It should be stated from the start that the UGREEN 600W 680Wh Portable Power Station delivers excellent performance that will satisfy the demanding needs of photography and videography professionals. The advanced LiFePO4 EV battery ensures a reliable power supply in a studio or the field, and while the capacity is relatively small, it keeps things running without a hitch.
Although it runs down the power station at incredible speed, the U-Turbo feature increases the standard 600W output to 1500W. It is handy when you connect multiple devices and need that little extra from the power station. Running at almost full capacity of around 1400W, the power station lasted for just under 20 minutes, this might not sound long, but at least there’s the option to run devices that require more power.
As with the powerful U-Turbo feature, the PowerZip technology enables you to rapidly recharge the unit in just 1.5 hours via an AC input. If AC isn’t available, then you can always charge through 12V/24V or Solar.
The feature that makes this power station stand out is the App. This lets you control the power station remotely, check its status, and utilise functions like Quiet Mode or Energy-Saving Mode.
The wifi rather than BlueTooth connection is handy, meaning that if there is a wireless network, then you can connect the power station to this rather than the relatively short range of the BlueTooth connection.
The Quiet Mode is another useful feature, and while it does restrict some options, it does enable near-silent operation, which is good to activate when recording audio or if you want a kip and don’t want the sound of the fans waking you up. Otherwise, it is worth noting that this isn’t the quietest of power stations in standard mode, with the fans working most of the time to help keep things cool.
What I really liked was the 600W limit which just helps you to keep your power usage in control. Likewise, the Eco mode further restricts some use but again extends the use of the power station and worked well when I just wanted to use the power supply for charging the camera and lighting batteries.
One feature worth mentioning, if you have kids is the Safety Child Lock; this is activated through the App and essentially locks the power stations, making it safe in case a child’s fingers start sticking into sockets.
In use, the UGREEN 600W 680Wh Portable Power Station works exceptionally well, and the App really brings the use of this one up a notch over some of the competition. One final thing worth noting is that the handle makes it easy to transport. However, it doesn’t fold away, and there’s no charging pad on top, two features that are always handy but not essential.