VigorPool Lake 300 300W 320Wh Portable Power Station
- Uses LiFePO4 batteries that have up to 2,000 charge cycles while still maintaining 80%+ efficiency
- 100W USB-C Power Delivery port and two USB-A Quick Charge ports, the power station even has wireless charging at the top
- Dual recharging available
- Screen does not have an estimated runtime
At this point, it’s a perfect time to buy a power station because they’ve improved so much over recent years that what you’re getting is worth it. Especially the price of power stations and what they feature is more in line with what you can expect, as you don’t have to spend thousands; instead, you can choose a power station specifically for your needs. One of the better types of power stations is a mid-range one that won’t break any budget but can still be helpful when needed.
In this review, I’m looking at this VigorPool Lake 300W portable power station; this unit has a 300W max output and a 320Wh battery capacity. Also, I’m happy to say this is a LiFePO4 power station, making it worth buying even more. Let’s take a closer look.
Battery & Efficiency
The first thing to know about the battery of this power station is that it uses LiFePO4 batteries. These are newer types of batteries that can last many more charge cycles. In this case, the batteries can get up to 2,000 charge cycles and maintain 80% or more of their original capacity. Suppose you’re going to buy a power station. In that case, it should have LiFePO4 batteries at this point, simply because you’re spending your money more wisely compared to power stations that still use Lithium-Ion batteries.
When it comes to power station battery capacity or any other product that uses a built-in battery, what matters most is the part of the battery you can use. This VigorPool Lake 300 has a 320Wh capacity, but you’re not able to fully use it; the same is true for any other power station on the market; this is because some power is lost through using the power station.
I did an AC capacity efficiency test to see how much battery power I could pull from the AC outlets from this VigorPool power station. I ran a large crockpot from one of the AC outlets, set it to high, and it has a 200W output, and I kept the crockpot running until the capacity of this VigorPool power station was at 0%. I used a watt meter to know how much power I could use and ended up with 270Wh, which gave me 84% efficiency when it comes to the 320Wh capacity of this power station. An 84% efficiency is pretty great, and I think it scored well.
So you can use most of the 320Wh capacity of this Lake 300 power station, but considering the 270Wh usable capacity from the AC outlets, you’ve still gotta know what you want to power and how long it will last.
A 50W appliance could last for about 5.4 hours, a 100W appliance could last for about 2.5 hours, or a 300W appliance could last 1 hour. If you want to run an appliance for a couple of hours, you have to use low-wattage appliances as this is a low-capacity power station; that doesn’t mean it’s bad; that’s just what you get with the capacity. Of course, lower capacity also means more affordable, smaller, and lightweight.
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Power output is on par with the power capacity of this VigorPool power station. The unit has a 300W max output, but let’s look closely at what each section offers.
The DC section includes a 12V/10A Cigarette lighter port and two DC 5521 ports that each have a 12V/3.0A (72W total) output. These are ports that you can find on nearly any power station and can help power or charge certain appliances.
The charging ports on this VigorPool Lake 300 power station are impressive because it has a 100W USB-C Power Delivery port and two USB-A Quick Charge ports. Many 300W power stations don’t feature 100W USB-C ports and usually only have 60W USB-C and standard USB-A ports; not even the EcoFlow River 2 has these powerful charging ports.
With the 100W USB-C port, you can charge most USB-C chargeable devices at their max speed. The two Quick Charge USB-A ports are a nice touch for those that own Android phones. In my test, I could charge a Lenovo laptop at about 25W, which is its max charging speed; at the same time, I could fast charge a Samsung Galaxy Note 9 and an LG G7.
The charging ports are perfect for a 300W power station. Also, I almost forgot that this power station also features 10W fast wireless charging at the top. I was able to fast wirelessly charge my Galaxy Note 9.
There are two AC outlets; you can plug in three-prong and two-prong appliances. As I mentioned, the max output is 300W. I tested this out using a heat gun, and as soon as the wattage went over 300W, this VigorPool power station automatically turned off.
Also, to test out that the max output is 300W, I powered a mini and large crockpot simultaneously at their high setting. With the two crockpots running, I had a 297W output going on, and after about 10 minutes, the two crockpots were still running. So this VigorPool Lake 300 power station does what it says it can, which is output 300W; you could run a mini heater from this as long as it’s within the 300W range.
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Recharging for this Lake 300 power station is good because you can use the DC input and USB-C port simultaneously to recharge the unit. The DC input port has an input speed of 90W, while the USB-C port has a 100W input speed. This power station already comes with an AC charging brick, but to get a full 100W of USB-C input power, you must provide your own 100W Power Delivery wall charger.
When I used the DC input and the USB-C port on this power station simultaneously, I got a 180W recharge speed. For a 320Wh capacity, a 180W recharge rate can get this power station back to full power in about 2 hours, from 0% to 100W. I highly recommend using this dual recharging method as single-input charging is very slow; that said, I wonder why they didn’t just make the DC input 180W altogether.
Size and Weight
This is a small power station that you can quickly move around; it has a length of 10 inches, a width of 7 inches, and a height of 8 inches. The unit weighs 9.5 pounds. The fixed large handle at the top makes it much easier to pick and move the power station around.
Using this Lake 300 power station is simple. All the usable parts at the front of the unit would include all the ports, power buttons, flashlights, and screens.
To turn on the unit, you have to hold down the main power button for a few seconds; once it’s on, you can start using the charging ports and the wireless charging at the top. The DC and AC outlet sections have their power buttons to activate them, and once activated, they also show up on the screen. Also, the flashlight has a power button with a constant on mode, SOS mode, and flashing mode.
The screen is helpful, but one major thing that it’s missing that some other newer power stations feature is an estimated runtime. This unit’s screen has the remaining capacity, output, and input wattage shown in real-time. Also, the screen is bright and easy to see even outside.
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Structure and Material
The build quality of this power station is on par with top-tier brands in the portable power source market. Sure, it’s made of plastic, but so are most other power stations. It has a solid build, and it functioned perfectly fine. Of course, don’t drop or expose it to water; you’ll be good.
On the technical side, an internal fan turns on once the power station deems it necessary. Also, the unit automatically turned off when I powered the heat gun and went over the 300W max output. So in my experience, it ran well and didn’t fry itself.
Of course, this VigorPool Lake 300 power station doesn’t have an insane amount of power to provide, but it has a good set of ports and charging power for specific low-wattage needs. The port selection is especially good with the charging pots, two AC outlets, and DC ports. The capacity is efficient, as you can use nearly all of it, and it even has dual port recharging to get it back to full power faster.
You won’t be able to power anything over 300W as long as you realize that this power station will be reliable.
|VigorPool Lake 300 Power Station Specs|
|Power Capacity||320Wh 12.8V, 25Ah|
|Battery Cell Type||LiFePO4|
|Charge Cycles||2000 cycles to 80%+capacity|
|AC Output||110V~, 60Hz Total 300W|
|DC Output||12V⎓3A Total 72W|
|DC Cigarette Lighter Port||12V⎓10A|
|Wireless Charging||5V⎓1A | 9V⎓1A|
|USB-C Port||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/5A 100W Max|
|USB-A Ports||5V/3A | 9V/2A | 12V⎓1.5A, Total 36W|
|DC Input||20V⎓4.5A, 90W Max(AC Adapter)|
|USB-C Input||5V/3A | 9V/3A | 12V/3A | 15V/3A | 20V/5A, 100W MAX|
|Size||10.03 x 7.1 x 8.26 inches|
This VigorPool Lake 300 is an excellent addition to the 300W power station market because it’s just one more model that uses LiFePO4 batteries, which are still pretty scarce in their category. Everything performed well with its capacity and output power, although I feel like app integration should be a thing for this VigorPool power station as it’s available with their higher-end model, but not this one which could make it an even more competitive product.
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Since 2016, Usman has flourished as an independent tech journalist, reveling in the evaluation of diverse tech gadgets, with a particular fondness for charging technology to ascertain product performance. Besides his journalistic endeavors, he helms the Charger Harbor YouTube channel, where he extends his tech insights to a broader audience.