Jackery vs EcoFlow vs Gas Generator - Which will Power a Small AC Unit? (2023)


In this "Will it Run it" video series, I'm on a search to see what power source can run a mechanical controlled 5k BTU Window AC unit. Eventually I will want to add this to my Tiny Toy Hauler that I'm currently building (check out my playlist for videos on that topic if you are interested). I'm toying with the idea of getting one large solar generator and using it instead of trying to get a battery, converter, inverter, charger, etc...

The results of todays video may surprise you... they surprised me for sure!

#Jackery #EcoFlow


Welcome to another exciting episode of will it run it today, I'm comparing three different sources of energy to see which one will run my window ac unit.

This is a 5000 btu window.

Ac unit.

The specs on it are probably much like the uh, the units that you would get at walmart.

I bought this at woods it's, a pro air brand, um, 5000, btu.

It says, 3.9 amps.

The big thing about ac units is the startup current it's got a big compressor on it.

That has to crank up 5000 is about the smallest you can get.

And luckily, it's, also one of the cheapest.

Now, the best thing about this unit in my opinion for trying on these different sources of energy is it's got a physical switch.

I've tried some of these before in the past with other generators and had problems with them because they had electronic circuit boards.

And they were measuring voltage drop, and they would puke and say, no I'm, not going to do it.

This one it's it's going to try I'm, pretty sure because it's a mechanical switch we're going to see what happens and so I'm excited.

I've got an eco flow pro over here.

This is my newest toy in the edition.

And I've been very impressed with what this thing can do.

Um, it has a feature called xboost that will provide dirty power when it exceeds its max starting current, which this is a 600 watt inverter with a 1200 watt, uh peak.

And with xboost, it claims things even up to 1800.

Watts, start current can start.

So we're gonna give that one a try.

I've got the good old jackery, 500.

This was my first my first love, um.

And this thing is a 500 watt, uh, inverter, a thousand watt peaks.

So really similar to the eco flow.

It does not have x boost.

So it may be a little more sensitive to the to the voltage spikes, um, but uh.

Anyway, this is a uh.


Other thing I've afraid to mention this is 720 watt hours.

And this is 500, and I think 18 watt hours, uh on the battery.

So the eco flow has a little bit more, uh, longevity, but we're, not really at least in this video I'm, not comparing how long it will run it for, um, it's, probably, uh, not gonna run it for as long as people would hope.

Um, you know, the idea is, um, well, I'm I'm doing this experiment, really because uh, I'm trying to plan out how I'm gonna do the electrical system on my, um, do-it-yourself, uh, home-built toy.


My tiny toy hauler, build more on that later, I'm still I'm still gathering information to decide how I'm going to do that.

And then my last thing I'm going to try is, I've got an inverter generator that can do a thousand watt peak, 800 running watts.

This is a gas generator.

Gas engines can also provide dirty power, which is why they usually have such high start currents.

But this is an inverter generator.

So it suffers from a lot of the same things that that jackery does if it detects that the power is going to be dirty, it shuts off rather than supply it.

So let's get started I'm going to try each one of these three.

Obviously I have to go outside to run this generator, I'm, not going to run it inside the shop so we're going to start with the smallest on the list, which is the jackery 500.

all right let's, get it plugged in turn, the ac it's, funny, ac also ac alternating current and air conditioning.

Come on.

You guys know that, um.

So here we go we're starting with the uh weakest culprit, the weakest option here let's, see, what happens? Here's, here's our test it did not do it.

Oh look at that.

It tried it tried.

But I got, I got an exclamation.

I got an exclamation on the jackery it.

It gave it a valiant effort though it really did try.

So what I'm gonna do is I'm gonna let this thing cool down for a couple of minutes, um actually, tell you what let's try again.

Immediately, nope.


I thought, maybe, uh, I've I've seen these before where the first time it doesn't do it, but it kind of gets spinning, and then the next time you try it.

And it does do it? Um, it doesn't do it.

So the jackery, 500 it gave it a valiant effort.

It tried for a couple of seconds, but ultimately it just puked.

So I'm gonna let this thing sit for five minutes, uh, let it let the compressor cool back down in it, release all the pressure that it's built up just from that attempt.

So I can get a apples to apples comparison.

And the next one will be the eco flow.

Okay, it has been five minutes.

I got the eco flow up here.

It is at a hundred percent.

Let me turn the inverter on.

Okay, it says, 90 hertz here goes.

It is it is doing it it's doing it.

Wow, 300.

I couldn't tell you what the start current was, obviously it had to break a thousand because the jackery couldn't do it.

But this is doing it, and it is blowing out.



I'm gonna turn it on high.

So, um, I go low ac.

As my first option.

My second option is high ac it's, not pulling any more watts to do high ac, though that's what it was reading on the last one.

And this thing says estimated time, two hours that's, pretty impressive I'll have to actually put that to the test.

You know is that is that one hour and 31 minutes or is that two hours and 29 minutes, because you know, there's, no decimal point on the back of that two so we're rounding the two, um, also, I don't know how the wattage is going to change over time of running this thing.

But man that is, oh I'm so excited.


I didn't, honestly, I didn't think this was gonna do it, but it did it.

Wow, I am impressed.

So in theory, I mean, they said, I've heard people say before that it's, not very optimal running ac on solar.

But you can see right here as of right now.

This is only a 5000 btu unit.

And you know, I guess depending on the climate you're in uh, would would determine how much how much you would run the ac.

Because if if uh like for my tiny toy hauler, for instance, that's not a lot of square footage that I'm I'm heating that I'm cooling.

And if I have, uh, you know, it insulated really well, I mean shoot 400 watts of solar panels in pure sun.

I could run this thing continuously as long as the sun was out that is that is impressive.

And I don't think 400 watts of solar panels is that much to ask for a small camper.

I think that's four 100 watt panels so it's been running here for a couple of minutes.

And I've used two percent of my battery.

Okay, well, we know it'll work, um.

So that completes that test the eco flow passed I'm very impressed.

So let me get this shut off.

And then we will switch over to the generator.

Give this thing a couple minutes to cool back down all right? You can probably not see that because it's dark outside.

But I got the generator going economy has turned off, uh, it's had a couple minutes to warm up.


Let's, see what happens? My estimation is well, I don't know what? What do you guys think you think it's gonna do it? I think it will I think it.

I think it will, uh, it's the same peak output as the jackery.

So if it doesn't do it, it means that this thing peaks over a thousand, but if it does do it, then it means that that that peak, and then it kind of slowly tapers off.

I guess because the jackery if you're exceeding 500 for more than a couple seconds, it pukes.

This one, if you're exceeding 800 for more than a couple seconds, it'll puke, but oh, well, let's, just try it and see suspense is killing me.

It is doing it it's doing it.

It did it that's? The hardest part there? So now go to high it.

Did it? It? Did it guys that's great to know? So the generator can do it.

And I have the economy turned off on the generator, which I guess it makes sense I'm testing out it to see if it can do it.

I don't want to use economy.

I just want to see if it'll run it.

So the answer is, yes.

So there you go.

I hate to say it jackery, but you lost this one man.

So as far as pricing goes the eco flow msrp, this is more expensive than this.

Okay, that's just that's.

Just, uh, you know what the price for what you're getting this is cheaper.

But if you were buying, if if you needed just one of these two, you didn't care, which one the jackery would be cheaper, I think it's about 500 this one.

I checked the other day and it was 550, but I think msrp is 650.

I don't know what the msrp on the jackery is, I think it's 500 but you're, getting 500 watt hours on this one and you're getting 720 on this one so you're, getting almost 30 percent more capacity, um you're getting much more options as far as what that inverter can do you get a lot of, uh, they would well.

One of my co-workers calls nerd knobs.

You get a lot more of those with the jack with the eco flow.

The jackery is a lot simpler.

It just, uh, turn it on.

And and let it go, uh, let it do its thing.

It can do it or it can't the eco flow.

If it can't do it.

You got a lot of nerd knobs that'll that you can tweak, uh to try to get it to be able to do what you're doing.

But anyway, hopefully you like that video, if you want to see more like it, make sure you hit that subscribe button, I'm always doing, will it running videos, they're they're, some of my most exciting ones to do if you've got any suggestions of things you want me to try make sure you you, let me know in the comments section.

Thanks for watching.


Can an EcoFlow power an air conditioner? ›

The EcoFlow DELTA Series—Built Powerfully for Your AC

Each is more powerful than the last to keep your AC unit powered longer while expanding how much energy your panels can absorb: DELTA 1300 with 160W Solar Panel—Get a total capacity of 1260Wh with the DELTA 1300 and keep a 1800W AC running for 0.6 hours.

Can you run an air conditioner with a Jackery? ›

Using a solar generator to power your air conditioner is another excellent approach to get around this. Jackery solar generators come in different sizes and are suitable for air conditioners.

How many watt generator do I need to run a small air conditioner? ›

Central air conditioners tend to use the most power at an average of around 3,500 watts. Large window units typically use about 1,400 watts, while smaller window units can use as little as 500 watts. However, these are only trends in power usage, and your particular unit may use more or less power.

How long will a Jackery run an AC? ›

It has an impressive 1,800 watt (16.4 amps @ 110V AC) inverter, and a large 1,488 Wh (watt hour) battery capacity. See below for hypothetical comparison. Jackery Explorer 1500 ----- (1,488 Wh * . 85) / 550 watt device = 2.3 hours of run-time.

Can a small generator power an air conditioner? ›

Standby generators have the strength to power central air conditioners, so you can return to a cool home. A 14-kilowatt standby generator could power a 4-ton central air conditioner. A 17-kilowatt model could run a 5-ton central air conditioner.

Can a small generator run a portable air conditioner? ›

If you've ever wondered if your 2000 watt generator will run an air conditioner, the answer is yes, but only a portable or window air conditioning unit. You can power most small home appliances with a 2000 watt generator very smoothly but your central air system will not run efficiently.

What size generator do I need to run an air conditioner? ›

If you have a 3-ton (30-Amp, 36,000 BTUs) air conditioner, you need at least a 14 KW generator. If you have a 4-ton (40-Amp, 48,000 BTUs) air conditioner, you need at least a 17 KW generator. If you have a 5-ton (50-Amp, 60,000 BTUs) air conditioner, you need at least a 20 KW generator.

How big of a generator do I need to run a window AC unit? ›

With a 1000-watt generator, you can run a small to medium-sized window unit and be OK. You'll need at least a 2000-watt generator to power a large window unit. A larger generator can be a better option if you need to power many appliances at once.

What size generator do I need for a 10000 BTU air conditioner? ›

What Size Generator to Run 5,000 – 15,000 BTU Air Conditioner
Air Conditioner Size (BTU)Generator Size (Watts)
6,000 btu1500 Watts
8,000 btu1500 Watts
10,000 btu2000 Watts
12,000 btu2000 Watts
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Jul 22, 2022

Which generator is best for AC? ›

Best Generator for RV Air Conditioner 2023
Best Generator for RV Air ConditionerWattage
DuroMax Dual Fuel Portable Generator3500 watts
Westinghouse Backup Portable Generator6000 watts
Champion Power Equipment Open Frame Inverter4000 watts
Generac 7127 Portable Inverter Generator3500 watts
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How many watts do I need for air conditioner? ›

How much electricity does an air conditioner use? On average, an air conditioner uses 500 to 4,000 watts of electricity, depending on the type of unit. Most central air conditioners use between 15 and 60 amps, and about 240 volts, while a window AC unit uses anywhere from 3 to 20 amps and 120 volts.

What size generator do I need for a 13500 BTU air conditioner? ›

It is said that you'll need a 3,000-watt or higher generator to run a 13,500 BTU air conditioner. This is because an AC unit requires around 2,800 to 3,000 watts of power to startup, but only 1,500 to 2,000 watts to maintain the AC unit.

Can a Jackery 500 run a 5000 BTU air conditioner? ›

Most of the 5000 BTU air conditioners will need a 500 W generator. Something like Jackery 500W generator would be ideal. Jackery 500W is the most popular generator for 5000 BTU air conditioner. You can get it here.

Can Jackery 1500 power a portable air conditioner? ›

The Jackery Explorer is a great choice for a portable power station, as it is equipped with a higher capacity battery and a more efficient AC inverter. This means you can easily use it to power your electric grill, coffee maker, hair dryer, and even your air conditioner while camping.

How do I power my house with a small generator? ›

Using a Portable Generator
  1. Step 1: Estimate Your Home's Power Needs. ...
  2. Step 2: Place the Portable Generator. ...
  3. Step 3: Plug In the Emergency Generator. ...
  4. Step 4: Start the Generator. ...
  5. Step 5: Plug In the Devices and Appliances. ...
  6. Step 6: Refuel the Portable Generator.

How many watt generator do I need to run an RV air conditioner? ›

A 2,500-2,800-watt generator is often a good minimum threshold for 30-amp RVs that have AC units.

What size generator do I need for a mini split? ›

As a general rule of thumb, a 10,000-watt generator is a good starting point if you want it to run your mini-split air conditioner. Tip: Don't forget about fuel consumption, as your mini-split air conditioner will suck up gasoline at a high rate.

How many watts does a 5000 BTU air conditioner use? ›

An average 5,000 BTU air conditioner at its full capacity consumes 500W of energy.

Will a 2000 watt generator run a small AC unit? ›

For short: Will a 2000 watt generator run an air conditioner? Generally, YES, just be sure to check the actual power requirements of your AC unit and only then choose strong enough power generator.

How many watts does it take to run a 2 RV air conditioner? ›

Air conditioners require a significant amount of energy to get started and to keep running. To power the average RV air conditioner, the generator needs to have at least a 2000- 4000-watt capacity.

How many watts does a window AC unit start at? ›

Typical Window Unit Wattage

A typical starting wattage for a window unit is 2200. Once the motor is running steadily, the amperage drops and the wattage usually is around 1500. Your unit may have different ratings. Examine the nameplate or the specifications in the manual to determine how much power your AC unit uses.

Will a 3000 watt generator run an air conditioner? ›

A 3000-watt inverter generators can power a range of devices from air conditioners, microwaves, hot water heaters to small power tools - items commonly used around the home, at trade sites, camping, caravanning, and with this size, as a power backup.

Will a 3500 watt generator run an air conditioner? ›

If you have a 3,500 watt generator, you should be able to kick start a 15,000 BTU air conditioning unit. Once you get it up and running, you will still have another 2,000 watts of generator power for other appliances.

How many watt generator do I need to run a 12000 BTU air conditioner? ›

How Many Watts Do Mini Split Air Conditioners Use? (500 – 2,500W)
Mini-Split AC Unit Capacity (in BTU):Power Draw (in Watts):
12,000 BTU (1 ton)1,000 watts
18,000 BTU (1.5 tons)1,500 watts
24,000 BTU (2 tons)2,000 watts
30,000 BTU (2.5 tons)2,500 watts
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How much electricity does a 12000 BTU air conditioner use per day? ›

Power Consumption Of 12,000 BTU Air Conditioners (1 Ton/3.5 kW) 12,000 BTU air conditioner units consume 991 (EER: 12.1) to 1,333 watts (EER: 9, which is a bit low for these units, by today's standards). An EER of 11.3 is average for new 12,000 BTU window units, translating to a wattage of 1,061 Watts.

Will a 7500 watt generator run an air conditioner? ›

If you want to run larger appliances such as refrigerators, air conditioners, freezers, heaters, etc. using a portable generator, then the 7,500-Watt Generator can provide the power to run those devices (not all at the same time though).

What is the most common AC generator? ›

Single Phase generator

Single Phase Ac generators are the most common types. That produces an alternating current. Its voltage is usually around 120 to 230volts. And can use for several different applications.

What is the disadvantage of AC generator? ›

The major disadvantage of an AC generator is that it has high levels of extra insulation due to largely associated voltages. Further, these generators are susceptible to sparks and heating issues, which may lead to electric shocks and even fires.

What are the three basic types of AC generators? ›

Generally, there are two types of AC generators: the single-phase AC generator and the three-phase AC generator. The difference between ac generator types is the number of armatures used to make the generator.

How many solar panels do I need to run an air conditioner? ›

Typically, a ton of AC uses 1200 to 1500 watts of power, so you need 6 solar panels of 250 watts to generate that much electricity.

Do portable AC use a lot of electricity? ›

Yes, portable air conditioners use a lot of electricity. The power consumption of an 8,000 BTU portable unit (150 square feet of cooling power) with a standard EER is comparable to a 24-hour microwave.

How many watts does the most efficient air conditioner use? ›

As you can see, 1-ton central and mini-split air conditioners use anywhere between 480 watts and 857 watts. Namely, the least energy-efficient 14 SEER 1-ton AC unit uses 857 watts to run. Its maximum wattage at 100% output is 1,478 watts. The most energy-efficient 25 SEER 1-ton ac unit uses only 480 watts to run.

How many running watts is 13500 btu AC? ›

Wattage Chart
Motorhome 5th Wheel and Camp Trailer Roof Top Air ConditionersWatts Required for start upAverage wattage once running
7000 btu RV air conditioner1700600
10,000 btu RV air conditioner2000700
13,500 btu RV air conditioner27501250
15,000 btu RV air conditioner35001500
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How big of an area will a 13500 BTU air conditioner cool? ›

13,500 BTU 115-Volt Inverter Ultra Quiet Window Air Conditioner for 700 sq. ft.

What size generator do I need to run a 24000 BTU air conditioner? ›

Wattage / Engine / Run Time / Starting / Mobility
ApplianceRunning (Rated) WattsAdditional Starting Watts
Central AC – 10,000 BTU15004500
Central AC – 24,000 BTU380011400
Heat Pump47004500
Family / Play
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Can A Jackery power an air compressor? ›

Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station features 1 * AC outlet, 2 * DC ports, 1 * car port, and 3 * USB-A ports to charge low to high-power appliances, including air pumps, CPAP machines, TV, mini-refrigerators and more.

How long does it take to charge Jackery 1000 AC? ›

A: It can be fully charged with the AC charger in 2 hours using fast charging. One car charger can fully charge the Explorer 1000 Pro in 12 hours, with 2 car chargers in 6 hours.

Should I leave my Jackery plugged in all the time? ›

All of our power stations are equipped with a Battery Management System (BMS) to prevent it from overcharging. To maintain and prolong the health of your power station, we do suggest unplugging the unit from the charging source after the battery has reached a full capacity at 100%.

How big of a room do I need for a 5000 BTU air conditioner? ›

A 5,000 BTU Air Conditioner is the smallest you can find, best suited for rooms that are less than 250 square feet. Ideally, the room you place it in should be around 150 to 200 square feet. You'll therefore most benefit from a 5,000 BTU air conditioner in a room that is 10×10, 12×12, or 14×14 feet in size.

How many batteries does it take to run a 5000 BTU air conditioner? ›

This unit is the most widely purchased brand, and highest rated portable AC unit in the 5,000 BTU range. Four (4) 100 amp hour lithium phosphate batteries (also known as “LiFePo batteries”) will keep this AC unit for running about four (4) hours maximum. This is assuming these batteries are fully charged to begin with.

How long will a 100 amp hour battery run an air conditioner? ›

For example, a 100 Ah lithium battery will power a typical 15,000 BTU RV AC unit for about 30 minutes. If you're RVing in hot weather, running your AC for 30 minutes likely won't do much to increase your comfort. However, if you had a bank of eight 100 Ah batteries, it would run for about four hours.

How long will a Jackery 1500 run a refrigerator? ›

Jackery Solar Generator 1500 and 4 SolarSaga 100-watt panels can keep your large refrigerator running for nearly 3 hours. Meanwhile, you can keep your mini cooler (60W) charged for 21 hours.

How many watts can the Jackery 1500 handle? ›

A: The Explorer 1500 can charge/power devices that operate at less than 1800 watts and the total wattage of all connected devices should also be under 1800 watts as well. If the power requirement exceeds this limit, the Explorer 1500 will automatically shut off.

What size generator do I need to run a window unit and fridge? ›

If you need to power a refrigerator, microwave, sump pump, and lights, then a 5,000-7,000 watt generator should be sufficient. If you want to run more power-hungry items such as a water heater or air conditioning unit, you will need to look at a 10,000-watt model.

What can you power on the EcoFlow? ›

What can EcoFlow Delta Pro power?
  • Refrigerator. This generator is capable of powering a 120W (AC) refrigerator – perfect for smaller fridges during a blackout – for 24 hours.
  • Light. ...
  • Microwave. ...
  • Washing Machine. ...
  • Television. ...
  • Coffee Maker. ...
  • Mobile Phone. ...
  • Laptop.
Mar 7, 2022

Can you run a portable air conditioner on a power inverter? ›

To sum it all up, your inverter and batteries would likely be able to start and run a new efficient air conditioner, but not for very long. Your 600-amp-hour bank can efficiently supply maybe 400 amps of power. Drawing current at 120 amps, your charge will last a little over three hours.

Can an EcoFlow power a house? ›

EcoFlow makes preparation even easier with its Whole-home Backup Power Solution. It's exactly as the name sounds — it's a standalone backup power setup that can run your entire home in the event of a power outage.

How many watts does an EcoFlow air conditioner use? ›

Voltage‎115 Volts
Wattage1200 watts
Included Components‎No
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Which is better Jackery or EcoFlow? ›

EcoFlow RIVER 2 vs Jackery 240

The EcoFlow RIVER 2 is the winner in this category because of the more advanced LiFePO4 battery technology, significantly longer life span of 3,000 charge cycles (about 10 years of daily use), faster recharge time, and additional ports. The Jackery 240 also doesn't have a USB-C port.

What is the voltage of EcoFlow AC? ›

EcoFlow Wave Portable AC Specifications
Net weight38.58 lbs
Dimensions20.39 x 12.2 x 16.38 in
AC input voltage/frequency115V 60Hz
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Jul 1, 2022

Can EcoFlow be left plugged in all the time? ›

So EF DELTA is designed to keep the DC power on for 24 hours. The DC power will go o after 24 hours of not using it. If you want to extend your standby time to 24 hours, turn the DC button on.

What size generator do I need for a 12000 BTU portable air conditioner? ›

The 12,000 BTU window air conditioner has a running wattage of 1700 watts and a starting wattage of 5,100. To work effectively, you will need a generator with an average of 6,800 watts. The generator's wattage should be equal to or greater than the wattage of the appliances you wish to operate.

What inverter can power air conditioner? ›

You need an inverter with a rating of more than 4kVA to run a 1-ton AC . A normal inverter at most homes is powerful enough to handle small appliances like fans, bulbs, TVs, and more. To put this into context, an AC needs more than 1,000 times the load capacity of a ceiling fan.

How many watts do you need to power a portable air conditioner? ›

Window, portable and RV air conditioners use 625 watts to 3,000 watts depending on their size in BTU/hour. A 12,000 BTU window AC uses 1,250 to 1,500 watts. A 14,000 BTU portable AC uses 1,400 to 1,750 watts.

Is an EcoFlow worth it? ›

You will be paying for portability, and it offers fast charging in less than two hours, which is its biggest drawcard. If you want to get through load shedding Stage 6 and upwards, then the Delta 2 is worth it.

What is an alternative for EcoFlow? ›

Best Portable Power Stations: Editorial Picks
  • EcoFlow Delta Pro. Best overall portable power station. ...
  • Bluetti AC200P. Best for loads of devices. ...
  • Oukitel P2001. Best for simplicity. ...
  • Bluetti AC200MAX. ...
  • Anker 757 Power Station. ...
  • Zendure SuperBase Pro 2000. ...
  • Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro. ...
  • Mango Power E.
May 30, 2023

How long will EcoFlow run a refrigerator? ›

With the EcoFlow DELTA, you can power a 120W fridge continuously for 7.5 hours.

How many watts does 10000 BTU AC use? ›

AC Size to Wattage Chart
Window AC Size10 EER AC11 EER AC
7500 BTU750 Watts682 Watts
8000 BTU800 Watts727 Watts
10000 BTU1000 Watts909 Watts
12000 BTU1200 Watts1091 Watts
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Jan 17, 2023

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