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Bluetti PV200 Solar Panel Review - Extra charging power for your built in 12V system

We recently had the opportunity to field test the Bluetti EB3A which is Bluetti's entry level portable power station launched in Australia last year.

As a follow up to that review, Bluetti recently sent us their mid sized PV200 Portable Solar Panel and asked us to take it out and put it to work so we could report back on that as well.

There are four portable solar panels in the Bluetti range covering a wide range of applications.

PV120

PV200

PV350

PV420

Typically Bluetti customers buy an appropriate sized panel to charge their Bluetti Portable Power Station.

For example, the PV120 solar panel is a great accompaniment to the compact EB3A, while the PV200 and larger panels are well suited to the larger power stations like the EB70 (1000W) and beyond.

For our review of the PV200 we decided to try a different application for the portable solar panel.

Zak Callaway is a mate of mine and he has been talking for a while about upgrading the solar system in his Ford Ranger.

Zak testing the PV200 charging capacity with shade on the panel

He and his partner Winona completed an East-West crossing of the Simpson Desert last year and they took an extra fridge with them so they could run one fridge in 'fridge' mode and the other in 'freezer' mode.

What they discovered was that the fixed solar panel on the top of their Ranger wasn't up to the task of keeping everything running.

This had Zak looking at various options including replacing the fixed solar on his roof with a larger unit, upgrading the auxiliary battery in the Ranger or potentially just adding another portable solar panel to their kit to give them the flexibility of being able to charge their onboard auxiliary battery while keeping the Ranger in the shade.

To help Zak decide, I sent him over the PV200 to field test on a weekend away and see if it was the solution he was looking for.

Zak did a great job and sent me a bunch of video footage which we edited into the video below and uploaded to our Youtube channel.

So if you're keen to see how the PV200 went on their weekend away, go ahead and watch the video below.

Also, be sure to check out Zak & Winonas YouTube channel where you can watch their complete Simpson Desert series and other videos.

Check pricing & availability of the Bluetti PV200

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Steve Baile
Steve Baile
I’m the founder of Expedition Australia, a writer, filmmaker & adventure travel junkie. Passionate about my family, health and fitness, hiking, 4WD touring, adventure motorbikes, camping and exploring as much of the planet as I can.

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