The Jackery Explorer 1000 is about as good as it gets when it comes to a portable battery generator. Weighing in at just over 22lbs, this powertable powerhouse will fuel your devices on the go or at home with no hesitation. Sporting 3 AC outlets, a car charger, and 4 USB connections, you can connect multiple devices at once unlike some other generators this size, making the Jackery a great choice for anyone that needs run multiple devices at once.
While it's portable, the Explorer 1000 does weigh in at 22lbs which is quite heavy. To compare, it's a bit heavier than an average car tire or a typical two-year old toddler. The carry handle on top does make it easy to carry, but don't think of this as something you'll want to bring along on a hike or backpacking trip. This is more of a car camping or at-home emergency device. That being said, the Explorer 1000 really packs a lot into a small(ish) package.
Jackery Explorer 1000 What I like
The design is simple, handle on top with a slew of ports on the front (along with an LCD display). On the side is a small flashlight as well which is somewhat handy but not super useful in many cases. The output ports are split into groups - AC (pure sine-wave) for all of your standard plug-in gear, DC for the car port, and USB ports. There are 2 USB-C and 2 USB-A including quick charge 3.0. Both groups have a separate button to turn on rather than automatically detecting devices. This is somewhat annoying but nothing to worry about.
The LCD display packs all the info you need into a small readout that includes percentage left, input watts, and output watts. I found it cool to plug in various devices and see how much wattage was pulled. Obviously, devices that require fewer watts will use less power. Something like an LED worklight can run for over 70 hours while 900+ watt rice cooker will run for under an hour. Simple math will let you sort out how long you can run specific devices for, but also keep in mind that you won't be able to use anything over 1000w or things like a hair dryer or toaster. You will however be able to charge your phone upwards of 100 times or keep your laptop topped off 8 times or more.
|Category||Jackery Explorer 1000|
|Battery Capacity||1002Wh (46.4Ah, 21.6V)|
|AC Output (3)||110V, 1000W (2000W peak)|
|Car Port||DC 12V, 10A|
|USB Outputs (4)||USB-C ports with PD, USB-A port, quick charge 3.0 port|
|Input||8mm DC, 12V~30V (200W Max)|
Charging up the Explorer 1000 is easy thanks to the multiple methods of input. The most basic, plugging into a wall outlet, will charge to full in about 7 hours. You can also charge via the car port in twice the time or use the additional SolarSaga panels to charge when you're totally off the grid. Combining two of the 100w panels will fuel up the Explorer 1000 in just around 8 hours using the included adapter cable. No matter what method you choose, the Explorer 1000 can only be charged at 200w max, a spec that is a bit behind some other similar generators.
Overall, the Explorer 1000, is a solid portable generator that built for a specific set of users
Charging straight from a wall outlet is obviously the quickest and easiest way to get the Explorer 1000 up to 100%. Things get a bit tricker on the opposite end of the spectrum when using the solar panels. While Jackery says you can fully charge in around 8 hours with two panels, this is of course in ideal situations. Open air, lots of sunlight, no obstructions. It's hard to pin an exact charging time due to so many factors, but I do love that the option is there - just keep in mind that this will vary greatly depending on your location and setup.
Jackery Explorer 1000 What needs work
You can use multiple ports at once, which is awesome, however, there are some downsides, like the USB-PD maxing out at 18W —so you won't be able to run most laptops for example. Not much of a hiccup though as you can just go straight to AC instead.
The one thing that did bug me a bit was the on-again, off-again fan. The unit is literally whisper quiet and then BOOM. The fan turns on, seemingly for a totally arbitrary amount of time, and then shuts off. Big deal? Probably not. But it did surprise me the first few times it happened. Obviously more of a problem indoors or in small spaces than it is outside camping.
The solar panels are a great add as well. They are definitely bigger than expected, but it makes sense given their rating. Again, you have to think of this as a car camping utility and not a day hiker carry. There's no way you'd carry all 22+ lbs of the Explorer 1000 and one or two full-size 100w solar panels. Granted, they do fold up, have a convenient carry handle, and aren't terribly heavy, but still. I do like how they fold down making them easy to store. There's also a built-in pocket for cables so they don't get lost elsewhere. It's good to note too that not only can you charge the Explorer 1000 from the SolarSage panels, you can also directly charge your phone or other devices.
Jackery Explorer 1000 Should you buy?
For me the use case for the Jackery Explorer 1000 is two-fold. On one side, I love the idea of being able to bring it along on my car camping trips to power up some "necessities" like an LED lamp or coffee maker and also charge all of the other portable luxuries that we bring along. On the other side is the emergency factor. I don't own a gas generator at all, so when we have a power outage we have no backup solution. With the Explorer 1000, I have some peace of mind knowing that I can fire up a light or two, power a minifridge, or use an electric stove. With its smaller size, I can put the Explorer 1000 where I need to, and rest assured that we'll have some juice to keep us going until power is restored. Even in a worst-case days-long outage, I can use the SolarSage panels to charge up as long as the sun does its part.
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