I recently purchased the Duracell Powerpack 600.  It’s powered by a rechargeable 28AH battery and provides up to 600 watts of AC power. This device is primarily designed as and for jump starting cars but has several great features.  I purchased it primarily as a portable renewable energy source for my apartment or to go camping with.  From the descriptions I have read, it seems this (to me) is a mini battery powered generator.  With three AC outlets and one DC socket at your fingertips, the 600 is the right power solution for people with demanding applications or the need to run multiple loads simultaneously. Perfect for power emergencies, this portable backup power powerpack includes an AM/FM radio with digital alarm clock to keep you connected, built-in emergency light, jumper cables that unplug from the device itself so they do not get in the way when you do not need them, and

enough power to jump start a car, truck, boat or small RV.  The instructions say that it is good up to a V8 for jump starting a vehicle.  Not too shabby.  I looked at several designs, including the Wagan Power Dome EX.  I chose the Duracell primarily for the reviews.  The reviews of the Power Dome EX were all over the board and the Duracell reviews I read were consistently good across the board.  To boot for a few more dollars you get your hands on a 600 Watt device vs. a 400 at device delivering a longer lasting load to your devices.

Powerpack 600 Description

Heavy-duty Duracell Powerpack 600 delivers 600 watts of portable AC power with vehicle jumpstart, AM/FM radio and digital alarm clock.

Powered by a rechargeable 28AH battery, the Duracell Powerpack 600 provides up to 600 watts of AC power. It can jump start a car, truck, boat or small RV. The system also operates a wide range of DC products. Ideal for power emergencies, Duracell Powerpack 600 comes with a built-in emergency light and jumper cables. Integrated AM/FM radio and digital alarm clock provides access to music, talk radio and news. Whether it’s a job site or a camp site, the Duracell Powerpack 600HD is the ideal portable backup power solution.

Features
  • Runs 115-volt AC (3 outlets, 480-watt continuous)
  • Runs 12-volt DC (1 outlet)
  • Built-in 600 watt inverter
  • Sealed, non-spillable 28 amp-hour AGM battery
  • AM/FM radio
  • Digital alarm clock
  • Jumper cables designed for safe and efficient jump-starting
  • Built-in light provides illumination in emergency situations at home and on the road
  • 3-digit display allows for easy battery status monitoring
  • Audible alarm signals overheat and under voltage conditions
  • Overload and over-temperature protection to ensure longer inverter life
  • Recharge at home or from a vehicle
Accessories
  • Jumper Cables – use Duracell Powerpack 600 to jump-start your vehicle
  • AC Charger – recharge Duracell Powerpack 600 from a standard wall outlet
  • DC Charging Cable – recharge Duracell Powerpack 600 from your car, truck, boat or RV –
  • I am buying a 15 Watt solar panel to connect to the DC input.  With the built in over charging regulator, there is no chance I will over charge the device.  I was just at Harbor Freight.  Once I get this set up and test it, I will write another review of the Solar Panel and connection to the Powerpack 600.
  • Accessory bag
Applications

For Emergency Situations:

  • Jump-starts vehicles
  • Charges cordless and cellular phones
  • Powers emergency light, TVs and radios
  • Provide access to news radio and emergency broadcast
  • For Indoor & Outdoor Applications:
  • Runs small power tools
  • Powers camcorders, video games, stereos, 13” TV/VCR combos
  • Runs hand-held blenders, fans, computers, laptops, clock radios

For Outdoor and Indoor Applications:

  • Jump-starts vehicles
  • Charges cordless and cellular phones
  • Powers emergency light, TVs and radios
  • Provide access to news radio and emergency broadcast
I have been playing with the Duracell Powerpack and it seems like a solid unit.  It is 12lbs, but the handle makes it easy to move around, and throw in the back of my truck if need be.  What they do not tell you is that it takes about 30 hours to recharge being plugged in.  So you need to be careful what you plug into it.  I wouldn’t run the microwave or a toaster oven if you want my personal opinion.  However, I would run some low wattage lights, recharge my iPhone, or other small devices, and turn the unit off when not in use or keep it charging on the solar panel…
Caveat, I think, because of the type of device it is, an EMP may take it out, so I may build some kind of Faraday box for it, and several other pieces of gear that I have.  That alone is another post, I believe…
How many of you have something like this or a solar panel, deep cycle battery, and DC/AC inverter  to run small devices in a power outage?