I don’t think I’ve ever tested anything so big and powerful that it actually intimidated me.
But that day has come with the arrival of the Zendure SuperBase V.
Regular readers will know that I’ve tested power banks of all sizes – from tiny ones that fit on your keychain to giant ones that are more like a suitcase full of energy, and more recently power banks that have been joined by power stations – giant power banks that Designed to power you in places where there is no electricity.
But none of this got me to the tremendous power of Zendure SuperBase V.
The moment all 110kg (that’s 240lbs) of these arrived on a pallet, I knew this was unlike any power plant I’d tested before.
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So what is the SuperBase V?
Think of it as a really big power bank for your home or electric car. You can charge it from the mains (perhaps taking advantage of the cheaper off-peak electricity) or from solar and either use it throughout the day or use it as a backup power supply in case the lights go out.
You can also pack the SuperBase V in a car or RV and power it on the go, power your devices in your RV, or use the stored energy to extend the range of your electric car.
The SuperBase V consists of two components: the SuperBase V base station, available in 4,608 Wh and 6,438 Wh, and optional satellite batteries, also available in 4,608 Wh and 6,438 Wh capacities.
Each base station can be connected to up to four satellite batteries.
Each base station has a range of connections such as AC, USB-A and USB-C, as well as a 12V car socket.
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The base station weighs just a hair under 60 kg. To make portability easier, Zendure has equipped it with a handle and motorized rear wheels so you can move it around your home.
And let me assure you, those motorized wheels come in handy.
The satellite battery has a 12V car socket, a 12W/30A Anderson connector and a 10A XT-90 connector.
The satellite battery sits and rides on top of the base unit, and if you thought the motorized wheels would come in handy when moving the 60kg base unit, you’ll be really glad to have them when you add another 46kg to the load.
Given the size of the SuperBase V, it needs to be sturdy, and it seems like Zendure has achieved that. The system survived quite a dramatic shipment considering the crate and pallet and arrived undamaged. The durability, fit, and finish are all I expect from a Zendure product (and I’ve tested many Zendure products in my time).
I’ve had the Zendure SuperBase V and satellite battery for a few days and while that’s not long enough to fully test the system, it was long enough to test the basics. So far I’m very happy with everything.
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The power outputs are all ok, with the SuperBase V delivering everything that Zendure promises.
The display is nice and clear, giving you everything you need to know at a glance without overwhelming you with too much information.
The fan, which runs to keep the device cool during operation, is not overly loud. While you wouldn’t want it running alongside your head while you’re trying to sleep, I found it disappeared into the general hustle and bustle of everyday life pretty quickly.
Oh, and that battery capacity is just stunning. Previously, the largest power plant I tested had a capacity of around 2,000 Wh, so to have more than three times that power available is really groundbreaking. Having 3800W of power output also means I can run demanding devices – including power tools and home appliances – without worrying about overloading the SuperBase V.
And if I try to draw too much current, the built-in safety features mean things mercifully kick back rather than cause drama.
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Zendure is currently run a kickstarter (it’s less than two weeks to go) where discounted prices start at $2,599. Now that’s far from cheap, but it’s also not expensive in the world of power plants.
And while not everyone needs a SuperBase V, for those looking for a safe and flexible way to store and transport large amounts of power, this is a unique system that does just that and does it really well.