Anker has gained popularity for its smartphone power adapters and USB cables, but now, the company is venturing into a new field. During the ReCharge event held in New York City on Tuesday, Anker unveiled a new line of products under the name “Solix”. This line has been developed to keep your home powered even in the absence of a grid. Moreover, the company is also offering a battery for use with its DIY balcony-mounted solar panel solution, thus ensuring stored energy independence, even for apartment dwellers and renters.
Anker’s announcement showcased a Tesla Powerwall-like home solar energy storage system that is capable of powering all your home appliances. The system has been designed to be modular and can accommodate as little as 5kWh of power or as much as 180kWh of battery capacity, which is similar to the size of Rivian’s R1T Max Pack battery. For comparison, Tesla’s Powerwall 2 is fixed at 13.5kWh and has a variable cost of approximately $11,500 per unit installed.
Anker hasn’t disclosed the pricing for the Solix battery. However, the company plans to make the system compatible with existing solar panels or provide new ones. The LFP batteries used in this system are stacked vertically in modules, and the system’s brain controls the power flow. The device is also connected to a smartphone app. Anker plans to launch the product globally in 2024.
Anker has been selling solar panels designed to work on balconies in Germany, and it is now introducing a new battery pack called “Solarbank” that can work with it throughout Europe. It is expandable from 1.6 kWh to 3.2 kWh and works with most existing micro-inverters, including the one bundled with Anker’s Solix Balcony Solution. Plug Anker’s inverter directly into any standard home power socket to feed energy back to your appliances, with any excess energy diverted to the battery. With this, European apartment and condo dwellers can enjoy home energy storage while sacrificing walk-out space.
Anker is now also using the Solix brand name on current products such as its $2,000 F2000 rollaway suitcase portable power station (also called 767 PowerHouse). The device has a 2048Wh battery, which can be doubled with an additional expansion battery and can be charged using an optional 200W solar panel generator accessory.
If you are interested in getting a home battery solution from Anker, you can start a conversation with the company’s consultants through their website today. Home energy storage is a fast-growing market, and companies such as EcoFlow and Anker are making it look more accessible.