Bluetti EB240 Portable Solar Power Station Review
Portable battery generators are popular than ever. With so many different options online, it could be difficult to choose the one for your needs and budget. Luckily, Maxoak, a company that specializes in portable power has been developing some of the best and most affordable battery stations. Their multipurpose Bluetti EB240 station is selling like a hot cake. What makes this power station unique? Should you buy it? You will know everything in this review.
As a quick intro, EB240 is a suitcase power bank with a capacity of 2400Wh and offers 1000W power output. This capacity is enough to run almost anything in your house, even a power drill. If you think 2400Wh is a lot for you, go with the 1500Wh version which is much cheaper. Read my detailed review of Bluetti EB150 (1500Wh version). Both EB150 and EB240 are the same in everything except the battery capacity and cost.
If you need any other info about the product or have feedback, leave a comment below. Without wasting any more time, let’s get into the Bluetti EB240 review.
What’s in the Box
This power station comes in a super heavy box. You may need some assistance in carrying it. If you open the box, you can easily carry the battery station with its handle.
- PV Solar Charge Cable (7909 to MC4)
- AC Wall Charger (including AC input charging cable)
- EB240 Solar Power Generator
- User Manual
- Warranty Card
- Certificate of Qualification
Out of the box, EB240 looks like a metal suitcase. The design is not that great but the build quality is top-notch. The handle is sturdy, the metal casing is super strong and the plastics on the sides are good.
On the front, you will find different input and output ports
On the back, you have AC outlets and a fan vent that keep the battery cool. The following table lists all the ports.
|AC Power Outlets (110V)
|2 Ports 1000W each
|4 Ports 3A Max
|USB C Ports
|1 Port 45W
|DC Car Port
|Solar/DC Input Port
|16 – 60V / 10A
|AC On/Off Switch
|DC On/Off Switch
|Overload Protection Switch
Now that you’ve seen the physical overview of the product, let us get to the actual review of EB240 and see how it performs.
EB240 has an output power capacity of 1000W. This means the battery station can power/drive any device that is less than or equal to 1000W. For how long? it depends on the battery capacity that we shall see in the next section.
You have two AC outlets on the station and both of them support 1000W but if you use them together, the power divides based on the connected device. So, two 1000W AC ports do not mean 2000W. Also, there is a 45W USB C power delivery port on the device. You can use this to recharge laptops, smartphones, etc. Power delivery will speed up the charging process. You can also use the DC port to power up devices like CPAP, camping lights, etc.
Is 1000W output enough? Well, it depends. As far as I’ve seen, 1kW is more than enough for household devices like TV, laptops, blender, microwave oven, etc. Even some of the power tools like drilling machines would easily work. But most of the heating devices like a kettle, heater, etc will not work on EB240. So, if you are buying this for a specific use or appliance, make sure the wattage is under 1000W.
Although Bluetti EB240 does not have surge support, the battery can handle up to 1200W load momentarily (for a minute or so). This is not great. If you really need a good surge capacity, go with their AC200 version or Ecoflow Delta 1300.
EB240 has 2400 watt-hour power stored in the lithium battery pack. If you are wondering how big is the capacity, EB240 can power any 1000W device for 150 minutes straight. To give you an example, your TV typically consumes around 150 watts. So, EB250 can power it for 16 hours straight.
2400Wh (watt hour) is equal to 200Ah (ampere hour)
Is 2400Wh capacity enough? Definitely yes. This much battery capacity is considered under the top 10% in portable power because most of the battery stations offer around 1000Wh of power and it is very difficult to find one over 1500Wh.
So, 2400Wh capacity is perfect for power users like outdoor enthusiasts, travelers, adventurers, campers, RV’ers, Van lifers, liveaboards, and ocean anglers. Also, this high-capacity battery station has a battery management system that will protect you from overvoltage, overcurrent, and short-circuit problems.
Like many other Maxoak’s power stations, EB240 supports solar charging by default. It accepts up to 500W solar input. You just have to plug the solar panel into the DC input port. The MC4 connector will be included in the package, so you just need a solar panel. The solar charging efficiency is much higher with MPPT as it can track the strength of the sunlight and adapt itself to the best charging mode.
When choosing a solar panel, make sure you choose the portable ones. Portable panels come in suitcase-type and flexible type. The flexible type is easy to carry but its efficiency is poor. Suitcase type is better if you have an RV. I have created a buying guide on portable solar panels, you can find it here.
The LCD display on the device shows you different metrics like battery percentage, DC and AC power output and AC input. The display is not super advanced like EF Delta but it does the job.
If you ask me if EB240 is portable, I would say yes. But if you ask me is it easy to carry it around, I would say no. Weighing around 50 pounds, this power station is definitely heavy. But the overall size is very small. In other words, it is not bulky. The compact size lets you carry it everywhere, be it camping, hunting, picnic, or whatever. The suitcase handle is particularly useful.
Performance of EB240
The below table gives you an idea of some of the devices that can be powered by EB240. In reality, the battery can power almost anything under 1000W for at least two hours because of its huge 2500Wh capacity. over, EB240 has a lifetime recharge cycle of about 2500 which is crazy. This means you can drain and recharge it up to 2500 times without any significant drop in battery performance.
|Bluetti EB240 Performance
|LCD TV (150W)
|Desktop Computer (200W)
|Ceiling Fan (52 inch)
|Microwave Oven (1100W)
|Instant Pot Cooker (1000W)
|Corded Drilling Machine (600W)
|Washing Machine (900W)
|Electric Clothes Dryer (1700W)
|Electric Kettle (1300W)
|Portable Refrigerator (70W)
|Mini Vacuum Cleaner (250W)
|Surveillance/Wi-Fi Camera (5W)
|CPAP Device (without humidifier/pressure)
Some of the table values are based on my personal experience while some are estimates. It can change with devices, settings and battery age.
Bluetti EB240 vs EB150
Honestly, these two versions are exactly the same and it is not possible to differentiate by their looks. EB240 has a higher battery capacity of 2400Wh while EB150 is limited to 1500Wh. Apart from this, EB240 costs you ~400 more but if you see the price to Wh ratio, EB240 is very cheap.
It is a long review, isn’t it? EB240 deserves even more words but I think I have discussed everything vital for you to make a decision. Personally, I think EB240 is best for those who go on outdoor adventures for weeks. For short trips, EB150 is more economical. EB240 is also good for outdoor workers and people who live in rural areas without 24/7 electricity access.
Even though EB240 is not the best-looking, its performance is top-notch. It offers so much battery backup for so little price. If you want to find a long-lasting and high load portable power station for your household/RV/Camping/tailgating/garden device, EB240 won’t disappoint you. Highly recommended.
If you are interested in checking out different power stations, check our power station buying guide here
- [Sweet Spot]. With a fabulous capac of 2400Wh and an efficient 1000W AC.
- [8 Versatile Ports]. EB240 is equipped with 2 AC outlets, 1 car outlet, 4.
- [Multi-Recharging]. EB240 can be recharged from 0-80% within 10 hours (in.
Complete Off-Grid Solar Kit 4,000W 12VDC 120/240 Output 1,000 Watts Solar / 5 x 200W Solar Panels | [OGK-6]
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Complete Off Grid Solar Kit. 1,000 Watts Solar 4KW 12VDC 120/240 Output | [OGK-6]
Looking for a solar kit that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg just to get installed? Tired of getting outrageous quotes from solar installation companies? Look no further. Our complete off-grid solar kit comes with all of the parts and pieces needed to get up and running with clean, quiet, off-grid solar power.
Although we do recommend having a certified solar installer / master electrician install our off-grid kits, these are meant to be extremely simple to setup and we include a professional wiring diagram / schematic for you to follow. meaning there’s no guessing to how it’s supposed to be setup.
You might be wondering. is this really all I need? Especially considering some of the we’ve heard our customers getting from other solar installation companies. But the answer is yes. This is a complete off-grid solar power system that includes all of the parts and pieces you’ll need.
What Can This Kit Actually Power?
OGK-6 has 4 x 200ah AGM batteries giving you 400ah of useable battery capacity. This equates to rough 4.8kWh of useable battery bank on top of the 1,000 watts of solar panels that will be generating an additional 1kw of power per hour while the sun is shining.
If we assume there’s roughly 6 good sun hours in most states, the solar panels will produce around 6kw of power each day (or 180kw/month).
We really only need 15-18 hours of battery bank storage in order to get us through the night and to when the sun comes back up the next day, so anything over and above this would be considered backup for cloudy days.
OGK-6 is perfect for small off-grid cabins, home backup, or as a mid size RV system / mobile business applications.
What’s Included With Your Off-Grid Solar Kit [OGK-6] Order?
Our kits include just about everything you need however you’ll need your own installation tools and grounding rods. We highly recommend getting professional installation by a certified solar installer and/or master electrician.
What comes with this kit?
With 1,000 Watts of Solar and a 4000 Watt inverter charger you’ll have 120 240 Vac power. Combined 800 amps of battery power and 60 amp charger controller this kit is ideal for large size devices such as appliances, fans, pumps, compressors, electronics up to 33.3 amps.
Perfect for locations that need power for 2-3 hours running 4000 watts, before recharging and also have access to a generator or shore power if available to recharge batteries using the inverter. Solar panels keep a charge on the batteries using sunlight and will recharge the batteries at 50% depletion in 7 hours in full sun.
The 4 x 200ah 12V batteries give approximately 4.8kwh of useable battery power or 4,800 watt hours of capacity.
Backed By Lifetime Support
All of our solar kits are backed by lifetime customer support via phone, live chat and email. We also include all of the necessary schematics for setting up your solar kit. You’ll also enjoy all of the standard manufacturer’s warranties on the kits component’s as well as guaranteed safe delivery of everything!
Do you offer financing options?
Yes, we offer financing options on all of our solar kits up to 10,000. Depending on what you qualify for, it can be as good as 0 down and 0% interest. For more information on how to complete the financing. If you still have questions, give us a call and we can work with you on the financing.
We also offer split payments, if you need to split the purchase on two cards, give us a call and we can set this up for you as well.
What Does Off-Grid Mean?
Great question. It means this system does not tie in with your local power grid / utility company. So there’s no selling excess power back to the power company. Off-grid means your system operates 100% independent of the grid. Any excess power you’re making during the day goes right into your 4 AGM batteries included with the kit so that you can run your home / RV / cabin / shop / business all night long when the sun isn’t shining.
Can I use grid power to charge the batteries and/or tie this system in with my on the grid home though?
The short answer is yes. Our off grid kits come with inverter/chargers, meaning you can suck power out of the batteries as well as throw juice back into the batteries via a generator OR any form of AC shore power (aka your grid tied home). When it comes to backing up your home or tieing it in to your existing electrical system, you’ll need to work with an electrician to get some form of transfer switch that will allow you to go back and forth between your homes grid tie power and your off grid battery backup.
Is Off-Grid Better Than Grid-Tie? Or Do I NEED to be tied to the grid?
This is a good question and it really depends on who you ask. Most of our customers are looking to gain grid independence. They don’t want to rely on the local power company to keep their lights on and food cold, especially during emergencies. When you install a grid-tied solar system, this means that if the grid goes down. Your solar power on your roof is useless. You NEED batteries on your system to be considered off-grid.
There’s a lot more involved with a grid tie system (think permitting, AC coupling, remote monitoring etc.) which typically makes these types of solar power systems much more expensive. Whereas off-grid solar systems require a lot less bells and whistles and are much easier to install.
Sometimes off grid is the only option as well. If you have a remote cabin, RV, Skoolie or any other form of off grid property our complete off grid solar kits are a great power solution!
Keep reading for individual parts and pieces along with their specs below. If you have any questions at all don’t hesitate to reach out to us via email, live chat or phone
Complete Off Grid Solar Kit. 1,000 Watts Solar 4KW 12VDC 120/240 Output Features:
The solar panel array will recharge a 50% depleted 800 amp battery bank in under 7 hours with full sunlight.
,000W 12VDC 120/240V Output Pure Sine Wave Inverter Features:
4KW Inverter Charger Specs:
- Continuous Output Power: 4000 Watts
- Surge Rating: 12,000 Watts (20 Seconds)
- Output 120/240 Vac. Split Phase 60hz
- Output Waveform: Pure Sine/Same as input (Bypass Mode)
- Nominal Efficiency: 88% (Peak) Line Mode Efficiency: 95%
- Output Frequency: 60Hz /- 0.3Hz
- Typical Transfer Time: 10ms (Max)
- THD: 10% DC
- Ambient Operating Temperature: 14°F to 122°F (-10°C to 50°C)
- Nominal Input Voltage: 12.0Vdc
- Minimum Start Voltage: 10.0Vdc
- Low Battery Alarm: 10.5Vdc-11.0Vdc
- Low battery Trip: 10.0Vdc-10.5Vdc
- High Voltage Alarm: 16.0Vdc Low battery
- Voltage Restart: 15.5Vdc
- Idle Consumption: 50 Watts
- Power Saver Mode Idle Consumption: 21 Watts
- Output voltage: Depends on battery Type
- Charger Rate: 115A Over
- Charge Protection Shutdown 15.7V
- Selectable Charge setting based on battery type
- Adjustable charge current off-20%-100%
- Four Stage Smart Charger
- Transfer Switch Specifications 40 amp automatic transfer switch 10 ms (max)
- Unit weight: 75 lb
- Unit size: L x W x H: 31.5 x 8.75 x 7.25 inches
- Shipping weight: 87 lb
- Shipping size: L x W x H: 35.5 x 14.50 x 13.50 inches
- Shipping Weight: 75 lbs. Shipping L x W x H 30.5 x 14.5 x 13.75 inches
[Charge Controller] 80A MPPT Features:
MPPT ELECTRICAL SPECS:PV Operating Voltage:
- 12V – 1200 Watts
- 24V – 2400 watts
- 36V – 3600 watts
- 48V – 4800 watts
- Maximum charging current: 80 amps
- Maximum DC load current: 60 amps
- Max PV open circuit voltage: 150Vdc
- Self power consumption:
- Efficiency: 98.5%
- Protections: overload, short circuit, high voltage, high temperature, low voltage and auto correct
- Monitoring: RS485 port for computer monitoring
- Optimal cooling case design – built for extreme conditions
- Battery types: gel, sealed, AGM, flooded, lithium, user defined (adjustable voltage)
- 4 Stage charging: bulk, absorption, float and equalize
- Bulk charge voltage: sealed 14.4V, AGM/gel 14.2V, flooded 14.6V, user defined 10-15V
- Float charge voltage: sealed/AGM/gel 13.7V, flooded 13.6V, user defined 10-15V
- Equalize charge voltage: sealed 14.6V, AGM/gel 14.8V, flooded 14.8V, user defined 10-15V
- Low voltage reconnection: 12.5V
- Low voltage disconnect voltage: 10.5V (10.5-12.5V adjustable)
- Enclosure: IP43 protection, metal
- Cooling: heatsink
- Humidity: 100% non-condensing
- Temperature compensation:.5mV⁰C / 2V with BTS
- Temperature range:.25⁰C to 60⁰C or.13⁰F to 140⁰F
- Conformal coated for marine environments
- Wire knockouts: 1.25”
- Unit weight: 19 lbs
- Boxed weight: 21 lbs
- Dimensions: 14”L x 9”W x 4.7”H
- Warranty: 2 years
- Certifications: ETL to UL1741, CE, RoHS, CETL
[Batteries]: 4 x 200Ah AGM Deep Cycle Batteries
Absorbent Glass Mat (AGM) technology for efficient gas recombination of up to 99% and freedom from electrolyte maintenance or water adding. Not restricted for air transport complies with IATA/ICAO Special Provision A67. UL-recognized component.
- Heavy duty compared to other AGM batteries. 20% more cycles
- Mount in any orientation.
- Computer designed lead calcium tin alloy grid for high power density
- AGM is ideal for back up and stored power applications
- Convenient carry handles
- Long service life float or cyclic applications
- Maintenance-free operation
- Thick plates within the battery to limit fluid expansion during freezing
- Low self discharge
- Copper terminals
- Nominal Voltage 12V
- Number of cell 6
- Design life 10 years with proper maintenance
- Nominal Capacity 77F(25C)
- 20 hour rate (10A 10.8V) 200Ah
- 10 hour rate (18.7A 10.8V) 187Ah
- 5 hour rate (35.8A 10.5V) 179Ah
- 1 hour rate (126A 9.6V) 126Ah
- Internal Resistance
- Fully Charged battery 77F(25C) 4mOhms
- 3% of capacity declined per month at 20C(average)
What’s Included With Your Off-Grid Solar Kit Order Again?
Our kits include just about everything you need however you’ll need your own installation tools and grounding rods. We highly recommend getting professional installation by a certified solar installer and/or master electrician.
Connect Two Jackery Solar Panels Together For A Quicker Charge
The popular Jackery SolarSaga 60W and SolarSaga 100W/100X solar panels are great for travelers that are looking for portable panels to charge their power stations.
Combined with one of the Explorer power stations, the SolarSaga panel makes it possible to be out and about far from the grid while still being able to keep your devices powered and charged.
But sometimes the electricity produced by one panel isn’t quite enough, which is when it could be time to consider a second panel.
Related Product: Brighten up camp with: the Jackery Camping Lights (click to view on Amazon)
If you’re traveling or living in an area that sees a lot of cloudy days, a second panel could cut the charging time in half.
But how do you connect two Jackery solar panels together? That’s what this article is going to answer.
The Explorer Power Stations – Input Wattage Limitations
First I want you to be aware of the limitations of the Explorer power stations. The table below will tell you how many watts the solar charge controller in your specific Explorer can use to charge the battery.
Even though the Explorer 160 maxes out at 42W, it’s safe to connect a 100W panel. In fact, the only way to maximize the solar input rating is to connect a panel larger than the input limit, since solar panels aren’t 100% efficient.
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I’d connect at least two 60W panels to every Explorer model, but I’d only connect two 100W panels to the Explorer 300 and larger. I don’t work for Jackery, so this is just my personal opinion after testing these panels and power stations for years.
But how many panels you should use depends. If you live in a place that sees more clouds than sun, you should have more panels.
Or if you have a 30 feet extension cable, which will cause voltage loss and decrease the output, you should have more panels.
Now that we have an idea of how many watts our specific model can use to charge the battery, let’s talk about the adapter you need.
The Adapter That Lets You Connect Two SolarSaga Panels Together
The output on the Jackery solar panels is what’s called an 8mm connector, more precisely a 7909 connector.
All the Explorer power stations from 1000 and smaller have a 7909 input, while the larger and newer Explorer 1500 and 2000 have a slightly different connector. It’s also referred to as an 8mm connector even though it’s DC8020 and not DC7909.
To connect two SolarSaga panels together for an Explorer 1000 or smaller, be it the 60W or 100W, you need an adapter like the SolarEnz DC8mm. Y branch parallel adapter (click to view on Amazon).
Note that the Explorer 1000 should’ve included a parallel adapter already for connecting two panels together. But the smaller Explorer 500, 300, 240, and 160 does not.
The larger Explorer 1500 and 2000 should’ve also included a parallel adapter, but if yours didn’t or you’ve lost it, you need an adapter like the SolarEnz Parallel adapter combiner with a DC7909 to DC8020 adapter (click to view on Amazon).
My solar panel has MC4 or SAE connectors
If your panel(s) use MC4 connectors I suggest reading this post, or if it has SAE connectors read this post.
Jackery does not currently sell 8mm extension cables, but there are third-party options like these by SolarEnz (click to view on Amazon).
They are available in different lengths and can handle up to 30A.
The longer the cable and the more connections, the higher the voltage loss. So while using extension cables you might notice a decrease in input watts.
This is totally normal and the only thing you can do about it is try to buy as short of an extension cable as possible, and buy the thickest cable (the lowest gauge) available.
Frequently Asked Questions
What if I want to combine three panels together?
If you feel the need for three or more panels I recommend buying panels with MC4 connectors so you can use an MC4 Y branch to connect panels in parallel.
MC4 Y branches come in different sizes depending on the number of panels you have.
The more panels you connect, the higher the total amperage will be when connecting panels in parallel, so make sure all of the wires and adapters you use can handle the total amperage.
Exceeding the amperage rating of a specific gauge is dangerous since it can lead to overheating and fires.
Can I combine two different panels with a combiner adapter?
Yes you can, but if the two panels have different voltages the panel with the higher voltage is going to be crippled. It’s fine though.
I have two Goal Zero panels, do they work with the Jackery Explorer power station?
Yes, as long as the 8mm connector fits the adapter it will charge the Jackery.
Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you?
Jackery Explorer 500 Review: Best Portable Solar Generator?
Jackery invented lithium portable power stations, and the Explorer 500 is one of their best selling portable power stations. But is it really worth buying for all campers out there?
I love camping. Whether it’s at festivals, campsites, or the middle of nowhere, I love to just get in my car and go explore the great outdoors.
With that said, I still love my digital comforts. After a long day of looking at nature, I want to watch some shows on my tablet or play some music on my Bluetooth speakers.
Last time I checked, Mother Nature doesn’t have outlets on the side of trees, so I needed to find a decent portable power station — preferably one that was environmentally friendly.
After a couple of misfires, I eventually got my hands on the Jackery Explorer 500 and was able to try it out.
What Is The Jackery Explorer 500?
The Jackery Explorer 500 portable power station that can store and deliver electricity as per your need. While we label them as solar generators sometimes, it can’t generate electricity.
This mini power station is great for — camping, exploring, and living off-the-grid, or during power outages at home caused by natural disasters and extreme weather conditions. In short, this could be the best (at least one of the best) portable solar generators for RV.
It has multiple outlets to power a range of devices, as well as a 2-inch LCD display that tells you exactly how full the battery is.
You can charge the Jackery Explorer 500 portable power station either from a household power outlet, your car’s cigarette lighter charger, or through solar panels.
Obviously, here at GreenCitizen, we would suggest using solar panels to be more environmentally friendly.
Jackery actually makes their own to go along with this power station — the foldable SolarSaga 100W Solar Panel Kit.
The Jackery Explorer 500 portable power station comes with:
As you can see, the Jackery power station has over 500W of power capacity and gives you multiple options for power outlets of different types.
What Can The Jackery Explorer Power?
As the name suggests, the Explorer 500 has 500 watts of power, which means it’s best for powering smaller devices like cell phones, cameras, laptops, and small TVs.
The device you’re using must draw 500W or less (you can find this information on the cable).
Also, the Explorer 500 will automatically shut off if you try to plug in a device that draws more than 500W, such as a hairdryer or an electric kettle.
Usually, if an appliance heats itself up quickly, like a coffee maker or a toaster, then it probably uses more than 500W of power.
How Do You Charge A Jackery Portable Power Station?
There are 3 ways to charge the Jackery Explorer 500 —
The 500 comes with cables for household charging and car charging, but you need to buy solar panels separately if you’re going to go down the green route.
How Long Does It Take A Jackery To Charge?
How long it takes this power station to charge depends on the charging method you’re using.
So, I’ll break it up into the 3 main charging methods and how fast they work:
How Do You Keep Track Of The Jackery Explorer 500’s Charge?
The Explorer 500 comes complete with one 2-inch backlit digital display that tells you the battery percentage, the input/output in watts, and the battery temperature.
Jackery Explorer 500 Benefits
Plugs In Multiple Devices Simultaneously
The Explorer 500 has multiple outlets and USB ports, so it’s possible to charge several smaller devices at the same time depending on the power connections they require.
I love this because I can just charge my phone and tablet with the USB slots while charging my laptop via the 110V AC outlet. I can leave them all charging in my tent, go for a long walk, and then return to find them all fully charged (or near enough).
This is also useful in case of an emergency during a power outage or natural disaster. That’s when I would need to charge several electronic devices at once so I can quickly ask for help if I need to. It’s a lifesaving feature, really.
Operates In High Temperature
The Explorer 500 can operate safely between the temperatures of 32-104°F (0-40°C), so it’s able to withstand the heat on very sunny days.
If you live in a hotter part of the country, it’s essential to find a portable power station that won’t die on you when the heat gets intense.
This is an important consideration these days especially with climate change, where wildfires and heat waves in many areas have become almost like a way of life for some people.
The Explorer even has low-power cooling fans that kick in when things get heated. What’s great is they’re very quiet, so they won’t disturb your peace while you’re communing with nature or just trying to get a respite from the heat.
One of the best things about the Explorer is that you can charge it with solar panels.
Best to use the Jackery SolarSaga 100W foldable solar panel kit to charge the power station without burning any fossil fuels in the process.
In full sunlight, it takes around 16 hours for a full charge that doesn’t harm the environment.
For quicker charging option, you can connect multiple solar panels. If you’re an avid camper, you can get a portable solar panel too.
Compact Size and Portability
I don’t know if you’ve ever tried to take a generator camping with you, but it’s a pain in the butt.
They’re huge, heavy, and messy.
While it produces less power, it’s quite small and compact — just about the size of a handheld radio. It’s also fairly lightweight, coming in just below 14 lb, so it’s not too difficult to carry around with you in your backpack.
This also means that you can easily pack it up if you would need to, say, evacuate during an emergency or natural disaster and you need to bring backup power with you.
Built-in High Quality LED Flashlight
This power station comes with a built-in LED flashlight on the side.
This is perfect if you’re walking around late at night and your headlamp fails on you or your flashlight dies down.
It’s by no means the strongest beam of light in the world. But I’ve had it on for 12 hours straight without draining the battery by even 1%.
It’s nice to know I’ve always got a backup light source in the woods or during a blackout with this.
Digital Display Shows You The Charge
Have you ever used those portable power stations where you only have a few little blinking lights to tell you how much juice is left inside the battery?
They’re incredibly annoying and vague.
However, the Explorer 500 tells you exactly what percentage of your battery is left.
This means you’re never left in the dark wondering when your laptop or TV will shut off.
Jackery Explorer 500 Shortfalls
While I do really like this power station, there are a few downsides that need to be addressed.
For example, I have a couple of USB-C devices that I would like to charge, but the 500 only has regular USB slots, no USB-C slot! It would be nice to see some more modern connection options from this company in the future.
This power station also isn’t waterproof, so you need to be careful if you’re using this in a rainy climate. To be fair, a lot of these power stations aren’t waterproof, but it’s something you need to keep in mind.
Lastly, the little digital display turns off its backlight automatically after a few seconds.
While I understand it’s saving energy, it can be frustrating because I must physically walk over to the battery and light the screen up when I want to check the battery percentage level. Not ideal.
Other People’s Thoughts on Solar Generators Jackery
Now, I’m just one guy with his own opinions. However, many people have tried the Explorer 500 with different levels of satisfaction, including some of my own friends. Here are some other people’s thoughts:
The Explorer 500 is an excellent portable power station that’s at least 100 cheaper than the equivalent product from Goal Zero, the Yeti 500x.
Dan Carr, Writer at Shutter Muse
The Jackery Explorer 500 is a solid, well-designed product. The unit is rugged and compact with nothing on the exterior to break off or catch on nearby objects. The display shows charge level, charging wattage, and use wattage, all very handy.
El Cid, Jackery Explorer User
We like and recommend the Explorer 500 for homeowners that want a backup battery in case of power outages, and/or people that go camping on the weekends and need to be able to use a CPAP machine, laptop, or other small electronics.
Jesse, Co-Owner at The Camping Nerd
Everything works flawlessly (granted, I’ve only used for less than 6 hours), but the high-pitched whine from using the AC output is impossible to ignore.
Christopher, Jackery Explorer User
The 500 isn’t large enough to power all the components of an RV for very long. However, if you’re just looking to get away for the weekend or can stand to live full time with minimal power requirements, this can be a great option for you.
Ben Meag, Explorers at The Wild Drive
Things To Consider Before Buying A Portable Solar Generator
What Power Capacity And Wattage Do You Require?
The first thing you need to consider is how many watts you need. The amount of power that a portable power station can hold is usually measured in watts (W).
The more watts a power station has, the more electricity it is able to supply you with.
You need to take a look at your electrical devices and figure out how much power you need, whether you’re going to be using it for camping or as backup power at home in case of emergencies.
For example, a 500W power station (like the Jackery) gives you approximately 50 smartphone charges and 20 tablet charges, depending on the size.
Some electrical appliances, like hairdryers, draw a lot of power and may not work when plugged into power stations with lower power capacities.
Do You Have The Right Solar Panels?
If you’re going to charge your power portable battery with solar panels, you need to make sure that the solar panel kit is compatible with the power station you’re using.
Most campers and explorers use 100W solar panel kits that are designed to charge solar power stations.
Do You Need To Charge Multiple Devices At Once?
Some portable power stations have a limited number of inputs and outlets, so you may only be able to charge one device at a time depending on the type of power connection you need.
If you need to charge or power multiple 110V AC devices at once but your power station only has one 110V AC outlet, then you’re out of luck.
Are You Clumsy Or Heavy-Handed?
Many portable power station devices are designed to be housed in lightweight materials like plastic, as this reduces their overall weight (which is often necessary when camping).
However, the lighter your power station is, the easier it will be to damage.
If you’re clumsy or prone to throwing things around haphazardly, you could damage your power station.
How long does a portable power station last?
The life of power station batteries depends on its wattage, capacity, and what you’re using it for. If you’re looking to use a few basic things such as a small TV, a couple of lights, and charge your electronic devices, you’re usually looking at around 4-8 hours of battery life.
Who owns Jackery?
Jackery is owned by a former Silicon Valley Apple Engineer who worked on designing batteries for Apple smartphones. They launched the company in 2012 and by 2015 the company sold the world’s first Lithium Power Station.
Is Jackery a lithium battery?
Yes, all Jackery power products use lithium batteries because they’re lightweight and can hold a lot of charge. They were actually the first company to produce off-grid lithium batteries back in 2015.
Can I take a Jackery on a plane?
Generally speaking, you can take Jackerys on planes so long as they’re in your carry-on bag and not your checked luggage. However, there are conflicting reports of some people having their devices confiscated by airport security, so do your research for the regions you’re traveling to and from.
How does a portable power station work?
A portable power station works by taking in energy, storing it, and then allowing you to plug in appliances or charge electronic devices with the stored energy. The devices can usually be charged via a home AC outlet, a car charger, or specialized solar panels.
Can Jackery 500 power a mini fridge?
Yes, this generator from Jackery can power a common mini fridge.
The Jackery Explorer 500: Should You Buy It?
If you’re a casual camper or you just like the idea of having backup energy in your home when a power cut hits, then I would recommend you try the Jackery Explorer 500.
However, if 500W just isn’t enough juice for you, you could try the Jackery Explorer 1000 instead for twice the wattage.
I’ve had a lot of problems with small power stations that don’t give you much information to work with, so I was really happy when I found the Explorer.
Now I know exactly where I’m up to with my battery life and the input/output display means I don’t have to worry that I’m pushing it too hard with the wattage.
Next time you’re going camping or experiencing a blackout, I’d recommend using an Explorer 500.
THE JACKERY EXPLORER 500
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When you think about camping and you’re gonna go out there on a consistent basis. Do you want to have dependable power for your RV? Then a small portable generator like a Honda EU2200i will last you a lifetime, and you can also converted to either gas or propane tank! Where, with any of these battery supported solar generators you can only recharge them 500 times. Then your investment is gone. If you only plan on camping, or using it maybe a couple dozen times a year well then maybe you’d get 20yrs use, but they are so new on the market. No one knows how long they will really last. Same goes for Goal Zero. And another thing one and thing is by American, we’re goal zero is made in America, and Jackery is manufactured in The Peoples Republic of China. Which more Americans should be thinking about, we will eventually be at war with them over Taiwans sovereignty, the whole world is heating up, so one must prepare for it. Your best bet is to have both solar back up generator and solar panels, and a convertible, gas generator you can run on propane, and some of them offer conversions to run off of natural gas from your home
I have one of these with the solar panels. The fan kicks in every couple of minutes on anything drawing 25 watts and above and permanently on anything above around 75 watts and its not a quiet fan. I’ve contacted Jackery about this but so far I’ve just been passed from pillar to post despite doing everything they asked, resetting, sending them videos etc. I’m fairly certain the fan shouldn’t be coming on as it does and I’d quite like them to fix it, they were quick enough to take my money. It does the same regardless of ambient temperature.
Definitely, I am going to buy a new one. Love this review
Jackery Solar Generators: Are they any good?
Solar panels might be great in sunny climates, but how well do they work with overcast Scottish skies?
I’m spending a few weeks off-grid (my definition of off-grid being no fixed power), and given that I’m traveling in a car and not a truck, van, camper, or RV, I can’t just plug everything into my vehicle.
I decided to take the Jackery Explorer 1000 solar generator system with me.- but will it work in the weaksauce Scottish sun of early May?
Well, I’ve been spending the last few days finding out.
In action: Jackery Explorer 1000 and SolarSaga 100W solar panels
Briefly, a bit about the setup I’m testing. I have a Jackery Explorer 1000 (note I have the UK version, which differs from the US version in the number of AC outlets it has.- the US version comes with three 110V while the UK version has two 230V outlets, but both models are capable of the same 1000W output continuous and 2000W surge), and two Jackery SolarSaga 100W solar panels (the Explorer 1000 comes with the requisite Y-cable to connect two solar panels).
Let’s take a look at the specs for these units.
Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panel
I’ve been testing this setup from the comfort of home for several weeks, but this is the first time that this has had a chance for a proper test.
So, my plan has been to not hook up the Explorer 1000 to a vehicle or a mains outlet, and to only use the sun. It’s May, so there’s some sun here, but also a lot of rain.
Which brings me to the biggest downside of the system.
Nothing is water-resistant.
Now, I don’t expect the Explorer 1000 to be happy outdoors.- it is, after all, a box containing a lot of power that can output AC power.- but the SolarSaga 100 panels are also not rated for exposure to water. This means I can’t have the Jackery charging up in the tent with the panels outside as I have to put them away when rain makes an appearance, which is quite regularly.
Jackery do make a panel that is weather-resistant.- the SolarSaga 200W.- but these are currently not available and only compatible with the larger Explorer 1500 and 2000 power stations.
Despite all that rain, I’ve not had any problems keeping the Explorer 1000 charged up. And I’m running quite a lot.- iPhone, iPad, Airpods, A MacBook Pro, a couple of power banks, three drone batteries, and a couple of rechargeable lights.- and the twin solar panels have no problems keeping up with my usage.
The two panels can deliver a maximum of 200W between them. I’ve not seen this, but I’ve been getting anything between 25W from really overcast skies to about 130W from moderately clear skies.
For Scotland in May, I’m quite impressed.
For me the pack is big, but not too big, and it’s heavy, but not too heavy. I’m not lugging it too far, so that’s not a problem for me.
So how long does a charged Jackery last, and how long does it take to recharge?
Jackery has data on this, but out in the field a chart might not be all that useful, so here’s my rule of thumb.
The Explorer 1000 is a 1000Wh unit, and this means if you hammer it with a 1000W load, you’re going to get less than an hour (because the Jackery will use some of that power for cooling at heavy loads). A 100W load will last about 10 hours, and a 50W load will last about 20 hours.
Same goes for charging, if the Explorer 1000 is flat, at 100W input, it will take roughly 10 hours to charge. Put in 50W and it will take roughly 20 hours to charge.
I say roughly, because there are no guarantees. These are ballpark figures.
I’ve been asked about using power stations like the Explorer 1000 for things like CPAP machines, and I’ve come across a lot of reviews that talk very confidently about CPAP runtimes and power station recharge times, and yet these reviewers then go on to say they don’t have a CPAP machine.
I don’t use a CPAP, but based on my research, they use between 50W and 200W of power, which translates into a runtime range of anything between 5 and 20 hours.
If you’re going to run an essential bit of kit from a power station, my advice is to test it out before relying on it, and then consider your recharge routine. Recharging an Explorer 1000 from the AC outlet takes about 7 hours, or 14 hours from a car outlet, or about 8 hours using two SolarSage 100W panels (if you get good sunshine).
Plan for this. Don’t guess or assume, and definitely don’t take the word of some guy on the internet.
In fact, my advice for anyone using power stations or power banks or any portable power supply is to be careful not to overestimate how long it will last and not underestimate how long it’ll take to charge up.
Overall, I’m very happy with the setup. A part of my monkey brain wishes I had the huge Explorer 2000 with the 200W solar panel, but that would be overkill (no kill like overkill, though, am I right?).
Everything is well-built, tough, takes being knocked about, and it delivers what it promises without needing to rely on crazy, over-inflated specs.
Anyone else using a power station when off-grid? What your experience? Let me know in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев below!