EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max

Power For Hours: Weighing Up The EcoFlow River 2 And River 2 Max

Re-engineering your house to bridge stages of load-shedding can be hugely costly and some are looking to solve the ongoing crisis by implementing more targeted solutions like the EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max.


  • Covering all essential appliances, EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max Portable Power Stations provide an ideal portable energy source.
  • With a quick and easy installation process, both units offer an optimal solution for those requiring a mobile option.
  • EcoFlow has operational headquarters in the United States, Germany and Japan, with more than 2-million users in over 100 markets worldwide.
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As load-shedding shows no sign of ceasing, businesses and households are turning to alternative power solutions to keep the lights and a few essential items on. EcoFlow, an energy solutions company, released a series of solutions into the South African market offering a wide range of portable power stations to help keep essential devices powered up.


In the fast-evolving world of portable power stations, the EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max emerge as standout contenders, each with its unique set of features and capabilities. In this review, we’ll delve into the key aspects of both models to help you make an informed decision.


The Sandton Times took a look at these two grab-and-go power solutions to see how they weigh up. Both the EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max offer users basic levels of power wherever and whenever they should need it and are fully recharged by wall sockets from 0 to 100% in just around an hour. As a result, during extended load-shedding stages, users can quickly charge to sufficient power levels when the electricity supply temporarily returns.


EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max
Designed to cater to a diverse range of needs, the EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max power stations redefine the concept of on-the-go power. Image: EcoFlow

Charging Speed and Efficiency:

EcoFlow River 2: The River 2 sets an industry benchmark with its lightning-fast charging speed, boasting a 0-100% charge in just 60 minutes. This rapid charging capability is 5 times faster than many competitors, ensuring you’re always ready for the inevitable load-shedding stages. The LiFePO4 battery chemistry, with over 3000 charge cycles, guarantees a decade of reliable use.

EcoFlow River 2 Max: Building upon the swift charging legacy, the River 2 Max matches the River 2’s 60-minute full charge. However, its power lies in running up to 80% of essential appliances, making it an ideal choice for those prioritising core functionalities. The robust LiFePO4 battery ensures durability and longevity, standing strong for a decade of use.


Power Output and Versatility:

EcoFlow River 2: The River 2 impresses with its 300W AC output, coupled with a surge capacity of 600W. This powerhouse can handle a variety of consumer electronics, offering versatility for both outdoor escapades and emergency backup at home. The X-Boost mode further elevates its capabilities to a whopping 600W, accommodating power-hungry devices.

EcoFlow River 2 Max: The River 2 Max steps up the game with a higher AC output of 500W (surge 1000W). While it may have a slightly lower overall output compared to its counterpart, it is optimized for running up to 80% of essential appliances. The X-Boost mode reaches an impressive 1000W, providing ample power for various devices, from vacuum cleaners to kitchen appliances.


Portability and Design:

EcoFlow River 2: Weighing in at a mere 3.5kg and boasting a compact design (245 x 214 x 142 mm), the River 2 is a lightweight champion, making it the perfect companion for home offices or WFH arrangements. Its design is not only travel-friendly but also 30% lighter than its predecessor, ensuring hassle-free transportation.

EcoFlow River 2 Max: While slightly heavier at 6kg, the River 2 Max maintains a focus on portability with a design that is 22% lighter than the previous generation. The compact dimensions (270 x 260 x 196 mm) make it suitable for a variety of off-grid activities, striking a balance between power capacity and portability.


Charging Options and Flexibility:

Both models share a common commitment to versatility with four different ways to recharge, including fast AC charging and in-car charging for on-the-go replenishment. What sets them apart is the solar input capacity. The River 2 accommodates solar panels ranging from 11-30V, 8A, and the River 2 Max extends this range to 11-50V, 13A, allowing for faster solar charging.


Smart Features and App Control:

Both the River 2 and River 2 Max come equipped with the EcoFlow app, providing users with control and monitoring capabilities from a distance. The app allows you to view charging levels, customise settings, and adjust charging speeds, all from the convenience of your smartphone.


The choice between the EcoFlow River 2 and River 2 Max ultimately boils down to your specific needs and priorities. If you seek a lightweight powerhouse with the ability to run a broad range of consumer electronics, the River 2 is the ideal option. On the other hand, if essential appliances are your primary concern and you don’t mind a slightly heavier unit, the River 2 Max offers a robust solution with a higher surge capacity.


What also makes these units attractive is their seamless switchover once the power goes off. This means, when the unit is powered-up and in use, the moment the main electricity supply switches off, connected devices continue to operate and switchover to the battery back-up without you even noticing.


Both models showcase EcoFlow‘s innovation, safety, and sustainability, making them reliable source of power when you need it, whether you’re off the grid or facing load-shedding troubles.


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