As more and more people turn to alternative power sources to keep themselves off of the grid, portable generators are becoming more popular for campers, adventurers, and eco-conscious homeowners.
The EcoFlow Delta has seen huge prevalence in those who commit to the camping lifestyle, and there are many reasons this device, in particular, is so common. But there are plenty of other options out there.
In this review, we’ll look at some other portable generators and solar kits to give you a run-down on the best options out there. We’ve already done a full review of the EcoFlow Delta 1300, but we’ll touch on it briefly here.
Whether you’re looking for something small to keep your phone charged or something bigger that can power your house, you’re bound to find whatever you’re looking for.
EcoFlow Delta 1300
If we’re going to compare portable generators to the Ecoflow Delta 1300, we need to start by reviewing them.
The Delta is the newest addition to EcoFlow’s range of portable generators. New X-STREAM technology allows the EcoFlow Delta 1300 to charge at record speeds. The device can fully charge in under 2 hours connected to an AC outlet.
There are 6 110V AC power outlets, each rated at 1000W. The EcoFlowDelta has 1300Wh of power and a 3000W surge protection rating. On top of the 6 AC outlets, there are 6 USB ports, 2 of which are USB-C fast-charging ports.
The Delta has built-in MPPT charging capabilities for solar panels, so it’s an ideal choice for campers looking to get off the grid and keep to green energy. The battery bank comes with all the necessary leads and attachments you’ll need.
- Superfast charging speeds.
- High capacity and surge protection.
- Lots of power outlets.
- Runs loudly.
- Low charge efficiency.
Best Alternative Generators to the Ecoflow Delta 1300
Jackery builds a range of solar panels, portable generators, and battery packs. The company was launched in California, 2012 by two former Apple battery engineers.
The Jackery 1000 is their best-selling portable generator. Jackery prides itself on the device’s ability to withstand heavy use, making it an ideal choice for camping and van trips.
The Jackery 1000 has a 1002Wh power capacity, rated at 1000W output. This is enough to power a 70W portable fridge for more than 14 hours. The device has several power outlets, including 4 USB and 3 110V AC outlets.
The generator has a 2000W surge capacity, so it’s not likely to blow out. The Delta vs Jackery 1000 has a higher surge rating. It comes with a built-in MPPT charger which means it can be charged through solar panels straight from the box.
Battery degradation is one area where Jackery struggles. The device is rated at 80% capacity after 500 full cycles, which can take around two years of heavy use. After that, the battery will only hold 60% of the initial 1002W capacity.
- Light and portable.
- High surge protection keeps the generator safe.
- Runs silently.
- Battery degradation reduces device lifespan.
- Limited power outlets.
- Long charging time.
MaxOak Bluetti EB150
MaxOak is another company at the forefront of portable generator technology. The Bluetti EB150 is a smaller version of the EB240, which is nearly identical except for its larger power capacity.
The EB150 has a capacity of 1000Wh. The generator has 2 110V AC power outlets, each rated at 1000W output. With two heavy appliances like drills or washing machines, the battery will be depleted in under an hour.
But the 1000Wh capacity is more than enough to keep your campsite or caravan lit up and warm on your road trip. On top of the AC power outlets, the EB150 has 3 standard USB 3A outlets, and 1 USB-C outlet.
Unlike many of its competitors, the MaxOak EB150 doesn’t have any additional surge protection. This makes it possible to blow the generator out quite easily, especially if it’s being used to power heavy machinery.
- Well built and easy to maneuver.
- Lots of fans keep the device cool.
- No additional surge protection.
- Limited AC power outlets.
Lion Safari ME
Lion Energy has been producing high-quality battery packs for decades now. Until recently, they limited themselves to providing batteries for industrial machinery and factories. With the Safari ME they’ve finally made a product geared towards commercial users.
The generator uses a unique Lithium Iron Phosphate battery that holds 922Wh at a full charge. This is a little smaller than other portable generators.
Although it won’t make a massive difference to how long you can run small camping equipment, it will significantly reduce how long it runs powering heavy appliances.
The generator is much heavier than other models, weighing in at just over 45lbs. It requires two carry-handles to pick up and move around. Although it’s quite heavy, the device is surprisingly compact and will fit easily in any camper van.
An advantage of the heavy battery is its extended life cycle. The battery is good for over 2,000 full cycles, from fully charged to 0%. After 600 cycles, the generator will still hold 70% of its initial capacity.
- Strong, durable generator.
- Extended Life Cycle.
- Easy to attach extra batteries.
- Very heavy.
- Lower capacity.
Titan Solar Generator
The Titan Point Zero Solar Generator may not be the prettiest portable generator on the market, but it offers a good host of features that make it an attractive option. One of Titan’s key features is the ability to stack batteries to increase its capacity.
One Titan battery holds an impressive 2,200Wh of power. Users can buy additional batteries and stack as many as six batteries together in parallel, reaching an impressive 13,200Wh of power.
That would be enough to power your entire house for around six hours. One battery will have enough power to run a 75W portable fridge for nearly 30 hours.
The device charges quickly. In ideal conditions, two 100W solar panels will fully charge the device in just under 6 hours. If the battery is connected to a wall socket, it will fully charge in just over 4 hours.
There are 6 110V AC power outlets and another 6 USB outlets. The generator has built-in MPPT charging, so it can be hooked up to solar panels with ease.
- Very high capacity.
- Fast charging.
- Stackable batteries.
- Very, very heavy.
- Quite unattractive to look at.
Rockpals Portable Solar Kit
The Rockpals Portable Solar Generator Kit is the smallest battery bank on this list both in terms of its size and weight and its power capacity.
The generator has a capacity rating of 280Wh, much smaller than its competitors. The Rockpals Generator can power a portable fridge for only 3.5 hours, which makes it less useful for campers and vanners.
The Rockpals Generator is best for charging small devices like cellphones and torches in the event of a power outage.
It has 1 AC 110V power outlet as well as 6 USB-A fast-charging ports. This is one of the few generators with 12V 4A outlets which are used for laptops and notepads.
Because of the battery’s low inversion rate, it takes quite a long to charge despite its reduced capacity. Plugged directly into a wall socket, the Rockpals Generator will take upwards of 6 hours to fully charge.
- Very light and small.
- Very cheap.
- Small capacity.
- Long charge time.
Hysolis MPS Portable Generator Kit
The Hysolis MPS Portable Generator Kit is the biggest battery bank on this list, both in terms of its power capacity and its actual size.
With 3000W sustained output, the battery has an impressive 4,500Wh capacity which can power even the most energy-intensive devices for hours. For example, the MPS can power a portable fridge for a whopping 60 hours (2.5 days).
A unique feature of the MPS is its pass-thru charging. This means that the device can power appliances even when it’s being charged. It’s not suggested that you do this too often, though, as it can affect the lifespan of the battery.
Despite its size, the Hysolis MPS are limited in terms of power outlets. There are 4 110V AC outlets and another 2 USB-A outlets. There is also a 12V DC car charger.
The MPS excels in terms of its charge efficiency. The device has an 80% efficiency rating, meaning that only 20% of the power to charge the device is lost to inefficiency. This means that to fully charge the 4,500W battery will take 5,400W.
- Massive battery capacity.
- Pass-thru charging increases usability.
- 6,000W surge protection.
- More expensive than competitors.
- Big and bulky.
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