Whether it’s a natural or manufactured crisis, or something as common as a temporary power outage, emergency back-up power is crucial in keeping you and your family secure and connected.
For many years, fuel-operated generators were the only option. Although highly effective, fuel generators have several significant limitations.
In this article, we look at the EcoFlow Delta Max (2000) Smart generator with solar panel and examine how these cutting-edge products can provide powerful options for emergency back-up power. We also consider some potential applications in which a solar generator may have significant advantages over traditional fuel generators.
EcoFlow Delta Max solar generator is self-contained and features a very bright display detailing important information, including Input & Output (in watts), Charge Meter, and Hours. Unit also features two USB-A ports, two USB-C 100W ports, and two Fast Charge ports.
The Potential Crisis:
During a disaster, there’s a good possibility that power may be interrupted. For decades, emergency back-up power usually came from traditional fuel generators – gasoline, liquid propane, natural gas, or diesel. While conventional fuel generators have many advantages, they also have several limitations. Recently, the price of fossil fuels has increased dramatically. Also, not everyone lives in a location where they can safely operate a traditional generator or even store the necessary fuel in sufficient quantities. Although there are many more issues, these alone can exclude a sizeable portion of the population from having emergency back-up power.
A very strong carrying case protects your solar panels and makes for an easy way to carry the panels. The case also serves as the support structure to deploy the panels, and can adjust from 40-80 degrees allowing the panels to receive the most amount of sunlight. Built in carrying handles, and a shoulder strap, provide options/flexibility for transporting the panels.
What is a Solar Generator?
What many people commonly refer to as a “solar generator” is not a “generator” in the traditional sense since it does not create power in the same way a fuel generator does. A portable solar generator is essentially a self-contained unit with a large battery, an inverter to convert DC to AC power, and a charge controller to ensure that the batteries get the correct charge voltage. Coupled with solar panels, the solar generator captures energy from the sun and stores it in the unit’s batteries for later use.
The Delta Max can connect with up to two 400 watt solar panels. The 400 Watt solar panels are made from layers of pliable EVA and durable fiberglass, and have four separate folding sections, and can be deployed in minutes. Although one average person can deploy the panels, it’s far easier with two people. Panels and carrying case weigh approximately 41.9 pounds.
Solar Generator vs. Fuel Generators:
While traditional fuel generators deliver more (AC) electrical power and can run much larger appliances for extended periods, they have some limitations. Fuel generators are loud, consume a lot of gasoline (or whatever other fuel is being used), emit dangerous fumes, can only operate outdoors, and require maintenance.
The EcoFlow Delta Max solar generator provides expandable home backup power. The unit can be connected to two extra batteries via “Extra Battery Port” 1 & 2. The Delta Max has 2kWh capacity, which can be expanded to 6kWh by adding two Delta Max Smart batteries.
The EcoFlow Delta Max is silent, can be used indoors, emits no harmful fumes, can be recharged using sunlight, and requires no maintenance.
The Delta Max can be used indoors, and it can provide a significant amount of power over long periods. This is especially significant if you live in an apartment, condominium, or townhome where your options for emergency back-up power may be severely limited or if you’re sheltering in place and want to keep a very low profile. In most of these situations, running a traditional fuel generator may not be an option.
The EcoFlow Delta Max Bundle comes with everything you need to get started. In the box, you’ll find instructions, all the necessary cables, 400 watt solar panels, and the Delta Max (2000) unit.
EcoFlow Delta Max (2000) – At a Glance:
- High Capacity. EcoFlow’s X-Boast technology allows the Delta Max to power heavy-duty devices and even appliances.
- Expandable. The Delta Max has a 2kWh capacity, which can expand to 6kWh by adding two additional Delta Max Smart batteries. Connect the extra batteries via “Extra Battery Port” 1 & 2.
- Full Display/Easily Accessible Ports. Brightly lit display details important information, including Input & Output (in watts), Charge Meter, and Hours. The unit also features two USB-A ports, two USB-C 100W ports, and two Fast Charge ports.
- App-Enabled. Control & monitor your real-time energy consumption with the EcoFlow app. The app lets you customize your power use and remotely control the unit.
- Multiple Charging Methods. The Delta Max provides the flexibility of several ways to recharge your unit – you can use the solar panels, an AC power outlet, or a car’s DC power outlet.
- High-Efficiency Solar Panels. The one-piece 400 Watt folding solar panels allow you to convert sunlight into energy on–demand. Featuring EVA and durable fiberglass, the panel has four separate folding sections and can be deployed in minutes. The compact design saves space when folded but deploys in minutes. Connect with up to two 400-watt solar panels for faster charging times. The panels and carrying case weigh approximately 41.9 pounds.
- Covert, Silent Running. Safely run your Delta Max indoors, day or night. No fuel, flumes, noise, and no one needs to know. Using a renewable energy source means having the ability to run your solar generator indefinitely.
- No Maintenance. No oil change, filters, or spark plugs to swap out, and no looking for parts or other supplies during a crisis.
- Lots of Ports and Outlets. Features six AC outlets, two USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, and a USB-A Fast Charge port.
- Lightweight and Portable. The Delta Max weighs 48lbs. (Minus the solar panels.)(Dimensions= 19.6′ x 9.5′ x 12′)
The back side of the EcoFlow Delta Max generator has six plugs, the connection points for solar and A/C charging, a “Fast” and “Slow/Custom” charge speed selector switch, and D/C port/connectors.
Emergency back-up power is a crucial but often overlooked component of survival planning. The EcoFlow Delta Max (2000) has lots of power and many features, including the ability to tap the sun’s power to provide emergency back-up power for an unlimited amount of time. We especially like that it operates in silence, requires no combustible fuels, emits no dangerous fumes, and requires no maintenance. As with any purchase, the cost is always a consideration. EcoFlow Delta Max is more expensive than a comparable traditional fuel generator. And this is where you must do your own cost-benefit analysis to see if it fits your needs and circumstances. But, don’t forget to factor in all the fuel you’ll never have to buy.
We liked this product and appreciated its expandability since it can grow with our needs. One last point, make sure to shop around. We did a quick search and found several retailers offering substantial discounts.
Stay safe and be prepared.
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