Jackery recently launched the Solar Generator 2000 Pro. This 2000W monster is their biggest power generator to date and offers fast AC charging, something their previous generations sorely lacked. Features such as dual solar input and pass-through charging (UPS) are also being introduced for the first time in a Jackery power station.
The solar generator kit comes with up to six 200W solar panels allowing the station to fully charge in less than two hours. This portable power station (opens in a new tab) uses Lithium-Ion cells that can provide over 1000 charge cycles before losing 20% of their capacity. Although the price of a Jackery generator is still higher than the competition, the three-year warranty period is longer than what is usually offered elsewhere.
Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro: price and availability
The Jackery 2000 Pro solar generator is available in three versions, all featuring the same Explorer 2000 Pro power station. The only difference is the number of solar panels. The basic model with two 200W solar panels and the power station costs $3300 (opens in a new tab). The next two models feature four and six SolarSaga 200s and are priced at $5,000 and $6,200 respectively.
Jackery 2000 Pro Solar Generator: Design
Removing the Jackery box from its shipping box is tricky as the weight of the unit may cause the product box to open from the bottom.
This is mitigated somewhat since the main unit comes with shock absorbing foams surrounding it. The package contains a car charger cable, an AC charging cable, the quick start guide and solar panel connector housings in the case of a generator kit.
The powerhouse measures 15.2″ x 10.6″ x 12″ and weighs 45 lbs. With these dimensions, the Explorer 2000 Pro is compact and relatively light. Jackery stays true to its aesthetic essence by maintaining its orange and dark gray color pattern. The plastic case is sturdy and has a handle on top. A single fan on the left provides airflow to cool all internal components. Two large rubber feet hold the station in place.
The Explorer 2000 Pro sports a bright display with white segments on a dark background. This provides excellent contrast as well as wide viewing angles. The display will automatically turn off after 30 seconds and can be set to always be on by double clicking the Display button. Input and output power are displayed in real time along with the remaining charge percentage.
The three output sections are controlled using push buttons. Two pairs of USB outputs support USB-A and USB-C formats and provide 18W and 100W of output power respectively. Three AC outlets deliver a maximum of 2200W at 110V with short circuit protection. A 12V output carport that can support up to 120W is also included. Finally, a multimode flashlight is provided at the front.
Jackery 2000 Pro solar generator: in use
The Jackery 2000 Pro solar generator is all you need to get electricity off the grid. The premium package offers six SolarSaga 200 solar panels that can provide up to 1200W of charging power to the Explorer 2000 Pro. Two solar adapters are required for six panels to drive the station’s two DC inputs. Note that charging requires an equal number of solar panels on each input or using a single input. You cannot have two panels on one entrance and one panel on the second entrance.
The Explorer 2000 Pro contains a 2160 Wh battery cell. With an efficiency of around 85%, the battery capacity should be enough to power most household appliances for at least two hours. The station can be charged to a maximum of 15A using the AC input socket, giving a charging time of approximately two hours. Solar panels can also be used with AC input but do not decrease charging time.
The built-in LED light has three modes of operation. Low-light mode is activated with a single press of the light button. This generates a diffused light of 1 W, ideal for reading. A second press of the same button activates bright light mode with the LED outputting 3W. A third press sets the SOS mode where the 3W LED flashes continuously. The LED turns off on the fourth press and ends the cycle.
When connected to a power supply, the Explorer 2000 has the ability to charge its battery while supplying power to connected devices at the same time. This technology, similar to a desktop inverter, reduces available AC power to 1800W when AC input is used. This increases to 2200W when only the DC input sockets are used. Using both AC and DC inputs limits the output power to 1800W.
Jackery Solar Generator 2000 Pro: The competition
Jackery was among the first to offer an affordable battery power station. Their craftsmanship is evident in their latest product and they have listened to their customers. One of the main disadvantages of their old battery stations was the limited number of charge cycles. The Explorer 2000 pro battery has been redesigned and supports over a thousand charge cycles, twice as much as the previous generation.
The Bluetti AC200MAX (opens in a new tab) The power station is delivered as a solar generator kit. It has a similar power capacity to the Explorer 2000 pro and can even be controlled via Bluetooth. But with three times the charging time of the Explorer 2000, it lacks key features like power inverter and flashlight. It is also eight kilos heavier than the Explorer 2000 and therefore less portable than the latter.
Jackery 2000 Pro Solar Generator: Final Verdict
The Jackery Explorer 2000 pro represents the very best in compact power stations. It delivers great performance with a high-capacity, high-endurance battery that isn’t too heavy at the same time. The station’s industrial design is exactly what Jackery is. It is portable and functional while being powerful in terms of battery capacity and AC inverter power.
The efficient AC inverter and built-in fast charging are also qualities that make it the powerhouse to beat. The price remains high at $3600 for a 400W solar power generator kit, but given that you get a three-year warranty, it’s well worth it.
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