EcoFlow RIVER Pro Portable Power Station Review ⚡💡
I do encourage you to check out their website if you do need something with a little more capabilities than this one. This is sort of a mid range one for pretty decent price. It does have the ability to also do solar panel chart charging uh from a solar panel, and actually i have one down here. I’Ll show you that a little bit later, they have two kinds, a, i think, a 120 watt panel or 110 watt panel and 160 watt panel. This is the 160 watt panel here, uh i’m, not sure if this one will do parallel, uh or not, i think they can you both of them can i’m not harm’s unsure, but the parallel cables don’t come with the power station. You just get the mc4 connectors for connecting up a single solar panel, so i have the 160 watt and i just have the single one, but if you need to hook them up in parallel, i think you have to buy the parallel cables separately. You can also charge it via the cigarette lighter cable here, if you want to charge it inside your car and then that includes one other cable here for the dc barrel plug connections here, if you want to charge things up like that, so just taking a quick Look around the power station itself, it’s fairly compact here’s my hand for size it’s, not really huge, it’s about 16 pounds. There’S 80, 18. 650 lithium ion batteries uh inside here, so 80 cells total in a 8s 10p configuration.
So it gives you 720 watt hours, total energy and 25 amp hours. So taking a look at the station going around here. This is where your inputs are there’s a little door here you have to lift up, and so you got your ac power in here, and this has a pretty nice feature where i think a lot of the other power stations out there can’t charge as fast. This will go from zero to eighty percent in one hour and then uh zero to 100 in 1.6 hours, it’s one of the faster charging power stations and you need to you know, charges up quickly somewhere like if you’re on the road – and you only have access To an ac outlet for a short time, this will charge up very quickly, which is pretty nice, and i don’t know if a lot of other stations have that capability. This is the only one on the market. Does that you have your um reset button here. In case you have a over current draw, it’ll it’ll actually shut down, and then this is an xd60 connector here for the um dc uh in from the car, the cigarette lighter, adapter and also from the solar solar charging cable. So you can plug that in here and that will charge up the power station. Be those i think it’s about five hours of, i think approximately. If you’re doing a via 12 volts on your in your car and then solar depends, it depends on the output of the sun.
You’Ll see it later in the video, it could take a very short amount of time, like it’s, relatively short, like say six hours. If you have two panels up to maybe 25 to 30 hours, if there’s, no sunlight so i’ll explain that a little bit later we have some inlet fan or inlet vents over here for the fan for cooling uh for cooling, the inverter, you have a light here In the front, you can turn that on and off it’s like uh, if you need some light emergency lighting, two different levels there and then flashing for sos and i’ll turn that off. You have a reset button here for the iot, which is the built in wi fi, and you can actually connect to this via your smartphone to adjust some settings. You don’t really need to do that, because everything is like basically set up from default. I haven’t actually needed to actually change anything, but the smartphone app is available for this one. If you want to use that get your display here, basically, it says that at 99 hours, it’s empty, obviously there’s no draw on this that’s. Why it’s still so huge 47 and you have your input wattage and your output wattage here i’ll show you that a little bit later, you get a usbc output here for up to 100 watts so it’s. This will probably power most modern laptops that have usb charging. That are under 100 watts, so a lot of like macbooks and uh.
Definitely a lot of pc laptops can charge off of this. You have standard usb a here. I think these are like uh five volts in three and a half amps. Then you have fast charging usb here, which is uh. I think it goes up to 12 volts, and i think this one here is also. The usbc is also like power, delivery and quick charge enabled as well so it’ll work with a lot of devices that are usb c to charge them very fast. I kind of wish they had more than one of these. Instead of having two of these like having two of these wouldn’t be better, then you have your dc barrel plug connections here, if you, if you want to charge things via a dc barrel, connector those are available, and then you have your 12 volts out here. This is basically a cigarette, lighter port, and so, if you have any anything that wants to use 12 volts like in a car, you can use that instead, i’ll demonstrate that here shortly there we go so the buttons here turn the power station on off. That turns it off and goes into sleep mode. It turns the display back on this one turns the dc on and off. So unless it’s lit up like that, it’s not actually on it’s powered off and then here on the right side, we have our uh. Basically, a cooling fan, you have three ac ports here: uh, basically, 120 volts output, there’s a 600 watt uh pure sine wave inverter inside here, but it’s only up to 600 watts.
However, it does have a feature. I forget the name of the called extreme or something like that where it will boost the output from 600 watts, i think, up to 1800 watts at the uh, but it what it does is. It does a little trick where it actually reduces the voltage. So it may or may not work on all devices, so certain devices that require a certain level of voltage. It might not work and i’ll show you what happens when you run into that situation, but yeah, basically, 600 watts max and it’ll boost to 1800 watts with the reduction in voltage. So you have to see if it’ll work for your device. I turn this uh to turn this on press this button, like the other ones and the power the cooling fan, will kick on and then press that to power that off. There is a little port down here, so there’s an expansion port, and so you can get basically another one of these that has another set of 80 lithium ion batteries, so to double your capacity from 720 watt hours to 1440 watt hours, and i believe i don’t Believe you can do multiple of them it’s, just one extra one. So if you need more capacity for you know if you’re off grid for a bit longer, then um. This will give you a little bit more stuff to charge all right. So it’s going to do a quick demo here of the um, basically the wattage limit of 600 watts on this one.
So this is a hair dryer that will go up to 1800 watts when the heat is on. So you can actually turn the heat on and off in this one and it’ll show you the power draw here on the screen. I’Ll show you that here so just plug this in go ahead and power. This up, Music let’s see it’s running and okay, so you can see right here. The input and output is right. Now, it’s all zero everything’s powered off go ahead and turn the hairdryer on on low fan, and you can see it’s drawing about 25 watts, now go to high high speed now we’re up to 75 76 watts. It shows you how many hours you have left if you’re running it continuously i’ll go back to low speed. So when i go ahead and turn on the heat, you’ll see this jump up. Applause so now we’re at just about the limit here about 590, some watts, the x stream or the x boost whatever hasn’t actually kicked in yet so i turn up the fan. You hear see that it doesn’t like that, so when it tries to boost it up, it reduce the voltage on this hair dryer. The hair dryer is like kind of freaking out and it actually won’t go up to the 1800 watts. It actually drops back down because it can’t actually run on this voltage, all right so albert from the future here. One thing i totally forgot about that i should have mentioned is that the this power station can also be used as a ups or interruptable power supply.
So if you, in the event that you have a power outage, if you have like a computer or something plugged in to the ac um, it will basically kick in the backup power like a regular ups battery and power your device. Now there is a 30 millisecond delay for the switch over. So if your device is not able to handle that switch over and turns off, because it’s too long, then that this won’t work for work for you as a as a ups. So just keep that in mind. There is a 30 millisecond switchover delay, all right, so it’s a little bit tedious getting the panel set up and you use the uh the case as a stand. You can angle it and try and find the best angle for the sun. You can see it’s cloudy right now and it’s actually about to rain. So this is probably the worst case scenario in terms of uh panel output. This, i think, is the bigger one. The 160 watt panel and it’s charging right now and a bit hard to see 16 watts and things to take 25 hours to charge at this rate. Yes, obviously in cloudy conditions, this is probably the worst case scenario, all right, it’s, a little less cloudy. Today, it’s got the panel laid flat and the sun is behind those clouds over there. So not not great sun was coming out, but i missed it now we’re up to about 30 watts under these conditions.
So not that not the greatest all right. So i got the panel out laid flat sunny now. Finally – and it is about four in the afternoon so it’s not all right – get the camera to focus yeah it’s, getting about 90 watts in full sunlight about four in the afternoon and not angled. To the correct angle: okay, so i’m gon na get a bunch of different stuff here, going just to show you that everything can work all together on sort of you know not as power hungry of devices, so i’ve got a uh battery charger here. This is like for lithium ion batteries gon na charge up this phone view, the usb regular usb i have a this one already plugged in this – is uh for dji batteries for drone batteries um on the fast charger on the fast usb a right here, and that Seems to be working, it’s charging up pretty fast, gon na be doing another battery charge on this one. Here this is plugged into the cigarette lighter for 12 volts and we’re, going to power that up so right now, we’re drawing about 13 watts on the screen and charge up some bigger batteries here that should boost up the wattage okay, so i’m charging up this battery Pack over here this is drawing the most, i think about 13 watts an hour it’s about 85 watts i’m gon na plug in this phone. This is probably not going to draw very much at all and that’s going yeah it’s, drawing very little power now we’re up to about 91 watts, i’m going to charge up some batteries over here: Music, okay, so i’m, charging up, 218, 650, lipo or lithium ion batteries On this, one i’ve got that one going now we’re up to about 100 watts of a power draw.
So if you’re doing things like this, which is what i i actually uh, find this more useful for because i you know, i fly a lot of drones and stuff and when i’m out in the field don’t have access to. You know ac power. This is great for using it in your car without having to actually plug it into your car and drain your car battery. You can have this in the car and then charge up a whole bunch of stuff. You know drone batteries and other stuff and it’s well within the 600 watt limit of the power bank here, and you can probably add even more now. I know that um on the 160 watt solar panel uh, if you have full sunlight, you can it’s going to probably be drawing about a or inputting about 150 155 watts, which is actually more than what i’m drawing currently on everything that’s being charged right here. So in that scenario, where the input wattage is higher than the output, wattage you’re, actually charging the internal batteries um and it’s running completely off the solar. So if you’re like um like for me, uh for at least for you guys in my audience the fpv community, if you guys are you know, having like a race or an event, and you don’t have any you know, location, maybe some kind of like on the Out in the wilderness somewhere, you don’t have access to power, or something like this is going to be really great.
You can charge up a ton of drone batteries with this one and, of course you can get the add on to double your capacity and and obviously charge double the stuff with the external add on now. For those of you guys that might consider this in a camping scenario and may want to use it for some high powered devices like like microwaves, for example, or cooktops, like their electric cooktops. Some of those may work with the boosting technology, or some of them may not work it just kind of depends on uh the device you have to check the specs from the manufacturer on the ones that you are considering using with this one uh. You know that i don’t think that this particular model is ideal for that, because of the 600 watt. Inverter is really limited to the 600 watt inverter that’s in here. So you may want to consider something else. If you’re going to primarily be using high, draw devices and and maybe go for the other other models that have the higher um wattage inverters – and you know the 1600 1800 watt inverters you’re gon na – need that for the especially things like microwaves. Like definitely for sure you know, even like tiny microwaves like i’ve seen on amazon they’re generally above 800 to 1000 watts of power and i’m sure many of them probably won’t work with this one. So if you’re thinking about using this for a microwave, it probably isn’t going to work, i don’t have one to test.
So i don’t i’m, not 100 sure it’s going to have to really depend on the model that you’re considering now things like coolers or like small refrigerators that run out for 12 volts i’m. Pretty sure those will be fine for a lot of those. Those don’t really draw that much power. I think a lot of them are generally generally more efficient and they’re going to be drawing somewhere around 200 watts, so those will definitely work for for something like this. So if you in a situation like we, have a power outage and you haven’t have one of those coolers, you can put, you know some of your critical food into one of those coolers, and this will run that off of the batteries on here. For i, you know again, you know you’re, probably limited in terms of the capacity maybe 12 hours on some of those really depends on the power draw and, of course, if you want more time for a longer power outage, you probably want to get the expansion pack And double your capacity, okay, so that’s going to do it for this video. Let me know if you have any questions.