DaranEner Neo2000 2073Wh 2000W LiFePO4 Power Station
- 2073Wh battery capacity is efficient and the power station uses LiFePO4 batteries that can last 3,500+ charge cycles and still maintain 80%+ efficiency
- 2000W AC output can power nearly all appliance in your home
- Fast 1600W AC recharging, and 600W solar recharging; the power station is built incredibly well and features an informative screen
- Solar input requires higher voltage solar panels to actually be able to sola recharge, so just any solar panel won't work
High capacity and high power output power stations are awesome; the one setback for consumers is the price, but just knowing what a portable power station can do makes the price more reasonable. At this point, high-capacity power stations can have capacities that can last for days, depending on what you’re powering from them, and the wattage output can power nearly any appliance in your home.
In this review, I’m looking at this DaranEner Neo2000 power station. This one comes from a new brand, but don’t let that fool you; this Neo2000 power station has everything that you could need for either an emergency, you can use it as an everyday type of power source, or you can place it in your car for powering things when you’re on a road trip. The Neo2000 has much to offer, so let’s look closer.
The DaranEner Neo2000 power station has a 2073Wh capacity; not much surprise there, considering its name. This is a ton of power to use, and it can last for a very long time if you’re powering appliances within the 100W to 200W range, and I’ll get more into that in just a second. What matters most is how efficient the capacity is on this power station, meaning how much of the 2073Wh capacity you can use.
So to figure out the efficiency, I ran a DC and AC capacity test with the power station. I first ran the DC capacity test with a load tester via the DC cigarette lighter port on the Neo2000 power station. The load tester was pulling about 120W, and I had it run until the power station went from 100% to 0%. After 15 hours, I had a 1801Wh DC capacity, which gave me about 86% efficiency. So the DC capacity is excellent, and you can use most of the initial capacity that this power station has.
For the AC capacity side, I used a watt meter to measure the watt hours, and I ran a heater on its high setting, which pulled about 1350W, and I ran the heater until the power station went to 0%. I got a 1630Wh capacity, which gave me about 78% efficiency. An AC capacity efficiency for a power station will always be lower, which is no different here. However, a 78% capacity efficiency is still very good and on the higher side for a power station like this one.
Overall, you can use most of the 2073Wh capacity of this DaranEner Neo2000 power station. As I mentioned before, for the DC capacity test, I ran the load tester at 120W, which lasted for about 15 hours; if you’re powering appliances within the 100W or less range, this power station can easily have a runtime of 10+ hours. You could potentially run a light source for days.
When using higher-wattage appliances such as a heater, you could run it for about 1.5 hours if the power station is at full power. Other appliances such as power tools, toasters, microwaves, coffee makers, and others with high wattage needs but run for a certain amount of time won’t be draining too much power simply because 2073Wh is a lot of power.
Another quick note I wanted to make is that this Neo2000 power station also uses Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) batteries that can last 3,500 charge cycles and still maintain 80%+ of their efficiency. Compared to regular Lithium-Ion batteries, LiFePO4 batteries are a huge upgrade. Most modern date power stations use these types of battery cells, which is the standard.
Output options for this Neo2000 power station are plentiful, with the unit featuring three AC outlets, four USB-A Quick Charge ports, two 100W USB-C Power Delivery (PD) ports, four DC5521 ports, and a single DC cigarette lighter port. Also, there is a wireless charging pad at the top.
I didn’t have any appliances to test out within the cigarette lighter port, but I did use the load tester when I ran the DC capacity, and I was able to pull the 120W load that the DC ports are rated for.
The charging ports on this Neo2000 power station are excellent, with four USB-A Quick Charge ports and two 100W USB-C PD ports. For my testing, I was able to charge my Excitrus power bank at 100W from one of the USB-C ports, and I was able to charge my Baseus power bank at 65W from the other USB-C port; at the same time, I was able to fast charge my Galaxy Note 9 from one of the USB-A ports.
The charging ports fit the standard of a high-capacity power station, and you’ll be able to fast charge most laptops, tablets, and phones from it. The wireless charging pad at the top of the power station is rated to output 5W, 7.5W, and 10W; in my case, I could fast wirelessly charge a Galaxy Note 9 from the charging pad.
The three AC outlets on this power station can output 2000W of Pure Sine Wave, which is a lot of power. I powered the Lasko heater on its high setting for my test, which ran great at 1350W.
At the next AC outlet, I powered two Lasko heaters, and in this case, I set one heater to high and the other to low; the power station’s output was about 2050W. I ran the two heaters simultaneously at the 2050W output for 10 minutes, and the power station kept supplying power. After 10 minutes, I set the heater that was on low to high, and the power station reached an output of about 2500W, and then it automatically shut down.
So I would consider this power station to have a max limit of about 2050W for output which is excellent.
I tested the other AC outlet with a 1100W toaster and a 1000W electric cooktop. They placed some bagels in the toaster, and I boiled four cups of water in a saucepan with the electric cooktop and powered them both from this power station. I ended up with a 1760W output from powering both appliances simultaneously.
From powering heaters and two kitchen appliances, it’s safe to say that you can power nearly anything in your home with this power station.
Recharging the DaranEner Neo2000
The recharging for this Neo2000 power station can be done from either the AC input or the XT60 input port for solar recharging. AC recharging is the fastest way to recharge this power station, with AC recharging maxing out at 1600W, which can get the power station from 0% to 100% in about 1.5 hours. That is blazing fast.
Solar recharging is also available with a max solar recharge rate of 600W; the power station comes with an AC charging cable, an MC4 to XT60 cable, and a USB-C to USB-C cable.
Size and Design
Since this Neo2000 power station has a 2073Wh capacity and a 2000W output, it’s pretty large and heavy. This isn’t the type of power station you can easily hold and move around for a long time. It’s more of a pickup and place down and then use type of power station.
The unit has a length of 18 inches, a width of 10 inches, and a height of 13 inches. The power station weighs 56 pounds. So it’s a heavy one, and thankfully, two large thick handles at either side of the unit make it easier to hold.
When it comes to using the power station, there are two main power buttons, there is a button next to the AC outlets, and you have to hold it down to turn on the AC outlets. The button next to the charging ports turns on the charging and DC ports, and you must also hold it down.
The thing to note about the AC outlets is that once you have them on, the internal fan is also on; that said, the great thing about the internal fan noise is that it’s very quiet. Also, the design choice of having covered the AC outlets, DC ports, and input ports is a pretty nice touch, some may find it bothersome, but honestly, it keeps the ports safe.
Once you turn on the power station, you also have a center screen to look at. The screen shows the remaining battery capacity, estimated runtime, what’s activated on the power stations, output wattage, input wattage, and other bits of info. The screen is bright enough to see outside; it is great to see if you want to know what’s happening with the power station.
An LED flashlight and its power button are at the back of the power station; the flashlight has high, low, flashing, and SOS modes.
This DaranEner Neo2000 power station’s build can be described as tough. It’s not exactly marketed as a rugged power station, but the unit has this sort of thick solid feeling, along with the covering for the AC outlets, DC port, and input ports; I think there is some protection against dust and water. That said, the charging ports are not very protected.
Also, the vents for the internal fans are covered very well because they’re curved and can barely be seen. The internal fans were also very quiet, even when I pushed this power station to its limit.
|DaranEner Neo2000 2073Wh 2000W LiFePO4 Power Station Specs|
|Battery Cell Type||LiFePO4|
|Charge Cycles||3500+ Cycles to 80% Original Capacity|
|AC Output||2000W (Max. 3000W) 100-120V 50Hz/60Hz|
|Car Socket Output||Max. 120W (12V⎓8A)|
|USB-A Ports x 4||Max 24W|
|USB-C Ports x 2||100W Each|
|Wireless Charging Pad||5W / 7.5W / 10W|
|AC Input||Max. 1600W (110V/15A)|
|Solar Input||Max. 600W (XT60 port 33~60V/20A)|
|Size||18.7 × 13.6 × 10.2 inches|
The DaranEner may be a new name in portable power sources, but don’t let that fool you; this Neo2000 power station is incredibly powerful and capable. A 2000W max output can power nearly any appliance, the 2073Wh capacity is a lot, and it can power nearly any appliance for hours, and the best part is that it uses LiFePO4 batteries.