Maxoak is definitely one of the top names in the portable battery power station business and the Bluetti 2400 WH solar generator is easily at the top of their range of high-quality solar-battery-inverter products. If you’ve been searching for an informative Bluetti 2400 WH solar generator review, you’ve found it. Let’s discover why this is such a popular portable power station despite it’s higher than average price.
For off-grid power, home emergency electricity, tailgating, and camping, portable battery power stations have become an extremely popular choice. It’s easy to see why people are so enamored with these versatile machines. You’re able to use AC or DC power anywhere you need it. The inverter is almost silent, eliminating the irritating noise of a portable gas generator. You also don’t have to worry about gas, noxious fumes, and expensive maintenance.
With multiple charging options (120VAC, 12VDC, or solar panels) portable indoor generators, like the Maxoak Bluetti EB240 can provide clean, environmentally-friendly electricity wherever you may find yourself. Pure sine wave inverter power is great for modern electronic equipment, as well as all other appliances. Low THD electricity means no damage to the most sensitive of devices.
The problem with some of the cheaper portable battery power stations is limited battery storage, long recharging times, and they don’t usually allow you to use the power outlets while the battery is charging. None of these hassles apply to the Bluetti 2400 WH solar generator. It has a humungous 2,400 watt-hour battery, relatively high charging watts, which also makes it possible for through charging. This means the AC and DC outlets can supply power while the battery is being charged.
Buying one of the best solar generators is not going to be cheap. Whilst not the most expensive option, the Bluetti 2400WH solar generator is on the pricey side of things. This would be the only reason that some may not consider it as their top choice. I believe this exceptional machine is worth every penny. Quality and superb technology like this is going to cost you.
Are their reasonable alternatives to the Bluetti EB240 that don’t cost quite as much? The answer is yes. Though I’m going to emphasize the word reasonable. For the most part, I’m a firm believer in the common phrase “you get what you pay for”. If a similar product costs considerably less than another, surely it can’t be as good.
The Bluetti AC200P seems like an obvious competitor, at a slightly lower price. Same great brand, with differing specifications. The AC200P has a more powerful inverter, providing a continuous power output of 2,000W, with incredible surge or peak power – 4,800W. However, this model has less battery storage (2,000 WH). This means you have more watts when using AC power, but you won’t be able to use that power for as long as you could, if the battery had more capacity.
Eco Flo Delta is a solar generator brand that has certainly caught the attention of many enthusiasts. The EF Eco Flo Delta 1300 does not offer as much AC power as the Bluetti 2400 WH solar generator. As a result is it cheaper. As the review will reveal, this is a high-quality product with numerous benefits.
The EGO Power Plus has to be one of the best budget solar generators. I’m not suggesting that this is the cheapest, there are many other brands with similar power that cost less. However, this rugged portable battery power station can hold its own when compared to the more expensive high-end solar generators. It has great options for battery combinations, using the standard EGO 56V lithium ion batteries used for their extensive range of battery powered tools. If you own EGO 56V tools, you can save a lot since you may not need to buy additional batteries.
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Review : Maxoak Bluetti 2400WH Solar Generator / EB240
- 2400Wh/1000W Higher Output/Larger Capacity
- Industry-leading Outputs Including AC and 45W USB-C Power Ports
- Ultra-safe Lithium Battery(NCM Chemistry Battery Cell)
- MPPT Built-In
- Intelligent Cooling Controller
- MPPT Built-In
- 2 Charge Methods(Solar Panel,200w AC Wall Outlet)
The Bluetti 2400WH solar generator is beautifully designed. It is an extremely lightweight portable battery power station (48.5 LBS). This makes it one of the best for portability. A large handle makes it a breeze to carry.
The compact lightweight design is even more remarkable when we consider the incredibly good battery storage and high-watt inverter. For a solar generator of this size, the Bluetti EB240 has the best battery capacity of 2,400WH. Depending on the ambient temperature, it should be able to run a mid-sized refrigerator for about 10 to 12 hours. On the Maxoak website, they specify an 800W refrigerator for around 2.4 hours. However, considering that a mid-sized refrigerator uses around 300W and does not run continuously, I think it’s reasonable to assume that it could supply a refrigerator of this size for at least 10 hours, in weather that’s not too hot and the refrigerator door remains closed most of the time. The inverter is certainly capable of supplying enough watts for most refrigerators and similar high-power appliances. The unit is equipped with 2 X 120V AC outlets.
With a running capacity of 1,000W and a peak surge capacity of 1,200W, it is a really powerful little indoor generator. Surge power can be provided for up to 2 minutes, depending on demand. As power demand increases, the surge time decreases. This means that you can use up to 1,000W indefinitely, without the electronic circuit breaker tripping. As you go above 1,000W, it will continue to provide power (without tripping) for 1 second if you’re using the full 1,200W available peak capacity. If your power demand is around 1,100W, it should continue to provide power for about 1-minute, changing incrementally – shorter surge capacity for more watts, longer for less watts.
The pure sine wave inverter is pretty efficient at 88% for 100 – 120V (North America), and up to 90% efficiency for 220V – 240V in areas where this is the rated domestic voltage. Total Harmonic Distortion (THD) is not the best, but perfectly safe at <5% THD. Most high-end inverters produce <3% THD. The Bluetti 2400WH solar generator also has a great selection of efficient DC outlets: 12V (9A) DC; 4 X 5V (3A) USB ports and Type-C PD fast charging port 5V – 20V (2.25A – 3A). The PD port can also be used for additional AC charging. This can be a great advantage if you want to charge the battery when using solar panels in poor sunlight. You can use AC power to supplement the solar charger.
The Bluetti 2400WH solar generator has a battery charging input on the front user panel. Using this port, you can connect the AC charger supplied with the unit. The AC charger supplies 200W, so it should take around 12 hours to fully charge the battery if you plug it into a 120V outlet. You can supply an additional 45W charge current using the PD USB C port, reducing your charge time by about 20%. A DC7909 to MC4 solar connector is also supplied with the Bluetti EB240. This allows the same charging input to be connected to solar panels, which will need be purchased separately. It has a great built-in MPPT solar charger for the most efficient use of available sunlight, up to 500W.
Charging the Bluetti battery from your car, or 12V leisure battery, is slightly more complicated. The 48V charger input, and 16V – 68V MPPT solar charger, are not designed for a 12V DC input, like the auxiliary output in your car. You can charge the battery using the cigarette lighter style 12V DC outlet. This would require an additional inverter that is not sold with the Bluetti 2400WH solar generator.
An LCD display provides the information you need. Battery level is displayed using pretty cool graphics. It’s easy to check your approximate battery percentage at a glance. More detailed information, like AC, DC, and charge watts is displayed with great accuracy by means of a 4-digit numeric display. This information is displayed simultaneously. You don’t need to scroll or perform complicated procedures to check this data. It’s permanently displayed.
You can also switch the AC and DC outlets on or off, which will help reduce power consumption if the battery is running low. By switching the inverter off when it’s not needed, you can save around 70W continuous power loss. This will allow you to continue charging your USB devices and use DC electrical equipment (like an LED) light for longer. In an emergency this could make a big difference.
The LG Lithium Nickel Manganese Cobalt Oxide (NCM) battery is one of the better quality options, with a rated lifespan of over 2,500 cycles. This a lot better than most portable battery power stations. However, the newer Bluetti model (AC200P) has an even better battery with a longer lifespan, albeit with less watt-hours.
Behind the scenes, there are a lot of electronically managed safety functions being performed. An advanced battery management system (BMS) ensures that the battery does not overheat or over charge and will shut the system down if the battery voltage is too low or short circuits. This keeps you safe and helps maintain the battery in top condition. The electric outlets are also protected electronically form overload or short circuit. The Bluetti 2400WH solar generator has temperature monitoring, using a fan to cool the machine when needed. This fan is pretty quiet and should not be an unwanted distraction when using the Bluetti EB240 indoors.
Probably the most compelling reason to consider the Maxoak Bluetti EB240 as one of the best solar generators would be the incredibly high quality standard and exceptionally long battery time. If we compare the Bluetti EB240 battery to its closest rival (Jackery Explorer 1000), you have more than twice the battery storage capacity. The high-quality LG battery used for the Bluetti solar generator is rated for 2,400 WH, whereas the Jackery 1000 only provides 1,002 WH. Both solar generators provide the same continuous AC power from the inverter (1,000W), but the Bluetti 2400WH solar generator will keep supplying power for twice as long before the battery needs to be recharged.
The Bluetti 2400WH solar generator is a high-end product from a brand with an immaculate reputation for quality and design excellence. This is certainly something I consider worth paying for. I think the money spent on this machine will start to make sense over the years as you come to appreciate its rugged dependability and conveniently long battery time.
Review : BLUETTI Portable AC200P
- 2000Wh/2000W Higher Output/Larger Capacity
- 17 Output Ports Meet Multiple Devices
- Flexible 5 Recharge Ways(AC/Solar/Car/Generator/Lead acid batterry)
- Smart Touchable Interaction LCD Display
- 700W Solar+500W AC Recharge in 2-2.5Hrs
- Dual AC adapter(500W) Fast recharge in 2-2.5Hrs
- Eco-friendly/Gas free/Quieter/Cost-effective
I feel that the Bluetti AC200P portable power station is a bit of a paradox. This model was introduced as a more recent upgrade to the much admired Bluetti 2400WH solar generator. The new model definitely has its advantages. The inverter is much more capable, delivering a lot more AC power. The battery chemistry has also been improved. The Bluetti AC200P lithium battery will last much longer than the previous generation battery. Ironically, this battery upgrade is a downgraded in terms of watt-hours. The more powerful Bluetti AC200P may well allow you to use more AC appliances, but you won’t be able to use them for as long as you would with EB240 2,400WH battery.
I should clarify that although I find the 2000 WH battery used for this model to be a slight downgrade from the 2400 WH EB240 battery, it is an improvement in the general quality of the battery. Using a lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) battery makes for an incredibly long lifespan. The Bluetti AC200P battery is rated for over 3,500 cycles. This means that you could fully discharge the battery every day for about 10-years before it needs to be replaced. At the same rate of discharge, the Bluetti 2400WH battery will probably only last for around 7-years. You just don’t get as many watt-hours from the AC200P battery which can be significant if you actually want to make use of all the extra AC watts provided by the AC200P inverter.
The high-tech Bluetti AC200P battery has 2,000 WH storage capacity, 400 WH less than the EB240. Since the AC200P inverter can supply 2,000 watts continuously and a whopping 4,800W surge capacity, this reduced battery capacity can result in substantially lower runtimes. You probably won’t be using the full 2,000W available all the time. The 4,800W peak capacity will only be required for very brief periods, and very seldom will you actually reach this maximum capacity. If you actually use the Bluetti AC200P at maximum capacity continuously, the battery will run out of charge within about an hour. Factoring inverter power loss and low battery voltage shutoff, you won’t even get a full hour.
Fortunately, the charging options have been significantly upgraded on the Bluetti AC200P. This goes a long way in compensating for the shorter battery runtime. When the battery is low, it doesn’t take very long to recharge and there is enough current to keep supplying the outlets while the battery is charging. This means you can continue using the AC and DC outlets while the battery is charging. Solar generators with a lower charge current cannot be used whilst charging the battery.
The AC charging capacity has been significantly increased for the Bluetti AC200P, from 200W (EB240) to 500W. Using the 60W USB-C PD as a charger input will provide even more AC charging capacity. Using the all the AC watts available, you can charge the battery in 3 – 4 hours when plugged into a standard 120V power outlet.
The solar charger has also been improved to supply a much higher charging capacity of 700W. This too, can be supplemented using the USB PD port, as well as the 500W wall charger, when AC power is available. Using both AC power, and the super-efficient MPPT solar charger, allows for a total of 1,200W charging capacity. It is possible, in good sunlight, to charge the battery in less than 2-hours using a combination of solar and AC current. The solar charger has a very high input voltage range (35V – 150V). Using a higher voltage has an advantage when it comes to efficient use of solar energy. It also makes the setup slightly more complicated. Unlike most other solar generators, that can be connected to a single solar panel with a 12V nominal supply, the Bluetti AC200P requires three 12V panels connected in series to function optimally.
This model has another battery charging advantage when compared to the Bluetti 2400WH solar generator. The older model does not include a 12V charger input, making it more difficult to use a car charger. The Bluetti AC200P includes a regular 8A 12VDC car charger as standard equipment, much like most other portable battery power stations.
The sophisticated touch screen management system is streaks ahead of anything I’ve seen on a solar generator. It provides a mass of information, control functions, and diagnostics, in a logical and well-presented format. The basic display is easy enough to understand. Battery level is displayed boldly as a percentage in the center of the screen. Input and output wattages are also displayed at the same time, this is for all types of charging and AC or DC output ports. To make full use of all the many programmable and data functions, you will probably need to read your instruction manual to properly understand everything this intelligent system has to offer. I was very impressed with how all of this has been explained, with plenty of images and well-written instructions.
The front panel has a massive selection of outputs for every type of application. To manage your power usage, all the outputs can switched on or off, using the touch screen computer management. The North American 120V variant has 6 X AC outlets. For UK and EU (240V) models, 2 X AC outlets are provided. It has 3 X 12VDC ports, which is incredibly versatile and rare: 12VDC 10A cigarette lighter output, 12VDC 25A output, and a 12VDC 3A output. You have 4 X standard USB ports, 1 X USB-C (PD) rapid charge port, and 2 X wireless charging ports. You can place your phone, or any device that allows for wireless inductive charging, on one of two pads on the top surface of the AC200P solar generator for really hassle-free charging.
At the back of the machine, two ports accept charging current – 1 X 12V car charger or solar panel input, and 1 X AC charger input. This allows you to connect up to three chargers simultaneously. You can connect a USB charger to the PD port, an AC wall charger, and 12VDC or solar panels at the same time. I should point out that, since the 12V car charger and solar panels use the same input, you can only use one of these charging methods in conjunction with the two AC charger inputs. This great variety of combined charging options allows for incredible charge times with maximum through current that can be used whilst the battery is charging. Definitely the most convenient setup that I’ve seen.
With so much super advanced technology, the AC200P is larger and heavier than the nifty Bluetti 2400WH solar charger. Though, for all Bluetti AC200P has to offer, I don’t think this is a particularly bulky of weighty machine. Dimensions are 16.5” X 11” X 15.2”, at a very manageable weight of 60.6 LBS. Two handles are provided at the top, making it pretty easy to lift and carry.
I’d prefer more watt-hours from the battery, especially when you consider how much power the inverter is capable of providing. None the less, I’m extremely impressed with the Bluetti AC200P. In many ways, it’s the pinnacle of solar generator design. The super advanced computerized data system and touch screen controls are magnificent. The battery is one of the most durable there is and has an excellent battery management system (BMS) to ensure you get the most of this incredible powerhouse. This machine provides all the best that modern technology has to offer for portable electricity that can be used on or off the grid.
REview : EF ECOFLOW DELTA 1300
- Durable battery-powered generator is compatible with a wide range of electronic devices
- EcoFlow patented X-Stream Technology allows the Delta 1300 to quickly recharge from 0 to 80% in 1 hour
- Large inverter load allows this portable generator to power most home appliances under 1800 watts with a 1260Wh capacity
- The Delta 1300 can be fully recharged via solar panels in 4 hours, and fully charged through a 12/24V carport in 10 to 12 hours or an AC wall outlet in 1.60 hours
- Portable generator can power up to 13 devices at 1 time
- Color: Gray/black
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 15.70 x 8.30 x 10.60 inches
- Weight: 30.90 pounds
- Manufacturer warranty: 2-year warranty
The EcoFlow Delta 1300 portable battery power station can supply a little more AC watts than the Bluetti 2400WH solar generator. The battery, however, does not come close to the kind of watt-hours provided by the Bluetti EB240. One might be prepared to overlook the difference in battery performance when comparing prices. The Delta 1300 is a little cheaper than the 2,400WH/1000W Bluetti model.
While the EF Delta 1300 isn’t what I’d call cheap, the price is incredibly reasonable for such a rugged and dependable solar generator. The battery and inverter are protected by a strong aluminum chassis and all the components seem to be of a very high standard. As much as admire the high-quality build and design, I’m not super impressed with the rather average battery. The Delta 1300 utilizes a 1260 WH lithium battery that is rated for around 800 cycles. This is a far cry from the incredible batteries that used for either of the Bluetti solar generators reviewed above. Given the price difference, this is quite acceptable.
A more reasonable comparison, if we’re going look at buck per watt of power, watt-hour, and battery lifespan, would be to pit the Delta 1300 vs Jackery Explorer 1000. The 1000W Jackery solar generator is a bit cheaper but does not supply the same output watts and slightly less battery capacity. The battery is rated for pretty much the same amount of cycles. While not identical in the power and time they offer, these two solar generators are very much in the same league. I’d say the Bluetti 2400WH solar generator, and AC200P, are a cut above the norm, especially if a more durable battery is important to you. As I said in the introduction to this solar generator review: You get what you pay for.
I’m not going to let the battery performance detract from all the great functions and features that the more affordable EF Delta 1300 has to offer. It has a really fantastic digital inverter, delivering 1,800W continuously and 3,300W surge capacity. This is great for power tools and large appliances like refrigerators and air conditioners. Obviously, the 1260 WH battery will restrict how long you’ll be able to use all that power.
A mighty impressive feature is the rapid AC charger which has an Extreme Technology function. This allows for an incredibly fast battery charging time when needed. You can recharge a flat battery to 80% charge within an hour. You can also use solar panels to charge the EF Delta 1300 (4-hours in good sunlight using 160W panels), or a car charger using 12V or 24V (about 10-hours).
The general design is both elegant and practical, with wonderful, molded handles for carrying. The large LCD screen is really easy to understand, displaying battery percentage and hours at a glance, with a numeric display for output and charge wattage.
There is definitely no shortage of power outlets. The Delta 1300 has 6 X 120V AC receptacles, 4 X USB-A ports, and 2 X USB-C (60W) ports. The charger inputs are neatly enclosed at the side for easy access and protecting them when not in use.
The EcoFlow Delta 1300 is a perfect, quite affordable, portable power supply for camping, tailgating, on a jobsite, or for emergency power at home during an outage. The battery isn’t fantastic but pretty good for a solar generator at this price. It has an incredible AC charger, for the best rapid charging and a very capable inverter.
EGO Power+ PST3041 / PST3042
Many homeowners have come to appreciate the EGO power Plus range of quality garden tools. For affordable cordless tools, with a 5-year warranty and 3-year warranty on the lithium-ion batteries, this is harmonious blend of quality assurance and affordability. For owners of EGO Power+ tools, the PST3041 is going to be your cheapest option. If you already own EGO Power+ 56V batteries, you only need to purchase the unit which makes it much cheaper than most other portable power stations with built-in batteries.
The battery setup, is in my opinion, the greatest advantage to buying the EGO Power Plus Nexus PST3041. Unlike all the other portable power stations in this review (or any other that I know of), this model does not utilize a built-in battery. It uses standard EGO Power Plus 56V batteries. The same as those used for their extensive range of cordless tools. Even if you don’t own these batteries, this power station is worth considering because of the versatility that this battery system offers.
Because the EGO Power+ batteries are not built-in, you have a lot of flexibility as to how you use them. It has four slots to accommodate standard EGO Power+ batteries. You can swap batteries as the need arises. You don’t even need to use all four batteries. The Nexus power station will run on a single battery or any combination of Power+ 56V batteries. These batteries are available in a great range of sizes from 2AH to 10AH. You don’t need to use the same AH batteries; it will work fine if you use any of these batteries together. This also means you can exchange batteries at any time. If you have additional, fully charged batteries, there is not need to plug the Nexus into a wall socket and wait for them to recharge. You can simply remove a discharged battery (or batteries) and replace it with a charged battery. With enough batteries, there is basically no limit to how long you can use the machine.
Now for the bad news. The EGO Power Plus Nexus portable power station is not a solar generator. You only have one option for charging the batteries, an AC wall charger. The good news is that you plug the charger into the Nexus power station or use it separately to charge standby batteries.
The robust frame gives me a lot of confidence in this machine’s ability to handle just about anything that comes along. It’s really tough and certainly looks the part. It also has a good deal of water resistance, with covers for the outlets, and gaskets that protect the electronic components from moisture damage and dust. Even with all this water protection, you should not use the Nexus Portable power station in the rain. This is, after all, an electric machine and water will always be a safety hazard.
AC power is supplied using a really powerful 2000W inverter with a 3000W surge capacity for up to 3 seconds. Three AC power outlets make it really convenient to make use of all these watts. It also has 4 X USB ports. The large LCD screen is fantastic. The superb graphics makes it super easy to check the status of each battery, there are four battery icons providing information for each individual battery. It also has a charge and output indicator that is visible at a glance. You can check how much time you have remaining just as easily, as well as all safety warnings. The EGO Power+ PST3041 offers next level convenience with the inclusion of Wi-Fi technology. You can perform a bunch of useful functions and check up on the status of your Nexus power station using an app on your smart phone or tablet.
For such a powerful and tough portable power station, the Nexus PST3041 is remarkably lightweight, only 56.9 pounds. It has two, very large soft grip handles, making it perfectly portable.
If you’re after incredible value for money, it will be a tough order trying to top the EGO Power+ PST3041. This is a rugged beast with one of the best warranties in the business yet doesn’t cost too much for the power it delivers. The versatile battery configuration is a major plus point, and you can save a heap of cash if you already own EGO Power+ 56V batteries. The only thing that prevents this power station from obtaining an A+ is the absence of ports to connect solar panels or a DC car charger.