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For this week's giveaway, we've teamed up with MAXOAK to offer MacRumors readers a chance to win a Bluetti portable power station. One winner will receive the 2048Wh high-end Bluetti AC200MAX and two winners will receive the 500Wh Bluetti AC50S. All of these products are great to have on hand for camping, RV use, off-grid living, power outages, emergencies, and more.

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The AC200MAX is one of Bluetti's newest and biggest portable power stations, and with its $2099 price tag, it's designed for those who need to have plenty of battery power on hand. By default, the AC200MAX has a 2048Wh capacity, but that can be boosted to 8192Wh with add-on battery modules that are available separately.

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There are 16 ports, including 4 AC outlets, 4 USB-A ports (two 18W and two 5VDC/3A), a 12V/16A port, NEMA TT-30 RV outlet, two 12V/30A ports, a 100W USB-C port, and two spots for wirelessly charging smartphones, earbuds, and similar devices.

A large LED display provides information on battery level and offers touch controls for turning AC/DC ports off, activating the included lights, controlling settings, checking for faults, and more. There are built-in fans to keep it cool when it's operating, and Bluetti has added covers for all the outlets and ports to keep them protected when not in use.

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The AC200MAX is compatible with solar panels up to 900W and supports 500W AC input, and with both, it can be charged to full in under two hours. The power station supports up to 2000W with 4800W surge capacity, so it is able to power most appliances. It is compatible with small refrigerators, heaters, blow dryers, CPAP machines, and more, making it a good choice if you need to operate high-powered appliances with no on-grid power source.

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For those who don't need the power of the AC200MAX, MAXOAK also makes a whole range of smaller power stations at more affordable price points. The 500Wh Bluetti AC50S is priced at $400 and supports devices up to 300W, so it's ideal for smaller appliances and electronics. It features two AC ports, four USB-A ports, a 45W USB-C port, two 12V/3A ports, a 12V/10A car port, and a 10W wireless charging pad.

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There's a built-in LCD display that provides information on charging status, and it weighs just 13.6 pounds, so it's much more portable than the AC200MAX, which weighs in at 62 pounds.

MAXOAK is giving away one grand prize that includes the Bluetti AC200MAX Portable Power Station, and two second prize winners will receive Bluetti AC50S 500Wh Portable Power Station.

To enter to win, use the Gleam.io widget below and enter an email address. Email addresses will be used solely for contact purposes to reach the winners and send the prizes. You can earn additional entries by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, subscribing to our YouTube channel, following us on Twitter, following us on Instagram, or visiting the MacRumors Facebook page.

Due to the complexities of international laws regarding giveaways, only U.S. residents who are 18 years or older, UK residents who are 18 years or older, and Canadian residents (excluding Quebec) who have reached the age of majority in their province or territory are eligible to enter. All federal, state, provincial, and/or local taxes, fees, and surcharges are the sole responsibility of the prize winner. To offer feedback or get more information on the giveaway restrictions, please refer to our Site Feedback section, as that is where discussion of the rules will be redirected.

The contest will run from today (January 28) at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time through 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time on February 4. The winners will be chosen randomly on February 4 and will be contacted by email. The winners will have 48 hours to respond and provide a shipping address before new winners are chosen.

Article Link: MacRumors Giveaway: Win a Massive Bluetti 2048Wh Portable Power Station
 
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cire1244

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Dang, I could use this. Our power was out all of last weekend and have been thinking about finding something like this...
 

mv24

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Giveaway? How those work in MacRumors? What one has to do to participate?
 

yossi

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Can this be connected to your house panel via an interlock? assuming you don't run central AC or microwave/toaster oven, how many hours or days do you think the 8000 watt hour unit could last?
 

Belle Pomme

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How is this taxed? Does Macrumors send a 1099? Would want to understand how this would affect my reported income?
 

nathan_reilly

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the upcharge on these things is insane...seems like every few weeks there is a new "value-added" lithium ion battery pack
 

likegadgets

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I guess I'm done entering these drawings - but hey, I get it, if you want to get free stuff, sometimes you have to give something up to try for it. I'm not willing to though. Oh well ?
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Me too. Have no FB,Instagram, Twitter nor a Google account. This being Macrumors not using log in with Apple (not that I would). So not able to enter as a long time Macrumors member and forum participant
 
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alchemistmuffin

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I guess I'm done entering these drawings - but hey, I get it, if you want to get free stuff, sometimes you have to give something up to try for it. I'm not willing to though. Oh well ?

Agreed. What is this nonsense? I’ve put in for many of these drawings in the past, now they’re requiring a social media login? Not cool.
Well, it’s always been like that. I don’t know how you log into the forums. It’s always been like that way.

Also, does this thing connect to house via transfer switch? Would be more useful if it was waterproof so it can be placed outdoors.
 

sleestak

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Can this be connected to your house panel via an interlock? assuming you don't run central AC or microwave/toaster oven, how many hours or days do you think the 8000 watt hour unit could last?

You would need a professionally designed/engineered and installed transfer switch that would isolate the unit from the incoming utility feed (safety for utility workers that can be electrocuted if your unit is backfeeding a feeder they believe is isolated/down). The same thing applies for a generator, photovoltaic system, etc.

The 8192Wh unit might keep a few things up for a short period of time, refrigerator/freezer, some lights, etc. Any kind of resistance heating loads are going to end up draining the unit quickly.

Ultimately, the effort and cost of trying to shoehorn something like this that is meant to be a portable backup unit into your electrical service as a primary backup is pointless. Go with a system designed for that purpose.
 
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