Xantrex Xpower Powerpack 1500Accessories, Accessories Hi-lite — By Kevin McKenzie on June 21, 2012 at 10:55 am
Xantrex’s Xpower PowerPack 1500 is a mobile power station that has a built-in 1500 watt inverter and provides 51 amp hours of juice that can be used to power loads like televisions, portable lighting, laptops, a small fridge, power tools, fans, etc. It is an excellent alternative to a noisy gas generator when you only need temporary power or in cases where a generator is not practical, like indoors.
The PowerPack is powered by a 51 amp hour AGM battery. AGM batteries are sealed and can operate at any angle, will not spill, and have a very low discharge rate when stored. Other features include an LED status light showing you the power level, an on/off switch, two 3-prong AC outlets, a 12 amp DC outlet to
allow you to run appliances that use a standard cigarette lighter plug, and external positive and negative terminals that can be used to jump start a vehicle (jumper cables not included) or to connect an auxiliary battery giving you more capacity for longer run times.
It comes with an external 5 amp charger that can be plugged into a standard AC wall socket and a DC cord that can be plugged into your vehicles cigarette lighter. Recharging time with the supplied charger reportedly takes 24 hours on AC or 6 to 8 hours from your vehicles DC outlet when fully discharged.
All this is housed in a tough high impact plastic housing with wheels, a removable handle, and a storage compartment that fits the charger and all your cabling. It also has two sturdy grips on either side to help you lift it. The unit weighs in at just under 60 lbs.
The PowerPack 1500 is built very well and I expect it to holdup to heavy use. It works very well powering things like portable shop lights, radios, and small power tools for extended periods of time. I can also see this coming in handy to charge small devices like cell phones or laptops overnight where running the generator would be overkill. Although I don’t see it replacing your generator, I see it as a good compliment to it. It can also come in handy if your house batteries are too low to start your gennie. You can find it on Amazon.com for about $500.
Following is a chart of expected runtimes for typical items you can expect to power.
Office Applications Watts Runtime
Laptop 25 27 h 30 min
Desktop computer 67 8 h 48 min
20” LCD monitor 52 11 h 54 min
Wireless modem/router 6 118 h
Inkjet printer 8 87 h
Table lamp 40 16 h
Emergency Power Applications Watts Runtime
Cordless phone 5 130 h
Clock radio 8 87 h
13” CRT TV 45 14 h 6 min
20” LCD TV 75 7 h 42 min
18 cu. ft. fridge 120 4 h 18 min
8.8 cu. ft. freezer 80 7 h 6 min
Sump pump 1/2 hp 300 1 h 18 min
Home alarm system 5 129 h
Microwave 1000 19 min
7 1/4 circular saw 800 25 min
3/8 corded drill 250 1 h 48 min
Jigsaw 150 3 h 18 min
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