The BLUETTI AC200P is designed for a variety of uses and isn’t soley designed for the imaging world. However, the size and capacity make it an ideal choice with the maximum output and capacity making it a great on site power solution for photography and videography professionals.
The unit supplies up to 2000W of continuous power, which meant that through the test it was able to power various devices simultaneously; including large lighting setups (2x ANOVA 2, 2x ZHIYUN FIVERAY F100), computers (3X MacBook Pro’s and two 27-inch BenQ monitors), cameras, and chargers. The compatibility with different equipment, from Canon R5 C to smartphones, with options like USB-C and wireless charging pads, enhances its versatility.
The power stations ability to keep everything topped up with the charge was a definatel asset to the shoot and while the weight was a little bit of an issue, requiring two of us to move it over any distance, this was a minor inconvenience compared with the benefit of not having to run back to a base room or the van to charge equipement. It also meant that a base could be set-up and left with full sized monitors for editing and checking images and video when needed.
Another point that is that unlike the images on the Bluetti site that show the AC200P from other territories the UK socket design only enables two AC sockets to fit on the front of the device. So if you have several devices requiring power then an extension cable is definately required.
Another point to note is that the PD Power is 60W rather than the more usual and useful 100W. This means that larger laptops such as the MacBook Pro 16-inch really need to be plugged in using the AC socket rather than the USB Type-C socket.
In use with all devices plugged in the noise level was surprisingly low, even when handling big lights like the Godox MG1200Bi, that noise only really became noticeable when multiple devices were plugged in and with the noise of the shoot wasn’t an issue. In quieter locations, and when shooting interviews, I did pop the AC200P in another room and ran a simple extension cable as the hum of the fans was noticable.
Heat generation was minimal and while you can feel the heat if you put your hand near the vent it wasn’t too much although you can hear the fans working overtime during extended use. What I did like was the expandability with additional battery modules like B300 which helped to boost usage times, especially with some of the larger equipment.
Although tested during poor weather, solar charging showed promising efficiency when the clouds parted, hitting an impressive 300W dual charge, so 400W through the AC mains and 300W through the Solar panel array, the full charge time averaged around 4-5 hours.
As ever the Bluetti App provided useful, but the application of the technology only offers basic monitoring and control over the power station. Really I’d like to be able to see a breakdown of power per port, and if there was a compatible extension or breakout board that would do the same that would be ideal.
When it came to performance there’s more going for the AC200P than against, but if I do look at the unit’s main drawbacks they are the slower AC charging compared to models like AC180, the 60W PD power, and the weight, but these were manageable with planning and the right accessories.