EcoFlow’s turnkey off-grid power system just needs sun

The ability to go off-grid just got a little easier with these new modular and expandable Power Kits from EcoFlow. These all-in-one Power Kits are turnkey solutions that take the guesswork out of implementing a battery-based power system in an adventure van or cabin in the woods. As such, it should take up less space and require less wiring to free up much-needed space for things like food, water, and mountain bikes.

Just imagine: take such a plug-and-play power system and combine it with Starlink RV space internet and that of your company new flexible office policy to live and work from anywhere.

“The EcoFlow Power Kits are designed to make creating custom power solutions easier than ever,” said EcoFlow R&D Director Thomas Chan. “EcoFlow aims to provide energy solutions that can be adapted to the exact needs of the users, whether they are in a motorhome, a home without electricity or retrofitting their workshop.”

The relatively compact Power Hub is perhaps its biggest selling point, as it combines several functions such as an AC/DC converter, MPPT solar charger, DC-DC converter and DC-DC charger in a single box. It also creates a central location for all entrances and exits to keep EcoFlow’s stackable lithium iron phosphate (LFP or LiFePO4) batteries charged using solar power, your vehicle’s inverter while driving or shore power when you return to the civilized world. LFP batteries have several advantages over lithium-ion batteries, including faster charging times, longer life, lighter weight and improved safety.

EcoFlow says the Power Hub can connect up to three of the company’s 2kWh or 5kWh LFP batteries. (The battery capacities cannot be mixed.) That makes for a maximum capacity of 15 kWh — enough to power a RV for 18 hours and a home without power for 11 to 14 hours, the company estimates. The unit can even be powered from one of EcoFlow’s own gas powered Smart Generators, which can be worn separately to stay off the grid even longer.

The Power Kits can be combined with flexible or rigid panels for up to 4800W of solar energy. That is enough to charge a 15 kWh battery in about three hours in full sun. The kit can be controlled and monitored from a wall-mounted console display and via an app installed on your phone.

EcoFlow claims its Power Kits can be set up three times faster than traditional systems (which take an “experienced user 10 to 15 hours to install”) based on its own internal testing, without naming the competing systems being used. compared. For example, it’s unclear if that’s against Victron Energy, Ideal Power, Tesla, or anyone else.

EcoFlow built their system around 48V, not 12V, which the company says offers a number of benefits. These include lower amperage for the same power output, allowing the use of thinner cables while still producing up to 3600W to power more powerful devices. The PowerHub’s step-down DC-DC module also makes it compatible with RVs built around regular 12V systems.

The Power Kits will be available July 5 in 15 different bundles (shipping from mid-August) with prices starting at $3,799 for a basic 2 kWh “Get Set” pack to $13,399 for a 15 kWh “Ultimate” pack. Those prices do not include solar panels, which EcoFlow is happy to sell to you separately. The company will post a calculator on its website beginning July 5 to help customers determine which configuration best suits their needs.

Correction: The EcoFlow Smart Generator runs on gas. The company also makes giant Delta Pro batteries that are positioned as generators.

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