There is no denying that access to portable power has become an important part of our lives. This is especially true for frequent travelers, explorers, and adventurers. Whether its keeping our smartphones charged while on the go or having a source of energy for use at base camp, finding ways to keep our gadgets powered on and functioning is vital to what we do. Fortunately, we now have quite a few options for doing just that, including an affordable new power station that just launched on Kickstarter.
The Aiper Flash 150 has pretty much everything you could ask for in a portable power station, with a few extra features for good measure. I’ve been fortunate enough to get my hands on an early production model and found that it compares very well to similar products that are currently available. For instance, it is equipped with a 150-watt hour battery pack, which is enough to recharge an iPhone more than 15 times. It can also power a portable projector for over four hours, run a mini-fridge for three hours, and charge a laptop twice. CPAP users will get about three hours of life from the Flash 150 however, which may not be enough for extended use while on the road.
As you would expect, the Aiper Flash 150 comes with a plethora of ports for plugging our devices into it. Those include three standard USB-A ports, one of which is QuickCharge 3.0 compatible. There is also a single USB-C PD (power delivery) port, two DC output ports, a 12-volt car port, and best of all, an AC wall outlet. We’re seeing more and more small, lightweight power stations coming with built-in AC ports these days and they really do bring a lot of versatility to the portable charging space.
Speaking of small and lightweight, the Flash 150 is surpassingly compact as well. It weighs 3.8 pounds (1.7 kg) and has small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. This helps to make it highly portable, and thanks to its integrated handle, it is fairly easy to carry it with you, even to remote campsites. It is also great for use around home, where you can plug it into the wall, adding additional ports as needed. This has the added benefit of keeping the power station charged at all times for when you’re ready to hit the road.
Aiper has made the Flash 150 easy to recharge, providing both an AC adapter and DC car adapter in the box. The device is also solar compatible as well, making it easy to keep it charged while in the field. Recharge times vary depending on the method, with the fastest being by wall outlet and the slowest by the sun. It takes six hours to charge the Flash 150’s battery when plugged into the AC adapter and nine hours when using the 12-volt port in your car. A solar panel will require 10-15 hours depending on exposure to sunlight.
Designed to be durable and rugged, the Flash 150 feels well built in your hands. It is even built out of materials that are not only strong, but also fire resistant too. Other nice features include a built-in flashlight, rubber port covers, and an LED screen that provides a lot of information about the device, including power in and out, active ports, current battery life, temperature, and more.
Perhaps best of all, the Aiper Flash 150 is super affordable for what it delivers. The power station is expected to sell for $169 when it begins shipping to the public in June of this year, but early-bird backers can reserve one for just $99 on the Kickstarter campaign. The goal of that crowdfunding effort was to reach $10,000, but as of this writing the Aiper team is closing in on $25,000. That means that it has already exceeded its goals and should hit its projected ship date in a few months time.
I’ve been fortunate enough to test a number of different portable power solutions over the past few years, and what I like most about the Aiper Flash 150 is its combination of size, charging ports, and battery pack. It is small, but offers a lot of power, and it is compact enough to take with you just about anywhere. It’s official $169 price is a steal in my opinion, but if you can get one now for just $99, that’s even better.
Find out more on the Flash 150’s official Kickstarter page.