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Rockpals RockPower 500W
Written by Chris on December 10, 2021

Review of the Rockpals RockPower PS500

Updated on: 15 April 2023 

Review of the Rockpals RockPower PS500

- At A Glance -

500W Run-750W Peak

Great power from a 505Wh battery for a wide range of uses at home and outdoors.

Compact Portability

Weighing 12.5lbs and measuring 12x9x6.1 inches it's a fine travelling companion.

6 Recharge Methods

A combination of ways to recharge makes the PS500 a super versatile choice.

Designed and engineered to be light, compact and safe

A relatively light and compact unit weighing 12.5lbs and measuring 12 x 9 x 6.1, so you can easily take this on road trips or camping as well as having a reserve source of power in your home to see you through short-term power outages or other emergencies. inches and , meaning you can take it just about anywhere.

Being a power station, the power output converts to a Pure Sine Wave, making it clean and safe for sensitive electronics. It's also free from harmful emissions and noise associated more with most, if not all, portable gas-powered generators.

Incorporating a high-capacity battery with industry standard safety

This Rockpals has a high-capacity and powerful 505.44Wh/140400mAh lithium-ion battery cell that delivers 500W continuous and 750W peak power capable of charging up to 9 devices simultaneously.

This kind of power output is sufficient to fully charge an iPhone 12 about 50x, a 12” MacBook about 9x, a drone (60Wh) about 7x. It can also power a camera for about 20 hours, a 20W fan for around 18 hours, and a 40W mini refrigerator for about 10 hours.

As lithium-ion batteries can be volatile power stations have a Battery Management System (BMS) built into the unit. They improve battery use and lengthen the useful life of the battery. They also ensures safe operation by monitoring and controlling voltage and temperature, as well as incorporating other advanced safety features such as automatic shutoff in cases of over-voltage or short-circuit.

Temperatures of the unit's power supply and electrical components are also cooled by an internal fan and vents cut into the PS500's case.

Battery recharging

A combination of recharging methods allows for up to SIX ways, giving you the maximum flexibility to have power on hand when you need it. And besides AC wall outlets, car cigarette socket, and solar charging, you can keep your Rockpals charged while running a portable generator.

When using solar energy, the inclusion of professional MPPT technology in the Rockpals 120W solar panel gives you a full charge in just 7 hours.

Choose from a variety of output and input connections

The Rockpals has an excellent set of connections, which include:

  • 2 Pure Sine Wave 110V AC outlets (500W rated, 750W max)
  • 1 car port (12V/10A, 120W max)
  • 2 DC ports (12V/5A, 60W max)
  • 2 USB 3.1A ports
  • 1 USB-A 3.0 Quick Charge port (18W max)
  • 1 USB-C PD output (20V/2.25A, 45W max)

Note: The Quick Charge USB 3.0 and USB-C PD output charge 2.5x faster than universal USB-C method.

6 Ways to Recharge

Depending on where you are, choose between solar panel, wall outlet and a 12V cigarette lighter car socket. Using a combination of these methods you can charge the unit in as little as 4.5 hours.

Imagine having an almost limitless supply of independent power using optional solar panels to see you through any situation.

Rockpals RockPower PS500 Recharging
Rockpals RockPower PS500 Portability

Ready to Go When You Are

Weighing just 12.5lbs, it's easy to carry and small enough to store away when not in use.

An independent power source with potentially limitless energy using a solar panel can make outdoor activities so much better and be a life saver at home for people who depend on it 24/7 for health reasons.

Power Outlets and LED Display

Ample power output ports are incorporated so you can charge up to 9 devices at the same time together with an LCD display  showing watts in and out and remaining battery capacity.

Rockpals RockPower PS500 Outputs

Although there doesn't appear to a manual for the PS500 it is similar to the PS300 and potential buyers may want to consult the manual for that model.

Frequently Asked Questions

What can this device power?

The PS500 is designed for portability and ease of use. It is ideal for smaller devices under 500W, such as smartphones, laptops and the like. It cannot, for example, charge a truck battery or jump start a vehicle.

Is it safe to leave the unit plugged in?

Yes, you can leave the unit plugged in. However, the recommendation is to unplug the unit once it is fully charged as this will extend the battery life.

Which Solar Panel can I use with this model?

While other suitable brands of solar panel can work with this model, the recommendation is to use either the 100W or 120W solar panel made by Rockpals.

Can I take this power station on a plane?

Most likely no as the Li-on battery size exceeds that permitted by the TSA for safety reasons.

Does this support pass-through charging?

Yes, but only for DC and USB. It does not support this on AC.

Can I use the unit outside when it's raining?

Although it is water-resistant, avoid using it in the rain. Light splashes are ok, but best to keep it in a water-tight container.

Does it have a regulated 12V power supply?

Yes, this model has a regulated 12V supply.

Rockpals RockPower PS500 Manufacturer Specifications

Battery Capacity505.44Wh/140400mAh
Battery Cell TypeLithium-ion Battery
InputDC Port 24V/3A 72W
USB-C PD Port: 5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
Solar Panel: 11~24V 120W Max
Recommend Solar PanelsRockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel
Rockpals 120W Portable Solar Panel
Charge MethodsAC Wall Charger
12V Cigarette Lighter Socket
Solar Panel (13~22V, 6A max)
Full Recharge Time7-8 Hours (110V AC Outlet)
7-8 Hours (12V Car Adapter)
8.5-9 Hours (13V~22V, 6A max Solar Panel)
1 × Car Port12V10A
2 × 5mm DC Port12V/5A
2 × AC Output100-120V 60Hz(500W Rated, 750W Peak)
2 x USB Output5V/3.1A
USB-A QC Port5V/3A, 9V/2A, 12/1.5A
USB-C PD Port5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12/3A,15V/3A, 20V/2.25A
Working TemperatureCharge Temperature: 0℃~40℃
Discharge Temperature: -10℃~40℃
Safety ProtectionOverheating Protection
Over Current Protection
Over Voltage Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Article written by Chris

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