Product Review (July 2008) - Xantrex
Duracell® PowerPack 600HD Portable Power

By Kevin Nakano


Portable power comes in many shapes and sizes. Some small units provide just enough power to charge a cell phone or iPod while other units utilize large generators with inverters that run from gas powered engines. For many, finding that balance of power density and portability is important. One such product is the Duracell PowerPack 600HD designed by a company called Xantrex Technology Inc. Xantrex has a line of advanced power electronic products and systems that provide solutions for converting and controlling raw electrical power from virtually any source into high-quality power required by electronic and electrical equipment. The Duracell PowerPack 600HD offers a large power reserve with many features while being completely portable. The unit weighs just over 26 pounds, but is completely manageable thanks to the large carrying handle. The large rubber feet keep the unit from sliding on slightly angled surfaces.

Features
The PowerPack 600HD comes with an AC charger to keep the unit fully charged when plugged into a standard AC outlet. A DC charging cable is also provided that allows a vehicle's power outlet to charge the internal battery. The PowerPack 600HD features a rechargeable 28 amp hour AGM (absorbed glass mat) lead acid battery that is powerful enough to help jump start a vehicle engine in the event of an emergency. When switched on, the battery also has enough storage for running the onboard 600W AC inverter using the three standard 3-prong outlets. A set of heavy duty jumper cables that plugs into the PowerPack 600HD provides enough charge to help vehicles in need of a jump start. A plastic carrying bag is included for convenience. The unit also includes an integrated AM/FM radio with a digital alarm clock. A built-in 5-watt light works for up to 50 hours on a single charge.

Display
The PowerPack 600HD has a set of useful features that make the unit convenient for camping and other portable applications. The 3-digital display provides the user with information on the status of the unit. To check the charge level of the PowerPack 600HD simply unplug the power cord and press the Display Function button. The Battery Charge indicator will light and the charge level will be shown as a percentage of the total battery capacity. When the power inverter is being used, the total power being drawn by the appliance will be displayed with the Output Power indicator lit. The readout can be toggled off by pressing the Display Function button. The Charging Status indicator flashes when the unit is charging and stays on constantly when fully charged. An audible alarm will sound if the unit overheats or if the battery level drops too low to operate the inverter.

Side Interfaces
The side of the unit has a 12VDC car adapter jack to power car accessories. This jack can also be used to charge the PowerPack 600HD using vehicle power and the DC-to-DC cable provided with the unit. Behind the center cover is a large, user replaceable 250A, 32V fuse, held in place by a pair of large screws. Just above the fuse is the DC input jack for the AC adapter included with the PowerPack 600HD. This DC input can also be used with a solar panel provided that the voltage does not exceed 15VDC and 2.5A. Below the fuse is the cable connector for the j
umper cables provided with the unit. Covers protect all of the high current terminal from being exposed to possible shorts.

Conclusion
The Xantrex Duracell PowerPack 600HD proved to be a useful product on a recent camping trip. The unit provided us with the portable AC power we needed to operate moderate appliances without any access to utility power. In addition, the built-in features such as 12V accessory power and the built-in light worked great for us in the outdoors. The PowerPack 600HD allowed us to charge devices whether they used 12VDC car or 120VAC power. The built-in light provided our tent with light and we didn't have to worry about the lights going out with the large battery capacity. With so many natural disasters occurring around the world, people are looking to include emergency backup power in their emergency supplies. The PowerPack 600HD is a great product that still allows portability and good power capacity. At a street price of $130, the Xantrex Duracell PowerPack 600HD is a bargain.

- Kevin Nakano





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Review - At a Glance


Xantrex - Duracell® PowerPack 600HD Portable Power



Product Features:

  • Runs 120-volt AC applications (three outlets)
  • Runs 12-volt DC applications (one outlet)
  • Built-in 600-watt inverter
  • Integrated AM/FM radio and digital alarm clock
  • Included jumper cables are designed for safe and efficient jump-starting
  • Built-in light provides illumination in emergency situations at home and on the road
  • Recharge at home or from a vehicle

Product Applications:

  • Runs small power tools at a work site
  • Operates camcorders, video games, stereos, 13" TV/VCR combos, handheld blenders, fans, computers, laptops, clock radios
  • Charges cordless and cellular phones
  • Jump-starts vehicles
  • Built-in AM/FM radio provides access to news radio and emergency broadcasts

Accessories:

  • Jumper Cables - use the Powerpack 600HD to jump-start your vehicle
  • AC Charger - recharge the Powerpack 600HD from a standard wall outlet
  • DC Charging Cable - recharge the Powerpack 600HD from your car, truck, boat or RV
  • Accessory bag

Company Information
Corporate Operations
8999 Nelson Way
Burnaby, BC
Canada V5A 4B5

General Tel: 604-422-8595
General Fax: 604-420-1591

Store: www.xantrex.com

Model: PowerPack 600HD
Source: Manufacture Supplied
MSRP: $189.99

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