Independent electricity at affordable prices? At first glance, that sounds like a contradiction. Because independence through solar energy, including stationary electricity storage, can easily cost well over CHF 20,000.
Our mobile power storage provides a power supply that is independent of the power grid and can literally operate all household appliances thanks to integrated sockets, USB ports and many other connections.
Mobile solar modules from EcoFlow and Bluetti are not only inexpensive, they can also be taken anywhere: for complete power self-sufficiency even beyond your own four walls.
Self-sufficient energy storage systems are on the rise
Terms like "stored energy (house, office or mobile)" are no longer uncommon. Switzerland in particular is playing a pioneering role when it comes to sustainable energy for the whole house. The numbers make this clear.
In 2020, Switzerland was able to record a record expansion of photovoltaics of at least 430 MW, which represents an increase of 30% compared to the previous year . Photovoltaics refers to the conversion of light energy into electrical energy using solar cells. The growth in Switzerland is not just about small systems, but also large systems with an output of over 100 kW.
Even if these numbers certainly give reason to be happy, the growth is still not sufficient to cover the nuclear power failure and the growing energy demand. According to Federal Office of Energy, this would require a steady increase of a further 1,500 MW per year.
The question arises to what extent medium-sized companies are willing to continue investing in solar systems (usually in the form of solar roofs). Because despite the many advantages that such solar systems offer, there are a number of restrictions for the end user, depending on the provider.
First of all, it must be noted that although these solar systems are energy storage devices for the whole house, they are also limited to the house. It is not possible to take the power storage unit with you on trips or to expand it quickly and easily when required. Changes or extensions are associated with a not inconsiderable expenditure of time and money. Above all, the costs are still deterring many consumers from installing self-sufficient energy for the whole house, despite falling prices.
Solar power storage / house power storage: the cost factor as a brake on growth
It is undisputed that a large part of the Swiss population supports the expansion of renewable energies. According to survey conducted by gfs-zürich on behalf of SES in November 2020, 96% of the more than 1,000 participants surveyed are in favor of renewable energies. Furthermore, around 78% of those surveyed are willing to pay a little more money for the expansion of domestic, renewable energies. The median for the acceptable price is around CHF 95 per year.
Even if this progress towards sustainable energy is certainly welcome, it remains difficult to predict how the change towards green energy will affect the reliability and security of the power grid.
And this is where another important factor comes into play: electricity self-sufficiency.
Most people not only want sustainable, but above all independent electricity, so that not only the environment, but also private and professional life is adequately protected in times of crisis.Independent electricity, for example in the form of solar roofs, is still unaffordable for many people in 2021 / 2022
Despite state subsidies and tax deductions, small Swiss families still have to reckon with costs of around CHF 10,000 for solar roofs. And this is just the starting price. Large families with a roof area of approx. 60 m² have to pay an average of CHF 20,000. The electricity storage is not even included in these prices.
In addition to the high costs, there is another factor why the Swiss do not opt for sustainable solutions such as solar roofs: the lack of mobility. In fact, solar roofs are not portable energy, just a permanently installed solar charger, which means that mobility and independence have to be compromised.
The cost-effective power storage systems from EcoFlow and Bluetti combine sustainability, self-sufficiency and mobility
To summarize: the Swiss want sustainable, self-sufficient energy. However, the prices for solar roofs are still astronomical and do not offer the desired mobility and independence.
The portable power station contains high-performance lithium-ion batteries which, depending on the model, can power an entire household for several weeks. In combination with the mobile solar panels, users have a "portable solar power plant" in the truest sense of the word, which supplies sustainable energy for the whole house.
The EcoFlow and Bluetti models have all the connections that a household needs: from sockets to USB-A and Type-C to the socket for the Cigarette lighters and connections for mobile solar modules, there is hardly anything that cannot be connected to a solar charger.
In addition, the models can be conveniently controlled via an app, so that consumers know how high the power consumption is at all times. Depending on the model, the portable power supply weighs an ultra-portable 3 kg on average up to 50 kg for the powerful home storage / power storage unit, so that independent power can be produced not only in your own home but also when traveling - a significant difference to solar roofs, which do have a power storage unit for the whole house, but not for on the go.
There is another big difference. Depending on the model, the portable Powerstation can be easily connected to battery packs and even generators. This is particularly important when there is no sun for a long time and the solar roofs do not generate enough energy.
Bluetti and EcoFlow make the difference: sustainable and portable energy that can be further scaled as needed.
The scalable energy power station adapts to the customer
Another advantage of Bluetti and EcoFlow is the scalability of the required capacity. Initially, users can choose between different models, which as individual devices achieve capacities of around 210 Wh up to 6 kWh. That means smartphones and laptops can be powered for hours. Even powerful devices such as coffee machines can be operated depending on the power storage.
However, this only represents the basic capacity.Consumers can choose from a variety of different options to further expand the capacity depending on the model, while mobile solar panels ensure that the Energy Power Station operates independently of the mains
The first thing to do is take a close look at the large number of battery packs that EcoFlow and Bluetti offer for their models. Most battery packs are compatible with different devices and can multiply the capacities depending on the model.
In addition to external battery packs and mobile solar panels, which intelligently align themselves with the sunlight, the DELTA Pro can even be connected to the new EcoFlow Smart battery pack, which supplies the energy more efficiently and cost-effectively than traditional gas generators. EcoFlow DELTA Pro with its rich ecosystem can be expanded up to 25 kWh.
With the EcoFlow Smart Home Panel, DELTA Pro automatically takes over the power supply in the event of a power failure. This can become vital for patients who rely on medical devices at home. DELTA Pro thus provides energy for the whole house, even in the event of a long power outage.
If you then want more flexibility, battery packs, solar modules and, depending on the model, other solutions are available with a whole range of options to expand the portable power supply adapt to your own needs.
Solar power storage: more mobility with EcoFlow & Bluetti
Mobility is another reason why more and more people are opting for intelligent power storage. Here, consumers are spoiled for choice between smaller models and powerful power plants that deliver electricity for several weeks.
Smaller power stations like the EcoFlow RIVER mini (or the wireless variant) come with a capacity of 210 Wh and a weight of 2.85 kg, for a maximum of mobility and sufficient energy for the holiday. Thanks to the X-Stream charging technology, smartphones and other portable devices can be charged up to 80% in just one hour. The RIVER mini itself can be charged using mobile 100W solar modules or the socket.
But even the flagship EcoFlow DELTA Pro with a weight of 45 kg can be easily stowed away in the caravan. Scalable energy options in combination with high mobility make up the solutions of EcoFlow and Bluetti are unique and offer the ideal power storage.
Cost comparison: portable power station vs. solar roof
When it comes to choosing a new product or service, the cost factor is always one of the most important decision points. Solar roofs provide sustainable energy, but the prices are still prohibitive for the majority of consumers.
Anyone looking for cost-effective alternatives to solar roofs should take a closer look at the Home Power Solution from EcoFlow or Bluetti. The costs are far lower here, with consumers having a variety of options to further increase their power requirements with rechargeable batteries and mobile solar modules.
As already indicated, the price for solar roofs varies between CHF 10,000 and CHF 20,000. In addition, there is the stationary battery, which requires another several thousand francs.How much should consumers expect to pay when choosing a portable power station?
It is different with the energy power station from Bluetti or EcoFlow For example, the EcoFlow DELTA Max 2000 is available from CHF 2' 459. With additional batteries, the device can reach a capacity of up to 6 kWh. The flagship EcoFlow DELTA Pro can even reach capacities of up to 25 kWh. This roughly corresponds to the energy production of a 3.6 kWp PV system over a period of 2.5 days with a space requirement of approx. 19 m². 200W solar panels from Bluetti and 160W panels from EcoFlow are already available for CHF 699 and CHF 499 respectively.
A portable power station is therefore suitable for consumers who do not spend too much money and still want energy for the whole house that is independent of the mains. In addition, the Power Stations are also suitable for owners of solar roofs who are looking for inexpensive, mobile energy sources.
Which power storage is right for me?
Since both brands attach particular importance to high quality and safety, we recommend our customers not to make decisions based on the brand name, but rather on the basis of their own needs in terms of independence and mobility, whereby the cost factor is of course not an exception Care should be taken.
- Portable power supply: If you value mobility in order to always have enough power in the café or in the library, you can use the small entry-level models, such as the EcoFlow RIVER mini. This ensures the best possible portability and at the same time offers reliable power storage for cell phones, laptops and other mobile devices.
- Independence & portability: If you want to be as independent as possible from the power grid, you should opt for a model with at least moderate capacity, such as the Bluetti Poweroak EB70 and mobile solar modules (200W). decide. This ensures self-sufficient power supply in the camper or on long road trips.
- Emergency power supply: People who depend on electricity, such as patients with medical equipment, should be prepared for a possible power outage. Here, the high-end models such as the EcoFlow DELTA Pro are best suited to ensure an uninterrupted power supply even in the event of a power failure.
When choosing the right power supply, you should also pay attention to your own energy requirements in order to find the right model that is perfectly tailored to your own needs and makes everyday life easier.
Conclusion: EcoFlow and Bluetti are inexpensive and offer real self-sufficiency compared to traditional solar systems
The development makes it clear: the Swiss expect self-sufficiency, mobility and sustainability when it comes to choosing the right power supply. Until now, it has hardly been possible to combine all three attributes at low cost. Sustainable electricity suppliers offer no protection in the event of a power failure, solar roofs provide at least partial independence from the power grid, but without mobility.
The cost factor also plays a decisive role when choosing the right power supply. Even if the people in this country are willing to dig a little deeper into their pockets to obtain sustainable energy from Switzerland, this means in Conversely, not that medium-sized companies are willing to spend five-digit amounts on solar roofs.
The mobile solutions from EcoFlow and Bluetti provide the necessary remedy and support consumers in finding a solution for all three problem areas and stored energy (house, office or mobile) for every occasion.