Tesla stealthily launches $45 portable Powerbank; sells out within hours
Tesla may make a lot of noise about its high-end sports cars, but at its heart, Elon Musk’s firm is fundamentally a battery company.
In previous years, its developed electric engines, released solar roof panels, installed sprawling battery plants and launched home energy storage. Now, it’s made a product that is more affordable (relatively), and fits in your pocket.
In a somewhat stealth move, Tesla has launched a Powerbank in its iconic red and black colours. It uses the same kind of Lithium-ion cell found in older Tesla cars, namely a single 18650 cell with 3350mAh capacity and a 5V/1.5A output.
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The Tesla Powerbank has an integrated USB and Apple Lightning cable connector, as well as a detachable micro USB but doesn’t come with a USB-C attachment. We can only expect a future model will make that addition in a bid to warrant charging extra money.
Now, when we said it was affordable, we meant relatively speaking when compared to other Tesla products. It’s certainly one of the easiest and cheapest ways to get your hands on a piece of the brand. However, that doesn’t mean it’s cheap. The Tesla Powerbank will set you back $45 and only currently ships in the US and Canada.
At the time of writing, the Powerbank is also showing as Out of Stock (after being available first thing this morning) so it seems the price hasn’t put any Tesla fans off.