Scalability is indeed a new trend in the portable solar power market. Earlier, we have had only high-capacity models with the facility. Here, we have an entry-level model with a modular profile from EcoFlow, the maker of the Delta solar generator. Called EcoFlow River 600 portable power station, it is a handy and compact device that you can expand up further with an extra battery module.
EcoFlow unveiled the 288Wh River 600 on Kickstarter along with a battery module and a high-end variant, River 600 Pro. Both devices are known for their enhanced customization options, in the first place. For the first model, there is a battery module, while the second one is chainable with regular deep-cycle batteries.
Here, we would like to have a look at River 600, which has already hit the public stores with its additional battery module after the successful crowdfunding campaign. The second model has not yet arrived in the stores and we are not sure when it will be available.
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EcoFlow Modular Power Stations
Scalability is certainly the new motto in the portable power market. Many brands like Titan and Inergy have recently surfaced their new power stations in brilliant modular profiles. When it comes to the new EcoFlow power stations, both the new EcoFlow models, as said above, tout the options for expansion.
The base model River 600 is expandable with an additional battery pack from the brand called, River 600 Max. You can simply attach it to the bottom of the power station to add to the storage capacity. Check out the below link to buy River 600 along with its special battery module at a price of around $550.
Meanwhile, the top-end 768Wh River 600 Pro has a different setting for scalability. That is, you can connect it to a special LFP battery for added storage. Otherwise, as said above, it can be linked to regular deep-cycle batteries with the help of an included additional accessory.
Moreover, there is also an option to pair multiple units of Rivers with a cable. For that, the brands offer an exclusive linking cable that will make you enjoy seamless expandability, for sure. Of course, along with the modular nature, both the power stations are, in fact, rich with a lot of other exciting features.
EcoFlow River 600 and River 600 Pro
Specifically, we first have EcoFlow River 600. It is a basic 288Wh power station that the brand would like to compare against Jackery Explorer 240. The special thing with the device is that you can expand it up to a 576Wh power source using the brand’s River 600 Max extra battery module.
Next, we have EcoFlow River 600 Pro. Yes, it is a pro model with a 768Wh battery and it looks a sensible competitor to Jackery Explorer 500. But again, you can expand it up to a vast 2304Wh power station with the brand’s EF-1500 LFP external battery or more using any third-party deep cycle batteries.
Moreover, both these models feature smart chain linking options. That is all about bringing together two units of the products, thanks to its patented X-Link chaining technology. A simple X-Link cable realizes the pairing. Thus, you get River 600 doubled to a 1152Wh power station and River 600 Pro to a 1536Wh one.
EcoFlow River 600 and River 600 Pro: Specs
Specs-wise, River 600, River 600 Max, and River 600 Pro share a lot of things in common. Other than the capacity, size, and weight, you have all the machines equipped with the same charging outlets and other features.
See, as said above, all the devices integrate 600W inverters with a surge capacity of 1200W. And regarding the charging options, they all feature three AC plugs and single units of a USB-A Fast Charge port at 28W, a USB-C port at 100W, and a 13.6V DC car outlet at 136W.
Meanwhile, the input sockets include an AC inlet of 100-120Vac, a pair of 13.6V DC sockets, a 200W solar charge inlet with MPPT technology, and finally a 12V/24V carport at 10A max.
When it comes to the dimensions, EcoFlow River 600 measures at 11.3 x 7.3 x 7.7 inches, and it weighs 11 lbs. With the River 600 Max battery module, it goes up to 11.3 x 7.3 x 9.96 inches, and the weight is 17 lbs. River 600 Pro has the same size as River 600 Max but is weighing at 18.3 lbs because of its bigger battery.
River 600 Pro Expansion Battery Packs
As you know, River 600 Pro is a little power station with a scope for expansion to a higher capacity. Basically, it is a 768Wh power station with a LiFe-Po battery pack inside and a Battery Management System. Its built-in battery has a lifecycle of over 3500 times.
Fine, with a unit of EF-1500 external battery pack, you can simply expand River 600 Pro to a 2304Wh power station. EF-1500 is an incredible product. It has a capacity of 1536 watt-hours and is itself featuring dual USB ports and a 12V carport besides an LED light. It also equips solar and car inlets for recharging.
There is also an expansion port to pair it with River 600 Pro. By the way, you can recharge the paired systems with multiple solar panels (chained in parallel connection) at the same time. The included BMS is able to balance the current in between the backup systems.
Further, you can hook up any existing regular batteries to River 600 Pro with a Pro Kit. It supports all types of batteries, including deep cycle, RV, and even an LFP. It gives you a chance to expand the system further. Yes, you can design your power station with the required capacity if you have a unit of River 600 Pro.
The new EcoFlow power stations show off a lot of special features. It has got an amazingly smart inverter, a pairing technology, and fast charging. EcoFlow is famous for the introduction of several state-of-the-art features in its former power stations, including Delta. So, below are all the new features one by one.
1. Smart X-Boost Inverter
Have you noticed that both the new EcoFlow River 600 portable power station has a 600W inverter? Won’t that look strange? A brand has included the same capacity power inverter inside different power stations that have different storage capacities. But there it conceals something exceptional for you.
As per EcoFlow, it is an innovative Smart X-Boost inverter that can even run a 1200W device continuously. It is really awesome. Yes, what you get is a transformative 600W inverter that definitely pushes the limits of what a typical portable solar power station can be.
As per EcoFlow, a set of advanced algorithms work behind it. They enable the inverter to lower the output requirements of a connected heavy-duty device. Thus, it comfortably supports even a device up to 1200W. But it may not operate heavy-duty appliances that demand strict voltage requirements, though.
The X-Boost feature comes by default with the power stations. You can disable it on the EcoFlow app.
2. X-Link Chaining
We have already discussed the X-Link technology and its purpose. Well, it simply helps you chain together any two units of River 600 or River 600 Pro. The result is you get the little power stations transformed into heavy units. You get double storage capacity and AC power, which means 1200 watts.
3. Fast X-Stream Charger
Sure, we are familiar with EcoFlow’s X-Stream charging technology on its Delta power station. The new EcoFlow River 600 models also highlight X-Stream to let you charge them in a very short time from a regular wall socket. As per the company, X-Stream offers five times faster charging than the competitions.
The River 600series power stations take only around two hours for a full recharge from a wall socket. Exactly, River 600and River 600Max require 1.6 hours, while the top-end River 600Pro recharges in two hours.
Like Delta, these devices also use AC power directly for charging. There is no power brick or adapter in the business. Of course, fast charging gives the EcoFlow devices a great edge. Goal Zero Yeti 500X and Jackery 500 take around seven to nine hours for a full recharge.
4. EcoFlow Mobile App
You have the new EcoFlow power stations with an EcoFlow mobile app. It helps you remotely monitor all the basic details, including battery output, charging status, and other system information. You can connect your power stations to your phone over Wi-Fi connectivity.
5. Fast and Universal Solar Charging
Of course, being solar power stations, EcoFlow River 600and River 600 Pro are compatible with any solar panels up to 200 watts. You can recharge both the devices quite faster under a brighter sun. Thanks to EcoFlow’s patented MPPT technology, solar charging goes two times faster than the average industry standards.
EcoFlow itself offers a range of highly portable solar chargers for its power stations. They mainly include a 60W two-fold and a 110W four-fold highly efficient units. These panels are available only for Kickstarter backers at present. Backers can pick from different kits of EcoFlow River 600 portable power station with the panels.
That has been our take on the EcoFlow River 600 portable power station. Of course, the brand is well known for the introduction of a bunch of innovative features to its new products. It continues the habit with the new models, which exceptionally show off their modular and chainable profiles as the key attractions.
No doubt, the new EcoFlow River 600 power stations are incredible products of the kind. They are available in a variety of options with indefinite customization options. That will indeed be a first-time experience for everybody in the portable solar power market. Share your thoughts in the comments.
Though an amazing product on paper, EcoFlow River 600 Max has failed to pass the hands-on tests carried out by influencer Will Prowse. EcoFlow had sent two River 600 Max pre-sale units to the vlogger for testing. He was found quite disappointed to see its performance in some important tests.
First, he came to see that its much-touted chain linking option was a big mess. Though EcoFlow ensured 1200W expanded AC power through the pairing, it couldn’t even spit out 900 watts in his tests. Moreover, it also failed to offer interruptible power supply as it stopped charging from AC once there was a load.
After his first video, the company asked Will Prowse to update the firmware and test again. But the device brought about the same bad results even after the update. By the way, Mr. Prowse is yet to get the pre-sale variants of River 600 Pro, but he is hopeful that River 600 Pro may perform better like Delta.