Jackery Portable Solar Power Generator
- Founded in California in 2012, Jackery specializes in providing outdoor green power solutions for explorers. Jackery portable power station, power outdoors.
- With a higher 1000W wattage and larger 1002Wh capacity, the Jackery Explorer 1000 features 3 standard PURE SINE WAVE AC outlets, which provide extra capacity to power more AC appliances simultaneously. Note that the total rated wattage should be under 1000w (surge 2000w). 2*USB-C and 1*Quick Charge 3.0 port can charge all your small digital devices like tablets and phones effectively.
- Power your outdoor recreation time from this instant solar generator. Designed for: (1) RV-ers: With no extra setup, powers your mini space heaters, cooling fans, mini-fridges, portable ovens and coffee makers, etc. (2) Outdoor parties: Power blenders, pellet smokers, small household ice shavers, and TVs to extend your grilling and game time. (3) Home backup power: Support emergency appliances such as refrigerators, CPAP/Bi-PAP, computers, radios, and phones to help keep your life as normal.
- Professional MPPT technology provides faster solar recharge rates. The Explorer 1000 can be quickly recharged within 8 hours by connecting two SolarSaga 100W solar panels together with an adapter cable. If connecting only a single panel, the approximate recharging time is 17 hours. It is also possible to recharge from AC outlets and 12v vehicle accessory ports. Time for full recharging is approximately 7 hours from an AC outlet, or 14 hours from 12v car ports.
- What you Can Get: 1* Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station (1002Wh Portable Power Station), 1*AC Adapter, 1* car charger cable, 1* user guide.
- Battery Capacity: 1002Wh (46.4Ah, 21.6V)
- 3*AC Output: 3*110V, 1000W (2000W peak.)
- Car Port: DC 12V, 10A.
- USB Outputs (4): 2*USB-C ports with PD, 1*USB-A port, 1*quick charge 3.0 port.
- Input: 8mm DC, 12V~30V (200W Max)
- Dimensions: 13.1*9.2*11.1 in
- Weight: 22.04lbs
- PS: The power station is not TSA approved
Outdoor Party Solar Generator
With its compact and wireless design, have instant party power while you grill. The explorer 1000 gives your blender, pellet smoker, ice shaver, radio, and projector more run time. No need to worry about running a noisy gas generator for power. It’s also great for tailgate parties.
Van-life Power Solutions
Easily-stored in RVs and trailers, the 1002Wh capacity provides reliable power support for your RV or Van. The higher 1000 wattage limit and multiple outlets ensure more household appliances work simultaneously. No extra setup time required. Enjoy your adventures with this portable camping generator.
Higher Wattage, Larger Capacity
Please note that the total wattage of your appliances should be under 1000W, Once exceeded, the E1000 will shut off automatically. The working time equals 1002Wh* 0.85 / operating wattage of your device(s). Assuming the power consumption of your device is 60W(can be a TV), the working time will be 1002Wh*0.85/60w=14.2hrs (approximate). Please refer to your device specification before purchase.
Reliable Green Power for Your Family Whenever You Need It.
When you need power in special circumstances, Jackery Explorer 1000 portable power station can be your reliable backup power supply for refrigerators, CPAP/BiPAP, computers etc. Use your household appliances without fear of being caught out. You can also use it to recharge your batteries in flashlights and other devices without fear of being left in the dark.
Reviewed in the United States on March 23, 2020
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2020
Updated 4/4/20 -> additional l appliances used
Just a little background on why I bought the Jackery 1000 – as a short little sadly not that thin Asian girl (5ft 124 lbs) I wanted to be self sufficient and not rely on a certain someone to grab the gas generator out of storage and set it all up and take forever in doing so. (why i said a certain someone when he’s not going to read this review anyway LOL) Anyhoo, my intentions for this solar generator – I bought the panels so I can call it a solar generator – is to do quick cooking for the family, coffee, possibly use it for my portable fridge/freezer during power outages and during the summer for outings in the beach, etc. We have had power outages in the past and I am sure some more in the future so I am happy to get this Jackery as an additional and quick solution.
What I like:
1) Portability – at 22 lbs I am able to handle it despite my puny strength
2) Power – I love that I can use higher wattage appliances – worked on my Keurig so far!
3) Price – I was lucky to get the Early Bird Special wohoo!
4) Durability – I’ve only had it a few days so I’m talking more about the quality and build. Seems pretty solid and not chintzy
5) Customer Service – when i bought the 240 and had questions they answered fast. Same for the 1000, they emailed me fast as well. So they boosted my confidence that they will stand by their product
What I didn’t like:
1) USB-C only 16 watt – I wish it can charge USB-C faster as my phone and tablet are now USB-C devices. Oh well.
2) HAMILTON BEACH INDOOR ELECTRIC GRILL 31600 (this does not have a temp control) – inherited this so no idea what the wattage is. But it works with the Jackery. Upon plugging it was fluctuating from 1000 – 1150 watts. From 97% down to 68% – I was grilling 2 little bacon strips. I think maybe I used it for 10-12 minutes? I wasn’t very efficient since it is somewhat big grill. Next time I’ll put 4 burger patties.
1) KEURIG K15 COFFEE MAKER – works! 1 cup of coffee only took 3% of the power. Though the Keurig stated 1425 watts, I saw the fluctuating power output went as high 1192 watts down to 5 watts when I turned the coffee maker on. FYI – When I turned the Keurig the Jackery fan turned on right away.
Will test in the future:
2) Alpicool C20 Portable Refrigerator
3) Nesco, Black, ES-08, Electric Skillet
4) Delonghi Electric Skillet rated 1500 watts – (Im hoping just like the Keurig this will work)
5) DYU D3Plus – Electric Bike (curious to see how much it can charge)
I mainly listed the above gadgets because those are what I would cook on in emergencies for my poor family. I’m pretty sure any other low wattage items will work. I actually have the Jackery 240 and was very happy with it and wrote a review as well. I *would* have bought the 500 so I can use higher wattage items. But as soon as I heard the 1000 was coming out I decided to wait for that instead. I probably need to exercise but at 22 lbs it is heavy for me, but I don’t need anyone’s help in carrying it. I checked out the other solar generators and though some of the specifications were impressive at 40+lbs that’s just too heavy for me. I intend to lug this Jackery around in my car, beach, sporting events, you name it. So for me, the Jackery is perfect.
I also bought the 2 Solar Saga panels coz I figured what the heck, let me go all the way just in case SHTF. I have my spouse to blame for this thinking. But I guess its good to be prepared and this ain’t the medieval ages where I have to wait for a man to save me – but I still love romance novels where the man saves the day and orders me around – oh wait sorry this is not a review for my romance novels. Ok so bottomline I love my Jackery. Also Jackery customer service is VERY responsive! I’ve been happy with the way they treated me with the 240 purchase, and since this 1000 is significantly higher in price, I wanted to feel safe that I can get help if the need ever arises. Jackery Customer Service response helps quell my fears as I did not purchase any extended warranty. I will update this review once I start using it for the other things I mentioned above
Reviewed in the United States on March 25, 2020
Let me start off by saying I’m a little biased as I already really like Jackery’s products as well as their support team. I have owned the Jackery 120 and 240 units, and this was my latest addition. Like the headline states, this is my favorite Jackery to date. Below I’ll list some specs, the reasons why it’s my favorite Jackery power station to date as well as some things I think they could do to make it even better.
What I love:
-MPPT Charge controller!! (Previous units had PWM charge controllers, MPPT is vastly superior in terms of efficiency and charge times). Charging from an AC outlet in my home resulted in 163 watts incoming. That is phenomenal! My Jackery 240 is 39 watts by comparison. So although the Jackery 1000 is 4 times larger than the 240, it charges in the same time when plugged in (Actually you can obtain a full charge a tad bit faster with the 1000 than the 240). Charging with the cigarette lighter I’m able to get 84 watts incoming with the 1000, and by comparison the Jackery 240 can do 41 watts incoming). I haven’t gotten to do a solid side-by-side test of a solar panel input, but it should also be vastly faster with larger panels on the 1000 over the previous Jackery units. They state it can handle up to 200 Watts incoming with solar panels and because it has an MPPT charge controller my speculation is that you can over panel it with even more wattage and may see a greater input charge, but I won’t know for certain until I can test this, at which time I’ll update this review). The MPPT charge controller has about an 8% loss of energy between the energy it takes in versus the amount it puts in to the battery based on my testing here. By comparison the Jackery 240 with the PWM charge controller is at a 12% loss, this is a 33% gain in efficiency, which is always great to see.
-1002 Watt hours is massive. Don’t get caught up with Amp hours, they don’t take in to consideration voltage. Watt hour is a more honest way to compare units.
-Pure Sine Wave inverter for AC (this is also on their other units as well, but not all companies do this so it’s worth noting)
-3 AC plugins versus the previous one.
-DC outlet plug has a cover to keep dust out (was much needed).
-Addition of USB-C ports.
-Anderson plug input for use with solar panels. Note: I don’t have any Jackery solar panels so I wasn’t able to test that port out, but I do have some home solar panels in which I used MC4 to 8MM adapter and that worked perfectly to charge and it charged much faster than on my Jackery 240 with a 160 watt panel but more to come on that with future testing.
-One of the best display screens in the industry.
-dual 2.4a fast charging USB ports.
-They brought the light back!
-Regulated 12V so you’ll have a consistent 13.2 volts independent of the internal units charge rate, not all manufactures do this.
-Warranty and support, it’s as good as it gets, period (and I’m picky in regards to this).
What I think they can still improve upon:
-Although I love the addition of the light, I think they could do better here. In the 120 unit they have the light on the end like they do here which makes sense because it’s super light and could be carried as a flashlight. But this unit is 22 lbs. Although that’s a reasonable weight for the battery capacity, it’s too heavy to carry as a flashlight. Therefore I think they need to add a light bar to the side or top of the unit as I see this being used more as something you’d use to light up your tent or camping area and the spot light style light on the end is less useful, although I’m happy to have it over nothing.
-Although they have a superb display screen, this one is different in that it takes between 17 seconds and 30 seconds for it to display how much power you’re using. My 240 unit doesn’t do this, it shows wattage output usage much quicker, so I’m not sure if this is a glitch with just my unit or if perhaps they moved to a longer sampling time so the numbers don’t fluctuate as much?
-While I’m on the topic of the display, the display has a light and it automatically shuts off after 20 seconds. The light is helpful because the display is somewhat hard to see without it, even in a well lit room without tilting the jackery so parallel with your eye. I think they should make an option where you can double-tap the display light button to keep it on indefinitely, or at least for an extended period. At many points during my testing I had to keep hitting the light to check levels and it got cumbersome. I understand they want to conserve energy, but on a unit this size that little light will draw very little power and I think at least for me the benefit would outweigh the cost and I’d like the option to leave it on.
-The power inverter that comes with the unit is large and blocky. I wish Jackery would find a way to move this inside the unit on all of their units. I understand it may require a slightly larger form factor to accommodate this, but I think it would be vastly superior to having a separate pack full of bulky cables you have to remember to grab when you’re leaving your house with the jackery. I think they should make a storage compartment in the back that would hold the power cable and any converter cables, like the DC charging cable that’s included.
-While I’m on the topic of included cables, there is an Anderson charge port but no cable. I think they should add this. While this will work with Jackery solar panels, you’ll have to buy a separate cable to get this to work with your other solar panels that use industry standard MC4 cables. In lieu of this, I think one step further would be to do away with the Anderson connectors and have built in MC4 adapters so you could plug your traditional MC4 plugs directly into the unit. I understand why they would be hesitant to do this, as it would require more space than the smaller Anderson plugs, but I think pending no engineering problems it would be a better way to go.
Worth noting: The fan on this unit will kick on under high load. It stayed silent for me unless I was heating water or running my heat gun which exceeded the 1,000 watt rating (it did run both). The fan wasn’t obnoxious, but it’s not the purely silent operation I’ve been used to on their previous units. It makes sense as there is likely much more heat created internally from the larger output load this unit is capable of. It’s a non-issue to me, but since it’s new to see on Jackery units from my experience I wanted people to be aware.
All-in-all I think this new Jackery 1000 knocks it out of the park in all the areas that matter. I’m a perfectionist so I’ll always be able to find areas where I think improvement can be made, and that’s no different here. However, Jackery already made an exceptional unit and this raises the bar. For me and my family, I like having the 1000 as well a smaller unit like the 240. This allows us to have a light and easy to throw in a bag or carry with power station for short stays or camping. But when I’m going on a longer trip, or for you RV users or just preppers, the 1000 is a perfect power station to have with you.
If I left anything out in which you guys want to know let me know in the comments below as I have pretty extensive experience with these units. I plan to do a detailed video when I get little more time with the unit and can run some more testing and comparison. If I can get my hands on a Jackery solar panel I’ll do some testing there and will update you on the panel and Anderson port as well. Until then, stay safe and take care