Off-grid solar kit with quick-swap modular batteries


From pv magazine USA

Runhood, based in California, is a new entrant to the off-grid and portable solar-plus-batteries market.

What makes Runhood’s offering unique is its design built around external swappable batteries. The batteries can be linked together in its power bank, or removed to operate independently, charging and discharging with USB or AC adapters. This design offers a lot of flexibility for off-grid adventures and can lessen the load of carrying a heavy battery bank.

The external batteries can be directly connected to the portable solar array, meaning one modular battery can be charged while the others remain in the power bank, supplying electricity to various off grid appliances and devices. Runhood said up to nine devices can be powered at once with its kit.

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The company currently offers a 600 W power bank option with two battery slots and said it has plans for a larger four-slot 1200 W design in the future. The 600 W kit provides 1,295 Wh of capacity across four battery modules and is rated at 110 V. When the modular battery units are individually connected with the AC connector, they function as a mini 80 W / 324 Wh portable power station. 

Also included in the kit is a foldable mini solar array with a max power of 100 W. The device carries 18 V, 5.5 A working current, and is IPX6 rated for water resistance. The panel can charge the bank alone or be paired with a second panel for boosted capacity.

Image: Runhood

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