Last Updated on October 19, 2020 by Scott
I have had my EcoFlow Delta 1300 Solar Generator for a few months now, and in this review, I will give you a full rundown of the good, bad, and ugly of this portable power station. I will include video snippets of the EFDelta in action, breaking down what I love about this solar generator and what could use some improvement in future generations.
By the end of this review, you’ll know everything you need to decide if this solar generator is right for your home or RV.
Table of Contents
- What is the EcoFlow Delta Generator Price?
- Unboxing the EcoFlow Delta
- Charging the EcoFlow Delta 1300 with “X Stream”: How it works
- The Good
- The Bad
- The Ugly
- What can it power?
- Can I use as a home backup battery generator?
- Can I charge with solar panels?
- EcoFlow Delta vs Jackery 1000
- Ecoflow Delta vs Bluetti EB150
- EcoFlow Delta vs Goal Zero Yeti
- EcoFlow Delta 1300 User Manual
- What is the warranty on the EcoFlow Delta 1300 Generator?
- How loud is the EcoFlow Delta 1300?
- How fast can you recharge the battery pack?
- How many Watts of solar energy input can the Delta handle?
- What is the AC Charge Power in Watts?
- 1200W Max charge from AC current. What is EcoFlow’s refund policy if I don’t like the EFDelta portable power station?
- Where can I buy the 1800w EcoFlow Delta with Free Shipping?
What is the EcoFlow Delta Generator Price?
The retail price for the EcoFlow Delta is $1,399.00. You can find it on sale on Amazon sometimes for 10% off at $1,259.00. You can find a used EcoFlow Delta on eBay for around $1,200. They seem to be holding their value very well.
Unboxing the EcoFlow Delta
But first, let’s unbox the EcoFlow Delta 1300 to see what is in the box and get our first look at this fast-charging portable power station:
Towards the end of the unboxing video, I also bring out a Jackery 1000. Probably the closest popular competitor, I’ll refer to the Jackery 1000 quite a bit in this review as it is close in price to the Delta and a good alternative home backup battery pack.
Charging the EcoFlow Delta 1300 with “X Stream”: How it works
The #1 best feature of the EcoFlow Delta 1300 is its fast charging technology. I don’t know how it does it exactly, but you can charge the EFDelta literally 6x faster than the Jackery 1000. If that charge time speed is important to you, then you’ll love this solar generator.
Here is my real-world test of the fast charging ability of the EcoFlow Delta:
EcoFlow Delta Real World Charging Test Results:
- 0 to 20% charge: 13:38
- 0 to 50% charge: 32:35
- 0 to 80% charge: 51:31
- 0 to 100% charge: 1:34:53
As you can see we charge from 0 to 50% in 32 minutes, 0 to 80 percent in 51 minutes, and 0-100% in 1 hour and 34 minutes. The specs for charging time are 0 to 80% in 1 hour and 0 to 100% in 1 hour 40 minutes. My real-world charging test showed the EFDelta taking in power even faster then it’s stated specs. Very impressive for a solar generator!
One downside of the EcoFlow delta is after discharging the Delta down to 0% charge using an electric heater, I went to plug in the Delta to charge it back up and got an error with the temperature and warning icons flashing along with the center blue ring.
This is an expected behavior according to the user manual! You need to let the unit cool down for a few hours before beginning a recharge. So don’t expect to run down to 0% and then get to 100% fully charged right away.
- Model: EF3 Pro
- Net Weight: 30.9lbs (14kg)
- Dimension: 15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6in (40 x 21 x 27cm)
- Capacity: 1260Wh, 50.4V
- AC Output (x6): 1800W (Surge 3300W) total
- USB-A Output (x2): 5V DC, 2.4A,12W Max, per port
- USB-A Fast Charge (x2): 5V DC, 9V DC, 12V DC, 20V DC, 3A, 60W Max, per port
- USB-C Output (x2): 5v DC, 9V DC, 15V DC, 20V DC, 3A, 60W Max, per port
- Car Power Output (x1): 13.6V DC, 8A, 108.8W Max
- AC Charge Input Power: X-STREAM Charge 1200W Max
- AC Charge Input Voltage: 100-120Vac 50Hz/60Hz
- Solar Charge Input: 10-65V DC, 10A, 400W MAx
- Cell Chemistry: Lithium-ion
- Cell Type: 18650
- Discharge Temperature: -4-113F (-20-45 C)
- Charge Temperature: 32-113F (0-45 C)
- Shelf Life: 1 Year (after fully charged)
- Life Span: 800 Cycles (60%)
With these specs, you could power 13 devices simultaneously, so long as the total wattage was under 1800w. That’s a lot of cords!
Charging. The absolute #1 feature that makes me love the EFDelta is the charging speed. None of its competitors come even close, and the amount of time it can save you when charging is huge. If you are camping and need to recharge the battery with a gas generator, you’d only have to run the gas generator for 94 minutes before you could shut it down and have a fully charged solar battery. Incredible.
The fan noise when under heavy load can be a bit annoying. Look, it’s still nowhere near a gas generator of course, but it is not “silent” by any means.
OK, now to really bad parts of this battery…the layout of ports is awful. There are 3 different sides to the machine, while on the Jackery 1000 for example, every port is on one side. I really am not a fan of the layout of all the ports.
Second, the handle. I wish it had a handle similar to the Jackery. The two sides handle sticks out too much and makes one-handed carrying difficult. Not a fan.
Lastly, the weight. Compared to the Jackery 1000, the EFDelta feels too heavy. While it does have more capacity, the extra weight is annoying. While I can pretty easily carry the Jackery 1000 with one arm/hand, that is a challenging task with the weight and ergonomics of the EcoFlow Delta 1300.
What can it power?
1800w continuous output. 1800w can power almost every household appliance. You usually max out a home wall outlet around 2,000 watts, so you’re basically getting wall power from the AC outlets. I tested running a 1,000w vacuum cleaner with the Delta and it ran just as powerfully as the wall outlet. Check out the vacuum test video:
Can I use as a home backup battery generator?
If you need a home backup generator in a power outage, the EFDelta is the best portable home backup battery in terms of wattage and capacity. You can find larger capacity batteries, especially for large scale solar systems, but in terms of something you could pull out of your closet and power your fridge and TV for hours, this solar generator is your best bet.
Can I charge with solar panels?
Yes. The Ecoflow Delta can handle a 400W input from solar charging. That means you’ll likely need 4-6 100w-110w solar panels to hit that maximum. This will still charge two to three times slower than the 1200W input charge from AC.
Inside the box, you’ll find an MC4 to XT60 Solar Panel Charging Cable. So any MC4 solar panel with the correct voltage and current (10-65V DC, 10A max) should work. Solar panels can be purchased from EcoFlow, they have a 110W solar panel, or you can find many compatible solars panels on Amazon with MC4 connectors.
This portable solar power station has an MPPT charge controller. This is the latest in solar panel / solar input charging technology. So break out that flexible solar panel with confidence! (I’ve been wanting to test some flexible solar panels. I will update you here once I do)
EcoFlow Delta vs Jackery 1000
The Jackery 1000 was my first love. I took it on a two-week RV trip, and it performed admirably. It worked great with a 100w solar panel from Goal Zero. I charged it with a Honda 2200i gas 2000w inverter generator every other day or so. But that is the key, it took nearly 8 hours to charge via the gas generator. With the insane AC charging ability of the delta, I could charge from the gas generator in under 2 hours. That is a huge advantage in a campsite, where the extra noise of a gas generator isn’t always welcome.
Specs-wise, the EcoFlow Delta wins vs Jackery across the board. The Jackery 1000 has a 1002 Wh capacity and a 2,000w surge and 1000w continuous power output. Comparing that to the 1260 Wh capacity and the 1800 and 3300w surge of the EFDelta…it isn’t close.
The Jackery 1000 does win on price. You can find the Jackery 1000 around $899 on sale, but usually still under $1,000 at full retail. The cheapest I’ve seen the EcoFlow Delta at Amazon is $1259, and the regular price is around $1,399.
- Founded in California in 2012, Jackery specializes in providing outdoor green power solutions for explorers. Jackery portable power station, power outdoors.
- With a higher 1000W wattage and larger 1002Wh capacity, the Jackery Explorer 1000 features 3 standard PURE SINE WAVE AC outlets, which provide extra capacity to power more AC appliances simultaneously. Note that the total rated wattage should be under 1000w (surge 2000w). 2*USB-C and 1*Quick Charge 3.0 port can charge all your small digital devices like tablets and phones effectively.
- Power your outdoor recreation time from this instant solar generator. Designed for: (1) RV-ers: With no extra setup, powers your mini space heaters, cooling fans, mini-fridges, portable ovens and coffee makers, etc. (2) Outdoor parties: Power blenders, pellet smokers, small household ice shavers, and TVs to extend your grilling and game time. (3) Home backup power: Support emergency appliances such as refrigerators, CPAP/Bi-PAP, computers, radios, and phones to help keep your life as normal.
Ecoflow Delta vs Bluetti EB150
The Bluetti EB150 has more capacity in Watt-hours (Wh) than the EFDelta. The Bluetti has a 1500 Wh capacity vs the 1260 Wh capacity of the EFDelta. However, the Delta has a much higher output rating at 3300-watt surge and 1800 continuous watts vs the Bluetti 1200-watt surge and 1,000 Watt continuous power output rating. If you need to power a portable heater or a Sawzall tool, the EcoFlow Delta is a better pick. If you need more capacity for under 1,000-watt devices, the Bluetti is a better choice.
- Highest Capacity Power Station: 1500Wh/1000W(Max.), Longest Lasting Lithium Power Station, Built in Top-brand LG Battery Cell, Safety and Quality is Rest Assured. Specially Designed for High-power Device Such as Blender, Drill, Hair Dryer(Max.1000W).
- Multi-use&Various Outputs: 2*AC Outlets(Standard AC110V US Plug) for Most Household Appliance under 1000W Such as TV, mini Refrigerator, Household Dryer, CPAP,Drone.1*DC12V for Car Powered Devices like Car Fridge, Car Vacuum Cleaner,1*PD Type-C (Max 45W) for USB-C Devices Such as Laptop MacBook/MacBook Pro & PD USB-C Phones,4*5V3A(Max) USB for phones, Tablets, Camera, Fans, light, etc, Keep Multi Devices Powered in Case Power Failure or Away from a Wall Outlet, Widely Used for Indoor or Outdoor.
- Solar/AC Recharge: 1)This Power Generator Can be Recharged from the Sun with Solar Panel (Open Circuit Voltage must be 16V～60V(Max),Max 500W,Solar Panel not Included). 2) This Power Station Can be Fully Charged in 8 Hrs by being Plugged into the Wall Outlet.Charge Time varies on the Solar Panel(Higher Power of the Panel, Shorter Charge Time you will Get), eg. 300W Solar Panel: About 5-5.5Hrs. 3*150W Panel in Series: About 3.5-4Hrs. Tips:Car Charge: you need buy a Power Inverter(≥300W) yourself.
EcoFlow Delta vs Goal Zero Yeti
I would choose the EcoFlow over any Goal Zero Yeti Model. Unless you need one of their super high capacity batteries like the 3000x or the coming soon 6000x, I would go with the Delta hands down. Goal Zero solar batteries are really expensive for what you get. I’d choose Jackery or EcoFlow over Goal Zero every day.
EcoFlow Delta 1300 User Manual
Download the EcoFlow Delta 1300 User Manual as a PDF Here.
- 【6x 1800W AC OUTLETS & 1260Wh CAPACITY】Equipped with large invertor load, which can power most home appliances and heavy duty DIY tools under 1800W (3300W Surge, PURE SINE WAVE) : like TV, Fridge, Coffee Machine, Microwave Oven, CPAP, Drill and Saw. With 1260Wh capacity, EFDELTA can be truly a backup generator that keeps the lights, fridges running for hours.
- 【RECHARGE FROM 0% TO 80% WITHIN 1 HOUR】EFDELTA can be recharged from 0% to 80% in 1 hour and to 100% in 1.6 hours. X-STREAM TECHNOLOGY: ECOFLOW patented X-Stream Technology empowers EFDELTA recharged at 10 times the speed of most portable power stations in the market with just a standard AC cable. (NO HEAVY, BULKY ADAPTOR or BRICK).
- 【FASTEST RECHARGE BY SOLAR AND CAR】EFDELTA MPPT Controller guarantees faster recharge rate of solar and the wider compatibility with EcoFlow solar panel: Open Circuit voltage(OCV): 10-65V/ 10A max, 400W Max Input. (MC4 to XT60 Solar Cable Included). SOLAR RECHARGE TIME: EFDELTA can be fully recharged by solar panel in about 4 Hours . CAR RECHARGE TIME: it can be fully charged through a 12/24V car port in 10-12 HOURS.
What is the warranty on the EcoFlow Delta 1300 Generator?
2 years is the warranty when purchasing from EcoFlow directly. Call EcoFlow at 1-800-368-8604 or email ‘firstname.lastname@example.org’ to start a warranty request. They will issue an RMA to start the warranty replacement process. If you were a Kickstarter backer of the 1300, you have a lifetime warranty on the battery. If you purchase from Amazon, an 18-month warranty applies. My guess is you could still get two years though. Here’s the warranty information page on Amazon.
How loud is the EcoFlow Delta 1300?
Compared to a gas generator, the EFDelta is very quiet. However, it’s internal fans can be loud when charging, or when under heavy load. You can easily carry a conversation over them, but they are not completely silent. Here’s a video of the fan noise as an example:
How fast can you recharge the battery pack?
The stated recharge time is zero to 100% in 1 hour and 40 minutes, however, in my real-world test I was able to recharge the battery fully in 1 hour and 34 minutes.
How many Watts of solar energy input can the Delta handle?
400W Max input from solar panels.