AC200 Max is an expandable variant of Bluetti’s famous AC200P midrange solar power station. Being a modular model, you can expand it up to 8192Wh using the vendor’s much-touted expansion battery modules. We would like to have a detailed look at the Bluetti AC200 Max portable power station below.
Like AC200P, AC200 Max basically equips a 2048Wh (51.2V 40Ah) LiFePO4 battery pack. The attachable extra battery packs are available in two options; B230 and B300. They are respectively 2048Wh and 3072Wh LiFePO4 external battery packs. An AC200 Max can support up to two units of any of the extra battery modules.
That said, if the included battery pack is not enough for your requirements, you can expand the system with up to two units of either B230 or B300 battery packs.
As you see, the extra battery modules also feature their own USB and DC outlets to power your devices directly. The brand has also on sale a new 200W solar charger for its heavy power stations.
Bluetti AC200 Max At a Glance
- 2200W/4800W (Surge) Solar Power Station.
- 2048Wh LifePO4 Battery Pack with Expandability.
- Four AC Outlets and One US AC TT-30P Port.
- Two 18W USB-A and USB-A 5V/3A Outlets.
- One USB-C 100W Power Delivery Socket.
- Dual DC Sockets, a Carport, and 30A Outlet.
- Two 15W Wireless Charging Pads.
- Price: $1699 / $400 Off.
Bluetti B230 Battery Module
- 2048Wh LiFePO4 Battery Pack.
- Compatible with AC200 Max and AC300.
- 500W AC Charging Input.
- 100W USB-C PD, USB-A 3.0 QC, and 12V Sockets.
- 8.9 x 16.5 x 11 In and 48lbs Weight.
- Price: $1199 / $500 Off.
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Bluetti AC200 Max Solar Power Station
AC200 Max is actually the first modular and expandable solar power station from Bluetti, the leading player in the portable solar power industry. Apart from its built-in 2048Wh ultra-durable LFP battery pack, you can expand it further with the brand’s expandable battery packs, as said above.
It features rather faster solar and AC charging options. For solar charging, it has got a 900W (10-145V) input, whereas, for AC charging, it equips a 500W charging point.
Besides solar and AC options, you can also recharge AC200 Max from multiple other sources, including an EV station, a solar roof, wind turbines, a regular gas generator, and 12V/24V lead-acid batteries.
In the meantime, it highlights four 2200W AC outlets and one US AC TT-30P port. Coming to the USB options, it features a pair of 18W USB-A outlets, dual USB-A 5V/3A sockets, and one 100W USB Type-C PD port.
The DC sockets include one regular carport with 12V/10A power, two 12/10A DC 5521 outlets, and one 12V/30A port. A pair of 15W wireless charging pads are other attractions.
Compatible Solar Panel
Bluetti has unveiled a new 200W-watt solar charger with AC200 Max. Branded as Bluetti PV200 solar panel, this is a four-fold high-efficiency mono solar panel with an output of 200 watts at a conversion of 23.4%. It can offer you much better power in low-light conditions than a polycrystalline panel.
Built with the highly durable ETFE material, it can ensure long-lasting solar power. It is also scratch-resistant and waterproof with IP65-rating and so you can use it roughly in various outdoor conditions like camping, fishing, and more. Check out the product at the Bluetti website below, where it comes at $550.
Coming up with an MC4 connector, the solar panel is fine for all solar power stations on the market, including all the models from Bluetti. When it comes to the AC200 Max, you can pair multiple units of the solar charger to achieve the total solar output the heavy power station requires.
Once folded, it gets into a suitcase form, which you can easily carry anywhere. It has a folded size of 23.4 x 24.8 in and its weight goes 16.1lbs. The kickstand helps you place it anywhere for better exposure to the sunlight.
Compared to the former SP200 solar charger, the new PV200 enjoys a few specialties. It has reportedly got an improved performance under shade. You will only lose solar watts from an area that is exactly under the shade, and not all cells won’t be affected by the shade.
Also, the new panel integrates different solar cells and diodes, but still, it has the same conversion efficiency. It is also slightly heavier than the original as it features a wide area of waterproof coating.
Bluetti AC200 Max power station highlights a host of special features. First of all, hot swapping is one of the most exciting things. If you have multiple expansion batteries, you can easily swap the drained one with a new one as the system works.
Total control of the power station is possible on the included mobile app. So, it is quite easy for you to manage the heavy solar power station from anywhere in the world as you get real-time information on your screen.
Moreover, the included battery is a highly safe and long-lasting LiFePO4 unit. Along with an award-winning battery management system, it can be a great thing to have inside your AC200 Max.
Bluetti B230 Expansion Battery
This is one of the expansion batteries Bluetti has designed for AC200 Max and its original variants.
Specs-wise, it comes up with a 2048Wh built-in battery pack. Fine, if the internal battery of AC200 Max is not enough for your needs, you can attach up to two units of B230s to boost its storage capacity.
The great thing is that the B230 battery pack is also fine for the brand’s earlier models like AC200 and AC200P. However, at the launch of AC200 Max, Bluetti didn’t start a separate sale of the external battery pack, which will be available to the owners of AC200 and AC200P in September 2021.
At the moment, you can only get it in bundles with AC200 Max. We will update the link to buy B230 here once it is available individually.
B230 is actually a handy and compact battery pack with dual built-in carrying handles. You can take it anywhere on your trips and stack it upon your power stations for easy handling.
The battery module also features its own charging outlets. They are one 18W USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port, one 100W USB-C 3.0 Power Delivery port, and one 12V/10A cigarette lighter charger. That is how you can power up your small devices directly from it.
By the way, Bluetti is also to release a more powerful B300 battery expansion module with its another much-awaited power station, AC300 in September 2021.
B300 is a 3072Wh battery module, which will also work with AC200 Max. But AC300 is a product with no internal battery and so you can add storage to it only with the B300 battery modules.
Bluetti AC200P/AC200 History
Bluetti launched its much-excited AC200 back in 2020 with a 1700Wh LG EV-Grade battery pack. The product could make a wave on the market with over 12K backers support it on Indiegogo.
But the company upgraded it with the 2048Wh LiFePO4 battery pack later and rebranded it as AC200P. That product is certainly one of the market’s best-seller mid-range power stations today.
More recently, the brand unveiled two massive solar power stations, EP500 and EP500 Pro on Kickstarter, which also attracted a lot of backers. Most of the brand’s latest products have been doing quite well. They have been true trendsetters as they come up with stunning features, power, and storage capacities.
Price and Availability
The brand has launched Bluetti AC200 Max directly on its website at BluettiPower.Com. The machine starts at $1699 and the brand offers it in a number of attractive bundles with extra battery packs and solar panels.
An AC200 Max bundle with dual B230 extra batteries costs $4089. And with three 200W solar panels added to it for a total of 600 watts, you can buy it at $5099. Without extra batteries, the AC200 Max bundle with 600W solar power has a price of $2899.
The new Bluetti power station is available in the USA, Canada, Australia, and other global markets, including the UK, where they will appear under the branding, PowerOak.
Update: The brand doesn’t look to offer the B230 extra battery separately at the moment due to the shortage of the battery modules. From September 2021, it will be individually available so that the owners of AC200 and AC200P can expand the storage capacities of their machines.
That has been our take on the Bluetti AC200 Max solar power station. It is going to be a great product of the kind with the same design and portability factor as AC200P. The device features a size of 15.2 x 16.5 x 11 in and it weighs 61.9 lbs without a battery pack. Share your thoughts about the machine in the comments below.