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POWER UP YOUR WEEKEND

Words by Josh Leonard Images by AdventureIntel

THE EVEREADY ALL PURPOSE 450 PUT TO THE TEST

Portable-power is a must have if you’re going to be adventuring off-grid in 2021, even if you’re hell bent on staying out of phone reception and have sworn not to reply to a single work email while you’re away. You’ve still got a myriad of accessories that need to be kept running - laptops, tablets, lighting, fridges, portable speakers, GPS units, the list is endless.


We all know a solid 12V setup in your 4WD is a must have, but we aren’t always with our 4WD. So what then? You start googling portable power packs and fall off your chair when you see the prices… then you pick yourself up and start trying to work out what the heck a ‘watt hour’ is and how many of them you should have - it’s all very confusing and arithmetic is for smart people so let me make this easy for you.

Any portable-power station that’s going to keep you going for more than a few days is going to start at around $800, it’s just a fact. Once you’ve come to terms with that, you’ll realise there’s actually not that many power stations out there to choose from. Now, I’m not here to tell you other models are bad and you shouldn’t buy them - but, I am here to tell you about the one we tested and why it’s not bad. In fact, it’s bloody good.


We told Eveready we were headed away for a few days off grid and they sent us their brand new All Purpose 450 to test out. You’ve all heard the name before. Eveready have been in the power business since the 1890s, they’re the same brand responsible for inventing the first handheld torch so we had high expectations when it came to testing out one of their brand new products.

There were two things that took us by surprise immediately. The first being the size of it. We were expecting something around the size of a battery-box but this was even littler. Secondly, it has a bluetooth speaker built into it. We imagined this would be a bit of a gimmick add-on, but we were wrong. It cranks, it didn’t matter how loud we turned it up, it still out performed the big brand speakers we’d brought with us. It’s almost as if it’s a portable speaker that has the huge added bonus of being able to keep all your devices topped up for days on end.


It’s easily carried by the fitted handle and its tough alloy build will keep its powerful interior safe if you lose your grip. It packs a punch too, with 450 Watt Hours on offer it’s the right choice for anyone looking to power almost every accessory out there with ease.

"It’s almost as if it’s a portable speaker that has the huge added bonus of being able to keep all your devices topped up for days on end."

We tried really hard to see just how much life the All Purpose 450 could breathe into our various products by having the speaker blaring constantly (yeah… we were ‘those’ campers but there was no one around for miles so don’t come at us) and at least one device on charge around the clock. By the time we arrived back to HQ though, the digital battery level indicator was still reading full.


In terms of plug-in options, this magic bit of kit has you covered. With two 220-240V sockets, a DC 9-12.6V socket and various USB-A/USB-C ports. There’s the added bonus of being able to keep the All Purpose 450 topped up for extended periods of time with a 100W solar panel input with built-in MPPT. Couple that with a two-year factory warranty and you really can’t go wrong.


If the All Purpose 450 is being used in lowlight, which it often will be, it does also have a useful 5W LED light built into it. Annoyingly though, it also has a blue light that flashes when you have a device connected. While it’s not the end of the world, it was a bit of a pain when using it at night. The myriad of different charging options mean you can top-up multiple devices at the same time which is a massive bonus on trips away where you’ll often find the majority of your chosen devices going flat all at the same time. We reckon a battery percentage indicator would be better than a battery level indicator - but that’s just us being nit picky!

THE VERDICT

Eveready have worked hard to ensure the All Purpose 450 performs in Australia’s harsh conditions with its solid construction. The possibilities are endless thanks to its multiple inputs and outputs and the size and weight of it mean it’s a companion that’s easily packed for any trip. The AC outputs and pure sine wave inverter mean you can even utilise your power tools for track-side repairs, useful for those travelling around Australia, weekend-wheelers and tradies alike. Got sleep apnoea? Don’t worry - the All Purpose 450 can even power up your CPAP machine while you’re away.

It’s worth mentioning too that if the All Purpose 450 is too powerful for your needs, Eveready have catered to the masses by manufacturing two other portable-power stations that may be more suitable for your applications, the Eveready Lifestyle 150 and the Eveready All Terrain 140.


Like we said at the beginning of this article, a dedicated 12V system is all well and good - if you have one. But the All Purpose 450 still has its place whether or not you run dual batteries. The ability to be able to pack it in the back of your four-wheel drive and head away for a weekend and then bring it with you when you continue your adventures on foot is unbeatable.

Will we keep using this weapon on future trips? You bet! Would we spend our hard-earned on one? Absolutely!


NERD OUT ON THESE SPECS

Weight: 5.5kg Size: 295 x 150 x 165mm Capacity: 450Wh (3.6V/124,800 mAh) Battery Cell: 18650 Lithium ion AC Output: 2x 220-240V/50Hz, pure sine wave Total 300W, peak 600W DC Output: 1x DC auto outlet 9-12.6V/10A 3x DC jacks 9-12.6V/5A, total max 10A USB-A Ports: 1x Quick Charge 3.0 5V/3A-9V/2A-12V/1.5A 2x 5V/2.4A USB-C Port: 1x 60W, 5V/9V/12V/15V/20V Input: 19V/4.5A by DC adapter 14-25V, max 100W by solar panel, with built-in MPPT Speaker: Bluetooth® 4.0, 10W Light: 5W LED, multi-mode Material: Aluminium alloy, ABS plastic and polycarbonate Certificates: CE/RoHS/Reach/MSDS/UN38.3/RCM Warranty: 24 months