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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!
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.
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!
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.
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:
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.
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.
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 isfree!Stay up to date with our latest product information and shop with us for free shipping and a price match guarantee!
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