ToGo Power Pioneer 500 makes regular power banks look like amateurs

ToGo Power Pioneer 500
(Image credit: ToGo Power)

When you think of portable power banks, you usually think of something the size of a portable hard drive that can slip into your pocket or a camera bag and recharge your phone or camera a couple of times.

The ToGo Power Pioneer 500, now on sale at Adorama in the US, takes this to a whole new level – and a whole new scale. Designed as a portable power supply for all sorts of outdoor activities from camping expeditions to wilderness workstations, but it’s especially suited to photographers and videographers running location lighting, laptops, cameras and camera phones.

It’s just one of a range of portable power stations, gas-powered generators and solar panels from the maker, ToGo Power.

The ToGo Power Pioneer 500 power station could be ideal for location photography and power-hungry video shoots. (Image credit: ToGo Power)

ToGo Pioneer 500 specs and features

It’s the size of a heavy duty car battery and weights 13.4lb (6kg), but it’s powered by lithium ion technology and offers a huge 461Wh capacity. It has a rugged outdoor design that incorporates a carry handle with an LED lamp and an integrated flashlight.

The ToGo Pioneer 500 offers three QC 3.0 USB quick charge ports, a 10W wireless charger for electronics like laptops, tablets, cameras and phones, a 12V car port output, two DC outputs and a USB-PD 60W outlet.

ToGo Power Pioneer 500

The ToGo Power Pioneer 500 can charge laptops, cameras, drones and action cameras many times over, and can be charged from a wall socket, a 12V car socket or a solar charger. (Image credit: ToGo Power)

ToGo says it has enough power to charge a laptop around 11 times over, charge a smartphone 46 times and a GoPro 78 times. It can also power compatible LED light panels (most pro flash systems use bespoke battery powered generators of their own, however).

You can charge it up via AC mains power (5-6hrs), a solar panel (sold separately, 6-9hrs) or a regular 12V car charger (8-9hrs), so you can plug it in for a recharge as you head to your next location.

Currently available at Adorama in the US, the Pioneer 500 sells for $499.99.

Buy the ToGo Power Pioneer 500 at Adorama

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Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at