A stable power supply is also needed for camping trips or when working in remote locations. In most cases, this can only be provided by gasoline-powered generators, which, however, are not particularly conducive to the well-being of the environment or one’s own health and, moreover, are anything but inexpensive to operate. Jackery specializes in alternatives for such gensets and sells solar-powered power stations that ensure mobile power supply in an environmentally and health-friendly way. We were given the opportunity to test the Explorer 240 power station and, of course, didn’t pass up the opportunity. How the device works, what needs to be considered during operation and whether we can recommend it, our test report reveals.
Design and workmanship
The power station presents itself as very massive – and also feels that way. With a weight of three kilograms, it is less suitable for long hikes – but just bearable. The box comes in black and orange. Pure design elements are – unsurprisingly – largely omitted. The upper side of the box is occupied by a large carrying handle, which is very solid and allows carrying without restrictions. Various connection options and a display are found on the front.
Overall, the device appears very sturdy and solidly manufactured to us in the test. The design is simple and functional, which seems appropriate for the intended use of the power station. Optionally, a solar panel can also be ordered, so that you can also charge on the go.
Charging and battery
A power adapter and a car adapter are included in the scope of delivery. The battery with a total of 240 watt hours or 67,000 mAh can be charged via the mains or the car battery. The charging times hardly differ. The box needed about 5.5 hours to fully charge on the mains (max. 60 watts) in our test. In the car it takes about 6.5 hours (12V, 10 A, 120 watts). You can also charge the power station with the solar panel, of course, although you are dependent on solar radiation here. We reached a maximum of 70 watts with the Saga 100 with up to 100 watts and were able to slowly charge the Powerstation while we worked with a laptop.
However, it should be mentioned here that a full charge is not necessarily needed. Besides that, you can also charge the power station during use. If you only want to charge your cell phone or other smaller devices on the road, you do not need to fully charge the box. However, the situation is different if it is to supply an entire caravan with power or is responsible for the continued operation of the refrigerator in the event of a power outage.
The display shows the current input and output power in addition to the current charge level, so you have a good overview of consumption.
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