In the rapidly evolving world of 2023, EcoFlow has been making waves with its groundbreaking products. Among their latest offerings, one stands out as a game-changer: the EcoFlow Wave 2 portable heater and air conditioner. This isn’t just another gadget; it’s a revolution in personal comfort, and it’s here to redefine how we heat and cool our spaces.
Imagine having a super-efficient, whisper-quiet heat pump in a box, powered by a battery, and capable of both heating and cooling. Sounds like something out of a sci-fi movie, right? But it’s real, and it’s here. The Wave 2 is like a mini-split system that you can carry around. It’s not just good—it’s extraordinary. But don’t just take our word for it. Let’s dive into the details and see what makes the Wave 2 a must-have in today’s world.
This review will give you an in-depth look at the Wave 2’s features, performance, and how it compares to its predecessor. If you’ve been on the fence about getting one, this is your chance to make an informed decision. But don’t wait too long—given the rave reviews and high demand, the Wave 2 might not stay in stock for long. So, let’s get started and find out if the Wave 2 lives up to the hype.
Features & Specifications of the Wave 2
The Wave 2 is an upgrade from the original Wave, with the most significant change being its dual heating and cooling capabilities. It has a higher BTU rating, with 5100 BTUs for air conditioning and 6100 BTUs for heating. It’s quieter than the original and has a longer running time, with the ability to run for eight hours off of its battery.
Battery and Solar Support
The battery in the Wave 2 is larger than its predecessor, with 1159 Watt hours compared to 1000. It also offers a USB QC port and a 100 watt USBC power delivery output. The Wave 2 has improved solar support, allowing for 11 to 60 volts DC input up to 400 watts.
Design Improvements and Water Resistance
The device also features a new panel with push buttons, replacing the dial on the original Wave. The display screen is larger and more intuitive, and the device now includes a screen to catch lint and dirt. The Wave 2 is also water-resistant, making it suitable for outdoor use.
What’s in the EcoFlow 2 Box?
The Wave 2 comes with an AC power cord, a template for your window, a drain hose, adapter plates, and hoses. The device can be controlled via an app, allowing for remote operation.
In a test, the Wave 2 was able to increase the temperature of a 160 square foot room by 11 degrees in one hour on maximum heat, using one third of the battery. The device can also run directly on DC power from other EcoFlow products, making it more efficient than running on an AC inverter.
Eco Mode Consumption
In eco mode, the Wave 2 uses less power, making it an efficient choice for heating and cooling small to medium-sized spaces.
EcoFlow Wave 2: Heater and Eco Mode Performance
After running the Wave 2 in heater mode at 74 degrees and eco mode for about 15 minutes, it was observed that the device was using only 228 Watts. This is impressive considering the device was still pumping out heat. The device was tested to run for four hours off the 1000 watt Delta II.
The Wave 2 operates quietly, with noise levels around 47-48 decibels in eco mode, which is whisper quiet.
Max Cooling Tests
The Wave 2 was tested in max air conditioner mode in a room with an initial temperature of approximately 79 degrees. After running for two hours off its own battery, the room temperature dropped to 65.7 degrees. This impressive result was achieved using most of the battery, as the device was set to max mode with no energy efficiency considerations.
Noise Levels in Max Air Conditioner Mode
In max air conditioner mode, the noise level was around 55-56 decibels. This is slightly louder than the heater mode, but still not too loud. The fan speed can be adjusted if the noise level is too high, with a significant drop in noise level when the fan speed is reduced.
Air Conditioning Test in High Temperatures
The Wave 2 was tested in a room with an initial temperature of 88 degrees. The device was set to max mode and the goal was to reduce the room temperature to a comfortable 68 degrees. The device was able to reduce the room temperature to just below 70 degrees in approximately two hours and 20 minutes, using a 1000 watt hour battery.
A/C Eco Power Consumption
The Wave 2 was also tested in eco mode for two hours to determine its power consumption. The device used only about 290 Watt hours, pulling only 200 Watts.
Battery Runtime Test / Timer
One of EcoFlow’s claims is that the add-on battery for the Wave 2 can run the air conditioner or heater for up to eight hours. This was tested by setting the timer to eight hours. The device indicated that it could run for 7.9 hours at the current temperature and eco compressor rate.
Solar Charging Times
The Wave 2 can be charged with varying voltages, including 12 volts, 24 volts, 36 volts, 48 volts, and 60 volts. This allows for flexibility in charging options, including solar panels.
Charging Without The Battery
The Wave 2 cannot run directly off of a solar panel or an external battery without the EcoFlow add-on battery. It can only run in fan mode without the battery.
User Experience and Comfort
The EcoFlow Wave 2 is designed with user comfort in mind. Its ability to quickly and evenly distribute heat or cool air ensures a comfortable environment in a short amount of time. Despite its powerful performance, the Wave 2 operates quietly, especially in eco mode, ensuring that your peace and quiet isn’t disturbed while you enjoy the perfect room temperature.
Ease of Installation and Portability
Setting up the Wave 2 is a breeze, with no special installation or vacuum equipment required. Its compact design and lightweight build make it easy to move around, allowing you to use it in various settings – be it your home, office, or even outdoors. The Wave 2’s portability truly sets it apart from traditional heating and cooling systems.
Comparison with Similar Products
When compared to similar products on the market, the Wave 2 stands out with its unique features and performance. Its dual heating and cooling capabilities, quiet operation, and solar charging support are not commonly found in other portable air conditioners or heaters. Moreover, its ability to run entirely off solar power gives it an edge in terms of energy efficiency and eco-friendliness.
Long-Term Performance and Durability
The Wave 2 is built to last. Its robust construction ensures that it can withstand extended use without compromising on performance. Maintenance is minimal, making it a convenient choice for those who prefer a low-maintenance heating and cooling solution.
Value for Money
Considering its innovative features, impressive performance, and the convenience it offers, the Wave 2 provides excellent value for money. While it may have a higher price tag than some other portable air conditioners or heaters, the unique benefits it offers, such as solar charging and dual heating and cooling capabilities, make it a worthwhile investment.
Does the WAVE 2 have a dehumidification function? While there’s no specific dehumidification mode, it can dehumidify when external drainage is enabled.
Is networking necessary for daily use of WAVE 2? No, you can control the device via Bluetooth or network for close range or remote control.
What is WAVE 2’s cooling and heating principle? WAVE 2 uses refrigerant heat exchange to regulate temperature, switching between cooling and heating by controlling heat flow direction.
Do I need to clean the WAVE 2 filters manually? Yes, regular cleaning of the air inlet filters is recommended to maintain optimal cooling/heating performance.
What happens if the inside of WAVE 2 is full of water? WAVE 2 supports auto-shutdown with full water. It switches to Fan mode in Cooling mode, and shuts down in Heating mode. Drain the water via manual drainage or enable the external drainage function.
How many exhaust ducts does the WAVE 2 provide? WAVE 2 comes with two exhaust ducts for waste air removal when used in an enclosed space.
Can WAVE 2 be connected to EcoFlow portable power stations? Yes, WAVE 2 can be powered by the EcoFlow WAVE 2 add-on battery or the DELTA family portable power stations.
Can I use the air conditioner while charging? Yes, but if the charging power is less than the compressor’s operating power, it may not charge the battery.
Does the WAVE 2 add-on battery support charging other devices? Yes, it can charge devices via USB-A or USB-C, and can also be used as an add-on battery for DELTA 2.
How long does a WAVE 2 add-on battery last when fully charged? Battery life varies from 2 to 8 hours depending on usage.
How long does it take to fully charge the WAVE 2 add-on battery? Charging times vary depending on the power source, ranging from 2 hours (AC) to 6 hours (24V car charger) to 3 hours (solar panel).
If the add-on battery is not connected, will the WAVE 2 work properly? Yes, WAVE 2 works normally for cooling and heating functions when connected to AC. With only solar/car charging input, only Fan mode is available.
Can I connect WAVE 2 to the solar panel/car charging port and AC at the same time? Yes, the power supply priority is AC > solar panel/car charging port > add-on battery.
How many power supply methods does WAVE 2 support? WAVE 2 supports AC input, car charging, solar panel charging, the EcoFlow WAVE 2 add-on battery, and the EcoFlow outdoor portable power station.