A couple of months ago, Anker released the 767 PowerHouse which is one of the largest capacity portable power stations around. On the surface, it’s got plenty to offer, but it wasn’t until a conversation with a sparky mate that I realised just how good it could be.

You could power your home in a blackout for around $4,500.00 and maintain the basic functions of your home.

The 767 PowerHouse has a lot of power storage, totalling 2048Wh capacity, and able to deliver 2300W to attached devices. The power is stored in GaN Prime technology, which is far more efficient than older battery types in pretty much every way. You’ll get better power return per cycle, more power cycles, and a longer battery lifespan.

The aforementioned 2300W output includes 3 AC ports, 3 USB-C charging ports, 2 USB-A ports, and 2 car outlets. So while it’s not ideal as a long-term solution, you could (this is where a sparky mate comes in handy) have a single phase change-over switch installed for around $800.00. Of course, even without this, you’ll be able to run a couple of cables around your home – but it’s nice to have a single plug to change and not need to run cables around your home to meet this (hopefully) short term need.

This would leave you without power for as long as it takes to get your 767 PowerHouse out, plug it in and flick the switch. There will be some limitations to this, such as the power storage and the switch would only utilise a single AC port, so you won’t be able to power your entire home; lights, your fridge and other critical items like your Internet router could be maintained though.

Provided you’re able to maintain a Bluetooth connection to the PowerHouse, you can also monitor the system. Battery levels, surge load and charging status via the provided app.

The Anker 767 PowerHouse is currently AU$3,699.95, putting the cost to keep your home functional in a blackout at $4,499.95 based on the estimated $800.00 price.