Let’s just say it; gas generators are not ideal for home backup. They’re loud, toxic, expensive to run, and they will soon be illegal in California!
The EcoFlow Delta Pro has marketed itself as the best portable power station for home backup, but do the claims live up to reality? That’s what we’re going to test today.
For the sake of this experiment, let’s say that you don’t have a spare battery and you only have one 400W solar panel working at 50% capacity (due to the storm). Let’s see how it does!
EcoFlow Delta Pro Battery Life and Input
Before we start, let’s understand how much power we’re dealing with. A full charge can safely last on your shelf for over a year, offering a base capacity of 3600Wh. If you’re expecting this to decline like most batteries, understand that the EcoFlow Delta Pro batteries will last 6500 lifecycles before declining 20% from their original capacity.
On top of that, if you are receiving 200W of solar energy for 14 hours of the day, then that’s an additional 2600Wh to 2800Wh on your system each day, as the system works at around 94% efficiency, which is higher than any other portable power station on the market. Let’s call it 2700Wh for the sake of simplicity.
Of course, if you have an additional Smart Battery or more solar panels, then you will significantly increase your power output and you can read our full review of the system for more information. However, if you want to save money on the upfront costs, then here’s what to expect.
How Long Will It Last for Home Backup
Now that you know the performance of the EcoFlow Delta Pro, it’s time to put it to the test. Let’s see how long a 3600kWh system can last with an extra 2700Wh per day!
With Conservative Energy Consumption
Let’s say you have plenty of ice packs in the freezer to keep everything cool for a couple of days without power. All you need is to charge your family’s iPhones, run a few LED lightbulbs, and keep a television on for a few hours of the day.
If you’re charging four 10W LED lightbulbs, one full charge will last 84 hours without solar panels, so you’d also be able to charge your iPhone as many times as you’d like with the ongoing power from the solar panels. A 50-inch TV (110W) could stay on for at least 10 hours a day on top of that, and 5 or 6 hours with TV and internet so you can watch your favorite streaming service!
If you’re using a hotspot on your phone and limiting your energy use during the night without offsets, this type of lifestyle could last indefinitely.
With Moderate Energy Consumption
A power outage doesn’t have to be too much of a bummer. If you limit your energy consumption, you can potentially power a lot. In this case, let’s say you want to:
Keep your refrigerator running
Run 10 LED lightbulbs
Keep your iPhone charged
Run a 110W television
The refrigerator is the bulk of the energy consumption in this case. One full charge from your EcoFlow Delta Pro will only last 24 hours for a large 120W refrigerator, so the 200W solar offset will certainly help.
At night, you would have to dramatically reduce your energy consumption to allow the refrigerator to run. In this case, we’d recommend limiting television use to daytime and to limit use to 3 hours or less. If you don’t allow the system to fully charge by sunset, then the refrigerator may not stay on through the night.
However, a couple of hours will not be the end of the world for the food in your refrigerator or freezer, especially if you don’t open it before turning it back on. For that reason, this lifestyle is plausible for one EcoFlow Delta Pro portable power station and solar panel to last for 3 to 5 days.
With Heavy Energy Consumption
Here’s where we run into some trouble. If you don’t want to (or can’t) make any sacrifices during a power outage, then understand that the average home uses 28.9kWh per day. If you want to continue using such high amounts of electricity by running incandescent lightbulbs, refrigerators, televisions, heaters, WiFi, and more, then you will need more power.
Fortunately, the EcoFlow Delta Pro can potentially help you if you purchase the right bundle deals. With a maximum input of 1600W (continuous), you could easily run the majority of your appliances at home, especially with a spare battery to last through the night.
Keep Them Running
Now that you see why the EcoFlow Delta Pro is the top choice for home backup, consider getting one for yourself and putting your gas generator to rest. 3600Wh goes a long way when you have solar panels to assist, and best of all, solar energy is free!
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What are my options for adding additional batteries and Solar Panels to the EcoFlow Delta Pro?
Adding an EcoFlow Delta Pro expansion battery can be a great option if you need more uninterrupted power. When you add an expansion battery to one of the delta pro units they automatically act as one unit together, which makes for a super easy expansion for your off-grid power. Depending on your energy usage, whether you are wanting to run your power tools, heavy-duty appliances or just need a complete power solution you may want to add an extra battery to your delta pro ecosystem.
You can add up to two expansion batteries to your EcoFlow Delta Pro for ultimate power security. Without using solar power as an energy source, two fully charged expansion batteries could power a fridge for two days or a circular saw for five hours straight. If you then attach your solar panels to your EcoFlow Delta Pro System, you should be able to run some of your heavy-duty devices uninterrupted to keep you going for all of your Home Backup Needs.
What is the Solar Input for the EcoFlow Delta Pro?
The EcoFlow Delta Pro is the only portable generator that allows for up to 1600W of solar input at a time. You can charge the 3.6 kWh battery in just over 2 hours with enough solar panels.
Also, with its 3600W output (7200W surge), you can easily run your system indefinitely with 1600W of continuous solar input, now that is smart energy management! This is more than enough for your backup power needs so you can power a refrigerator, air conditioners, or other large appliance. Incredibly impressive and efficient portable power technology!
How fast will the EcoFlow Delta Pro Charge so I can get ready before a power outage hits?
You can be fully charged in 1.8 Hours! EcoFlow's battery management system guarantees longevity and safety while you fully charge your EcoFlow DELTA Pro from a regular AC wall outlet in 1.8 hours. Ecoflow’s x-stream charging technology isn't just fast, it's safe too. Definitely the gold standard in charging capabilities.
What can I use my EcoFlow Delta Pro for aside from emergency power backup?
The EcoFlow Delta Pro is one of the most incredibly versatile smart generators on the market. Feel at ease knowing you have an energy backup incase of an emergency, you can bring it along for outdoor adventures (it has wheels for ultimate portability!), rv road trips, or you could even use it to lower energy bills for regular use at home!
If this is your first time using an EcoFlow Delta Pro, just know that it is incredibly simple to set up and use and here at Wild Oak Trail, we are more than happy to answer any questions you might have!
Our Customer Service Representatives are friendly and extremely knowledgable! Give us a call at 1-844-945-3625, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or you can chat in right on our website!
Saxon Funk, co-founder and driving force behind Wild Oak Trail, embodies the spirit of self-sufficiency and preparedness. Launching the venture over six years ago with his wife, Hailey, Saxon has steeped himself in mastering solar generators, heating solutions, food storage, and off-grid living essentials, becoming a veritable guru in the field. His expertise is more than theoretical; it's practical, as evidenced by his own home, equipped with the very products Wild Oak Trail proudly offers. Saxon's passion extends beyond commerce; he thrives on the assurance of providing for his family in any circumstance, fervently believing in empowering others to do the same through the quality resources and knowledge he shares through his business.