We all want more power! You know I’m referring to a portable power station to power all of your electronic devices when you are out tailgating. In our latest Tailgating Challenge we put the Westinghouse iGen600s Portable Power Station to the test.
iGen 600 Specs
-1200 peak watts
-7-9 hour charge time
-lithium ion battery
-2 AC Ports
-3 USB (2 Quick Charge)
-12V DC input
-Weight 11.3 pounds
What Can It Power?
A simple answer is anything rated at 600 watts of power or less. Items like toasters, hair dryers, microwave ovens, air fryers and blenders are items that likely won’t be able to be charged with this iGen600 portable power station.
In our testing we powered items like:
-Portable AC units
The list could continue to go on and just stay aware of what the watts of the item you are attempting to power are. If its under 600 it should be good to go.
The Westinghouse iGen600 does exactly what it says it’s going to do and brings the power. We have to remember that just because there are items that this can not power, does not mean this is a knock on this power station. The power station, or any power station for that matter, has max watts and if you are attempting to use it on an electrical item that requires more than the 600 watts then it simply was not designed for this.
Tipping the scales at just over 11 pounds this is competitive in the this size power station. The outside is no frills, just sleek looks. I like the built in flashlight that has 3 different brightness settings.
The digital display is awesome, since it can tell you both AC and DC what the watt power pull of each device that is hooked up is. If you plug in something like a blender, it may start it for just a second and then it will power off. There is a warning light on the display panel when this happens.
The owners manual says to charge this every 3 months to keep the battery fully charged, but we let ours sit for three months and used it to power our phones a few times and it is still, as we type this review, fully charged with the battery power. This is after testing multiple devices to see how they would do with this power station. This power station is still new and I’m sure over time the battery may not respond like it did in this initial test.
It can charge up to 8 devices at a time and can power up to 83 hours of lights, 11 hours of TV, 63 smartphone charges, 23 laptop charges, 87 drone charges, and 2 nights on select CPAP devices .
It can fully charge an iPhone in an hour with the USB Quick Charge.
PROS: holds charge for months, can power variety of electronics, built in flashlight, digital display, can charge up to 8 devices at a time
CONS: Westinghouse currently doesn’t make their own Solar Panel Charger
Overall, our testing of the Westinghouse iGen600 portable power station was a success. From long battery life, to the easy to read digital display, this power station is a winner to keep handy at your next tailgating party.
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Written by: Luke Lorick 7/18/21