Chances are you’re already familiar with Ugreen, the brand responsible for a wide range of computer accessories including power banks, stands, cables, charger, hubs, and docks. Bringing its product expertise to the portable power space, Ugreen has just launched a trio of its next-generation PowerRoam Portable Power Stations in South Africa.
PowerRoam isn’t just another name. Ugreen’s batteries are the result of a partnership between two BYD Company subsidiaries, BYD Electronics and BYD Auto. The latter is the world’s third-largest producer of EV batteries, meaning that the lithium iron phosphate tech inside the PowerRoam range is loaded with the same quality and durability found in electric vehicles.
Starting the ball rolling is the Ugreen PowerRoam Portable Power Station 680Wh/600W (25380-GS600). If, like many South Africans, you’ve become adept at reading battery specs, you’ll know that this R12,999 battery backup offers a substantial amount of uptime for a very reasonable price. If you don’t know what the numbers at the end mean, the 680Wh lithium iron phosphate battery should get you a bit more than five hours of TV time away from the wall socket.
The cuboid-shaped unit plays host to two Type D (three-pin) plugs on one of the narrow faces with the rest of the control surface on one of the wider ends. An LED light, dual USB-C and USB-A ports as well as a pair of DC connectors and a 12-volt socket bracket the digital readout ,which is packed with all of the info you need to know about the battery state.
In the event that you’d like to entirely sidestep outage-based boredom, the Ugreen PowerRoam Portable Power Station 1,024Wh/1,200W (25381-GS1200) is a sturdy block of battery backup. In terms of design, it features the same cuboid shape and layout as its smaller brother but with a larger footprint to accommodate the increased battery capacity.
The 1,024Wh battery operates a larger (55in, in this case) LED TV for almost six hours without interruption. The 1,200W power rating means that you can connect higher-end appliances and have them operate when Eskom says ‘No’.
These both pale beside the Ugreen PowerRoam Portable Power Station 2048Wh/2200W (25382-GS2200), which doubles up on the battery capacity without doubling up on the price. The R28,999 RRP is reasonable considering that Ugreen’s monster will run a 55in TV for almost twelve hours. That’s about enough time to completely marathon the Lord of the Rings saga. You could also use that capacity for something a little more productive.
The main faceplate is retained, with all of the ports and options as well as that LCD readout, but the extra battery capacity ups the Type D plugs available to four. An improved cooling system and a trolley system for ease of movement around the home are also included. At 25kg, that’s a lot of battery to have in your home.
All of the reasons you should check out one of Ugreen’s next-generation power stations are constant across the range. Each unit benefits from the automotive LiFePO4 partnership but it’s also more than that. Each of these substantial backups has full UPS functionality, letting you situate it between the mains and whatever’s most important to you so you never miss a second of what you’ve got to do. Each unit comes with a five-year warranty and excellent app support.
There’s also the option of a little solar love. Ugreen sells a couple of portable solar panels, making its PowerRoam kit ideal for a spot of South African camping. Or, you know, charging up to full without having to pay Eskom for the privilege. There’s a 100W and 200W option available in South Africa and the PowerRoam’s respective charge speeds will get you to full in just a few short hours.
Built-in surge protection keeps the PowerRoam batteries alive in South Africa’s erratic grid landscape and each battery is capable of fast-charging so you’re ready for the next bout of shedding in as little as 1.3 hours. Finally, with 3,000 charge cycles before capacity dips to 80%, you can discharge it for nearly a decade before having to get a battery refurb or a new unit. It’s not just a battery backup, it’s an investment.
Ugreen’s new PowerRoam Portable Power Stations are available in South Africa right now, from both Takealot, where it is up to 10% off until Sunday, December 3rd, 2023, and at Mica stores, where you get a free Ugreen Carrying Bag with the 680Wh/600W and the 1024Wh/1200W PowerRoam Portable Power Stations, plus a free Ugreen 10000mAh 20W Power Bank, or if you purchase the Ugreen PowerRoam Portable Power Station 2048Wh/2200W, you get a Ugreen 25000mAh 145W Power Bank free.
Whether you’re shopping online or at retail, you owe it to yourself to check out the newest name making waves in the battery backup space.