Best Portable Power Stations for June 2023

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As digital units turn out to be ever extra built-in into our every day lives, the necessity to preserve these units powered and on-line will increase. However we won’t deliver the ability grid with us wherever we go. Transportable energy stations are the right answer to maintain us… effectively, portably powered. There are sufficient bells and whistles today to justify including certainly one of these to your usually powered life as effectively.   

For those who’re seeking to juice up your units, your choices are not restricted to cumbersome, easy energy banks with primary shops. Main enhancements have been made to moveable energy stations since we first began reviewing them right here at CNET. Because the {industry} has matured, it is introduced much more moveable energy station choices. Many of those embrace options like USB ports, photo voltaic panel inputs and wi-fi charging. You possibly can even daisy-chain some fashions for much more energy, or join them to your property’s electrical system, providing you with backup energy in an emergency or energy outage. 

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Gasoline-powered mills had been your primary choice for “off-grid” energy the place electrical energy is required, particularly in additional momentary conditions like tenting if you did not have an RV or one other energy provide on your campsite. 

I put every energy station by way of its paces and thought of elements resembling battery life, energy output and enter charging choices in addition to output choices for juicing up my gear. (Energy stations that solely sport AC shops and forcing you to make use of adapters are not viable.) Every is extra than simply an on-the-go cellphone battery charger or glamping must-have. These energy financial institution performers have wide-ranging makes use of from constructing and building to staying linked with the workplace or household to accessing emergency lighting and energy wherever you roam or name residence. 

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This was the hardest class to choose. The Jackery Explorer 240 and Bluetti EB3A had been additionally high contenders, they usually each price lower than the Togo mannequin. Nifty options and an additional 40%-plus battery capability give the slightest edge to Togo.

There have been two primary options that made the distinction for me. All three models have an AC plug, 12-volt socket and USB-A connections for units. However Jackery does not supply a USB-C connection. Moreover, Togo was one of many few models general to supply wi-fi charging. (The Bluetti EB3A additionally has this.)

Togo additionally confirmed us the most important measured capability share in comparison with its said capability at 346 watt-hours at 98.95%. This unit is not notably quick to cost, nonetheless, taking 4 hours, 17 minutes to completely cost from empty.

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The Bluetti 50S is available in because the second lowest “worth per watt-hour” metric I’ve examined up to now. When trying on the function listing, that is sufficient to get you “greatest worth” on this product area. 

As effectively, the 50S additionally captures our greatest midsize moveable energy station title. The midsize moveable energy station class is a crowded area and there are just a few practically equal options to the 50S just like the Ecoflow River Max or the Oupes and BioLite fashions. 

You are getting all of the input-output charging choices you may ask for, together with what appears to be the brand new {industry} commonplace of compatibility with photo voltaic panels for charging. This one does take a bit longer to cost than a few of its siblings. Seven hours to full in comparison with just below 5 hours for the Bluetti AC200P which affords 4 occasions the battery capability, or the equally sized Bluetti EB55 (537Wh in comparison with 500Wh from the 50S) which may obtain 0-100% cost in about three hours. 

Bluetti does are likely to put wi-fi charging into most of their units, and that is a private favourite function of mine. The 50S has one, in addition to one other must-have function for me — a USB-C port. I would like for it to have greater than the one port, however contemplating many models nonetheless are restricted to USB-A, I am going to take what I can get. 

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The earlier title-holder (Bluetti AC200P) weighed in at simply over 60 kilos, and was not for the faint of coronary heart or weak of arm. The Anker PowerHouse 767 is even heaver (7.4 kilos extra!) with a serious distinction that makes that weight a bit extra bearable — actually. The 767 is constructed on wheels and even has a suitcase-style retractable towing deal with. You may nonetheless should elevate it on or into autos our counter tops, however if you’re transferring from place to put, this makes the duty way more accessible. The 767 physique can also be reportedly impact-resistant, shock-proof, anti-UV and flame retardant. Might be enjoyable to check — however I am going to take their phrase on it. For now. 

It sports activities a LiFePO4 battery for over 3,000 cost cycles. Cost it with as much as 1,000 watts of solar energy. Tons of output choices (three USB-C ports!) and the one one lacking for my part is a wi-fi charging base. I suppose there are sufficient different choices to attach a wi-fi charging pad if you happen to actually wished. 

One other typically neglected facet of moveable energy stations is the output wattage and energy ranking. That is completely different from the continual energy ranking (in watts) for every unit. For instance, the 767 boasts a most  2,400-watt output energy ranking. Which means, if you happen to wished to attach a number of LED lights that had been every rated at 200-watt energy output, you may count on to have the ability to run twelve of these concurrently. When LED lights are turned on, usually, they do not require any “additional” energy to get going. 

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The Powerhouse 757 is a strong, sturdy machine (our second heaviest one at practically 44 kilos). It is a fantastic choose among the many over-1,000Wh decisions, and actually solely missed out on profitable the massive energy station class attributable to some additional bells and whistles different models in that class have. However there are a few notable options Anker’s put into this unit that give it the gasoline to dominate this class. 

For starters, the battery itself is the newer LiFePO4 make-up, in comparison with the extra frequent Li-ion batteries. This newer battery kind may be safer to make use of and may final 5 to 6 occasions longer than the Li-ion ones. Which means that in comparison with the present commonplace of a 500-cycle lifespan, LiFePO4-donned models may run 3,000 cycles or extra. This offers Anker the chance to supply a five-year guarantee in comparison with the two-year guarantee of many competing models.

Subsequent, lots of the current-gen energy stations are coming with a “UPS Mode” to supply backup energy to important items of kit throughout energy failures. You plug the ability station into your wall outlet and the tools in query into your energy station. With UPS mode enabled, the ability station will kick in and energy no matter is plugged into it from its inner battery. However earlier than you run out and substitute your present UPS models with certainly one of these, it is best to know that it’s nearly the identical as a UPS. However not completely.

A devoted UPS may have a switch time (the period of time it takes for its battery to take over one the grid energy has failed) of anyplace from 0 milliseconds to 12ms, and most of them attempt to keep at 8ms or sooner. Anker states a switch time of “lower than 20ms.” That is nice so far as moveable energy stations go. However as a devoted UPS that you may want defending a core piece of tech or vital medical gadget, you would possibly think about a distinct answer. However by all means, your TVs, laptops, fridges and different units will likely be effectively sorted.

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By tenting, I do not imply “glamping.” I am not making an attempt to energy your PS5, beer fridge and jacuzzi. Since photo voltaic panels are extra frequent now, and most each moveable energy station affords an choice to cost with them, we do not have to be fairly as involved about general battery capability or our capability to get to grid energy to recharge. 

Even when it does carry a hefty price ticket (although it is typically on sale for lower than its regular retail worth of $999), I really feel like this mannequin hits a candy spot of primary performance, capability and worth. Despite the fact that you have got the choice of charging through photo voltaic panels, you may in all probability survive a weekend journey with a full cost — clearly relying on what you are powering. And that helps if you’re in sub-prime circumstances for photo voltaic charging resembling overcast or wet days. 

You have got loads of output choices, a lot of AC ports and at just below 24 kilos, this unit is not too heavy to cart round or move-as-needed throughout your outing.

For those who occur to be a solo flier, or in any other case have very minimal electrical wants if you camp, take a look at the Jackery Explorer 240. It affords all the fundamental wants, dependable building and likewise occurs to be the most cost effective energy station on our listing. 

It is also value mentioning that despite the fact that the GoSun PowerBank 1100 did not end within the high of our testing, GoSun affords a complete suite of tenting and solar-friendly tools, together with a nifty folding photo voltaic desk that I am hoping so as to add to an upcoming photo voltaic panel greatest listing.

Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro
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I just like the Jackery line of moveable energy stations. I might nonetheless prefer to see wi-fi charging in a Jackery battery, however in any other case, the Jackery Explorer 2000 Professional checks a variety of bins, not least of which is cost time. 

We run all of our moveable energy station cost checks utilizing AC energy, and primarily based on these outcomes, this Jackery is blazing quick in the case of cost time. Jackery claims 2,160Wh for this unit, and our checks present that it could actually go from fully useless to 100% in 117 minutes. There are solely a handful of models we have examined general that may cost sooner than that, and most of these boast half the capability. 

The nice factor is, if you happen to’re actually in a pinch, you may connect your six Jackery SolarSaga 200 photo voltaic panels for 1,200 further photo voltaic charging watts and practically minimize that point in half (the 2000 Professional affords a max of 1,400 enter watts for photo voltaic charging — additionally the most important we have examined up to now). 

For those who plan on draining your capability tremendous quick, and also you’d prefer to recharge ASAP through AC, photo voltaic or each, (even whilst you’re draining it) the Jackery Explorer 2000 Professional must be your first alternative.

Different moveable energy stations we have examined

Energizer PPS700 (626Wh): OK efficiency and options general, however one of many lowest examined capacities, making the usable capability nearer to 477Wh.

EcoFlow River Max (576Wh): Blazing quick charging and a low price per watt-hour make this an affordable choose, nonetheless this unit did check lowest in measured vs anticipated capability, placing it at 425 usable watt-hours. The place’d these additional 151 watt-hours go?

Speedwatt (298Wh): Simply form of OK. Capability is nice, however we examined two separate models and each appeared to have some disconnect between the precise efficiency of the unit and the knowledge displayed on the consumer display screen. Presently listed as unavailable. 

GoSun PowerBank 1100 (1,100Wh): I actually wished to love this unit extra, partially due to GoSun’s prolonged choices of solar-friendly units, and so far as capability goes, this runs in the midst of the pack, however man is it gradual to cost. It took practically 12 hours — over six occasions so long as our largest energy station (Jackery Explorer 2000 Professional) that gives practically twice the capability. At $1,299, I would prefer to see a sooner charging choice and possibly extra outputs or not less than wi-fi charging.

Bluetti EB55 (537Wh): We have preferred most each unit from Bluetti, and three of them took titles on this greatest listing, however this unit simply bought overshadowed by its siblings. Simply nearly as good or higher choices at higher costs preserve the EB55 out of the winner’s circle.

Fanttik Evo 300 (299Wh): This can be a strong choose within the small energy station class. And this unit sports activities my favourite show — additional massive and straightforward to learn. Common performances on our charging and capability checks.

BigBlue Cellpowa 500 (537.6Wh): This can be a better-than-average performing unit at better-than-average pricing. Nothing excellent to talk of. 

Jackery Explorer 240 (240Wh): We have been followers of all of the Jackery models we have ever examined previously, and that does not change right here. Simply lacking one of the best small energy station title, this unit nonetheless boasts the second greatest capability ranking of all those we examined. A little bit gradual to cost, however a fantastic worth.

Generark HomePower One (1,002Wh): This unit was the second slowest general to cost, however did effectively on its usable capability ranking at 91%. Its show is small, however affords all the usual enter and output options you’d need.

Oupes 600W (595Wh): Not a foul little unit — not a fantastic one, however positively not dangerous. I like that it has the LiFePO4 battery. It carried out about common (possibly a hair beneath par) and I really feel prefer it could possibly be cheaper. Additionally, how do you pronounce that title? “Oops” is the present greatest guess.

Purpose Zero Yeti 200X:: The Purpose Zero merchandise are fairly solidly made, however we did get the bottom rating in our ‘usable capability’ checks from this unit — about 65% in comparison with the industry-accepted norm of 85%. There are higher merchandise within the small moveable energy station class. 

Rockpals 300W: This unit additionally got here in beneath the road in usable capability. Given the {industry} commonplace of 85%, Rockpals’ 78% is a bit missing. When it comes to cost velocity, this unit is without doubt one of the sooner small moveable energy stations. Respectable options — form of seems like a handheld radio. 

BioLite BaseCharge 600 (622Wh): Here is a unit that is completely pleased with a very okay worth. 87% usable capability, Li-ion battery, common options, possibly a bit of gradual on the cost time. However hey — it does have wi-fi charging! 

Jackery Explorer 1000 Professional (1,002Wh): The 1000 Professional falls into our massive moveable energy station (begins at 1,000Wh — this Jackery weighs in at 1,002Wh), similar as its large brother the 2000 Professional. I just like the 2000 for a number of causes greater than the 1000, so the 1000 by no means actually had a shot at taking the ‘massive’ class. However nonetheless, good efficiency, good options and fairly superb cost occasions. Cannot go mistaken.

Anker 555 PowerHouse (1024Wh): An increasing number of moveable energy stations are transport with LiFePO4 batteries and I like that. The 555 is slower to cost than most of its opponents, however sports activities a 94% usable capability and a beautiful worth level vs variety of watt-hours. All the higher to energy these six AC shops!

EcoFlow Delta 2 (1024Wh): The EcoFlow Delta 2 is similar to the Anker 555 PowerHouse throughout the board — options, pricing, and so on. The primary variations you may see from our checks are the usable capability percentages: Anker with 94% versus EcoFlow with about 70% and charging charges — each being rated at 1,024Wh. The EcoFlow Delta 2 charged to full in solely 86 minutes, 275 minutes sooner than the Anker mannequin. One other cool level for EF with having the potential to wire in a secondary battery module, taking the capability from 1,024Wh to 2,048Wh. Count on to pay an extra $800 for that battery enlargement. 

Geneverse HomePower One Professional (1,210Wh): That is the grownup model of the Geneverse HomePower One. The function specs are about the identical, however at $500 extra, you are solely getting about 200 additional watt-hours. As effectively, the usual One mannequin is available in at 91% usable capability versus the Professional mannequin’s 73%. That provides you 912.6 usable watt-hours with the usual and solely 886.7Wh on the Professional. The Professional did nonetheless cost in nearly 1 / 4 the time it took the usual model. 

BioLite BaseCharge 1500 (1,521Wh): Having examined each the 600 and 1500 fashions of the BioLite BaseCharge, I can let you know that this firm is pretty constant in the case of their product manufacturing. The BaseCharge is about 2.5 occasions the capability of the 600. And that 2.5 modifier carries throughout the board pretty precisely from worth to capability, cost occasions, all the things. So, if you happen to just like the 600 however you want you had two-and-a-half of them, save your self the trouble and simply purchase the 1500.

Renogy Phoenix 200 (189Wh): Slower to cost, however a whopping 96% usable battery capability paired with the bottom worth of any unit we have examined, makes this a fantastic choice for smaller use instances or usually for folks fascinated by trying out moveable energy stations with out breaking the financial institution. 

Zendure SuperBase Professional 2000 (2,096Wh): The primary unit we have examined with the Li-NMC battery composition. This unit additionally simply missed one of the best massive moveable energy station title. It does have a weight-to-capacity ratio possible because of the NMC composition, and boasts  our highest photo voltaic charging capability up to now at 2,400 watts. It is telescoping deal with and wheels do make it simpler to handle, however the kind makes it a bit of extra appropriate navigating paved walkways versus ‘off-road’ terrain. 

Runhood Rallye 600 (648Wh): There are a few these kind of models in the marketplace now, and I have been ready for his or her arrival. This Runhood unit is the primary modular fashion moveable energy station I have been in a position to get my arms on, and I like what it means for the {industry}. Efficiency-wise this factor was about common, however it may give you extra in flexibility and comfort than many different models. The batteries are swappable, so you may choose up additional ones in addition to stand alone AC and USB modules that may use these additional batteries with out being plugged into the principle energy station unit. Might be a recreation changer for journeys the place each member of the household is off in a distinct space draining some digital gadget. I look ahead to including a “greatest modular energy station” class quickly.

Jackery Explorer 1500 Professional (1,512Wh): The newest in Jackery’s flagship line of energy stations. For those who’re already aware of the Explorer Professional line, you will not discover many surprises right here. Some design enhancements, however general consumer expertise stays unchanged. That’s to say, this can be a nice sturdy energy station that may ship as promised. 

Transportable energy station FAQs

What number of years do moveable energy stations final?

What number of years a transportable energy station will final is dependent upon three key elements — how effectively the product is maintained, how typically it is used and the battery kind.

We have now researched and spoken with a number of producers and most models boast a 500-cycle lifespan. In some instances, such because the Anker 757, a unit could use LiFePO4 batteries in comparison with the extra frequent li-ion battery and supply as much as 3,000 cycles or past.

One cycle means utilizing the product from absolutely charged to zero cost (or not less than 80% in some instances). Subsequently, if you happen to use your moveable energy station a number of occasions per week, it would solely final a yr or two. However if you happen to use it much less continuously, it may final for for much longer.

What are you able to run on a transportable energy station?

Transportable energy stations are usually designed to energy smaller digital units and home equipment, from telephones and desk followers to heavy-duty work lights and CPAP machines. Take note of the estimated watt-hours every model offers in its specs to find out which mannequin makes essentially the most sense for what you’d prefer to energy.

If an organization says its moveable energy station has 200 watt-hours, it ought to give you the chance energy a tool with a 1-watt output for about 200 hours. I am going into extra element on this within the “How we check” part beneath, however think about the wattage of the gadget or units you wish to energy after which the variety of watt-hours your moveable energy station would want to have. 

Can an influence station run a fridge?

Presumably, relying on the fridge and the moveable energy station. 

For instance, this commonplace LG fridge has an estimated annual power consumption of 608 kilowatt-hours. That works out to 1.67 kilowatt-hours per day, or 1,670 watt-hours per day. 

1,670 watt-hours per day works out to only beneath 70 watt-hours per hour. If in case you have a short-term energy outage and solely must energy your fridge, a 200-watt-hour energy station may preserve it working for practically three hours. You’d want an influence station with larger estimated watt-hours to run your fridge for longer. A mini fridge would final for much longer than a bigger mannequin. 

All the time affirm {the electrical} necessities on your particular fridge and moveable energy station earlier than making an attempt this, particularly your fridge’s peak and startup watts. 

How lengthy are you able to run a transportable energy station?

You may get near the reply with some primary math. If in case you have an influence station that’s rated at 1,000 watt-hours, and also you plug in a tool, as an instance a TV, rated at 100 watts, then you may divide that 1,000 by 100 and say that it’ll run for 10 hours. 

Nonetheless, this is not often the case. The {industry} “commonplace” is to say that it is best to take 85% of the overall capability for that math. In that case, 850 watt-hours divided by 100 watts for the TV can be 8.5 hours. 

The truth is that it is best to count on someplace between 8.5 and 10 hours on this instance.

How is a transportable energy station completely different from a generator?

A transportable energy station is basically a giant rechargeable battery that you just carry round. Deplete it and it is ineffective till you may recharge. 

A generator, by definition is a tool which really will convert some kind of power to usable electrical energy in no matter circuitry you have got it linked to. Examples of this could be gasoline mills — generally used as energy sources for distant areas or as whole-home backups, electrical mills — not quite common, however they convert some kind of mechanical motion to electrical energy and photo voltaic mills which may use photo voltaic panels to energy units or houses, typically utilizing a battery to quickly retailer the electrical energy. These batteries are sometimes moveable energy stations themselves. 

How we check

Each firm that sells moveable energy stations offers the anticipated variety of watt-hours its merchandise are alleged to final. For the Jackery Explorer 240, that is 240 watt-hours; for the Ecoflow River Max, it is 576 watt-hours. Bluetti AC200P claims 2,000 watt-hours. 

Which means if you happen to run a tool with a 1-watt output on the Jackery Explorer 240, it ought to final for about 240 hours. You’d get 576 hours from the Ecoflow mannequin and a whopping 2,000 hours utilizing the Bluetti generator. That may final you nearly three months! For reference, a USB-C iPhone charger attracts as much as 18 watts, a 3-quart Prompt Pot attracts 700 watts and an ordinary microwave attracts round 600 to 1,200 watts, relying on the mannequin. 

Presently, we have a look at two primary efficiency metrics for the moveable energy stations: cost time and discharge capability. An influence station’s capability must be a no brainer. It’s best to be capable to have a look at a tool’s rated watt-hours and buy accordingly primarily based in your wants. And, usually, you are able to do that. I’ve discovered that you just sometimes will not see the complete capability ranking as usable energy, nonetheless. 

There are many elements that may have an effect on this, and most of them middle on how the producer chooses to construct their models’ internals to handle their charged capability. There’s some (often negligible) quantity of energy that goes to gasoline the varied indicator lights and readable led panels on the models. Among the bigger models even have their very own working methods, so it is nearly like powering an extra mini-pc on the within. Different models can have power-saving options the place they cut back outgoing bulk energy as they close to depleting their cost.
To run our capability checks, we join some variety of 10,000 lumen LED work lights rated at 110 watts to every unit (the variety of work lights is predicated on the general watt-hour ranking of the unit beneath check or UUT). We document the outgoing voltage and wattage utilizing exterior measurement devices or the UUT’s personal measurements if accessible. As soon as now we have this knowledge, we are able to math our approach right into a dizzying array of details about the UUT’s efficiency. However the principle piece of knowledge we have a look at right here is the noticed capability, primarily based on our measurements, in comparison with the UUT’s said capability.


Usable battery capability comparisons for all examined moveable energy stations. 

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In each case, that share finally ends up at lower than 100%. (Most producers say it is best to calculate anticipated utilization at 85% of said capability.) Two of our smaller models each clocked 98% capability — the Jackery Explorer 240 and the Togo 350. Usually talking, the midsize models did not fare effectively. The biggest models did higher, with the Bluetti AC200P scoring highest at nearly 96%. Now, if you happen to blindly settle for each a unit’s said capability and our work mild wattage ranking of 110 watts, the numbers look very completely different.
For instance, we’ll take the GoSun PowerBank 1100 (to make the mathematics simpler) and fasten 4 of the 110-watt lights. That load ranking is now 440 watts and the GoSun’s capability of 1,100 divided by 440 is 2.5. We might count on to see 2.5 hours of utilization. The precise run time for this unit was 2 hours, 50 minutes — 113% capability. Nice! Proper? Nicely, we’re lacking some key elements. With out going into a protracted(er) rationalization of the way to extra precisely measure energy, the truth that this unit has an output of 110 volts AC (in comparison with 120VAC) and the precise output wattage to the 4 lights is 352 watts, our actual anticipated run time is 3 hours, 8 minutes, which drops the capability ranking to 90%.
Right here is the calculated capability knowledge for the examined models. One word for these numbers — the Oupes knowledge may be barely off. The unit turned off the lights at 9%. It could enable me to begin the lights once more, however would flip them off once more after a while. I repeated this course of not less than 20 occasions earlier than the unit would not energy the lights for greater than a few seconds at a time.

Charging efficiency may be practically as vital as understanding your precise capability stats. It helps to understand how lengthy your gadget will take to cost, particularly if you happen to’re crunched for time or want to have the ability to cost shortly for no matter purpose. Will it take an hour? Two? Ten? Twelve (that is an precise quantity from our checks!)?
We report three knowledge factors for charging efficiency. Every unit is plugged in for AC charging and we document how lengthy it takes to achieve 50%, 80% and 100% cost. Half-full might be the least quantity of energy you are going to need, particularly from the smaller models. 80% is the “magic quantity” for a lot of rechargeable batteries. 

Retaining it simple-ish, think about a swimming pool with room for 100 folks, every particular person representing 1% of the overall area. While you first begin charging, and that first particular person dives in, you do not actually have a lot to fret about. You are not going to run into anybody else, so dive, splash round, no matter you need. Now, as we add folks, it will get a bit extra crowded, and complex. You’ve got bought much less room for folks. Upon getting 80 folks within the pool, that subsequent particular person goes to take just a few additional seconds to extra fastidiously select their entry in order to not trigger any points by simply leaping and hoping nobody is in the way in which.

Every producer offers with this purposeful slow-down in their very own approach, so you will not see the very same efficiency modifications from one producer to the subsequent. And sometimes true to the analogy, particular person quantity 100 into the pool can typically be very gradual, taking a number of occasions longer to get in than any of his predecessors.

Check out the charging knowledge. Cost occasions in minutes are listed, with a bonus “watt-hours-per-minute” metric that nobody requested for aside from myself. Generally, you will see how the cost fee is pretty fixed between 0 and 50% and from 50 to 80%, then slows from 80 to 100%.


Cost occasions for all examined moveable energy stations from zero to 50, 80 and 100%.

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