EcoFlow Delta The Ultimate Portable Power
EcoFlow Delta The Ultimate in Portable Power, Mind Blown at Its Performance – Recently picked up the Delta and was super skeptical about it because of its bold claims, long warranty, and the price tag being over $1,000. I can say over the past few weeks of using this Power Station, it was totally worth the cost. Here have been my use cases and how the Station has done. Btw, as I’m typing this review, my video editing desktop setup is plugged into the Delta, running at full speed 😉
EcoFlow Delta The Ultimate Portable Power
Also before I talk about the use and functionality of this Power Station, can we talk about boxing?! EF EcoFlow really impressed me with the boxing of this product. When you receive it, it looks exactly how Apple would box their products. Once you get the box open, there’s more than enough custom molded foam to keep the Power Station, its instructions, and accessories all safe. Look for this in my video review coming soon 🙂
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A full campsite Power Source, enabling Glamping at its finest. The main reason why I’ve gotten into these portable power stations is that during Coachella last year, someone in our group had brought a smaller unit and used it to blow up our mattresses, charge our phones, and camera batteries, and it worked the entire weekend. It did recharge during the day with a solar panel, and I was damn impressed. I tried these smaller units myself, but I guess I’m a bit more glampy with my needs.
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EF Delta Testing
Test #1 – Setting up a full campsite in my bedroom to get an idea for what my campsite will look like once we’re all able to get outdoors and go camping again (damn you COVID19). This Station effortlessly powered some Edison bulbs, a projector, two MacBook Pros, an air pump, two smartphones, Sony a7iii battery charger, a 42” 4K TV, and an Nvidia Shield. This was after using the Power Station for some photo lights I used to light the room extra bright (to really stress test this unit) while setting everything up.
This Power Station powered everything flawlessly! We had it hooked up to most of the items listed above all night long, and when we woke up, still had enough juice to fire up my hot water kettle and make a French Press full of coffee. I would say Test #1 was a huge success.
Test #2 – Working on photo/video projects anywhere I want. I’ve always had the dream of #vanlife, but I’ve never pulled the trigger. So, in a way to emulate it, I’ve always wanted to set up my editing desk in a scenic spot, looking over an ocean, lake, or some mountains. With the Delta, I had to give this a go. As you’ll see in my video, the location was stunning, the weather beautiful, and my entire editing setup was being powered by a battery! This was just a dream, and the Delta enabled me to make it happen. I worked outside for about three hours, then packed up and headed home. The Delta had only used about 20% of its charge.
Test #3 – Recharging from the wall outlet and a solar panel. This unit can indeed go from a few % charge to 80% in an hour when plugging into the wall. When I first plugged it in, I thought it was going to take hours. Fast forward 30 minutes, and this thing had steamrolled through the 40% mark and was damn near 50%. It took just about an hour twenty to fully recharge this station.
Solar Panel recharging time. I have a 60w solar panel from another brand and seeing that with an adapter (not included) I was able to run it, I did. The panel is supposed to be able to charge at 60W, but in reality, it gets closer to 25-30W. Because of this, even after a full morning and afternoon, I was not able to get to a full charge, but it was exciting to see that I could recharge from solar at all, especially with a different branded panel. If you’re going to go this route, get a significantly bigger panel, or just concede that solar will just stretch your charge out.
After all this praise, I think it’s important that I touch on the negative pieces of this unit. Two things come to mind. One is the weight, but it’s kind of expected when you can carry around this much juice in a well-constructed unit. For me, it’s totally fine, but for my girlfriend who is smaller, it’s tough for her to move around.
The other item is the fan sound. This Power Station does have some pretty aggressive cooling fans that kick on under heavy load or when charging. With the amount of electricity pumping in and out of this station, I kind of understand it, but I’m sure some clever engineer could solve this problem, maybe install larger slower moving fans?
All in all, this is a very happy purchase, and I’m excited to get my test video live later this week!