Value and Conclusion
- The Jackery Solar Generator 1000 combo has an MSRP of US$1499 excl. taxes. The Jackery Explorer 1000 sells for $999, while each Jackery SolarSaga 100 goes for $299.
- Three AC outputs
- Three USB outputs
- Quick-charge 3.0 capable
- Instant power on
- Silent during small loads
- Passive, 180-watt power supply included
- May be charged through a car's cigarette lighter
- Up to 200-watt solar charging delivery
- Powerful enough to act as a power source to home appliances and computers
- Backlit display for easy readability in any environment
- Built-in flashlight with SOS emergency functionality
- Sturdy housing with comfortable handle
- Simple and sturdy cabling setup for solar charging
- Solar panels fold together using magnets
- Solar panels may be used on their own to charge small devices
- Solar panels with metal rings to hang them from
- Li-ion allows for fewer charging cycles than LiFePO4
- Cooling fan that activates with heavy load is noticeable indoors
- 168-watt maximum input
- Solar panel cloth gets dirty easily
- Solar panel stands feel a bit fragile
- 2-year warranty could be longer
The Jackery Solar Generator 1000 consisting of the Explorer 1000 and two SolarSaga 100 products is really meant to do one thing: provide you the promised power output. To that end, it delivers nicely, we took it out for a camping trip around Vancouver Island and had a great experience.
With its 1000-watt rating, Jackery actually provides a 1002 Wh (21.6 V, 46.4 Ah) battery inside the Explorer 1000, with a surge output of up to 2000 watts. That means you can provide power to devices that may require it—say, a microwave or gaming PC in case of a blackout out in your area. The only somewhat tangible issue with the battery system is the use of classic Li-ion rated for around 500 charging cycles instead of something like LiFePO4, which could be good for 3000 or more. But looking at this from a real-world usage perspective, you could fully charge the Jackery Explorer 1000 once a week for nearly 10 years.
The other element the Jackery Explorer may be limited in is that it can only handle an input of 168 watts at most, while the brand's 1500 Wh and 2000 Wh can handle 400 and 800 watts respectively. But, even so, you should be able to fully charge the Jackery Explorer 1000 in about 7–8 hours. That said, as with any battery, completely draining and repeatedly charging it fully doesn't help its longevity, either.
The included Jackery SolarSaga 100 panels are surprisingly easy to use, both as a physical product and in terms of connectivity to the Jackery Explorer 1000. With a single fold and magnets holding them together, all you have to to do is pull them apart and prop the panels up. The single, 3-meter-long cable can be plugged straight into the Explorer 1000 or paired using the simple splitter. On top of that, the inclusion of the two USB ports makes the SolarSaga 100 useful as a standalone product as well.
With a price of $1499 for the Solar Generator 1000 bundle, you also save $100 compared to buying all the parts separately as the Jackery Explorer 1000 goes for $999 and each of the SolarSaga 100 panels clocks in at $299. That said. for a 1000 Wh battery pack, the Explorer 1000 is priced right where it should be: not too expensive, but not incredibly affordable, either.
Overall, the Jackery Solar Generator 1000 is a great and versatile bundle for those looking to have ample of power on the road for a slew of devices. As such, it's suitable for family camping or longer off-grid trips, especially when utilizing your vehicle as a charging source while on a road trip.