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REVIEW: Jackery 1500 Solar Generator + 4 x SolarSaga 100W Panels


This is a review of the Jackery 1500 lithium power station with 4 SolarSaga 100W panels.

I’ve used it to charge my electric bicycle even while on the road, for running a fan outside under a picnic table while charging my laptop, camera, drone, and smartphone too. But those are just little things. The Jackery 1500 is capable of much more, with 1800w output power, it can handle up to 7 appliances at once, including powering a full-size refrigerator with freezer and icemaker with ease just about all day long. It’s pretty incredible. Not to mention, very quiet for a generator. And you can run it indoors.

The best part, with the solar panels I can charge it up using the sun even if I’m in an off-grid location. It’s a pretty good feeling and I’m looking forward to having it in hand during storm outages, hurricane outages, road trips, and for keeping all of my electronics charged up anywhere I may be.

The Explorer 1500 Pairs Nicely with the 4 Portable SolarSaga 100-Watt Panels

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The New Interface: Solar And Energy Data Simplified

The new Jackery 1500 has a new interface (screen) with more data. The unit is also bigger than the last one I reviewed (the Jackery 1000), this unit weighs more and is slightly bigger, with more power, offering 1500 Wh of capacity. And obviously, with solar panels, you can get to produce and store your own solar energy. With the solar generator package, you get 4 100-watt panels.

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The High Capacity 1500 Weighs 35 lbs

It weighs 35 lbs because it is one of Jackery’s largest most powerful units. For example, you can go with a Jackery 300, which comes in at a very light 7.1 lbs. I’m considering ordering one of these during Jackery’s upcoming anniversary sale to take almost everywhere with me to keep my phone, laptop, and camera charged as I go. But with the Explorer 1500, I am able to keep everything charging and powered at once. I plugged my laptop, electric bicycle, a fan, phone charger, and of course, it was basically unphased. It can handle much more than all of that. So later, I decided to try running a full-size refrigerator and freezer using it, and low and behold, it was willing to do it for 7 or so hours on less than a full charge. Earlier in the day, I unfolded and hooked up the solar panels and for a surplus of free energy from the sun. Incredible!

Using all 4 of the solar panels for a solar-powered picnic. There’s enough power to have an all-electric, solar-powered cook-off!

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These dongles come with the solar generator package so you can plug in all 4 panels at once.

Solar-Panel-Dongles Dongle

It can power and charge just about everything!

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It’s easy to set up and use. It’s also easy to transport.

All in all, I love the Jackery 1500 solar generator. It’s incredible and yes I would recommend it. With 1534 Wh of capacity, you can store energy and power so many appliances at the same time. It’s impressive. And with the folding solar panels, you can generate lots of energy, even while on the go.

What’s new!

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The Jackery 1500 features an improved screen with more data simplified. I like the screen because it gives you an easy-to-understand estimate of how long the unit will last using everything you have plugged into it. It also gives you ongoing data on how much power you are generating and how much you are using. It’s fun to learn about energy just by using one of these. I enjoy using individual appliances and electronics on it to gain an understanding of just how much energy is used by various electronics.

With the SolarSaga 100W panels, you can produce and store your own solar energy.

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Conclusion: Very quiet and high-powered solar generator with a lot of capacity.

The Jackery 1500 Explorer unit (the power bank) weighs 35 lbs because it is one of Jackery’s largest and most powerful units so it is actually light for what it offers. And the sturdy handle makes it easy to move around with and the power and capacity make it worth its weight for sure. For more mobility, one can go with a Jackery 300 which weighs just 7.1 lbs, or even the 160, which is about 4 lbs, you will just have to go with less power and energy capacity. Pricing for the 1500 power bank is normally $1599 and the 100W solar panels are $299 each ($2,795 if purchased separately). The solar generator package is normally $2,699. Anyway, be sure to check out the sale. There’s a 15% site-wide discount but it’s for 3-days only happening October 18-20, 2021.

Jackery’s 9th Year Birthday/Anniversary Sale

From October 18-20, 2021, you can get 15% off all of their products. It’s a site-wide sale. That means about a $419 discount on a Jackery 1500 Solar Generator with 4 100-watt solar panels. If you’re considering a Jackery, don’t miss this sale!

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  • John G
    October 18, 2021, 11:34 pm

    “very quiet for a generator.”

    …because it isn’t a generator.

    It’s a big battery. I get so tired of these “Solar Generators” that don’t generate anything. They are battieres (and expensive ones at that).

    “And you can run it indoors.”

    lol. Every carry your AA’s outdoors?

    • James D.
      October 19, 2021, 3:08 am

      Actually, since the key function of a generator is to convert one form of energy into another that most batteries actually can be considered a type of generator because they are using a chemical reaction to convert one form of energy into another… Some batteries can even use fuel, like flow or fuel cell batteries… Chemical batteries just don’t require any mechanical movement to achieve that conversion but combustion is otherwise just another form of chemical reaction…

      While it’s capacitors that just store energy without converting it and would apply to solid state batteries as the only type that would fit your issue of not generating anything…

      Regardless, comparison to AA is ridiculous, you’re not going to be running a fridge, TV, etc. with an AA, nor output anything but DC from it… You’re forgetting this is also an inverter, not just a big battery, and the point is this can be used to power things that you would otherwise use a small generator, which will often also be using an inverter, for but without the worry of harmful gases and combustible fuels in confined spaces, or dealing with load noises, and requires less maintenance with more reliability that it’ll just work when needed.

      Allowing them to be used in places and applications that could be difficult to use a fuel generator, such as inside an apartment, etc. Along with the sustainability of being able to opt to keep it running with solar power, which means it can outlast a fuel generator that will eventually run out of fuel during prolonged outages.

      It just has its cons and limitations too but there are applications it can be the preferred solution…

  • Joyce Rader
    October 19, 2021, 1:06 pm

    There are books with formulas to help you compute how much power you actually need for your purpose. For instance basic camping will require less electric devices compared to staying in a small cabin that may only have lights and a fridge or a bigger space that has multiple appliances. Knowing how much power you need and where you are going to use that power will help you determine the size of generator to buy. Some of us cannot lift a 35 pound power bank so if one has wheels to move that would be great. Otherwise we may have to consider a smaller unit to port safely.

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