Choosing between the Bluetti EB150 vs. the Jackery Explorer 1000?
You’ve come to the right place.
Both are mid-size solar generators capable of powering select appliances and electronics. They are fairly compact and not too heavy, making them suitable for those shopping for a portable solar generator.
They also have several key differences that make each of them suitable for different situations.
Read on for our comparison between the Bluetti EB150 and the Jackery 1000.To learn more about each power station, see our full Bluetti EB150 review and Jackery 1000 review.
Bluetti EB150 vs. Jackery Explorer 1000 Compared
Let’s start off by comparing the specs of each solar generator.
1500Wh LiPo battery
1002Wh Li-ion battery
1000W continuous, 1200W surge output
1000W continuous, 2000W surge output
8 outlets: 2 AC, 5 USB, 1 DC
8 outlets: 3 AC, 4 USB, 1 DC
2 ways to recharge
3 ways to recharge
Max solar input: 500W
Max solar input: 200W
AC adapter recharge time: 8hrs
AC adapter recharge time: 5.5-6hrs
500 cycles to 80% capacity
500 cycles to 80% capacity
The Bluetti EB150 is slightly bigger than the Jackery 1000 when it comes to battery capacity.
The EB150 solar generator stores 1500Wh of power while the Explorer 1000 has a capacity of 1002Wh.
If you need to power electronics for longer or want to run bigger appliances, the EB150 is the better pick.
But the Explorer 1000 still offers enough capacity to power small appliances and various electronics for several hours.
Here’s how long each solar generator will power various gadgets and appliances.
Bluetti EB150 runtime
Jackery 1000 runtime
Mini fridge (60W)
Full size refrigerator (150W)
Bottomline: Bluetti EB150’s larger capacity means it’ll last longer when you plug in larger appliances or use it for home backup. It can also support more electronics/appliances while still providing long battery life.
Battery Chemistry & Lifespan
The Bluetti EB150 uses a lithium polymer battery while the Jackery Explorer 1000 contains a lithium-ion NMC battery.
Both are types of lithium-ion batteries with slightly different chemistries. Li-ion batteries like the one in the Explorer 1000 contain a liquid electrolyte while Li polymer batteries have a gel electrolyte.
This makes Li polymer batteries generally safer and more stable.
The main advantage of Li-ion batteries is their higher energy density. A li-ion solar generator can be small and lightweight while packing almost the same amount of energy as a Li polymer battery.
As we’ll discuss shortly, this is primarily why the Jackery 1000 is so much lighter.
In terms of lifespan, the Li polymer battery in the EB150 and the Li-ion battery in the Explorer 1000 both last about 500 cycles before their capacity drops to 80%.
The overall lifespan of Li-ion batteries is longer, however. With good care, you might get 5 years of use from the Jackery 1000, while the Bluetti EB150 will likely last 2-3 years.Bottomline: If you want a solar generator that will last longer, go with the Jackery Explorer 1000.
Despite the difference in capacity, the Bluetti EB150 and Jackery 1000 have a similar power output.
The Bluetti EB150 puts out 1000W of continuous AC power and the Explorer 1000 produces the same amount.
Both solar generators are equipped with a pure sine wave inverter, so you can safely plug in any sensitive appliances and electronics.
The 1000W output means the two power stations are limited to powering small and medium consumption appliances.
Things like a portable refrigerator, television, CPAP, fan, mini coffee maker, a desktop computer and so on.
This makes the EB150 and Explorer 1000 suitable for camping, RVs, boats and providing emergency power to select appliances and electronics at home.
While the continuous output of the two solar generators is similar, the Jackery Explorer 1000 has a much higher surge output of 2000W. This is compared to the 1200W surge output of the Bluetti EB150.
That means the Explorer 1000 can power things like power tools that have a high startup power draw.Bottomline: The Bluetti EB150 and Jackery 1000 are matched when it comes to continuous power output, but the Jackery power station can provide higher peak power.
The two solar generators are also matched when it comes to the number and variety of outlets. Both the Bluetti EB150 and Jackery 1000 each have 8 outlets.
The EB150 has a pair of AC outlets, four USB-A 5V outlets, one USB-C PD 45W port and one 12V car port.
The Jackery Explorer 1000 has three AC outlets, two 5V USB-A ports (one of them with Quick Charge technology), two USB-C PD ports each rated at 18W, and one 12V car port.
Notably, the Jackery 1000 has less capable USB-C ports. They are great for charging smartphones and other small gadgets like cameras and drones, but not suitable for bigger devices like laptops.
Most laptops need a USB-C PD port with an output of 45-60W. If you want to charge your laptop with a solar generator, go with the Bluetti EB150.Bottomline: When it comes to output options, we declare a draw between the Bluetti EB150 and Jackery 1000.
Recharging Options & Speed
The Bluetti EB150 offers two ways to recharge the integrated battery.
You can plug in the included 200W AC adapter into a wall outlet. It’ll recharge the EB150 in about 8 hours. This is slow, compared to newer Bluetti solar generators like the AC200P and AC200MAX that are known for their fast charging speeds.
Alternatively, set up a solar array with a max output of 500W and connect it to the EB150. It’ll recharge in 3-5 hours.
Unfortunately, the Bluetti EB150 doesn't come with a car charging option.
The Jackery Explorer 1000 has three ways to recharge.
The included wall outlet adapter charges it in about 5.5-6 hours, a bit faster than the Bluetti EB150.
You can also charge with solar. Max solar input for the Jackery 1000 is 200W, much lower than the Bluetti EB150. If you have a 200W solar setup, it’ll take 6-7 hours to recharge the Explorer 1000.
In places with poor sunshine, it may take a couple days to fully recharge the solar generator.
Fortunately, you have a third option you can use when away from home. You can charge the Explorer 1000 from your vehicle’s 12V port, which takes 11.5-12 hours.
Bottomline: The Jackery 1000 is the clear winner here. It offers more recharging options and charges faster from a wall outlet.
But if you plan to rely mostly on solar to keep your solar generator charged, we recommend the Bluetti EB150 because it has a higher solar input and thus charges faster with the sun.
The Bluetti EB150 weighs 37.9lbs and measures 14.6L x 6.5D x 14.4H inches.
The Jackery Explorer 1000 weighs 22lbs and measures 13.1L x 9.2D x 11.1H inches.
If you want a solar generator that you can easily handle on your own, the Explorer 1000 is the better choice. It is smaller and far lighter than the EB150.
This is because of two reasons: it has a smaller battery and it uses a Li-ion battery that’s lighter than a comparable Li polymer battery.
The easier portability of the Explorer 1000 makes it an especially great choice for camping and other outdoor activities.
Bottom line: The Jackery Explorer 1000 wins by a big margin when it comes to portability. It’s almost half the weight of the Bluetti EB150.
Price & Value For Money
Currently, the Bluetti EB150 is slightly cheaper than the Jackery Explorer 1000. But both are in the same mid price range.
If you are shopping for a solar generator in the $1,000 range, these two are great choices.
As for value for money, it’s a close one. The Bluetti EB150 has more capacity yet costs a bit less than the Explorer 1000.
On the other hand, the Explorer 1000 has a higher surge output, it’s more portable and it’s likely to last longer.
Bottom line: We call a draw. Both the Bluetti EB150 and Jackery Explorer 1000 are good bargains.
Bluetti EB150 Pros & Cons
Jackery 1000 Pros & Cons
Bluetti EB150 vs. Jackery Explorer 1000: Which Should I Get?
The Bluetti EB150 is best for you if:
The Jackery Explorer 1000 is best for you if:
The choice between the Bluetti EB150 and the Jackery Explorer 1000 comes down to portability and capacity.
The Bluetti EB150 gives you more battery life at the expense of portability. The Explorer 1000 is easier to carry around but comes with less capacity.
It’s up to you to choose which of the two factors matters most in your situation.
Alternatives To The Bluetti EB150 and Jackery Explorer 1000
If neither of these is what you are looking for, here are a few alternatives to consider.
These solar generators offer more power (2000W and 2200W respectively) and a higher capacity (2000 Wh).
They also have a lot more outlets and recharging options compared to the EB150. Another upgrade is the type of battery.
The AC200P and AC200MAX both have a LiFePO4 (lithium phosphate) battery that lasts 3500 cycles to 80%. That’s a lot longer than the 500 cycles of the EB150.
On the downside, the newer solar generators are a bit more expensive and heavier.
These bigger models offer more power output and higher capacity. While they are obviously heavier than the Explorer 1000, they are still fairly portable compared to similar sized solar generators.
Pick the 1500 or 2000 Pro if you need more power or capacity on the go for camping, RVing and other adventures.