Portable power stations seem to be all the rage, but are they really all that? Van Life Matters will be putting the new EcoFlow DELTA 2 Max through its paces over the coming weeks to find out.
Traditional leisure battery setups have been the go-to solution for providing off-grid electricity for years.
However, in recent years a new player has entered the scene, revolutionizing the way adventurers harness power on the go: portable power stations, or solar generators as they are sometimes known.
Portable power stations are compact, self-contained units designed to store and deliver electricity to everything from phones, laptops, and cameras to more demanding appliances like refrigerators, air conditioning units, and even power tools.
The eco-friendly alternative generally features lithium-ion batteries and an array of power outlets, USB ports, and often DC outputs, providing a versatile power supply for multiple devices simultaneously.
Most can be charged via solar panels, 12V socket and 240V socket.
The device’s power output is regulated through an integrated inverter, converting the DC power stored in the battery to the AC power necessary to operate most household devices.
A smart monitoring system also allows users to track power usage, remaining charge, and input/output in real-time through a user-friendly interface.
Over the comings weeks and months, Van Life Matters will be testing the EcoFlow DELTA 2 MAX to report on its usability and longevity for campervan and motorhome owners.
EcoFlow DELTA 2 Max
At its heart are Lithium iron phosphate batteries, providing a base capacity of 2,048Wh, and the potential to expand up to 6,144Wh with two extra batteries.
Ecoflow suggests most comparable products lose around 20 per cent of capacity after 500 charging cycles. Not so with the DELTA 2 Max, says Ecoflow, which will only drop to this level after 3,000 charging cycles – six times as long as its competitors.
To put it simply, it means the EcoFlow DELTA 2 Max should provide reliable power for up to ten years, when used once a day.
Featuring EcoFlow’s patented X-Stream technology, the DELTA 2 Max boasts industry-leading fast charging speeds.
With an AC input of 2300W and a maximum solar input of 1000W, the DELTA 2 Max can be charged by AC from 0 to 100% in 81 minutes or by solar from 0 to 100% in 2.3 hours.
In addition, the DELTA 2 Max can be charged by AC from 0 to 80 per cent in just 53 minutes – four times faster than the industry norm.
What’s more, the DELTA 2 Max can be charged from 0 to 80 per cent in only 43 minutes with AC and solar dual charging.
The DELTA 2 Max is equipped with a 2400W AC output that can power pretty much anything you can lay your hands on: hair dryers, water heaters, microwaves, and air conditioners.
It can also power up to 13 devices simultaneously, even while charging.
With the X-Boost mode, the DELTA 2 Max can even power some appliances up to 3100W.
We’ll let you know what we think of the EcoFlow DELTA 2 Max throughout the long-term review. In the meantime, share your portable power station questions in the comments below this article and we’ll get back to you…