EcoFlow vs. Jackery – Full Solar Generator Comparison (With Specs)

In this comparison of portable power stations, I took similar models from EcoFlow and Jackery and compared them directly.

I then added up their pros and cons and picked a winner for each comparison.

Overall, EcoFlow is better than Jackery because their solar generators have better inverter performance, more output ports, and faster recharging times when comparing similar models. Although Jackery has a more diverse line of solar generators, their core models are inferior to EcoFlow’s.

Today we’ll be comparing the following solar generators:

EcoFlowJackeryBattery Capacity Range (Wh)
RiverExplorer 240240-288
RiverExplorer 300288-293
River MaxExplorer 500518-576
Delta 1300Explorer 10001,002-1,260
Delta 1300Explorer 15001,260-1,488

If you’d also like to see how Jackery’s portable power stations compare to Goal Zero’s, I recommend also checking out my in-depth comparison post found here: Goal Zero vs. Jackery – Battle of the Brands (Cost/Specs/Analysis).

EcoFlow River vs. Jackery Explorer 300 vs. Jackery Explorer 240

The EcoFlow River is the best solar generator compared to Jackery’s Explorer 300 and 240 because it has the highest AC inverter rating (600W continuous, 1,200W surge), the most output ports (10), and the highest solar input at 200W.

RankingModelHighlights
1. Best OverallEcoFlow River– Highest solar input
– Highest inverter rating
– Most output ports
2. Best ValueJackery Explorer 240– $100 cheaper than the other options
3. Best Power-to-WeightJackery Explorer 300– 7.1 lbs is lightest compared to similar-sized power stations

Below, I’ve compared the stats and laid them out so you can get a good idea of the similarities and differences of each power station.

Solar GeneratorEcoFlow RiverJackery Explorer 300Jackery Explorer 240
Battery Capacity288Wh293Wh240Wh
ImageEcoFlow River FrontJackery Explorer 300 front viewJackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/200W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Emergency
Dimensions11.3 x 7.7 x 7.3 in9.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 in5.19 x 9.05 x 7.67 in
Output Ports3x 120V AC ports (600W continuous, 1,200W peak)
1x DC car port (13.6V, 10A)
2x DC5521 ports (13.6V, 3A max per port)
1x USB-C port (100W max)
1x USB-A Fast Charge (28W max)
2x Standard USB-A ports (12W max per port)
2x 110V AC ports (300W continuous, 500W peak)
1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
1x USB-C PD port (60W max)
1x USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port (18W max)
1x Standard USB-A port (12W max)
1x 110V AC port (200W continuous, 400W peak)
1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
2x Standard USB-A ports (12W max)
Charge TimesAC Wall Charging: 1.6 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 200W): 1.6-3 hours
Car Charging: 3 hours
AC Wall Charging: 4.5 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 90W): 5 hours
Car Charging: 5 hours
USB-C PD Charging: 5.5 hours
AC Wall Charging: 7 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 65W): 7 hours
Car Charging: 6.5 hours
Weight11 lbs7.1 lbs6.6 lbs
Cycle Life500 cycles to 80% capacity500 cycles to 80% capacity500 cycles to 80% capacity
Warranty24 months24 months24 months
Individual ReviewEcoFlow River ReviewJackery Explorer 300 ReviewJackery Explorer 240 Review
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Overview of the Jackery Explorer 240 & 300

The Jackery 240 and 300 are very simple to use systems that are also portable. The Jackery 240 has been a staple product for Jackery for years, whereas the Jackery 300 is an updated version of the 240.

Jackery Explorer 240

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/200W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Emergency

The Jackery 240 has been one of Jackery’s best-selling products because it is reliable and inexpensive.

Although the 240 is not updated with newer USB-C ports and lacks in its overall quantity of port options, it costs one-third less than the Explorer 300 model.

Still to this day, the Explorer 240 is one of the lightest solar generators for its battery capacity, weighing only 6.6 pounds.

Jackery Explorer 300

Jackery Explorer 300 front

With updated USB ports, an additional AC port, and a port cover for its car charger port, the Jackery 300 can power more devices at once than the 240 model.

Its entire construction is only half a pound heavier than the Explorer 240, yeti its 293Wh battery is 53Wh greater than the 240 version.

With a USB-C PD port with a 60W maximum output and input, you can charge laptops and other USB-C devices quickly. You can also charge the entire solar generator in 5.5 hours just using the USB-C PD port to charge it up.

Jackery Explorer 240 & 300: What Do They Come With?

  • Explorer 240 or Explorer 300 power station
  • AC adapter
  • Car charger cable
  • User manual
  • 2-year warranty

Overview of the EcoFlow River

EcoFlow River 600 front view

The EcoFlow River is the successor to the River 370 model, which came out to the public a few years prior to the newer generator.

What makes this system special is its versatility, power, and recharging capabilities.

You can add a second battery to the River to double its battery size, making it into the River Max power station (which I’ll be covering next).

Its inverter strength is off the charts by any solar generator in its class. It can run its AC ports at 600W continuous, which is double that of the Explorer 300.

Not only that, but you can utilize EcoFlow’s X-Boost feature to power larger, more power-intensive appliances like a microwave. So, in reality, it can power appliances of up to 1,200W.

This in a truly amazing feature, as 1,200 of continuous power is quadruple that of the Explorer 300 and even other larger solar generators.

EcoFlow River: What Does It Come With?

  • River power station
  • 1.5M AC charging cable
  • 1.5M car charging cable
  • 1.5M MC4 to XT60 solar charging cable
  • User manual
  • 2-year warranty

Pros & Cons of the Explorer 300, Explorer 240, and River

ModelJackery Explorer 300Jackery Explorer 240EcoFlow River
Pros– Updated ports
– Lightweight
– 4 charging options
– Lightweight
– Inexpensive
– Over 7k Amazon ratings (4.8/5 avg.)
– High output and input
– 10 output ports
Cons– Doesn’t stand out compared to similar-sized models– Few port options
– Only has USB-A
– Heavy (11 lbs)

Jackery 240 – Pros & Cons

At about $200, the Explorer 240 is the least expensive solar generator out of the three mentioned in this section. The River and Explorer 300 are both $300, which makes the 240 the best option in terms of overall value.

However, the 240 lack in a few key areas. First off, it has the fewest number of total output ports with only four of them. The Explorer 300 has six total and the River has 10 total.

Secondly, the USB ports on the Jackery 240 are only standard USB-As. This means that it will charge your devices at the maximum rate of 12W.

This is not ideal because the USB-C ports and fast-charging USB-A ports in the Explorer 300 and River far-exceed 12W of output power.

Jackery 300 – Pros & Cons

Out of all of the smaller Jackery solar generators (Explorer 500 and smaller), the Explorer 300 is the only one that has a 60W USB-C PD port. It is also the only one that has a car port cover to prevent dust and debris from getting into it.

It is also the lightest solar generator that I know of within the range of 280-320Wh of battery capacity.

Another feature that’s not common in similar-sized solar generators is a 60W USB-C PD port. Usually, you will see these ports in larger systems, but not 300Wh generators.

However, this model costs the exact same amount of money as the EcoFlow River, and if I had to choose between the two, I would 100% buy the River.

EcoFlow River – Pros & Cons

The River by far has the most pros out the the three models compared in this section. It has:

  • Double the solar input of the Explorer 300 and triple the input of the Explorer 240
  • 10 output ports (with fast charge USB-A and 100W USB-C)
  • Double the AC inverter power of the Explorer 300 and triple the power of the Explorer 240

That being said, it is 1.5 times heavier than the Explorer 300 model standing at 11 pounds.

Also, when it comes to its AC port output, it almost doesn’t make sense to have such a powerful inverter, as it will not run larger appliances for a long time.

It makes more sense to get the River Max with double the battery size so you can run things like a desktop computer for twice as long.

EcoFlow River vs. Explorer 300 vs. Explorer 240 – What Can They Power?

ApplianceJackery Explorer 300Jackery Explorer 240EcoFlow River
Laptop (80Wh)3.3 Charges2.7 Charges3.6 Charges*
LCD TV (150W)1.75 Hours1.4 Hours1.73 Hours
Tablet (30Wh)9.75 Charges7.2 Charges9.6 Charges
Smartphone (8Wh)36.6 Charges30 Charges36 Charges
CPAP Machine (40W)*7.3 Hours6 Hours7.2 Hours
Desktop Computer (200W)1.3 HoursNo*1.3 Hours
Microwave Oven (1100W)NoNo14 Minutes
Blender (250W)1 HourNo1 Hour
Toaster (650W)NoNo24 Minutes
Portable Refrigerator (70W)3.75 Hours3 Hours3.7 Hours
NOTE: Estimates are my own calculations (90% inverter efficiency for AC-powered devices/appliances)
*3.6 Charges – Using 100W USB port – No power loss from inverter
*CPAP Machine (40W) – Using DC-to-DC converter
*No – Up to 200W continuous, but put it as “No” because too close to power limit

Which Is Better Overall – The Jackery Explorer 300, Explorer 240, or EcoFlow River?

The EcoFlow River is the best solar generator of the three because it has more output power, more input (recharging) power, and more ports than the other options. It is the heaviest of the three, but this is the only downside.

GeneratorJackery Explorer 300Jackery Explorer 240EcoFlow River
Highest Battery CapacityX
Most Port OptionsX
Highest-Powered AC PortsX
Highest Solar InputX
Lightest WeightX
Cheapest CostX

You can check out the EcoFlow River here on Amazon. Make sure to apply any coupons on the listing if they’re still available (currently $50-off coupon).

The above link is an affiliate link, where I make a small commission on every sale.

For more information on the Explorer 240 and/or 300, click the links below for my individual product reviews:

EcoFlow River Max vs. Jackery Explorer 500

The EcoFlow River Max is better than the Jackery Explorer 500 because it has double the solar input (200W vs. 100W), nearly five times faster AC wall charging times (1.6 hrs vs. 7.5 hrs), and higher-powered USB ports (USB-A fast charge and USB-C).

Solar GeneratorEcoFlow River MaxJackery Explorer 500
Battery Capacity576Wh518Wh
Imageecoflow river max front smallJackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with 110V/500W AC Outlet (Solar Panel Optional) for Road Trip Camping, Outdoor Adventure
Dimensions12 x 8 x 10 in11.8 x 7.6 x 9.5 in
Output Ports3x 120V AC ports (600W continuous, 1,200W peak)
1x DC car port (13.6V, 10A)
2x DC5521 ports (13.6V, 3A max per port)
1x USB-C port (100W max)
1x USB-A Fast Charge (28W max)
2x Standard USB-A ports (12W max per port)
1x 110V AC port (500W continuous, 1,000W peak)
1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
2x DC 6.5x1.4mm ports (12V, 7A max per port)
3x Standard USB-A ports (12W max per port)
Charge TimesAC Wall Charging: 1.6 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 200W): 3-6 hours
Car Charging: 6.5 hours
AC Wall Charging: 7.5 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 100W): 9.5 hours
Car Charging: 7.5 hours
Weight17 lbs13.32 lbs
Cycle Life500 cycles to 80% capacity500 cycles to 80% capacity
Warranty24 months24 months
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EcoFlow River Max – Overview & Application of Use

EcoFlow River Max

The River Max is basically a standard River power station with an additional battery. The added battery (which is detachable) brings twice the amount of battery life (576Wh) compared to the River (288Wh).

This makes the River Max extremely versatile. Since you can detach the additional battery (to make it into a standard River), you can use it for activities that may need more portability.

As seen from the table above, the River Max has all of the same ports as the standard River power station. This means a total of ten output ports – four of them being USB and three of them being AC ports.

EcoFlow River Max: What Does It Come With?

  • River Max power station
  • 1.5M AC charging cable
  • 1.5M car charging cable
  • 1.5M MC4 to XT60 solar charging cable
  • USB-A 2.0 to Micro or Lightning cable
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • User manual
  • 2-year warranty

Overview of the Jackery Explorer 500

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with 110V/500W AC Outlet (Solar Panel Optional) for Road Trip Camping, Outdoor Adventure

The Explorer 500, like the Explorer 240, has been one of Jackery’s core solar generators for years. It is very similar to the 240 model, but has a few upgrades in addition to a bigger battery.

It hoists a 518Wh battery and its overall weight is just over 13 pounds.

Like most of Jackery’s power stations, the Explorer 500 is easy to use due to its simply laid out LCD screen and light weight.

Compared to the Explorer 240’s ports, the 500 model has:

  • An additional standard USB-A port
  • Two DC 6.5×1.4mm ports (the 240 has none)
  • A higher solar input (100W vs 65W)

Jackery Explorer 500: What Does It Come With?

  • Explorer 500 power station
  • AC adapter
  • Car charger cable
  • User manual
  • 2-year warranty

Pros & Cons of the River Max and Explorer 500

ModelJackery Explorer 500EcoFlow River Max
Pros– Lightweight (13.3 lbs)
– Easy to use
– 10 output ports
– Detachable battery
Cons– No USB-C ports
– Only one AC port
– Heavy (17 lbs)

Jackery Explorer 500 – Pros & Cons

As mentioned above, the Explorer 500 is just over 13 pounds – this makes it just slightly heavier than the Goal Zero Yeti 500X (12.9 lbs) and slightly lighter than the Bluetti AC50S (14 lbs).

The Explorer 500 has one special feature which is an LED flashlight on the left side of the power station. It also has an SOS function, which may be useful if you ever get lost at night in the wild.

Although the Jackery 500 has most basic functions of a solar generator, it does not have many different port options.

It can power DC devices, AC devices, and USB-A devices, but it has no USB-C ports and only one AC port. This is not ideal for current-day needs, as several devices use USB-C to charge up.

Having one AC port is not a big deal because you can attach a power strip to the AC port and use multiple AC-powered appliances at once if needed; however, there should be at least a second AC port available due to the power station’s larger size.

EcoFlow River Max – Pros & Cons

With several port options, a high solar input, and fast recharge times from the wall charger and from solar, the River Max is one of the best solar generators you can get in the 500-600Wh range.

The River Max has one of the best inverters in its size category, with 600W continuous and 1,200W surge power.

The only downside that stands out to me is its weight (17 lbs). This makes it about three pounds heavier than the average 500Wh solar generator.

Another downside is that the River Max is really just the River power station with an added battery. You get all of the same functions as you would from the standard River power station.

River Max vs. Explorer 500 – What Can They Power?

ApplianceJackery Explorer 500EcoFlow River Max
Laptop (80Wh)5.8 Charges7.2 Charges
LCD TV (150W)3 Hours3.5 Hours
Tablet (30Wh)15.5 Charges19.2 Charges
Smartphone (8Wh)65 Charges72 Charges
Desktop Computer (200W)2.3 Hours2.6 Hours
Microwave Oven (1100W)No28 Minutes
Blender (250W)1.9 Hours2.1 Hours
Toaster (650W)No48 Minutes
Portable Refrigerator (70W)6.7 Hours7.4 Hours
NOTE: Estimates are my own calculations (90% inverter efficiency for AC-powered devices/appliances)

Which Is Better Overall – The Explorer 500 or River Max?

GeneratorJackery Explorer 500EcoFlow River Max
Higher Battery CapacityX
More Port OptionsX
Higher-Powered AC PortsX
Higher Solar InputX
Lighter WeightX
Cheaper CostX

The EcoFlow River Max is the superior to the Explorer 500 because it has faster recharging, better port options, and it’s more versatile with its detachable battery.

The Explorer 500 cannot compete with any specification other than its weight.

I recommend the River Max hands down over the Jackery 500. You can find the EcoFlow River Max here on Amazon (be sure to apply any available coupons to your order – there’s currently a $70-off coupon). This is an affiliate link, where I make a small commission on every sale.

Similar: Jackery Explorer 300 vs 500 – Overview & Analysis

EcoFlow Delta 1300 vs. Jackery Explorer 1000

The EcoFlow Delta is superior to the Jackery Explorer 1000 due to its larger battery (1,260 vs. 1,002Wh), more powerful AC output (1,800W vs. 1,000W continuous), and longer battery cycle life (800 vs. 500 cycles to 80% capacity).

The table below goes into the main specifications of each solar generator.

Solar GeneratorEcoFlow Delta 1300Jackery Explorer 1000
Battery Capacity1,260Wh1,002Wh
ImageEcoFlow Delta 1300 front viewJackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency
Dimensions15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6 in13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in
Output Ports6x 120V AC ports (1,800W continuous, 3,300W peak)
1x DC car port (13.6V, 8A)
2x USB-C ports (60W max per port)
2x USB-A Fast Charge (28W max per port)
2x Standard USB-A ports (12W max per port)
3x 110V AC ports (1,000W continuous, 2,000W peak)
1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
2x USB-C ports with PD (18W max)
1x USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port (18W max)
1x Standard USB-A port (12W max)
Charge TimesAC Wall Charging: 1.6 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 400W): 3.5-7 hours
Car Charging: 10-12 hours
AC Wall Charging: 7 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 163W): 8 hours
Car Charging: 14 hours
Weight31 lbs22 lbs
Cycle Life800 cycles to 80% capacity500 cycles to 80% capacity
Warranty24 months24 months
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Both of these solar generators have similar ports but the EcoFlow Delta simply has more of them.

The one major difference in ports comes to the AC ports, where the Delta has 1,800W of continuous power compared to the Explorer 1000’s 1,000W continuous.

So overall, not only is there more accessible AC power, but you can hook up way more devices at once.

EcoFlow Delta 1300 – Overview & Application of Use

EF ECOFLOW Portable Power Station DELTA, UPS Power Supply 1260Wh Battery Pack with 6 1800W (3300W Surge) AC Outlets, Solar Battery Generator for Outdoor Camping RV

This solar generator is fantastic for going on long trips or preparing for black-out emergencies.

The Delta 1300 can keep devices/gears running for days. Being the same size as a small microwave, it’s easier to manage in weight, plus, it has a dual handle feature to make the load easier to carry.

It also has more AC, USB-A, and USB-C ports than most other power stations in its class. While offering the highest max output, the Delta was capable of running electric devices and having a high battery capacity.

Devices such as laptops and CPAP machines could very well run all night long if needed.

The monitor interface is easy to understand and shows the input/output wattage left and how much power could be reserved.

What’s also useful in this solar generator is the output ports of six AC, four USB-A, and two USB-C. These ports make it easy to charge a variety of electric devices.

EcoFlow Delta 1300: What Does It Come With?

  • Delta 1300 power station
  • AC wall charger
  • Solar charging cable (MC4 to XT60)
  • Car charging cable
  • User manual
  • EFDELTA bag
  • 2-year warranty

Overview of the Jackery Explorer 1000

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency

The Explorer 1000 is also known for its tough exterior and highly portable design. It also includes a few output ports of 3 AC, 2 USB-A, and 2 USB-C, which provide an array of charging options.

One of the best specifications of this system is its weight. The Jackery 1000 only weighs 22 pounds, which is almost ten pounds lighter than the EcoFlow Delta and a whole 18 pounds lighter than the Yeti 1000 Lithium.

Since it’s the lightest solar generator of its 1,000Wh class, you can move it around much easier than other similar options. You can use it while car camping or move it around the house or cabin when you need power specifically in one room.

An often overlooked positive quality of the Jackery 1000 is its ease of use. It has a clear and concise LCD screen, which tells you the battery level, input wattage and output wattage.

This is all that most people need when using a generator like this.

Jackery Explorer 1000: What Does It Come With?

  • Explorer 1000
  • AC adapter
  • SolarSaga parallel adapter cable
  • Car charger cable
  • User manual
  • 2-year warranty

Pros & Cons of the Delta and Explorer 1000

The EcoFlow Delta stands out more from Jackery because of its max output, wide array of ports, and easy-to-use interface.

One downside is the size. The EcoFlow Delta 1300 is bigger and clunkier than the Jackery models, which might make it hard to go camping with.

But the EcoFlow Delta can power entire tiny houses, so the size difference might not mean that much if you want a generator that can power almost anything.

Unfortunately, the Jackery Explorer 1000 has a much lower max power output compared to the EcoFlow Delta 1300.

Therefore, it’s not the best power storage for electronic appliances that may need more wattage, such as a vacuum or AC. However, it can make up for this by having a high battery capacity to keep other lower watt devices running longer.

The Jackery 1000 costs between $900-$1,000 and the Delta 1300 costs between $1,100-$1,200.

The main question to ask yourself before deciding on which generator to get is: Do you want a generator that has a higher power output and can power things like microwaves or washing machines (Delta 1300), or do you just need one for devices that require lower power requirements (Jackery 1000)?

Delta 1300 vs. Explorer 1000 – What Can They Power?

The following table shows some examples of appliances and devices you can or can’t use along with their run/charging times:

ApplianceJackery Explorer 1000EcoFlow Delta 1300
Laptop (80Wh)11.3 Charges14 Charges
LCD TV (150W)6 Hours7.5 Hours
Smartphone (8Wh)125 Charges157 Charges
Desktop Computer (200W)4.5 Hours5.7 Hours
Microwave Oven (1100W)No1 Hour
Washing Machine (900W)1 Hour1.3 Hours
Blender (250W)3.6 Hours4.5 Hours
Toaster (650W)1.4 Hours1.8 Hours
Portable Refrigerator (70W)12.9 Hours16.2 Hours
Electric Saw (1400W)No48 Minutes
Electric Grill (1600W)No42 Minutes
NOTE: Estimates are my own calculations (90% inverter efficiency for AC-powered devices/appliances)

Both generators can power most devices but not power devices. With the battery capacity of EcoFlow being more efficient than Jackery, the devices mentioned can run for a long time.

What’s good to know is that both do have a strong surge capacity so higher-powered devices can be used, even if only for a short time limit.

Which Is Better Overall – The Explorer 1000 or Delta 1300?

The EcoFlow Delta is better than the Jackery Explorer 1000 in several ways. The table below will highlight what makes the Delta superior.

GeneratorJackery Explorer 1000EcoFlow Delta 1300
Higher Battery CapacityX
More Port OptionsX
Higher-Powered AC PortsX
Higher Solar InputX
Lighter WeightX
Cheaper CostX

When comparing solar generators of this size, all options are going to be heavy. Although the Explorer 1000 is very light, its 22 pounds still makes it hard to carry for long distances.

The cost may be cheaper by $100-$200 than the EcoFlow Delta, but the Delta has better performance numbers in every significant category, including cycle life.

The Delta has 800 battery cycles to 80% capacity, whereas the Explorer 1000 has 500 to 80%. This means that the Delta will have 300 additional battery charge cycles before hitting around 80% of its original 1,260Wh capacity.

Basically, what this means is that the Delta will last longer than the Explorer 1000. This ultimately means that you’ll be getting much more value in terms of longevity from the Delta power station.

For more information or if you’d like the purchase the Delta, click here to view its Amazon listing (affiliate link).

If you’d like to compare pricing, check out the Jackery 1000 on Amazon here (affiliate link).

If you’d like additional specifications and additional analysis on the Delta 1300 or Explorer 1000, click the following links to similar articles:

EcoFlow Delta 1300 vs. Jackery Explorer 1500

The EcoFlow Delta is better than the Jackery Explorer 1500 because it has the same continuous AC inverter rating (1,800W) and more output ports (13 vs. 7). Although the Explorer 1500 has a higher battery capacity (+228Wh) and solar input (+100W), the Delta 1300 costs about $300 less.

Solar GeneratorEcoFlow Delta 1300Jackery Explorer 1500
Battery Capacity1,260Wh1,488Wh
ImageEcoFlow Delta 1300 front viewJackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1500, 1534Wh Portable Generator with 3x110V/1800W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Overlanding, Emergency
Dimensions15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6 in14 x 10.4 x 12.7 in
Output Ports6x 120V AC ports (1,800W continuous, 3,300W peak)
1x DC car port (13.6V, 8A)
2x USB-C ports (60W max per port)
2x USB-A Fast Charge (28W max per port)
2x Standard USB-A ports (12W max per port)
3x 110V AC ports (1,800W continuous, 3,600W peak)
1x DC car port (12V, 10A)
1x USB-C PD (60W max)
1x USB-A Quick Charge 3.0 port (18W max)
1x Standard USB-A port (12W max)
Charge TimesAC Wall Charging: 1.6 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 400W): 3.5-7 hours
Car Charging: 10-12 hours
AC Wall Charging: 6 hours
2x AC Wall Chargers: 3.5 hours
Solar Charging (at max input of 500W): 3.5-5 hours
Car Charging: 13 hours
Weight31 lbs33 lbs
Cycle Life800 cycles to 80% capacity500 cycles to 80% capacity
Warranty24 months24 months
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Overview of the Jackery Explorer 1500

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1500, 1534Wh Portable Generator with 3x110V/1800W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Overlanding, Emergency

One of Jackery’s newer additions to their solar generator lineup, the Explorer 1500 is the company’s second largest model to date.

It has a 1,488Wh battery, seven total output port options, and a 500W solar input maximum that can charge the system in 3.5-5 hours.

This is a leap in Jackery’s ability to incorporate a high solar input into its power stations. The Jackery 1000, for example, only has a 163W max solar input.

Along with the larger system is a larger AC power output, which is capable of 1,800W continuous and 3,600W of surge power. This will let you run a swarm of devices and appliances from its AC ports, as seen in the table below.

Jackery Explorer 1500: What Does It Come With?

  • Explorer 1500 power station
  • AC wall charger
  • Car Charger
  • 2x solar panel parallel adapters
  • User manual
  • 2-year warranty

Pros & Cons of the Delta and Explorer 1500

ModelJackery Explorer 1500EcoFlow Delta 1300
Pros– High solar input (500W)
– 1,800W continuous AC power
– Fast AC wall charging
– 13 output ports
Cons– Expensive– Heavy (31 lbs)

The Explorer 1500 has a few features that set it apart from the smaller models in Jackery’s lineup.

Overall, it has:

  • An improved LCD screen
  • High solar input
  • High AC inverter output

Jackery’s typical LCD screen can be found in all of its smaller solar generators (Explorer 1000, 500, 300, 240, and 160). However, the Explorer 1500’s screen has a better battery status indicator, volts and hertz measurements, and more.

In addition, Jackery used to be known for its low solar input. The Explorer 1000 has an input of 163W max. This is very low, especially considering that the EcoFlow River, which is three times smaller than the Jackery 1000, has a higher solar input.

Now, the Explorer 1500 has a 500W solar input, which will recharge the system fast (twice as fast as the Jackery 1000).

With these additions, there are still some downsides to this system.

First off, there are only three USB ports. Granted, there is a USB-A QC and USB-C port, making it up to date. However, the Delta 1300 has double the USB ports at six total.

Secondly, the Explorer 1500 charges pretty fast from the wall charger at six hours, however, the Delta charges in 1.6 hours, which is over three times faster.

Delta 1300 vs. Explorer 1500 – What Can They Power?

ApplianceJackery Explorer 1500EcoFlow Delta 1300
Laptop (80Wh)18.8 Charges14 Charges
LCD TV (150W)8.9 Hours7.5 Hours
Smartphone (8Wh)186 Charges157 Charges
Desktop Computer (200W)6.7 Hours5.7 Hours
Microwave Oven (1100W)1.2 Hours1 Hour
Washing Machine (900W)1.5 Hours1.3 Hours
Blender (250W)5.3 Hours4.5 Hours
Toaster (650W)2 Hours1.8 Hours
Portable Refrigerator (70W)19.1 Hours16.2 Hours
Electric Saw (1400W)57 Minutes48 Minutes
Electric Grill (1600W)50 Minutes42 Minutes
NOTE: Estimates are my own calculations (90% inverter efficiency for AC-powered devices/appliances)

Which Is Better Overall – The Explorer 1500 or Delta 1300?

GeneratorJackery Explorer 1500EcoFlow Delta 1300
Higher Battery CapacityX
More Port OptionsX
Higher-Powered AC PortsX*
Higher Solar InputX
Lighter WeightX
Cheaper CostX
*Both have same continuous AC port wattage (1,800W), but the Jackery 1500 has a 300W higher surge/peak power output (3,600W)

Although the Explorer 1500 has a larger battery and a higher AC inverter surge rate than the Delta 1300, it is about $300 more expensive, has almost half of the output ports, and charges over three times slower from the wall than the EcoFlow Delta.

To me, there is not enough of a gap in battery size, solar input, and inverter specifications to buy and use the Jackery 1500 over the Delta 1300.

The Delta’s price is $300+ cheaper and has more port options.

You can find the EcoFlow Delta here on Amazon for more information on its price and specifications (affiliate link).

Conclusion: Which Company Produces Better Solar Generators?

EcoFlow vs. Jackery cover image

Both stations offer similar features, but Ecoflow is the best choice when it comes to more power, more port options, and faster recharging times.

With the ability to charge multiple devices at once (and quickly), it’s hard to beat. However, if you’re looking for the most value for your money, some Jackery models come at a cheaper price point than some EcoFlow models (example: the Jackery 240 over the EcoFlow River).

EcoFlow FAQ’s

Does the EcoFlow Delta support pass-through charging?

Yes, the Delta supports pass-through charging. However, it is not recommended to output more than 800W from the Delta while it is recharging.

What is Delta’s lifespan?

The lifespan of the Delta’s battery is dependent on how it is used and maintained. For example, the Delta’s capacity will drop to 80% after 800 cycles of use.

How should I store and maintain Delta?

To store and maintain Delta it is effective to discharge it until it reaches 30% and only charge it up to 85% every three months.

Using this charging will help prolong the lifespan of the battery and guarantee that the Delta is ready to recharge gear at all times.

There are also external factors that can take place. In cold weather (below freezing) can affect the battery capacity.

The optimal temperatures for normal use are -4 to 113 degrees Fahrenheit. For optimal use, the temperature is that of -4 to 77 degrees Fahrenheit.

For more information on the Delta, please check out the EcoFlow website.

Jackery FAQ’s

Can a Jackery 240 jump start a car?

No, a Jackery 240 cannot jump start a car. A car requires a significantly greater amount of power to start it up.

I have reviewed a portable car jump starter that costs $100 less than the Jackery 240 and you can check it out here (I’ve used this jump starter to jump my car several times): Fanttik T8 Apex Car Jump Starter Review (Testing & Comparison).

Does the Jackery 240 support pass through charging?

Yes, the Jackery 240 supports pass-through charging. This is stated within its user manual.

Can a Jackery 500 power a 12V fridge?

Yes, the Jackery 500 can power a 12V fridge for over 15 hours with a fridge that consumes 2.5 amps per hour. A large 12V fridge (six amps per hour) results in about seven hours of running time with the Jackery 500.

Can you replace a Jackery battery?

You cannot replace a Jackery portable power station battery. This applies to all of their power stations. The main ways to replace their batteries is to either purchase a new model or (if under warranty) request a new model.

For more information on Jackery power stations, please check out the Jackery website.

Max Peters

Hi! I'm Max and I am passionate about off-grid solar technology and adventure! I'm using my knowledge of solar generators, solar panels, and everything in between to provide you with the best tools to keep you powered while off the grid. Read more about me here: About Max Peters."

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