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Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro: The Camper’s Best Choice for Sustainable Power

Embarking on a camping adventure offers a unique blend of freedom, nature, and simplicity. However, staying connected and powered up in the great outdoors doesn’t have to mean compromising on the camping experience.

Enter the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro, a game-changer for outdoor enthusiasts seeking a sustainable and reliable power solution. From powering lights for those late-night conversations around the campfire to keeping your devices charged for capturing those unforgettable moments, the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro ensures you stay connected, no matter where your adventures take you.

Join us as we delve into the benefits of incorporating this eco-friendly power source into your camping gear!

Looking to buy? You can find the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro on Amazon or directly from Jackery.

Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro with solar panels set up on the edge of the woods

Overview of the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro

Rapid Charging Capabilities

The standout feature of the 1500 Pro is undoubtedly its rapid charging capabilities. In optimal conditions, using six 200W solar panels (ok, that’s a bit unlikely), it’s fully charged in approximately two hours, which is no small feat for a generator of this capacity.

More realistically, if you have two of the 200W panels like I do, you’re looking at about 5 hours to recharge; which is pretty good!

Rapid charging of the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro

Wall charging maintains this efficiency, with a similar two-hour charge time if you have AC available. This unit was able to pull 1140 Watts from AC power in my testing which is a LOT! This unit can charge very very quickly – this is probably one of its top features. The convenience of such quick energy replenishment cannot be overstated, as it ensures minimal downtime and continual energy availability.

Power Output and Device Compatibility

When it comes to keeping a variety of devices up and running, the 1500 Pro doesn’t disappoint. Its 1800W output can handle a coffee maker, portable heater, or power tools without breaking a sweat.

Our testing revealed that the AC output are in fact 120VAC – unlike some lower quality inverters that output 105-110W that we’ve tested.

Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro running a large air compressor!

In our testing it had no problem with an air compressor that was pulling 1600W nominal.

Our full AC discharge (at 310W using a small halogen light) test revealed 1300Wh of usable AC power and took 4 hours and 10 minutes to fully discharge. LED lights used when camping would draw considerably less power and last much longer!

Discharge test of Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro

With a 130-150W DC load, the unit output 1310Wh of usable capacity in our testing, which is great for a power station rated at 1500Wh.

The multiple outputs, which include USB-C, USB-A, AC, and a car outlet, offer versatility for charging different types of gadgets and appliances. However, users should bear in mind the total wattage of their connected devices to avoid overloading.

Portability and Design

Weighing in at 37.4 pounds, this generator is particularly lighter than its competitors with similar power capacity. The sleek design and foldable handle further promote portability, making it less of a hassle to move around. Aesthetically, the black and orange color scheme gives it a modern yet rugged look, suitable for both outdoor and indoor environments.

Build Quality and Durability

The robust construction of the Explorer 1500 Pro is immediately apparent. The power station is well-protected by a shell meeting top UL fireproof requirements, and it is designed to dissipate heat efficiently, upping its safety quotient.

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Despite its impressive durability, users should pay heed to manufacturer guidelines regarding the environmental conditions suitable for its use, as the back label advises against outdoor usage in certain scenarios.

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In our experience, the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro has proven to be a reliable and efficient power source, making it a commendable choice for anyone needing energy on the go. It’s not without its considerations—like the need to manage power distribution wisely and observe usage conditions—but its benefits, particularly in rapid charging and portability, largely overshadow the caveats.

Camping with the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro

Powering Your Campsite

When we’re out in the wilderness, keeping our gadgets charged can be challenging. Fortunately, the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro serves as a reliable power source, making our camping adventures comfortable and connected.

With its multiple outputs, we can easily charge our phones, power a coffee maker, or light up our campsite without the noise and fumes of a traditional generator.

Its portability means we can set up our campsite without being tethered to an RV or main power source. However, we noticed that for energy-intensive devices, like a portable heater, we have to be considerate about the power station’s capacity to ensure a sustainable energy supply throughout our camping trip – or at least keep the weather in mind to ensure we’re going to have enough sun tomorrow to recharge!

Maximize Solar Charging Efficiency in the Woods

Finding a perfect spot for the panels can be a bit of a puzzle between the shade and the forest canopy. Positioning the panels to maximize sun exposure is key, and we found that placing them in a clearing or an open area is the best strategy.

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Despite the efficiency, we observed the recharge rate can vary significantly with the changing angle of the sun and tree cover throughout the day, so plan accordingly.

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Creative Uses of the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro Beyond Camping

Outside of just camping, the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro shines in diverse applications. For outdoor gatherings, it’s an energy hub for our DJ setup or electric grill, showing off its versatility and robust performance.

During power outages, it’s been a reliable power backup for our essential home devices. Although it’s primarily designed for portability and outdoor use, its ease of use and substantial power output make it a handy resource in various scenarios – like powering the cordless tool recharge station when we’re working a construction job away from home.


After spending some quality time with the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro, we’ve come to appreciate its well-executed design and performance. The speed at which it harnesses solar energy—fully charging in just two hours with the right setup—is remarkable.

Safety features are top-notch, with an intelligent battery management system providing peace of mind during use. When it comes to powering devices, its versatility shines, conveniently charging eight different devices simultaneously.

However, it’s important to note the necessity of a significant power input for AC charging, which requires thoughtful consideration of your home’s electrical capacity. We also commend its portability; at 37.4lbs and with a foldable handle, it facilitates energy independence for outdoor activities and emergency situations.

In balancing its features, ease of use, and a couple of considerations for optimal operation, we find the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro to be a solid choice for those seeking a dependable and efficient power solution for their adventures!