Recharge Your Azeus Lithium Power Station With Solar Panels
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They’re two good options when it comes to power stations for outdoor camping and home emergencies. A neat feature that I hope we’ll see on more power stations soon is that they can be recharged via USB C. A lot of us have USB C chargers and cables because our phones, tablets, or speakers have USB C ports.
Another way to recharge the Azeus power stations is with solar panels, and that’s what we’re focusing on today. How do you know whether a solar panel is compatible or not, and which are the best options on the market?
Limitations, Inputs, And Specifications Of The Azeus Solar Generators
Both models have the same input rating, which is 15V 2A when using DC power supplies, and 5V 3A when using the USB C input.
15V 2A means that it has a 30W max input rating. The USB C max input rating is 15W.
There is no information on what size the DC input port is, but it looks like a 3.5×1.35mm to me. If you have one of the two models I would appreciate if you would let me know if it mentions something about this in the manual, or if you could give me the power supply model number.
Since I am not certain about the DC input size, I will only recommend solar panels below that come with several adapters, so one of them will fit. When I find out the exact size, I will update the article with how you can connect solar panels with MC4 connectors to the Azeus power stations.
Best Solar Panels That Are Compatible With Azeus Power Stations
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How Long Will It Take To Charge The Azeus Battery With A Solar Panel?
Since both Azeus models have a 30W input limit, it would take almost six hours to charge the 178Wh with one of the panels above, and it would take a little more than eight hours to charge the 250Wh from empty to full.
You could possibly speed up the charging by using the USB C input at the same time. The panels I listed above have USB ports so if you have a cable for it, it could be worth a try.
If you only use the USB C port to charge the battery, it would take almost 12 hours to charge the 178Wh model, and almost 17 hours to charge the 250Wh model.
How Can I Improve The Charging Speed When Using A Solar Panel?
To make sure you max out the input on your Azeus power station, you should make sure the panel is facing the sun directly by tilting it. It can be hard with portable foldable panels but do your best to angle the panel directly towards the sun.
This will especially help during the morning and the evening when the sun is low on the horizon, but also during wintertime when the sun isn’t straight above even at high noon.
Another thing is to make sure the panel isn’t shaded even a little bit. Sometimes a tiny shadow can decrease the charging efficiency significantly. Some solar panels are more sensitive to it than others, but it’s better to be safe than sorry.
What Can The Azeus Power Stations Run?
Both of them have a 250W inverter rating, so you can plug either one device in or several devices with the help of a power strip. As long as you stay under 250W total watts, you’ll be safe.
You can usually find the required wattage of a certain device on its power brick or on the device itself. For example, most phone chargers take 5-20W, while most laptops use between 50-150W.
Common electronics that will be OK to run are laptops, tablets, TVs, gaming consoles, fans, and lights.
A PS4 uses up to 150W while gaming and a 40-inch tv uses between 40-100W, which means you could power both a TV and a PS4 with both power stations.
250W is not large enough to run any kitchen appliances or space heaters.
How Long Will The Azeus Battery Last?
There are two models, the 178Wh, and the 250Wh. Wh means watt-hours and is an easy way to understand battery capacity.
If you use a 60W device for an hour, you will have used 60 of those watt-hours. Actually a little bit more than that if you use the AC outlet on the power station because the inverter that powers the AC outlet is not 100% efficient, but more like 85%.
It’s easy to find out how long a device will run with some quick math. First, you must know which model you have, the 178Wh model or the 250Wh model. Then you must know how many watts your device requires.
When you know those two, you can divide them and multiply it with 0.85 to get the answer.
For example, let’s say I plug my 60W Macbook into the AC outlet, and I have the large 250Wh model.
The calculation would then look like this: 250Wh/60W*0.85=3.54 hours.
This tells me that I would be able to charge the Macbook for over 3.5 hours.
Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions.