Jackery Explorer 1,000 review: A perfect, no-frills portable power station
This solar generator doesn't have all the bells and whistles, but its high capacity and attractive price tag make it a heck of a deal.
Are you looking for a solar generator but can't justify spending $2,000 on a top-end model? If so, you should probably consider the Jackery Explorer 1,000.
The Jackery Explorer 1,000 has a 1,002 watt-hour capacity.
The Jackery Explorer 1,000 is the company’s largest solar generator. It also has the company’s biggest inverter at 1,000 watts of continuous power AC power and 2,000 watts of surge capacity.
The big thing with Jackery is value: For $999.99 you get a high-capacity battery with all the basics: a good, pure sine wave inverter with three plugs, two USB-C ports, two regular USB-A ports, and a 12V car outlet.
The Jackery’s biggest competitor is the Yeti 1,500X from Goal Zero, which costs twice as much ($1,999) for only 50 percent more capacity. We reviewed it here.
Here's how the Jackery compares to the Goal Zero:
500 fewer watt-hours
Less input wattage at around 180 watts
Less flexible solar inputs (only 12-24 volts)
USB-C PD ports only output 18 watts
No expansion options
It's normal for a battery to provide around 10-15 percent less than the stated capacity to prevent the cells from going to zero, which protects them and adds to the overall life of the pack.
If you’re looking for some cheap home backup power, the Jackery is a great choice. Yes, it forgoes the high-end features of the Goal Zero, but it also costs half as much.
You won’t be able to run high-wattage appliances or power tools, but you can power things like TVs, laptops, and cordless drills.
Jackery Explorer 1,000
A 1,000 Wh solar generator with a wide array of ports. Comes with a car charger and a surprisingly nice 180-watt wall charger.
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