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Bluetti AC200 Max

Bluetti AC200 Max Solar Generator + B230 Expansion Battery Review

Bluetti AC200 Max Solar Generator + B230 Expansion Battery Review

Bluetti AC200 Max

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Overall Rating 9
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 9
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 9

Table of Contents

Bluetti has recently launched two intriguing products in what they tout as the Grand Debut of full home battery backup. These include the AC200 Max, a solar generator that feels like a slightly stronger twin of the original AC200P, and the extension battery pack B230, which is a noteworthy addition to Bluetti’s line-up.

Though it’s similar to the previous model, the AC200 Max does offer a couple of exciting new features, such as a 30 A RV plug and a mobile app. What excites us most about the B230, though, is a segment-first battery extender you can use as a simple generator in itself and is compatible with older Bluetti power stations too. 

In this Bluetti AC200 Max + B230 Expansion Battery review, we cover the new 200 series model and compatible battery expansion pack in detail.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200 MAX [Hex Kit]

Bluetti AC200 MAX Solar Generator Key Features

1. Expandability and Flexibility

Arguably the biggest highlight of Bluetti’s new launch is the expandability of battery capacity, with the incredible B230 extension pack. If you are someone who likes Bluetti’s generators but wants a larger storage capacity like that of a Goal Zero Yeti 6000X, which is great news!

Bluetti AC200 Max connected to B230 Expansion Battery

With a single Bluetti B230 battery, the AC200 Max can provide an impressive 4096 Wh storage, but the best part – up to two B230s can be connected with the Bluetti AC200 Max to expand the battery capacity to a staggering 6144 Wh. Interestingly, Bluetti is also offering the B300 expansion battery, which is also compatible with the AC200 Max, and with two B300s, you can achieve a whopping 8192 Wh capacity.

Bluetti AC200 Max with two B230 Batteries Connected

But the B230 and B300 aren’t just expansion devices. You can use them as standalone battery banks, too. This feature is an industry-first that beats other close competitors such as the EcoFlow Delta. 

The B230 has three different ports, and you can run a variety of basic appliances from it. It even has its own charging port, a power button, and a design resembling the AC200s, with strong handles for carrying it easily.

As for input, the device provides impressive flexibility by allowing you to charge it with 900W solar and 500W AC input – simultaneously. Using a 1400W input charges the battery in just 1.5 hours. You can also use solar to pump in the entire 1400W. All you would need is Bluetti’s charging enhancer, which is sold separately.

2. Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) Battery

In the increasingly crowded space of solar power generators, only a few brands stand apart with state-of-the-art battery technology. Bluetti is one brand that can lay such a claim, with a long-lasting LFP battery that promises an excellent 3500+ lifecycles. In comparison, a Goal Zero battery with Li-NMC technology offers around 500 cycles.

But the LFP technology offers more than longevity. It also promises better safety. These batteries have exceptional thermal resistance, so there is a low chance of catching fire, even in extremely hot regions. Additionally, LFP cells are also known to offer better current ratings, which is evident from the 30A RV port the makers have offered on this product.

Furthermore, Bluetti leaves no room for complaints by choosing to go with cells manufactured by LG Chem.

3. High Power Output

If you look at any solar power station in the market today, it will probably have a power output in W that is about half or a third of the battery capacity in Wh. This ratio is another area where Bluetti’s generators triumph.

The Bluetti AC200 Max has an excellent power rating of 2,200 W, which is slightly higher than the AC200P. For a 2048 Wh battery, this is a striking amount of continuous power you can draw out of it. It does mean that you can drain the entire battery in less than an hour if you pull the entire 2,200 W, but it is always good to have that option available rather than not. 

What can the Bluetti AC200 Max Power do?

Additionally, the battery expansion packs can help improve discharge times by two or three times if needed, so the high power output shouldn’t always mean you will be left out of juice pretty soon.

4. One of the Best Display Screens

Display screens on solar power stations are no longer a new feature, but the quality of the screen on Bluetti’s AC200 Max is certainly exceptional. It is the same resistive, LCD touch-screen on the AC200P and eliminates the frustration of barely haptic, squishy button screens with poor visibility.

The screen is capable of more than just displaying a bunch of information. While it does show a large amount of information, it also allows the management of the generator. You can turn AC or DC power on or off and even regulate parameters.

Bluetti LCD Touch-Screen

5. 120 V/30 A Shore Power/RV Plug

A big difference between the Bluetti AC200P and the AC200 Max is the 30 A RV plug on the latter. For those who are into off-grid adventures that involve a camper, this is a boon. Using appliances in an RV by keeping an engine running is inefficient and expensive.

Connecting the RV battery to the Bluetti AC200 Max through the 30 A plug can help operate even relatively heavier appliances like an air conditioner for a decent amount of time. If you have solar panels on your RV, it increases flexibility and efficiency even more.

AC200 Max 30A RV Plug

AC200 Max 30A RV Plug

6. Hot Swapping

Another upgrade over the AC200P, the Bluetti AC200 Max allows hot-swapping of batteries. If your generator is on and you need more energy, you can add a new battery module without turning the system off, adding flexibility to the use of the power station.

7. Mobile App

Here’s another area where the newer AC series generator is better than the older one – it comes with a mobile app with an intuitive layout and animations. It allows not only to check real-time status without having to go near the generator but also to control parameters and turn the device off when needed.

Bluetti Mobile App

Bluetti Mobile App

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200 MAX [QUAD Kit]

Key Specifications: Bluetti AC200 MAX + B230 Battery

1. Bluetti AC200 Max

Battery 2,048 Wh, Lithium-ion (LFP), 3,500+ lifecycles
Output
  • Rated AC power: 110 V, 2,200 W Continuous (4,800 W Surge)
  • DC output: 5 V DC / 3 A USB Plug, 12 V DC / 3/10/25 A output ports
Input
  • AC/wall charging: 500 W
  • Solar Charger: Max 900 Watts, 10-145 V / 12 A MPPT
  • Car Charger: 12 V /24 V DC
Management System
  • MPPT charge controller
  • Low battery protection
  • Short-circuit protection
  • Overload protection
Size (L*W*H): 420 mm (16.5 in) x 280 mm (11 in) x 386.5 mm (15.2 in)
Weight 48 lb/ 22 kg 

2. Bluetti B230 Expansion Battery

Battery 2,048 Wh, Lithium-ion (LFP), 3,500+ lifecycles
Output
  • DC output: 18W USB-A Plug, 100W USB-C Plug
  • 12V/10A cigarette lighter
Input
  • AC/wall charging: 500 W
  • Solar Charger: Max 900 Watts, 10-145 V / 12 A MPPT
  • Car Charger: 12 V /24 V DC
Management System
  • MPPT charge controller
  • Low battery protection
  • Short-circuit protection
  • Overload protection
Size (L*W*H): 420 mm (16.5 in) x 280 mm (11 in) x 226 mm (8.9 in)
Weight 48 lb/ 22 kg 

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200 MAX [EMRG Kit]

Design and Construction: AC200 MAX + B230 Battery

The design of the Bluetti AC200 Max and even the B230 battery unit is very similar to that of the AC200P – a sleek, modern design that differentiates the devices from most other solar generators.

A textured black body with metallic grey edges and handles, accentuated with cool blue branding gives a high-tech look to the devices. Despite being built almost entirely out of ABS plastic, the units have a rugged feel to them.

Bluetti AC200 Max Ports 1

Bluetti AC200 Max Ports

But the design delivers more than just aesthetics – it scores full marks for functionality too. All the ports are neatly grouped on the front panel. The display is in the center, and the power button is in the left corner. The addition of the 30 A RV plug as well as improved, fast-charging USB ports is a welcome upgrade from the AC200P.

The top of the unit has two wireless charging pads with input ports for AC and DC charging on the side.

Bluetti AC200 Max ports 2

Bluetti AC200 Max Ports

Overall, the AC200 Max is not vastly different from the AC200P, neither in design nor in specifications, and it is strange why Bluetti did not simply launch the battery expansion pack. In fact, the newer generator is so similar to the older one that Bluetti itself, on its website, writes “Small Change, Big Leap”, acknowledging that the AC200 Max and AC200P models are very similar.

The B230 battery expansion pack, on the other hand, is a different story. It is arguably Bluetti’s milestone product in terms of usability. It is similar in size and looks similar to the generator itself, just slightly shorter. This simple-looking boxy device has three output ports, a battery extension port to connect it with the AC200 Max or AC200P, and an input port for independent charging. 

Bluetti B230 Ports

Bluetti B230 Ports

Pros

Bluetti’s new AC series generator with its new battery expansion packs is an exciting entry into the solar generator market. Together, they make one of the best solar power stations, if not the best. Here’s a quick outline of the reasons why you should consider buying the AC200 Max + B230:

Just like the older model, the AC200 Max looks high-tech, and so does the battery expansion unit, as it carries the exact same design language.

The LFP battery inside the device is not only energy-dense but also safer and lasts longer.

The optimum number of ports and an easy-to-handle construction, coupled with a terrific display screen and mobile app control make the generator as advanced as it can be.

The B230 expansion pack with its multiple model compatibility, independent usage, and hot-swapping feature provides much-needed flexibility of how much energy you want to use and when. The mobile app improves its flexibility even more by allowing remote monitoring.

Cons

There isn’t much to complain about the AC200 Max and the B230, but a few things are still worth noting.

With a top-notch battery, a pure sine-wave inverter, and a thoughtful design, you would expect the AC200 Max to impress in the efficiency department too. However, though not unacceptably low, the device lets down with an 80% efficiency, unlike some competitors that reach well over the 90% mark. So, you could charge the entire 2048 Wh but can only extract just 80% of it.

Although all of Bluetti’s solar generators technically fall under the portable category, the level of portability varies from model to model. Speaking specifically of the AC200 Max, it is portable but not easily. The energy-dense lithium battery does make it relatively less heavy than a lead-acid battery, but at 62 lb, it is not a breeze when just one person tries carrying it. 

Add in the B230, and its portability quotient suffers even more. It would have been terrific if Bluetti provided a wheeled cart, even optional, to carry the entire combo of the generator and the expansion battery.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200 MAX [Nomad Kit]

Final Words: To Buy or Not to Buy

It is easy to find yourself lost in the sea of options when looking for a solar generator, and Bluetti might not be as popular as Goal Zero, but their products seldom disappoint, which applies to the Bluetti AC200 Max and B230 as well.

If a reliable battery, good looks, and flexibility of use are on your must-have list, you will not be disappointed with Bluetti’s recent products. Sure, the units have their tiny flaws here and there, but there’s hardly anything that should deter you from buying it. 

And even if you can’t get a hold of the Bluetti AC200 Max, the original AC200P is almost the same model and compatible with the new battery expansion packs.

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Jackery Explorer Portable power station

WARNING: Jackery Explorer 500 Review + Top 2 Alternatives

WARNING: Jackery Explorer 500 Review + Top 2 Alternatives

Jackery Explorer Portable power station

Carlos

Written by qualified solar engineer Carlos. Last updated:

Overall Rating 9
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 8
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 9

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Having a backup source of power is valuable whenever the grid is down, but it’s also very important if you want to have an incredible experience outdoors, whether that is a week-long camping trip or a long picnic day with family and friends.

In this review, we cover one of the best and most reliable options available for backup power, the Jackery Explorer 500. We will also check out two valuable alternatives that you can consider to make the best possible choice among solar generator products. Let’s jump to it!

What is the Jackery Explorer 500?

The Jackery Explorer 500 is a portable power station manufactured by Jackery, one of the top brands in the backup market, integrated with an array of cylindrical 2400 lithium-ion battery cells with a high energy density capable of storing up to 518Wh of energy ([email protected]). This valuable device has a rated power capacity of 500W and 1000W for a surge.

This power station features multiple ports, including:

Jackery Explorer 500 Outlets:

3 x USB – A ports
2 x 12V DC ports
1 x 12V car outlet
1 x 110V AC outlet – pure sine wave output at 60Hz

Moreover, some of the extra features that the Jackery Explorer 500 comes with are:

  •         Built-in LED flashlight
  •         Built-in MPPT charge controller
  •         Carry on solid handle
  •         Built-in LED display
  •         Car charger cable
  •         AC charging cable

What can I power with the Jackery Explorer 500?

Jackery Explorer Portable power station

The Explorer 500 is capable of powering multiple appliances and electronic devices, including any of the following:

  •         Blenders (300W)                        
  •         CPAP machines
  •         TVs
  •         LED Lights
  •         Electronics: Smartphones, cameras, drones, iPads, headphones, etc.
  •         Electric blankets (40W)
  •         Heated travel mugs (100W)
  •         Mini-cooler

You will notice that all of these devices have a power consumption below 500W. Keep in mind that the AC output port is rated for a maximum continuous capacity of 500W, and exceeding this amount will cause the Explorer 500 to shut down automatically as a safety measure.

Any appliance powered with AC will need to have a demand below 500W to be connected to the Jackery Explorer 500.  In other words, you cannot power appliances like toasters, kettles, or electric frying pans with this portable solar generator. To make sure you can connect a device, check the power rating specs of whatever it is you want to power.

That said, the Jackery has a surge power rating of 1000W, which means it can provide an extra burst of power for a few seconds to get the appliance started, typically useful for appliances with small motors. This feature could come in handy for some small and low-demand fridges, but you would need to make sure that the continuous demand from the DC motor is below 500W.

How Can the Jackery Explorer 500 be charged?

You can fully charge this power station in several ways:

Car charger 7.5 hours
AC wall outlet 7.5 hours
Solar panels 9-10 hours

Keep in mind that the input terminal for all charging sources is rated to be below 100W. For solar panels, Jackery also offers the optional Solar Saga 100W solar kit that you can connect to the Jackery 500. As you can see above, using solar panels would take around 10 hours to charge the Explorer 500 fully; however, this can increase if weather conditions are not favorable.

What Do We Like About The Jackery Explorer 500?

Jackery Explorer Portable power station

What We Don’t Like About the Explorer 500

Jackery Explorer Portable power station

What are the Best Alternatives to the Jackery Explorer 500?

If you feel the Jackery Explorer is not for you, then we have some of the best alternatives you can think of for this power station. Similar in specs, quality, and price! Let’s take a look.

The EcoFlow River 600 Max is one of the best alternatives for the Explorer 500, and here is why.

Power Rating and Connectivity

The River 600 Max has a power rating of 600W and a surge power of 1200W. You will also enjoy 576Wh of battery capacity, and what’s more important, you can use it to power up to 10 devices at once.

As amazing as it sounds, the EcoFlow River 600 has an X-Boost mode that allows it to power up to 1800W in total (although the recommendation is to stay below 1200W to maximize the energy performance use). This is possible thanks to the three 600 WAC outlets, which offer much better connectivity options than the Jackery 500.

Super-Fast Charging

What’s even more incredible about the EcoFlow 600 is its super-fast charging capability, thanks to the X-Stream Fast Charging feature, which allows it to get fully charged in less than 100 minutes using an AC wall outlet.

When using a car port, it takes just three hours to charge fully. On the other hand, if you want to use solar charging, you can connect up to two 110W solar panels for a total of 220W, which allows you to charge the EcoFlow River 600 in just around three to six hours! This time is considerably less than with the Jackery.

UPS capability

A great plus of the EcoFlow River 600 is that you can use it as a UPS device. If you have the River 600 connected to the wall outlet and have a desktop computer connected to it, the River 600 will charge the desktop using energy from the grid. However, if the grid fails, this power station will automatically switch to a battery supply mode in less than 30 seconds, actively acting as a UPS device.

Go Lightweight

Another interesting feature of the EcoFlow River 600 Max is the possibility to remove the integrated extra battery pack to reduce the weight of the power station and make it more of an on-the-go kind of device, reducing 2.5kg from the total 7.7kg that the River 600 weighs.

This design is perfect if you want a larger power station for your campsite but still want to be able to carry a smaller power station to an area nearby without having to haul the whole weight of the entire unit.

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow River 600 Max

Power Ratings

Another great alternative to the Explorer 500 is the Bluetti EB70. This power station is more powerful than the Jackery model, featuring up to a 700W continuous output rating with a massive 716Wh energy storage capacity made out of a lithium-iron-phosphate (LiFePO4) battery, which is already powerful enough to run air pumps and mini-fridges comfortably.

Connectivity

Moreover, the connectivity is impressive, with up to four pure sine wave AC outlets at 110V, two USB type-C PD, and two USB-A ports. Plus, two DC output ports, a car port, and even a wireless charger of 15W for smartphones and other electronic devices with such capability.

Charging times

As for charging times, the Bluetti EB70 does not stay behind at all and even when having almost half more energy storage capacity than the Jackery Explorer 500. If you use a wall outlet, it only takes up to 4.5 hours to fully charge it. On the other hand, if you use a car port, it would take about 7.5 hours, just like the Explorer 500. Finally, if your choice is to use solar, you can expect it to be charged in less than six hours, assuming good weather conditions.

Lifetime Expectancy

One extremely valuable thing about the Bluetti EB70 when compared to the Jackery Explorer 500 is the number of cycles that the power station can run is up to 2500 at 80% capacity. This difference is huge.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti EB70

Comparison: Jackery Explorer 500 vs EcoFlow River 600 Max vs Bluetti EB70

To summarize the differences between the Jackery and our best alternatives, we have pulled up this table that will help you easily see the different specs between these products.

  Jackery Explorer 500 EcoFlow River 600 Max Bluetti EB70
Power Rating (W) 500 600 (expandable to 1800W with X-Boost mode) 700
Surge Power Rating (W) 1000 1200
Battery Type Lithium-ion Lithium-ion Lithium-iron phosphate
Energy Storage Capacity (Wh) 518 576 716
Expected Number of Lifecycles 500 to 80% capacity 500 to 80% capacity 2500 to 80% capacity
Charging times      
Wall Outlet 7.5h 1.6 h 4.5 h
Car Port (Wh) 7.5h 6.5 h 7.5 h
Solar 9-10h (100W max) 3-6h (2x110W max) 5.5h (200W max)
Operating Temperature range 0 – 40°C 0 – 45°C -20 to 40°C
Number of AC Outlets 1 3 4
Number of USB Ports 3 – USB-A ports

2-USB A ports

1 USB-A Fast Charge port

1 USB-C port

2-USB-A Ports

2-USB-C PD ports

Weight 13.32lbs (6.04kg) 17 lbs (7.7 kg) 21.4lbs (9.7kg)
Warranty Period 24 months 24 months 24 months

Outstanding Feature

(Feature that the other two do not have)

None

UPS capability

Detach portable mode

X-Boost mode

Wireless charging
Estimated Price $500 $550 $600

Final Words

As you can see from the table above, both the EcoFlow 600 Max and the Bluetti EB70 offer far better technical specs and features than what the Jackery Explorer 500 does for a little extra money, making them the best alternatives to consider at this price range.

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EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

EcoFlow Delta 1800 Solar Generator Review: Is It Worth Buying? (2021)

EcoFlow Delta Review 1800W / 1300wH Solar Generator: Is It Worth Buying? (2021)

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

Oliver

Written by Oliver. Last updated:

Overall Rating 9
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 8
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 9

Table of Contents

When the EcoFlow Delta  1800 first hit the market, solar generators were a real game-changer. Whereas a traditional solar power system requires installing expensive, bulky, and complicated components, a solar power generator can act as an all-in-one solar power station.

Today, the best solar generators feature a high-capacity internal solar battery, both a built-in charge controller and an integrated power inverter, as well as a variety of useful output ports.

In other words, the best solar generators can be paired with solar panels to give you the ability to generate, store, and access power from even the most remote locations.

The EcoFlow brand was established in 2017 with a simple goal – to reinvent the way people access power. They wanted to offer reliable, portable, and renewable power sources that customers could use for adventures in remote, off-grid locations or as reliable power banks for emergencies and power outages.

Honest Review of the EcoFlow Delta 1800

The EcoFlow brand was established in 2017 with a simple goal – to reinvent the way people access power. They wanted to offer reliable, portable, and renewable power sources that could be used for adventures in remote, off-grid locations, or as reliable power banks for emergencies and power outages.

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

In the brand’s short history, it has earned an impressive reputation for offering durable, high-performance solar products at affordable prices. Out of all of its products, the EcoFlow Delta 1800 continues to stand out as one of its best sellers.

To understand whether or not the Delta 1800 deserves its status, we dissect some of its internal components and look at its specifications.

EcoFlow Delta: Battery Capacity, Life Cycles, and Shelf Life

Battery Capacity:

One of the first things consumers look for when presented with a solar generator is the battery capacity.

The Delta features a built-in 1,260Wh (350Ah, 3.7V) deep-cycle solar battery, which is fairly impressive given its compact and lightweight design. For comparison, similarly-sized units, such as the Patriot Power Generator 1800, only feature a 652Wh internal battery.

Put bluntly, you get nearly twice the battery capacity you would get with other solar generators in the Delta’s price range.

For perspective, this means that a fully-charged Delta 1800 could charge and power electronic devices and appliances in the following ways:

Large refrigerator 15 to 18 hours
Coffee maker 50+ cycles
Standard Laptop 27+ recharges
CPAP Machine 20+ hours
32” television 23+ hours
10W LED flood light 140+ hours

As you can see, having a high battery capacity is incredibly important.

Whether you want to charge portable electronics, like laptops, smartphones, and tablets, or supply power to your more demanding electronic appliances, such as a toaster, refrigerator, blender, air conditioner, or oscillating fan, the Delta’s nearly 1,300Wh lithium-ion battery is up to the task.

Battery Shelf Life:

While battery capacity is important, it is also worth noting its shelf life. Essentially, shelf life refers to the amount of time you can leave a battery charged before it will lose its charge. While all batteries suffer from a natural draining process over time, some batteries hold their charge longer than others.

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

As you can imagine, shelf life is important for those who plan on using solar generators as a source of emergency or backup power. Fortunately, the Delta 1800 delivers. With a shelf life of over 12 months, buyers could conceivably leave the unit untouched and in storage for a full year and still rely on it to have a fully charged battery in the event of a power outage or emergency.

For comparison, similar units, like the Goal Zero Yeti 1500X, tend to have a shelf life of only three to four months.

Life Cycles:

The Delta 1800’s battery is rated for 800+ life cycles, which is, again, impressive. Essentially, life cycles refer to the total number of times the battery can be charged and drained before it starts to lose some of its capacity.

While this might lead you to believe that you can only use the battery about 800 times until you start to see signs of degradation, it is important to remember that a cycle refers to a full recharge followed by a full discharge. In other words, partially discharging the battery would not necessarily impact the battery the same way that a full discharge cycle would.

You could only use some of the Delta’s stored power before recharging the battery, and the impact on the battery’s lifespan would be negligible.

The fact that the Delta’s powerful power inverter allows you to discharge the battery fully is fairly unique. Some of the less efficient solar generators shut off before you can completely drain the battery.

EcoFlow Delta: Power Inverter, Charge Controller, and Output Ports

The Power Inverter:

One of the highlights of the Delta 1800 is its powerful and efficient internal power inverter. The 1,800W pure sine power inverter is impressive, especially when you consider the unit’s compact dimensions and lightweight design.

At 1,800W, there is nothing else like the Delta in its class. Most units this size feature far less powerful inverters, which is why most of the highly portable units are for charging smartphones, Bluetooth speakers, tablets, portable GPS units, and other handheld electronics.

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

As mentioned above, the combination of the Delta’s high-capacity battery and its 1,800W power inverter means it can power fairly demanding electronic appliances, like refrigerators, televisions, and more.

Not only is the power inverter rated at 1,800W, but it also offers 3,300W of surge potential, which means it can withstand the peaks and valleys you get with more temperamental electronics, like microwaves, blenders, toaster ovens, hairdryers, and straightening irons. Delta’s power inverter is so impressive that we have even seen it power some fairly demanding power tools!

Charge Controller:

The built-in MPPT charge controller protects the battery and ensures you make the most out of your power source. Generators with a far less efficient PWM charge controller require more solar power supply to charge the battery.

Your solar panels will perform effectively, and more of the DC power they generate will end up getting stored within your unit’s deep cycle battery.

The MPPT charge controller also protects against reverse battery drain, which can occur when power flows from the battery to a connected solar panel.  With a low-quality charge controller, this usually occurs after the sun has set and the connected panels are no longer producing power.

Output Ports:

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

The Delta also features a wide variety of practical output charging ports, including:

EcoFlow Delta 1800 Output Ports:

2 x USB-A ports
2 x USB fast-charging ports
2 x 60W USB-C ports (compatible with latest Apple iPhones and iPads, as well as newer Android smartphones)
6 x standard three-prong AC wall-style plugs
1 x cigarette lighter-style 12V DC carport

All of these output ports combine to give the Delta 1800 outstanding versatility. With five unique charging options and the potential to power 13 devices at once, the Delta is incredibly impressive for its size. Typically, only the larger and more expensive units offer this many output ports, and even some of them lack the more modern USB-C ports.

How to Recharge the EcoFlow Delta 1800 Solar Generator

Another area where the Delta shines is its surprisingly fast recharge times.

If you are charging the unit through a standard AC wall outlet, you can fully charge the 1,260Wh battery in as little as 1.6 hours! This speed is incredibly fast, especially considering similar solar generators can take up to 12 hours to charge this way.

EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator

Using solar panels that have a total power rating of 100W, you can typically charge the battery in 4 to 8 hours. As is always the case with solar, the actual recharge time will depend on several factors, including the efficiency rating of the panels, the amount of cloud cover, your geographic location, and the time of day when the panels are being used.

One of the unique and useful features the Delta has is being able to charge the battery through a 12V DC input port. You can charge the battery from your car, which is great for campers and RV enthusiasts.

Our Overall Impression of the EcoFlow Delta 1800 Solar Generator

After taking an in-depth look at the Delta, it became pretty obvious why it is one of the best-selling solar generators on the market today. Put simply, the Delta 1800 offers outstanding reliability and performance at an affordable price point.

Given that similar units tend to weigh close to 50lbs and the Delta comes in at just 30.9lbs, it is also fair to say it is a highly portable solar generator. Backcountry campers, RV enthusiasts, camper van drivers, and anyone else who values mobility will also appreciate the two rigid carrying handles.

While the high-capacity battery and 1,800W power inverter were the real highlights, we cannot ignore the high-end features you get with the Delta. These include the crystal-clear LCD screen, fast recharge rate, 13 output ports, and the ability to charge through solar power, AC power, or a 12V DC carport.

EcoFlow Delta Pros

EcoFlow Delta Cons

As you can see, the pros certainly outweigh the cons. Whether you are looking for a highly portable and durable unit that can accompany you on your next adventure, or you are looking for a reliable and powerful solar generator for emergencies, the Delta 1800 is up to the task, and we cannot recommend it enough.

The Best EcoFlow Delta 1800 Solar Kits

Now that we have given our impression of the Delta 1800, we can take a look at some kits that offer value and convenience:

This kit combines the outstanding Delta 1800 with four highly efficient, 100W monocrystalline solar panels. It also comes packaged with all of the MC4 solar cables and connectors required to wire everything together.

The rigid panels feature rugged aluminum frames and pre-drilled installation holes, making them easy to install and ideal for emergency preparedness. They also work exceptionally well for camper vans and RVs and for those looking to build a fixed solar array for an off-grid or grid-tied solar power system.

Best of all, the package offers excellent value!

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow Delta 1800 4x 100W Solar Panel Quad Kit

The Double Kit is very similar to the Quad Kit; however, it comes packaged with two 100W solar panels rather than four. While it is less expensive, the value isn’t there. For the slight price increase, you would be better off with the four solar panels.

With that said, it could be a practical option for those that already own solar panels or for anyone that plans to charge their Delta primarily through AC power.

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow Delta 1800 Double Kit

The Base Camp Kit is the perfect emergency power backup kit. Not only do you get the Delta 1800 and four 100W solar panels, but you also get a T10 EMP bag, a set of low-watt LED emergency lights and an emergency power preparedness guide.

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow Delta 1800 Base Camp Kit

For those who prefer folding solar panels, you can get them with the Nomad Kit, which puts the Delta with two 200W folding suitcase-style solar panels. While you get better value with the Quad Kit, the portable nature of the Nomad Kit might be right for you, especially if you enjoy backcountry camping or frequently travel by RV, van, or skoolie.

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow Delta 1800 Nomad Kit

EcoFlow Delta: Final Words

The Delta 1800 deserves its status as one of the best-selling solar generators on the market. No matter what sort of package works for you, we feel confident that you will be satisfied with your decision if you choose to invest in an EcoFlow Delta 1800.

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Lion Safari Me Portable Power Generator

Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Review: Is it Worth Buying? (2021)

Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Review: Is It Worth Buying? (2021)

Lion Safari Me Portable Power Generator

Figure 1: Lion Safari ME Kit – Lion Safari

Carlos

Written by qualified solar engineer Carlos. Last updated:

Overall Rating 9
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 8
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 9

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Lion Safari started in 2001, helping customers be action-ready in case of emergencies. They supplied emergency food, water, lighting, and more. Years later, they started designing portable power units to ensure energy availability on the go.

In 2012, Lion Energy was engineering powerful portable generators, ensuring energy anywhere and anytime: vacations, camping trips, blackouts, and in most emergencies. By 2014, Lion Energy was one of the best manufacturers for solar systems and portable power generators in the U.S.

One of the best portable power generators to date is the Lion Safari ME. With the Lion Safari ME Kit, you get this generator, a high-capacity expansion battery pack, and a 400W solar generation system. This kit ensures you get enough energy to power through emergencies, camping trips, and even to power your whole home for hours.

What Does the Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Include?

The Safari ME Kit includes everything you need to install your Safari ME + XP and the solar panels, and all of these items are covered under a 1-year warranty by Lion Safari. Here is a list of all the items in the kit:

Lion Safari ME Solar Generator Kit:

1 x Lion Safari ME Power Generator
1 x Expansion Pack
4 x Lion 100W 24V Solar Panels
1 x Anderson extension cord

The Anderson connectors used by Lion Safari are different from the regular MC4 connectors. To connect any of these units to other solar equipment, you need an Anderson-to-MC4 adapter. We strongly recommend you only use Lion Safari panels with other panels from the same capacity from this brand.

What is the Lion Safari ME Solar Generator?

The Safari ME Power Generator is a professional-grade portable power Station that can power virtually anything. You can use it for simple power loads like charging phones, laptops, powering home appliances, tools, or even to power your entire home for hours.

The generator includes a built-in 922Wh Lithium-Iron Phosphate (LiFePo4) cylindrical cells battery that lasts for more than 2,500 cycles at a 100% depth of discharge (DOD). To convert DC to AC power, the generator has a 2,000W built-in pure sine wave inverter which can deliver a power surge of 4,000W.

Lion safari generator

The aesthetic for the Lion Safari ME is superb, and so is the robust casing with built-in handles. The unit weighs 45.5 lbs. and has a size of 18.7 x 12.8 x 12.8 inches. It includes an LCD monitor screen in the casing, delivering real-time readings for:

  • Capacity level (Percentage)
  • Time to empty at the current load (Minutes).

The Lion Safari ME Generator includes several output ports at the front of the equipment, making it quite versatile. These ports are:

Lion Safari ME Generator Output Ports:

2 x 120V AC power sockets
2 x USB Type – A ports (5V @ 2.4A)
2 x USB Type – C ports (1 x PD 18W & 1 x PD 60W)
1 x 12V Cigarette lighter connector (15A max current)
1 x 12V Anderson connector

The ports are divided into sections that you can turn on and off using the right switch, and you can turn the whole generator on or off using the main switch at the top front. There are four switches in total:

1 x Switch for the 12V connectors
1 x Switch for the USB ports
1 x Switch for the AC outlets
1 x Main switch for the whole generator

At the back of the Safari ME generator, you will find several inputs, these are:

1 x Built-in 120V AC cord to charge the battery (@ 680W)
1 x Anderson connector to plug solar panels (@ 585W max. MPPT charging capacity)
1 x Expansion pack battery connector (Expansion pack included with the Kit)

Aside from the connectors, there is a small button at the bottom-left section at the back of the unit. This button works as a circuit breaker, resetting the circuit-breaker in case of tripping due to overcurrent. 

How much extra power can I get with the Lion Safari ME Expansion Battery?

Lion Safari Me Portable Power Generator

Figure 3: Lion Safari ME + Expansion Pack – Lion Safari

The Expansion Pack for the Lion Safari ME is a 2,048Wh battery that can be plugged into the generator, increasing its capacity up to three times. When used together, the expansion pack capacity is added to the 922Wh base capacity for the Safari ME Power Generator to achieve a total capacity of 2,970Wh.

The expansion pack is 16.7 x 9.6 x 9.8 inches and weighs 44 lbs. This unit can hold its charge for two years and delivers more than 3,500 cycles. Aside from powering loads for longer, the expansion pack can withstand many more cycles, which greatly increases the lifespan of the Safari ME + XP.

Using the Safari ME Portable Power Generator + the Expansion Pack (Safari ME + XP) allows you to power up to 2,000W in loads for three times longer. When charging with the 120V AC cord at 668W, the expansion pack charges in 3 hours and the whole Safari ME + XP in under 4.5 hours.

What Can I Power If I Use the Lion Safari ME + The Expansion Battery?

The Safari ME + XP allows you to power virtually anything. You can use them to power lighting systems, freezers, A/C compressors, TVs, gaming consoles, computers, power tools, household appliances, and many others, like the ones in the list below. In most cases, you can power several of these devices at the same time.

Loads and estimated power time with the Safari ME + XP

Device Hourly load consumption (Wh) Run time with the Safari ME + XP
Mini fridge 36Wh 82.5 hours
Phone charger 5Wh 594 charges
Laptop charger 56Wh 53 charges
55’’ L.C.D./LED TV 75Wh/116Wh 39.6/25.5 hours
LED lamp 4Wh 742 hours
Hotplate 500Wh 5.9 hours
Air cooler 80Wh 37 hours
American fridge-freezer 80Wh 37 hours
Water pump 300Wh 10 hours

Food dehydrator

800Wh 3.7 hours
Playstation 5 200Wh 15 hours
Guitar amplifier 30Wh 100 hours
Home internet router 15Wh 198 hours
Slow cooker 180Wh 16.5 hours

The possibilities with the Safari ME + XP are almost endless. This unit is perfect for powering high-consumption appliances at RVs, large boats, and more. You can even use the Safari ME + XP as a home battery backup generator.

The Safari ME + XP as a home battery backup generator can power many household devices simultaneously. Considering the 2,000W built-in inverter, you can power more than 100 LED bulbs, 1 – 2 LED TVs, a Playstation 5, a Fridge-Freezer, several laptops and phones charging, a water pump, an internet router, several other devices, and all at the same time. 

How much solar power do I need to charge the Lion Safari ME + The Expansion Battery?

Lion Safari Me Portable Power Generator

Figure 4: Lion Safari ME – Lion Safari

Lion Safari specializes in powering backup systems using renewable energies, which means you can also charge the Safari ME + XP using solar panels. The Lion Safari ME Kit includes 4 x Lion 100W 24V solar panels that allow your generator to keep going for hours in most off-grid situations.

When using the 400W solar generation capacity of the panels in ideal conditions, you can fully charge the Safari ME + XP in under 8 hours. Since solar conditions are not always ideal, you can also expand the solar capacity to 600 – 800W by adding 2 – 4 more panels.

The Safari ME generator has an MPPT capacity that tops the DC charging speed at 585W, with two extra panels on ideal conditions or four on non-ideal conditions, ensuring a minimum charging time of five hours to charge the Safari ME + XP at 100%.

Installing the solar panels to power the Lion Safari ME + The Expansion Pack

You should know how to properly install the solar panels included in the kit to charge the Safari ME + XP. Here we will explain the basics of installing these panels to the power generator.

  1. Unfold the panels and install them in place. You can use the adjustable legs to set them in a stable foundation facing the sun or in a rack at the roof.
  2. The panels have two cables with Anderson connectors at the back, a short one and a long one. Snap the longer cable of the first panel to the short one of the second one.
  3. Repeat step two to connect the second panel to the third one and the third one to the fourth. If you’re adding more panels, repeat the same process with those.
  4. After connecting the panels, snap the short cable from the first panel to the extension cord (if an extension is required), then connect it to the back of the Safari ME portable power.
  5. That’s it! You are ready to start using solar power to charge your Lion Safari ME + XP!

The Anderson connectors are color-coded. Always remember that the red end is the positive connector, and the black one is negative. Be aware of this to avoid misconnections between panels or at the generator.

Advantages and Disadvantages of the Lion Safari ME Solar Generator

The Lion Safari ME Kit has many advantages against only a few disadvantages. Here we will analyze all of these to give you a clear idea of what this kit has to offer.

Lion Safari Me Portable Power Generator

Figure 5: Lion Safari ME – Lion Safari

Lion Safari ME Advantages

The Safari ME generator is one of the highest capacity models in the market. The Safari ME + XP can deliver the same power as 2 x 100Ah & 1 x 50Ah LiFePo4 12V batteries, occupying a fraction of the space and delivering better performance.  

Most solar generators withstand 500 – 1,000W. The Safari ME power generator has a built-in inverter that can deliver a constant power of 2,000W and a power surge of 4,000W, ideal for most applications, even powering a small home.

The Expansion Pack battery uses LiFePo4 prismatic cells, which are lighter, handle higher currents, and last for many more cycles. This is why the Expansion Pack battery lasts longer compared to regular cylindrical cells batteries.

Lithium batteries can deliver on average 2,000 at a 70 – 90% DOD. The Lion Safari ME generator can deliver beyond 2,500 cycles and the expansion pack beyond 3,500 cycles, both at a 100% DOD.

The Safari ME generator is made to be tough, durable, and robust, which is why Lion Safari included a heavy-duty quality casing to withstand any shock and built-in handles that make it easier to carry.

Lion Safari ME Disadvantages

The Safari ME Generator can only be coupled with one expansion pack, limiting the capacity to 2,970Wh. If you could couple it with two or more expansion packs, this generator could open a wider range of possibilities.

The weight for the Safari ME Generator is relatively heavy due to its capacity, making it relatively hard to carry.

Top 3 Lion Safari ME Kits

Where to Buy

Check Out the Lion Safari ME Gold Kit

Where to Buy

Check Out the Lion Safari ME Elite Kit

Where to Buy

Check Out the Lion Safari ME Double Kit

Lion Safari ME Solar Generator: Final Words

The Safari ME Generator by itself is one of the best solar generators available in the market. This unit has features that make it versatile and ideal for most applications, especially since you can expand its capacity by three times and it can rapidly charge with a 400W solar system.  

Acquiring the Lion Safari ME Kit will ensure you get more hours of fun time using your regular devices and coupling this generator for virtually any application. With under 3,000Wh of capacity and a 400W solar charging capacity, the possibilities for the Safari ME + XP kit are almost endless.

The Lion Safari ME Kit is suitable for camping for several days, as a backup energy system, and even for people living off-grid using low-consumption devices. The best thing is that you get an extremely long lifespan in cycles, making this kit a great investment for the future.

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Patriot power cell solar power bank

WARNING: Patriot Power Cell Review + The 4 Top Alternatives

WARNING: Patriot Power Cell Solar Power Bank Review + The 4 Top Alternatives

Patriot power cell solar power bank

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Written by Oliver. Last updated:

Overall Rating 6
Portability 5
Compatibility 6
Durability 4
Ease of Use 7
Value for Money 5

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As solar technology becomes more mainstream, we are starting to see an increasing number of portable electronics outfitted with fixed and fold-out solar panels.

One type of electronic device that has really embraced solar technology is the portable power banks and chargers. Today, solar power banks are essential for outdoor enthusiasts and a trusty tool for urban commuters who rely on their smartphones and laptops to get them through the workday.

These convenient devices store and generate electricity so you can charge your portable electronic devices daily, even when you do not have access to an AC power outlet. For others, a solar power bank is an essential emergency preparedness device that can charge electronics during natural disaster situations and power outages.

Patriot Power Cell Solar Power Bank: What You Need to Know

While all of this sounds straightforward, the truth is, solar power banks are now available in different styles from a wide variety of brands, which makes choosing the right solar power bank a fairly complicated decision.

To help you choose the right option for your needs, we are going to take an in-depth look at one of the best-selling options on the market today – the Patriot Power Cell from 4Patriots. Once we have determined whether or not it is worth the hype, we will also examine some of the best alternatives.

In-Depth Review of the 4Patriots Patriot Power Cell

Patriot power cell solar power bank

4Patriots has a well-established reputation for offering survival food kits and emergency preparedness equipment. Even though it is not a specialized solar equipment manufacturer, its Patriot Power Cell is one of its best-selling products.

Part of the reason for the Patriot Power Cell’s popularity is its affordable price point. To purchase one device, you would be looking at spending roughly $30. However, 4Patriots also promotes a bundled option where consumers purchase four units for just $100, which brings the price of each unit down to $25.

While affordability is always an important factor, it is not the only thing you should consider when researching solar power banks. We need to take an in-depth look at the Patriot Power Cell’s internal components and specifications to see how they compare to some of the other power banks and solar chargers out there.

Patriot Power Cell: Key Specifications

Battery Capacity 8,000 mAh
Solar Cell 1.5W
Estimated Wall Charging Time 6 hours via micro-USB charging port
Estimated Charge Time Through Solar 40 hours with bright, unobstructed sunlight
Input DC5V / 1.6A
Output DC5V / 1A, DC5V / 2.1A
Total Life Cycles 500 charges

Patriot Power Cell Capacity and Shelf Life of the Internal Battery

Battery Capacity: 

The Patriot Power Cell’s internal battery has a capacity of 8,000 mAh, which should be enough to charge a typical smartphone roughly two to four times. While this may sound impressive for a portable and compact power bank, it is fairly poor compared to the industry standard.

Shelf Life: 

In terms of shelf life, the Patriot Power Cell should hold a charge for three months. In other words, a fully charged unit can be left untouched for roughly 12 weeks before you will have to charge it again.

For perspective, some of the more rugged options, like the Lion Energy Prowler, have a shelf life closer to six months. Shelf life is particularly important if you plan on using your power bank as a source of emergency electricity. While the integrated solar panel can give you the option to charge the battery during a grid failure, this will only work if the sun is up and you have adequate time.

Ideally, your power bank would be able to retain a charge for a long period, so you could pull it out of a glove box or storage closet and immediately begin charging your electronics. Unfortunately, the Patriot power cell’s three-month shelf life falls a little short.

Patriot power cell solar power bank

Patriot Power Cell: Charging Capabilities and Output Ports

Charging the Patriot Power Cell:

When it comes to charging the internal battery, you have two options: either charge it through a micro-USB input port or with solar power by using the built-in solar panel.

Charging the Patriot with AC power takes roughly six hours, which is really very slow. Some solar power generators pack massive 1,260Wh deep cycle batteries that only take 2 hours to charge. To give you an idea of how large that battery is, that is enough power to charge a typical smartphone well over 100 times!

If you think that is bad, solar charging the Patriot’s internal battery can take up to 40 hours! That also refers to 40 hours of peak, uninterrupted sunlight. In other words, the solar panel is not going to do much to charge the internal battery. While it can be useful for topping up the battery in remote, off-grid situations, do not count the solar panel to be an adequate or reliable source of electricity. The truth is, the built-in solar panel is not efficient or powerful enough to be a practical power source.

For those that have experience using solar equipment, a 5” solar panel with a low power rating seems more like a gimmick than anything else.

Output Ports:

In terms of the Patriot Power Cell’s ability to charge electronic devices, it features only two USB Type-A ports, which is pretty limited, even when compared against the industry standard. Most portable power banks feature at least four USB ports. Most contemporary battery banks will also feature USB-C ports, which are required to charge the latest iPhones, tablets, and Android smartphones.

In this sense, the Patriot Power Cell is a bit dated. While you might be okay using an older phone or tablet, those with newer smartphones may need to purchase an adapter.

Our Overall (Honest) Impression of the Patriot Power Cell

Patriot power cell solar power bank

If you examine the Patriot power cell within the context that it is an inexpensive and fairly simple device, the Patriot Power Cell can be somewhat useful. It is small enough to fit in a glove box or backpack and can carry a large enough charge to keep your smartphone topped up throughout the day, but charging the internal battery through a wall outlet or computer can be very time-consuming.

In regards to its solar capabilities, the Patriot Power Cell is extremely limited. Charging the battery with the built-in solar panel would take multiple days, and that is assuming you live in an area that receives plenty of direct sunlight. Essentially, the solar panel is barely functional, and it is more of a gimmick than a practical feature.

What we did like about the Patriot Power Cell was some of the extras, like the fact that it has a water-resistance rating of IP67 and features a built-in LED flashlight. It also has a fairly rugged, rubberized exterior, which is great if you are clumsy.

Overall, we simply cannot recommend the Patriot Power Cell. In terms of performance and practicality, it lacks just about every department. With that said, it is inexpensive, so it is not an overly risky purchase; however, we would always recommend going with a more capable solar power bank from a recognized solar company. Spending the extra on a higher quality unit will ensure you have power when you need it.

Pros

Cons

While the Patriot Power Cell does have some things going for it, namely its affordable price, it lacks the storage capacity or charge capabilities to be considered a serious solar power bank.

We feel confident that there are better options out there that you should consider before buying the Patriot power cell.

The Best Alternatives to the Patriot Power Cell

Now that we have given our overview of the Patriot Power Cell, we can take a look at some more practical alternatives that offer superior performance:

While the Lion Energy Prowler does not feature a built-in solar panel, it beats the Patriot in just about every category. It features a much more robust internal battery that has a rated storage capacity of 74Wh – 20,000 mAh.

Despite its much larger internal battery, it only weighs 1.5lbs with a fairly slim and discreet profile.

Where the Prowler stands out is its charging capabilities. Like the Patriot, it features dual USB-A charge ports; however, it also has a USB-C charging port, so you can quickly and easily charge the latest electronic devices. On top of that, it has wireless charging capabilities, which means you can effortlessly charge any Qi-enabled smartphone, speakers, watches, and more.

You can recharge the internal lithium-ion battery using a micro-USB cable or via a USB-C cable which is much faster. The rugged exterior withstands drops, spills, and scratches, so it is the perfect device for campers and other outdoor enthusiasts. A powerful 9-LED flashlight is also a nice feature.

Overall, it is a great portable power bank that outperforms the Patriot in every category. While it does not feature a built-in solar panel, the Patriot’s is so inefficient and impractical that this really should not be seen as a slight against the Prowler.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Lion Energy - Prowler Portable Charger and Power Bank

Even though it features four separate solar panels, this portable solar charger from Hiluckey is still compact enough to be a practical on-the-go power solution. The internal Li-polymer battery offers 25,000 mAh of power, charging most smartphones eight to 10 times.

Where this charger stands out is its four foldable solar panels, which give you the ability to charge the battery from even the most remote locations. Unlike the Patriot, the Hiluckey’s solar panels can charge the unit’s battery within a day. It also features a built-in LED light and dual output ports.

If you are looking to go off-grid, the Hiluckey is a much better option than the Patriot Power Cell.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Hiluckey - Portable Fold-Out Solar Panel Power Bank

The BLAVOR has a similar design as the Patriot Power Cell, but it offers some much-needed upgrades. Not only does the internal battery have a slightly larger capacity (10,000 mAh), the unit features a USB-C output port, dual flashlights, and a Qi wireless charging feature.

Essentially, you are getting a more modern take on the Patriot Power Cell for roughly the same price. In that sense, it is the superior option.

Where to Buy

Check Out the BLAVOR - Portable Solar Power Bank

For Those with Greater Solar Power Needs

If you find that a handheld power bank cannot store enough power to meet your needs, you might want to consider a portable solar generator.

The EcoFlow RIVER delivers a 288Wh deep cycle battery with an average shelf life of over a year. What makes the RIVER such a remarkable little solar generator is how incredibly versatile it is. With various output ports and the ability to charge up to 10 electronic devices at the same time, you will not have to worry if your device is compatible or not.

The RIVER features three standard, wall-style AC outlets, a variety of USB and USB-C outputs, and a 12V car-style charging port. The unit’s impressive 1,800W power inverter means you can even power some fairly demanding electric appliances.

The RIVER’s charge rate is also incredible. Due to EcoFlow’s unique X-Stream technology, you can fast-charge the internal battery from 0% to 80% in as little as an hour. Given that the Patriot’s tiny battery takes 6 hours to fully charge, the RIVER’s charge time puts it to shame. You also can charge the unit in as little as 3 hours using two 100W solar panels. For those on the go, you can also charge the battery in your vehicle using a 12V charge plugin.

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow RIVER 600 Portable Power Station

While you might assume that all of that power and versatility would mean that the RIVER is large and bulky, it only weighs 11lbs and has similar dimensions to a basic toaster. A rugged exterior and a convenient carrying handle complete the package and make this an excellent, budget-friendly option for anyone that needs portable backup power.

Final Words

While the 4Patriots brand does offer some high-quality survival gear, their solar equipment is fairly dated. When it comes to both performance and value for this portable solar charger, you are much better off going with a device made by a specialized power storage company as opposed to the Patriot power cell.

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Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator

Bluetti AC200P Review

Bluetti AC200P Review: Is It The Best Solar Generator? (2021)

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Overall Rating 9
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 9.5
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 9

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If there were ever a beauty contest for portable solar power stations, the Bluetti AC200P would undoubtedly steal the show. But is it just beauty this solar generator offers? Of course not! The AC200P Solar Generator comes with a 2,000 Wh LFP battery with 2,000 W inverter output and 700 W solar input while promising plenty of handy features in a well-built unit.

But in a market that becomes more competitive every year, does the Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator stand out from the crowd? Is this the best solar generator in its price range? Let us find out in this in-depth Bluetti AC200P review.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200P
Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator Design and Construction

If there is one area of the Bluetti AC200P where no other solar generator comes close, it’s its design. The device looks straight out of a star wars spaceship. Its metallic grey edges and black body with a texture resembling carbon fiber makes it look futuristic. The cool blue branding and port labels give it an even more modern feel.

The recesses on both sides act as handles. The output ports are grouped and placed in the front, while the wireless charging pads are on the top. The ports come with soft plastic caps, which prevent dust or dirt from accumulating in the ports. Two input ports are on the side of the unit.

The product is well-designed, even from a functionality perspective. It has a whopping 17 outlet ports:

Bluetti AC200P Outlets:

6 x AC110V AC outlet (pure sine-wave)
1 x DC12V/25A
1 x DC12V/10A
2 x

DC 12V/3A

4 x

5V/3A USB-A

1 x

PD 60W USB-C Faster Charge (5V/3A, 9V/3A, 12V/3A,15V/3A, 20V/3A)

2 x

Wireless Charging (Single Output Max 15W)

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator

One of the main highlights of the Bluetti AC200P is its 25A DC output port. The only downside here is that the Aviation plug to XT60 cable needs to be purchased separately from Bluetti.

Speaking of cables, the AC200P comes with an AC wall charger that resembles older laptop chargers, an XT90 to aviation plug input cable, a car charger to XT90, and most importantly, solar charging cables (MC4 to XT90). 

The specially designed cables make solar connections simple. All you need to do is place the panels facing the sun, connect the MC4 connectors, and the XT90 side to the Bluetti AC200P and it starts pumping juice into the battery.

Bluetti and Solar panel

Simultaneous AC and DC charging slashes the time required, but that is not the only option for faster charging. You can also use both the DC and AC ports to charge via your regular wall output; you just need an additional adapter and transfer plugs, which you must order separately.

Bluetti and Solar panel

The only question that now remains this – with its well-thought design and features, what can the Bluetti AC200P power? 

Thanks to a diverse set of AC and DC ports, a sizable battery, and its noteworthy 2,000 W output, here’s a list of appliances (and the respective durations) which the AC200P can power:

What Can The Bluetti AC200P Actually Power:

Refrigerator (800w) 2.1Hrs+
CPAP (60w) 28+ Hrs
Laptop (60w) 28+ Hrs
Fan (12w) 140+ Hrs
Smartphone 180+ Hrs
Led lantern light (10w) 170+ Hrs
LCD TV (100w) 17+ Hrs

Bluetti manages to hit a sweet spot in terms of battery capacity and power output, but if someone is looking for a longer-lasting battery, the company has just announced expansion packs and even new generator models which can take your total storage capacity to an astonishing 24,576 Wh, which should be more than sufficient for anyone who plans on going fully off-grid for long periods of times, and maybe even permanently.

Bluetti AC200P Pros

Make a list of the best solar generators in the market, and you cannot leave out the Bluetti AC200P. A top-notch LFP battery, superb power output, and a compelling design make this device a highly preferred choice, to the extent that some experts are even calling it “the number one solar generator right now!”

The usability is worth mentioning, with over a dozen different output ports and a variety of input options, some of which you can even use simultaneously.

The AC200P’s construction is not just aesthetically pleasing but also rugged. Overall, the manufacturer hasn’t left much room for complaints with the device.

Bluetti AC200P Cons

The Bluetti AC200P is one of the few solar power stations that can boast almost no serious drawbacks.

But among the less impacting limitations would be its weight. At 55 lb, it is not among the easiest to carry, despite being labeled as a “portable” generator. The handles on both sides have soft grips and feel comfortable but don’t compensate much for the weight. Bluetti’s store has no wheeled cart yet, and now that they are launching even larger models, it might be a good time to offer one.

The Top 3 Bluetti AC200P Solar Kits

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200P Hex Kit

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200P Quad Kit

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200P Nomad Kit

Final Words

The solar generator market is ripe today with plenty of options, and it is natural to feel lost in choosing the right solar generator for yourself. The Bluetti AC200P makes things easier at such times by offering winning features and aesthetics at a reasonable price tag.

A truly plug-and-play unit with high power output, the AC200P is suitable for someone looking for a safe, reliable battery that will last long. It is also an excellent alternative to more expensive options such as those offered by Goal Zero.

When you consider a solar generator’s specifications, mainly its battery capacity, there can never be a single perfect product for everyone. For anyone requiring anywhere around 2000Wh of storage capacity, the AC200P is a great choice, but if you need less storage, something like the EcoFlow Delta is a better option. Similarly, if 2000Wh does not sound enough, you can move a step up and look at the impressive Hysolis MPS 4500.

Ultimately, it is important to calculate your requirements and choose, but if a 2000 Wh battery with 2000 W power output and killing looks is what you are looking for, you cannot go wrong with the Bluetti AC200P!

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Hysolis Solar Generator

Hysolis MPS 4500 Solar Generator (Honest) Review

Hysolis MPS 4500 Solar Generator (Honest) Review

Hysolis Solar Generator

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Overall Rating 9
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 8
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 9

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The line between full-fledged home solar systems and portable solar power stations blurs more and more with each passing year, as portable solar generators continue to become more powerful and more practical. A classic example of this is the Hysolis MPS 4500 Wh/3000 W Solar Generator.

The MPS is not just a machine with enormous energy capacity and output – it is also a fabulously designed piece of equipment. It comes with a range of impressive features such as a low-frequency inverter, up to 1500W solar input, and pass-through AC power. Sure, it has its share of limitations, like the absence of an LFP battery or the not-so-impressive 120 lb weight, but if those aren’t big concerns for you, this might be the only solar device you’ve ever needed.

Let’s take a more detailed look at it in this Hysolis MPS 4500 Solar Generator review.

Hysolis Design and Construction

Take a quick look at the MPS 3K and it seems to resemble a small gas generator, but look carefully, and you will notice that it is a high-tech device that is neatly designed and put together.

Hysolis goes with a minimal design for this product, with a simple, boxy design with plain grey and black colors. The build quality, however, of everything from the metal to the plastic components is excellent. 

One end of the device comes with four 15 A AC output ports, which should be enough for most users. It has several circuit breakers for battery, solar, ac input, and ac output, which give a little more control and safety in the user’s hands.

There’s also a 12V car charger DC input port and two USB ports to connect your mobile devices, Bluetooth speakers, lamps or similar, small electronics. Hysolis has also provided a terminal block for AC input and output for connecting a panel or charging from the grid.

Hysolis solar generator MPS
Hysolis generator output ports

On the other end of the unit sits a large orange port, which you can use for battery extension if you need to join multiple MPS units together for higher energy or power capacity. Below the port are a fan vent, an Anderson connector for solar input, and a 12V DC output similar to the cigarette lighter in your car.

On the top surface of the device sits a small LCD screen that displays several bits of information such as power received from solar, battery capacity, power output to load, etc. It also comes with four LED indicators for PV, Line, Inverter, and Fault, respectively. 

The screen is by no means as advanced as, say, your smartphone, but it does not need to be, and the limited functionality it has is sufficient for its purpose.

The enclosure of the MPS has spaces you can use as handles, but it is painfully difficult for one person to lift it, given its 120 lb weight. A pair of wheels or an optional wheeled cart would have been an excellent addition.

Hysolis solar generator

Hysolis Pros

Let’s summarize all the great reasons for buying the Hysolis MPS 3K. Besides its massive, 4500 Wh energy storage capacity and impressive solar power input rating of 1500 W, the generator offers excellent functionality with many conveniently placed ports.

It also comes with durable housing and neatly assembled components, so you don’t have to worry about shocks and vibrations. Inside sits a low-frequency inverter that provides better surge protection and peak power performance, churning out power in a pure sinewave waveform – something suitable even for sensitive electronics such as medical devices.

The device has a 2-year warranty (3 years for the battery), which is at par with other leading manufacturers. Hysolis might be a relatively new company, but it has been said that they offer solid customer service, and are pretty ambitious in maintaining the product as well as service quality.

Hysolis Cons

There aren’t many reasons to discourage you from buying the Hysolis MPS 3K solar generator, but let’s look at a few things.

Of the few areas where the MPS does not score full marks is its weight. The low-frequency inverter adds not just to safety and reliability but also the total pounds of the generator. At 120 lb, this is one of the heaviest solar power stations, especially under the sub-5000Wh category. For comparison, the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X is 106 lb, despite having a 33% larger battery.

Another drawback is that when many manufacturers have started opting for lithium-iron-phosphate (LFP) batteries, which are safer and better, Hysolis still sticks to the lithium-nickel-cobalt-manganese battery (Li-NMC). Furthermore, although you can extend the battery capacity, you cannot connect separate LFP (or lead-acid) batteries to the kit through the battery extension connector.

Top 3 Hysolis MPS 4500 Solar Kits

Where to Buy

Check Out the Hysolis MPS 4500 Hex Kit

Where to Buy

Check Out the Hysolis MPS 4500 Quad Kit

Where to Buy

Check Out the Hysolis MPS 4500 1KW Kit

Final Words: Should You Buy the Hysolis MPS 3K?

There is no such thing as the ultimate solar generator that suits every single person on this planet. Each user’s “perfect solar generator” is different and depends on a long list of factors such as storage capacity requirement, frequency of use, type of application (RV, home, off-grid living/adventures), ease of operation, etc. 

Fortunately, the Hysolis ticks a lot of boxes and is suitable for a wide variety of users. It boasts a large capacity, a better inverter and enough flexibility to be used for both RVs and homes. It also comes with a superb price tag that falls on the lower end of the spectrum when you compare the $/kWh for several power stations.

It is also an excellent alternative if you have been waiting for something like the Titan solar generator. It might be one of the more popular power stations out there, but Titan has had some notably serious supply shortages in recent times. The MPS 3K promises to be equally good and delivers many similar advantages while sitting in the same price bracket.

It is also worth looking at if you have thought about Goal Zero products but are hesitant because of the comparatively higher pricing.

Overall, the Hysolis MPS 3K solar power station gets far more things right than it gets wrong, and if you aren’t too concerned about its weight or the lack of an LFP battery, it is one of the best choices you can make as far as solar generators are concerned.

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Patriot Power Generator Review

Patriot Power Generator Review – Is it Worth It? + Best Alternative Options

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Written by Oliver. Last updated:

Overall Rating 5
Portability 4
Compatibility 5
Durability 5
Ease of Use 6
Value for Money 5

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A solar generator is an incredibly useful piece of equipment. When paired with one or more solar panels, a solar generator is almost an all-in-one solar power station. The best solar power generators feature an integrated, high-capacity solar battery, an efficient and powerful charge controller, a built-in power inverter, and a variety of practical power output ports. In other words, a high-quality solar generator lets you generate, store, and access solar power from even the most remote, off-grid locations.

To help you choose the right solar power generator for your needs, we are going to take an in-depth look at one of the most well-known options on the market today – the Patriot Power Generator 1800 from 4Patriots. After taking a thorough look at the Patriot Power Generator, we compare it to some alternatives to discover whether or not it is the best option out there.

Review of the Patriot Power Generator

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4Patriots is the brand behind the Patriot Power Generator 1800. The brand itself is a well-known manufacturer of survival food kits and self-reliance equipment. While they are not a specialized solar company, their Patriot Power Generator 1800 has proven to be a fairly popular item.

While it remains an expensive solar generator, the truth is the Patriot Power Generator first launched over five years ago. Given how quickly solar technology improves, five years is quite a long time, which is why it is worth taking an in-depth look at this unit’s internal components to see how they stack up to some of the other solar generators out there.

The Capacity and Shelf Life of the Patriot Power Generator

Battery Capacity:

One of the first things we have to clear up about the Patriot Power Generator 1800 is the unit’s battery capacity. While some believe that the 1800 in the name refers to the total watt-hours the unit can store, the truth is it only holds an unimpressive 652Wh.

In truth, anything under 1,000Wh is fairly dated, especially when you are talking about a solar generator that is as large and as heavy as the Patriot Power Generator 1800.

While the internal 12V LiFePo4 lithium-ion phosphate battery is made to a fairly high standard, the capacity falls short of the industry standard, which is somewhat unsurprising. 4Patriots has not updated the battery since it first released the unit.

If you plan to use your solar generator for backup power during power outages and emergencies, a high battery capacity is one of the most important attributes to look for. Simply put, a 652Wh battery is hardly going to be enough to run your electronics for any significant period, especially if you are looking to run multiple electronic devices.

To put things into perspective, a 652Wh deep cycle battery would struggle to power a standard refrigerator for much more than 5 hours, which is not much help if you are in a situation where the grid power is down for over a day.

Patriot power generator
Battery Shelf Life:

One of the major downsides of the Patriot Power Generator is its unimpressive shelf life. Essentially, shelf life refers to the amount of time you can leave a battery charged before the power drains. While all batteries suffer from natural drain over time, some batteries are better than others at holding their charge. Shelf life is an incredibly important factor for those planning to use their solar generator as a source of backup or emergency power.

According to 4Patriots, the shelf life of the Patriot Power Generator is 6 months; however, most users find the actual shelf life is significantly less and comes closer to just a single month. Once again, this is simply a symptom of using a dated deep cycle battery. For comparison, most solar generators you will find at this price point have a shelf life of closer to a year, with many lasting even longer. So, if you are looking for reliability, you will want to keep a keen eye on the shelf life of the internal battery in your chosen solar generator.

Patriot Power Generator Inverter and Output Ports

The Power Inverter:

The Patriot Power Generator 1800 comes with a built-in 1,800W power inverter, which gives the unit its name. Since power inverters perform an incredibly important function, they are one of the most important internal components in any solar generator.

Essentially, the power inverter converts the DC power your solar panels generate into AC power, which you will need to run and charge most of your electrical appliances and portable electronics.

While the Patriot Power Generator’s 1,800W power inverter is respectable, it does not stand out compared to those on offer from other solar generator models.

Output Ports:

Aside from the low battery capacity, where the Patriot Power Generator falls short is the number and variety of output ports it offers. The Patriot 1800 features two AC wall-style outlets, a single DC 12V car-style output port, and four USB outputs. While this may sound respectable at first glance, it is fairly dated.

Patriot power generator

More recent and updated solar generators almost always feature more output ports and newer options, like USB-C outputs. Again, this is simply a result of the Patriot Power Generator not being updated in over five years. Given how quickly solar technology is advancing, it is surprising that the brand hasn’t done more to keep up with technological improvements that are now becoming standard in the portable solar industry.

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Solar Capabilities

While you might assume that all solar generators are equally capable of storing solar power, the truth is several factors will determine how quickly and efficiently a solar generator can charge its internal battery with solar power.

For starters, the solar panels you choose to pair your solar generator with will play a significant role in determining overall performance. 4Patriots packages the Patriot 1800 with a single 100W solar panel. Since solar panels have a power rating based on how well they perform during ideal conditions, this means that a fully drained Patriot Power Generator 1800 would take about 6 to 7 hours to recharge using the included solar panel. It also assumes that the solar panel would get at least six continuous hours of direct, peak-hour sunlight, which would not happen during a typical day.

Even on a  sunny day, a single 100W solar panel would struggle to generate 75 watts per hour, which is why most people pair their solar generator with multiple 100W panels or a single solar panel with a higher power rating. However, the problem with the Patriot Power Generator is it has a maximum solar input of 240 watts, which means it cannot handle more than 240 watts at any given time. In other words, even if you wanted to add additional solar panels, you could only increase the charge rate by 140 watts, which is rather low, especially when compared to other solar generators at the same price range.

In simple terms, if you want a solar generator that offers serious off-grid capabilities, choose one that comes packaged with more than just a single 100W solar panel; or failing that, you will at least want a generator that has a higher solar input rate than 240 watts.

Our Overall Impression of the Patriot Power Generator 1800

At first glance, the Patriot Power Generator 1800 seems like a capable solar generator. It has a built-in deep cycle battery, power inverter, MPPT charge controller, and several output ports; however, when you compare its actual specifications against other generators in its price range, the Patriot Power Generator falls short.

Poor Storage Capabilities and Overall Performance:

As we explained above, the battery capacity is just not there, especially not for a solar generator that comes in nearly $2,500! Granted, you also get a 100W solar panel for that price, but you will struggle to fully charge the internal battery with a solar panel with such a low power rating. On top of that, at 240 watts, the solar input rate is low, limiting your ability to expand your solar array. Worse, the shelf life is pretty dated. The truth is, you can get a solar generator with a far better battery capacity and shelf life for about half the price.

Limited Surge Protection:

Unfortunately, the Patriot Power Generator’s issues do not end at the battery. At just 3,048W, it also offers relatively little in terms of surge protection, which, once again, limits the number of solar panels you can connect to it. For this price, you would expect a more capable and efficient charge controller.

There are also issues with the number and variety of charge ports. As mentioned above, it only has two 110V AC outlets and four USB-A outlets, which is limited compared to what more up-to-date solar generators offer.

Slow Recharge Time:

The recharge time leaves a lot to be desired. Other solar generators can be charged quickly through a standard wall outlet, which is helpful if you are about to set off on a camping or RV trip or if you have an advanced warning of an incoming storm, but this is not the case with the Patriot Power Generator.

Charging the unit takes far too long; in fact, generators with twice the battery capacity usually take half as long to charge! The unit can also not charge directly through the 12V cigarette lighter outlet in your vehicle, limiting flexibility, especially for RV enthusiasts and campers.

Bulky and Heavy:

We also had major issues with the weight. With a total weight of 46 lbs, this unit is quite cumbersome, which can be an issue for seniors and those that value portability. Once again, the excess weight traces back to the fact that the technology is dated. For comparison, it is easy to find solar generators with twice the battery capacity that weigh closer to 30 lbs.

Patriot power generator

Pros

Cons

As you can see, the cons certainly outweigh the pros. While the 4Patriots brand offers some high-quality survival gear and they do some great things for our veterans, there are far more advanced solar generators out there from more specialized solar companies.

By choosing a solar generator from a specialist company, rather than one that covers a wide range of survival and emergency preparation gear, you can get a much more capable product at a more affordable price.

Best Patriot Power Generator Alternatives

Now that we have given our impression of the Patriot Power Generator 1800, we can take a look at some solar generators that we feel offer better value and performance:

For almost the same price as the Patriot Power Generator, you can opt for the AC200P solar generator from Bluetti.

Not only does the AC200P quad kit come packaged with four highly efficient corrosion-resistant 100W solar panels, but the generator itself is also a much more powerful, practical, and efficient solar generator than the Patriot Power Generator.

Output Charging Capabilities:

As far as outlets go, the AC200 offers outstanding versatility. The Patriot only features two AC outlets, but the AC200P has six separate 120V AC wall-style outlets, which means you can plug in numerous devices simultaneously. It has the potential to run up to 2,000W continuously from the 120V outlets, which is great news for those planning to use their solar generator as a power hub for camping trips, emergencies, or for any off-grid outdoor event.

It also features multiple 12V DC car-style charging ports, five USB outlets, and a single USB-C 60W high-speed port designed to quickly charge the newest Apple iPhones and Android smartphones.

The Battery, Power Inverter, and Charge Controller:

Where the AC200P shines is its integrated 2,000W Pure Sine Wave inverter and highly efficient MPPT charge controller. Where the Patriot only offers 3,048W worth of surge protection, the AC200P has a more robust 4,800W.

With 700W rather than 240W, the solar input capabilities are also drastically better, which means you can charge the unit using solar panels much faster. The quad kit comes packaged with four 100W panels rather than just one, so the off-grid capabilities are a vast improvement over the Patriot.

The battery capacity of the AC200P is also incredible. With its highly efficient deep cycle battery offering 1,700Wh worth of storage capacity, rather than 652Wh, you will not have to worry about rapid battery drain or inadequate power.

With four solar panels, an efficient charge controller, a high-capacity battery, impressive surge protection, and a capable power inverter, this unit is a massive improvement over the Patriot Power Generator and has practically the same price tag.

Charging the AC200P:

Charging is slow and options are limited with the Patriot, but the AC200P is extremely versatile and efficient. If you are planning to use the AC200 as a portable power bank and want it fully charged before you head out, you have the option to charge it through any standard wall outlet or even through a 12V car outlet while you drive. For an even faster charge, you can use a solar charge and AC wall charge at the same time.

Bluetti AC200P Solar Generator

You also can over-panel, meaning you can connect more than 700W worth of solar panels to the AC200 to charge the battery as quickly as possible, helping to compensate for reduced solar panel efficiency, which can occur on cloudy days or during non-peak sun hours.

The AC200P VS. The Patriot Power Generator Overall Comparison:

There is no argument when it comes to choosing between the two solar generators. The AC200P has the Patriot beat in every single category, and it comes packaged with four 100W solar panels rather than just one. It all comes down to the fact that the AC200P is a far more advanced and updated unit. The fact that they come at the same price makes the decision a no-brainer.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200P 2,000Wh Solar Generator Quad Kit

The EcoFlow Delta 1,800W is another high-quality alternative to the Patriot Power Generator. It features a 1,800W pure sine power inverter and a 1,300Wh lithium-ion battery capable of providing power to everything from handheld electronics to electrical appliances, like refrigerators and televisions.

It also has a unique chaining function, meaning you can quickly and easily wire multiple Deltas together to expand the storage capacity and power capabilities. Given that it comes packaged with two 100W solar panels and it has a solar input potential of 400W, rather than 240W, you will be able to charge the Delta’s much larger battery even faster than you could charge the Patriot’s 652Wh battery.

The Delta also charges in as little as 2 hours through a standard wall outlet. This rapid recharge rate is incredibly valuable, as is the ability to charge the unit through a 12V car charger. At just 30.9 lbs, it is also much lighter than the Patriot.

With six AC wall-style outlets, two standard USB ports, two USB- fast-charge ports, two USB-C outputs, and a 12V car-style outlet, you also get far more versatility than you get with the Patriot.

Best of all, the EcoFlow Delta is available for just under $1,500, and that price includes two solar panels! Essentially, you are getting a more efficient, higher-capacity solar generator that weighs significantly less for nearly half the price!

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow Delta 1,800W Solar Generator Kit

For those on a tight budget, we would highly recommend the Lion Energy Safari LT as an alternative to the Patriot Power Generator. This compact and affordable solar generator packs a lithium-ion deep cycle solar battery with a rated capacity of 450Wh and a shelf life of over one year. While the battery capacity is a little bit less than what you get with the Patriot’s internal battery, it is worth noting that the Safari is priced at under $500!

It features four USB outputs, two AC outputs, and a 12V car port. In other words, you get a solar generator that offers roughly the same specifications as the Patriot, at just 1/5th the cost! Not only that, the Lion Safari weighs just 11 lbs and features a compact yet sturdy exterior. At this price, you might as well buy two Lion Safari generators and still save yourself nearly $1,500!

Where to Buy

Check Out the Lion Energy - Safari LT 500 Portable Solar Generator

Final Words

While 4Patriots offer some high-quality survival gear, their solar generators have fallen behind industry standards. In terms of performance and value, you are much better off going with the more advanced AC200P, or even the EcoFlow Delta, which still beats the Patriot in just about every way, despite costing significantly less.

In simple terms, there are far more advanced and efficient solar generators and solar generator kits available from more specialized solar companies that offer better performance at much lower prices.

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Warning: Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Review + Top 4 Alternatives

Warning: Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Portable Power Station Review + Top 4 Alternatives

Goal Zero Yetti 6000 Portable Power Station

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Overall Rating 6
Portability 7
Compatibility 6
Durability 6
Ease of Use 7
Value for Money 6

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“Goodbye gas generator,” says the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Portable Power Station’s description on the company website, which is a perfect indicator of this gigantic machine and its capabilities. For almost a decade, Goal Zero has offered practical portable products from pocket-sized power banks to large generators. But with the Yeti 6000X, the makers decided to go seriously big, making it one of the largest portable power generators ever built. 

However, with an eyebrow-raising (maybe even fist-clenching) price tag, is this massive box of solar power worth the money? Let’s find out in this Goal Zero Yeti 6000X review and take a look at some compelling alternatives.

All You Need to Know About the Yeti 6000X Portable Power Station

The Yeti 6000X is an enormous battery placed inside a well-designed housing that also sports some useful features like different input and output ports, an integrated inverter, a tiny display screen, and some more simple electronics.

Although often dubbed as a portable generator, it would be more correct to call it a storage device since it does not generate power but simply stores it. Let’s get to know it better:

Pros

Goal Zero Yetti 6000 Portable Power Station

Cons

Goal Zero Yetti 6000 Portable Power Station

The Yeti 6000X is a fantastic product, but only as long as you aren’t looking at the price tag. Let us address this elephant in the room – $4999.95! 

If you were to list all the great things $5000 could buy you, we believe it would be a sizable list, but would the Goal Zero Yeti have a place on that list? Although this is a subjective question, we need to understand two important aspects of a product like this:

Many Goal Zero products can indeed be labeled “portable solar equipment,” but how true is it in the case of the 6000X? As mentioned before, this device is simply a large battery with several charging options and a built-in inverter.

To make it a truly solar-powered unit, you need to buy additional solar panels. The company website says 6 Boulder 200 sets would suffice, meaning another $3000. At a time when several options in the sub-$5000 category also include solar panels and supporting hardware (continue reading to our top alternatives section), $8000 is a questionable amount to spend.

Another surprising limitation we found with the Yeti 6000X is its battery life cycle, which claims to be 500. Assuming moderate to heavy usage and draining the battery twice every week, the unit would last you less than five years, which, again, might not be a wise use of money.

Although portability is a forte of most Goal Zero products, the Yeti 6000X might be an exception. 

Don’t be fooled by its shoe-box-like size. The unit weighs a whopping 106 lbs, which is equivalent to two full-sized travel suitcases. The cart and the wheels make it somewhat easier to move, but if you have to lift it on stairs or load it into your vehicle, it certainly won’t be a pleasant experience.

Additionally, for a unit of this size, just two AC output ports might not be to everyone’s liking, particularly if you want to operate three or four different AC loads on your camping adventure.

Top 4 Alternatives

Like we discussed above, there are valid reasons to buy the Yeti 6000X Portable Power Station, but there are also solid reasons to not buy it, in which case, the following are the top 5 best alternatives you should look at:

Specs

  • 4,000Wh battery
  • 2,000W inverter output
  • 1,200W solar panels kit
  • Connection Accessories

Product Description

Bluetti’s AC200P is a tried and tested portable solar generator kit. At a cost that’s just over that of the Yeti 6000X, the AC200P double hex kit offers 4,000Wh capacity in a reliable lithium battery with LG cells – a battery boasting an astounding 3,500+ lifecycles, which is over seven times that of the Yeti 6000X.

Together, the power generator units have 12 AC output ports and intuitive touch screen LCDs. It also comes with 1200W monocrystalline solar panels and all necessary accessories. This kit is with equivalent Goal Zero components would cost over $8000!

Where to Buy

Check Out the Bluetti AC200P Double Hex Kit

Specs

  • 2,600Wh battery
  • 3,600W inverter output
  • 800W solar panels kit
  • Connection Accessories

Product Description

Here’s another well-built kit by a reliable brand. The EcoFlow Delta Double Quad Kit may have less than half the storage capacity of the Yeti 6000X, but comes with a staggering 3,600 W AC output and an 800W monocrystalline solar panel set, so you can run heavier appliances with it.

At almost 40% lower price than the largest Yeti, this is a steal, especially with the solar panels, an array of accessories, and performance.

Where to Buy

Check Out the EcoFlow Delta Double Quad Kit

Specs

  • 4,500Wh battery
  • 3,000W inverter output
  • 1,000W solar panels kit
  • Connection Accessories

Product Description

A true blue portable solar power station with 1,000W solar panels, 3,000W AC inverter output, and 4,500Wh battery (just 25% smaller than the Goal Zero Yeti 6000X) – the Hysolis MPS 1 kW is the perfect example of what you’d call “the best bang for your buck”!

With nearly all the great features that the Yeti models boast of, plus solar panels, plus a fantastic 2,000+ battery life cycle, you could never go wrong with this incredible kit.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Hysolis MPS 1kW Kit

Specs

  • 6,000Wh battery
  • 6,000W inverter output
  • 1,860W solar panels kit
  • Connection Accessories

Product Description

So here comes the first Yeti alternative that’s considerably costlier than the Yeti, and you must be wondering why. But let’s talk about value instead of cost. The Complete All-In-One Solar Kit is a high-selling kit due to its amazing specs.

A staggering 1.8 kW of solar, a 6 kW (18kW surge) AC inverter output, and a 6kWh battery capacity make this the mightiest system on the list. It might not be a truly portable unit, but for someone who wants to be prepared to face anything from blackouts to hurricanes and is looking for some customization, too, this is an unbeatable choice.

Where to Buy

Check Out the Complete All-in-One Solar Kit

Final Words

Goal Zero has proven itself as a reliable brand, time and again, with high-quality products, and the Yeti 6000X is no exception. However, if you are like us and want to extract maximum value out of every penny you spend, you are better off exploring some other interesting options.

Here’s a quick summary of the features and pricing of the Yeti 6,000X with some other spectacular alternatives.

  Goal Zero Yeti 6000X Bluetti AC200P Double Hex Kits EcoFlow Delta Double Quad Kit Hysolis MPS 1kW Kit HBK Complete All-in-One Solar Kit
Battery 6,071Wh, 500+ lifecycles to 80% capacity 4,000 Wh, 3,500+ lifecycles 2,600Wh 4,500Wh,
2,000+ lifecycles
6,000Wh
Inverter AC output 2,000W 2,000W 3,600W 3,000W 6,000W
Solar Not included 1,200W 800W 1,000W 1,860W
Price $4,999.95 $5,309 $3,187 $4,689 $5,809

In short, a “solar generator kit” with a long-lasting battery beats a “generator kit” without solar or a long-lasting battery on any given day.

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Goal Zero Yeti 3000X Review

Goal Zero Yeti 3000X Review

Overall Rating 7
Portability 7
Compatibility 6.5
Durability 8
Ease of Use 7
Value for Money 6

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Goal Zero’s second largest power station in the Yeti series appears to be beast. The makers call it the ‘epitome of on-demand power’, however we’re not sure if it justifies the price tag or not. It houses a large 3,000 watt hour battery that can power everything from the small appliances to refrigerators, sump pumps to basic tools. But the Yeti 3,000X commands a large price tag and has an unimpressive 500 lifecycles.

Our Goal Zero Yeti 3000 review looks at different aspects of the product. From wi-fi connectivity, built-in MPPT, a weight of 70 lbs. (32 kg.) and it’s overall build quality. Keep reading for a more in-depth look at the Yeti 3000 or check out alternative solar generator options.

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Compatibility

Throughout their history, batteries have been able to simply produce DC power at a given voltage as well as be charged in the same way. Any other requirement, such as AC, required connecting an inverter and making those dreaded (at least for beginners) connections. On the input side, charging with solar required connecting a charge controller, not essential, but it was always recommended. For starters, charge controllers are devices which modify the fluctuating input voltage of the solar current into a more constant current at a more efficient power (Voltage × current).

The Yeti 3000 breaks this image by being a lot more than just a battery. It includes an in-built inverter to directly supply AC power. It is a pure-sine wave one, meaning the output power is exactly like a wall output. All Yeti models were perfectly compatible with the Boulder series solar panels. They did, however, require an external charge controller unit to optimize the charging. This large model goes a step further and houses a Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT) charge controller inside. This improves charging time as well as battery life.

Additionally, the unit comes with wi-fi connectivity. With the Goal Zero app on the mobile phone, the phone can act as a nicely-sized display screen, showing all information about the machine. It also acts as a remote control that can switch the ports on or off.

front facing goal zero yeti 3000

Durability

At a price that is much higher than that of any other battery device, this product cannot win solely on the basis of connectivity features. Labeled as a portable unit, it has to be durable. The battery sits securely in a high-quality plastic casing. This casing has rounded vertical edges that have some reinforcement on them.

The handles are thick and securely fastened and show no possibility of coming off the unit. The base has four rubberized stoppers that hold the box in place.

Although it is true that a 70 lb. (32 kg.) device is not meant for falls, this unit feels strong enough to take some from a low height. For lead acid batteries of similar capacities, the weight can be more than twice that. This relative difference in weight also makes the Yeti 3000 less susceptible to damage.

Being weatherproof is an essential requirement in being durable and portable. The unit can sustain sunlight and temperatures up to 40 degrees Celsius, which is seldom crossed by North American regions. It comes with a water tight encl