Jackery Explorer 1000 | Is This The Ultimate Portable Power Supply For Vanlife?

Jackery Explorer 1000 | Is This The Ultimate Portable Power Supply For Vanlife?

Read on to find out what we think of the Jackery Explorer 1000.
Jackery Explorer 1000

/ Final Score: 4.5 / 5

We think it's an excellent bit of kit. Strong, sturdy and well built with a 24 month warranty and excellent customer service. It powered everything we needed it to, with scope for more! Quiet and reliable, it's a sure buy. There are a couple of things we'd change if we could: a couple more USB ports, a faster AC charger (7.5 hours from fully discharged isn't fast enough although still respectable) and a personal one this, a little more of the orange colour!

 

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/ Key Features

BATTERY INFO
Capacity: 1002Wh (21.6V, 46.4Ah)
Cell Chemistry: Li-ion NMC
Lifecycle: 500 cycles to 80%+ capacity
Management System: BMS, Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection

PORTS
AC Output: 230V, 1000W (2000W Surge)
USB-A Output: 5V, 2.4A
Quick Charge 3.0 Output: 5-6.5V, 3A / 6.5-9V, 3A / 9-12V, 1.5A
USB-C Output: 5V, 9V, 12V up to 3A
Car Output: 12V, 10A
DC Input: 12V-30V (200W Max)

RECHARGE TIMES
AC Adapter: 7.5 Hours
12V Car Adaptor: 14 Hours
Two SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels: 8 Hours

GENERAL
Weight: 22.04 lbs (10 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, ROHS, CA Prop 65
Warranty: 24 Months

/ Overview

What is the Jackery Explorer 1000?

The Jackery Explorer 1000 is a solar generator that packs a mighty punch from its small, aesthetically pleasing form. Boasting a continual output of 1000 watts and a surge peak of 2000 watts, this little black and orange box of electrickery is perfect for those extended breaks away in your campervan, or as a worthy extension to your campervan electrical installation for those moments when you need extra oomph. And we’ve all had plenty of those moments!

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

Just how portable is the Jackery Explorer 1000?

With its ergonomically shaped body, perfectly sized fixed handle, and balanced weight distribution, coming in at 10kg, the Jackery Explorer 1000 is easily manageable. Add the two folding solar panels at a little under 5kg each making the whole package super mobile. Overall, the Jackery Explorer 1000 is a pretty good size and weight for the output, and we feel most users will find no trouble loading and unloading the kit in and out of their van.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

What can the Jackery Explorer 1000 power?

With its built-in pure sine wave inverter, the Jackery Explorer 1000 can power pretty much anything you’d want to take on a camping trip and more, although it does draw the line at a household kettle – let’s be honest though, there’s not much out there that can. However, your Dolce Gusto or Tassimo? Sure! Hair straighteners? Absolutely. MacPro 13? 8 charges. Watch TV for 13 hours? Yes. The Jackery can power items up to 1000w constant, with a surge of 2000w.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

Professional MPPT technology for faster solar charging 

Add the included  SolarSaga 2 x 100-watt solar panel kit and those figures go up dramatically while there is sunshine to harvest! On a good day of sunshine the Explorer 1000 can be charged in 8 hours. The Jackery can be used while charging so you can power your Traeger Ranger portable pellet grill all day for a long slow St Louis rib or brisket cook and still have enough juice left at the end of the day to charge your devices and watch a bit of TV with a coffee.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

What output sockets does the Jackery Explorer 1000 have?

On the front, the Jackery has 2 USB-C, 2 USB, one DC carport and 2 AC outlets with a pure sine wave inverter. I used the Jackery on our test over a long weekend away and that was more than enough outputs.

I charged my Chromebook via USB-C, the same with my iPhone which left the AC sockets free for other things. I even charged my beard clippers, Dewalt XR 5ah 18v batteries and my Karcher window vac via the AC 3 pin plug sockets.
The solar panels, 2 included in the box, each has 1x USB-C and 1x USB-A outputs, further increasing daytime device charging capabilities.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

What’s the watts?

The Jackery Explorer 1000 hides an incredibly efficient 1000/2000 (peak) watt Li-Ion NMC battery. With a 500-cycle life (to 80% efficiency) and built-in battery management system, over-voltage and short circuit protection. The solar panels have a built-in MPPT charge controller, 100w peak power and claimed 23% efficiency.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

Can the Jackery Explorer 1000 power a cool-box?

My Vitrifrigo C55i compressor fridge (55 litres, 45w/3.6 amp) is 12v dc and is hardwired to my vans electrical system but, just for this test, I snipped the wire and installed a cigar lighter style plug and ran it for 5 hours from the Jackery with incredible results! The power delivery was smooth and stable and in fact, my fridge ran better on the Jackery Explorer 1000 than it does on my leisure batteries! Gone was the noisy start-up after the initial power surge, which was impressive! So will it run a cool box? Absolutely yes. For 17 hours straight at 60w, in fact. Again, don’t forget adding the solar panels will extend this indefinitely during good daylight hours.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

Is the Jackery Explorer 1000 noisy?

No. Even when under heavy load and with the cooling system in action, the Jackery Explorer was virtually silent so you won’t get any interrupted sleep from this power generator.   

How does the Jackery Explorer 1000 charge up?

As mentioned above, it charges via solar power from the 2 x 100 watt solar panels but also through mains AC using the charger, included, so you can charge at home making sure it’s ready to use as soon as you need it.

Jackery Explorer 1000
Jackery Explorer 1000

Is the Jackery Explorer 1000 worth the money? 

This depends on many factors. If you’re looking at buying it for 3 or 4 weekend fishing trips a year then probably no, but Jackery offers a wide range of portable power stations and perhaps a smaller one will suit your needs better. But, if you’re a regular campervan traveller, fishing overnighter, or spend extended time off the grid then yes, I feel it’s incredible value for money. Taking into consideration the cost of installing a LifePo4 electrical system into your camper of the same power, it works out as great value for money. Add onto that its portability, compact size and lightweight, then it makes even more sense.

If you’re a full-time vanlifer then this isn’t a replacement for your electrical system but is an excellent backup for those dark gloomy days where the sun just won’t shine enough to charge your huge battery bank. Or for those opportunities that often arise when you wish you had a good power supply to take to the beach for lights and music and for charging your devices and camera equipment.

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Full-time vanlifer and content creator Shane has been living in and working from his self-build van conversion since 2020. Shane has an alter ego, Calamity Shane. Born in ’75, Shane has been giving away free smiles ever since.

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