EcoFlow River 600 vs Max & Pro Reviewed

Author: Scott

Nowadays, we all rely on tech gadgets to power our lives. The dependence on tech is why you must always be ready for an outage with a power bank.
EcoFlow began on Kickstarter and Facebook intending to develop new power banks and technology that could run without fuel and required less upkeep. This Kickstarter led to the development of the solar-powered EcoFlow power station.

The EcoFlow River 600 Series. The new River series consists of the Ecoflow Delta River 600, the River 600 Max, and the River 600 Pro (not released as of November 3rd 2020), all of which use solar power to charge their power banks. Each portable power station can efficiently replace the generators of the past. These gadgets are lightweight, efficient, and easy-to-use.

So, which power station is the best for you?

This review covers everything you need to know to find the right portable power station for you. There’s a lot to review, so let’s explore your options.

The EcoFlow RIVER 600

The EcoFlow River 600 provides a modern solution for power. Solar panel generators aren’t brand new to the scene, so it might seem like this device isn’t revolutionary. However, most older solar options take significantly longer to recharge. The Delta River 600 faces no such problem.

I like the top handle on the River 600. It's larger Delta 1300 cousin looms in the background.

Besides the fast charging capabilities, the EcoFlow River 600 boasts an eco-friendly design. Unlike the gas generator of the past, there are no toxic fumes with the solar River 600. The solar panel ensures clean energy. Another strength? These power banks are silent.

This EcoFlow generator minimizes air pollution and noise pollution. If you’re exploring the states and camping, you’ll appreciate the absence of excessive humming or buzzing. You can also select your preferred noise level from the EcoFlow app.

The upkeep of a solar charger is also far less hassle than a gas generator as it requires no fuel. The River 600 generator doesn’t even require replacement parts, and its lightweight feel makes it perfect for outdoor excursions.

Specifications

  • Charging Time: One hour for 80%, 1.6 hours for full; plugs into a wall outlet or solar panels.
  • Battery: 288Wh capacity
  • Inverter: 600W continuous, 1200W surge

Pros

  • Fast charging
  • Energy for up to 29 hours, depending on the gadget/appliance
  • Lightweight and easy to transport modular style
  • Eco-friendly solar panels
  • Noiseless
  • Lets you stay in contact and powered at home and on the road

Cons

  • The River 600 is the most basic in the new EcoFlow range.
  • International users reported some issues with shipping.

Verdict

The base-level River 600 generator from EcoFlow is an efficient piece of kit, charging anything you need. It has a discreet design, requires no upkeep, and is noiseless and lightweight. If you want to replace your clunky gas generator, this could be the one.

EcoFlow RIVER 600 Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Portable Power Station

RIVER 600 Portable Power Station

$349.00

TO DOUBLE THE CAPACITY OF RIVER 600,CLICK HERE RIVER 600 EXTRA BATTERY
  •  3 x 600W AC OUTLETS AND 288Wh CAPACITY The RIVER 600 can power up to 10 devices simultaneously. With 3 pure sine wave AC outlets, the RIVER 600 can power some devices up to 1800W with the X-Boost mode on. With a capacity of 288Wh, the RIVER 600 provides enough juice to run essential devices for hours, depending on the actual output. 
  • RECHARGE FROM 0% TO 80% WITHIN 1 HOUR With EcoFlow’s patented X-Stream Technology, the smart inverter enables a fast rechargeability that takes less than 1 hour to charge from 0% to 80%, and it gets fully charged in 1.6 hours. You can switch to a quieter charging condition by turning on the “Quiet Charging” status on the APP.
  • COMPATIBLE WITH 80% HOME APPLIANCES The X-Boost Technology’s advanced built-in algorithm enables most heavy-duty kitchen appliances and tools (up to 1800W) to operate. With X-Boost, RIVER 600 can power 80% of essential home appliances and devices, especially those within 1200W for a better using experience. The discharging rates and X-Boost mode can be monitored and controlled through the EcoFlow APP.
  • FIT YOUR NEEDS, NOW AND LATER Double the capacity from 288Wh to 576Wh with an Extra Battery, the modular design of RIVER 600, is the power that grows with your needs. Designed for mobility, the 11 lbs solid yet lightweight RIVER 600 is slightly larger than a toaster, which is perfect to take out. You can easily double the capacity of the RIVER 600 from 288Wh to 576Wh by integrating with an Extra Battery.
*Please NOTE: This item is only applicable to orders in the US mainland states(except Hawaii, Alaska, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico).
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The EcoFlow River 600 Max

If you need something for your gadgets with a little extra power, the EcoFlow River 600 Max could be the one you like. It features everything from the original River 600 product, plus some expansion. It boasts the same portable, modular appearance, and solar-powered functionality.

River 600 with Max extra battery. 288Wh x 2 = 576 Wh!

The River 600 Max is just like the original River 600 product in terms of charging, and it’s easy to see the similarities. Granted, this kit is slightly bulkier. But you can still easily transport it between states or use it while camping without issue.

At 576Wh, this solar power station boasts double the charging power of the original River 600 product. For perspective, it could continue to charge 10W gadgets for 57 hours and a 150W refrigerator for four.

Specifications

  • Charging Time: Two hours to full charge, using a wall outlet or the solar panels
  • Battery: 576Wh capacity
  • Inverter: 600W continuous, 1200 surge

Pros

  • Just like the River 600 but with double the capacity
  • Extensive cycle life of over 3500+ charges
  • Same charge rate as the base 600
  • Eco-friendly solar power design
  • Suitable for home use and outdoors
  • Noiseless
  • Keeps your appliances running for longer

Cons

  • Bulkier than the original

Verdict

If the original EcoFlow product caught your eye, but you want a little extra boost, the River 600 Max is the one. It doubles up in almost all features, including battery capacity and device longevity, which keeps you in contact for longer. It’s the best tech for keeping your gadgets alive both at home and away.

EcoFlow RIVER 600 Max Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Max Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Max Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Max Portable Power Station
EcoFlow RIVER 600 Max Portable Power Station

RIVER 600 Max Portable Power Station

$599.00
  • POWER WHEREVER YOU GO: Portable solar power generator + Extra Battery that gives you reliable power for outdoor adventures, indoor use, and emergency situations.
  • RECHARGE FROM 0-80% WITHIN 1 HOUR: EcoFlow X-Stream Charge technology recharges the power station from 0-80% within one hour, which is one of the fastest recharging rates on the market. Quiet Charging can be enabled from the EcoFlow app.
  • POWER UP TO 10 DEVICES SIMULTANEOUSLY: EcoFlow’s X-Boost technology allows you to power devices up to 1800W, which lets you power up to 80% of essential devices like kitchen appliances, and DIY tools.
  • MODULAR DESIGN: The unique modular design gives you the freedom to adjust the power and portability of RIVER 600 within seconds. The Extra Battery doubles the capacity from 288Wh to 576Wh during situations when you need more power. You can also detach the Extra Battery easily for more portability during traveling, outdoor adventures, or any application where you need to power devices on the go. 
  • 3 x 600W AC OUTLETS AND 576Wh CAPACITY: The RIVER 600 Max has 3 AC outlets and a capacity of 576Wh, providing multiple users with incredible power for all of your favorite devices.

*Please NOTE: This item is only applicable to orders in the US mainland states(except Hawaii, Alaska, Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico).

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The EcoFlow River 600 Pro (not released yet!)

The Pro power stations are the most powerful of the EcoFlow range. It is ideal is for those in regions prone to power outages or on the road in remote areas. If you’re away from home for long, this is the EcoFlow product you need.

With 768Wh, the Pro charger generates up to 77 hours of 10W light or an extra five hours for your 150W refrigerator. The Pro power station can even power your laptop or phone, so you can play and stay in contact for longer when away from home.

Beyond incredible stats, the Pro also benefits from the EF-1500 LFP External Battery. This battery boosts the capabilities of the River 600 significantly, up to 1440Wh. It can make your light last for over nine days and keep your fridge running for over fifteen hours. As far as portable power stations go, there’s no other tech like it.

If you need any further power, you can even link up two River 600 Pros together via the X Link cable provided. Your X Link creates a chain between your products, adding anywhere between 1100 and 1500Wh to your power stations.

Specifications

  • Charging Time: Two hours to full charge, plugged in via a wall outlet or the solar panels
  • Battery: 768Wh capacity
  • Wattage: 1200W surge, 600W continuous

Pros

  • Extraordinary solar power capacity
  • Extensive cycle life of over 3500+ charges
  • Runs far longer than previous models and significantly longer than any solar generator competitors
  • X Link cables multiply your power if you possess more than one Pro.
  • The extra External Battery provides an enormous boost to the already significant power available
  • Dependable for emergency home power outages and long-distance travel/camping

Cons

  • Unnecessary for those only needing a brief power boost

Verdict

If you need to bring out the big guns, nothing on the market is more powerful or efficient than the River 600 Pro. It provides a mammoth amount of output energy to your home (or beyond!). As far as power stations go, the Pro is one of the best products available.

River 600 Series FAQ

How Fast Does the River 600 Series Charge?
The entire River 600 series enables extremely fast charging times, thanks to the solar panel technology. These solar gadgets reach a full charge in under two hours, which is five times the speed of the other options on the market.

How Long Will the River 600 Series Boost My Power?
Each model offers a different output. How long this power lasts will depend on the wattage of the gadgets. The Delta kit can power 10W gadgets for up to 29 hours. The mid-level option offers 57 hours, and the heavy-duty River 600 Pro provides up to 77 additional hours of power to the same 10W gadgets.

Are the River 600 Solar Generators Eco-Friendly?
Absolutely. These stations are cleaner than the gas generators of the past. All three products in the River 600 Series emit no fumes. The Max and Pro options also last over 3500 cycles, meaning you won’t need to replace either for a while.

What Features Do All River 600 Products Share?

No matter which River 600 you purchase, you can guarantee you’ll get the following:

  • 100W USB-C Port: The input lets you quickly charge any 100W device, such as your laptop. Attach your devices to the USB-C port, and you’re good to go.
  • 12V DC5521 Port: This port lets you recharge larger 12V devices, such as projectors, mini PCs, or 12V lights.
  • X Stream Charging Cable: You can get your tech to 80% power in just one hour with the X Stream charger
  • The EcoFlow App: One of the outstanding features of the EcoFlow products is smart capabilities. With this app, you can control your portable power station via your smartphone. You can easily adjust features like noise level and power output.
  • Patented X Boost technology: This feature is a built-in algorithm that adjusts output and voltage in response to heavier-duty devices below 1200w. It provides a new way to run your generator with the best efficiency possible.
  • Off-Grid Capabilities: All the items in this series can hook up with any Deep Cycle battery, RV battery, LFP battery, and Marine battery. By hooking up the station to these batteries, you can customize your power system and live off the grid in your RV, yacht, or anywhere else.

River 600 X-boost technology can lower the voltage of heavy duty devices to operate safely at a lower watt level.

What Are the Differences between the RIVER 600 vs. RIVER 600 Max and RIVER 600 Pro

  • Power output: Varies significantly, with the baseline River possessing a 288Wh capacity, the mid-level 576Wh, and the Pro having a 768Wh capacity. The output is perhaps the most significant factor to consider as you want to think about the kinds of devices or appliances you need to power.
  • Longevity: The Pro product features over 3500 charges, whereas the baseline 600 features over 500
  • Size and Weight: The 600 is the smallest of the three. While the others aren’t bulky, if you’re looking for a camping generator, the Delta is your best bet. It is the easiest to transport, especially if you intend to go on long treks, hauling all your equipment.
  • Generator Linking: The baseline and mid-level gadgets are standalone models, meaning that the energy they provide is what you get. The Pro is outstanding because of the XLink cables, which let you connect multiple stations and significantly bolster the energy output.

RIVER 600 Series Broshure PDF

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River 600 User Manual PDF

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How to setup the EcoFlow River 600 iOS & Android App

Watch as I set up my new River 600 (+Max) and connect to the Ecoflow mobile app. You can control many of the River 600 settings wirelessly from the app.

Which Model Is Best for Me?

Kickstarter and Facebook enabled EcoFlow to create smart innovations. It’s easy to see why these solar generators are some of the most popular options. We don’t think that any of the River 600 models are better than the others; it all comes down to how much power you need.

The River 600 series in this review demonstrate some of the best technology available for charging power. If you want to learn more about the brand and its smart solar charger gadgets, check out their Facebook or Kickstarter! There you can find the privacy policy, shipping information, and more.

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