EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner review – Cool any room or a tent outdoors!

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REVIEW – Summers in New York can get really hot, and I always seem to find myself in a space that needs air conditioning but can’t accommodate one due to the structure or lack of AC power. I am sure that anyone facing this dilemma would love it if someone would design a portable air conditioner. I mean a real air conditioner that pushes real cold air and not those devices that advertise to be air conditioners but never seem to work. Is there such a device? Enter the EcoFlow Wave Portable Air Conditioner + Add-On Battery.

What is it?

The EcoFlow Wave Portable Air Conditioner + Add-On Battery features 4000BTU’s of Fast Cooling from the AC and extended & custom run times from the 1008Wh Add-On Battery. The AC also features control via a companion app and can be paired with a portable power station. Choose between Eco Mode low, medium and high settings and it will intelligently switch between fan and cooling settings to extend run times beyond what would usually be possible. 

What’s in the box

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1 x EcoFlow Wave Portable Air Conditioner + Add-On Battery
1 x AC cable
1 x User manual and Warranty Card
1 x Cold-End Outlet Shroud
1 x Hot-End Outlet Shroud
2 x Air Ducts
1 x Drainage Tube

Design and features


Wave Portable Air Conditioner:

  • Fast cooling: With 4000BTUs, Wave can cool your tent, RV, or small to medium space in 8 minutes flat. That’s the fastest for its size.
  • Extended runtimes: Get 3hrs of cooling with the add-on battery. Extend to 8 hours with timed mode to keep you cool all night long by auto alternating between cooling and fan settings.
  • Cool your way: Use the 1008Wh Add-On Battery, DELTA Max, or DELTA Pro for an extra runtime of up to 12 hours without plugging into an AC outlet. Plug into an AC outlet for cooling without a battery.
  • Charge anywhere: Wall outlets, solar, car, or even portable power station charging mean you’ve always got cooling when you need it.

Wave Add-On Battery:

  • 1008Wh capacity: Sleek clamp-on design with a large 1008Wh capacity. Enough for 3 hours of cooling or 8 hours of timed mode, mixing cooling with fan settings.
  • Detachable design: Detach the add-on battery when portability comes first.
  • Carry or stow away: Weighing in at 17.4 lb, the add-on battery can be carried or stored for later use.

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The EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner is made of metal and plastic and features the controls on the top front and the power connections on one side. On the sides and back, there are the air intake and output vents and on the back bottom, there is the drain plug.

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The first thing that I did was attach the add-on battery to the EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner. The design allows the power cable to slide in and secure to the battery and to accept the plug from the battery into the side. Above the battery power port, there is the main power port for the unit. On the front of the battery, there is the battery charge indicator.

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Once the EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner is powered on, it can be controlled from the touch buttons and rotary knob on the front or via the app. Unfortunately, you cannot turn the unit on or off on-demand via that app. You can have it turn off automatically if you use the timer feature.

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Once I powered on the EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner, I downloaded the app and set up its connection to the device via WiFi. The app offers a lot of control. Here are some screenshots:

The EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner is an amazing device. Apart from being very portable, it can be used indoors even if there is no option to vent. Here is what it looks like with the air duct hoses connected:
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It pushes a serious volume of cold air and the hot air that comes out of the outlets is no match for the cold air it produces. It has the capacity to hold water for quite a while and when full it will shut off if the drain hose is not connected. Then you just have to pull the drain plug over the sink, empty the water and get back to cooling. Since I wanted the machine to sit on my counter and continue running, I connected the drain hose and drained it into a bucket.

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Overall, the versatility of the EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner makes it a winner. For the first time ever I can literally walk with my own air conditioner, and if there is no power, no problem. If you like to camp when it is hot outdoors, you will have the coolest tent. I will say again that I do wish that the built-in WiFi was on once power is attached so that I could turn it on/off on demand. Love it!!

What I like

  • The sleek and robust design
  • The portability and adaptability
  • The performance
  • The included battery
  • The convenience

What I’d change

  • I wish that its WiFI was active once plugged in so that I could turn it on/off via the app

Final thoughts

While the EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner is expensive and possibly out of reach for many, it is a great device and it provides cooling just about anywhere you go. I love that it can operate as a stand-alone unit powered by the battery and I love the flexibility to take it to any room and place it exactly where I want it. It blows a lot of cold air and cools even rooms larger than its specs indicate. In terms of design, function, and overall capability, I give it a well done and two thumbs up! Be sure to check out our other EcoFlow reviews.

Price: $1799.00
Where to buy: EcoFlow website and Amazon
Source: The sample for this review was provided by EcoFlow.

26 thoughts on “EcoFlow Wave portable air conditioner review – Cool any room or a tent outdoors!”

  1. Gadgeteer Comment Policy - Please read before commenting
  2. I don’t see anything ‘Eco’ about this product. Wildfires, drought, water shortages happening right now. Worldwide. Please put up info if it has sustainability environmentally friendly credentials. Otherwise you are likely encouraging us to add to our problems.

  3. What happens when there ain’t no 5 star hotels, or electric at all???
    I know I’m getting into & I keep reading every thing from eco flow. I’m bundling up. On all they got.
    Way to go eco flow.

  4. This is a bad product, just do a YouTube search “ecoflow busted”. Will it work in a house sure, outside a house you lose 4-6 inches of insulation and air tightness, and this product won’t be able to keep anything cool for very long.

  5. “can be used indoors even if there is no option to vent. …the hot air that comes out of the outlets is no match for the cold air it produces.”

    Uh, no. That would seriously violate the laws of thermodynamics.

    1. Exactly my thoughts when I read that! Did Einstein invent this?! It would be the biggest story of the century if this product were able to break the laws of physics!

    2. Hi Mike,
      Thanks for your observation. I do not know the science behind this type of device. My comment about the airflow was simply from my perception. Several people commented that my statement was not realistic. After reading the comments, I went back to the AC and put one hand in front and one behind and I maintain that it feels like there is a greater volume of cold air coming out the front than there is of warm air out the back/exhaust. Again, I am not making a scientific statement but rather just saying how it feels to me. Regardless, I really like this AC.

      1. Christopher karickhoff

        Eventually the system will come to a steady state which will be close to the radiant heat that transfers through the tent or camper wall. It must be vented to transfer the heat outside.
        1st and 2nd laws of thermodynamics cover this application. Just say’n.

  6. So half way thru the article it shows a comparison saying ” no water left behind. Evaporates excess water. No maintenance needed.” 2 seconds later proceeds to tell you about the drain plug then shows a picture of it draining into a bucket. 🤦‍♂️

    1. Hi T,
      I think the point is that if you do not use the hose, you can run it with the drain plug closed and it will run for hours until the internal tank fills. Once that tank fills, the AC turns off. Then you need to drain it which takes seconds and you can turn it right back on. Sorry if I did not make that clear.

  7. The man writes an article describing a product and his experience with it and most of you just want to complain and troll. Sad world we live in.

    Well, I say thanks for the article!

    1. I purchased a unit for my truck you have to connect the two hoses and it really doesn’t cool the truck only my face also It’s very noisy is just not worth it way to expensive

      1. Nice article, I’m sure we will see more companies coming out with new designs , Ac sure have come a long way thanks

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