Ecoflow released their new, upgraded River 2 power station recently and we need to know how it compares with the original River, what are the upgrades and how worthy it is. Let us dive deep into it.

Both River and River 2 have different variants like Pro, Max etc. In this article, we are comparing the base versions. Cost-wise, River 2 Max and River are the same. So, I have also included River 2 Max in the comparison tables.

The models being compared are as follows:

EcoFlow River (old) See on Ecoflow

See on Amazon

EcoFlow River 2 See on Ecoflow

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EcoFlow River 2 has 6 ports (4 fewer ports over River) which include AC, Car charging, Solar and USB ports. Also, River 2 comes with a 5-year warranty compared to a traditional 2-year warranty.

River 2 misses out on DC port which is a bummer!

River River 2 River 2 Max
Weight 11.9 lbs / 5.3 Kg 7.7 lbs / 3.5 Kg 13.2 lbs / 6 Kg
Output Ports  10 output ports 6 output ports 11 output ports
AC Power Outlets 3x 120V AC outlets, 600W 2x 120V AC outlets, 300W  2x 120V AC outlets, 500W 
USB-C Port 1 port 100W Max 1 port 60W Max 1 port 100W Max
USB-A 3 ports (one with fast charging at 18W), 2x 12W 2 ports, 12W max 3 ports 12W Max
DC Port 2 Ports 13.6V, 3A None 2 Ports (12.6V, 126W Max & 13.6V, 36W Max)
Car Port  136W 100W 100W Max
LED Light Yes Yes Yes
AC Input 120V 250W Max 100V-120V, 360W max 100-120V  660W Max
Car Charging


12/24V 12/24V
Solar Charging

200W Max

220W Max 220W Max
Smart Controls Yes (WiFi and Bluetooth) Yes (WiFi and Bluetooth) Yes (WiFi and Bluetooth)
Dimensions (LxWxD) 11.3 x 7.3 x 7.7 in 9.6 x 8.4 x 5.5 inches

10.6 x 10.2 x 7.7inches

Warranty 2 Years 5 Years 5 Years
Solar Bundles 8 different options 1 option 1 option

Battery Capacity, Power and Surge

Compared to its predecessor, River 2 has diminished battery and power capacity. EcoFlow has reduced the Power capacity to 300W which is half the previous capacity of 600W. According to me, the most important improvement in the battery department is the use of LFP over NCM batteries. LFP batteries have much higher recharge cycles which means more life. (This is the same reason why LFP batteries usually have a larger warranty period compared to NCM batteries).

LiFePO4 batteries are more efficient and significantly safer compared to the older lithium-ion batteries

River River 2 River 2 Max
Power 600W 300W 500W
Battery capacity   288Wh 256Wh 512Wh
Surge 1800W 600W 1000W
Battery Type NCM (lithium-ion) LFP (LiFePO4) LFP (LiFePO4)
Life Cycle 500 cycles to 80%+ capacity 3000 cycles to 80%+ capacity 3000 cycles to 80%+ capacity
Price/Battery Cycle $0.814 $0.09 $0.166

If you are looking for a higher capacity,  versatile power station, you might want to consider Delta 2 over these


Fast charging is a very important feature, especially for smaller power stations, which you use for emergency backup and traveling.

EcoFlow has improved the charging time for River 2 Models which is just 60 minutes.

Full charge in just 60 minutes? This is what you need for your last-minute trip!

River River 2  River 2 Max
Charging Time 96 mins 60 mins 60 mins
AC/Solar/Car Charging Yes Yes Yes
USB-C Charging No Yes Yes

EcoFlow River vs River 2  – Which One To Choose?

EcoFlow River has been one of the best choices for Portable Power stations under 600W. New River 2 has a lesser capacity and lesser ports for a lower price. The main reason for an upgrade would be the LFP battery which gives you 3000 recharge cycles which is amazing.

If you are looking to buy River, it is better to opt for River 2 Max, which provides all the latest features for an almost negligible price difference (including an offer of $30). It has a much higher battery capacity, faster charging, almost 6x battery cycle and more ports.

If you just need an entry-level power station, River 2 might be a good choice.

I do not recommend buying EcoFlow River as it is outdated and 500 battery cycles is a huge letdown.

If I were you, I would choose River 2 Max as it has decent battery capacity for multipurpose use including remote work and outdoorsy stuff. It is equally portable as River 2

EcoFlow River (old) See on Ecoflow

See on Amazon

EcoFlow River 2 See on Ecoflow

See on Amazon