As battery technology has improved, we’ve seen backup battery packs really expand what they’re able to do. While we’ve all got some batteries to charge our phones on the go, those that can really keep things going in the event of an extended power outage – or while you’re camping off-grid – may not be as common. We’ve just recently become aware of one option – the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro – that has us very interested.
What is the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro?
At it’s core, the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro is a giant battery pack (more on that in a moment) that is about the size of a lunchbox cooler. These aim to be very versatile and portable, and provide a viable alternative to a noisy gas generator (unless you’re trying to run, say, a refrigerator). While not everyone may feel the need for these, if you’ve ever gone through an extended power outage, you’ll realize the value that something like this can provide.
Why we think it’s great
Frankly, you’ve got a lot of options out there in the market. If you stroll the aisles of your local Costco or home improvement store, you’ll see a lot of options, quite likely from brands you’ve never heard of. Of course, Runhood may be in that category as well, as they just started up in 2021. Still, for a young brand, what we really like is the fact that their system is designed with removable batteries.
At it’s core, the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro can take up to two of their 324 Wh battery bricks. These are user swappable / replaceable, meaning that as you go through charge cycles, you’ll be able to swap them for fresh batteries – or even swap in spares to keep the camping party going, whether you’re powering an electric griddle or just some tunes (and your phone).
Even more great things
Obviously, the batteries are at the core of the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro. The cooler-sized device gives you two AC (you know, regular old plugs you use at home) that can provide up to 600W of power. You also get to USB-A ports, and another two USB-C ports. Wait, that’s not enough? Well, if you get the whole Runhood Rallye 600 Pro setup, you’re getting modules that can clip onto your spare batteries, giving you another AC port or double your USB connections. The fact that you can use their batteries outside of the main “cooler” is just amazing flexibility that we really appreciate.
How do you charge the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro?
Well, as you might expect, the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro makes use of a standard power brick that you plug into the wall. Want to charge it more quickly? Well, you can use a USB-C power adapter and plug that in at the same time, and get even more electrons flowing in (just don’t try to charge off of the Rallye at the same time).
What about when you’re driving to the campsite? Well, you’ve got a DC adapater that can plug in in your car to trickle charge things on the go. And if that’s not enough, the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro also comes with a 100W solar panel, which is great for camping – or those long emergency-induced power outages. In short, you’re not, well, short of any way to charge up these batteries (which can be charged in – or out – of the Rallye enclosure).
Want to get one?
Well, you most definitely can. You can get the whole package – the Runhood Rallye 600 Pro – which has all of the components Runhood makes. It’s premier, but for what you get (including 4 battery packs and the solar panel) makes the sale price of $1,199 seem like a good value for what you’re getting. Want to try out the ecosystem, but not drop that much coin? You can get the version without the solar, extra batteries, and accessories for $699. You could also pick up a single battery (with plug adapter) for $235. All in all, we really like what we see here, and we’re working on getting in a review unit so we can test this out for you all. In the meantime, check it all out over at runhoodpower.com