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    Jackery Solar Generator 1500 with Solar Saga 100W

    If you have a garden, then storage for your gardening tools and equipment is a must! The EZ-Fit Sheds Heritage Outdoor Garden Shed is the best-looking storage solution available. This is a wonderful outdoor storage kit, which you can use to store tools, equipment, lawnmowers, bicycles, and all sorts of additional garage overflow. Or use it as a backyard studio, office, or workshop!This high-quality wood garden shed features double doors to allow easy access, so you don’t need to worry about squeezing in your larger equipment. The Windows provide plenty of light and a nice added touch. Shed assembled in the video is a Riverside shed model but assembly is the same.

    Lead time is 2 to 3 weeks.

    shed will arrive in 1 or 2 large wooden crates. We always pay for liftgate and pallet jack delivery. In almost all cases the driver will be able to unload the crates and put them in an easy-to-get-to area such as your driveway, garage, etc. If the delivery company does not have a liftgate truck available you will be required to have 2 people available to unload the pieces from the crate. The pieces are easy to carry with 2 people. We also have a flatbed truck with a forklift delivery option which runs around 200-1,000 depending on the location and size of the delivery.

    Optional Floor kit includes ( Currently Not Available ) 4×4 Long lasting treated runners 2×4 S.P.F. Floor joists (16 o.c.) 3/4 High Quality Engineered Wood Floor

    (Floor kits are not available on 10×20, 12×20, and 12×24 sheds due to shipping weight restrictions.)

    Floor and Shingles Not Included

    Floor and Shingles can be purchased at your local hardware store. The floor can consist of 4×4’s, 2×4’s, and plywood. we can give you the details if you would like.

    The shed can also be placed directly on a concrete slab if desired. please select the pressure treated option and we will treat the bottom plate (bottom of the wall) of the shed. If placing the shed directly on a concrete slab, we recommend that the slab be 1/2 an inch smaller than the size of the shed. This way the bottom plate can rest on the perimeter of the concrete slab and the wall siding can go down slightly down the side of the slab. This will prevent rainwater from entering the shed. If using a slab that is larger than the size of the shed please let us know and we will attach the bottom plate at the bottom of the wall.

    Lead time is 3 to 7 days!

    The Jackery Explorer 1500 is one of the most powerful portable power stations. With a 1534 Wh capacity, it can supply 1000W of power (2000W surge power) using multiple output ports. Thus, it meets the power supply needs of most higher-power electrical appliances.

    • THE JACKERY SOLAR GENERATOR 1500: The Solar Generator 1500 is integrated into combination with the Jackery Explorer 1500, and with either 2 or 4 SolarSaga 100W solar panels together.
    • POWER UP TO 85% OF APPLIANCES: Featuring a massive 1534Wh capacity, 1800 running wattage (3600 surge power), the Explorer 1500 is equipped with 3AC Pure Sine Wave AC outlets, 1PD 60W USB-C Port, 1Quick Charge 3.0 Port, 1USB-A Port, 112V carport. It will power up to 85% of your appliances, including home devices, lights, power tools, microwaves, refrigerators, and other larger power demands.
    • FAST SOLAR RECHARGING: With Solarpeak™ technology (upgraded MPPT technology), the Solar generator 1500 can truly identify the biggest input available in real-time and maximize power extraction under all conditions, allowing you to charge the battery from zero to 80% within 4 hours.
    • CLEAN, QUIET, EASY TO USE: Zero-emission, generating power directly from the sun; nearly silent while operating; one easy button to start.

    Specifications

    BATTERY INFO

    Capacity: 1534Wh (25.2V, 60.9Ah)

    Cell Chemistry: Lithium-ion Battery

    Lifecycle: 500 cycles to 80% capacity

    Management System: BMS, Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection

    PORTS

    AC Output: 110VAC, 60Hz, 1800W (3600W Peak)

    USB-A Output: 5V, 2.4A

    Quick Charge 3.0 Output: 18W, 5-6.5V, 3A / 6.5-9V, 3A / 9-12V, 1.5A

    USB-C Output: PD60W, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 3A)

    Car Output: 12V, 10A

    DC Input: 24V, 10.5A

    RECHARGE TIMES

    AC Adapter: 6 Hours

    Two SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels: 9.5 Hours

    Four SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels: 5 Hours

    12V Car Adapter: 13 Hours

    GENERAL

    Weight: 35.2 lbs (15.5 kg)

    Dimensions (LxWxD): 13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in (33.3 x 23.3 x 28.3 cm)

    Operating Usage Temperature: 14-104F (-10-40℃)

    Certification: CEC, DOE, FCC, QC3.0, CA Prop 65

    Warranty: 24 Months

    Optional Accessory: Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panel

    PREPARING YOUR SOLAR GENERATOR

    Jackery Solar Generator 1500 is an integrated system in combining the Explorer 1500 and 4 Solar-Saga 100W panels. The solar panels convert energy from the sun into electricity, storing it in a portable power station. The system is committed to developing green, quiet, and convenient energy solutions.

    Step 1. Connect the first panel. find the DC interface on the back of Solar Saga 100 and plug it in solar power cable;

    Step 2. Connect the second panel. follow step 1;

    Step 3. Connect the solar panels and the solar power cable with the Explorer 1500’s DC input.

    Congratulations, you got it!

    Please Mind These While Solar Recharging:

    Recharging time varies from a different location, temperature, weather, etc. The actual time may be different.

    During recharging, keep your portable power station away from heat and direct sunlight in order to extend its life span.

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q: What devices can Explorer 1500 power?

    A: Please note that the AC output port can only charge/power devices that operate at less than total 1500Watt. Once exceeding, the Explorer 1500 will shut off automatically. Please refer to your device specification before purchase.

    Q: How to know the working times for my device?

    A: Working time = 1488Wh 0.85 / operating wattage of your device

    For reference, assuming the power consumption of your device is 60W (might be a box fan), working time will be 1488Wh0.85/60w=21.1hrs (rough calculated).

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    Please note: actual power consumption varies from different usages, please reach out to info@homesteadsupplier.com

    Q: Can the Explorer 1500 be recharged while charging other devices/tools at the same time?

    A: You can use the Explorer 1500 to charge other things, while it’s being recharged at the same time. However, it is scientifically NOT recommended because it will decrease the battery life cycle.

    Q: Can the Explorer 1500 be used as UPS?

    A: No, the E1500 can’t be used as UPS, need to press the power button to turn on the AC/USB /DC output, so it can’t turn on and off automatically.

    Q: Does Explorer 1500 include a built-in MPPT controller?

    A: Yes, Explorer 1500 power stations have a built-in MPPT controller.

    Q: How do I know the Explorer 1500 is charged?

    A: To check the charge level of the Explorer 1500, refer to the LCD Battery Display.

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    Jackery Explorer 1500 Outdoor Portable Power Station Solar Battery Generator With Push Button Start and AC Outlets

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    Jackery was founded in Silicon Valley in 2012. With state-of-the-art RD and manufacturing expertise, Jackery launched the first Lithium Portable Power Station in 2015. As an industry leader in Power Stations, Jackery will strive to continue the vision and commitment to providing green energy solutions and powering outdoor life.

    1800W CONTINUOUS /3600W PEAK OUTPUT: Explorer 1500 has 1800W continuous /3600W peak output and 1534Wh capacity. Ideal for Home DIY Can supply electricity for high-power devices like Electric Hammer, Air Compressor, Circular Saw, Angle Grinder, Electric Wrench, etc.

    SOLARPEAK TECHNOLOGY: Jackery invented a technology for creating a smarter, more user-friendly, and higher efficient operating system. the Solarpeak Technology® (an upgraded MPPT). It builds in the Explorer 1500 and adds 30% more solar recharging efficiency.

    FAST RECHARGING With the DOUBLE AC adapter (total of 500W), the Explorer 1500 can be fast recharged in 3 HOURS. With one AC adapter, the Explorer 1500 can be recharged in 6 Hours.

    CHARGE: Explorer 1500 can power 7 different devices simultaneously such as TV, Drone, Laptop, iPad, Hairdryer, Camera, etc. RECHARGE: 3 ways to recharge: Solar Panel (4 panels need 4 H), AC Outlet(1 adapter needs 6 H, 2 adapters need 3 H), Car Outlet(15.5 H).

    SPECIFICATIONS

    • Capacity: 1534Wh; Weight: 35.27lbs; Dimensions: 14 10.4 12.7 in; Input: 2 DC, Double to 500W; AC Outputs ( 3): 3 110V, 1800W Continuous/3600W Peak Output; Car Port Output; USB Outputs ( 3): 1 USB-C With PD, 2 USB-A.
    • PACKAGE INCLUDES:
    • 1 Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station
    • 1 Car Charger Cable
    • 1 ACamp DC Adapter
    • 1 User Manual
    • 2 Solar Charge Adapters.

    FEATURES

    • 3600-Watt Peak Output, Perfect for Travel, Camping Emergency Power 95% Appliances, Microwave, Hair Dryer, Air Conditioner
    • 2-Years Warranty, Quiet, No Fumes, Ideal for Tools Home DIY

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    Customer Reviews

    Will not work with the most common solar panels. Input plugs are proprietary. Jackery customer service and support doesn’t respond on this topic. No cable or adapters are included.

    I previously owned the Jackery 1000 and just purchased this 1500 knowing of the brand’s great reputation.

    The unit is awesome! LOTS of power, yet it is not too heavy to easily carry. It will run my LED’s, Signal Booster and large TV for an entire evening and then some.

    The new LCD screen readout is very slick and I really like how it shows how long you have left to charge it and how much runtime is left.

    The only disappointment was that it only comes with the one power supply for charging when it supports 2 for Rapid charging. Not a big deal breaker though as you are still getting a fantastic unit for the typical dollar per watt hour price.

    I can definitely recommend this unit as well.

    I hope everyone finds the review helpful. Sharing info and tips. “Solar Generator” is = a Portable Electric Power Station one or more Solar Panel combinations. A portable power station without solar panel(s) is just that, a portable electric power station. Jackery’s new 1500 Watt Hour Explorer is built for much larger powering tasks and multi-powering with super lightweight, portability, and inverter quality. Has a very reliable history and strong, durable build., When you combine excellent engineering integration to create a very lightweight, but powerful portable electric power station with an 1800 watt constant (3600 watt surge) inverter for AC power, regulated output ports all around, and SUPER lightweight (8-30 pounds lighter than the competition same 1500 watt size capacity), with Pure Sine Wave signal stability, fast charging, multi MPPT controllers, rugged case and 9 year old U.S. based company known for best support, you have the best Solar Generator available today. You might pay less for a prototype from some unknown firm, and assume all the risks. Good luck with those endeavors. E1500 is very attractively priced for all it does and can do, and the reliability and support you actually will receive if ever necessary. Also, E1500 has 500 charge cycle to 100% capacity life that does not die after 500 cycles, but then reduces to 80% capacity for many additional years beyond. QUICK LOOK Key takeaways abbreviated: You can CHARGE every device that exists today one way or another with the E1500 AND you can DIRECTLY power almost EVERY AC-powered appliance device from every category. Ordered on Monday, arrived on Friday. Fast delivery via special freight handling. Very lightweight for its performance. 1500 Wh portable electrical power station that weighs far less than 98% of all competing 1500 watt class competition. Most competitors are AT LEAST 8.10 pounds heavier, some even additional 30 pounds. The low weight from Jackery and their robust integrated handle are huge advantages and worth money for those who will move it around frequently, or those owners with smaller statures. You can put a forklift under something and call it portable, but that’s not what Jackery has engineered or is representing. This isn’t a prototype, it is a full production unit. Founded upon the same very stable and forgiving housing materials, legs and design, except that they have rounded the corners on this unit creating less potential for hurting yourself or if you bump another object while moving it around. Jackery includes one of the finest DC to AC power inverters on the market for portable power stations in their E1500. It is powerful and reliable. And, that is an expensive subsystem whereas most other makers are on the cheap side of performance and reliability in their inverters. Others put lower quality, lower-performing components into 1500 Wh class because they think the average consumer won’t understand how important a powerful, reliable inverter is to the effectiveness of the overall system, and just run to the lowest price offering regardless. A discerning renewable energy Solar Generator consumer looks much deeper than just superficial specs. Interoperability of the maker’s systems and subsystems are crucial to overall effectiveness and efficiency of the solution when various input and outputs are hooked up into it. The strength of the E1500 is in its 3 each, 120VAC outlets that provide Pure Sign Wave (PSW), REGULATED, 1800 watt continuous and 3600 watt surge loads. Brilliant! Both were verified within. 2% of the spec. Inversion efficiency is 12-15% loss when AC circuit is powered on. The inversion process converts 48VDC battery storage banks to serve up 120VAC power as described above. Up conversion and down conversion across DC to AC and expertly conditioned output power delivery at perfectly stable voltages are an industry-leading aspect of owning a Jackery as well. Sports a new color status display. Vastly improved display now in color. Jackery calls it the Smart LCD DISPLAY. Not only is it Smart, it is highly visible and easy to read. I find it to be very informative and very intuitive (easy) to read/use. It is just that simple and effective. The display once again leads the industry in comparable unit capacities. You have got to see it and use it to appreciate how much better it is than the competition and their own previous products! Exceptional versatility. Another Jackery engineering breakthrough is their new, integrated, MPPT multi-controller for solar charging. The E1500 has two 8MM power input ports for charging and can be solar or AC as examples, or even auto plug port DC charging if desired, OR ANY COMBINATION OF THOSE SOURCES INTO THE TWO JACKS (up to max of 300 watts per jack and 500 total DC watts at any given moment). If solar, the system is optimized when paired with Jackery’s latest Solar Saga 100 and 200-watt portable solar panels and can yield a recharging rate of up to 600 wa.

    I now have 2 Jackery power stations (1500 300). I do a lot of remote camping and they work perfectly. I’m an early riser and can now silently make coffee using my Keurig and the 1500 Jackery. I use approximately 1% for every cup of coffee made. I was away for a week and used the Jackery daily. I made several cups of coffee, charged my phone, a cordless chainsaw battery, rechargeable batteries for my GPS and my tablet. My friends also used my Jackery to make coffee. I returned home with more than 40% charge. Very well built product with many uses. I will keep it fully charged for use at home during power failures. Jackery support is outstanding and they stand behind their product with a good warranty.

    I purchased the E1500 after first using an E290 and Solar Saga 100 panel. The 1500 charges very fast and powers everything I plug in with ease. I use the 1500 to charge the 290 as it charges at only 39 watts compared to almost 500 watts for the monster unit. Jackery customer service has been awesome with sending the large pin adaptor for the solar panel and power supply to charge the unit more quicky. Very happy with the purchase and looking forward the more units.

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    You may return most new, unopened items within 30 days of delivery for a full refund. We’ll also pay the return shipping costs if the return is a result of our error (you received an incorrect or defective item, etc.).

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    If you need to return an item, simply login to your account, view the order using the Complete Orders link under the My Account menu and click the Return Item(s) button. We’ll notify you via e-mail of your refund once we’ve received and processed the returned item.

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    Jackery sent me one of its latest bundles to test: The Jackery Solar Generator 1500 with four SolarSaga 100W solar panels. Here are the key specs of this 1800W power station:

    • Lithium-ion battery with 1534Wh (watt-hours)
    • AC output: 110VAC, 60Hz, 1800W (3600W peak)
    • Power up to 7 devices simultaneously: 3 AC outlets, 1 USB-C port, 2 USB-A ports, 1 12V DC car port
    • Weighs 33 lbs.

    Hooray for all the numbers, but what is it supposed to be able to do? According to Jackery, the Explorer 1500 can power up to 85% of appliances, including:

    • An electric grill for 75 minutes
    • A microwave for 68 minutes
    • A refrigerator for 15 hours (depending on size)

    It’ll also run power tools, electric stoves, air conditioners, TVs and it’ll supposedly recharge your smartphone more than 130 times on a single charge. Speaking of, here’s how long it takes to recharge this Jackery power station:

    • AC adapter: 6 hours (buy a second AC adapter to cut the time in half)
    • Car adapter: 13 hours
    • 2 SolarSaga solar panels: 9.5 hours
    • 4 SolarSaga solar panels: 5 hours

    I read up on the specs beforehand to see how the power station and solar panels actually performed in real-world conditions — both at home and during a recent camping trip.

    Want to see how well this portable power station works? Check out News Director Ben’s review on Kim’s show:

    At roughly 35 pounds, the power station is a bit on the heavy side but not to the point that it’s a hassle to move from room to room. Each of the four solar panels is 24 inches by 21 inches folded and individually weigh about 10 pounds. They open up to be about four feet wide.

    The power station’s battery had roughly 30% charge out of the box, so I plugged it in via the AC adapter. It only took about two and a half hours to get it to 100%.

    The first test: Home appliance

    I didn’t spend a whole lot of time putting this through the paces at home because I don’t think of this power station as something that would save the day during a power outage. This is not a replacement for a more powerful backup or portable generator, and you’ll have to be choosy about what you use it for in the event of an outage.

    Need to keep the fridge cold? Great. Power a lamp, too, but keep an eye on the battery percentage on the display. While you can simultaneously charge the power station with the solar panels while using it to power other equipment, it’s not advised and could affect the overall life of the battery.

    Now that that’s out of the way, I wanted to see how it would handle a full-size microwave oven. It was as described by Jackery, losing about 1% for each of the five minutes I ran it.

    The bigger test: Camping

    Now it’s time to take the Jackery Solar Generator 1500 set on the road to my family’s favorite camping spot at the Grand Canyon. Packing the SUV took a little more careful thought this time around when you factor in the size of the power station and four solar panels, but we got it all to fit.

    Instead of bringing our portable Weber grill, this time, we opted to bring our more compact George Foreman Grill. Once set up, we plugged the grill into the power station and pushed the button to activate the power outlets. The display on the grill lit up immediately.

    Cooking burgers at 400 degrees for 15 minutes drained about 25% of the Jackery’s battery. Then using it to charge our phones and a Bluetooth speaker, we eventually got the power station’s battery to around 50%. Time to break out the solar panels …

    I spread out all four panels, pointing them directly at the sun (using the built-in stands), then connected them to the power station using two included Y adapters. It started charging back up immediately.

    While the specs say the station can be fully charged with four solar panels in about five hours, that has to be in absolutely ideal conditions. Pointing straight toward the sun, with no shadows, clouds or other obstacles, it still took more than four hours to get from 52% to 99%. By then, it was too dark to finish out the charge.

    The biggest test: Phoenix Suns

    I understand that many people consider tent camping as a way to get off the grid — disconnect for a little while. I agree and typically only try to keep my iPhone charged up so I can still be reached. This camping trip had extenuating circumstances.

    A little backstory: I’ve been a huge fan of the Phoenix Suns going on three decades. My wife and I planned this camping trip a couple of months ago before we had any idea the Suns would make it back to the NBA Finals for the first time in 28 years.

    I wasn’t going to adjust our plans, but I also did not want to miss the first game in the series. So I added a little home theater next to our tent. Here’s all it took:

    • 10’x10′ canopy
    • 100″ projector screen
    • Mini projector
    • Apple TV
    • iPhone (as the hotspot)
    • Jackery 1500 Explorer to power it all

    It was a pretty easy setup, and my only concern was having enough cellular service to stream the game live. Somehow, the 3G signal at the campsite was good enough.

    This was definitely a unique situation, but the setup would not have been possible without the Jackery power station. It worked out so well that we also brought along a Blu-ray player and watched “Avatar” later that night.

    Speaking of night, there’s a handy flashlight built into the side of the power station that works very well in the dark.

    Verdict: Is this solar generator set worth the price?

    Like anything else, the necessity of something like this will depend on the person. As I mentioned, the Jackery Solar Generator set isn’t made to keep your whole house up and running during a power outage — just a few select appliances and gadgets in case of emergency. On the other hand, it’s actually very useful if you go on road trips and would even be a nice addition to anyone with an RV.

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    What I like

    • Plug-and-play ease of use
    • Freedom provided by the solar panels
    • Multiple charging/power ports for simultaneous use
    • Quiet, with the occasional sound of the internal fan
    • Informative LCD display with battery percentage, power input/output, time to recharge, etc.
    • Bonus USB-C and USB-A ports on the back of each SolarSaga panel

    What I don’t like

    • Portable, but still relatively heavy
    • Factor in the solar panels and it takes up a lot of room in the car
    • Pricey

    The price of the Jackery Explorer 1500 Portable Power Station alone is 1,599. Each SolarSaga 100W Solar Panel bought separately costs 299.99. Do the math for the power station and four solar panels, and that comes out to just under 2,800 before tax.

    Or, save 100 and buy the Jackery Solar Generator 1500 as a set for 2,699. Yeah, it’s expensive, but that’s not even the top-of-the-line unit Jackery offers (which costs 4,299).

    If within your means, yes, this is a product I recommend along with the solar panels. I don’t plan on using the power station regularly for a home theater in the woods, but it’s nice to know that’s an option. Next time, I’ll be bringing along a coffee maker.

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    Jackery 1500 solar generator review

    What is a solar generator and what can I do with it? I review the Jackery 1500 Solar Generator for the answers to this popular question.

    Jackery 1500

    Essentially the Jackery product is a large 1,534 watt-hour battery enclosed in Jackery’s case giving you access to use that power almost any way that makes sense.

    On the front of that case are three 120 volt household power outlets, a single USB-C outlet, a traditional USB outlet capable of up to five volts or 2.4 amps, a USB outlet compatible with Qualcomm’s quick charge and a typical “cigarette lighter” adapter capable of delivering 10 amps of 12volt power.

    In addition there is a display that shows power input and output and how much power remains in the battery as well as a calculated guesstimate as to how long the power will last based on current usage figures.

    Using this you could plug just about any 120 volt household appliance into it and operate that appliance. For example, I plugged in a coffee maker, a coffee grinder, a pressure cooker, an Instant Pot and a toaster. Not all at the same time, mind you, but individually. The unit handled each of those without issue.

    At the same time I could plug the very notebook confuser in that I use to write these reviews via the USB C port and charge it.

    There are also two ports at the upper left of the front of this to charge the internal battery. You could use the included wall charger to accomplish this or I used the four 100 watt SolarSaga solar panels that were sent as part of the package to do so.

    Can I run a CPAP on a solar generator?

    One of the most common questions I read on the various forums that I troll about RVs is if you can run a CPAP machine with a solar generator. There are also a lot more folks on the road with their various computers and other electronic whiz bangs and, of course, those need to be refueled as well.

    Of course you could always get a traditional generator but they’re noisy, smelly and require maintenance. Furthermore few places allow you to run them at the time of night when you’d want to use a CPAP machine so that solution is a no go for many circumstances.

    When Jackery offered to send me their latest and largest model, the Jackery 1500. I thought it would be a great opportunity to see if this could really do the job many want from it. specifically, the Jackery Solar Generator 1500 (Jackery 1500 4 x SolarSaga 100W) is specifically what I got.

    Solar charging

    My favorite way to replenish the power in this beast is to lay out the four Jackery SolarSaga 100 watt solar panels and let the sun provide my juice.

    To accomplish this this there are two adapters that come with the device that let you plug in two of the solar panels to each adapter and then plug that adapter into the Jackery. In theory this provides up to 400 watts of solar input but I was able to get up to 380 watts at the most and around 200 watts in less than ideal conditions.

    Each SolarSaga panel consists of two semi flexible solar panels in a flexible case. The case snaps together like a briefcase using magnets and there’s a nifty handle at the top. At the back of each of these assemblies is a which has the connector and wire to attach to the Jackery as well as a hub with USB C or USB ports, allowing you to use the panel to charge those devices.

    The flexible case that is the back of the panel also has a flip-out leg or stand on each side so you can position the panel to optimize capturing the sun’s rays.

    Charge times

    Charging the unit from a low point to full took anywhere from 6-8 hours depending on the sun, the state of charge and whether there was anything drawing current from the unit as well.

    There’s another thing I really liked about this unit, you could charge it at the same time as you were using the power thanks to an MPPT controller in the unit.

    I actually plugged my travel trailer into the unit while the solar panels were doing their thing and ran the refrigerator in the trailer.

    The Jackery reported that, after a day of doing this, the unit was down to 89 percent of capacity so, basically, not bad. Power draw varied from about 120 watts to 180 watts depending on where the refrigerator was in the operating cycle. Incoming power varied as well due to it being a cloudy day. It’s quite possible, depending on your draw, to use this package to operate many of the things in your RV completely off solar.

    Would it be possible to operate the AC unit? Sort of. If you use a Soft Start RV and this high-capacity Jackery unit you could get about two hours’ run time from the AC but you really wouldn’t want to have any other electrical loads at the same time. This is similar to running your AC with a smaller generator.

    Why Jackery

    Jackery has made a name for itself as a company that provides an integrated solution. Everything they make is designed to work together to provide a solution for the customer. If you buy their main unit and their solar panel there is no question what’s going to happen. you plug the connector in and charge the unit. Simple.

    Their plugs plug in only one way and everything just works. The unit and the solar panels are designed to work together and they do.

    There are other brands of these solar generators that are more component based. Yes, you can use anybody’s solar panels. You can mix and match things. But how well they work together can depend very much on your understanding of the systems.

    You could also build a device that performed the same function for much less than the 2,699 list price of this device. But then you should know what you’re doing as lithium batteries can get explody if not managed properly. Buying an off-the shelf unit means you don’t worry about this.

    The downside

    As many pluses as there were with this unit there were also some things that really had me scratching my head.

    For example, the main unit wanted to be in a relatively temperature-moderate environment. In other words, electronics don’t like to be in freezing temperatures nor do they like to be extremely hot.

    The first few days I had this the outside temps were close to 110°F so charging it was a bit of an issue as the cables provided with the solar panels aren’t very long. Thus the whole thing had to sit outside and the main unit worked to protect itself and part of that was limiting incoming charge power.

    I would really like to see Jackery offer extension cables for this package so that I could keep the main unit inside and the solar panels outside the RV.

    While I respect the fact all the Jackery bits work very well together, by the same token, it’s next to impossible to use solar panels that I already have.

    But the biggest thing about this that troubled me was that the internal battery is only good for about 500 cycles. Some of the newer Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4) have charge duty cycles of up to 5,000 cycles, some even more. Once you’ve gone through all the cycles on this device it’s just e-waste. I wish Jackery offered some sort of a replacement/trade in program for the batteries themselves.

    We have been affiliated with Lion Energy for years now and they offer a similar device in the Lion Safari ME but the solar panels are additional, however we also have a discount code.

    Boondocking with the Jackery

    On this most recent two month trip the only device I brought for power was the Jackery and its four 100-watt Solar Saga panels. In summary, it was fantastic.

    I was able to use this and plug our 30 amp trailer into the Jackery and keep the house batteries in the travel trailer charged. When the trailer was plugged into the Jackery 1500 it was as it if were plugged into a normal 120 volt household outlet so I could run things like the microwave.

    I still used propane to run the refrigerator and the water heater just so I minimized the draw on the Jackery and used it for things that would only run on electricity. This also meant I could use the trailer’s household outlets to charge my laptops and cameras and such. It was delightfully convenient and worked very well.

    This was enough for us to make it through the nine day Albuquerque Balloon Fiesta as well as a five day boondocking adventure in the mountains above Prescott, Arizona. Having the portable panels allowed me to aim them at the sun for optimal charging and the Jackery actually never got below about a 55% state of charge.

    Now we did not use the air conditioner on this trip simply because we chose to camp in weather where we didn’t have to. I was completely thrilled with the performance of the Jackery and the Solar Saga panels during this two month road trip.

    Now if my trailer had lithium batteries and an inverter and a large bank of solar panels on the roof I could have done the same thing, but at a far higher cost. The Jackery and it’s matched solar panels did the same thing simply, easily and at a far lower cost.

    In summary

    I can see this device serving a lot of different use case scenarios.

    The most obvious one is the CPAP user who wants something silent that can handle 1-2 CPAP machines over night. Depending on your CPAP unit, this could be your solution. It’s quiet, easy to recharge and will run two CPAP machines for eight hours.

    This could also be a great solution for those who like to boondock and want to run appliances like coffee makers or hair dryers. It will handle those kinds of things.

    I could also see, with the group that I go camping with, this machine being pressed into use to run our Traeger barbecue. Plug the Traeger into the Jackery and throw the four solar panels out and you’ve got smoked venison by the end of the day. In fact, if my calculations are correct you can run the Traeger and then still have enough juice to power two CPAP machines overnight. This does have a lot of stored energy.

    Furthermore I will keep this unit in the house here in Northern California. Our local power company keeps settling lawsuits for burning down communities and their solution is to simply shut off our power when things get scary for their shareholders. While I presently have been using a small generator to keep my refrigerator running, this unit will easily handle that task when this happens. Again.

    The good thing is, since it’s a battery-powered unit it’s not announcing itself to the neighbors by rattling outside in the yard. I can keep the unit inside the house overnight which means my refrigerator will be running overnight too. Not only do the generators come out when the power goes off up here, so, too, do the people who like five-finger discounts on generators sitting outside at night.

    Being dead silent also means you can run things in places where there are restrictions on the generator hours. Frankly, this unit inside the RV won’t make any noise and you can charge your computers, phones and all of that.

    Jackery makes a number of different units that offer this functionality but with different capacities. The 1500 that I tested is truly the beast of the bunch and will power a lot of different things. While the entire package, at 2,699 on Jackery’s website, is certainly not inexpensive the simplicity of making the pieces work together along with the capacity of this device may make sense for some people.

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