BLUETTI Embraces Flexibility With New Battery Swapping & Expandable Power Stations At CES 2024

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BLUETTI continues to build on its core competency of building batteries in 2024 with a host of new product introductions at CES in Las Vegas. CleanTechnica sat down with BLUETTI’s Sales Director Brian Shircliffe, who unpacked the new products for us and explained a bit more about where the company is going in the future. 

BLUETTI has filled out its portable power station product lineup over the last few years and at RE+ last year, moved into the home energy storage space. At CES this year, BLUETTI is expanding even further, adding flexible storage to its products and increasing their capability on the solar side of things.

The BLUETTI booth at CES 2024 was buzzing with energy. Image credit: Kyle Field, CleanTechnica

Swapsolar

BLUETTI introduced an entirely new family of products at CES this year that utilize its new Swapsolar technology. As the name implies, Swapsolar enables you to swap the power stored up from solar panels in a portable power station into a host of other devices. 

BLUETTI's Swapsolar system
BLUETTI’s Swapsolar system allows battery modules to be shared between compatible devices. Image courtesy: BLUETTI

At launch, BLUETTI is rolling out Swapsolar in the new AC180T portable power station and their new Multicooler portable refrigerator freezer combination. Both of these devices make use of BLUETTI LFP chemistry which is extremely stable and enables it to be used for far more cycles. This makes it perfect for applications where the batteries are being cycled a lot, even up to daily use.

The individual battery packs themselves have a capacity of 717 watt hours. The AC 180T can hold two of these batteries while the multi-cooler runs on a single battery pack.

Image courtesy: BLUETTI

The ability to charge up batteries separate from the place where you’re using them means you can bring extra individual battery packs for all your devices, bring whatever devices your current adventure requires, and always have the right amount of power needed where you need it, when you need it. Flexibility is key and this level of flexibility from a big player in the space is something we have not seen before. 

This functionality is currently only available in the AC180T and Multicooler, but we expect BLUETTI to flesh out its product line with even more Swapsolar-enabled products in the future. It just makes sense and offers a ton of extra value to customers. 

AC240

At CES this year, BLUETTI also introduced the IP65-rated, water and dust resistant AC240 portable power station. It’s an expandable portable power station that allows you to upgrade the total storage capacity up to 10.1 kWh by adding up to 4 of BLUETTI’s B210 expansion batteries to it. 

On the technical side of things, the AC240 also offers some top of class numbers. It can push out up to 2,400 watts of power continuously or 3,000 watts peak which should handle just about anything you can throw at inside the home or out.

Image courtey: BLUETTI

If you do need more power, you can actually bundle two of the AC 240 units for a total output capacity of an impressive 4,800 watts continuous and a total storage capacity of 20.2 kWh. That’s a really neat trick we haven’t seen before from any other manufacturer and makes it a solution for even more situations.

Of course, with that much energy storage, you’re not going to want to be lugging this thing around. It’s optimized for use in stationary situations like at home in your garage, in the back of an RV or trailer, or in a permanent installation in an overlanding rig or expedition vehicle.

The AC240 can support up to 3500 charges in its lifecycle, meaning you could charge it just about every day for 10 years and still be sure to store more than the guaranteed capacity. Running in parallel to its expected long life, it comes with a 6-year warranty so you can use it for years with the knowledge that it’s supported and backed by the BLUETTI brand.

Overall

These new systems offer a unique value proposition with their new LFP-based battery swapping capability. They would be right at home in any family’s camping kit or on the back of an overlanding rig. 

They complement and already robust product portfolio including BLUETTI’s stationary storage products like the AC500, AC300, EP900 and EP800

For more information about BLUETTI’s products from CES, head over to their website.

This article is sponsored by BLUETTI.


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