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ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station

ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station is a compact and relatively lightweight portable power station/solar generator designed for use at home in emergencies and blackouts, but also camping, RVs, outdoors, etc.

ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station is a versatile unit, supporting several charging methods, the use of an additional external battery, and pass-through charging, and is able to power a long range of external devices.

Published: October 27, 2022.

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ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station Features and Specifications

ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station stores energy in the built-in battery and, when required, powers a broad range of external devices.

The internal 28.8V lithium battery is able to store 720Wh of energy and support at least 800 charging/discharging cycles without the stored energy dropping below 80% of a nominal value (720Wh -> 576Wh).

According to the manufacturer, the battery's shelf life is 1 (one) year after being fully recharged. Personally, when the unit is not in use, recharge it every 4-6 months, just in case.

The unit comes with a smart Battery Management System (BMS), which monitors the battery, providing voltage, current, and temperature protection.

ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station features pure sine wave 120V AC output when the load is up to 600W. It also supports surges up to 1200W.

But, ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station is also WiFi enabled unit and can be controlled and monitored via a smartphone App, which can be used to turn On and Off so-called X-Boost most, allowing the unit to power external loads up to 1800W, with 1200W being recommended over a longer period of time.

X-Boost is turned ON by default.

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Note: When powering 600+ Watts devices, the AC voltage shape is no longer pure sine wave. Since these output Wattages are mostly used to power devices that are not sensitive to a voltage waveform, this shouldn't be a problem, at least not in most situations.

The physical dimensions of the unit are 11.4 x 7.1 x 9.3 inches (~28.9 x 18.0 x 23.5 cm) and it weighs 16.8 lbs (7.6kg).

The operating temperature is -4 to 113°F (-20 to 45°C), while the charging temperature is 32 to 113°F (0 to 45°C).

The list of output ports includes:

  • AC Output (x3) Full Sine Wave: 600W (Surge 1200W) total, 120V AC
  • USB-A Output (x2): 5V DC 2.4A, 12W Max (per port)
  • USB-A Fast Charge (x1): 5V DC, 9V DC, 12V DC, 2.4A, 28W Max
  • USB-C Output (x1): 5V DC, 9V DC, 12V DC, 15V DC 20V DC, 5A, 100W Max
  • Car Power Output (x1): 136W, 13.6V DC, 10A Max
  • DC5521 Output (x2): 13.6V DC, 3A Max (per port)

As one can see, ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station can power 10 devices simultaneously.

Also, the unit support pass-through charging - the unit is able to power external devices while being charged at the same time. Since the unit feature 30 milliseconds (0.03 seconds) switch time, it can also be used as an entry-level UPS (Uninterruptable Power Supply) unit.

Note: If You do need a UPS device, consider getting a proper UPS, especially if You plan on powering devices like servers, workstations, and similar.

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Thanks to the large internal battery and energy-efficient electronics, ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station can power:

  • Electric Frying Pan 1200W: 0.8 hours,
  • Electric Kettle 1200W: 0.8 hours
  • Coffee Maker 1000W: 25-30 cups,
  • Blender 300W: 2-4 hours,
  • Refrigerator 150W: 4-8 hours,
  • Television 110W: 5-10 hours,
  • Laptop 60Wh: 10 Recharges,
  • CPAP Machine 40W: 12-24 hours.

If longer operating times are needed, EcoFlow offers a River Pro External Battery (Amazon link, opens in the new window), which can be connected to the ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station, practically doubling the stored energy from 720Wh to 1440Wh.

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Note: River Pro External Battery doubles the stored energy, but the output power remains the same: 600W continuous, 1200W surge and up to 1800W with the X-Boost turned On.

River Pro External Battery weighs 16.0 lbs (~7.3 kg) and features physical dimensions of 11.3 x 7.1 x 8.3 inches (28.8 x 18 x 21 cm), charging temperature of 32-113°F (0-45°C) and discharge temperature of -4-113°F (-20-45°C).

It is recommended to keep both ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station and the River Pro External Battery in the shade, in a well-ventilated spot to improve cooling if larger loads are being powered.

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How To Charge ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station?

The list of charging/input ports includes:

  • Solar Charge Input: 200W 10-25V DC 12A Max
  • Car Charger: 12V DC 10A Max
  • AC Charge Input Power: X-Stream Charge 100-120V AC 660W Max

When the battery is fully discharged, the recharge times are:

  • AC Charging: 1.6 Hours (from 0% to 80% in one hour),
  • 12V Car Adapter: 8 Hours,
  • Using 2x 110W Solar Panels in parallel with direct sunlight: 4-8 Hours,
  • Using 1x 160W Solar Panel with direct sunlight: 6-12 Hours.

110w solar panel

ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station supports max. 200W solar charge input and 2x 110W solar panels are 220W. However, in real life, even under ideal conditions, 2x 110W solar panels are not able to provide more than 200W.

Also, to connect two solar panels in parallel, an additional cable (Solar MC4 parallel connection cable) is required, which must be ordered separately.

Note: never, but really never, connect two solar panels in series and then connect them to the ECOFLOW RIVER Pro Portable Power Station - this may easily damage the unit.

EcoFlow recommends connecting either:

(Amazon links, open in the new window).

Of course, EcoFlow River Pro Portable Power Station supports the use of third-party 10-25V DC 12A Max. solar panels.

160w solar panel bundle

If You are looking for an EcoFlow River Pro Portable Station and a solar panel, EcoFlow offers a power station + solar panel bundle (Amazon link, opens in the new window) consisting of EcoFlow River Pro Portable Station and 160W ECOFLOW 160 Watt Portable Solar Panel, at a very affordable price.

And when such a bundle is combined with an external battery, it offers plenty of renewable energy and power for off-the-grid activities, including camping, fishing trips, RVs, and other outdoor activities.

Also, in the case of emergencies and blackouts, such a combination allows the user to power essential appliances and devices while waiting for mains power to return.

Both EcoFlow River Pro Portable Station and River Pro External Battery feature a 2-year limited warranty.

ecoflow river pro mLong Story Short: EcoFlow River Pro Portable Station can come in very handy in many situations, allowing the user to power smaller appliances and devices, charge various USB-charged devices, and power 12V devices.

The unit is also very configurable, allowing the user to add an external battery and solar panels (both battery and solar panels must be purchased separately or as part of the bundle).

With the pass-through charging, the unit can even be used as entry-level UPS.

For more reviews and recommendations, feel free to check the EcoFlow River Pro Portable Station Amazon link (the link opens in the new window).