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Jackery Solar Generator 1000 Portable Power Station Review

The Jackery Explorer 1000 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a high-capacity solar generator that’s portable.

The Explorer 1000 balances perfectly between power and portability. It’s powerful enough to handle larger appliances like a fridge or TV, yet light and compact enough to carry around in your truck, boat or RV.

It’s a great choice for campers, small off-grid cabins, as well as boat and RV owners.

It can also provide backup power at home for essential devices, gadgets, lighting and some appliances.

Here are the main specs: 1002Wh lithium battery, 1000W continuous AC output, a variety of outlets including USB-C PD, three charging options, and a portable weight of 22lbs.

Read on for our full review of the Jackery Explorer 1000. 

If you are still unsure about getting the Jackery Explorer 1000, see our reviews of other top-rated solar power stations for camping, boating and RVs.

If you want more power than the Explorer 1000 offers, try the Bluetti AC200P 2000Wh power station, and if you want a super light and compact power station for hiking and camping, the SUAOKI 150Wh power station is a great choice.


Pros

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  • Powerful, yet easily portable.
  • Powers larger appliances.
  • Cheaper than competing brands.
  • Wide range of outlets + three charging options.
  • Solid build quality.
  • Efficient built-in MPPT charge controller.
  • Easy to see display. 

Cons

  • Inconvenient fixed handle.
  • The display turns off too quickly. 

Unique Features

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1. 1002Wh Power Station

The 1002Wh lithium-ion battery in the Jackery 1000 packs plenty of power, allowing you to charge more and larger appliances for longer.

It handles everything from small devices and gadgets like smartphones, cameras, and laptops, to small and medium-size appliances such as mini-fridges, TVs and small space heaters.

The higher capacity of the Explorer 1000 is especially great for campers that love camping for days. Add a solar panel kit, and you could easily camp for weeks.

It’s also great for RVs, boats, and off-grid cabins. You can power most of your appliances and keep your devices charged.

2. High Output

The large-capacity battery wouldn’t be handy if you couldn’t get lots of power for your appliances.

That’s why the Jackery Explorer 1000 has an impressive 1000W continuous output and a 2000W max peak/surge output.

You can plug in any appliance that uses under 1000W of power, including a mini-fridge, TV, fan, a small heater, and even a small blender or coffee maker.

How long you can run different appliances depends on their power draw and how many appliances and devices you’ve plugged in.

On average, Jackery says a full battery can charge a smartphone 100 times, a laptop eight times, a mini-fridge for 17 hours, and a small coffee maker for 50 minutes.

To estimate run time for a particular appliance, calculate 1002Wh*0.85 / operating power of the appliance.

3. Versatile Output

The 1000W output is available through three 110V AC ports, allowing you to power multiple appliances simultaneously (just be careful not to exceed 1000W in total power).

For lights, air mattress pump, CPAP, and other DC-powered tools and appliances, there’s a single 12V, 10A DC outlet.

For gadgets and devices, you get three USB ports. They include a USB-C port, a USB-C port with Quick Charge 3.0, and a regular USB-A port.

You can plug in your laptop or charge devices like smartphones, drones, cameras and others.

4. Three Charging Options

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You can recharge the Jackery Explorer 1000 in one of three ways, depending on your situation.

Chilling at home? Plug it into a wall outlet using the included AC adapter. It’ll go from 0 to 80% in 5.5 hours.

On the road? Plug it into your vehicle’s cigarette lighter socket using the included car charger. It’ll go from 0 to 80% in 11.5 hours.

Having fun outdoors? Hook up the Explorer 1000 to a solar panel. The built-in MPPT charge controller ensures the battery charges quickly and efficiently.

This solar option is also handy if you are at home and there’s a blackout.

Note that the Jackery Explorer 1000 doesn't come with a solar panel. But Jackery sells a bundled version with the Explorer 1000 and a pair of SolarSaga 100W solar panels (200W combined).

If you buy just the Explorer 1000, you can pair it up with any solar panels as long as you don’t exceed an input of 200W. The Explorer 1000 uses an 8mm DC input.

5. Lightweight and Compact

The Jackery Explorer 1000 is light (just 22lbs), considering its capacity and power.

It’s perfect if you’ll often need to carry it by hand and its compact design takes up minimal space in your truck or RV.


Issues & Concerns

Fixed Handle

We prefer the fold-down handle on Goal Zero power stations. The handle gets out of the way, giving you a flat surface to place a laptop or a device. It also allows for more efficient storage.

In contrast, the Jackery Explorer 1000 has a fixed handle that inconveniently stays up and in the way.

Display

The display is mostly great. It’s bright and shows you all the info you need (incoming power, outgoing power, and remaining charge).

The main issue is that it turns off too quickly. You have to keep pressing the display button to light it up again. Jackery should have provided a way to keep the display on.


Jackery Explorer 1000 vs. Goal Zero Yeti 1000X

Torn between the Explorer 1000 and the Goal Zero 1000X? Here’s a quick comparison.

The main difference is that the Goal Zero power station is slightly pricier and heavier, but it offers higher output (1500W) than the Explorer 1000.

Another key difference is that the Yeti 1000X has more outlets, including three DC outlets. 

Bottom line: The Goal Zero Yeti 1000X is great if you need to power bigger appliances with a 1000W+ draw.

But if you need a lighter power station that can put out up to 1000W, get the Jackery Explorer 1000.


Warranty

Jackery offers a 24-month warranty on the Explorer 1000 power station.


Specifications

Capacity:

1002Wh

AC output:

1000W, 2000W peak

Ports:

3 AC, 3 USB, 1 DC

Charging options:

Solar, AC outlet, car charger

Max solar input:

200W

Weight:

22lbs

Dimensions:

13.1” L x 9.2” W x 11.1”H

Solar panels:

Not included


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