South African tech users have come to trust the power that Romoss power banks have provided over the years. It’s time for something bigger. Something more capable. Something that’ll keep a TV running. Enter Romoss’ new Thunder power station range, available exclusively from online retailer Takealot.
Romoss’ lineup of Thunder power stations sit at three key points when it comes to power usage. There’s a ‘just the essentials’ option, priced appropriately, followed by escalating tiers of comfort during an Eskom-mandated outage. Winter is coming, folks, and there’s bound to be even more of those.
Thunder and lighting
The starting point is the Romoss Thunder Series RS300, a 300W power station packing a 231Wh ternary lithium battery. For those more comfortable with seeing a Romoss battery measured in milliamp hours, expect a 62,400mAh battery backing your devices, up to a load of 300 watts. That peaks at 600 watts, giving you some space when it comes to startup load.
There’s a South African 230V three-point plug as the main source of power but users can also expect a 12V socket, dual USB-A ports (which cap out at 18W), and a USB-C capable of 60W charging.
If you’re using the Thunder RS300 for keeping your internet going, it’ll give you more than twenty hours on a single charge. Drop that number if you’re topping up a notebook but it’ll still keep you working all day – even if Eskom isn’t.
Step it up a notch with the Romoss Thunder Series RS500, which escalates load capability to 500W (with startup load peaks of up to 1,000W). The outlets are, more or less, the same as the smaller 300W model but they’re packed into a larger casing to accommodate that 400Wh (108,000mAh) ternary lithium battery. There are, of course, a few extra features to accompany the step up in capacity. 10W wireless charging has been added to the top of the solid plastic casing and the Thunder RS500, as with the other models, also features a built-in LED light. You know, for finding other things when Eskom’s being tricky.
The largest of the lot is the Romoss Thunder Series RS1000. If you’re keeping an eye on trends, the 1,000W load and 2,000W peak capability won’t come as a surprise. If that’s impressive, then the 933Wh (252,000mAh) ternary lithium battery should really lift some eyebrows. There’s very little that this eight-kilogram power station can’t cope with and that’s reflected in the port loadout.
The 12V socket, USB-A and USB-C options, and 10W wireless charging are all as found in the smaller siblings but Romoss has scaled up with a second 230V three-point plug, so you can connect two full-sized appliances and endure the darkened hours in comfort.
How much comfort, and what form it takes, will be up to you – and the mathematics of appliances. As long as you’re under 1,000 watts, it’ll do the job for a while but if all you’re concerned with is internet access (which usually caps out at 10 watts), expect around five days of uptime. You’re far more likely to be connecting a 100W TV set and perhaps a DStv decoder to keep the rugby on while all the neighbours are seething, though. This’ll do that admirably, too.
Time to power up
Romoss has been a trusted name in South Africa for more than ten years. It supplies more power banks via Takealot than any other company. It’s time to take that performance pedigree and convert it to something that’ll keep your watching more than just a smartphone or tablet screen. The Romoss Thunder lineup is available from R4,500 (RS300) in South Africa, checking in at R7,000 (RS500) before stopping at R13,500 (RS1000) for enough power to keep you standing in the light when nobody else has any. Get one exclusively via Takealot today.