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Over the past few years, I've tested a lot of power stations. Big ones, small ones, some so big they need chunky wheels and big handles to move them. But one consistency has been that I've kept them away from water.
The problem is, there's quite a bit of water in the outdoors: rain, sleet and snow, rivers and lakes, mist and fog, and condensation. Lots of condensation.
Before I go any further, I need to refer you to the notes that Bluetti has in its Q&A for the device:
"The AC60 is IP65 rated, with waterproof seals on its outlets, making it resistant to dust and low-pressure water jets. To prevent electric shock, avoid heavy rain or splashing and wipe off any residual water before use."
With this in mind, it was time to take the AC60 into the wilds of South Wales, U.K., where it would spend four days and nights inside and outside a tent, with the weather fluctuating from baking hot to dropping over an inch of rain on a few hours.
During this time, water splashes, mud, and high levels of condensation would be the norm.
Bluetti AC60 tech specs
Capacity: 403Wh (18Ah)
Type: LiFePO₄ (Lithium Iron Phosphate)
Life Cycles: 3,000+ Cycles to 80% original capacity
AC Outlets: 2× 230V/2.6A, 600W in total
Inverter Type: Pure Sine Wave
Surge Power: 1,200W
USB ports: 1x USB-C 100W Max. (Built-in eMark chip) and 2x USB-A 5V/3A
At just a shade over 20 pounds, the AC60 is relatively portable. It's quite compact for transporting by car or truck, or even a wheelbarrow. I've lugged this a couple of miles, but that gets old really fast.
What I can say is that the handle is super comfortable, and the entire package is nicely balanced, which makes this power station a joy to move about.
As a power station, the AC60 is flawless. Power outputs are all as rated, and the easy-to-read display and a small number of buttons mean that this is simple to use in possibly adverse conditions, such as in inclement weather or at night. The gently glowing buttons are a nice touch, and make it immediately clear what features are in use.
I was careful to wipe the front of the power station before use so as to not get water into the sockets and plugs and, following this process, found that the power station happily shrugged off the water in all its forms, as well as dirt and dust.
It took some getting used -- and just a hint of bravery -- to expose the AC60 to as much moisture as I did and continue to use it while exposing it to the elements, but the machine had no problems handling all of that.
Bottom line, the Bluetti AC60 is a game changer. Being able to use it in conditions where I wouldn't think of using other power stations -- albeit carefully -- opens up new possibilities for taking power into the outdoors.