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Lipower SOL500 Power Station
Written by Chris on March 18, 2022

Review of the Lipower SOL 500

Updated on: 21 June 2023 

Review of the Lipower SOL 500

- At A Glance -

10 Device Capability

A comprehensive set of outputs is provided for connection to up to 10 devices within its 500W limit.

500W of Power

The 472Wh Lithium-ion battery can output 500W of continuous power and of 750W peak (surge) power.

Light and Compact

Weighing just 9.9lbs and measuring L11.0xH7.9xW4.5 inches, it's ready to go wherever you go.

500W of continuous and 750W of surge portable power

At just 9.9lbs, this is a lightweight unit that delivers an excellent amount of continuous power for people on the go and out and about where access to independent power is no longer a luxury. It's highly compact at L11.0xH7.9xW4.5 inches and has an easy to carry handle that is partially retractable.

Excellent battery safety and Life-Prolonging Technology

As is customary for Lipower power stations, the SOL500 has an advanced Battery Management System (BMS), so you can be sure of an enhanced stability as well as a longer life for the non-replaceable 472Wh premium lithium-ion battery pack by providing superior protection against:

  • Short-circuit
  • Over-discharge
  • Over-charging
  • Over-power
  • Over-heating
  • Over-current

A built-in cooling fan automatically begins to cool the power station to ensure it remains within its operating temperature parameters both when being charged and when powering devices.

The LCD display contains a Battery Level Indicator with 5 segments to keep you informed of the charge levels ranging from 20% to 100%. You should avoid using the power station when the battery level falls below 20% and instead immediately plug it into a power source such as an AC outlet or a solar panel.

Recharging the power station

The SOL500 can be charged by at least three methods: AC wall outlet, a solar panel - and a car's 12V socket. And using a portable generator provides an additional method.

The time needed to recharge the unit can vary according to ambient conditions. But, as a very general guide, you can expect to achieve times of about:

  • 8-9 hours from an AC wall outlet (AC adapter included)
  • 9-11 hours from a car port
  • 9-10 hours using a Lipower 100W Solar Panel that incorporates MPPT technology for rapid charging
Lipower 100W Solar Panel

A full set of connections

The control panel contains a full set of output connections, including two AC outlets under a pair of bright LED flashlights. A compact LCD panel is included so you can monitor the operation and condition of the device in bright sunlight and in the dark.

Lipower SOL500 Connections
  • 2x110V 500W (Peak 750W) AC Pure Sine Wave
  • 4xDC 12V 6A Max
  • 2xUSB (5V/3.1A)
  • 1 Quick Charge 3.0 5V-12V 18W Max USB output
  • 1xDC (Solar / Car / Wall Input (13V-30V/4A)
  • 1xUSB Type-C Output PD 60W, 5V /3A, 12V / 2.5A, 20V / 3A

The two 500W continuous AC outlets have a momentary surge (peak) of 750W, and their Pure Sine Wave output provides a safe and steady stream of power like that you will be used to from an AC wall outlet in the home. This means that no harm should come to any of your sensitive electronic devices connected to the power station.

Eco-friendly clean indoor and outdoor power

While portable power stations may have some similarities to portable generators, they are different devices. They can't produce the same kind of power outputs of a portable generator but they make up for this in other ways. For example, they are much more portable as well as being safer all round to operate.

And as they don't use fuel, there is no need for measures to be taken for safe storage of fuel. They also don't have a carburetor to gum up, which can often be a problem with gas-powered portable generators when bringing them out of storage.

For anyone living in apartment, a power station will often be their only means of supplying power during an emergency or blackout.

Acquiring a portable power station may also be a good move if you already own a portable generator because you may not always need the power and inconvenience of a portable generator.

Versatility of he Lipower SOL500 Portable Power Station

Examples of the SOL 500's Versatility

A great selection of output ports and a wide variety of charging options, coupled with fast recharging times, especially with the Lipower Solar Panel, make this model a highly versatile option.

Multiple Accessories

The SOL 500 comes with a good selection of accessories that include an AC adapter, a car charger cable, and a standard DC-to-MC4 adapter for connection to a Solar Panel.

Lipower MARS-1000W Accessories


Lipower portable power stations have a 24-month warranty. But please note that this warranty is not transferable and is applicable only to the original owner.

Here is the User Manual for this model.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can this device power?

Remember that the two AC output ports can charge devices only up to a combined total of 500W. To protect the unit, it will shut down automatically if exceeded causing an overload condition.

Can I use the power station while it is on charge?

Although you can, it is not recommended as charging the unit will take a lot longer and it can shorten the battery life. Also, the DC ports cannot be used while charging. (You should recharge the unit every 3 to 4 months when storing for a longer battery life cycle, especially during the warranty period).

What adapter cable is best for solar charging?

You can use a DC to MC4 (Anderson) cable to connect solar panel(s). One is included with the device.

How quickly can I recharge with a solar panel?

Recharging times can be affected by ambient conditions, but in general within you can expect about 8 hours with two 100W solar panels connected, and 17 hours with a one panel.

Can I take this power station on a plane?

No, because Li-on batteries can be volatile and because of their chemical composition can become unstable. Additionally, the total battery size far exceeds what is normally permitted (100Wh) by the TSA for reasons of safety.

Can I replace the battery?

No. It is non-removable and you should not try to remove it as you may damage the device and void any warranty.

Lipower SOL 500 Manufacturer Specifications

Battery TypePremium Lithium Ion
Battery Capacity472Wh (3.7V / 127.6mAh)
Rated Power500W
Peak Power750W
Charge InputCC /CV, 19V / 3A
AC Ouput110V / 60Hz
USB Output5V / 2.1A, 5V / 1A (Total 3.1A)
Quick Charge 3.05V / 3A, 9V / 2A, 12V / 1.5A
DC Ouput12V / 6A Max
Type-C OutputPD60W, 5V / 3A, 12V /2.5A, 20V / 3A
LED Flashlight2W
Solar Charge Input13V-30V / 4A Max
Output WaveformPure Sine Wave
Operating Temperature-10°C (14°F) ~ 60°C (140°F)
Device ProtectionShort Circuit, Over Charge, Over Discharge
Over Current, Over Power
Device DimensionsL11.0xH7.9xW4.5 inches (280x200x115mm)
Net Weight9.9lbs (4.5kg)
Article written by Chris

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