We think about power banks with USB charging ports that can charge devices such as our smartphones and tablets when it comes to portable charging.
That’s what power banks are, and they have changed quite over the years, with very high-capacity power banks that can last you for a week without needing a recharge.
There are also portable chargers that use USB-C Power Delivery so that you can charge USB-C compatible laptops with them.
Then there are power banks that use AC outlets, and some of them go into the category of being called portable chargers, and some of them get called Portable Power Stations.
An AC Outlet On-the-Go can be Very Useful.
Some portable chargers that use AC outlets have a lot more power capacity than others, and some of them use a DC port, too, along with their usage of USB ports and an AC outlet. No matter how you look at it, using an AC outlet with a portable powering device is possibly one of the most reliable types of devices you can own.
It could come in handy if there’s ever an emergency if you’re going out camping or hiking, or you can keep it in your car if you ever need it.
AC outlet power banks and portable power stations can be some of the most useful devices you can own because they can power appliances, which regular power banks cannot.
In this guide, we’re going to be going over the most useful AC portable charger and power stations.
EcoFlow Delta Mini Portable Power Station
If you’re searching for a power station, you’ve likely already heard about EcoFlow and its power stations and solar panels. There’s a good reason for that, and that’d be because Ecoflow has some of the most high-quality portable power sources on the market; that’s what we found with their Delta Mini power station.
The Delta Mini is the lowest tier Delta series power station, but don’t let that put you off because it’s capable of a lot with its power capacity and output power. The Delta Mini has an 882Wh power capacity, so more than enough to charge phones, tablets, and laptops for weeks.
The charging and powering appliances options are phenomenal, with the Delta Mini featuring a 1400W max output. There are four charging ports on the Delta Mini, with three USB-A ports: a Quick Charge port and a 100W USB-C Power Delivery port. So you can charge most USB-C chargeable laptops without the need of a wall charger on an AC outlet.
There are five AC outlets, two DC ports, and one car outlet on the opposite side. With a 1400W output, you have a wide range of appliances that you can power from the Delta Mini, such as blenders, heaters, refrigerators, some power tools, and many others that you can find helpful. For the price and the capabilities that you’re getting with the Delta Mini, we think it’s worth getting if you already know what appliances you want to power with it. You may be paying a lower price for other power stations with lower wattage output and less capacity, but the Delta Mini makes more sense with its 1400W max output and generous 882Wh capacity.
Recharging the Delta Mini is incredible because it has three recharging methods. The Delta Mini comes with an AC charger, a car charger, and an MC4 cable. AC recharging is the best option for recharging as you can use the onboard X-Boost feature to recharge the Delta Mini at 900W.
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|EcoFlow Mini Delta 882Wh / 1400W Portable Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/5A (100W)|
|AC Output||Pure Sine Wave, 1400W total (surge 2100W), 120V~ (50Hz/60Hz)
1800W with X-Boost
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5/9/12/15/20V, 5A, 100W Max|
|2x Standard USB-A Ports||5V DC, 2.4A, 12W Max, per port|
|USB-A Quick Charge Port||5V, 2.4A / 9V, 2A / 12V, 1.5A, 18W Max|
|Car Port||12.6V, 10A, 126W Max|
|AC Input||X-Stream Fast Charge 900W max
Normal AC Input - 200W
|Solar Input||300W 11–75V DC 10A max|
|Car Input||12V/24V DC 8A|
|Size||14.9 × 7.2 × 9.4 inches|
Bluetti EB55 Portable Power Station
A more mid-tier power station comes from Bluetti with their EB55 power station. The EB55 has a 700W max output and a 537Wh power capacity. Charging and powering options are good, with this EB55 featuring four USB-A charging ports and one USB-C 100W Power Delivery port to charge most USB-C chargeable laptops and charge phones or tablets via the USB-A ports. Wireless charging is also available at the top and offers 15W fast wireless charging for specific phones.
There are two DC ports and one 12V car outlet for the DC section. There are four AC outlets, with there being two three-prong outlets and two dual-prong outlets. With a 700W max output, you have a limited yet broader range of appliances than lower-tier power stations. You can power smaller heaters and mini-fridges and charge multiple devices simultaneously with the Bluetti EB55. When it comes to wattage output, it’s really about using various lower wattage appliances to make most of what the power station offers.
The Bluetti EB55 power station has a LED screen at the front that shows current battery capacity and wattage input/output that is also shown in real-time. The only thing missing is time remaining until the power station runs out of power, which other brand power stations are starting to utilize.
You can recharge the EB55 using the included AC charger or car charger. Also included in the box is an MC4 solar cable, but you have to provide your own solar panel.
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|BLUETTI EB55 Portable Power Station 700W/537Wh Specs|
|Lifecycle||2500+ Full Life Cycles|
|Management Protection||BMS, Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection|
|4 AC Outlets||100-120V, 700W (1400W Surge) , 50Hz / 60Hz, Pure Sine Wave|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/3A | 20V/5A (100W Max)|
|4 USB-A Ports||5V/3A
|2 DC Ports||12V/10A, 5.5mm x 2.1mm|
|1 Wireless Charging Pad||5W | 7.5W | 10W | 15W|
|Input||AC Adapter: 2.5-3 Hours
1*BLUETTI PV200 (200W): fully recharge from 0-100% in 4-5 hours.
1*BLUETTI PV120 (120W): fully recharge from 0-100% in 6-6.5 hours.
12V Car Adaptor: 12V port, in 6 hours/24V port,in 3 hours (0-100%)
|Size||10.94 x 7.87 x 7.79 inches|
VATID 600W Portable Power Station
Coming from a bit of a newer brand on the market, this VATID 600W power station has a 518Wh power capacity. The two most surprising parts of this power station are its price and the size/weight in relation to the immense power you’re getting. A 600W max output is mid-tier, but you can use it to power appliances that you can use while not being anchored by a wall outlet.
This VATID power station has four charging ports: a standard USB-C and USB-A port, a USB-A Quick Charge port, and a 65W USB-C Power Delivery port. The 65W port is lower than the competition. That mostly has 100W USB-C PD ports, but 65W of Power Delivery is pretty good for most USB-C laptops, phones, and tablets.
As most power stations have, there are two DC ports and a 12V car outlet, but the AC outlets are limited to only two AC outlets. For its 600W power output, you can power various appliances such as fans, and a duster, as we did in our review; you may also charge from all four ports without using much power.
As we mentioned before, this VATID power station is small, with just a length of 7.9 inches, a width of 5.5 inches, and a depth of 8.5 inches. It only weighs 10 pounds. This is easily one of the smallest, lightweight, and low-priced power stations in its class.
The screen at the front takes an old-school green look that still looks sharp and bright. The display shows the remaining power capacity, time remaining for the power capacity, and output/input wattage. The display also indicates if you have activated the DC or AC section of the power station.
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|VATID 600W Portable Power Station Specs|
|2 AC Outlets||110V,600W Rated,Peak 900W|
|1 USB-C Power Delivery Port||65W Output, 60W Input|
|1 USB-C + 1 USB-A Port||5V/3A, shared (15W Max)|
|1 USB-A Quick Charge Port||5V/3.1A (18W Max)|
|2 DC Ports | 1 Car Port||12V/10A shared 120W Max|
|95W AC + 60W Power Delivery Recharging (Input) Time||3.5 Hours|
|12V Car Adapter Recharging (Input) Time||8.6 Hours|
|VATID 120W Portable Solar Panel (Input) Time||5.2 Hours|
|Size||7.9 x 5.5 x 8.5 inches|
TogoPower Advance 650 Portable Power Station
TogoPower is a brand that offers many types of power stations for specific needs, so you don’t have to spend a ton of money if you don’t need the power. The TogoPower Advance 650 power station is the most balanced from TogoPower because it has a 634Wh power capacity and a 500W max output. So you get tons of power as the power station should have last you for days. On the other hand, the output isn’t the highest, but as we mentioned, this Advance 650 fits into the premiere mid-range part of power stations that can power lower wattage appliances.
The selection of ports is on par with similar power stations, with this Advance 650 having three USB-A ports and a 60W USB-C Power Delivery port, two DC ports, a 12V car outlet, and two AC outlets.
The digital display at the front of the power station shows the remaining capacity, wattage input/output status, remaining time of the power capacity, and remaining time until fully recharged. The display does have a backlight that turns off after a few minutes. One of the more notable parts of this TogoPower portable power station is its use of two flashlights, with one flashlight being at the side and another is part of the handle, a design that we rarely see on power stations but is most welcome.
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|TogoPower Advance 650 Portable Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity||634Wh / 171,351mAh|
|Lifecycle||≥500 cycles to 85%|
|2 AC Outlets||120V, 60Hz, 500W (1000W peak)|
|1 USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/9V/12V/15V/20V|3.0A (60W)|
|USB-A Ports||5V/9V/12V|3A (54W Max)|
|12V Car Port||12V/10A|
|Size||L11.42 x W7.91 x H7.87 inches|
RAVPower 70,200mAh Dual AC Portable Power Station with USB-C PD
This RAVPower portable power station has gained quite a bit of popularity since its release last year, and for good reasons. The power station has a 252.7Wh (70,200mAh) power capacity, and that’s a significant amount of power that can be used to charge large or small devices to full power multiple times; this power capacity also enables the power station to have size and weight that is manageable to take anywhere you want. The power station has a height of 7 inches and a width of 5 inches, so it has a cube form factor and a large handle that makes the 5-pound power station very easy to hold.
This power station does a great job on the charging and powering side. It has two AC outlets that share a 300W Pure Sine Wave power output. However, you should know that the two outlets are two-prong AC outlets that don’t work with a three-prong AC plug. Other than that, if you have an appliance that can be powered within the 300W range, this power station is perfect for camping or hiking. This means that you can power mini-fridges, electric mosquito lanterns, laptop chargers, or lamps.
In addition to the outlets, this power station also has three USB-A ports, one USB-C Power Delivery port, and one DC port. One of the USB-A ports features Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging Android smartphones, and the USB-C Power Delivery port has a mighty output of 60W. With a 60W PD output, you can charge most USB-C chargeable laptops, and in our review, we were able to charge a Lenovo Flex 5 at its max charging speed via the DC port.
You can use the DC port to charge DC chargeable laptops or power appliances powered via a DC cable. There aren’t too many of those, though.
Recharging this RAVPower power station is easy because you can recharge via the DC input port or the USB-C Power Delivery port. The power station includes an AC wall charger to recharge the unit via the DC port, and it also comes with a USB-C to USB-C cable.
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|RAVPower RP-PB187 252.7Wh Portable Power Station 300W AC Outlets Specs|
|Standard USB-A Ports||5V/2.4A (12W)|
|Quick Charge 3.0 USB-A Port||5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A (18W)|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/3A (60W)|
|DC Output||12V/10A (120W)|
|AC Outlets||110V/60Hz 300W Max. 250W Rated|
|DC Input||12-24V/3.3-4A, 60W Max|
|USB-C PD Input||5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A, 15V/3A, 20V/3A, PD 60W|
|Size||5.12 x 5.12 x 7.44 inches|
MAXOAK Bluetti EB240 2400Wh Dual 1000W AC Portable Power Station
The EB240 power station from MAXOAK is perhaps one of the best portable power stations you can own on the market, definitely not because of its portable aspect but because of its power. Starting, the EB240 has a 2400Wh power capacity, and in terms of charging smartphones with a voltage of approximately 3.7V, this power station has a 648,000mAh power capacity; if you’re using higher voltage charging or powering appliances such as at 14.8V, then the power station has about a 101,000mAh power capacity to use.
This change in power capacity that you can use is dependent on the power usage, as higher voltage means more power is lost when you’re using the power station. That said, this EB240 has a lot of power to use and depending on how you’re using it, it can last for days or weeks. It’s reliable for camping trips or when you’re doing a project and need portable power to use your electrical tools outdoors more easily.
Then there’s the powering and charging you get, with the EB240 using two 3-prong AC 1000W Pure SineWave outlets. The two outputs share the 1000W outlet, but that’s still a ton of power to use with a portable device. In our tests, when did he review the EB240, we were able to power a fan, an Air purifier, laptop chargers, sandwich makers, and a reciprocating saw. Powering a reciprocating saw goes with what we said before about using this power station outdoors.
This EB240 also has four USB-A ports, one USB-C Power Delivery port, and a 9 Amp 12Volt DC port. The USB-C Power Delivery port has a 45W charging speed, so you can charge USB-C laptops while powering appliances via the AC outlets.
It comes with a 200W AC adapter to recharge via the DC input port. You may also use a Solar panel to recharge the unit, and the EB240 includes a DC solar charging cable in the box.
Considering just how much it features and the high power output, the EB240 is straightforward, using a backlit LCD that shows the remaining power capacity and how much wattage is being inputted and outputted from the power station. Three buttons include a power button to turn on the unit, then a DC or AC button to turn on certain sections of the power station.
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|MAXOAK Power Station 2400Wh EB240 Specs|
|Power Capacity (Wh)||2400Wh|
|Power Capacity (3.7V)||648,648mAh|
|Power Capacity (12V)||200,000mAh|
|USB-A Port Output||5V/3.0A|
|USB-C PD Port||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3.0A | 15V/3.0A | 20V/2.25A (45W)|
|12Volt Car Port||12V/9A|
|AC Inverter Outlets||100-120Vac, 220-240Vac | 50/60Hz | 1000W|
|AC Adapter Recharging||42V/160W|
|Solar Adapter Recharging||Up to 500W|
|Power Indicator||LCD Digital Display|
|Size||19.4 x 6.5 x 14.4 inches|
HALO Bolt 58830 Portable Jump and AC Portable Power Station
This HALO Bolt 58830 portable jump starter barely fits into the portable power station category, but we feel it is a power station since it has an outlet. The most notable part of the HALO Bolt is that it can jump-start vehicles with a 500 Amp output, and the power station even includes jumper cables.
In addition to jump-start vehicles, this power station has two USB-A ports and a 65W AC outlet. The two USB-A ports do not feature Quick Charge but have a standard 5V/2.4A (12W). The outlet can accept 3-prong plugs, so even though the AC outlet can only output 65W, you can still power laptop chargers and other low-wattage appliances with this power station. In our review, we were able to power a DC laptop charger for a Dell laptop.
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|Halo Bolt 58830 Portable Car Jump Starter Power Bank Specs|
|Jump-Start Output||500 Amps|
|Size||7.2 x 3.8 x 1.6|
MAXOAK Bluetti AC10 99Wh 100W AC Portable Power Station Power Bank
Another MAXOAK Bluetti portable power station is MAXOAK’s lowest capacity power station. It may be what most people are looking for for a daily-use power station. With its lower 99Wh (26,756mAh) power capacity, the power station can have a smaller size; of course, it’s not the size of a power bank and is still quite large and heavy. With its 99Wh power capacity, you can charge larger devices such as tablets or laptops to full power about two times.
Using this Bluetti AC10 power station is excellent considering the form factor that it comes in, with the AC10 featuring a single 3-prong AC outlet, a USB-C Power Delivery port, and two USB-A ports.
The AC outlet has a 100W power output which is pretty incredible considering the size of this power station is small. So you’re able to power appliances that fit into the 100W range, and we found it most helpful in charging up laptops if you’re charging a DC chargeable laptop or need to connect a Power Delivery wall charger that uses more power than the one available on the power station.
The USB-C Power Delivery port has a 45W charging speed to charge most USB-C chargeable laptops. The two USB-A ports use Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging compatible Android smartphones. Not recharging-related, but this power station also has a LED flashlight that can be useful if you’re taking this on a hike or a camping trip.
The box includes a 30W PD wall charger that can recharge the power station at its max recharge speed.
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|MAXOAK 99Wh 100W AC10 Portable Power Bank Specs|
|Power Capacity||99Wh | 26,756mAh|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V/3.0A | 9V/3.0A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A (45W)|
|Both USB-A Ports||5V/2.1A | 9V/2A | 12V/1.5A (18W)|
|AC Outlet||100W | 140W Peak Power|
|Size||7.1 x 3.9 x 2.3 inches|
RAVPower 20,000mAh 80W AC Outlet Portable Power Station with PD
We have done a review for this RAVPower 20,000mAh AC power station. However, the review was for an older model that has lower specs. So, in this case, we’re recommending the newer model as that’s the one that is available now, and it’s practically identical to the model that we reviewed, but with a few upgrades to its ports and outlet.
The power capacity for this RAVPower portable power station remains the same as its 20,000mAh power capacity. It is a relatively low capacity for power stations, but when you consider the power it can output, this is more of an AC power bank.
As we mentioned, the outlet and the ports are where things got upgraded, with the AC power bank having an AC outlet that can output 80W, while the older model could only output 65W. With this higher power output, you can expect to use smaller appliances to power or simpler things such as laptop chargers like we did in our review.
The USB-C and the USB-A port on this AC power bank also get an upgrade, with the USB-C port now using a 30W Power Delivery charging speed and the USB-A port using Quick Charge 3.0. So you can use the USB-C PD port for charging USB-C laptops, something that the older model was missing as it only used a 15W USB-C port. Also, RAVPower got rid of the DC input port and made the USB-C PD port the input for recharging so that you can recharge the power bank at 30W.
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|RAVPower 20,000mAh 80W AC Outlet Portable Power Station with PD [Upgraded Model Specs]|
|3-Prong AC Outlet||80W|
|USB-A Quick Charge Port||5V⎓2.4A | 9V⎓2A | 12V⎓1.5A (18W)|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||5V⎓3A | 9V⎓3A | 12V⎓2.5A | 15V⎓2A | 20V⎓1.5A (30W)|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port Input||5V⎓3A | 9V⎓3A | 12V⎓2.5A | 15V⎓2A | 20V⎓1.5A (30W)|
|Size||6.06 x 2.72 x 2.72 inches|
MAXOAK AC50 500Wh 300W Dual AC Portable Power Station
This MAXOAK AC50 portable power station hits an outstanding balance of power and portability because it has two AC outlets and a 500Wh power capacity. Yet, the power station has easy-to-hold handles. Of course, the unit is still quite heavy, weighing 13 pounds.
The two AC outlets can take 3-prong plugs, and they both share a 300W power output; not the highest output, but it fits into a good space where you don’t have to settle with powering only low-leveled appliances, and you have more freedom with what you can power no matter where you are.
The AC50 power station has many other ways to use it, featuring USB-A ports, a USB-C Power Delivery port, a 12Volt DC carport, and two DC 12V/3.0A DC ports.
Each USB-A port has a 5V/3.0A charging rate, and the USB-C Power Delivery port has a 45W charging speed that can charge most USB-C chargeable laptops near or at their max charging speed. Our review for the AC50 used the 12Volt Cigarette lighter port to power a portable tire pump, and it worked great. The two 12V/3.0A DC ports are an okay addition to the power station if you can find a use for them, such as charging a laptop or powering appliances powered via DC.
Another way to use this power station is through the wireless charging pad at the top, and it does feature 10W fast wireless charging. All Qi wireless compatible smartphones can charge using the pad at the top.
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|MAXOAK AC50 500Wh Portable Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity (45Ah/11.V)||50,000mAh|
|USB-C Power Delivery Port||45W - 5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/2.25A|
|DC 12Volt Output (Cigarette Lighter Port)||9.6V/12.6V|10A|
|DC 12Volt Output||9.6V/12.6V|3A|
|AC Outlets||Rated Power: 300W | Peak Power: 450W|
|Wireless Charging||5W | 7.5W | 10W|
|Size||11 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches|
Suaoki 150Wh Dual AC Output 4 DC Port and 4 USB Port Power Station
The Suaoki 150Wh portable power station is one of the smallest and most capable power stations we’ve ever used. It has a lower power capacity than most other power stations on the market, and the 150Wh capacity translates to 40,500mAh if you’re using 3.7V for lower-level charging. If you’re using 11.1V, you’re getting about 11,500mAh of power.
More than the power capacity, though, how you’re able to use this power station is the best part because it has two AC outlets, four USB-A ports, and four DC ports. That’s a lot considering the power station has a low capacity. One of the outlets can take two-prong plugs, and the other can take three-prong ones. The outlets share a 150W power output.
The DC ports are a nice touch to the power station if you can find a use for them, and thankfully, the power station comes with a 12Volt cigarette lighter adapter that you can use to power certain appliances. For our test, we were able to power the tire air pump.
One of the four USB-A ports uses Quick Charge 3.0 for fast charging certain Android smartphones. The box with the power station includes an AC adapter, a 12Volt DC car adapter charger, and a DC Solar cable; all of these can be used to recharge the Suaoki portable power station.
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|SUAOKI S270 150Wh Portable Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity||150Wh (40,500mAh)|
|USB-A Ports||18W Quick Charge | 5V/2.1A (10.5W) Standard Ports|
|DC Ports||9V-12V/10A/15A | Rated Power: 120W | Max Power: 180W|
|AC Outlets||AC Modified Sine Wave Output | 100W|
|Size||7.2 x 4.3 x 4.2 inches|
Jackery PowerBar 20,800mAh AC Outlet Power Bank
Moving onto the next portable charger with an AC outlet brings us Jackery’s PowerBar 20,800mAh AC outlet power bank. This charger has a lower power capacity than many other power banks that use an AC outlet.
That said, it’s still a high-capacity power bank that allows you to charge your smartphone and a tablet to their full power multiple times over.
There are three ways to use this charger or four ways to count the two USB-A ports to be different charging methods.
Three Ways to Charge from, but No Power Delivery
So there are two USB-A charging ports, with one using Quick Charge, which allows you to charge Quick Charge compatible smartphones at their max charging speed. The other USB-A port has a 5V/2.4A charging rate and a fast standard charging speed. Something to know about the Quick Charge port is that you can still charge Non-Quick Charge compatible smartphones, and they will charge at a 5V/2.4A charging rate.
One other charging port is the USB-C port with a 5V/3.0A charging rate, and you can use a USB-C to USB-C charging cable to charge USB-C-compatible smartphones, tablets, and laptops with the USB-C port.
The USB-C port only has a 15W output and can only charge the USB-C MacBook if we’re using the USB-C port to charge laptops. Even then, a 15W charging rate for a MacBook is very slow.
A 3-Prong AC Outlet
Then there’s the 3-prong AC outlet, and with the use of 3-prongs, quite a lot of doors open up with the types of appliances you can use with this Jackery PowerBar.
The AC outlet has a 100W power output, but the 3-prong outlet combined with that much power output yields no problems with using a DC port charger that usually does make use of a 3-prong power cord connection.
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|Jackery PowerBar 20,800mAh Power Bank Specs|
|3-Prong AC Outlet Output||100W|
|Standard USB-A Port||5V/2.4A (12W)|
|Quick Charge USB-A Port||3.6V-6V/3A | 6V-9V/2A | 9V-12V/1.5A (18W)|
|USB-C Port||5V/3.0A (15W)|
|USB-C Input||5V/3.0A (15W)|
|Size||6.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 inches|