Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro . Movie Review

Jacky Explorer 2000 Pro Solar Generator Review

The Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro Portable Power Station is the company’s largest and most versatile solar-compatible generator to date. Its massive storage capacity, durable build quality, and user-friendly experience make it easy to count on for portable or backup power. At $2,299 for the base unit and $3,599 to $6,199 for different packages with up to six solar panels, it’s a big cost. However, after testing the Explorer 2000 Pro extensively, as well as a range of other solar generators, it’s clearly worth the investment if you need a lot of portable and reliable power.

Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro review: A bigger and better portable power station

What is Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro?

Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro is a 2,160Wh power plant capable of producing 2,200W of AC power, with peaks of up to 4,400W. That’s a lot of power. To translate this into real-world situations, it’s enough to keep an efficient car refrigerator running for 2-3 days, or a full-size household refrigerator to run for about a day.

Jackery markets the Explorer 2000 Pro as a sort of all-in-one power solution for camping, wilderness use, or home use, and I would say it fits all of them very well. Although it can be a little bulky for short weekend camping trips, it’s a great power station for longer trips or longer trips. It’s also a powerful option for use at home when the power is out.

The Explorer 2000 Pro is equipped with four core temperature detectors and dual battery protection to ensure that it doesn’t overheat, which is essential for a product often sitting in the sun or in a hot car pouring out thousands of watts. It comes with all the necessary cables and adapters to power it in almost any condition. It offers a comprehensive array of ports, including three 120V AC outlets, two USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 ports (18W max output), two USB-C ports (100W max, up to 5A), and a car outlet 12 volts. It is more than enough for most mobile devices.

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro . Movie Review
Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro has a lot of ports. Nick Helden

Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro is pretty new, so I haven’t had a chance to push it to its limits yet. Having used the smaller version of the Explorer 1500 extensively, I can say that the Explorer 2000 Pro’s 2,160 watt-hour capacity is a massive upgrade. On full charge, running my live truck setup for 2-3 days without interruption without recharging is sufficient. My appliance is equipped with a high-efficiency refrigerator, lights, a fan, a laptop, and a few other random appliances. With that much power, I can live more comfortably on the road than any other generator I’ve tried. (I have tried a lot).

Shipping Explorer 2000 Pro

Charging the Explorer 2000 Pro from empty to full takes between 2 and 2.5 hours if plugged into the wall or receiving full sunlight via the six-panel solar generator setup. That’s really fast for a battery of this size. By contrast, the Explorer 1500—PopSciMy previous best choice of solar generator, which could have used only a four-panel setup – takes twice as long to charge a smaller battery.

The combination of massive energy storage and fast charging time is very impressive. One of the hardest things about using a portable solar generator on a road trip is the constant need to get rid of it. Being able to plug and play within two hours is a huge improvement. For comparison’s sake, the older Explorer 1500 took twice the time to collect 3/4 times as much juice.

To charge the Explorer 2000 Pro using solar energy, you will also need solar panels. Jackery sells packages that connect the generator to two, four or six 200W 18V SolarSaga panels, although you can also connect your own if you have panels from another generator.

More panels, more portability problems

In comparison, Explorer 2000 Pro is surprisingly portable. Weighing in at 43 pounds—about the same weight as a car battery—it’s only eight pounds heavier than the Explorer 1500 and not too difficult to navigate a camp site or climb in and out of a truck. The 2000 features a retractable handle, making it easy to move it around when you have to. The cube shape is easy to fit into a truck, RV, or storage space. While a movable handle may be easier to break than a stationary one, the more packable shape is worth the risk. The high, steady handle on the 1500 has always made it a bit difficult to fit into a truck full of jam.

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro . Movie Review
Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro features an adjustable handle, making it easier to store than previous models. Nick Helden

On the other hand, solar panels can become a bit impractical in some situations. Using six 200W panels provides incredibly fast charging, but deploying all six panels is somewhat frustrating. Each individual unit is made up of four foldable square sections, which need to be open, positioned, angled to the sun…and then adjusted as the sun moves. If this was a small task with two smaller, two-part, 100-watt Jackery boards, it would become a chore with six sprawling boards. Likewise, each panel is light on its own, but weight builds up when deflated.

If you’re going to be camping in one spot with a big truck or RV, it shouldn’t be difficult to pack a lot of shingles. Likewise, if you use Explorer 2000 Pro as emergency backup power at home or on the job site. But for vanlivers or “sailboats” – who are constantly picking up and moving and arguably the people most in search of portable solar generators – it can be very challenging. Although your charging time will go up, you may find yourself using fewer panels to make things easier on yourself.

So, who is Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro?

Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro . Movie Review
Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro is an amazing value for anyone who regularly needs plenty of sustainable energy. Nick Helden

The Jackery Explorer 2000 Pro is an incredibly versatile portable solar power station/generator. If you need a lot of compressed current, it will do wonders for you. Given its size — portable to a generator, but still more than 40 pounds — it makes more sense for campers, road hikers, and long-term campers than the average camping trip (unless you really expect to recharge your phone 260 times). It’s also a great backup power option for people who live in areas prone to outage or at an off-grid business location. Although setting up a full six solar panels may prove impractical and discourage you from maxing out ultra-fast recharge time, it is still the easiest and most powerful solar generator we’ve tried.

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