The current skyrocketing energy prices have awakened the desire for more independence in many people. So it’s hardly surprising that power stations are currently experiencing a gigantic boom. With their help, you can not only store your own electricity, but also produce it. A fully charged power station cannot be compared with a conventional power bank. Large representatives can sometimes run the most important electronic devices of the entire household over a weekend. This makes them the emergency power generator of the present and at least also near future. Today, however, we want to take a look at a real all-rounder in the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro test, which not only offers plenty of storage capacity, but is also mobile on top of that. The expert for storage solutions of almost any size has appropriately provided us with two large solar panels in the form of the SolarSaga 80. Is this the perfect companion for the next camping trip?
|Battery capacity||1,002 Wh (80% after 1,000 charge cycles)|
|Connections||AC output: 230V, 1000W (peak 2000W).
USB-A output: 5V, 2.4A
Quick Charge 3.0 output: 5-6V, 3A / 6-9V, 2A / 9-12V, 1.5A
USB-C output: 100W Max, 5V, 3A / 9V, 3A /12V, 3A / 15V, 3A / 20V, 5A
Auto output: 12V, 10A
DC input: 12V-17.5V, 8A, double 16A Max / 17.5V-60V, 11A, double 22A/800W Max
|Charge Time||AC adapter: approx 1.8 hrs.
4* SolarSaga 200 solar panel: approx 1.8 hrs.
2* SolarSaga 80 solar panel: approx 9 hrs
|Dimensions||34 x 26.2 x 25.5 cm|
|Power of the SolarSaga 80||Peak power: 80W.
Cell efficiency: 25%
Power voltage: 22V
Current rating: 3.64A
Open circuit voltage: 28.5V
Short circuit current: 3.71A
|General Specifications SolarSaga 80||Weight: 5.1kg
Dimensions (unfolded): 916 x 528 x 27mm
Operating temperature: -10 to 65℃
Warranty: 36 months
Scope of delivery
In addition to the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro itself, the scope of delivery of the power station also includes a power cable, a car cable, matching adapters, a practical carrying bag and the matching user manual. On top of that then come the two solar panels.
The Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro can be bought in different versions. On the one hand, there is the good piece as a pure power station, which can be charged either by household socket or by car cable. Alternatively, you can also buy the mobile battery with matching solar modules. In addition to the set consisting of Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro and 2x SolarSaga 80 Watt solar modules, which was available to us for testing, the power station is also available with 4× SolarSaga 200 Watt solar modules. Or without solar modules.
Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro review: design and workmanship
- High-quality housing in a noble design
- Practical, retractable carrying handle
- Perfect shape for trunk
The Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro measures 34 cm x 26 cm x 26 cm, making it pleasantly compact. Despite its massive 1000 Wh capacity, it weighs just 11.5 kg. Considering the fact that Jackery does without an external power supply here and installs it in the device itself, this is surprisingly light. The modern round design in combination with the unobtrusive color combination of gray and orange ensures that the powerstation looks pleasingly restrained.
The panels also rely on these colors, which makes them look wonderfully harmonious when combined. In terms of build quality, the manufacturer is on the very highest level with both the power station and the panels. It does not crack or creak at any point and the practical rubber covers for the ports can be put on and taken off wonderfully. You often have to look for improvements with a magnifying glass in Pro versions compared to the predecessor.
Here, things look different. For example, the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro has an extremely practical carrying handle, which further emphasizes the mobile approach of the device. If you fold the handle in, the top of the box forms a wonderfully flat plane. Consequently, objects can be optimally placed on here, which is a decisive advantage when loading the trunk, among other things.
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Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro review: great connectivity
- Many connections with power of 1,000 watts maximum
- Integrated flashlight (three brightness levels, SOS morse function)
On the front of the power station are the most important connections. With the game is thereby first of all a 12V connector, which is intended for the cigarette lighter of your car. Furthermore, you’ll find 2x sockets that work with direct current and can output 1000 watts of power. At the peak, even up to 2000 watts are possible for a short time. By pressing a button, you can switch the sockets on and off.
On the one hand, 2x USB-A ports with a maximum output power of 18 watts are available for smartphones and notebooks. On the other hand, the power station offers 2x USB-C ports, both of which offer Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0. On the back, you will find the ports that are supposed to be used for charging the power station. In addition to the input for the power cord, the two charging ports for the solar panels are also found here. Furthermore, the front offers a central display that can be turned on and off at the push of a button.
Here you can find the most important information like the current battery level, but also outgoing as well as incoming power. The flashlight, which is located on the front, is also practical. Although there might be competitors that provide their powerstations with much bigger lamps, this one is better than nothing. Especially since it can not only be regulated in three brightness levels. On top of that, an SOS can be sent via Morse code.
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Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro test: loading times are extremely short
- Batteries charged within 90 to 100 minutes
- Charging almost as fast with SolarSaga 200
- With SolarSaga 80 about nine hours
When I first tried to charge the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro from my home outlet, I was surprised at how quickly it went. After just over an hour and a half, the 1000 Wh battery was full. That is really impressive. However, these exceedingly short charging times naturally leave their mark.
Thus, according to Jackery, the battery capacity should shrink from 100 percent to 80 percent after about 1000 charging cycles. Until these 1000 cycles are really reached, however, it will probably take years for normal consumers. By the way, fast charging of the power station is not only possible via the household socket. If you buy the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro in a practical set with solar panels, you can ensure a full battery with the help of solar energy alone.
If you opt for the premium package, which includes no less than four SolarSaga 200-watt solar panels, Jackery says you can charge the power station in good sunny conditions as quickly as you can from a wall outlet. That is really impressive. With our enclosed SolarSaga 80 Watt solar modules, the whole thing naturally took a bit longer. However, due to our test period at the end of October, we also had anything but good conditions.
With the help of the two panels, I had an input power of about 50 W/h. Compared to the wall outlet, which allows between 600 and 800 watts per hour, this seems vanishingly small. Thus, under these conditions, I would have had to charge for about 20 hours until the power station would have been full. However, since the two panels bring it to a total of 160 watts in good conditions, a full battery should be taken care of after a duration of just under nine hours.
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Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro Review: user comfort
- Practical color display provides information about battery status, input and output power, and expected charging time
Powerstations are aimed at a rapidly growing customer base. It is all the more important that their operation is self-explanatory. With the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro, this is definitely the case. There is no real construction here. The connections themselves can be found right away, which applies to both inputs and outputs. The information on the display is also comprehensible and easy to recognize. Furthermore, the practical carrying handle and the small cable bag ensure that the compact power station is a pleasure to take along on trips.
I was a bit skeptical because Jackery installs the power supply in the case itself. Although this way you save an external power supply that has to be connected in between, in terms of ventilation this can bring disadvantages. Not with the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro. The power station has the necessary ventilation slots on the side of the case. Since the manufacturer has designed these wonderfully large, there is no loud noise here even at high input power.
Maximum self-sufficiency with solar modules
- Solar modules are powerful and durable
- Practical carrying handle and carrying bag
Once I had the power station, complete with solar panels, assembled in its entirety, I must admit I felt like a bit of a survivor. It certainly appeals to produce its own electricity with the help of the panels. For this purpose, our set included the two Solarsaga 80 panels. They measure 90 cm x 50 cm x 3 cm and weigh just under 5 kg each. The assembly of the two solar panels is very easy. I find it particularly cool that the manufacturer includes a practical protective bag for the panels.
The panels can then be carried comfortably from A to B via the orange handles. Even without a bag, they should be optimally protected from the weather. This is supported by the dust and moisture protection according to IP68 standard. This means that the power station and its solar panels are also suitable for dirty use, such as outdoor vacations or perhaps even the odd festival. In view of the low weight and mobile design, however, be warned against pickpockets in this regard.
Is the upgrade from the standard version worth it?
A look at the power alone makes it clear that the Pro version matches the Jackery Explorer 1000 here. Thus, 1000 watts of output power are permanently possible with both. In view of the battery capacity, this is the end after one hour in this case. But then, what reasons are there to accept the slight surcharge for the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro.
For this, you have to think the other way around and pay attention not to the output power, but to the input power. Finally, the Powerstation can be charged much faster in this Pro version. Since this is fully charged again after just 90 to 100 minutes via the household socket or SolarSaga 200 watt solar modules, it can even be used for heavy construction equipment on a construction site. Then, once the battery is empty due to high output power, it can be recharged at lightning speed.
However, the two most important advantages over the conventional version concern user comfort. On the one hand, there is the clear display, which is offered by the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro. This is vastly superior to the standard version. Finally, the manufacturer gives its Pro version the screen of the much stronger Jackery Explorer 1500 power station. This display not only comes in color, but also gives detailed information about the current flow.
Thus, it also tells you approximately how many hours the power station will take until the battery is full. Conversely, it also provides information about how many hours the battery will last. Furthermore, the carrying handle of the Pro version is far more practical. Since it can now be folded in, in contrast to the standard version, the Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro is not only much easier to store. On top of that, you can use the surface as a practical shelf.
Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro Test: Conclusion
The Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro offers everything that a good power station should bring and combines it with a fair price. Whether it’s high output power, an enduring battery, blazing fast charging times or a mobile design – you get everything that’s important here. If the available budget allows it, we would recommend you to go for the set with SolarSaga 200 panels. After all, in good conditions, these can provide a full battery just as quickly as a conventional household outlet.
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