The new Jackery 1000 Pro does something few other solar generators can do
Solar generators seem to be entering a golden era, and the Jack 1000 Pro is a good example of why: serious power, comfortable portability, and a powerful set of available solar panels that can charge the unit from the sun as quickly as from a wall outlet. The system is much more expensive than the iconic Honda EU2200i gasoline generator but it may be worth it if you value true self-sufficiency and near-silent power that’s easy to use for convenience and survival.
What is a solar generator?
I always struggle with the term “solar generator”. They don’t generate power like a gas-powered unit, but rather store it from other sources to power your gear. In the case of the Jackery 1000 Pro, these charging sources can be a wall outlet, a 12 volt car outlet or solar panels. Even at its fastest, its recharge time is nowhere near that of a gas generator that takes a minute to “recharge”, but in an age saturated with phones and Teslas, I suspect the market is inevitably leaning towards a electronic backup power rather than one based on a combustion engine.
Power output and capacity
The “1000” in the name of the 1000 Pro means two things: 1000 watt max output at sa pure sine wave AC outlets (although it does support brief spikes as high as 2,000 watts) and 1,002 watt hours of capacity. The 1000 watts is the demand for an appliance or mix of appliances you can run in the moment, while the 1002 watt-hours is the amount of time you can run an appliance or mix of appliances. devices from a full charge.
However you choose to use the power of the 1000 Pro, you can get it from four types of outlets:
- 3 common household outlets that accept grounded plugs
- 2 Quick Charge 3.0 compatible USB-A ports delivering up to 18 watts
- 2 USB C ports which are PD (or Power Delivery) rated and can supply up to 100 watts
- 1 x 12 volt automotive style outlet that delivers approximately 120 watts
Much to the chagrin of preppers and hams (and me), the 1000 Pro lacks Anderson Powerpolesa type of DC power connector that is preferred by many serious or more technical users, but is admittedly obscure among average consumers.
Access to power
There are three ways to charge the 1000 Pro:
- Via a household outlet in 1.8 hours for a full charge.
- Via an optional set of four Jackery SolarSaga 200W solar panels in 1.8 hours for a full charge under ideal sun exposure
- Via car socket in 4.4 hours for a full charge
The 1000 Pro stores charge in lithium-ion batteries coupled with management electronics that Jackery says will allow 1,000 charge cycles before noticeable degradation, a big jump from the 500 charge cycles rated for. If you rarely use the 1000 Pro, its batteries may outlast you, but if you make it the center of an off-grid lifestyle, you’ll get years out of it, not a life.
Note that Jackery rates those 1,000 charge cycles at 80%, not 100%, which speaks to the reality of all lithium-ion batteries: you need to make sure you get the most out of them, and sometimes that means getting less out of them. their. The rules of thumb are:
- Do not charge more than 90%
- Do not discharge below 10%
- Do not constantly charge or recharge all the time
- Operate the device within its temperature range (14F to 104F with the 1000 Pro)
These best practices vary depending on each product’s internal management electronics, but you can’t go wrong following them with any brand or model of backup battery.
Importantly, Jackery claims the 1000 Pro will hold 80% of its charge after sitting for a year in proper temperature conditions, well above the 50% to 60% I expect from most of my storage batteries. .
Other niceties include an integrated LED light because, well, everything has one these days. But this one is well designed for even illumination and can really light up the space it is aimed at. Press the button three times and it flashes a continuous SOS.
The 1000 Pro’s internal fans run quietly at 46dB, barely audible even when I ran it powering work lights on a hot day.
The 1000 Pro weighs 25 pounds, which is 10 pounds lighter than the larger Explorer 1500 I recently tested. The difference is not just 10 pounds, but the difference between easy portability and fear. The folding handle is more comfortable than a fixed handle, and the overall design of the device is rather fancy rather than the cyber-macho look of too many products in this category.
Time to sell your gas generator?
Being able to charge solar power at the same rate as a wall outlet is impressive, but it’s expensive. The 1000 Pro on its own costs $1,099, but when paired with four of those SolarSaga 200W panels to get that charge rate, the price jumps to $3,999. A smaller set of 80W solar panels are available in a bundle for $1,597, but extend the full solar charge time to 9 hours without interest.
Unless you have a clear calculated need for more power and capacity than the 1000 Pro’s 1000 watts and watt hours, I’d avoid anything heavier. Unless you’re out in the woods steampunking it with incandescent Edison bulbs and a vintage electric ice cream maker, this device is worth considering.