Anker’s flagship power station, the Solix F3800, is now transport after elevating virtually $6 million on Kickstarter. It can be used independently to power a weekend away or scaled for whole-home backup. Costs begin at $3,999 with basic gross sales set to start on January ninth. 

The three.84kWh Solix F3800 power station itself can be expanded to 26.9kWh of energy capability after including six of Anker’s 3.84kWh BP3800 LFP enlargement batteries. It’s able to producing as much as 6,000W of dual-voltage (120V / 240V) AC output throughout oodles of jacks — sufficient to simply power nearly any dwelling machine, together with the air conditioner and water pump. You can even join two F3800 collectively for 12,000W of whole AC output and as much as 53.8kWh of capability, however now you’re speaking a few system costing tens of 1000’s of {dollars}.

A completely maxed out system that’s technically nonetheless moveable.
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In line with the US Energy Data Administration, the common US dwelling consumed 889kWh per month in 2022, or about 29.2kWh per day. So, a maxed-out Anker system (53.8kWh) holds sufficient saved energy to power an total dwelling for about two days, or for much longer when you’re solely powering essential units just like the fridge, freezer, sump pump, and just a few lights.

The F3800 is designed to be moveable with a telescoping deal with and wheels. You can join as much as 2400W of foldable photo voltaic panels to the F3800 to create a semi-mobile 132.3 pound (60kg) photo voltaic generator to power your RV, boat, work shed, or tiny home from the unit’s built-in NEMA 14-50 and L14-30 ports. You can even charge your EV at 6,000W / 240V for a dozen or so additional miles of vary in an emergency.

Anker affords just a few kits constructed across the F3800 power station to maintain the house up and operating when the grid goes down, which is going on extra ceaselessly because of the rise in excessive climate. Every equipment varies in value, complexity, and the management it can present over dwelling circuitry. 

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The F3800 coupled with the Dwelling Power Panel affords a extra strong dwelling backup resolution.
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On the high finish is the Solix F3800 Dwelling Power Package, which is barely obtainable in america. It combines the Solix F3800 with quite a few extra electrical packing containers and cabling, together with Anker’s Dwelling Power Panel (skilled set up required) to offer battery backup and automated switchover for as much as 12 of your property’s circuits. It additionally permits your F3800 batteries to retailer energy collected out of your current rooftop photo voltaic panels after putting in a present transformer. The Anker system can then be optimized within the Anker app (connects over Wi-Fi or Bluetooth) to charge the batteries utilizing surplus photo voltaic power when the solar is robust and electrical energy charges are low-cost and to power the house at evening off your energy shops when grid costs enhance — doubtlessly saving you cash over time. The F3800 dwelling energy system can’t ship extra electrical energy again to the grid. 

The much less succesful and cheaper Dwelling Backup Package features a 10-circuit 120V / 240V switch change, permitting the Solix F3800 and any enlargement batteries to plug immediately into your property throughout emergencies, similar to noisy and smelly gasoline mills. Nevertheless, mills that run on liquid gold nonetheless have the benefit of powering your circuits for so long as you retain filling the tank. Not like the Dwelling Power Package, the Dwelling Backup Package requires handbook intervention to change as much as 10 dwelling circuits over to your Solix F3800 battery array.

Mom Nature ain’t the boss of you.
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Again in June, Anker introduced an much more highly effective Solix dwelling backup resolution anticipated to ship someday in 2024. However that Solix resolution is mounted to the wall like a Tesla Powerwall, whereas these Solix F3800 kits provide extra flexibility on account of their moveable and modular design. For instance, you can disconnect the F3800 unit and just a few enlargement batteries from the house and use them to assist power your subsequent summer time highway journey or weekend away.

Anker, like EcoFlow and different current Tesla Powerwall rivals, is positioning its Solix F3800 kits for dwelling backup that can be “easily installed in a few hours” (by an expert electrician) whereas doing so “at a significantly reduced cost compared to more traditional home power storage options.” However that’s a calculation every home-owner must confirm to account for his or her distinctive wants, tax incentives, different native variabilities, and the inevitable set up weirdness that often accompanies any quest for energy independence.