Suaoki Portable Power Station Definitive Buyer's Guide & Best Alternatives
Recently, we have been getting some questions about Suaoki portable power stations, so I’ve decided to write an in depth review exploring the brand and the different products they offer.
In this article, I am going to dive deep into the specs and capabilities of three of Suaoki’s most popular solar generators. After a quick refresher on portable power stations (which is often synonymous with solar generators), I will cover the Suaoki 150Wh, Suaoki 322Wh, and the Suaoki 500Wh models from and explore possible alternatives for Suaoki portable power stations.
Suaoki Solar Generators: What You Need To Know
If you are new to portable power, it is important to note the difference between traditional portable power stations and solar generators. Suaoki sells a line of different capacity solar generators. The defining feature of a solar generator, quite obviously, is that the system is designed to be compatible with solar panels. Solar panels allow for continuous power use during daylight hours, while excess electricity generation is sent and stored in the unit’s battery for later use.
How to Choose the Best Solar Generator
Solar generators come in a huge variety of prices and capabilities. Whereas some small generators are lightweight and best used for charging phones and laptops, other larger solar generators are powerful enough to run kitchen appliances and power tools.
The amount of electricity a solar generator can store is determined by the size of its battery, whereas the amount of electronics a generator can power is controlled by the inverter’s output capacity and the systems outlet options. For more information on solar generators, you can visit our learning center.
Suaoki Portable Power Stations: Complete Review
Suaoki is a Chinese manufacturer of small, but capable solar generators. In comparison to most solar generators, Suaoki’s models are very affordable and conveniently portable. The company generally advertises their power stations best used while camping or on outdoor adventure.
The SUAOKI S270 150Wh Power Station
The smallest, and one of the most popular, Suakoi models is the 150Wh model as seen here on Amazon. This compact black and red solar generator essentially looks like a knock-off rebranding of the extremely popular Rockpals line. The S270 weighs only 2.9 pounds and comes with comfortable handles for easy transportation.
If you are headed out to the great outdoors to disconnect (but still want to charge some of your devices), the Suaki S270 is actually a pretty good option. The device has a built in MPPT charge controller for efficient solar charging and is equipped with a ton of outlet options for charging your phone, tablet, laptop, camera, drone, or other small electronic device.
The S270 comes at a great low price, but is unfortunately very limited in its performance. The battery capacity is only 150Wh, which can charge roughly 10 phones, 1.2 hours of a laptop, or 2.5 hours of a small electric cooler. Rated at 100W of continuous power, charging options are also only limited to these small devices. Therefore, the Suaki S270 is great for charging a few devices, but is not nearly powerful enough to rely on for continuous use.
The SUAOKI S370 322Wh Power Station
Secondly, I’d like to examine another Suaoki power station that could easily be mistaken for a RockPals model: the Suaoki S370. With 322 available watt hours, the S370 has over twice the battery capacity of the S270. This extra capacity doubles the weight of the unit, yet the S370 is still roughly 7.2 lbs and extremely portable with its built in handle. The S370 also triples the output capacity of the S270 with 300W of continuous power available.
Right now, the S370 is retailing on Suaoki’s website for around $360. Whereas this is still affordable, for only 322Wh of battery life, there are many more affordable options available. To give you an idea of how long the S370 will last while you are camping or tailgating, a fully charged unit can only power roughly 20 phones or charge a laptop 5 times. The size of the inverter does make it possible for the Suaoki S370 to power a CPAP machine, but the battery life makes it limited to less than 2 full nights of sleep.
The S370 does come with the same efficient solar charging capabilities as other models. The MPPT charge controller has allowed for users to report full charges in as little as in an hour of peak sunlight With this in mind, the unit is still hindered by slow AC (wall outlet) charging for a unit of its size.
The SUAOKI G500 500Wh Power Station
Lastly, Suaoki’s G500 is the company’s most powerful solar generator that is still small enough to be considered both affordable and portable. The G500 comes packed with 500Wh of battery storage and 300W of continuous power output. Whereas this is the same output potential as the S370, the increased battery size, and higher surge rating (600W) make it possible for the G500 to deliver more power to your devices.
Notably, the G500 is Suoaki’s heaviest handle-clad model weighing in at just about 15 lbs. The unit has the same great variety of outlet options as other Suaoki models, plus a port for USB type C devices. It also can be charged very efficiently with solar panels and has the option to be charged via an AC wall plug or DC car port (though at a much slower pace).
The Suaoki G500 portable power station is powerful and large enough to provide electricity for a CPAP machine for a few nights sleep, run an electric cooler for 9 hours, or charge roughly 40 smart phones. This device enters the arena of some very capable solar generators, but at nearly $550 on the manufacturers website, the Suaoki S370 portable power station is not going to reach nearly the amount of “bang for your buck” as other leading solar generators.
Overall Pros & Cons of Suaoki Portable Power Stations
Suaoki Portable Power Station Pros
- Small, Convenient Generators
- 3 Ways to Charge (Solar, wall or car)
- Good Range of Power Outlets
- Generally Efficient Solar Charging
Suaoki Portable Power Station Cons
- Low Wattage Capability (Cannot Power Large Appliances)
- Higher Cost per Battery Watt Hour than Better Alternatives
- Limited Display and Monitoring Functionality
- Low Battery Capacity Options
- Slow AC (Wall Outlet) and DC (Car Plug) Charging
Should I buy a Suaoki Portable Power Station?
If you are looking for small amounts of convenient power, then yes, Suaoki has a few good options for efficient and portable solar charging for small devices. With this in mind, if you are looking for something more capable (or simply better for a comparable price), then there are plenty of other options available on the market.
The Best Alternatives to The Suaoki Portable Power Station
I have a sneaking suspicion that Suaoki modeled their portable power stations after the wildly successful units from RockPals. Below, we will explore how RockPals’ units stack up against Suaoki’s portable power stations before exploring other great alternatives.
Compared to Suaoki’s line of portable power stations, RockPals have their own products which can deliver the same results for less of an asking price. Notably, the 330W model from RockPals packs nearly as much power as the Suaoki S370 and costs nearly $100 less. If you need the extra power, the Rockpals 540Wh model is one of our most popular items. This product, which is sold for less than the G500, has a larger battery capacity and higher surge rating than the similar Suaoki model.
If you are looking for a small, portable source of renewable energy, there are few better options than the Renogy Phoenix. This compact device packs 337Wh of power into a small, boombox-esque design. The unit is nearly identical to the capabilities (and price) of the Suaoki S370. However, there are a few reasons why Reongy’s products may be the better choice. As a cool feature, the Phoenix includes built in LED flashlights which are perfect if you intended to be spending time outdoors. Additionally, Renogy is a trusted name and solar and has plenty of options for compatible solar panels for highly efficient battery charging.
EcoFlow Delta 1300
Lastly, if you want convenient power on the go, then you may want to consider upgrading to the EcoFlow Delta 1300. The EcoFlow, which can actually be best compared to the Suaki G1000, is an extremely powerful solar generator that can store 1300wH of electricity. Plus, the Delta is rated for 1800W of continuous power, so you will be able to run much larger devices such as power tools or kitchen appliances. The Delta comes at a much lower cost and higher capability than the G1000, and can also be fully recharged in a record-breaking 2 hours (when plugged into a wall outlet).
Suaoki Portable Power Stations: Conclusion
Ultimately, I hope that this guide was helpful in explaining the capabilities of some of the most popular Suaoki Portable Power Stations. Whereas these devices are great for minimist power needs, it is definitely worth your time to explore your alternatives. There are plenty of higher power (and lower cost) solar generators available today. If you have any questions about your particular energy needs, feel free to contact us about your solar!