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What can the Jackery solar generator 1000 do?

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In the outdoor and camping area, power stations, such as the Jackery solar generator 1000, with lithium-ion battery storage, are increasingly gaining ground, overpowering generators with combustion engines. Therefore, they are much more compact and much easier to stow away. You don't have to fiddle with petrol and, above all, they are much, much quieter.

The storage capacity is sufficient for charging mobile phones, cameras or navigation devices, generating light with modern LED lamps, operating entertainment electronics, and much more - without any problems.

But we wanted to know how a power station is suitable for a blackout or longer power failure. Completely different things count here. In the event of a blackout, it is important to be able to run a freezer so that the goods inside do not spoil or to prepare hot food.

To test this, we tested aJackery Explorer 1000 with two solar panels, Jackery SolarSaga 100. The power station has a storage capacity of 1002 Wh and can each supply 1000 watts to two 230 volt sockets. The Jackery solar generator 1000 package was made available to us by Jackery.

Power station with solar module: Jackery solar generator 1000. We tested whether the Jackery power station is suitable for a blackout.

The processing of both the power station and the solar modules is high-quality and robust.


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Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency

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Operation of the power station

The operation is simple and practically self-explanatory. To use the electricity, you press either the "DC" (12V and USB connections) or the "AC" button (2 x 220 V socket) and connect the devices to the corresponding connection - everything else works automatically.

Charging the power station is also very easy. There are a total of three ways to charge the Jackery Powerstation:

Charging via the socket

Connect the supplied cable to the power station and a normal 230 V socket and wait until the power station is fully charged. This takes about 7-8 hours for a full charge.

Charging via the car or 12 V connection

You can also charge the power station with a car or a 12 V connection. A cable for a car socket is supplied for this purpose. It takes about 7-8 hours to fully charge the power station.

Charging via SolarSaga solar panels fromjackery

Another option is to charge the power station via the Jacker SolarSaga solar modules with 100 watts.

The two 230 V sockets of the power station have a continuous output of 1000 W each and a peak output of 2000 W. If the continuous output is significantly exceeded, the power station shuts down automatically. However, a starting current of up to 1500 watts is possible for 10 seconds. This is a safety mechanism that prevents damage to the power station.

Operation of the Jackery SolarSaga 100 solar panels

Connecting the modules to the power station is surprisingly easy. A single solar module can be connected directly to the power station. If you use two SolarSaga solar panels, you need a Y-adapter, which connects the two solar panels and the power station. However, you cannot connect more than two jacket solar modules to the jacket Explorer 1000 power station. According to the manufacturer, the power station can be charged for at least 8 hours with two SolarSaga 100 modules. The power generation of the solar modules is, of course, very dependent on the weather and the season.

Only one solar module can be connected to the theJackery Explorer 240 and Explorer 500.

The solar modules also have a USB-A (5V, 2.4A) and a USB-C (5V, 3A) connection. Electronic devices can thus be charged directly on the solar module.

However, we tested the modules on cloudy winter days in January. Of course, the performance was severely limited. Compared to the significantly more powerful solar system on the roof, however, the percentage yield of the nominal output was significantly higher since the modules can also be ideally aligned with the light source. Despite the heavy cloud cover, both modules delivered around 30 W to 40 W together.

What can the Jackery solar generator 1000 do, and what can it not do?

You can operate many electrical devices with the power station as already described. We connected and tested some devices.

Electrical devices with low electrical power

Smartphones, Bluetooth loudspeakers and laptops, but also baby bottle warmers and medical devices with low power: all these devices can be charged or operated with the power station without any problems. This is very easy with the two sockets and the various USB outputs.

Pad coffee machine

We tested a basic pod coffee maker with the Jackery Powerstation. Unfortunately, that didn't work. The coffee machine needs about 1.5 kW when starting. The power station can supply this current for a short time. The continuous output of a socket is only 1 kW, and therefore the power station switches itself off again after about 10 seconds.

So you have to make sure that connected devices do not exceed 1 kW in continuous operation.

fridge-freezer combination

In the event of a prolonged power failure, the refrigerator or freezer will no longer work either. So we wanted to know if the Powerstation can power a fridge-freezer combination.

The connected fridge-freezer combination with a capacity of 175 litres required around 50 watts during the cooling process. The power station easily copes with the slightly higher starting current. This makes the power station very suitable for operating a larger device.

In a blackout, you can use the power station to run the freezer for a few hours a day. This keeps it cold, and the food does not spoil. With a capacity of 1000 Wh, the tested device could be operated for around 20 hours.

microwave

In the event of a blackout, cooking on the stove is also no longer possible. That's why we tested a microwave with the Powerstation.

 

With the setting "600 watts" the microwave runs normally. With the setting "800 watts" the microwave switches off after 10 seconds.

The power station is therefore well suited to operate the microwave in the event of a power failure. A warm meal is quickly created in this way.

BUT: The microwave uses a lot of electricity. This can be seen very clearly in the microwave we tested. With the "600 watt" setting, the power consumption of our microwave pulsated between 800 and 1200 W. The microwave can be used with a fully charged power station for a total of 45 to 60 minutes. This is enough for the preparation of many meals.

Portable induction hotplate

Next, we tested an induction hotplate with a power of 1.4 KW. You can regulate the plate from level 1 to 10. The result: Up to level 6, the plate needs less than 1 KW, and at level 6, it needs exactly 1 KW, but much more above that.

At level 6, we boiled a litre of water for about 6 minutes. This makes the power station ideal for cooking rice, pasta or similar. You can also use the hob and the power station to thaw and heat up frozen food without any problems.

BUT: Here, too, you quickly realize that cooking requires a lot of electricity. When the power station is fully charged, you can theoretically boil one litre of water ten times.

TV and radio

We also connected a 55" LCD TV with a soundbar for testing. The combination required about 130 W. However, in a blackout, no television program is broadcast. However, you could at least watch saved films.

In the event of a blackout, however, the operation of a radio device is more important to be able to receive any calls from civil protection. However, the power station easily supplies the electricity required for this.

Our conclusion on the Jackery solar generator 1000

The Powerstation Jackery Explorer 1000 is quite suitable to make ends meet with a family of four for at least 2 to 3 days in the event of a blackout. She can use it to prepare a warm meal at least once a day, ensure that food does not spoil in the freezer and connect appropriate lamps when it is dark. In addition, the device has a high recreational value. Anyone who needs a self-sufficient power source for camping, mobile homes, festivals and remote garden plots is well supplied with it. If you want to be able to supply yourself with electricity independently for a longer period of time, the power station is also a good addition to a mobile generator. A significant advantage is that the device can be operated without exhaust fumes and noise in the interior.

Jackery Explorer 1000 Powerstation data and scope of delivery

Below you will find all the important data about the Jackery Explorer 1000 Powerstation:

Storage:

• Lithium-ion battery with a storage capacity of 1002 Wh

Connections (Output):

• 2 x 230 V AC (continuous output 1000 W; peak output 2000 W)

• 2 x USB-C

• 1 x USB-A

• 1x Quickcharge USB 3.0

Connections (input):

• 1 x 8mm DC

• 1 x 12 – 30 V maximum 300 W

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• LCD display with power display for input and output, as well as the percentage charge level

Weight:

• 10kg

Dimensions:

• 33.3 x 23.3 x 28.3 mm (WxDxH)

Operating temperature:

• -10ºC to 40ºC

Additional:

• LED flashlight

Scope of delivery (Explorer 1000):

•Jackery Explorer 1000 portable power station

• Operation manual

• Power adapter

• Car charger cable

• SolarSaga Y parallel cable

Here you can find all power stations from Jackery:

Jackery SolarSaga 100 solar panel data and scope of delivery

Below you will find all important data about the theJackery SolarSaga 100 solar panels:

Connections:

• USB-A (5V, 2.4A)

• USB-C (5V, 3A)

• 18V - 5.55A - 100W

Top performance:

• 100W

cell efficiency:

• 23%

Mains voltage:

• 18V

open circuit voltage:

• 21.6V

Dimensions:

• Unfolded: 122 x 53.5 x 0.5 cm

• Folded: 61 x 53.5 x 3.5 cm

Weight:

• Weight: 4.68 kg

Operating temperature range:

• -10ºC to 65ºC

Splash protection:

• IP65

Scope of delivery:

•Jackery Solar Saga 100

• Operation manual


FAQs

Can you use it while its charging?

Yes, you can use all of the Jackery Explorer models including the Explorer 1000 while charging from any source. The charging will extend the runtime for your powered equipment. but don't forget though this will stress the battery out lowering its live cycle.

 

If you have 4 solar panels (100 watts each) will it charge faster? What is the limit on input watts?

 

No. The input voltage must be less than 30 volts; and the input wattage maxes out at 126 watts. Having 2 * 100W panels is the ideal setup for the Explorer 1000.

 

how long does one charge last with average use?

It all depends on how much wattage your equipment draw I used mainly to run my ARB fridge 12v it used only 1amp hour that lasted 4-5day before it needs recharge.

The Jackery Explorer 1000 is designed to be charged by 2 * 100W panels in about 8 hours in full sun. Max charge rate via solar is 126 watts.

What is the useful battery life? How long will it last before it has to be replaced?

 I would recommend to use and charge up unit every 3 months to maximize lifespan. 

Lithium ion battery's typically have 500 full charges cycles, and/or 2 - 3 years of prime lifespan. 

 

Stephen A Poirier
Stephen A Poirier
Stephen A Poirier has worked for more than 10 years at Best Machinery, where he has written on carpentry, masonry, painting, plumbing, electrical, woodworking, blacksmithing, welding, lawn care, chainsaw use, and outdoor power equipment. When he’s not working on his own house, he volunteers with Sovereign Grace Church doing home repair for families in rural, suburban and urban locations throughout central and southern New Jersey.