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Portable power stations are becoming more than just a battery – they are appliances that can augment a home. Beyond camping trips, they can help keep the lights on in emergencies, keep computer essentials on when the power goes out, and power backyard activities. The EcoFlow DELTA 2 combines crazy-fast recharge times with huge power output and long life thanks to LFP batteries. And at $999 is priced right in line with the competition. Be sure to hit the video below to check it out. 

Capacity, battery, and cycle life

Having a power station that’s capable of handling life’s adventures as well as emergencies delivers peace of mind. In today’s connected world, having one at home for essential devices like a CPAP machine is just as important as running an electric grill at the campsite.

To handle life’s twists and turns, the EcoFlow DELTA 2 features 1024Wh of capacity from its LFP or LiFePO4 battery. Rated up to 3,000 cycles, the DELTA 2 is also built to handle life for years to come.

Use code EFSD5OFF to get 5% off all DELTA 2 orders. Valid until Nov 17.

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Weight and dimensions

While larger power stations are usually heavy and inconvenient to transport, the 27-lb EcoFlow DELTA 2 features large handles that make it easy to get off the shelf, throw in the back of a car, or take along for a photo shoot. 

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EcoFlow DELTA 2: Power and output

To match the large 1KWh capacity, DELTA 2 packs 1800W AC power output. That’s enough for a normal household microwave or one of my favorites, a Breville Barista Pro espresso machine. The DELTA 2 can also prevent overloading thanks to X-Boost technology that reaches up to 2200W. 

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Ins and outs

To keep up with changing situations at home or at the campsite, the EcoFlow DELTA 2 also has a nice assortment of outputs for powering up to 15 devices simultaneously. On the front are two USB-A ports at 2.4A going up to 12W max. Two USB-A fast charge ports can reach up to 18W max output. 

Additionally, there are two USB-C ports that can reach up to 100W max output. 

On the back are six AC outlets for up to 1800W total output with a surge up to 2700W. Under the AC outlets are two 3A DC outputs as well as a 10A car-style barrel port. 

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Display

Quickly finding all of the most important information is simple on the DELTA 2’s bright display. A large percentage and circular indicator quickly show how much charge is left right in the middle. On the left, the largest number on the display is an indicator of how many hours the power station can continue with the current load. Additionally, that time will switch to recharge time, which is displayed in hours or minutes when plugged in.

On the right are readings for current output and input wattages. 

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Recharge time

One standout feature of the EcoFlow DELTA 2 is its incredible recharge rate. On AC power, this power station can go from 0% to 80% in 50 minutes and up to 100% in 80 minutes. Considering that many portable power stations can take upwards of eight hours to get back to a full charge, this is a huge time-saving feature. Rather than taking one-third of a day, the battery can be ready for an incoming storm, last-minute camping trip, or a backyard movie night in just over an hour. 

Additionally, the DELTA 2 can be charged by up to 500W from solar panels. With the right hardware, the DELTA 2 makes living green a little bit easier. 

And when not in use outside of the home, the DELTA 2 also works as an emergency power supply. If you need to keep some essential electronics powered on when the lights go out, having the DELTA 2 set up as an emergency power supply will keep a computer powered on, a CPAP machine running, or any other critical device.

Wrap-up

If the EcoFlow DELTA 2 sounds like an appliance you want to add to your arsenal, the $1,000 price tag is right in line with the competition, but the feature set makes it a great choice. Crazy-fast recharge times and huge power output mean it’s ready for life’s twists, turns, and adventures. 

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Want your electric bike to have utility as well as comfort and style? Then, the Invanti Tornado, with its impressive array of optional accessories, could be your ideal ride.

Invanti is developing multi-functional e-bikes to reinvent the e-bike industry. It will launch an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign on May 22 for its first product, the versatile Tornado e-bike series. Early backers can purchase the Tornado for a super early bird price of $1,299, significant savings vs. gas bikes.

Invanti makes it easy to protect your e-bike from theft with its “invantimobility” app. The smart version Tornado Pro has a smart front hub lock feature that, once activated, can only be unlocked using the app.

This zippy and efficient utility e-bike has a 750W rear hub motor, 1,000 peak power, and a 48V 14.7Ah battery with Samsung cells that give a top speed of up to 25 mph. The Shimano 7-speed transmission, 80 mm travel suspension, 4-piston hydraulic disc brakes, and torque sensor means riding is smooth. It also sports a pair of 20-by-3-inch puncture-resistant tires.

The Tornado provides a range of 60 miles on pedal assist and 25 miles on throttle only. You can additionally install an extra 48V, 10.4Ah battery that you take with you, giving a cumulative total of 100 miles on pedal assist and 43.5 miles on throttle only. Plus, you can use the extra battery as a portable powerbank for your phone.

What makes the Invanti Tornado stand out is the cool accessories it comes with. Your e-bike arrives with a front rack, a rear cargo rack, a rear fork storage bag with lockout, and rear wheel mudguards. It also features front and rear lights with integrated turn signals.

Plus, it offers a choice of nine upgrade accessories, which give this bike an almost modular feel. This means you can make your e-bike bespoke:

If you want to cart around passengers, you can make it happen with the Invanti Tornado’s optional rear seat pad and passenger foot rest, and there’s also a child safety handrail. Its dual-tube aluminum alloy frame can handle payloads of up to 440 pounds.

Invanti’s super early bird price on the Tornado is $1,299, and the official crowdfunding price is $1,499.

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Aeromine Technologies just closed a $9 million funding round, and it’s ready to scale up production of its bladeless rooftop wind turbines.

Energy research, investing, and strategy firm Veriten is the lead investor in Aeromine Technologies’ Series A funding round.

Aeromine, launched in 2022, makes compact 50 kW or larger “wind harvesting platforms” that it mounts on the edge of a building’s roof. The rooftop wind units, which have no external moving parts or blades, capture wind flowing up and over the building and convert it into onsite electricity. Its generator system is a rotor-stator system with a highly efficient 5 kW permanent magnet generator. (Specs are here.)

The noiseless technology leverages aerodynamics like airfoils on a race car to capture and amplify each building’s airflow to generate energy. Aeromine says its systems typically consist of 20-40 units installed on the edge of a building facing the predominant wind direction.

Each 1,000-pound unit can withstand winds of between 120 and 158 mph depending on specification.

Aeromine’s units can operate independently or be integrated with existing rooftop solar arrays. Onsite power generation eliminates grid supply disruptions.

Maynard Holt, founder & CEO of Veriten, said:

We believe that distributed power innovation will play a vital role in helping companies fulfill their need for reliable, reasonably priced electricity and desire for low-impact power. We’re excited to partner with Aeromine, as its ability to quickly and affordably help a wide variety of companies meet their energy needs with wind resources is unique among distributed energy solutions.

The bladeless wind turbines are designed to power apartment buildings, warehouses, manufacturing facilities, offices, hospitals, retail centers – basically any big box building with a flat, unobstructed roof.

The company says it has 400 qualified projects in its pipeline and expects to roll out commercially in Europe and North America in 2025. 

Read more: How renewables could beat natural gas in US generating capacity within 3 years – in numbers


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With changes expected to Ford’s electric vehicle certification program, all Ford dealers will likely be able to sell EVs. Ford is reportedly preparing to open the program amid feedback from its dealers.

Ford poised to open dealers network to sell EVs

After asking dealers to pause EV investments this week, Ford is finalizing changes to the program. Ford already eased requirements last year due to “changes in the market.”

Ford spokesperson Marty Gunsberg confirmed that several dealers opted out of the program this past December. Gunsberg said, “Enrollments for 2024 are just over 50% of the network.” That’s down from about two-thirds confirmed by CEO Jim Farley a year prior.

According to Automotive News, after a series of meetings between dealers and executives, Ford is now preparing to allow all dealers to sell EVs.

Ford is expected to update the financial requirements needed to qualify. Previously, dealers were required to invest at least $500,000 to enroll in the program. For $1.2 million, dealers could be eligible for the “Elite” tier, which included additional chargers, demo units, and a presence on Ford.com.

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Ford Mustang Mach E at a Tesla Supercharger (Source: Ford)

If dealers didn’t want to invest, they couldn’t sell Ford EVs. Ford’s vice president of EV programs, Lisa Drake, said the company no longer believes having select dealers sell EVs is the right plan.

More dealers want in but with less financial commitment

“What we’re finding is more dealers want to be involved in it and we don’t want to be exclusive to just a handful,” Drake said. “And so we’re making a change where we’re opening up that and not requiring as many certifications or investments for a dealer to participate in the EV revolution.”

Meanwhile, the changes will not be finalized until early June, when Ford meets with its dealer council.

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2024 Ford F-150 Lightning lineup (Source: Ford)

It’s unclear how much Ford will reduce financial requirements to sell EVs, but many believe it will be drastically relaxed to promote participation.

Drake said Ford will be “more ubiquitous with our training and make sure essentially all of our dealers are equipped to sell them” going forward. Ford will need to figure out how to deal with those who have already made investments at the upcoming dealer council meeting.

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Ford Mustang Mach-E GT Bronze edition (Source: Ford)

Ford slashed prices on its popular Mustang Mach-E and F-150 Lightning in recent months to boost sales.

After cutting Mach-E prices by up to $8,100 earlier this year, Ford introduced a new 0% APR offer on 2024 models this week.

2024 Mustang Mach-E trim Range Starting Price
Mustang Mach-E Select 250 mi $39,995
Mustang Mach-E Premium 320 mi $43,995
Mustang Mach-E GT 280 mi $53,995
Mustang Mach-E Rally 265 mi $59,995
2024 Mustang Mach-E price and range by trim

Ford also introduced new discounts on the 2023 F-150 Lightning this week, offering up to $15,000 off MSRP. F-150 Lightning lease prices were cut by over $400 a month.

If you’re in the market for a new EV, now’s the time to start shopping. You can use our links below to find deals on Ford’s electric vehicles at a dealer near you.

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