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Choosing an EcoFlow Portable Power Station

Choosing an EcoFlow Portable Power Station

Posted by Heatso on 8th Nov 2021

Portable power stations are the 21st-century solution to powering your devices off-grid. Compact, silent, powerful, and eco-friendly, they’re a perfect choice for powering a campsite, without the constant hum of a gas generator.

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Choosing an EcoFlow Portable Power Station

Portable power stations are the 21st-century solution to powering your devices off-grid. Compact, silent, powerful, and eco-friendly, they’re a perfect choice for powering a campsite, without the constant hum of a gas generator.

Essentially oversized rechargeable batteries, portable power stations are ideal for van life. You can take it with you when you venture off exploring the wilderness, and unlike gas generators, you can also bring it back inside. Ranging in size and capacity, all EcoFlow power stations can be charged from a 110V socket, your RV battery, or using solar power.

What is a portable power station?

A portable power station is a device that stores electrical power in an internal battery for later use. Though the battery is the main part of a portable power station, there are also a number of components that ensure power is transferred safely and efficiently to your appliances.

Some of the best portable power stations use cutting-edge technologies to recharge faster, show input and output, and even use apps for remote energy management.

Why not just get a gas generator?

Gas generators have been the go-to option since the 1960s because that’s all there was. Although they have a large power output, maintaining one is a hassle. When in use, gas generators emit carbon monoxide which can be lethal if inhaled, making them unsuitable for use indoors. They’re also loud, cumbersome, and relatively unsophisticated, on average weighing almost twice as much as a portable power station.

RV and van lifers appreciate portable power stations because it’s significantly easier to just press an “On” button and not worry about fuel levels or winterizing. Nowadays, there are portable generators powerful enough for energy-demanding appliances like fridges, air compressors, or conventional ovens. This makes gas generators nearly obsolete for outdoor and camping purposes.

How do I choose a portable power station?

There are three main criteria when it comes to choosing a portable power station that’s right for you: capacity, portability, and lifespan. Charging speed is also an essential factor, but since all EcoFlow portable power stations charge remarkably fast, we’ll leave it out for now.

Capacity

The capacitance of portable power supplies is measured in watt-hours (Wh), which is equivalent to one Watt of electricity used in one hour. That means that a 1200Wh power station like the EcoFlow Delta could power a 130-liter IndelB fridge (440W / 24 hr) for almost 3 days straight!

EcoFlow portable power stations range from 288Wh to a staggering 2016Wh. Keep in mind though, that the larger the capacity, the less portable a power station becomes.

So if you plan to power some smaller devices like your phone, laptop, and maybe some lights, then a smaller option like the EcoFlow River would be ideal. But if you’d like to use power tools off-grid or power large appliances, then you’ll probably be better off with some of the bigger, bulkier options.

Portability

Over the last couple of decades, scientists have been hard at work developing more efficient ways of storing power in batteries. We’re still not at the point where your RV can run off a battery that could fit in your pocket, but we’re getting there.

The trade-off between weight and capacity has reached the point where you can easily lift a battery that can power your entire kitchen for a few hours. Smaller batteries that you can take on a hiking trip can power a couple of small appliances for a few hours. In cases where lifting isn’t necessary, most bigger power stations have wheels for ease of transportation.

Lifespan

The lifespan of a battery is determined by how many cycles it takes to go down to a percentage of its total capacity. For example, this can be expressed as 500 cycles to 80%. Although 500 cycles may not seem like much, that’s most likely better than your phone battery. There are two main reasons why cycle life is more than it seems.

First of all, a cycle isn’t the same as usage. Today you use 30% of your, battery, tomorrow you use 20%, and 50% the day after that – that’s only one cycle.

Secondly, this is only 80% of the battery’s health. The battery will last 80% as long as it used to, and this is such a gradual change you may not even notice it.

Charging Speed

In essence, the less time you spend charging your portable power station, the more time you spend using it to power your devices. EcoFlow is known for its groundbreaking charging technology, which allows you to fully charge your portable power supply from 0 to 80% in just one hour, no matter the capacity.

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Which Ecoflow Portable Power Station suits me best?

EcoFlow portable power stations feature high power output, lightning-fast charging speeds, and a sleek design. They can be charged using AC or solar panels, as well as from your car, at record speeds. And when it comes to output, some EcoFlow power stations can power up to 13 devices simultaneously.

Whether you’re looking for something smaller to take on your next hiking trip, or a power backup to keep things running smoothly, a portable power station is a great choice.

Delta

With a capacity of 1260Wh and a power output of up to 1800W, the Delta is EcoFlow’s flagship power station. When inside, you can use the Delta to power more energy-demanding equipment like a hair-drier or air conditioner.

Eventually, you’ll want to head outside. Do you really want to prop open your RV door and run extension cords and power strips? With USB, USB-C charging ports, and AC outlets, everyone can plug in without having to worry about extension cords you won’t see later when it’s dark.

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Delta Max

The EcoFlow Delta Max is Delta’s big brother. With 2016Wh and continuous power up to 2400W, this beast can power even the most demanding appliances. Use it confidently when you’re working on upgrading your RV off-grid, as the Delta Max can easily support power tools for multiple hours on end.

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The EcoFlow River is perfect for those hiking trips we mentioned previously. Chuck it in your backpack and forget it’s there until your phone is running low. Pull it out and connect up to 9 devices, recharging all of them at the push of a button.

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River Max

The EcoFlow River 600 Max is just the River with an Extra Battery. It’s still just as portable but just has double the capacity, from 288Wh up to 576Wh. Chill some drinks, throw on the projector, and let your buddies charge multiple devices from this lightweight and compact power station.

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Delta

With a capacity of 1260Wh and a power output of up to 1800W, the Delta is EcoFlow’s flagship power station. When inside, you can use the Delta to power more energy-demanding equipment like a hair-drier or air conditioner.

Eventually, you’ll want to head outside. Do you really want to prop open your RV door and run extension cords and power strips? With USB, USB-C charging ports, and AC outlets, everyone can plug in without having to worry about extension cords you won’t see later when it’s dark.

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Delta Max

The EcoFlow Delta Max is Delta’s big brother. With 2016Wh and continuous power up to 2400W, this beast can power even the most demanding appliances. Use it confidently when you’re working on upgrading your RV off-grid, as the Delta Max can easily support power tools for multiple hours on end.

River

The EcoFlow River is perfect for those hiking trips we mentioned previously. Chuck it in your backpack and forget it’s there until your phone is running low. Pull it out and connect up to 9 devices, recharging all of them at the push of a button.

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River Max

The EcoFlow River 600 Max is just the River with an Extra Battery. It’s still just as portable but just has double the capacity, from 288Wh up to 576Wh. Chill some drinks, throw on the projector, and let your buddies charge multiple devices from this lightweight and compact power station.