If you are new to the world of solar generators, it can be a bit overwhelming. There are a lot of different products on the market and it can be difficult to know which one is the absolute best. Which ones meet your needs better than any of the rest? You want to be prepared, but don’t know where to start. Well, if this sounds like you, read on to find out why the Bluetti EB240 is one of the top-rated solar generators currently available.
You might immediately be wondering why I say that the Bluetti EB240 is one of the best priced solar generators. It really is a middling range when you compare it to other solar generators. But what it has to offer is much more impressive than some generators that are at a much higher price point.
Even though this is not the absolute cheapest solar generator on the market, it is still a little over half the price of the Solar Geni 6000 that has a much lower capacity battery than the Bluetti EB240.
Speaking of battery capacities, the Bluetti EB240 has a very high capacity battery at 2400 watt-hours. This should be good enough to run your essentials in a crisis. But this is also a really great battery size for the cost.
Now, the cost does go up and down quite a bit over time, but currently, MAXOAK is charging about $.80 per watt-hour. Whereas another solar generator like the Solar Geni 6000 is charging $2.40 per watt-hour. Of course, there are other factors that go into this and you can view them on my updated comparison chart here:
There is a difference between battery capacity and your actual usable capacity. Bluetti EB240 claims that it holds up to 2400 watt-hours in its battery.
The usable battery ends up being slightly lower at about 83%. This is actually pretty impressive! You can watch my personal test of this at this link here:
Regulated Volt Output
One of the really nice things about the Bluetti EB240 is that it has a regulated 12v output. This means that no matter how full or low the battery is, it will still output 12 volts for you. This is especially useful if you are running something like a refrigerator that needs a certain constant output.
Along with regulated output, the battery management system has a regulated input. Though it does not have a very fast recharging time, the Bluetti EB240 is only capable of accepting about 500 watts consistently. So this means, that even if you overload your input by setting up more than four solar panels to the Bluetti EB240, it will still only accept about 500watts at a time. You are unable to overload your system by inputting too much energy at a time.
Another nice feature for the Bluetti EB240 is that it is capable of pass-through charging, or in other words, it can charge and be output at the same time. You can take in energy from solar or another charging input and use it to run things like a refrigerator at the same time.
As with any product, there are areas for improvement. Here are the areas where the Bluetti EB240 could improve.
The inverter on the Bluetti EB240 leaves a little to be desired. It has a continuous output capability of 1000 watts output. This is a little disappointing when the battery capacity is so impressive at 2400 watt-hours.
The Bluetti EB240 weighs about 48 pounds, which is definitely not the lightest of solar generators. It is very heavy duty and comes with a durable handle, but if you’re looking for something easily portable, this might not be the answer for you.
One of the most important things when it comes to any product is how convenient is it? Does it make your life easier or more difficult to use? The Bluetti EB240 has 4 USB outlets on it, but only has two standard 110v outlets. You can get an extension like these to remedy this, but it would be nice to not have to worry if your strip can handle the amount of energy.
The Bluetti EB240 comes with a wall charger and the panel adapter, the DC7909 barrel port to an MC4 connector. Of course it also comes with the user manual and a quality control note that says that it was checked before shipping it to you.
It has the basic things that you need to come with it, but if you want to use it optimally, you might want to consider buying some of these accessories to make your life easier.
If you have spent any time on my site then you know that I am pretty concerned about protecting my gear against EMPs. The best way to make sure all of your generators and technology are protected against these electromagnetic pulses is to use one of the Faraday bags that I discuss frequently. You can buy any size at my shop here.
The Bluetti EB240 can fit into an XL bag, but if you want room to keep some of your extra accessories and cables, then go with the XXL for a little more room.
Another really important accessory that will make your life easier and more organized is a carrying case. Here is one that I personally use. You can keep all your extra cables, extension cords, adapters, you name it, in this bag.
I try to stay organized, but if you’re anything like me, you probably have a million cords, and they can get mixed up quickly if you don’t have a good organization system. This bag will ensure that you will always have everything you need when you need it, which is especially important if you are using this generator while on the go.
These will allow you to connect four solar panels to your Bluetti EB240 ensuring that you have the optimal amount of power input to your generator.
These are really important because the Bluetti EB240 only comes with two standard outlets on the side of the generator. If you want to be able to use your generator with more than two products, then you will need to have these. This is invaluable in an emergency when you might need to run several things on the generator at once.
If you are someone who likes to be on the go and stay off the grid, then an RV adapter is an absolute must. The Bluetti EB240 does not have an 30 amp RV outlet on the generator like the Point Zero Titan, the Inergy Apex, and the Solar Geni 6000. So an easy fix would be to buy the adapter which is a very inexpensive fix.
Overall, the Bluetti EB240 is a great generator for someone who has limited power needs. The inverter does not allow you to use more than 1000 watts continuously, but the battery stores a really good amount of wattage. So this is perfect if you want to charge during the day and have a generator to run during the night. You will have the battery capacity to carry you through the night as long as your energy needs are not too great.