When for the first time We saw the Ecoflow Glacier, announced in last year’s CESI immediately thought, Nobody needs this. Well, nobody. I need it. But I live full time in a mobile home. I am an outlier. Almost no one needs a battery-powered cooler. Not long after that, I was on the beach in Florida when I saw two college-age men wrestling over sand dunes with a huge ice machine, a semi-portable refrigerator, and a gas generator. I’m wrong! People do I need the Ecoflow Glacier. It’s not just me. Ecoflow Glacier would have taken all the humor out of the scene, but it probably would have made this group’s spring break a little easier.
With an impressively large storage area, a built-in ice maker, a decent set of wheels, and an optional battery, the Ecoflow Glacier is all you need to keep your food and drinks cool on a hot day at the beach or a weekend away. week. In the woods. It probably won’t roll very well over the dunes, but it’s not too difficult to transport.
EcoFlow is aimed at Glacier for full-time RVers, van users, and boat owners, but if you have the space and money, it’s a great replacement for a cooler, no matter where you live. It’s a great option for weekend trips if you pick up the battery (sold separately), which will allow you to be off the grid for up to 40 hours (less when ambient temperatures are higher). Add 200 watts of solar panels and you can have cooling almost indefinitely as long as the sun shines.
Unfortunately, right out of the box, the Ecoflow Glacier cannot be charged by solar energy nor does it receive a battery. It’s still a good refrigerator and the price is competitive at $1,000. That gives you the unit itself, 12V and 120V chargers, a basket, and a splitter. The divider allows you to divide the main compartment into refrigerator and freezer sections. The nice thing is that when you’re not using it, the divider stores neatly in the lid, out of the way.
Everything at the Glacier is incredibly well designed. The seals are tight, but it is easy to open. It’s light enough to be easily carried with the included handles (weighs 51 pounds when empty). Once you fill it with food it becomes more difficult, but two people can handle it.
The control panel is easy to use; I never had to read the manual. Speaking of which, you don’t get a manual, which is disappointing in a product aimed at people going off-grid. You can download the manual from Ecoflow, but I would have preferred paper.
The Glacier has a capacity of 38 liters. For reference, that’s approximately 60 12-ounce cans. You can use it as a refrigerator or freezer, setting the temperature between 50 and 32 degrees Fahrenheit (10 to 0 degrees Celsius) for refrigerator mode and 32 to –13 degrees Fahrenheit (0 to 25 degrees Celsius) for refrigerator mode. freezer mode. If you use the divider, you will get a 23 liter section and a 15 liter section. You can then adjust the temperature independently, with each side as a freezer. The Glacier detects when the divider is in place and automatically offers two temperature settings on the screen, which is pretty nifty.
There is a closure on the divider. The left side can be up to 77 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the right, but the right side can only be 59 degrees Fahrenheit higher than the left. This slightly strange limitation probably won’t occur to most people, as it’s hard to imagine a scenario where such a large temperature difference would be desired.
The temperature, along with everything else related to the Glacier, can be controlled through the app using Bluetooth or you can add the unit to your Wi-Fi network. If you don’t want to use the app, you can always use the settings panel in the Glacier. There are nice big plus and minus buttons that make it easy to control everything on the unit. However, the app is excellent and is a good option if you plan to store the Glacier in a bed of a truck or RV.
The limitations are that the Glacier cannot be powered directly by solar panels without the battery. You are not powering the Glacier, you are charging the batteries. Similarly, you can’t make ice with the 12V power supply. You need the battery (or be plugged into the wall). For these reasons, I highly recommend purchasing the battery, which also gives you a 100-watt bi-directional USB-C PD port so you can charge devices while also powering the refrigerator (both with solar power if you have the panels).
Six months of testing
I tested Ecoflow Glacier for over six months and found that it lives up to all of Ecoflow’s claims. It cools faster than any portable cooler I’ve tested, surprisingly well, and maintained its internal temperature after everything the summer threw at it.
For some context, I live full time on 12V cooling powered by solar panels. I have a vitrifrigo refrigerator (which I do not recommend) and an english freezer (which I love, although it could be quieter). For most of last summer, I swapped the Engle for the Ecoflow Glacier. Ecoflow rates the Glacier as capable of running for 40 hours on a 298 watt-hour battery. That’s under completely ideal conditions, with nothing in the refrigerator. In my real-world testing with ambient temperatures ranging from 75 to 85 degrees Fahrenheit, the Glacier’s battery lasted almost 24 hours, which is impressive.