Professional Portable Power Source

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This conversation has been merged. Please reference the main conversation: Have you ever considered making a charger that also functions as a batter bank / inverter?

So I just watched a pretty neat video about a Bosch battery lawnmower system available across the pond...  here's the video:

What a concept - a large portable power supply (battery) enabling recharging on the go for professionals who intend to use these tools on large jobs and/or continuously throughout the day!

Hey Ego, you want to own the professional cordless OPE market in North America and offer something to all those companies working in gas powered OPE-Free neighborhoods?  Put something like this together!  The Ego PPPS - Professional Portable Power Source.

How about making it even better, though...  instead of loading it up with 1.7kWh worth of batteries, how about cutting that down to 1kWh or so and adding an optional solar panel to top it up?  The unit itself would be smaller and easier to carry while providing enough power to recharge several Ego packs.  For those contractors who will be using the equipment heavily throughout the day, optional solar panels can keep it topped up and ready to charge.

Many residential solar panels are good for between 200-300W, so offering either a single or double panel solar kit (depending on usage and geographical location) would keep that power pack charging batteries all day long.

Another improvement would be to integrate the actual charger(s) right into the Power Source.  Two or Three charging slots integrated right into the unit would eliminate the need for the standard chargers (which are also not ruggedized for that type of outdoor use), and would be FAR more efficient than converting battery power up to 120V to power a charger that will need to convert back down to 56VDC.

Of course it would also need a couple 120V outputs as well as USB charging capability.

Consider also the marketing advantage it would give a lawn care company who can now claim they are truly solar powered!  :-)
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I know this an old thread but +1 for the idea of being able to turn our batteries into a "generator" that has USB, DC, and AC outputs. Goal Zero just introduced their new Yeti Li packs and they charge $699 for the same size battery (428Wh) as the 7.5 amp Ego battery pack (420 Wh)

If these were reasonably priced, I'm sure tons of people here would scoop these up since we own so many high capacity batteries  for our tools. I know there is a decent price difference to add the AC inverter so if there was a inexpensive USB adaptor that slides onto the battery and a beefier one with a Goal Zero like feature set, that would be even better. I'd buy a bunch.

Maybe Jennifer VandeWater has an update on this one?
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If Ego offered this as an affordable option, seeing how it would be sold through Home Depot it would appeal to way more people than just those who already own Ego tools.

Ego, how about we get the price of the bare batteries in line and use a few "accessory" tools like the proposed power station to broaden your audience? ;-)

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