Flashfish A301 portable power station review – “We may be small, but we are mighty.”
REVIEW – It’s weird reviewing a small portable power station right after testing a monster power generator—the Generark HomePower 2 power station. But if you’re serious about being able to weather storms (pun intended), then smaller generators can be as useful as their larger, more powerful cousins. Sometimes, you just need something you can easily carry from room to room to power Smart devices or other less power-hungry gadgets.
It’s in this affordable arena where competition is fierce. You have the “big boys”: Jackery, Bluetti, and EcoFlow as examples. But there are also many smaller brands that have come out with interesting and unique spins on these types of products. Flashfish is in that category. They may not be as well known, but they’ve certainly created something interesting with the A301 portable power station.
What is it?
The Flashfish (who named this company?) A301 portable power station is a powerful, light, and affordable generator that’s easy to use and easier to carry. There are plenty of ports. The front panel features one 100-watt USB-C, two USB A, one quick-charge USB A, and two 12V DC output ports. The side has two AC (wall plug) outlets—one regular and one grounded.
It’s the back panel that’s the interesting part. The middle of the back panel suits a 4 in. LED “flashlight”. This light has low and medium brightness settings, but the high mode is almost blindingly bright. It can easily light up a bedroom. Depending on how you press the single lighting button, the light will flash an SOS signal or Rapid strobe. Long-press the button and a real flashlight bulb in the center of the LED circle lights up. I can picture using the bright SOS mode if you’re stranded after a car accident or lost and need to be located.
The top panel features a 10-watt wireless charger. Just drop a smartphone on the pad and it will automatically charge if your device supports wireless charging.
What’s in the box?
Design and features
The Flashfish A301 portable power station may not be the best-looking power station available, but it gets the job done—and does it well. The dark-gray and orange color scheme screams “Jackery”, although the design is all Flashfish. The exterior is covered in tough plastic that looks like it can be roughed up without much fuss. Just don’t get water or dirt in the ports—they’re not protected.
The front ports are strange but interesting. If you plug anything into the USB A ports, the A301 will automatically power on (why can’t all power stations do that?). But if you plug in the USB-C cord or any 12V DC adapter—nothing happens. You have to press the power button. You also have to press the front AC button after pressing the front panel on/off button in order to use the side panel outlets.
Another unusual thing is that while charging the A301, you cannot use either the AC or QC USB A ports. However, you can use the other USB A, USB-C, and DC ports.
The front panel of the Flashfish A301 portable power station has a built-in monochrome LED panel. The info shines bright against the black background, making it easy to read, although some of the info text is small. The screen shows the percentage of battery life remaining, a wireless icon, whether the A301 is drawing or outputting power, and which port is being used at any time.
The A301 is rated at 292-watt hours (Wh), meaning it will run a 300-watt device for one hour. It can power a device up to 320 watts without shutting down. That roughly translates to charging a smartphone up to 28 times, a laptop 3 times, an iPad 8 times, or a 30-watt mini fan for 9 hours. So you can see that the Flashfish can be quite useful during a blackout.
Charging the Flashfish A301 portable power station is easy. To keep its weight down the power cord has a power brick attached—but then most other battery power generators have them, also.
Carrying the Flashfish A301 portable power station indoors and outdoors is easy. Its small size and lightweight make it easy to pack for a car trip or weekend camping. It’s even great for backyard adventures or any place around the house not in range of an outlet. For 260, it’s great insurance to stay connected to the world.
One thing worth noting is that Flashfish makes solar panels that will charge the A301. Flashfish did not provide a solar panel for this review, so I can’t say how effective it is. However, like all solar panels, they need constant, bright sun to be truly effective—which rules out many areas of the country.
What I’d change
Power generators do not have to be huge in size, power—and especially cost—to be effective. Sometimes. you just need enough power to charge some stuff and nothing more. That’s why smaller generators are gaining in popularity. They are useful, cheap (for what they are), and can keep us connected for hours after the power goes out. And the power always goes out occasionally. Generators like the Flashfish A301 perfectly fill this need.
Price: 259.99 US Where to buy: Amazon Source: The sample of this product was provided by Flashfish.
Flashfish E200 test: Big powerbank or mini powerstation?
In view of rising energy prices, more and more people feel the need to become a little more independent of the public power supply. So it’s no surprise that the demand for so-called power stations as modern emergency power generators has increased immensely this year. But the power generators are not only available as large-format energy storage units in wheeled suitcase format. On top of that, well-known manufacturers such as Bluetti, Ecoflow or Jackery also offer their models in small format. A rather unknown lightweight in the field of power stations is the Flashfish E200. How the handy energy storage device performs in practice, you can read in the Flashfish E200 test.
|151 Wh (40,800 mAh)
|110V (US plug). 220V (EU plug)
|2x Quick Charge 3.0 5V/2.4A
|MAX input 18V-24V
|5-6 hours (with 15V/2.5A adapter)
|Continuous power AC
|AC peak power
|Dimensions and weight
|208 x 110 x 158 mm and 1.85 kg
Scope of delivery
Small power station, small package. Accordingly, you shouldn’t expect any big surprises when it comes to the scope of delivery.
Included instead are the usual accessories in the form of:
- Flashfish E200
- Power supply
- car charger
- Cigarette lighter adapter
- USB light
Flashfish E200 review: design and workmanship
The design language that Flashfish speaks here can be quickly understood. Thus, the manufacturer wants to bring a power station to the start, which can also find space in the backpack thanks to its compact dimensions. With a size of 208 x 110 x 158 mm as well as a weight of just 1.85 kg, it is ideally suited for quick and uncomplicated mobile use.
The fact that this is primarily intended to be used outdoors is not only evident from the outdoor look, which may remind some people of a classic construction site radio. Above all, the carrying handle on the top makes it clear that it wants to be taken along for the quick barbecue or a spontaneous camping trip.
On the front you will not only find the easily recognizable display and the red toggle switch, which can’t be overlooked, with the help of which the powerstation is switched on and off. On top of that, you’ll find the ports for your electronic devices here. On the sides are the ventilation slots, which effectively prevent overheating.
On the left side you’ll find the DC input, which is used to charge the battery of the powerstation. This is not only possible with the help of the included charging options. You can also connect a solar panel to the small power station. This makes you self-sufficient from an external power source even when you’re on the go.
Display is not very informative
The fact that we are in the entry-level class of powerstations here is not only evident from the price alone. A look at the display also reveals this. The manufacturer not only does without a color display here. On top of that, it doesn’t really provide much information. You can read the battery status, but that’s about it.
Since many powerstations now have displays that also give information on outgoing and incoming power, we find this a bit of a shame. Especially when you connect a solar panel, you would already like to know how much power is currently being absorbed by the battery.
Despite its handy size, the Flashfish E200 offers a pleasing variety of connections. However, given its battery capacity of just 151 Wh (40,800 mAh), you should choose the number of connected devices wisely when the nearest power outlet is not yet in sight and the sun is not shining. However, I do not want to criticize the compact power station in any way. Of course, competitors like the Jackery Explorer 1000 PRO now offer about seven times the capacity.
But in return they weigh and cost significantly more. Here you simply have to know what is more important to you, and I can imagine that the Flashfish E200 should be perfectly sufficient for many users as an oversized powerbank. In terms of ports, the small power station offers 1x AC output, 2x 12-volt DC outputs, and 3x USB hubs. Two of the USB ports offer Fast Charging with a maximum power of 18 watts. I find the reading lamp that Flashfish includes with its small powerstation practical.
This finds room in one of the USB ports. However, the manufacturer should have given the concept of a reading lamp a second thought here. Since the USB ports are all on the front of the power station, the lamp shines straight up without exception. Consequently, you would have to put the Flashfish E200 on its side to actually use it as a reading lamp.
Flashfish E200 review: the practice
The most important question is, of course, how the small power station performs in everyday use. And here there is actually hardly anything to complain about. Only in the processing of the socket in the form of the 200 V connection, I had to turn up my nose a bit when plugging in my notebook power supply. Somehow, it doesn’t feel as good as higher-priced models like an EcoFlow River Pro (test) or EcoFlow Delta Pro (test). Finally, my notebook power supply wobbled a bit while it was plugged in. But the power station definitely provided the most important thing: power.
So my notebook charged up quickly as usual. And not only that. The USB ports also reliably power my devices. Since the Flashfish E200 can output a total power of 200 watts according to its name, it does not reach its limits with smaller devices like several smartphones as well as notebooks. With its 40,800 mAh hours, it can fully charge an iPhone 14 Pro (test) about 12 times, for example. If the power station is then overloaded after all, because the maximum power is exceeded, it switches off automatically.
Flashfish E200 Test: Conclusion
What the Flashfish E200 ultimately is, is in the eye of the beholder. Some may see an oversized powerbank in the small energy dispenser. Others call it a small-sized power station. Personally, I see it as a handy energy storage device that can be used to charge electronic devices outdoors. I really like the option of charging the integrated battery not only via a power outlet, but also via a solar panel, which is anything but a matter of course in this price and size category. Finally, we can only complain a bit about the built-in power socket and the reduced display. While one seems a bit shaky, I miss important information on the other. All in all, however, the Flashfish E200 is a good power station at an extremely attractive price.
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FlashFish A301 Overview
The package contains the power station, car charger, PD Type-C charging cable, car charger socket, AC power, and the instruction manual.
The front of the unit has ports for DC 12V, PD100W (Type-C), DC 12V, USB1, USB 3.0, and USB2, along with the AC and power buttons.
The side of the unit has ports for two AC outputs and a DC port for charging.
The other side has fins for a fan to blow out hot air.
The back has a large light with different brightness and flashing modes.
The top of the unit has wireless charging to charge any compatible devices such as smartphones.
FlashFish A301 Battery Size and Charge Time
The power charging port is located on the side of the unit and will start to charge once plugged in.
The FlashFish A301 uses a lithium battery rated at 292Wh (Watt Hours).
A Watt hour is a measurement for power over an hour to give an idea of how long a device will last while in use. It is rated to fully charge in 3.5 hours when plugged into an AC outlet.
The unit can also be charged from a car battery or solar panels, which will take longer.
A car charger is also included to charge the unit from a vehicle’s cigarette lighter which would be handy while on the go.
FlashFish A301 AC Outlet Power
The unit has two pure sine wave AC outlets with a rated 320W.
Pure sine wave inverters convert DC voltage to AC voltage that most closely matches power from a standard home AC wall outlet.
Many devices require a pure sine wave to work, such as audio and video equipment, satellite systems, computers, and more. 320W can run many small devices such as laptops, TVs, small fans, and so on.
Before powering a device, it is usually best to check the Watts it requires to run with most devices labeled.
The FlashFish A301 will go into protection mode and automatically shut down if the Watts exceed the rated 320 Watts.
To test the AC outlets, I plugged in a TV and Android TV box, which had no problems powering. The AC button on the front of the unit is pressed, which will turn on the AC outlet power.
FlashFish A301 USB Charging Ports
There is a total of 6-DC charging ports, including one 100W USB-C port, two DC ports, two USB-A ports, and one QC 3.0 port.
This gives the unit a lot of charging power for smartphones, tablets, earbuds, smartwatches, and more. The USB Type-C port supplies a continuous 100W max which can fast charge small devices.
Plugging a device into any of the ports the unit automatically detects it and starts charging.
The FlashFish A301 DC-Ports have a rated 168W of charging output. If the power draw goes higher, it will automatically go into protection mode and shut down.
The average smartphone uses roughly 10-20 Watts to charge, which will vary on battery size and charging technology.
This gives the DC-ports a lot of charging output for multiple devices.
FlashFish A301 Wireless Charging
The top of the unit has a 10W wireless charging station that can charge wireless-capable devices.
This makes it very handy to charge a compatible smartphone quickly without any cables. The wireless charging is easy to use and starts charging a smartphone once placed on top.
FlashFish A301 LED Light
On the back is a large LED light that is very bright and can work in six different modes.
Modes include 3-brightness levels, SOS mode, flashing/strobe mode, and spotlight mode. The light works very well and would be good in many scenarios, from an emergency to camping.
Summary The FLASHFISH A301 is a good power station with a big capacity battery and multiple charging ports.
This makes it a good unit in various situations, from camping to long trips or emergencies such as a power outage.
It worked very well while testing the unit, charging all the small devices I have, from smartphones to a smartwatch.
The AC output also worked well with the unit powering on a flat-screen TV and Android TV box.
The fan on the side intermittently comes on when the AC is being used to keep the unit from overheating.
At the back of the unit is a large LED light that has different modes, which can give out a lot of light if needed.
Many users of small power stations will use a small solar panel kit to help keep the unit charged, which I have not been able to test yet.
I am still testing the unit so far with good results and will update if anything changes.
As always, be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.