirt, and dust.

It took some bravery to expose the AC60 to as much moisture as I did, but it had no problems handling the elements. Having an IP65-rated power station like the Bluetti AC60 opens up new possibilities for taking power into the outdoors without worrying about the hazards of water.

In conclusion, the Bluetti AC60 is a game-changer. Its ability to withstand the elements makes it a reliable companion for outdoor adventures. Whether you’re camping, hiking, or simply spending time in nature, the AC60 ensures you never have to go without power. With its portability, durability, and impressive features, this power station is a must-have for anyone seeking power on the go.

Bluetti AC60 Tech Specs

  • Capacity: 403Wh (18Ah)
  • Type: LiFePO₄ (Lithium Iron Phosphate)
  • Life Cycles: 3,000+ Cycles to 80% original capacity
  • AC Outlets: 2× 230V/2.6A, 600W in total
  • Inverter Type: Pure Sine Wave
  • Surge Power: 1,200W
  • USB Ports: 1x USB-C 100W Max. (Built-in eMark chip) and 2x USB-A 5V/3A
  • 12V DC Outlet: 1× 12V/10A (Car outlet, regulated)
  • Wireless Charging Pad: 1× 15W Max
  • AC Charging Cable (600W Turbo Charging): Approx 1 – 1.5 hours
  • Solar Panel (200W): Approx 2.5 – 3 hours (With good sunshine, ideal orientation, and low temperature)
  • 12V/24V Car Outlet (100W/200W): Approx 4.5 – 5 hours / 2.5 – 3 hours
  • Weight: Approx 9.1kg / 20.06lbs
  • Dimensions (L ×W ×D): 290mm × 205mm × 234mm / 11.42in × 8.07in × 9.21in
  • Discharging Temperature: -20°C – 40°C (-20°C – 30°C: 600W Max.; 30°C – 40°C: 500W Max.) / -4°F – 104°F (-4°F – 86°F: 600W Max.; 86°F – 104°F: 500W Max.)
  • Warranty: 6 years