Test, opinion and presentation of the solar generator kit

Only a few weeks ago, Jackery had just launched its new energy station. The Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro. This is an upgrade of the Jackery Explorer 1000 battery, also comes with new solar panels.

Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro with solarsaga 80 solar panel
Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro with solarsaga 80 solar panel

It must be admitted from the outset that this new version is particularly successful, with optimizations that relate to both the design and the technical characteristics of the battery. Let’s take a look at the improvements that Jackery has been able to make to its new solar generator.

A clear optimization of the design

On its new Explorer 1000 Pro energy station, Jackery was very keen to rethink the design. If the colors remain the same (dark gray and orange), the shape has changed a lot. The new battery has more angular edges, it is more massive. It clearly gives off an impression of robustness.

We will greatly appreciate the fact that the central handle, on the top of the battery, is now foldable. This saves space, especially during transport. Also, note that the battery is still equipped with orange fans on the sides (they are very quiet), as well as orange rubber pads also present on the bottom.

Another element that seems particularly successful to us is the fact that all the user interfaces are located on the front of the battery, and therefore on one side only. It is thus possible to read the information on the LCD screen, while connecting the various devices (AC outputs, USB, lamp).

Everything the user needs is located on the same side of the battery, which is not the case with other competing models. Jackery has also put a little more sobriety into his new drums. For example, on the explorer 1000, there were 4 AC outputs. On the new explorer 1000 Pro, there are only 2 AC outputs, but this is still very sufficient.

As far as the screen is concerned, there are also some nice improvements. The size remains similar, but new info has been added. We will of course find the remaining battery percentage. There is also the number of W input, with the time required for the battery to be charged to 100%.

Likewise, there is the power used in output, with the remaining time of battery use. You will also find other information via small pictograms (type of load, temperature alert, etc.) Note that there is a big change in the lamp.

As on the Explorer 1000 version, the Explorer 1000 Pro battery has an integrated lamp which is very practical. This is now on the front panel, next to the outputs and the LCD screen. The new LED has 2 intensity levels. It also has an SOS mode (3 short pulses followed by 3 long pulses). We hope you never have to use it, but it’s a very good idea to have it added. Regarding the outputs, we will therefore find:

  • 1 cigarette lighter output (120 W)
  • 2 AC outputs (1000W / 2000W peak to peak)
  • 2 USB-C outputs (100W max)
  • 2 USB-A outputs (18W maximum)

Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro Battery Features

Ability 1002 Wh (43.2V 23.2Ah)
Battery type Li-ion
Number of Cycles 1000 cycles (use over 80%)
Weight 11.5kg
Dimensions 34 x 26.2 x 25.5cm
Operating temperatures From -10°C to +40°C
AC Charging Time (Home) 1.8 hours
12V charging time (Car) 4.37 hours
Solar panel charging time (4x200W) 1.8 hours if optimal conditions
Length of warranty 3 years

Power and recharging

Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro battery capacity has not changed compared to the old version. It is always 1002W. This capacity makes it possible, for example, to operate a 60W television for 13 hours, to recharge a computer approximately 10 times or to boil water for 1 hour.

The AC output power is 1000W. This makes it possible to run a large part of the household appliances. For those that would not work (large capacity kettle, hair dryer, etc.), it is possible to find slightly less powerful equivalents that require less than 1000W.

One of the great improvements of this new Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro battery concerns its recharging time. The latter has been considerably reduced. It took 7 hours for the old model to fully recharge on the mains, it now only takes 1.8 hours for this new battery.

If you want to recharge it via your car’s cigarette lighter socket, again the time savings are considerable, 4.37 hours instead of 14 hours. The improvement is also clear regarding solar panels. We were able to do a test with 2 different solar panels: the SolarSaga 80 (80W) and the SolarSaga 200 (200W).

Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro and solarsaga 80 solar panels
Jackery Explorer 1000 Pro and solarsaga 80 solar panels

We managed to recharge the battery in less than 2 hours with 4 SolarSaga 200 panels (test carried out in October, therefore with conditions that were not optimal). Such high-performance solar panels make it possible to use the battery more intensively, without being afraid of completely draining it.

Starting price

The battery explorer 1000 Pro will be launched at a price of 1399 euros. A price relatively similar to that of the explorer 1000 battery, which is on sale at 1249 euros. Considering the quality of the battery and the improvements that have been made, this small price increase is quite reasonable and justified.

If you add 2 SolarSaga 80 solar panels to your battery, the price will be 1699 euros. Again, this is still quite reasonably priced. On the other hand, the battery with 4 SolarSaga 200 solar panels (200W each) will be sold at the price of 3899 euros. This kit is therefore only intended for people with very high consumption.

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