Anker 767 Portable Power Station Review: Heavy hitter that’s ready for anything

ADVANTAGES:

  • More ergonomic case design
  • First power plant with GaN technology
  • Super fast charging
  • Smartphone control via Bluetooth

DISADVANTAGE:

  • Expensive
  • AC and DC input cannot be combined
  • Still no wireless charging

REVIEWS:

SUSTAINABILITY / REPAIRABILITY

EDITOR’S QUOTE:

With a more ergonomic design and a large, fast-charging battery, the Anker 767 PowerHouse can deliver all the power you need in any situation if you’re willing to make the fairly hefty investment.

We have become virtual servants of our electronic devices, as evidenced by the panic that arises when we are deprived of the power needed to run our phones, laptops and gadgets. Because of this, the market for power banks and generators continues to grow at a rapid pace, producing large batteries of any size and need. There is no one size fits all, just like different people have different energy needs. Choosing a portable power station also involves choosing between performance and, of course, portability. There might be a certain sweet spot where you don’t have to compromise too much between these two. That’s the promise of Anker’s newest 767 PowerHouse, and we’re giving it a good push and pull to see if it can actually deliver.

Designer: Anchor

aesthetics

If there’s one thing that most portable power stations have in common, it’s that they’re quite a few variations on an ice cooler design, especially the larger ones. These often come as huge rectangular boxes with handles protruding from the sides to make them easier to carry. Given their weight, that’s almost never the case, and it seems Anker finally got the message.

The new Anker 767 PowerHouse Portable Power Station deviates from the norm in one very important way. There are now two wheels on one edge, which already make it much easier to move. To this, however, Anker has added a telescoping handle that you can pull out to help you drag the power plant behind you. In other words, the Anker 767 is designed more like a suitcase, albeit one that lies on its back. It’s a definite step up from the relatively young Anker 757 PowerHouse we recently reviewed, but considering how much it weighs now, that’s a very welcome improvement.

But not only the shape has changed. The Anker 767 also ditches its predecessor’s two-tone scheme, another hallmark of this cooler design. It still has bits of silver, but now mainly as accents against a mostly black box, with touches of light blue here and there. The overall design now looks a bit more sophisticated too, like how the button of the LED bar lighting is now embedded in the strip, appearing almost invisible. The LCD screen now displays color too, which thankfully only draws a few sips from the battery. If you’re not a fan, you can always turn it off using the button on the front of the gym.

In most other cases, the design of the Anker 767 remains similar and familiar, and that’s actually a plus. All output ports are still located on the front for easy access, with the charge ports hidden behind a rear panel. There are ventilation grilles on both sides, which now come in a smarter diagonal design. All of these elements work together to give the power plant a more mature look that will hopefully inspire more confidence in Anker’s product line.

ergonomics

Anker calls the 767 PowerHouse its strongest and also its heaviest. While it’s not the biggest on the market, its 67-pound weight is no joke. Luckily, it doesn’t expect you to carry it with just muscle strength, which you can certainly do with the two side handles. This time, however, Anker uses one of mankind’s greatest inventions to lighten that burden.

Two wheels on one side and an extendable handle on the other finally give your back a much-needed rest before you actually break it from lifting such a heavy object. However, you still have to lift one side to actually roll, but it’s a far more ergonomic design than simple handles. It probably would have been better if you could pull or push the power plant without lifting it at all, but that would require four wheels and a drastic redesign of the product.

Thankfully, the same features that made the Anker 757 user-friendly are unchanged here. All the most commonly used ports and buttons are on the front, and there are no rubber flaps except on the two car sockets (yes, there are two of them!). This gives you easy, full access to the ports you need most, instead of wasting time fiddling with covers and forgetting to put them back on.

perfomance

Of course, the glory of the Anker 767 PowerHouse is its large battery, the largest the brand has to offer to date. That’s a whopping 2,048Wh battery that puts out 2,400W. That’s enough power to get you through any situation for days, whether it’s a power outage or a weekend camping trip. It’s got enough power to even run a portable fridge for about three days, not to mention multiple charges for phones and laptops. According to Anker, with the right neutral plug, you can even charge an electric car with this power station!

This battery is of course made from today’s common LiFePO4 material, which is also used in electric vehicles for its reliability and long lifespan. New to the Anker 767, however, is GaNPrime, Anker’s brand of gallium nitride technology. Without getting technical, this means that the PowerHouse is able to charge not only faster but more efficiently while reducing energy loss during operation. The Anker 767 charges from zero to full in about two hours when plugged into an outlet. With five 200W solar panels for a total output of 1,000W, the battery can be fully charged in two and a half hours. Unfortunately, Anker hasn’t yet figured out how to combine AC and solar charging for even faster charging speeds.

When it comes to output, Anker has really outdone itself this time. True, there are fewer AC ports, now just four instead of six like the Anker 757 PowerHouse, and the USB-A ports have been halved to just two. This is more in response to the changing times where more devices can be charged or powered via USB-C, and the Anker 767 has three of these, each independently putting out 100W. Oddly enough, there are also two car ports, one of which can probably be converted to a USB port with the right accessories. There’s still no wireless charging, which is unfortunate given how clean and flat the top of the power station is.

The Anker 767 is finally taking on a function that has become a staple of other portable power plants these days. It finally has a mobile app that lets you monitor the power plant’s stats and flip a few switches remotely. What’s slightly different in Anker’s implementation is that the connection between the 767 PowerHouse and your phone is via Bluetooth only. This is a huge benefit when using the portable battery outdoors as you don’t have to mess with ad hoc WiFi settings and such. Anker is a little late on this one, but as the saying goes, better late than never.

sustainability

Despite the design change, the Anker 767 PowerHouse still suffers from the same weaknesses as its predecessors when it comes to sustainability. The power plant itself is built from traditional materials, including a lot of plastic. Whatever environmental benefits it has, it came indirectly through its properties rather than its nature.

Anker still makes the same suggestion of using green energy to meet your electricity needs, provided you opt for solar charging. Of course, using batteries instead of fuel is already a huge win for sustainability, but hopefully the company doesn’t stop there. Unfortunately, it will likely be some time before Anker and its competitors go down this route of using more sustainable materials and processes, as it may not be their priority so early in the game.

However, energy efficiency and energy saving are said to be environmental gains. GaNPrime, for example, can help save energy over time and reduce the overall carbon footprint. The Anker 767 will also automatically turn off the AC output if nothing is plugged in after 15 minutes, or turn off any output port once a connected device is fully charged. These definitely help save power in the long run, but it still mostly depends on how people use the device rather than something inherent in it.

value

Given the larger battery inside and its new design and features, it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Anker 767 PowerHouse costs quite a bit, but that price may still shock you. With an MSRP of $2,199, it’s definitely one of the more expensive options with this battery capacity. And since it doesn’t exist in a bubble, it’ll be hard not to compare it to its closest competitors.

The EcoFlow Delta MAX 2000, for example, has the same 2,048Wh/2,400W LiFePO4 battery, and while it doesn’t use GaN technology, it features dual charging by using AC and solar simultaneously. It’s only slightly cheaper at $2,099 but is currently being discounted to $1,599. The Bluetti AC200MAX has a lower 2,200W output power and fewer output ports, but also features dual charging and a significantly lower starting price of $1,899. However, neither the EcoFlow nor the Bluetti competitors have wheels to make them easier to move.

There’s no denying that the Anker 767 PowerHouse lives up to its name, but that price could be an instant deal-breaker for many people. Luckily, Anker runs a lot of sale events with big discounts, so maybe it’s just a matter of bidding your time for this moment to snag it.

Verdict

When it comes to backup power, the ideal solution is a battery pack that ticks all the Ps of performance, portability and price. However, given current technologies and the economy, this is not an easy balance. The Anker 767 PowerHouse easily checks the power box with its 2,048 Wh battery and GaNPrime technology, offering efficiency and fast charging speeds in one go. Luckily, the new design also addresses portability needs by adding wheels to the package. The price, on the other hand, is a touchy subject, at least for the full standard price. It’s definitely quite an investment, but one that will easily pay off if you spend a lot more time outdoors or are always annoyed by power outages. In these situations, the Anker 767 PowerHouse Portable Power Station is actually ready to do anything to help you live a more comfortable life in any situation.

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