Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Glenn asks: I watched a Wranglerstar episode on a comparison between a gas generator (Honda), and the new power pack battery, (Ecoflow Delta). I included the website for the Ecoflow and a video evaluation on Wranglerstar.
My reply: I agree with the narrator of the video you sent that the EcoFlow – which isn’t a generator but rather a battery pack – has a number of very attractive features, such as silent operation, a higher peak watt rating and more outlets, including the 30 amp/three prong outlet.
But it also has some important detractions – most especially that when it runs out of charge, you run out of power – unless you have a way to recharge it as it discharges (a neat feature it admittedly has but which only works if you have a solar array or some such to connect it to, which is another cost/possible hassle ) whereas the gas-burning generator generates electricity and so long as you have gas, it will keep on generating it.
A five gallon jug will keep my 8,000 watt generator running for 10-12 hours at a time. Now, of course, if there’s no more gas, it generates nothing – and that is a definite detraction. Plus the noise. Plus the having to store it outside (because of the gas). I think which to get depends on what you’re wanting the device to do. The EcoFlow seems to me to be a neat rig but only for short-term (four hours or less) use, unless you have some way to recharge it. If you could keep it topped off using solar (or wind) then it makes a lot of sense. But if getting gas is no problem, I think the Honda (or any gas) generator makes more sense as they will generally provide electricity for longer and for indefinitely, if you can refill their tank.
PS: Neither of these have the wattage to run a whole house or multiple heavy-draw appliances (e.g., a well pump and AC and a ‘Fridge at the same time). If you need that kind of power, you may want to look into a whole house unit that runs on CNG or propane.
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