This is the Ultimate TopNotch Audew 220wh Power Station Review 2020…
In this comprehensive review we’ll cover:
- Power delivery
- Design and Durability
- A comparison with other products
- Lots more…
So if you want a simple device that serves up enough power for a weekend outdoor trip, you’ll love this guide.
Let’s get started.
- Dependable power delivery
- Built to last long
- A great looking generator
- An easy-to-use interface
- Five LED indicators
- Good for CPAP devices
- Slight noise while operating
- The charging time is higher than competitors
Our Verdict: Audew 220wh Power Station
In most cases, first impressions do matter.
The Audew solar generator impressed us with a smart look and a nice range of features.
Small and compact, it packs just enough power to keep appliances like laptops, tablets, and even mini-refrigerators running.
There’s inverter technology that keeps the output steady and a battery management system to keep the device safe.
Moreover, the lithium-ion battery can be charged from a standard AC wall outlet, car battery, and standard solar panels.
When you consider the price, it’s a value for money choice for those on a budget.
But that’s not the complete story.
Basically, the lithium-ion battery isn’t the best in this category.
Firstly, the overall efficiency is on the lower side.
Next, charging through solar panels is a long process.
To make things worse, the long term reliability of the device isn’t a strong point either.
This isn’t our TopNotch recommendation when you’re looking for the very best.
Still, it’s a solar battery generator that has quite a few things going for it and of course – its still in our Top 10.
So let’s get down to business.
Related: 10 Best Solar Generators
Analysis Comparisons and Test Results
In our review trip, we put all our solar choices through the same range of tests to compare their performances.
However, due to the variable power output of the products we modified a few aspects to level the playing field.
Strictly speaking, the Audew portable generator isn’t a power generator in the strict sense of the word. It comes with a battery that can be charged through solar panels.
Then again, that’s true for almost all the devices we tested.
Actually, the combination of high-quality solar panels and battery would affect the overall size as well as the price of a device.
But that’s another story.
Let me walk you through the rest of the review.
Value for Money
This is an area where the portable battery delivers a good performance.
To start with, it packs all the best features needed in a good solar battery.
That includes a steady power supply, all-round safety, and excellent connectivity.
Value for Money Rating
Next, you get an affordably priced package to wrap things up.
And to top it off, there’s the TopNotch power to weight ratio.
The lightweight design makes carrying the unit around a breeze.
At last, here’s a battery that’s a hiker-friendly option.
Honestly, the overall durability isn’t the best but it’s pretty good of course.
There are multiple ports for all-round connectivity. That means smooth charging for a whole lot of smaller electronics.
Clearly, the power output is only good enough for smaller electronics. If you need more power try the Goal Zero Yeti 1400, our Top Pick.
There are multiple charging options but the solar charging speed isn’t the best.
Stick to AC power charging if you’re in a rush.
On the whole, it offers a strong performance under this metric. It’s a good choice for those looking for an optimum balance of price and performance.
I think you’ve already guessed it.
Yes, the output power isn’t a strong point of the Audew device.
Let’s look at the figures…
It offers 200W of steady power and 250 Watts of peak power.
Output Power Rating
Quite simply, that’s not sufficient for power-hungry devices.
On a campsite, it’ll comfortably charge a few smartphones, a laptop, and a few LED lights.
The thing is, we’ve seen the issue of power loss in quite a few generators. The Audew generator power station doesn’t have a high output efficiency.
If you stretch it towards the limits, the battery will discharge at a fast rate.
Just pick a steady output of 150 to 170 Watts and it’ll be in its comfort zone right there.
As I already mentioned, the speed of solar charging is pretty slow. A 100 Watt panel will take anywhere between 15 to 20 hours depending on the light conditions.
Next, we charged it up through a wall socket and the battery took close to nine hours to achieve a full charged.
Not the fastest performance in this category.
… the output power delivery was smooth and the inverter technology delivers a pure sine wave.
We charged a laptop, a smartphone, and then hooked up a few LED lamps. It powered the lamps for six hours before running out.
In case you want the best battery performance at a modest price, we suggest the Jackery 240, our Best Value Pick.
Durability & Workmanship
Here’s the interesting part…
Audew mentions they use military-grade aluminum alloy to make the casing.
That makes it highly resistant to corrosion.
That also makes it very lightweight.
Durability & Workmanship Rating
At 5.5 pounds, it’s one of the lightest models we tested.
On top of that, this portable solar battery is very compact. Its just 13.39 x 7.87 x 5.12 inches.
A big thumbs up from the TopNotch team for that.
For charging, there are 2 AC outlets, 2 DC outputs, and 2 USB ports.
Keep in mind though that none of the USB ports is Type C.
The ports come without a cover, so make sure there’s no chance of water getting in them.
In addition, there are 5 LED lights for indicating the power levels.
Not to forget, the overall ease of use is TopNotch.
Now, this is important…
The solar generator comes with a universal AC socket. That really makes things easy if you need to connect electronics with different sockets.
Last but not the least, it’s designed to be a versatile performer. As long as you use it within its limitations it’ll be good for you at home or for a camping and car trip.
So its performance in this metric was as good as the Jackery 240, our Best Value Choice.
Dependability & Reliability
Reliability is important for any solar generator or battery.
So how did the Audew perform?
Not so good.
Firstly, for it to be dependable, the battery has to deliver a TopNotch performance in the long run.
Dependability & Reliability Rating
The lithium-ion battery is marked as “high density” but we didn’t find any mention of the details about its life cycle.
And the feedback from the users does mention some power losses with time.
But that’s not all.
You can’t use this device (the AC and the USB outlets) while charging. That’s a disadvantage we can’t really overlook. Nor do we want to.
On the plus side, there’s a pure sine wave output that’s good for smaller appliances.
Also, the battery management system is a useful addition. It provides protection from over-current and over-voltage.
We didn’t find the device heating up to alarming levels. The cooling system works efficiently and there’s also over-temperature protection.
Fact check: The aluminum casing helps with better heat transmission.
You do get a 12-month warranty.
But the point is…
The competitors are offering longer.
Last but not the least, the user feedback mentions that it has a tendency to lose charge when stored.
Frankly, we have doubts about the overall battery performance in the long run.
Noise is one thing that we don’t expect from solar generators.
Matter of fact…
Most of the devices we tested were good performers under this metric
Unfortunately, that’s not the case with the Audew solar generator.
Obviously, it’s not as noisy as a gas-powered device. It will definitely not disturb your neighbors or the silence of a campsite.
But the fact is, the noise suppression quality is not on par with the competitors.
Actually, this was most evident when we connected the device with AC appliances. There was some noise from the inverter that we didn’t notice with any of the others we tested.
Likewise, when we connected it with a solar panel there was some noise.
Surprisingly, the cooling system wasn’t so noisy. So when we stretched the device, there wasn’t much fan-noise.
So the Audew product ended up the lowest under this metric.
If you’re looking for a super-silent solar battery, stick to our Top Picks.
Our Final Verdict: Audew 220wh Power Station
Conclusion: Audew 220wh Power Station
Here’s a recap of the Audew 220wh Power Station review.
If your power needs aren’t on the higher side, this portable power source will serve you well. In fact, it’s designed for smaller appliances really.
And the biggest advantage is…
The low weight and superb portability. You can easily take it to remote sites.
On top of that, the top-class durability adds to the overall value.
Apart from a solar panel, you can also charge it from other sources like an AC outlet.
Two more things that the TopNotch team liked – the superb ease of use and the pure sine wave output through the inverter.
But the story doesn’t end here.
The battery quality and performance are two things that let the device down. There were losses in energy output and the noise levels were way too high.
Moreover, the solar charging time is just too long.
Quite simply, for a TopNotch long-term performance, we wouldn’t bet on this device.
Finally, we’ve done the hard work so you don’t have to – you now know as much about the Audew as us, and now it’s time for you to make your choice…
…will it be the Audew 220wh Power Station or our Editor’s choice!