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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 the Group Reviews editor for Digital Camera World and across Future's entire photography portfolio. Previously he has been Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar. He has been writing about digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. 

Rod's near-encyclopedic knowledge of cameras both old and new makes him an invaluable resource, whether we need to ask a question about transparencies or the latest X-Trans sensor. He owns all manner of cameras, from Nikon DSLRs through Olympus, Sony and Fujifilm bodies, and on any given day you'll see him using kit from just about every manufacturer.