Being e-friendly, we see a lot of low batteries, and being able to charge them up at your car or on a trip. Naturally our first test with the BLUETTI EB55 was, can it charge our e-bikes? The answer: Yes, quite well in fact. Granted a dead bike with a 900Wh battery will only charge up about 60% due to the lower 537Wh battery capacity provided in the EB55, but a battery with smaller capacity will charge fully, with enough battery left to charge a GoPro and Sony camera battery. We found it capable of not only charging up our e-bikes to the same standard as at home, but also to keep our GoPros, laptops and camera batteries going on camping trips. Throughout the testing duration we encountered no issues or funny business, with devices being charged as quickly as you’d expect, if not quicker, and no cut-outs that left us with an undercharged battery in a time of need.
With 13 options to connect a device to the EB55, you’re really spoiled for choice, which removes a lot of the concern of having the right cable or adaptor with you out in the wild. The ability to let your buddies plug in to gain some extra juice without preventing yourself from using the device is awesome, too. The quality of feel of the plastic body and buttons isn’t great, but it feels sufficiently durable to handle a bit of the inevitable rough and tumble. It’s certainly not an ultra-portable device, in the sense that you’d know about it if you were to cram it into a backpack, but it’s easy enough to walk from house to truck and vice-versa. In this respect, we’d almost wish for a larger capacity for how we used the pack to give more charging capabilities, but the EB55 is a reasonable compromise. At $499 it’s by no means a stocking filler (well, not in our world anyway), but with years of life expectancy it could pay itself back many times over with its convenience when out getting it on an adventure.
We are big fans of portable power stations and have used a handful over the years. BLUETTI made a fine device in their EB55 that offers plenty of charging ability for most anyone. It was completely reliable, and you have peace of mind with a 2-year warranty as well as a 2500 battery life cycle