Powering Planespotting & Photography? The Anker PowerHouse 535

Here at Travel Radar, we are constantly on the move, covering thrilling airshows and capturing the beauty of planes in action at airports across the UK and overseas. One of the key challenges we face is ensuring that our filming, camera, and photography equipment stay powered throughout these events. The Anker PowerHouse 535 Portable Power Station has become an indispensable companion in our fieldwork, providing a reliable and versatile power source that keeps us connected, charged, and ready to capture every breathtaking moment. At our coverage of Blackpool, Eastbourne and Clacton airshows this year, and live from London Gatwick and Heathrow airports, was the trust PowerHouse – here’s our thoughts.

All-Round Power for Uninterrupted Coverage

The Anker PowerHouse 535 boasts an impressive 716W total output, making it a powerhouse for all our charging needs. Whether it’s charging camera batteries, running editing computers for our crew, or keeping smaller appliances up and running (everyone needs a portable cooler box in this weather, right?), this portable power station handles it all. This versatility is essential in our line of work, where we need to ensure that our equipment is always ready to capture those split-second aerial maneuvers and stunning displays.

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The PowerHouse can be recharged by solar, 12V/24V vehicle charging, or at home using 230V mains power. All adapters are included! © Anker

One of the standout features of the PowerHouse 535 is its sustainable solar charging capability. With the ability to recharge to 80% capacity in just 3.2 hours under direct sunlight conditions, this power station lets us harness the power of the sun to stay operational even in remote locations. The Maximum Power Point Tracking (MPPT) technology ensures optimal efficiency while solar charging, giving us peace of mind knowing that our power source is not only reliable but also environmentally friendly. At airshows and airports we can simply pop up a portable solar array either on our vehicle, or on the ground, keeping us charging whilst using power.

High-Speed Charging for High-Performance Gear

Camera and filming equipment demand high-speed charging to keep up with our fast-paced workflow. The built-in 60W USB-C Power Delivery has proven to be a game-changer, allowing us to power our laptops and essential devices quickly and effectively. This is a crucial feature during those brief intermissions when we need to offload and edit footage on the go. For planespotters, missing that ‘catch of the day’ is simply no option, but with the PowerHouse you can rapidly charge camera batteries, camcorders and other vital visual media equipment.

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Staying informed about our power consumption is essential for seamless operations

Staying informed about our power consumption is essential for seamless operations. The smart LED display on the PowerHouse 535 provides us with real-time information about remaining capacity, current input and output, and the estimated time left for a full recharge. This feature helps us make informed decisions about our power usage and plan accordingly to avoid any disruptions during our coverage. This is a unique feature over other units such as inverters or smaller portable power stations like the Jackery.

For those tech-geeks out there, here’s the technical specifications of the PowerHouse 535 demonstrating its capabilities. With a battery pack rated capacity of 512Wh and various input and output options including DC, USB-C, AC, and USB-A, this power station covers a wide range of devices and appliances. Its AC surge power of 750W and compatibility with both 220V-240V and 500W AC output make it an ideal companion for powering multiple devices simultaneously.

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Keep your photography and videography equipment charged!

How the PowerHouse can help you!

If you’re looking for a way to stay charged during planespotting sessions at your local international airport, or need all-day charge to film airshows and other events, the PowerHouse is a perfect solution for your needs. Whilst being lightweight, portable and easy to charge at home, in transit or through solar, the PowerHouse is a perfect companion to your photography or videography setup. You can pick up your own Anker PowerHouse here – currently retailing at £499 GBP or $630 USD, and for a limited time you can get £100 off using the code WS24CBUKSZS at checkout.

Thanks to Anker for supporting this review. All opinions expressed are our own.

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Aurora Welch
Aurora Welchhttps://travelradar.aero
Aviation Reporter - Aurora is a seasoned journalist with a passion for aviation news. With over a decade of experience under her belt, she has become one of the most respected voices in the industry. Her previous roles at leading publications have given her a wealth of knowledge and a broad network of contacts in the aviation world. At Travel Radar she reports on the latest industry news and going-ons.