It looks that the heavy-duty solar power stations are to rein over the portable power market in the months to come. Following the launch of Bluetti EP500, EcoFlow has come up with a colossal and highly expandable solar power station called, Delta Pro.
Here, we would like to have an EcoFlow Vs Bluetti comparison with a detailed run-through of their new entries into the market of heavy-duty solar power stations.
Though coming up as an upgrade to the vendor’s famous Delta power station, Delta Pro is a heavy machine with a number of amazingly modular features. It keeps the same design as Delta, but you get a lot of ways to expand its storage capacity as well as inverter power.
EcoFlow launched it on Kickstarter. As of writing this, the power station could collect as much as a whopping 10M USD from nearly 3000 backers.
In the meantime, Bluetti EP500 is the biggest of the Bluetti power stations. It is also expandable in different ways and the brand’s battery modules B230 and B300 are also compatible with it. Bluetti launched it on Kickstarter, where it could amass up over 3.5M USD from around 1000 backers.
EcoFlow Delta Pro At a Glance
- Massive 3.6-25kWh Portable Home Battery Ecosystem
- Heavy LiFePO4 Battery Pack with 3500 Cycles Up to 80%.
- Huge 3600-7200W Inverter with Five AC Sockets.
- Highly Expandable and Modular Power Station.
- 1800W AC and 1200W Solar Charging Options.
- Versatile Charging Outlets with Multiple USB and DC Ports.
- All-Terrain Wheels and a Telescopic Carrying Handle.
- Price: Starting at $1,999 on Kickstarter.
Bluetti EP500 At a Glance
- 5100Wh Battery Pack with Two Inverter Models.
- 15 Outlets to Power Up All Your Electrical Devices.
- Fast Charging from Solar and Wall Socket Options.
- Four Sturdy Wheels for Easy Moving.
- 24/7 UPS With a Plug-and-Play Profile.
- Built-in Dual-Core Microcomputer for Firmware Upgrade.
- Ideal Powerhouse for Tackling Blackouts.
- Price: Starting at $1,999 on Indiegogo.
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EcoFlow Vs Bluetti
EcoFlow and Bluetti are two key brands in the portable power market. Both the brands have marked their presence with an awesome number of products in different power options, capacities, and other factors.
EcoFlow is famous for its Delta and River solar power stations, and the new heavy-duty device is the pro variant to the 1260Wh/1800W Delta, whereas Bluetti is renowned for its 2000Wh/2000W AC200P power station, and a large variety of other power stations in all segments and price ranges.
Of course, Delta Pro and its lite variant Delta Max and EP500 and its pro variant EP500 Pro are going to be the next big players in the portable power market. Here, we have would like to have a detailed look at them in our EcoFlow Vs Bluetti article. Stay tuned to have a complete insight into the new EcoFlow and Bluetti devices.
Storage Capacity and Output
EcoFlow Delta Pro is basically a 3.6Wh power station, but you can take its capacity to a huge 25kWh for emergency power to run an entire household for around 13 days. Well, for expanding its storage capacity, the brand offers you multiple options, which include the Smart Extra batteries and the EcoFlow gas generator.
When it comes to the inverter, a single Delta Pro packs up a 3600W powerful unit under the hood.
But by pairing two Delta Pros together, you can double the inverter power to a massive 7200W @ 240V. The brand offers a Smart Home panel and a Double Voltage Hub to let you enjoy the 7200W high power respectively in home circuits and off-grid applications.
By the way, its lighter variant Delta Max is a 2016Wh scalable power station with a 2400W inverter and it has got a 3400W X-Boost power. This is an option for budget-conscious users to get a highly modular power station.
Update: Bluetti’s Newly Launched B230 and Upcoming B300 Extra Battery Modules Are Compatible with EP500. You Can Use Them To Further Add to the Storage Capacity of the Heavy-Duty Machine Using a DC Enhancer Device.
Meanwhile, Bluetti EP500 and its Pro variant integrate a massive 5100Wh battery pack. You can expand it to double capacity by pairing two units of each model using the brand’s special accessory board.
That said, you can hit the 10kWh mark with two units of either EP500 or EP500 Pro.
In the process, you also get the inverter power doubled. Thus, the 2000W EP500 can deliver you 4000W at 240V and the 3000W Pro variant can deliver 6000W at 240V.
Winner: EcoFlow Delta Pro
Once paired together, the EcoFlow power beast has more output and inverter power.
But to achieve the 10kWh mark, you need to connect two extra batteries to the original. By the way, taken as a single unit, Delta Pro falls short in storage capacity to EP500, but it still has a bigger inverter under the hood.
Meanwhile, two units of Bluetti EP500 or EP500 Pros can make it up to 10.2kWh.
As you see, both the EcoFlow and Bluetti are high-powered expandable power stations. They feature different ways of expanding their storage capacities and inverter power.
In the case of Delta Pro, the brand offers an extra battery pack of 3600Wh capacity.
As mentioned above, you can connect it to the base model via either a home circuit panel or a voltage hub. You can connect up to two extra battery packs to take the capacity to 10.8kWh.
To enhance storage capacity further, the brand has come up with a gasoline generator. Though not an eco-friendly option, you can use it to power up your backup systems in critical and prolonged emergencies.
Meanwhile, Bluetti doesn’t have special battery packs for the expansion of its EP500 and EP500 Pro.
Instead, it has got a Split Phase Box to pair two units of the devices together. Thus, you can double the capacity and AC output of both variants of its heavy-duty power station and enjoy extra juice in the wild.
The box also helps you select 220/240V outputs to make it compatible with a variety of your appliances.
Winner: EcoFlow Delta Pro
Delta Pro offers seamless scalability, thanks to its extra batteries and a gas generator. It is when the Bluetti has limited scope for battery expansion, and even for that, you need to buy two units of the same device.
Next, let us have a look at the charging options of the EcoFlow Vs Bluetti heavy power stations.
For solar charging, Bluetti EP500 has got a maximum voltage input of 1200 watts, whereas its pro variant features dual 1200W inputs to support a total solar current of 2400 watts. Fine, with the right amount of solar power, you can get the power stations charged up in five to three hours respectively.
The brand itself has an exclusive 200W folding solar charger for the power stations. You can indeed pair multiple units of the solar charger to achieve the required output for each model.
Likewise, EcoFlow Delta Pro touts a maximum solar input of 1200 watts. With a 98% highly efficient MPPT charge controller under the hood, you can charge the machine fully in four to eight hours, depending on the intensity of sunlight in your location.
Thanks to a voltage range from 11-150V, it can be charged with any third-party solar charger with the needed MC4 connectors. Its lite variant Delta Max has a solar input of 800W Max (11-100V), by the way.
EcoFlow offers a new and highly efficient solar panel, which is a 4-layered mono charger with a higher conversion rate. You can pair multiple units of the same to achieve the total power requirements of both models.
AC Outlet and Other Options
When it comes to AC wall socket charging, EP500 has a 600W AC charger adapter inside, while its sibling packs up a more powerful 1800W AC adapter. As both integrate adapters inside, you don’t need to carry bulky power bricks.
Delta Pro also features a 1800W AC input with a built-in MPPT controller. The 98% efficient controller is capable of juicing up the device in a few hours, and with the X-Boost mode on, it will get charged up rather faster.
Moreover, it comes with other revolutionary charging options. One is a 1800W charging socket to connect it to an EV charging station for a full charge in just a few minutes.
Also, the company has designed a smart gas generator to charge both Delta Pro and Max in extended emergencies. Even if not an eco-friendly option, the 1800W EcoFlow gas generator is highly energy-efficient and less noisy.
Winner: EcoFlow Delta Pro
Delta Pro has a clear edge over Bluetti EP500 with a much reliable solar charging input and a number of other unique and flexible solar charging options like a gas generator, EV station charging, and more.
Bluetti EP500 highlights a total of 15 charging sockets, including four 120V AC outlets.
The other options include a 12V carport, two 12/10A DC ports, a 30A/12V RV outlet, a 100W USB-C PD port, four USB-A sockets (two Quick Charge 36W and two 3A ports), and a pair of 15W wireless chargers.
Meanwhile, Delta Pro is also rich with an incredible number of charging outlets. The USA version has got five AC sockets, while its 220-240V version features four AC sockets.
When it comes to other charging options, it equips a pair of USB-A 12W standard ports, and as many USB-C 100W Power Delivery ports and USB-A 18W Fast-Charge ports.
A pair of 38W regular DC sockets and a 126W carport are other attractions of the EcoFlow machine, aside from an Anderson power port of 12.6V/30A.
Both the EcoFlow Vs Bluetti heavy power stations feature nearly all essential charging outlets.
Size and Design
Though huge power stations, both EcoFlow Delta Pro and Bluetti EP500 are portable solutions. They come up with solid all-terrain wheels and telescopic handles for the users to conveniently handle them in the wild.
As they are meant for a variety of off-grid applications, portability is indeed an essential factor.
Coming to Delta Pro, it has a size of 25 x 11.2 x 16.4 in and a weight of 99lb and its extra battery pack has nearly the same size but has a weight of 62.8 lbs.
Its lite variant Delta Max measures 19.6 x 9.5 x 12 in and it weighs 48 lbs. Its extra battery pack is weighing 40 lbs. The EcoFlow gas generator has a size of 62.8 lbs, and it has almost the same design and size as Delta pro.
When it comes to Bluetti EP500, both the variants have the same dimensions of 22.8 x 11.8 x 29.9 in. And EP500 has a weight of 167 lbs, while its elder sibling weighs 182 lbs.
Winner: Not Easy to Judge.
It is not easy to make a judgment on the size and weight of the power stations.
Device-wise, Delta Pro is smaller and less in weight, but it has a small battery built-in compared to EP500. You can attach it with extra battery packs and so it will weigh a bit heavier and bulkier, for sure.
Price and Availability
Bluetti EP500 had a starting price of $2799 on Kickstarter.
The brand could sell out all of the 300 units of the limited early-bird EP500s in a few days after its launch. We are not sure about its retail prices. The brand looks to start shipping it to the backers from August 2021.
In terms of EcoFlow Delta Pro, the brand has an early-bird starting price of $1999 on Kickstarter.
As of writing this, the product has attracted around 5M USD from nearly 1300 backers. EcoFlow projects to start shipping it to the backers in October 2021.
Winner: Not Easy to Judge.
Both the products fall into the same price range. Maybe, the EP500 has a higher starting price as it packs up a bigger battery. Meanwhile, to ensure the same capacity in EcoFlow, it will also cost almost the same, for sure.
That has been our take on EcoFlow Vs Bluetti big solar power stations.
We have covered the two heavy-duty machines from the brands in detail and compared all the important specs and features of them. The portable solar power market is indeed lucky to have huge products from these brands. They can be great power backup solutions for your off-grid, household, and emergency needs.