Grecell P500 Mini Power Station Review
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I’ve always had a strong fascination for devices powered by batteries. My journey into the world of battery technology began in the early 2000s when I acquired my very first hobby-grade electric RC car. This car demanded speed and a lightweight design, and that meant relying on a battery capable of delivering both. This is where lithium battery technology stepped in. Over the past two decades, we’ve witnessed a huge growth in the utilization of lithium-ion batteries. These batteries are known for their ability to pack a significant amount of energy into a relatively compact size compared to older, more conventional battery types. With their convenience and remarkable energy density, it’s no wonder we’re witnessing a surge in the production of battery-powered tools, vehicles and gadgets, including this Grecell P500 Mini power station.
Let’s explore finer details of the product:
Upon receiving the Grecell P500 Mini, I found it enclosed in a somewhat tattered plastic shipping envelope. The box itself had some visible scratches and dinged-up corners, causing me some concern about the condition of the unit inside. However, upon opening the box, I was relieved to discover soft padding surrounding all sides of the contents. The power station appeared cosmetically flawless. Alongside the power station, the package included one AC wall charger, one car charger cable, one MC4 solar charging cable, and a user manual.
Grecell P500 Mini Build Quality
The power station appeared well built. There were no loose parts or manufacturing defects apparent on the exterior. Every component felt solid, and the buttons functioned as expected. It was interesting that Grecell didn’t specify the type of batteries used in the P500 Mini, which naturally piqued my curiosity as a battery enthusiast. I couldn’t resist the urge to open it up and have a peek inside. What I discovered were multiple lithium-ion, Sinowatt branded batteries, each with a 3000mAh capacity. Sinowatt is a quality battery manufacturer, so this was an encouraging sign. The connectors and wire gauges were all appropriate for a unit with this power-handling capacity. All screws were securely fastened, and everything functioned flawlessly straight out of the box.
The P500 Mini boasted a rectangular design with flat sides and a flat top. This design choice makes it easy to stack, and it occupied minimal space, whether in storage or during transport. The top handle was robust and generously sized, further enhancing its usability.
Grecell P500 Mini Specifications
The Grecell P500 Mini came equipped with a versatile array of inputs and outputs. These included two 110V/500W AC outlets, two USB-A QC3.0 ports, two USB-C PD60W/20W ports, two DC5525 output ports, one car charger port, and wireless charging on top. As long as the combined power draw didn’t exceed 500 watts, this power station is capable of handling up to ten devices simultaneously. Additionally, it features two LED lights—a strip on the back emitting a diffuse yellowish light and another on the side, similar to a flashlight, producing a more focused white light.
The P500 Mini offered three methods for recharging: through an AC wall plug, a car charger, or via a solar panel with a voltage of 12-24V and a maximum output of 120W.
Size and Weight
I took measurements and found the Grecell P500 Mini to be 10.75 inches in width, 6.75 inches in height, and 6.75 inches in depth. Its weight stood at 10.20 pounds, which contributed to its excellent portability and convenience.
The official capacity of the Grecell P500 Mini was rated at 444 watt-hours, with a maximum power output set at 500 watts. Interestingly, the manual didn’t mention anything about surge power handling. During my testing, it became evident that there was only a small surge handling potential. I recorded a high of 600-610 watts of power draw during a surge situation without the unit shutting down. Whenever a non-surge power draw exceeded approximately 520-530 watts, the unit automatically shut off to prevent overloading. Within its specified limits, the P500 performed very well. It was able to deliver a constant 495 to 500 watts for an extended duration. Impressively, even under this load, the unit never became uncomfortably warm to the touch, thanks in part to an intelligently controlled fan that kicked on and off as needed, effectively regulating heat.
Who This Is For
While the Grecell P500 Mini might not be capable of powering large, energy-hungry appliances like microwaves, space heaters, coffee makers, or electric chainsaws, its compact size and capacity render it an incredibly versatile tool. It is ideally suited for camping, helping during power outages, serving as a travel companion, or accompanying outdoor adventures. I really wish I had owned this power station a month ago when my family went on a weeklong trip to St. Louis. For some reason neither my cars can charge phones or tablets fast enough to keep up when in use. With the Grecell power station, fully charged, I could have easily charged my and my wife’s phones along with both our kids’ tablets multiple times before needing a recharge. Furthermore, it could have powered an electric cooler if we had one, offering another layer of convenience.
Another noteworthy use for the Grecell P500 Mini is for day trips, whether to the beach or a park. It could efficiently power a portable speaker, a fan, recharge various devices like phones or cameras, or keep that electric cooler operational throughout the day. The versatility of a power station in this compact form factor and lightweight build is very nice.
Grecell P500 Mini Likes and Dislikes
Among the features I liked was the presence of individual on/off buttons for each connection type, providing greater control. The large number of outputs, including multiple USB ports, AC outlets, and more, ensured the ability to charge and power a variety of devices simultaneously. Additionally, the lightweight and compact, squared-off design made it highly practical for transportation and storage.
However, there were a couple of drawbacks. The fan, when running, was relatively loud. In a small room I measured the noise to be between 56 and 60 decibels depending on how close you got to the unit. The fan operates continuously during the charging process. Furthermore, the charging speed was on the slower side, requiring between 5 to 7 hours to fully charge the unit with an 80W input from the charger. Considering it came with an external power supply adapter, it would have been beneficial if it could charge at a faster rate.
While the Grecell P500 Mini may not replace a conventional gas-powered generator, a power station of this size and capacity undoubtedly serves as an invaluable tool. Despite lacking some advanced features like app control or rapid charging, its price point of $350 makes it a worthwhile investment for anyone seeking a reliable and versatile portable power source. If you’d like to check it out for yourself, visit www.amazon.com.