It’s always good to be prepared. So much so that this is actually the motto of the Scouts: be prepared. If you’re looking for ways to be prepared in the event of a massive blackout that cuts off electricity access for hours, or maybe you just want to take your camping trips to the next level, then perhaps Jackery’s Explorer 1000 portable power station could just be it.
Jackery Explorer 1000 specs
- 1,002Wh capacity
- 1,000-Watt Inverter (with 2,000-Watt surge)
- MPPT Charge Controller
- 3x pure sine wave AC outlets
- 2x USB-C
- 2x USB-A
- 1x DC carport
- Solar recharging support
What is the Jackery Explorer 1000?
The Jackery Explorer 1000 is a portable power station. This is essentially like a massive power bank similar in concept to the ones you bring around to charge your phones with, but with a bunch of support for different connectivity options. In a way, the Explorer 1000 can also be thought of as a backup power generator of sorts.
Clean and simple design
When it comes to the look of the Explorer 1000, it’s rather simple-looking, but that’s not a bad thing. It is mostly black with bright orange wordings and a trim running through it. We actually dig this simple look because it doesn’t draw too much attention to it and it is still very functional.
The company has also thoughtfully added a small display on the side of the power station where you can see relevant information like how much battery is life in the power station, as well as how much energy is being consumed to charge devices connected to it, and how much energy it is taking in when you’re recharging it.
It also sports a fixed handle that makes it easy to carry, and with a weight of 22lbs, it’s actually not too heavy to lug around.
Charge all kinds of gadgets
The problem with the portable power banks you use for your phone is that it can only output so much power. Typically speaking it’s only good for phones, or maybe a tablet or laptop if you buy the more powerful ones, but the Explorer 1000 does just about everything.
According to Jackery, the Explorer 1000 is capable of charging all kinds of devices that you might need to use when you’re outdoors or if there is a blackout. We’re talking about phones, tablets, and laptops, for example.
If you’re camping, the Explorer 1000 is powerful enough to handle larger appliances thrown at it. We’re talking about things like portable lamps, a coffee maker, and if you’re taking your camping to the next level, it’ll handle things like a 900W electric grill and even a mini fridge! If you love the great outdoors but can’t live without some creature comforts, the Explorer 1000 will ensure you’re covered.
This is because the Explorer 1000 is capable of putting out pure sine wave power through its AC outlets. This is essentially the same kind of power produced by your local utilities company, so it will be able to handle some kitchen appliances like the ones mentioned above.
Choose how you want to recharge
Of course, as the Explorer 1000 is essentially one giant battery, at some point it will run out of juice, but not to worry because Jackery has included four different ways that you can recharge it. This means that whether you’re on the move, or at home, there are options for you to ensure that the Explorer 1000 stays topped off.
This includes regular wall outlet charging, which is great if you’re home or have access to a wall outlet. There is also the option of using an electric generator to charge it, or if you’re on the move, you can even use your car’s 12V output to juice the Explorer 1000 up.
There is also a green option for those who are environmentally conscious, and that comes in the form of solar charging. The Explorer 1000 will be able to accept 2x SolarSaga 100 panels (which are also sold by Jackery albeit separately) that the company claims will be able to fill up the Explorer 1000 in about 8 hours.
This means that you can just leave the Explorer 1000 and its solar panels out in the sun and by the time evening rolls around, you should be good to go.
While the Jackery Explorer may sound too good to be true on paper, we still ran our usual tests on the power banks to make sure it lives up to Jackery’s claims to see how it handles itself in the real world.
The included 180W charger was able to deliver a full charge to the 1002Wh battery in 7 hours and 12 minutes. That’s the maximum speed you can get with the included charger, the Jackery Explorer 1000 can charge at up to 200W via solar panels, as long as you have perfect conditions.
The 1000W (2000W Surge) inverter works like a charm, managing to keep our window air conditioning unit powered on for nearly three hours. The inverted still had a bit of headroom to spare, so we managed to charge two laptops and plug in a few LED lights as well.
In our efficiency test, we were only able to draw 800Wh through the AC inverter, giving us an efficiency rating of 79.8%. When comparing the Jackery Explorer to other solar generators we’ve tested, it comes out ahead of the pack, a full 3 percentage points ahead of the competition. It may not have the most powerful inverter we’ve tested, but it’s certainly a lot more efficient than any other device we’ve tested in this category.
Celebrating Jackery’s 9th anniversary
If the Explorer 1000 sounds like the perfect gadget for you, it will set you back $999. It’s not cheap, but it could be a value-for-money purchase if you think you can get a lot of use out of it. There is some good news on that front though.
Jackery will be celebrating its 9th anniversary this month and as a treat to customers, the company will actually be having a sale site-wide from the 18th to the 20th of October. They will be discounting pretty much everything by 15%, which means that the Explorer 1000 will cost you around $850, saving you nearly $150 in the process.
They will also be hosting a competition where you just go outdoors, take some awesome photos, and upload them to their website. The prizes include the Solar Generator 1000 for the first place winner, the Solar Generator 500 for the second-place winner, and the Solar Generator 240 for the third-place winner.
For more details about Jackery’s 9th-anniversary competition, head on over to their website.