EGO Nexus power plants offer a balance of customizable capacity, power and price
The EGO Nexus Power Station powers lithium-ion power with its unorthodox modular design. I say unorthodox because before the power tool companies started getting in the game, most battery inverters had large internal batteries.
- Capable of Powering Many 15A Tools
- Flexible Li-Ion power options – use one to four EGO 56V batteries in any combination of capacities
- Virtually silent, emission-free power supply
- 2000W continuous power can handle surges up to 3000W
- Easy to replace/upgrade battery
- Large and bright LCD display
- Simple yet useful app provides controls and more details
- Firmware updates provide easy and free upgrades
- Roll cage for extra protection
- Solar Adapters Now Available
- Onboard capacity is well below the maximum for some brands
- Will not exceed start-up surge for all 15 amp motors
The system is a far cry from the EGO Nexus Escape, which puts out 150 watts. The EGO Nexus power station can output up to 2000 watts continuous and 3000 watts peak. These are pure sinusoidal surge watts at over 50% of their continuous output rating, well beyond the capabilities of a 2000 watt gas generator/inverter.
The Power Station runs on any combination of EGO 56V batteries. The EGO battery inverter has 4 ports, but you don't have to use all of them. You can use just one if you want. The battery type determines your maximum power output. It operates at 600W on a 1P battery pack (2.0 or 2.5 Ah). It uses 2P (5 Ah) batteries to deliver up to 1200 watts of output power. To get 2000 watts max, you'll need to run at least one 3P (7.5 Ah) battery or equivalent from a smaller battery pack.
It actually has to do with the number of cells. EGO's 56V battery consists of 14 cells. 14 batteries on the Power Station give you 600 watts, 28 batteries boost it to 1200 watts. With 42 or more cells, you can get a maximum output of 2000 watts. It doesn't matter which battery combination is used.
You can also mix batteries without any problems. When you use batteries of different capacities or states of charge, the EGO Nexus Power Station will drain the highest battery first until they are all at the same level. It then pulls equally from all battery packs.
real world test
So what can you do with 2000 continuous watts and 3000 surge watts? A lot, obviously.
Goal Zero's Yeti 3000 brings us into the 13-amp range of corded tools. The EGO Nexus Power Station will run tools on 15 amps. I started with a standard 15 amp rattlesnake circular saw and cut 3/4" of the OSB subfloor, then stacked it and used a 15 amp Skilsaw worm drive saw to make 1.5" cuts. Even pushing the worm drive, I didn't trip the power station.
Out of curiosity (and because it's 85º in mid-February), I plugged in our 17,500 CFM blower fan and turned it on high to see if I could still use that rattlesnake for cutting at the same time. It turns out I can. Of course, if you push too hard, you may trip. The fan puts out an additional 900 watts or 7.3 amps. Running it and pushing the saw hard puts the total power at over 2000 continuous watts.
We also tested a larger worm drive table saw from Skilsaw, which seemed to be the limit. This battery-powered inverter is currently unable to handle the tool's start-up surge.
I say "currently" on purpose. One of the advantages of this inverter is that the electronics and Bluetooth/WiFi connectivity allow for firmware updates. If EGO finds that they can optimize the output better, updates can be downloaded.
So far, the only battery inverters capable of cutting on this saw are DeWalt's Portable Power Station and Milwaukee's MX Fuel Carry-On. The tradeoff is that both are more limited in their onboard battery capacity.
This seems like a good time to discuss resetting power stations when the limit is exceeded. Electronics make this very easy. Simply turn off and on the main power switch, turn on the outlet, and power will be restored. Alternatively, press and hold the flashing reset button for 3 to 4 seconds, then turn the outlet back on. Both methods work fine.
EGO Nexus power station capacity
The total capacity of the EGO Power Station is the sum of the batteries you put on it. Stick four 2.5 Ah battery packs on top and you get 560 Wh of power (140 Wh x four batteries). Here's what some of the other options look like:
- 4 x 5.0 Ah batteries: 1120 Wh
- 4 x 7.5 Ah batteries: 1680 Wh
- 4 x 10.0Ah batteries: 2240 Wh
While some fully enclosed units can push 3,000 Wh or more, modular systems like EGO fall far short. However, if you need more capacity, spare batteries are easier to come by. Remember, Power Station only needs one battery to run.
EGO Nexus Power Station Charging
It might seem curious that the charging unit is external, but that's on purpose. It gives EGO the option to offer an upgraded fast charger on the road without any modifications.
When our 7.5 Ah batteries arrived, they were almost dead (1 bar each). It took just under 13 hours to complete the charge cycle. Your charging time will vary depending on the battery you use. The onboard charging port is rated at 170 watts (EGO's standard charger is 210 watts, and the fast charger is 550 watts). Here are some estimated optimal charging times:
- 4 x 2.5Ah: 4 hours 3 minutes
- 4 x 5.0Ah: 8 hours 7 minutes
- 4 x 7.5Ah: 12 hours 10 minutes
- 4 x 10Ah: 16 hours 14 minutes
When you plug in the charger, the LED screen will tell you the estimated charging time after it stabilizes.
If there are multiple batteries on board, the charger will automatically switch from one battery to the other. Instead of fully charging before continuing, it switches at consistent intervals. This keeps the pack's state of charge off in case you need it before all the batteries are fully charged.
Important Note: You cannot charge and discharge at the same time. If you power anything and plug it into the charger, it cuts the power and prioritizes the charge cycle.
UPDATE: Solar power is now an option!
There is now a solar adapter that can be used with standard solar panels. EGO doesn't sell any panels at this stage, but we were able to use commercially available sets that we could get our hands on without issue. Note that you can connect up to 180 watts of solar power to the unit.
EGO Nexus Power Plant Additional Details
Check and see if a firmware update is available right now. Some older units may require it. They'll still work, but they'll run better and have the latest firmware after an update.
New vs. Used Batteries
Any EGO 56V battery will work in the Power Station, but their performance may vary. The original EGO battery had a red/yellow/green level indicator that blinked like a Christmas tree when plugged into the Nexus.
Newer batteries have a 5-LED ring to give you a better idea of how much charge you have, rather than "holidays".
Another thing – the original battery can put out up to 90 amps (5,040 watts). Newer battery packs can generate up to 130 (7,280 watts)! There is an 80 amp fuse on the power station so you can't run to full potential.
Add battery in use
Did one of your batteries die? You can pop in a charging one while the Power Station is running without interrupting your power supply. It's a bit like refilling a running generator — except this battery-powered generator runs off lithium-ion batteries.
Roll Cage Design
Unless you're using an EGO Nexus power inverter, removing the battery inverter from your tailgate could mean the end of it. Its roll cage gave it a fighting chance of survival. EGO deliberately designed it to allow the battery to pop out to avoid more serious damage.
The EGO Nexus Power Station has an IPX4 rating. It can withstand a 10-minute splash, but it's not designed to get out in a storm. Since it produces no emissions, it can be brought into a tent or cabin without any problems. Also, do you really want a bunch of bears watching TV while they're plugged in while they eat all the food in your fridge?
High visibility LCD screen
The LCD screen has a black background with easy-to-read white and red graphics – even in bright sunlight. The display is also larger than the Kohler and Goal Zero, making it easier to see for those of us who couldn't see before.
not crazy heavy
Even with the built-in battery, I can carry the Nexus just fine thanks to the handle design. I really don't want to lug it very far though. It weighs just over 29 pounds, or 54 pounds with four 7.5 Ah batteries. The charger and cord add another 2 lbs.
EGO Nexus Power Station App
The LCD screen gives you valuable feedback, but you can view more details in the app. Here's what you can do/view:
- Switch between Bluetooth and WiFi connections
- View the current watt output of each outlet
- Turn sockets on/off (group USB and individual sockets)
- View battery charge status on each port as a percentage
Who is the EGO Nexus Power Station suitable for?
The EGO Nexus Power Station is a quiet, emission-free power source for worksites, camping/hunting, emergency power, tailgating and more. The potential use for providing emergency power does reveal the benefits of such devices. If you're a homeowner, you can place your gas generator outside and enjoy most of your comfort after a storm.
But what if you're in an apartment on the 5th floor?
You can run a power station inside without worrying about producing carbon monoxide. For those who live in cities, this is a great solution, especially considering that the average power outage is only 3 hours.
In areas prone to hurricanes and earthquakes, power outages often last for days, which is less reassuring. However, the EGO does have solar panel compatibility. This makes it a better choice for multi-day outages or off-grid days. I'd max out the 180-watt panel to get a reasonable charge during the day.
EGO Nexus Power Station Prices
Prices vary widely depending on the type of capacity you need. EGO equips the Power Sation with four 5.0 Ah batteries for $1,299, or two 7.5Ah batteries for $999. If you already have an EGO battery to use, it's $499 bare. Here's how Milwaukee compares to DeWalt:
- Milwaukee MX Fuel Power Supply: $2299 with 2 high-capacity batteries
- DeWalt Portable Power Station: $529 without batteries
the bottom line
The EGO Nexus Power Station is by far the most powerful and best-performing battery-powered inverter we've tested. It allows you to run tools like a handheld worm drive saw at 15 amps. This might get better with a firmware update. While it can't match the Goal Zero Yeti 3000's overall capacity on its own, its flexible design makes it easy to carry a spare battery when needed. Whether you're looking for no emissions, low noise, or just need power to run internally, the EGO Nexus Power Station takes you one step further with reliable power.