EcoFlow Delta 1300 Review – Portable Camping Battery Power

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Is this the holy grail of wild camping? High wattage AC and DC power in a fast-rechargeable PC-sized unit. Sound too good to be true? Then read on….

Why we recommend the EcoFlow Delta 1300: Off-grid living; AC power; Compact size

You would need to have been living in a cave for the past 10 years to have missed the impact that lithium-ion battery technology has had on the world. From electric cars to phones to torches to vacuum cleaners, there doesn’t appear to be a gadget which hasn’t been improved by adding in some form of rechargeable cell. 

The reason for this is that charged lithium batteries have exceptionally high energy density stored up inside them. The upshot of this “tightly coiled spring” is that the battery can be small and lightweight and yet still pack enough of an electrical punch to accomplish the tasks required of it efficiently. What’s more, if several lithium-ion batteries are placed together in an electrical chain, a high power battery pack can be created which is able to power a motor capable of moving humans around. An incredible achievement.

This brings me to the EcoFlow Delta 1300 which is a high-power battery-pack of exceptional capability. What’s interesting is that instead of this battery pack being incorporated into a.n.other appliance, the Delta 1300 is a standalone battery pack in and of itself. It’s sole design fuinction is to provide high levels of usable power to multiple other appliances at the same time. Think of it as a large version of those battery packs used to charge up a mobile phone which is low on power (e.g. this one by Anker).

The real genius of the EcoFlow Delta is that:

  • It can run multiple appliances requiring up to 1800W of total power using four standard EU mains 240V AC sockets. This means it can run a fridge, a cooker, a hair dryer or a kettle for example – these are high wattage appliances which simply could not have been used previously in a camping scenario without a mains hookup or noisy fuel-based (petrol/diesel) generator.
  • It has long-lasting battery storage of 1260Wh total capacity. This means that it could run a 60W lightbulb for 21 hours!
  • The battery pack in the EcoFlow Delta 1300 is extremely fast charging. It can be charged from completely flat to 100% charged in about 90 minutes off mains power. It can also be charged by a solar panel in about 4 hours for sustainable green energy at the campsite.
  • It has a range of other outputs, including 6 x USB ports and a car-charging port which is really useful.

All from a box which is smaller (but heavier) than the average desktop PC!

So the specifications seem particularly impressive at first glance – but let’s get one thing clear immediately. The EcoFlow Delta 1300 is not cheap by any definition of the term. It’s currently available from EcoFlow’s EU website at 1399 euros (about £1264), which is on the ‘eye-watering’ side of camping gear.

At Camping Secrets, we’re all about uncovering the highest quality items we can find at the best prices. Does the EcoFlow Delta 1300 stack up in this respect? Can it unlock wild camping adventures which would just not be possible without it? Let’s find out…

EcoFlow Delta 1300 - the Design

The EcoFlow Delta arrives in a large box, but this is predominantly filled with polystyrene protection and some small ancillary boxes, each holding a charging cable. A bit of a waste of cardboard! The Delta itself is wrapped in a protective cloth bag, but I can’t see myself regularly replacing it back into this bag at the end of each day’s use. Maybe it’s just me, but I’d prefer cheaper products rather than having the niftiest packaging possible. Just call me Victor Meldrew!

The EcoFlow has dimensions of only 40 x 21 x 27 cm, with a substantial 20cm of the length taken up by two sturdy carry handles either side of the top of the casing. For the power on offer from the Delta 1300, this is a remarkably compact size. The unit feels solid and substantial when lifted, weighing 14kg. This definitely oozes quality and is certainly a premium product. 

Front Panel – USB Action!

ecoflow-delta-1300The front panel of the Delta 1300 incorporates 6 x USB sockets for connecting smaller gadgets to be charged. There are 4 x USB-A (two are fast charge capable) and 2 x USB-C sockets which seem to be rapidly turning into the standard for non-Apple phones and laptops.

The front panel also incorporates the main power-on switch and a display screen. The screen shows how many hours are left for the EcoFlow Delta to carry on providing power at the current rate of discharge. It also shows how much power is coming in and going out.

An important feature of the Ecoflow Delta 1300 is that it can be charged at the same time as it is providing charge to other equipment. For charging up the Delta, two cables are provided which can plug into the side panel. One is for AC-charging and is essentially a standard 3-pin kettle lead. The other is for DC charging from say a car cigarette lighter or similar.

The DC socket can also be used to charge the EcoFlow with a solar panel of up to 400W (EcoFlow sell this one). Using solar is fantastic for campsite or festival charging where there is no mains hookup available. The connector on the EcoFlow is a standard DC input connector used on most solar panels on the market, and so you are not restricted to just using an EcoFlow panel, and can buy one to suit your budget.

Rear Panel – AC Power and Car Outlet

ecoflow-delta-1300-eu-inverter_2The rear panel of the Ecoflow Delta is where the AC outlets are located. As mentioned above, there are 4 x EU-style plug sockets and one ‘car outlet’ port – more of the latter in a moment. If you’re using the Delta 1300 in the UK then you will need to buy some simple EU–>UK adaptors to plug into each socket. You could even buy an EU-UK 4-way extension lead which would expand your maximum number of AC appliances to 16 if you used one on each socket.

The rear panel of the EcoFlow also includes a further output for charging your car or campervan battery. This emits 13.6V DC power with a max current of 8 amps at about 109 watts. This means it can charge your car battery for around 12 hours constantly if that is all it’s doing. Certainly enough to get you going again if your vehicle battery is drained.

EcoFlow Delta 1300 - In Use

EcoFlow Delta 1300 review in use with campervanThe first thing that we noticed on charging the EcoFlow is that there is some fan noise. In total there are 4 fans on the unit and they typically spin up on mains charging and also when being used to drive high power consumption appliances such as a kettle.

If you’re someone who gets irritated by a desktop PC fan then this the noise from the EcoFlow is slightly louder than that and may get on your nerves. However, it’s important to remember the speed at which the Delta 1300 is charging. At most, it will be 90 minutes of noise (0% to 100% charge time) and often it will be much less than that. 

In terms of power consumption we were genuinely impressed. We used the EcoFlow in our Marco Polo campervan for a three night stay at a ‘wild camping’ campsite where there was no mains electric hookup available. It ran our Thermoelectric cool box in the awning, charged our phones and laptops and also fully charged an electric scooter we were testing. The Marco Polo fridge was ran as usual off the installed leisure battery.

This wasn’t an exhaustive test, but showed the scope of the EcoFlow – allowing us to accomplish activities at a wild camp which would normally be out of reach. In our case, we still had 40% of battery left on the EcoFlow when we got back home and were very impressed.

In terms of the fan noise, we always attach a driveaway awning to our camper van, and we located the EcoFlow inside there where it could supply power when needed. When we drove away, it was a quick job to whack it back into the camper for security. It really doesn’t take much space when you’re out for the day.

EcoFlow Delta 1300 - Conclusions

The EcoFlow Delta 1300 presents somewhat of a revolution in camper van and general camping possibilities. When combined with a solar panel it gives the possibility of non-stop power generation and storage when you are camping off-grid. For us this is a very exciting development. It worked well with every device we threw at it, even with our 1.6kW camping kettle which was a real boon and saved boiling a stove kettle using gas.

It’s worth noting that the power stored is not endless. At 1260Wh of capacity, if you are running something like a 1kW heater, you will not get more than an hour of operation, and so it is not best suited to that application. However if you are driving alot of appliances in quick bursts (kettle, hair dryer, electric BBQ etc) then it is a great addition to your camping set-up. 

The final point to consider is lifetime of this device. As is well known, lithium-ion batteries do tend to degrade over time. However, this is not as catastrophic as some people make out. FOr instance, the EcoFlow Delta 1300 can be recycled 800 times from 0%–>100%–>0% before the capacity is reduced from 1260Wh to 1000Wh (still loads!). If you use it once a week on a camping trip then it would take 15 years to drop to 1000Wh, and still be highly useable. 

In conclusion, we were very impressed with the Delta 1300. If you can bring yourself to fork out over £1000 for the privilge of owning one then we would wholeheartedly recommend it for all off-grid camping needs. If you’re the type of camper who always stays at sites with mains hookup then this is not for you, unless you want to supplement the campsite power or have a backup on board in case of power outages.

If you’re interested in other options, we have an overview article on the best power packs on the market – be sure to check it out. 

9Expert Score
Excellent Portable Rechargeable Battery Pack

Loses a point for the fan noise but overall this is an excellent option for camper van and general camping situations when you do not have a mains hookup. The EcoFlow Delta 1300 certainly got our attention and if you can afford it, is highly recommended.

9Expert Score

Loses a point for the fan noise but overall this is an excellent option for camper van and general camping situations when you do not have a mains hookup. The EcoFlow Delta 1300 certainly got our attention and if you can afford it, is highly recommended.

Camping Secrets would like to thank Oliver Hadatsch of MarcoPoloOnTour for taking the ‘arty’ photographs of the EcoFlow Delta 1300. 

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