First off I'd like to say grassroots Greenhouses was great ,,,the ecoflow unit isn't what I need,,,,it charges up fast with AC but I found out you can't leave solar panels plugged in all the time,,and that is what caused my decision to send it back,,,,,,so like I said Grassroots Greenhouses was great,,,, handled the return promptly,,,,, but ecoflow delta max wasn't for me,,,I give Grassroots Greenhouses a 5 but ecoflow I only give a 4,. Thanks. Kregg Holdaway
Hi Kregg! Thank you so much for the kind words. We're happy to have been able to serve you, despite the unit not living up to your expectations. We totally understand for these things can happen. We're just here to help you out in case you have questions or have interest in another unit in the future. All the best! :)
I wanted to add the photos of our greenhouse, we built the deck for the greenhouse and left some room for a couple of raised beds.
Unlike some reviews or videos I watched, I thought this greenhouse was well engineered. What I thought was lacking was good directions. There was next to no narrative. Each step has its own learning curve. As a consumer, we will probably only erect one greenhouse, so detail written instructions would have cut several hours off out installation time. But all in all, this is a very good greenhouse and my wife is very happy.
Hi William! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and detailed review! This is incredibly helpful to us. I wanted to let you know we've taken the good and the bad elements you've mentioned in your review to heart. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us. :)
Step 10: I now removed the 6 screws holding the metal base to the 2x4’s and checked the alignment and level of all the walls. Once I was satisfied with my results, I then went around and install all the required screw for the base. Then I went inside and started installing all the structural brackets, making sure all fits and finished were properly aligned and closed (vertical structures meet horizontally structures) and tighten all down securely.
Step 11: install the vents. This was straight forward and went together without any problems.
Step 12: I then mounted the doors, which was easy because I made sure the structure as a whole was level and true.
Step 13: drilling the anchor screws into the ground. I started by installing all 10 of the anchor screw bracket, then I drove the anchor screws into the ground with my 1/2” dewalt cordless impact driver. Made short work of what is a daunting task.
Step 14: install the bench. This was straight forward without any problems.
Assemble was finished!!!!
End of day 2
To finish off my greenhouse I decided to get 10 yards of what was described to me a “large pea gravel” by the excavator. He said that small pea gravel would feel like sand under my feet all the time and that the larger (3/4”) pea gravel would give extra support. I agree now that is is inside the greenhouse.
I still have to install the electric and I places a 2” PVC pipe, trenched into the ground while I was building the base to accommodate this. I am bringing a 50 amp two phase sub-panel with 6 breakers for lights, outlets, heater and vent fan.
I am also bringing a water supply line to the greenhouse, but that will have to wait until spring.
Except for a few hiccups from manufacturer’s errors, this greenhouse went up relatively easy and to be honest, it is of really good quality. I can’t fault the manufacturer for an employee’s mistake when they describe the spacer bar correctly in the manual, so I still gave it a 5 out of 5 because the greenhouse itself was manufactured correctly and went up as described in their manual. I have included lot of pictures to help anyone else in the future.
Our location is approx 40 miles south of Lake Superior in northern Wisconsin.
I’m am going to start with complaints and get them out of the way.
First complaint happened when assembling the first wall “right side”. We set the corner, placed the spacer between each vertical support and when we got to the next corner 20’ away, we were short by 1-1/4”. After review of our work, (checking each distance between the vertical supports, we came to and verified that the spacer rod was cut to exactly 23” instead of 23-1/8” as described in the manual. This required us to move all 9 of the vertical supports to accommodate the missing 1/8”. Now that we know this, everything went together much smoother.
Second complaint… couldn’t the manufacturer supply a couple of rolls of aluminum tape (buy 1” wide) to cover the tops and bottoms of every panel?
(We taped the top and bottom of every panel when we placed them during assembly)
Third complaint… couldn’t the manufacturer supply caulking for the gutters???
Fourth complaint… could the manufacturer please file all drilled holes? For what this greenhouse kit cost, they could at least clean the holes of drilling burrs. I know this may sound like a minor complaint, until you have to put one of those “T” bolt into a location where burrs are present.
With that said, and after working through these complaints, this kit went together surprisingly easy!!!
If you can, have a cordless drill with a Phillips bit, a small cordless dewalt impact drill (inch lbs not foot lbs), with an extension and a 7/16 socket for the cap nuts, and large impact drill (foot lbs) with a 1” socket to drill the 10 screw-in anchors into the ground. Also have the screw drive and open/box wrench supplied, handy too.
Building the greenhouse:
My son and I are both engineers and after the site preparation, it took us two full eight hour days (even with the spacer bar problem), to complete the build.
Step 1: I hired an excavator to deliver and level a 15’ x 25’ pad of compressible crushed rock for my starting base. This cost $900 and was worth every penny because it gave us a level platform from which to start and it made the build go smoothly.
Step 2: I skipped the pre-builds and start first on the 2x4 base and made sure it was square from corner to corner. Put all the recommended screws to securely fasten it together. I then assemble the base on top of wood base, securing it with 6 screw, four corners and 1 in the middle of each long run. This will allow for movement while doing assembly.
Step 3: now I did the pre-builds and set them aside.
Step 4: assembled to right side wall and found myself short, but after the adjustment, all went well. When placing the pre-assembled gutter on the right side, here is a tip; align the centers of every other vertical support with the centers of the splices of the gutters, then go back with the spacer bar and align the vertical supports between the aligned supports. Much easier and more accurate.
Step 5: assemble the back wall. This went together relatively easy. Make sure you cut the poly as describe in the assembly instructions with a razor knife.
End of first day…probably could have finished the left wall if we didn’t encounter the spacer problem…
Step 6: assemble the left side wall. This time (knowing about the missing 1/8”), the wall went up without a hassle. Again align every other vertical support with the gutter splices.
Step 7: assemble the front wall. This went up without a hassle except I needed to file all the drill hole to remove burrs…
Step 8: placing roof ridge. Make sure you have the required 2x4’s to support the roof ridge until you can secure it by assembling the roof.
Step 9: assembling the roof. Take 4 of the 45 degree angle brackets and drill out the center holes just slightly larger then they are, you will thank me when you use them on the roof assembly where the large roof ridge bolt passes through them.
If you follow what I am writing here for the roof assembly, it will make the job much easier by the end of this assembly. so that said…
Start by placing the two poly panels into the roof ridge and the back wall channel’s, then place the vertical supports on the open ends and loosely secure the supports with the (3) 45 degree angle bracket (top and 2 sides). Place the next two panels in place, then align the next two vertical supports to the gutter and roof ridge splices, centering on each. Lock these down by tightening the angle bracket. Now go back and use your spacer to align the previous vertical supports and lock them down too.
Continue this pattern until the roof is complete. Following the splices in the roof ridge and gutter assemblies will insure proper roof spacing.
See part 2
Hi John! Thank you for taking the time to write a thoughtful and detailed review. This is going to be helpful for our customers! We always love hearing personal experiences and we’re always looking for areas for improvement. Again, we appreciate you! We're here for anything else you might need.
Premium kit design requires some construction expertise to execute. Ingeniously designed except for doors which seem to be an afterthought. Doors should be set into frame with flange for proper attachment and sheltering of weather strip. Lock system should be more central and reachable on door. Should consider the option of right or left opening access of double door. Open springs for door closer are dangerous and inconvenient. Plexiglass panels and vent system work to provide an ideal environment for greenhouse plants. System is physically strong and plumb. The shelf system is versatile and well designed.
Our winter winds here in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana will be the true stability test. We will be building a fence to help mitigate the force of those winds from the north. For the price, it should have a better door system. The construction instructions should be reviewed by neophyte consumers. Near the end of the manual, drawings and instructions are less clear, ie. door, hinges, lock, and insulation strips
Hi Alice! Thank you so much for your thoughtful and detailed review! This is incredibly helpful to us. I wanted to let you know we've taken the good and the bad elements you've mentioned in your review to heart. Thank you again for taking the time to share your experience with us. :)
I loved the Ecoflow Delta Max 2000 so much, I bought another one to have one on each floor.
Solar charging is great with two panels! All Charged in a few hours because in AZ we have lots of sun to make this fabulous! Lots of plug-in ports with an easy-to-read use panel. The weight is a bit too much for me, so I am putting it on a cart with wheels so it's more manageable. I would like to have built-in wheels. I just didn't realize how mobility would be helpful. We had a test opportunity almost a week after purchase with a neighborhood black out. Very happy with the performance in a black-out environment! The black-out experience has given us an idea how nice it would be to have another con
The DP really is excellent for Vanlife. I'm using it connected to a 760W solar array on the roof and a additional 500W inverter to charge via the cars alternator. The option to charge with solar and AC therefore is just ideal. As I'm using a normal AC fridge and the idle draw of the inverter is quite high i added a small inverter to the Anderson port to reduce losses. This setup is perfect for me with my inductive cooking plate!
I started with the Ecoflow Delta Pro, and after seeing the quality and the real use case scenarios, I decided to get another with the Extended Batteries as well as the Smart Home Panel. With the 22KW I can now run my fridge, freezer, lights, outlets, microwave, mini split AC unit and more for about 6 days in case of an outage! In addition adding solar panels will help top off the batteries if needed and the Ecoflow gas generator is also ready to be used if needed. Completely love everything about this system, easy to set up and works like a tank! Thank you Ecoflow!
After owning an EcoFlow R600 Pro when looking for a larger capacity watt hour power station and larger inverter my husband & I looked at all options available and selected the EcoFlow Delta Pro. Living in Florida we get lots of hurricanes and this power station was purchased to handle the power outages that happen. We've done a test run for a few days and we're all set when the power inevitably goes out next time. At the moment we're deciding whether to add on an extra battery to handle a longer outage. We've already purchased one EcoFlow 400W foldable solar panel and we're considering a second one as well. Living in a condo a solar generator fits the bill as gas & propane aren't allowed onsite here. Great product. Performs exactly as desired.
Preppers would love this unit. I purchased this to charge via my roof solar panels should the power go out for an extended period. I hope to get some more portable panels in the near future. I'm confident this until will meet my power needs in an extended grid down scenario. Things like a refrigerator, lights and maybe even the microwave. Thanks for such a great product. Tried to get a smaller unit 2 years ago from another company via indiegogo...disaster. Still waiting, and may never actually see the product and even if I do, I'm not sure I'll have confidence it won't burn my house down.
I use a gas generator in the morning to charge my Ecoflow River Plus. Then when the sun hits my solar panel it will keep up with most of my power needs until late afternoon when I need gas generator again. Solar panel not aimed directly at sun but I still get up to 77 watts input mid day
This battery power station does exactly as described. Our block had a power failure and thank goodness we had this little brute on hand. 1 day turned into a 2 day outage. We hooked up the fish pond and small refrigerator to it, just plugged them in and it performed perfectly. I noticed we might need a longer time frame as our power company was replacing 2 underground transformers in front out our house. Well...as luck would have it our Neighbor was able to recharge our power station PDQ. The quick charge mode on this baby we were fully back in 'ON' mode in 2 hrs. Here we are again, with a notice of a full power outage for 8 hours, we're ready! I am now going to include an extra power pack, and maybe even the solar attachment. THANK YOU DELTA Max!
400 watt folding panel, noon, cloud free day in Florida, angle set to be perpendicular to sun, max power generation according to the app, was 260 watts. two consecutive days. Panel gets very flexible in the heat, if even minor cracking occurs efficiency will drop.
Shortly after I purchased the Eco Max hurricane Ian's affects came through and we were without power for a few days and the Max helped greatly with keeping our freezers and refrigerators plus smaller appliances running. Easy to use and great product.
Doing a camping trip as I type this. The Ecoflow delta max powered my cpap and camp refrigerator all night long. It took less than 2 hours to fully recharge. I really enjoyed the extra comfort I get knowing I have reliable power. My wife now wants me to purchase a solar panel to ensure sustainable power.
Builder with my RV only installed a PWM 50 volt/11 Amp max 780 watt controller so can use it but disconnect roof panel120 w and have had a Outside connection to controller ,sertup now works great, very impressed with my Delta Max and 400 w Solar Panel , soon when we get the new Power Hubs and 10 Kwh batteries will cure alot of problems running out of batteries, my Thai RV is setup to take on new Power Hub unit , hope it comes in the next year builder built a 62 volt lithium battery inverter and cannot use solar panels,no Charge Controller built to handle 62 volts.
Works great and it's very light and portable probably get a another onemmmm
Something that I like about this solar panel, and something that I don't like about it:
I like the construction of this panel. It's a black, semi-soft rubber with a grey cloth back. I can already tell how waterproof this will be...
What I don't like, is how this panel attaches to the case/kickstand. The "kickstand" is only on one side of the case, so the other side of the case is only a flimsy, soft fabric. Then the solar panel attaches to the kickstand only using, included, carabiners. The attachment process can be cumbersome and time-consuming, because the holes on the panel are further apart than on the kickstand. So, often times, I just lean the panel against the kickstand. (Attaching the carabiners too many times will probably rip the holes on the solar panel anyways, due to extreme heat...)
I got the 110W solar panels to go along with my River power station. I tried it out at about 5pm and the input ranged from 70 to 90 watts. I mainly have the River Power station to keep my fridge running and devices charged during a power outage. When my fridge has the cooling system active it pulls about 50-60 watts and it only is in active cooling mode for 10-15 minutes every couple hours (depending on how much it gets opened). So in theory, the input from the solar panels should be enough to keep my fridge running indefinitely, which was my goal. The extreme weather events have been happening more and more frequently and several areas have power outages that last 2-4 weeks depending on the disaster, so I wanted to have the River power station and the solar panels as a backup plan. Thank you!
I purchased the Max 2000 and love it. I like that you can use the App from anywhere and make adjustments as needed. Also, the UPS feature will come in handy when a storm approaches. Very glad I bought and it gives you peace of mind during power outages.