This article is based on an article from the Japanese edition of Engadget and was created using the translation tool Deepl.
Anker, a leading provider of mobile batteries and USB AC adapters, has launched a remarkable model that is equipped with an AC outlet of up to 100 watts but is sized to fit into the category of a mobile battery (rather than a so-called portable power source).
The model name is "Anker PowerHouse 100". Priced at 13,900 yen (including tax), it is also in the category of a mobile battery (although of course, it is more expensive than most models). To our delight, it also comes with a 45W USB Type-C AC adapter for charging the unit (and the popular PowerPort Atom III 45W Slim) and a USB-C to C cable for this price.
Its battery capacity is 27,000mAh (97.2Wh), which is almost the upper limit of what can be carried as baggage in an airplane. The size of the unit is about 120 x 201 x 31 mm (width x height x thickness) and weighs about 862 grams, which is large and heavy, as expected given the size of the outlet and the scale of the output circuit. However, when viewed as an AC outlet-compatible model, it is (still) one of the smallest and heaviest of the current models.
Another feature of the Anker PowerHouse 100 is that it has three USB ports in addition to AC and can output to all of them simultaneously. In addition to a maximum of 100 watts on the AC side, a maximum of 45 watts on the USB Type-C port and two USB Type-A ports (up to 15W in two sub-total units) can be used at the same time, resulting in a total maximum output of 160 watts.
Especially for those who are heavy users of mobile batteries, or those who are considering using them for emergency use, the fact that "there is no limit to the simultaneous use, and it is possible to charge them at almost the maximum output just by connecting them" should prove to be a very reliable specification.
In addition, the AC output is purely sinusoidal (which is natural, since it's a battery). Due to its high compatibility with household power supplies (at the waveform level), it is advertised as "usable in most precision equipment as well".
The control specification of the USB Type-C terminal is PowerIQ 3.0 (Gen2), Anchor's own "USB PD compatible" specification, with a solid 3A (instead of 2.4A) output even at 5V. Other voltage and current combinations are 9V/3A, 15V/3A, and 20V/2.25A.
The AC outlet specifications are 110V/0.91A, frequency 60Hz, maximum output of 100W (instantaneous maximum output is 125W), and the USB Type-A side is 5V/3A (maximum 12W per port, total maximum 15W).
In addition, USB Type-C is a type that can also be used as an input (for charging the unit) terminal. When charging the unit, a USB PD-compatible AC adapter can be used to charge the unit up to 45W (and as mentioned earlier, the unit also comes with a 45W AC adapter). Charging time (from zero to full capacity) is about three hours at the earliest.
Of course, the LED light, which is common in many of today's emergency power supply models, is also included. With multiple light modes of varying brightness and a flash mode for SOS, it is also claimed to be used as a light or life-saving signal.
Thus, PowerHouse 100 is a product that stands to make the previously expensive, large, and heavy mobile battery with an AC outlet affordable and accessible at once.
Apart from the price and the size and weight of the unit, the PowerHouse 100 also has major advantages over conventional models with outlets, such as its large 100W outlet output and convenient specifications that have almost no power output limitations at the same time.
Until now, there have been few products in the market with AC outlets, but this model may be a game-changer that expands the genre.
This unit will appeal to users who know the convenience of a portable power supply, but are concerned about price and size, and should be considered not only by those who are thinking about buying a portable power supply, but also by those who are looking for a large capacity battery with excellent usability.