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We just received the Jackery Explorer 500 Power Station. It’s a much bigger unit than the Honda 290 Power station that we already have. It's still lightweight, but it's much heftier than the 290. The new one is going to be a holiday gift for my parents, since they don’t have a generator (we do). Power outages are a part of life in the Northeast, like many other areas. Whether due to strong storms, hurricanes, heavy snow, or just random unexpected issues, we prefer to be prepared. We’ve gifted smaller Jackery Power Banks to many family members over the years. We carry them everywhere, so that we don’t have to worry about using up too much phone battery. These Power Stations can do much more.I haven’t had time to test the number of phone charges it can get - it boasts 30+, but I have tested it out on my MacBook Pro 15 inch. My laptop is more demanding than the ones they tested, so it can be re-charged about 4X with a charge taking about 1.5 hours (I was using the laptop at the time, so I’m guessing it might be faster and do more otherwise). A smaller one would get 6+. Still, this is great! I would never charge my laptop from our generator. I wouldn’t trust it. Jackery is a safe way to charge your electronics during a power outage (or while camping, for those of you who like to get away from the city). It can even be used to power a tv (not my priority, but I know it will be for some!One note, the 290 is a bit sensitive, so we are careful not to push plugs in too hard. I don’t know if the 500 is similarly sensitive, but it’s worth being aware. Jackery customer service is excellent, should you have any need to contact them.If you add the solar panels, your ability to stay charged is limitless. This is a great device and would be an incredible holiday gift for anyone. Perfect for Chanukah, under the Christmas tree, or for any celebration! We highly recommend this Jackery Explore 500 Power Station! Whatever holiday you celebrate, this would make someone very happy!
I live in Florida and this is a must have for power outages, camping, and hurricane preparation. It’s so much easier than a traditional generator. It’s also a much cleaner solution and easier to have available when needed. The display screen is very helpful as far as knowing whether or not it’s fully charged. It has ample outlets and ways to charge it as well. I have to to also get the solar panels. I cannot wait for my next camping adventure to use this.
We just completed a one month trip mostly off grid in our adventure van. We used our brand new Jackery 500 to provide us power for our ARB fridge, laptops, phones and iPads. We coupled it with the Jackery Solar Saga 100 watt solar panels. This worked flawlessly.The Jackery 500 will power our ARB fridge for 2 days although we usually use our van deep cycle batteries to do that. It did really well powering and charging our MacBook Pros which can eat up power when playing games. I would connect the Solar Saga panels, put them in the sun and plug in my MacBook Pro and iPhone and iPad and the charge percentage would hardly move below 100%. Without the solar panels connected, I could go hours and hours before taking the charge percentage to 30% which I stop there at the lowest to increase the lifespan of the unit. My wife even powered her small coffee maker in the morning although that will use up some charge percentage quickly. I would charge the Jackery with the solar panels when able, charge with the AC adapter whenever we happened to be using our generator, and also charge with the AC adapter whenever we were driving (place to place) and the engine alternator would power the vans inverter. I did not use the DC charger much because we are able to use the AC charger most of the time which is faster but it is available should the situation arise. The solar panels really helped in keeping our Jackery charge percentage up. A great feature is being able to charge the Jackery and use it to power devices at the same time.As far as the price, I believe I got a good deal especially because I used a discount code from a YouTuber who was reviewing the Jackery 500 and Solar Saga 100. I saved 20% on each item which makes for an excellent deal. We will see how the Jackery lasts. I will update this review if there are any issues of any kind. My wife and I will be traveling full time in our 4x4 van so we will be using the Jackery 500 on a daily basis most likely so that will be pretty demanding. If you see no updates, that means the Jackery and Solar Saga panels are working very well. I have no connection to Jackery so anything you read from me will be the way it is so let’s see how it goes.
I will start this review on the company, Jackery behind the Explorer 500.I love Jackery! Jackery's Customer Service is by far one of the best in theindustry. I have contacted them and received quick professional answers to myquestions. An outstanding company and technical support group, have a questionor problem? Simply email (email@example.com) and you'll get a answer in a timelymanner. The Jackery Explorer 500W Lithium Portable Power Station is Big power ina small package and comes with a 24 month warranty. I love the small JackeryExplorer 500W charging station setup with my Jackery SolarSaga 100W solar panel.The Explorer 500W is compact portable power and offers safe charging withbuilt-in Over Voltage Protection, Short Circuit Protection, Battery managementsystem (BMS), a 500Watt pure sine-wave inverter capable of handling 1000watt surge,3 USB Type-A ports, 12V DC carport, two 12V 6MM barrel connectors and 110V AC outletat 500W max. The built-in backlit LCD screen displays charge/discharge rates,battery state of charge and rated at 500 cycles to 80%. It's temperature ratingis 32F-104F which meets my camping needs. Here are some specifications whichmeet/exceed my needs such as: Lithium 518.4Wh/144,400mAh Lithium battery capacity,built-in inverter is 500W rated power and 1000W surge power from the built-inAC port, 24Ah/21.6V and input is 12V-30V at 3.5Amps. The following is my testand experience. Input charging times will vary depending on how empty/full thebattery is and how you charge it. So the following is based on battery being at 20%,charging by AC Outlet using the included Li-ion Battery Charger 25.2V at 3.5Ampscharged it in 7.1 hours, using Jackery SolarSaga 100W solar panel charged in 10.5hours in southern Louisiana summer sun from 7am till 5:30pm, no clouds or overcast.Using the cigarette lighter 12v/10A adapter charging took 13.3 hours using my 17year old 110V to 12V converter. As another test using my 110V outlet on my invertergenerator took almost 7.3 hours. The size dimensions are 11.84"W x 9.2"H X 7.59"D,weighs 13.32Lbs on my scale, has a built-in LED light which is a nice feature whencamping in my tent. Jackery Explorer 500W is a portable compact powerful chargingstation to fill my charging requirements. I use ALL Jackery products including the1 Jackery PowerBar 77Wh, 2 Explorer 240Wh Power Stations, 1 Explorer 500Wh PowerStation, Jackery 50W and 100W Solar Panel Kits and Jackery Protective CarryingBags which I highly recommend to protect your investment. I go camping regardlessof weather conditions about 120+ days a year. I have 30 tents of various sizes,shapes and designs which I modify each one for my needs. I camp all over USA andkeeping my devices charged up is of great importance. I used the 500 while on a 3week camping trip to HOT Arizona for a gathering. I recharged 4 Action cameras,4 Mavic Pro batteries, iPhone6, six 18650 batteries for 12v Fan, and 10000mahportable battery pack. When the Explorer 500Wh Power Station was at 45% charge,I would set solar panels outside 7:30am and reposition them thru out the day andwas at 100% by 5:30pm on sunny no cloud days. If you look at the picture of shadeon the panel, it was still charging whereas most panels will not charge at allwhen shade is on even 10% of some panels. The solar panels are well made. Tocharge my Jackery 240Wh I use the Jackery 50W solar which came with a nice protectivecover to stow it in when not in use. Also I use the Jackery SolarSaga 100W panel kitto charge the Jackery 500Wh Power Station. As my battery charging requirementshave increased, I love Jackery so much which is why I purchased a Jackery Explorer500Wh power station, Jackery had a 20% discount using discount code from HoboTechyoutube channel and was able to purchase this one at a reduced rate. When available,I will be purchasing Jackery 500 Protective Carrying Bag to protect my investment.Yes the solar panels are a little pricey, but they are well worth it. They arevery convenient, well made, foldable which take up a smaller foot print whennot in use, tough, rugged and do the job as described. Being able to charge multipledevices at the same time such the my iPhone, 2 hotspots, laptop, iPad4 tablet,4 Mavic Pro batteries and 4 action cameras, etc. You can use the this powerstation while you are charging it from any of the 3 charging types: solar,12v carport or 110 AC outlet. Now I am able to charge anywhere WITHOUT having tocarry 5 gallons of gasoline and my 2200watt inverter generator making my chargingsetup eco-Friendly, compact, lightweight and very manageable. If you pair togetherthe Jackery 100W SolarSaga Panel kit and Jackery Explorer 500W, it truly is aportable plug and play power station. I give the Jackery Explorer 500W LithiumPortable Power Station 2 thumbs up for portability, design and functionality.
Bought this for use in a converted cargo van.Have already tested it with a 100w solar panel and it works well. Just be aware it does take long for this power station to charge. I tested it out for about 2 hours and it charged 20% so 10 hours to fully charge sounds accurate.It came at about 45% charged so I was able to right away try out charging my cell phone with the USB outputs.I finally installed my roof fan in my car and have already started using the Jackery to power it while I work on my van and it's been great. The fan doesn't take too much power and the Jackery hasn't dropped below 70% after 2 evenings of use. Even though I leave the fan plugged in, I do make sure to turn the power off when not in use to conserve energy.I also tested the regular plug to charge up a lime scooter, the output was about 85 watts so I could have charged up to 4 from a fully charged Power station. I just wanted to try it out compared to shore power and it actually charged the lime charger much faster! I was very impressed. I would need a fully charged station to charge four scooters at a time, each one seems to take about 25% power so it would need to be fully charged again after a night of charging up lime scooters.Because it is so light I already anticipate easily alternating between charging with solar panel, car battery and shore power.Long term I would like to buy an additional power station so I can bring one in with me to work or a coffee shop to charge while I have the other charging with solar and keeping things like a mini-fridge constantly powered. It seems like the most practical application of this product seeing as it can take a while to charge.I will be using this for urban van life so it's a perfect fit for me! Literally, a plug and play station, that saved me a world of headache and hassle that doing a DIY power station would have been.I am very happy with my purchase and will come back to update once I'm living full time in my van and depending much more on it.
I'm really impressed with the Jackery 500. The wall charger is bigger than the ones that came with the 240 & 290 and thus it does not take long to charge it up. The 12 volt cigarette lighter port is where you can hook up small electric blankets and small heaters on cold winter days. The 12 volt cigarette lighter port on the 500 is regulated and it has a boost converter which means 13.2 volts of power is available for when you use the cigarette lighter port. What does this mean? As the battery gets lower the cigarette lighter port will still give off max power even as the battery approaches the empty mark. Most solar generators on the market will not do this with their 12 volt cigarette lighter ports. When you use the AC port you will lose 10% power because the converter requires the power to run. Not so with the 12 volt cigarette lighter port. So most of the toys that I have been buying for the Jackery 500 all have 12 volt cigarette lighter adapters on them, because this port is where you will get your best performance! Jackery you rock! :)
Jackery by far offers one of the most superior portable power stations available on the market at a very competitive price. The Explorer 500 has more than enough power to supply the charging needs for your off grid gear.Unique features liked pass-through charging, set it apart from many of the competitors. Pass-through charging allows you to charge the unit and power other products at the same time. So essentially, I can charge my Jackery 500 with a solar panel, while charging other equipment at the same time with my Jackery Explorer 500. Neat!The Explorer 500 has three standard USB ports, a standard 110 US outlet, a 12-volt cigarette lighter port, and two 12-volt DC input ports. The option to power many accessories are right there built in to the Jackery Explorer 500.500 watts of Pure Sine Wave power for the most delicate electronics!If you've been searching for a portable power station, I highly recommend the jackery Explorer 500. This has been a champion in my camping equipment. Backed by a two-year warranty, I see nothing to lose - only positive gains from the purchase of a Jackery.
A small 13.5lb compact power supply that has the most common output voltages. With 518wh (Li-ion NMC) your looking at a long lasting and convenient power with the ability to use solar panel charge.USB ports 3 @ 2.4a12vdc @ 10a110vac @ 500wAll round it is a very well built Portable Power supply with accurate power specifications. I can easily take care of a families needs on weekend camping trip.Pros:Light weightCompactMultiple output optionsMultiple charging optionsFlashlightUseful display with battery and usage informationOutput are the stated ratingsSolar charging option.Cons:Auto timeout after 6 hours can be inconvenient for some uses.There is a cooling fan with AC usage that does not have a filter
This is exactly what I have been looking for. Great for people who road trip or camp a lot. It has the capacity to charge an extended range Boosted Board about two and a half times. It’s still decently small and lightweight yet feels like it has a sturdy build quality. The display is simple to read and provides all the basic information you may need in terms of input and output.
The Jackery Explorer 500 is one of the best purchases I have made and also own a Jackery 440, both are excellent products.Very reliable powerful backup power.We use these for everything camping and even for my CPAP machine.If you want and excellent dependable power backup, then Jackery should be your choice.I chose Jackery because of the independent reviews I have read and nobody had anything bad to say about them.I highly recommend the Explorer 500 by Jackery.