The market for compact stand-alone home installations forToday, completely taken over by Tesla and LG, Chem was shocked by the announcement on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform of the novelty from Bluetti. Consumer batteries Bluetti EP500 and EP500Pro, opening a "new era of backup power for the home", raised about $ 1 million in the first hour, and over the three days that have passed since the start of the fundraising campaign, the amount of collection amounted to almost $ 2.3 million.
Bluetti, a joint US-China companyheadquartered in Denver, is no stranger to the portable battery market. Last year on Indiegogo, the Bluetti AC200 universal solar power project raised over 5.7 million euros. Now the next step is the more advanced and powerful Bluetti EP500 series, capable of providing a continuous supply of electricity in the house, apartment, as well as on the road, conveniently located in the trunk of a car.
Compact backup power stationavailable in EP500 (2 kW) and EP500 Pro (3 kW) versions. Both devices come to the market with a 5100Wh LiFePO4 battery pack and an optional Bluetti Fusion Box, which allows two stations to be combined into one 10200Wh battery with a 240V output voltage. This will enable even large household appliances such as a refrigerator to be powered , air conditioner or TV. The capacity of the paired EP500 unit is 80% of the famous Tesla Powerwall device, the most popular on the market, but it has one of the most important advantages - compactness and the ability to work in a "road" version.
According to the developers, the EP500 is designed for6000 charging cycles, provided both from the mains (for EP500 - in 5.6 hours, and for EP500Pro - in 2.4 hours), and from the solar battery (in 5 hours) supplied in the kit. At the same time, the installation is additionally equipped with the function of an uninterruptible power supply, which is especially important in the era of universal computerization of society. A control unit connected to a common home network allows home equipment to be divided into critical and non-essential. Remote control is available using a smartphone. The software update for the EP500 is shipped over the air via the built-in Wi-Fi module.
The EP500 series has wheels that providemobility for blocks weighing 76 and 83 kg. The overall dimensions are modest 500X300X760 mm, which allows the installation to be placed almost anywhere. The package includes solar panels and charging wires.
First deliveries to customers ordering the EP500 atKickstarter will begin in August 2021, and the EP500Pro will be available to customers in October 2021. The Bluetti EP500 home battery station will be priced at $ 2,799 and the EP500Pro at $ 3,799.