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ALLPOWERS S2000 Portable Station Review

There are a lot of portable power station options out there. Some are trash. Some are absolutely fantastic. And many are somewhere in between.

The ALLPOWERS S2000 portable power station is one of those middle-ground options with some interesting features, yet it doesn’t bring it home enough to be in the awesome category…

On the one hand, it’s lightweight, compact, and compatible with solar. But on the other hand, the build quality could be better, and it has a rather noisy fan. There’s more to the story, of course, so let’s dive into this review of the ALLPOWERS S2000!

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ALLPOWERS S2000 Portable Power Station Specs

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The ALLPOWERS S2000 portable power station is a 1500Wh battery pack with four AC outlets (shown above), two 100-watt USB-C ports, two USB-A fast-charge ports (shown below), two standard USB-A ports, and one car socket. There is also an XT60 solar input. All this is wrapped in a compact, relatively lightweight package that is roughly 15 x 10 x 10 inches and weighs 32 pounds.

allpowers s2000 portable power station usb ports

The AC outlets offer pure sine wave technology at 2000 watts of output (though starting power is 4000 watts and there is 3300 watts of maximum output). In theory, this is enough power to run a large appliance, like an air conditioner.

According to ALLPOWERS, the S2000 works in a wide range of temperatures from -4 degrees to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. I didn’t test the unit at those temperature extremes, though!

The unit is backed by a two-year product warranty, and ALLPOWERS offers 24/7 customer service should you need assistance. That’s pretty standard stuff for this industry.

ALLPOWERS S2000 Portable Power Station Features

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As noted earlier, there are all kinds of different ports for charging devices or running various appliances. The power output is managed by a built-in battery management system to ensure there are no problems with overloading, over voltages, overheating, or short-circuiting. With the protection of the BMS, the ALLPOWERS S2000 is rated for more than 1,000 life cycles.

allpowers s2000 portable power station with solar

Also noted earlier, the unit is compatible with solar. The S2000 has MPPT technology that enables charging via the XT60 input – which takes around three hours to charge the unit’s batteries. Fortunately, solar isn’t the only option for juicing up the S2000 – you can use AC power (which takes about four hours) or use both to charge the unit in just over 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can use your car’s cigarette lighter to top it off as you drive.

Like many portable power stations, the S2000 supports Bluetooth connectivity. Use your phone and the ALLPOWERS app to control the generator, so long as you’re within about 30 or so feet. Using the app, you can check the unit’s remaining power level, inputs, and outputs. All this information is available on the unit’s LCD screen as well.

ALLPOWERS S2000 Portable Power Station Pros

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On the positive side, the ALLPOWERS S2000 portable power station is relatively lightweight and compact. It won’t take up too much space in your vehicle, and it’s light enough that one person can move it from your vehicle to wherever you need it around camp with relative ease.

I also like that it has so many ports – 11 in total. The mix of AC and USB outputs is nice for charging my phone and iPad while I brew some coffee in the morning. The level of power output is nice, too – 2000 watts of continuous power will do the trick for the vast majority of devices, and with 3300 watts of max output, you can power beefy items like an air conditioner or hair dryer.

allpowers s2000 portable power station with solar panels 2

Compatibility with solar is yet another definite advantage of this unit, especially when you use solar and AC power to rapid charge the unit. I got three 200ah solar panels (sold separately) along with the power station, and it worked seamlessly together to provide me with power for my devices.

The price is worth mentioning here, too. At the moment, the unit is $999.00, but there is an Amazon coupon for $300.00 off. A 2000-watt portable power station for under $700.00 is something that will certainly draw a lot of attention.

ALLPOWERS S2000 Portable Power Station Cons

allpowers s2000 portable power station with solar plug

Of course, the old adage that “you get what you pay for” applies here…

Yes, this is a cheap power station, but it also looks and feels cheap. The moment I unboxed the S2000, my first thought was, “this won’t hold up well.” The power station feels plasticy, which concerns me about long-term durability. The wiring harness (shown above) feels and looks cheap, too. Even if this were the first power station I’d ever tested, I think I would’ve had concerns about build quality.

But…this is not the first power station I’ve tested, so knowing what other companies bring to the table in the durability department, I’m really concerned about how this unit will hold up with years of use.

A second concern about the ALLPOWERS S2000 portable power station is its ability to hold a charge. The battery drains faster than other units I’ve tested, and this seems to be a concern for other folks that have purchased this unit. Other reviews have mentioned trouble getting the S2000 to take a charge, too, though I have not experienced that in my testing.

A third issue is the fan noise. I admit that I’m overly annoyed by the sound of a whirring fan (I was SO happy when Apple introduced fanless laptops…), so I might be a little more attuned to the sound of fan noise. That said, the S2000’s fan does seem quite loud, and I’m not the only reviewer that has found this to be the case. The fan doesn’t run all the time, but when it kicks on, it is definitely noticeable.

ALLPOWERS S2000 Portable Power Station Final Thoughts

allpowers s2000 portable power station review

As I noted in the introduction, the ALLPOWERS S2000 is firmly in the middle in terms of the portable power station hierarchy. Though it has its fair share of pros, there are an equal number of cons that cause me concern.

In particular, I’m worried about the overall build quality. At this price point, I knew this portable power station would have some build quality issues. But I didn’t expect the unit to look and feel as cheap as it does.

The whole point of having a power station is to give you long-lasting, reliable power over years and years of use. In my case, I need that power in challenging environments. While the S2000 portable power station might hold up fine if used exclusively indoors, the build quality issues I’ve mentioned give me pause for long-term use as a camping or overlanding power solution.

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