February 9, 2021

Portable Power Station for Drone Pilots

Never run out of power again with this beast of portable power station

Introducing the PowerOak AC50s Power Supply

A portable power station for drone pilots is essential when working on location. A professional, robust, reliable  and solar-powered supply of energy will mean an uninterrupted shoot every time. Light and compact enough to take anywhere but powerful enough to give you almost unlimited energy. The PowerOak AC50s is my new favourite thing for my business! 

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AC50s Rating Summary 

97% Overall

As a drone pilot on location much of the time, the PowerOak AC50s is a life-saver. Having this much solar-powered portable power on tap means I can fly longer without worrying about running out of power! This is perfect for any photographer or  filmmaker who spends their time on the road or at remote locations around the world. 

Portable Power for Drone Pilots

Quick Caveat: I did not receive this product free for review. It was paid for with my own money and bought to make my life flying drones a hell of a lot easier.

Portable Power for DJI Mini 2 Drone and Go Pro Hero 9

PowerOak AC50s charging the DJI Mini 2, its controller and the Go Pro Hero 9 

Main Specs

The PowerOak AC50s is feature rich for such a compact portable power station. It will charge or power just about every bit of media equipment that I have including the Aputure 120d Video Light. These are the main features of this power house.

  • Battery Capacity: 500Wh/135200mAh
  • Rated Power: 300W, UPS Peak Power 450W
  • Size: 11.6*7.5*7.7inch 
  • Weight: 13.6 LB 
  • AC Input: AC 220V 50Hz
  • Solar Charger Input: 14-40V/Max.10A, Max.120W
  • Car Input:12V 
  • AC Output x 2: AC 240 50Hz
  • USB Output x 4: 5V3A
  • Type-C PD Output: 45W
  • Cigarette Output Port: 12V
  • Wireless Phone Charging:10W
  • Solar Charge Mode: MPPT, MPTT Efficiency: 99.5%
  • LED lighting: Half-bright, full bright, and SOS flashing
  • Charge Time from Empty: Approx. 8 Hours
PowerOak AC50s Light

Using the rear light on the PowerOak AC50s

Using the PowerOak AC50s

The AC50s is incredibly easy to use. When you first get the portable power unit, charge it fully before using. Most external battery packs arrive either part charged or completely empty.

All you need to bear in mind is you need to activate either the AC, DC or both outputs depending on what you are charging. It is worth noting that the two AC outputs charged my drone batteries a lot faster. Maybe around 50% faster so use those when you can.

Also note that when a battery is nearing it charge cycle, i.e. it is full, the wattage indicator will drop to zero for the final "push". This is to prevent damage to the batteries over-charging when nearly full.

Solar Charging The AC50s Portable Power Station

Eco-Worthy Solar Panel Foldable

I opted to get the appropriate 120w solar panel with the AC50s for additional options for charging. At home I can use the wall socket. On the road I can use the 12v car charger and on location, solar power is my only option in many situations.

Whether you are in the mountains, on a boat, by the lakes or in a hot air balloon, having this much power at your fingertips is fantastic. However, you must be sure to buy a compatible solar panel. Please though, bear in mind that the AC50s already comes equipped with the MC4 Connector to DC 7909 male cable.

The solar panel I bought is the ECO-WORTHY 120W Foldable Solar Panel Charger...

Eco-Worthy Solar Panel Foldable

ECO-WORTHY 120W Foldable Solar Panel USA

Overall Rating: 4/5

Eco-Worthy Solar Panel Foldable

ECO-WORTHY 120W Foldable Solar Panel UK

Overall Rating: 3/5

What Can I Charge or power Up?

  • CPAP (Continuous positive airway pressure) Machines
  • Mini Fridge
  • Laptop
  • Camera
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod/Apple Watch
  • Kindle
  • Go Pro
  • Cooler
  • Car Vacuum Cleaner
  • Tyre Inflator Pump
  • LED Lights
  • Drones and Batteries!

What's in the PowerOak AC50s Box?

  • PowerOak SC50S Portable Power Supply x1
  • AC Wall Charger Cable x1
  • User Manual x1
  • Cigarette Lighter Cable( Cigarette Port to DC7909 Connector Male) x1
  • MC4 Cable (MC4 Connector to DC 7909 male) x1
  • USB Type-C Cable x1
  • Service Card x1

Portable Power Station for Drone Pilots - Summary

The PowerOak AC50s may seem a little expensive but for what it can do, I think it is a great addition to any creative business. Especially those that find themselves on the road or on location much of the time.

  • Highly Versatile
  • Incredibly Useful
  • Compact and Portable
  • Feature Rich and Easy to Use
  • Expensive
  • Maybe a Little Heavy for Some

If you are a drone pilot and have experienced issues with batteries running out during projects, trips or holidays...this is for you. The peace of mind that having a portable power station to hand gives is invaluable. Heading out to a day long job knowing I have enough power wherever we may end up makes my job that much easier and more enjoyable.

Stress free.

Buy the PowerOak AC50s From Amazon

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PowerOak AC50s US

Overall Rating: 4/5

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PowerOak AC50s UK

Overall Rating: 3/5

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