Portable power stations are becoming a must-have for campers, outdoor enthusiasts, or anyone who likes to keep a few gadgets running during their outdoor trips or emergencies. I recently tested the BougeRV Fort 1500, a portable power station by a growing RV adventure brand.
In this review, I will share my experience and insights about its compact design, powerful battery, and recharging capabilities without the difficult lingo other reviewers like to include. I hope this review will help you decide if this power station is right for you.
The BougeRV Fort 1500 is a versatile and powerful portable power station. It’s perfect for camping, tailgating, or providing backup power at home. Its compact design and high-capacity battery make it a reliable choice. In my review, I’ll cover the key features, such as what’s in the box, weight and build, battery and ports, recharging options, and other important aspects.
BougeRV Fort 1500 Review
The BougeRV Fort 1500 power station is a compact and portable device with a 1456Wh LiFePO4 battery, providing more than 3500 cycles to 80% capacity. I found it to be a great balance of power, portability, and function.
What’s In The Box?
When I received the BougeRV Fort 1500, the box contained:
- BougeRV Fort 1500 Portable Power Station
- AC Charging Cable (XT 90)
- Car Charging Cable
- MC4 to Anderson Solar Charging Cable
- User Manual
These items allowed me to start using the power station right away. However, You need to get the solar panels separately.
Weight and Build
The BougeRV Fort 1500 power station is a solid power station with a compact design, measuring 12.6 x 9 x 13.4 inches. I appreciated its sturdy construction and the fact that it didn’t take up too much space in my vehicle or at my campsite.
The portable power station weighs 39.7 lbs (18 kg), which is a decent weight for a portable power station within the 1500 Wh power range. It’s light enough to carry short distances, the compact shape makes it easy to store in a vehicle, which makes it a great outdoor adventure gadget to have.
Battery and Ports
The power station is equipped with a 1456Wh LiFePO4 battery that offers more than 3500 cycles to 80% capacity. This means you can rely on it for long-term use without worrying about the battery losing its ability to hold a charge. I will mention, that I haven’t used it for too long yet, so I can’t say that this is a fact.
The BougeRV Fort 1500 has a wide variety of output ports, including:
- Cigarette & DC5521 Output: 14V, 10A 140W max total
- 2x USB-A Output: 5V / 2.4A 12W
- 1x USB-A QC3.0 Output: 5V / 3A, 15W; 9V / 2A, 18W
- 1x USB-C Output: 5/9/12/15/20V, 3A 60W max
These ports allowed me to charge and power multiple devices simultaneously, which can come in handy during your camping trip.
The BougeRV Fort 1500 offers several recharging options. The charging options include:
- AC Charge (XT90): 25.2V, 15A 378W max – This allows you to recharge the power station from a wall outlet at home or any other AC source.
- Car Charging: 12-45V, 8A 200W max (with a 140W input) – You can recharge the power station using your car’s 12V DC output.
- PV Solar Recharge: 12-45V, 12A 400W max – By connecting compatible solar panels (sold separately), you can recharge the power station using sunlight.
During my testing, I found these options to be very convenient, especially the solar charging, which allowed me to recharge the power station off-grid.
Other Notable Features
The BougeRV Fort 1500 power station has some additional features that I found quite helpful during my testing:
- Pure Sine Wave Inverter: The Fort 1500 is equipped with a pure sine wave inverter that ensures the delivery of stable power to your devices. This is very important when charging sensitive electronic devices, such as laptops or cameras.
- Battery Management System (BMS): The built-in BMS protects the battery from overcharging, overcurrent, short circuits, and high temps, ensuring the safety and longevity of the power station.
- LCD Display: The informative LCD display shows the remaining battery capacity, input/output wattage, and charging status.
Pros and Cons
After testing the BougeRV Fort 1500, I found the following pros and cons:
- Long-lasting LiFePO4 battery with 3500+ cycles to 80% capacity – Note: I did not have it long enough to prove it, but if this is actually true, it’s more than 6-7 times more cycles than some of the better known power station brands are offering!
- Multiple charging and recharging options for greater flexibility
- Compact and sturdy design for easy transportation and storage
- Pure sine wave inverter for clean power delivery to sensitive devices
- Built-in BMS for safety and battery protection
- Solar panels for solar charging are not included and need to be purchased separately
- Heavier than some other portable power stations, though very decent weight for its own power range
- Fewer output ports cpmpared to some other models out there
Best Solar Panel for BougeRV Fort 1500
The BougeRV Fort 1500 portable power station is designed for fast solar charging. With 400W solar charging capacity, you can fully charge the Fort 1500 in just 3.7 hours by connecting two 200W solar panels (Yuma 200W CIGS Thin-film Flexible Solar Panels or similar).
If you get some decent weather, it can be a significant feature to have. At least for me, this can actually prolong my trips as I can keep my food chilled and my gadgets charged for longer. Not to mention the ability to have a cold beer from a powered coolder like a Dometic CFX3 95 any time I want.
Although you can use other solar panels with the Fort 1500, using lower wattage panels may result in slower charging times.
How It Compares With Other Portable Power Stations
BougeRV Fort 1500 Vs. Goal Zero Yeti 1500X
Goal Zero Yeti 1500X
- Power: 1516 Wh
- Weight: 45.64 lbs.
- Dimensions: 15.3″ x 10.2″ x 10.4″ in.
- Ratings: 4.4⭐ on Goal Zero
Similarities: Both the BougeRV Fort 1500 and Goal Zero Yeti 1500X offer solar charging options, use lithium batteries, and have multiple output ports to support various devices. They also have similar power capacities and are suitable for outdoor use or as home backup batteries.
Where the BougeRV Fort 1500 fares better: The Fort 1500 has a faster solar charging time, taking just 3.7 hours with a 400W setup. Additionally, it weighs less (39.7 lbs.) compared to the Yeti 1500X (45.6 lbs.), making it easier to carry. Fort 1500 will supposedly last 7 times more lifecycles than Yeti 1500X.
Where the Goal Zero Yeti 1500X fares better: The Yeti 1500X has more output options, including a 12V regulated port and a 60W USB-C Power Delivery port. It also provides slightly more power capacity (1516 Wh) than the Fort 1500 (1456 Wh).
BougeRV Fort 1500 Vs. Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro
Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro
- Power: 1512 Wh
- Weight: 37.5 lbs.
- Dimensions: 15.1″ x 10.5″ x 12.1″ in.
- Ratings: 5.0⭐ on Jackery
Similarities: The BougeRV Fort 1500 and Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro have nearly the same weight and are similar in dimensions. Both power stations offer solar charging options and have multiple output ports for versatile use.
Where the BougeRV Fort 1500 fares better: The Fort 1500 features a LiFePO4 battery, which typically has a longer cycle life compared to the lithium-ion battery in the Explorer 1500 Pro. Fort 1500 will supposedly last 7 times more lifecycles than Yeti 1500X. Additionally, the Fort 1500 boasts faster solar charging, taking only 3.7 hours with a 400W setup.
Where the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro fares better: The Explorer 1500 Pro offers more output ports, including three AC outlets, two USB-C ports, and four USB-A ports. This provides greater flexibility when charging multiple devices simultaneously. It also has a slighly more power capacity (1512Wh vs 1456Wh).
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Mins Lukas Savela is a travel writer whose main focus is adventure travel. His passion for wildlife and nature has carried him to many countries in the world. He loves hiking the best trails on earth and sharing his experiences through writing. He hopes his experiences will help more people to start their own adventures and appreciate the world surrounding them a little bit more.
Mins Lukas Savela (also known as Lukas Saville) has written numerous articles that have been published on websites like Wandrly magazine, Go Nomad, Osprey.com, RAD Season, Wilderness Society, The Los Angeles Beat, California.com, Nature Conservancy, and many others.