Goal Zero and Jackery are both notable names in the business of manufacturing, assembling, and selling off-grid solar energy products.
Ranging from solar panels to portable power stations, each of these companies is well-known for its quality, durable, and efficient products.
With its Yeti App, Goal Zero set the trend for connecting smartphones to their generators via WiFi. Pairing their Yeti line of generators with solar panels has always been essential, and Goal Zero has consistently improved the interworkings of their solar generators to improve charging speeds, power output, and versatility.
Jackery set the stage for its brand with one of the top-ranked small solar generators of all time, the Explorer 240. With its solar generators ranging from 167Wh to 1,002Wh, Jackery reaches a broad range of customers who need portable power for several different purposes.
Goal Zero produces better products than Jackery overall. Due to Goal Zero’s consistent innovation, their product line is much more diverse than Jackery’s. Jackery has two solar panels and five solar generator options, whereas Goal Zero boasts ten solar panels and twelve solar generator variants.
Although each company is most known for its solar generators, this post will review the full scope of products offered by both companies. Since there are several different product options from both companies including solar generators, solar panels, power banks, and accessories, I’ll be reviewing a hand-picked selection of models for you to gain the most accurate perspective of each company.
In this review, a comparative analysis is carried out objectively assessing the products and operational ethics of both companies.
Goal Zero vs Jackery – Overview of Product Lines
As said in the previous section, these companies are known for providing sustainable electrical power through the manufacturing of solar-powered and battery-powered equipment.
This means that understanding the products offered by these companies will go a long way in understanding the philosophy of the companies and how they intend to meet the demand of their customers.
Product-wise, Goal Zero has more product offerings than Jackery as a whole.
Jackery’s products can all be categorized under three simple headings: portable chargers, portable power stations, and solar panels. Goal Zero’s products are diversified under numerous headings which include the ones listed from Jackery in addition to lighting, accessories, and kits.
As expected, there are a lot of products under these headings and we’ll do our best in giving objective review and comparison of the products of both companies.
Rundown of Solar Panel Options – Goal Zero vs Jackery
Both of these companies are reputable makers of portable and mountable solar panels. These solar panels are quality products that amass solar energy from incident sun rays and convert them to electrical energy.
Jackery’s Solar Panels come in two versions: The SolarSaga 60W and SolarSaga 100W panels. These panels are both lightweight and are collapsable.
On the other hand, Goal Zero has numerous offerings when it comes to solar panels. Unlike Jackery’s simple two solar panels, there are ten solar panel products from Goal Zero under two headings; mountable (Boulder) solar panels and portable (Nomad) solar panels.
Jackery SolarSaga Panels
|SolarSaga 60W||SolarSaga 100W|
|Ports:||8mm (1), USB-A (1), USB-C (1)||8mm (1), USB-A (1), USB-C (1)|
|Dimensions (folded):||16.7 x 21.1 x 1.38 in||24 x 21 x 1.4 in|
|Dimensions (unfolded):||33.7 x 21.1 x 0.2 in||48 x 21 x 0.2 in|
|Weight:||3.3 lbs||10.33 lbs|
|Open Circuit Voltage (V):||21.6V||21.6V|
|Warranty:||24 Months||24 Months|
|Additional Features:||Carrying handle, grommets, kickstand, charging LED indicators||Carrying handle, grommets, kickstand, charging LED indicators|
The design and manufacture of these products point to a very important advantage that this product has, its ease of use and portability. The SolarSaga 60W and 100W solar panels are very easy to use, foldable, and portable.
The 60W product weighs only 3.3 lbs while the 100W solar panel weighs a total of 10.33 lbs, which is very lightweight compared to most solar panels with the same output.
This light weight in addition to its foldable design, strong carrying handle, stable kickstand, and USB port options conclude that the solar panels can easily be carried in most applications and are especially suited for an outdoor experience or in case of emergency.
Goal Zero Boulder and Nomad Solar Panels
Comparatively, the solar panels from Goal Zero are durable, rigid, and top-notch. They are very efficient in harnessing solar energy and converting it into usable electrical power.
As noticed above, there are two main brands of solar panels produced by Goal Zero, they are under the Nomad and Boulder titles. According to the company, the difference between the two brands is in the functionality and price.
While the Nomad brand allows for portability, easy mobility, and direct charging through intelligent design, the Boulder brand is more rigid and heavier, suitable for permanent installation.
The mountable Boulder panels can be installed onto vehicles and rooftops, while the portable Nomad panels can be moved and carried about by their users easily for purposes like backpacking and camping.
The Boulder panels do not come with any direct charging features (USB-A, USB-C, Micro-USB), hence you must have a power station connected before they can be used. This is one of two reasons why the Boulder panels are generally less expensive than the Nomad brand. The second and main reason the Boulder lineup is less expensive is that they are not as versatile as the Nomad panels.
Goal Zero Boulder Solar Panel Ranges and Models
|Boulder 50||Boulder 100||Boulder 100 Briefcase||Boulder 200 Briefcase|
|Ports:||8mm (1)||8mm (1)||8mm (1)||Anderson Powerport (1)|
|Dimensions (folded):||N/A||N/A||26.75 x 21.75 x 3.75 in||40 x 26.75 x 3.5 in|
|Dimensions (unfolded/standard):||21.75 x 26.75 x 1.75 in||40.0 x 26.75 x 1.75 in||26.75 x 43.5 x 1.75 in||40 x 53.5 x 1.75 in|
|Weight:||12.4 lbs||20.1 lbs||25.9 lbs||42 lbs|
|Open Circuit Voltage (V):||18-20V||18-22V||18-22V||18-22V|
|Warranty:||24 Months||24 Months||24 Months||24 Months|
|Additional Features:||Kickstand, corner protection||Kickstand, corner protection||Canvas bag, kickstand, carrying handle, corner protection, binding clips||Canvas bag, kickstand, carrying handle, corner protection, binding clips|
Under mountable solar panels, the Boulder series ranges from 50-200W panels. They include the:
- Boulder 50
- Boulder 100
- Boulder 100 Briefcase
- Boulder 200 Briefcase
The Boulder 100 Briefcase and 200 Briefcase are the most versatile in the lineup because they can be collapsed to half their size. They also have carrying handles whereas the Boulder 50 and 100 do not. All current Boulder solar panels come with a collapsable kickstand on the rear of the panels.
If you’re looking to mount these panels to the roof of your vehicle, home, cabin, etc., Goal Zero has mounting brackets (affiliate link) specifically for the Boulder models. These are sold separately from the panels. Another accessory is the carrying/storage bag. There are two versions, the small and large cases. The Briefcase models come with a carrying bag, but you can purchase a bag separately for the Boulder 100 and Boulder 50 models. The small case can fit two Boulder 50 panels or one Boulder 100 Briefcase model, whereas the large case can fit two Boulder 100s or one Boulder 200 Briefcase model. Both cases come with a shoulder strap and handle.
Best Uses for Boulder Solar Panels
The ideal Boulder panels to get if you’re going to use them with a solar generator are the ones rated at 100-200W. This is because you’ll be able to charge up your generator faster so you can use it more frequently.
The Boulder 50 works well for mounting on vehicles, especially if you need to arrange them in a certain way where a Boulder 100 won’t be able to mount properly. The Boulder 50 works exceptionally well with Goal Zero’s Sherpa 100AC (affiliate link) because they work seamlessly with no need for additional cables or connectors.
Goal Zero Nomad Solar Panel Ranges and Models
|Nomad 5||Nomad 10||Nomad 20||Nomad 50||Nomad 100||Nomad 200|
|Ports:||USB-A (1)||USB-A (1)||8mm (1), USB-A (1)||8mm (1), USB-A (1), 8mm chaining cable (1)||8mm (1)||Anderson Powerport (1), USB-A (1)|
|Dimensions (folded):||N/A||9.5 x 7.2 x 1.25 in||11.5 x 7.4 x 1.25 in||17 x 11.25 x 2.5 in||20.5 x 15.5 x 2 in||28.2 x 22.3 x 2.0 in|
|Dimensions (unfolded/standard):||9.5 x 7 x 0.8 in||9.5 x 14.5 x 0.75 in||11.5 x 21.75 x 0.75 in||17 x 53 x 1.5 in||20.5 x 59.5 x 1 in||28.2 x 100.7 x 1.0 in|
|Weight:||12.7 oz||1.12 lbs||2.28 lbs||6.85 lbs||10.2 lbs||22 lbs|
|Open Circuit Voltage (V):||Not Listed||6-7V||18 - 22V||18-22V||18-22V||23.0V, APP 19.1V Max|
|Warranty:||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months||12 months|
|Additional Features:||Kickstand, mounting holes||Kickstand, mounting holes||Kickstand, mounting holes||Hanging loops, 2 mesh storage pouches||Hanging loops, 3 mesh storage pouches||Hanging loops, separate legs w/ stake-down loops, 1 large mesh storage pouch|
The Nomad series ranges in power output from 5-200W. They include the:
- Nomad 5
- Nomad 10
- Nomad 20
- Nomad 50
- Nomad 100
- Nomad 200
All Nomad panels have monocrystalline solar cells, which are the best cells of all solar panel types. Please note that the Nomad 50 and 100 do not have kickstands which will require some extra effort to tilt them towards the sun when using them on the ground.
Each panel has the ability to be mounted on a tent, car, or any area you need to charge up. This is due to them either having attached loops (Nomad 50-200) or small holes within their frames (Nomad 5-20).
Best Uses for Nomad Solar Panels
The smaller solar panels (Nomad 5-20) will be able to easily fit into a backpack. The Nomad 20 has an 8mm port as well as a USB-A port, so you can use it to charge Goal Zero Yeti generators as well as the Sherpa 100AC.
The Nomad 5 and 10 have one USB-A port each, making them ideal for smartphones and other devices on the go. These panels are the best for attaching to the back of backpacks because of their small dimensions.
The Nomad 20 may be too long to use on a standard backpack but could be beneficial on a large one. Be sure to check out the dimensions folded and unfolded in the table above to see if they will be of ideal use to you.
The Nomad 50, 100, and 200 work well for emergency use at home or on the go. They all can fold four times over, so you can transport them easily. All of these panels have chaining capability, which means you can attach multiple solar panels together for more power. The Nomad 50 comes with an 8mm chaining cable for this purpose. The Nomad 100 and 200 require Goal Zero chaining cables that are sold separately.
Fine-Tuning the Characteristics of Jackery & Goal Zero Solar Panels
Although Goal Zero has a lot more solar panel options than Jackery, Jackery’s two solar panels have some advantages over similar Goal Zero models. The SolarSaga 60W panel is extremely lightweight compared to both the Boulder 50 and Nomad 50 solar panels from Goal Zero. At 3.3 lbs, the SolarSaga 60W panel is one-fourth the weight of the Boulder 50 and half the weight of the Nomad 50.
In addition, Jackery’s solar panels each have a USB-A and USB-C port in addition to its standard solar generator charging port. This is not matched by Goal Zero. Goal Zero’s Nomad panels either have one USB-A port or no USB port in addition to their main charging cables (either 8mm or Anderson Powerpole). The Boulder solar panels from Goal Zero only have an 8mm or Anderson Powerpole connector.
The interesting aspect when comparing these companies’ solar panels is that Jackery’s panels fall in a category right in the middle of Goal Zero’s Nomad and Boulder panels. The Nomad line is specifically intended for portable use, where most of the panels fold up to four times over to be compact.
The Boulder line is specifically for mounting purposes, but also has some portable aspects to them with their Briefcase models. Jackery’s SolarSaga panels are not as collapsible as the Nomad panels but are lighter and therefore more portable than the Boulder solar panels.
To better decide on an overall winner, let’s see which purposes specific models can best be used for.
Solar Panel Comparison – SolarSaga 60W vs Nomad 50 vs Boulder 50
The SolarSaga 60W panel can be used to carry short distances, but not for backpacking. It is simply too large (even when folded) to be stored and carried in a backpack. It is ideal for camping because of its kickstand and light weight.
The Nomad 50 can be carried in a backpack since it folds four times over. However, it has a slightly smaller power output and has one USB-A port as opposed to the SolarSaga’s USB-A and USB-C ports.
Lastly, the Boulder 50 is mainly used for mounting on vehicles or a rooftop but can be used on the ground with its kickstand if needed. It cannot fold, so it will not be ideal for storage during long hiking trips.
Overall for camping purposes and the likes, the SolarSaga 60W panel is better than the Nomad 50 and Boulder 50 because of its ports and light weight. For backpacking, the Nomad 50 is the best option because you can fit it into your backpack after using it on a campsite or rest area to charge devices.
For mounting, the Boulder 50 is the best option because it has a much sturdier design that will be able to withstand variable weather conditions much better than the others. The Boulder solar panels also have the option for mounting brackets to install on a roof of a vehicle or home.
SolarSaga 100W vs Nomad 100 Solar Panel
The Nomad 100 weighs almost exactly the same as the SolarSaga 100W panel at just over 10 lbs. The Nomad 100 has only one 8mm connector for Goal Zero solar generators but folds four times over to be much more compact.
The SolarSaga 100W panel has two USB port options in addition to its solar generator charging cable and also has a kickstand, whereas the Nomad 100 doesn’t have any of these options.
The SolarSaga 100W solar panel is the better option for off-grid use overall because the only area where it loses to the Nomad 100 is in its portability/foldability. Since they both weigh about 10 lbs, the Nomad 100 may be better for carrying long distances, but it is still too big to store in most backpacks.
Solar Panel Conclusion: Goal Zero or Jackery?
It looks like the main idea of Goal Zero’s solar panels is to use them with their solar generators. Since it looks like that was Goal Zero’s main intention, they did not bother with adding several additional USB ports to their panels because the solar generators already had them. From this perspective, it may look like Jackery did not need to add extra USB ports because their panels are meant specifically for their solar generator options. Their solar generators have multiple USB ports already, so the additional USBs on the panels seem unnecessary.
If not charging a solar generator, the only areas where a USB port would be necessary on a solar panel would be for on-the-go use, like backpacking with a panel on the end of your backpack to charge your phone or devices while hiking. Goal Zero has these models available. They are the Nomad 5, Nomad 10, and Nomad 20. Jackery solar panels are simply too big to fit onto any backpack.
Looking at the big picture, Jackery’s solar panels are meant to go with their solar generators. Having extra USB ports on their panels is great to have, but is unnecessary when you’re using the panel to charge a solar generator. This also applies to Goal Zero Nomad solar panels. Since any solar panel from the Nomad 50 and higher cannot be used to charge on the go, they do not necessarily need USB ports because they are going to mainly be used for solar generator charging.
Jackery’s solar panels have everything needed in a great solar panel option except for on the go charging capabilities and collapsibility. The Nomad 50 to the Nomad 200 all fold four times over, whereas the SolarSaga panels fold just once over.
Since Goal Zero has several solar panel options in their lineup that can be better-fit to specific off-grid charging needs, they win this category.
Goal Zero vs Jackery – Solar Panel Prices
This is a huge determinant in the analysis of a product, especially products of this type. The features and capability of the products also affect their prices.
Jackery’s Solar panels (SolarSaga 60W and 100W) are priced at $179.99 and $299.99 respectively according to the company’s website.
This is a favorable price range when compared to that of Goal Zero who priced its Nomad 50 Solar Panel at $249.95 and the Nomad 100 solar panel is priced at $399.95 according to Amazon.
While the huge difference in the pricing can be attributed to the features and capability of the products, it is essential to note that the Boulder 50 and Boulder 100 Briefcase are priced at $149.95 and $299.95 respectively.
Using the cost information provided above, it can be adduced that Goal Zero’s Boulder series, which is not as portable as the Nomad line, is almost at par with the Jackery Solarsaga solar panels in terms of price, even though the SolarSaga panels have more usability features.
Comparing Goal Zero vs Jackery with Their Solar Generator Options
Jackery and Goal Zero are mainly known for their portable power station products, which are also known as solar generators.
These products are as important as the solar panels discussed above, as most (if not all) of the solar panels from each company are used with these power stations for optimal functionality.
As usual, we’ll start with the features and specifications of these solar generators.
Starting with Jackery, the options available from the company come to five in total. They are the:
These power stations are named according to their capability in terms of battery capacity. For example, the Explorer 160 has approximately 160Wh of battery capacity (167Wh) while Explorer 500 has approximately 500Wh (518Wh). Goal Zero’s models follow suit in this regard.
Goal Zero’s power stations are numerous and amount to more than ten different models. These products are divided into three different series or generations and they are as follows:
Yeti lead-acid solar generators:
Yeti “Lithium” series:
Yeti “X” series:
The table you’ll see below is all about the Yeti X models compared to the Explorer series. As you’ll see, Goal Zero makes much more powerful solar generators than Jackery, but they also have some power stations that are in the same range as Jackery models.
Overall, Jackery takes the lead over Goal Zero in the smaller solar generator category, but Goal Zero dominates the medium to large generator fields. Goal Zero still competes with Jackery in the small generator category with their 200X, 400 Lithium, and 500X models, but we’ll take a closer look into these generators and compare them to Jackery’s options.
|Yeti 200X||Yeti 500X||Yeti 1500X||Yeti 3000X||Yeti 6000X|
|Inverter Size:||120W Continuous, 200W Surge||300W Continuous, 1,200W Surge||2,000W Continuous, 3,500W Surge||2,000W Continuous, 3,500W Surge||2,000W Continuous, 3,500W Surge|
|Max Solar Input:||100W||150W||600W||600W||600W|
|More Detailed Info:||Read My Full Review||Read My Full Review||Read My Full Review||Read My Full Review||Watch My YouTube Review|
As you can see, Goal Zero’s X series models focus mainly on high-end, large generators. One X model is not in the table, and that is the 1000X, which would be right in the middle of the models listed as it has about 1,000Wh of battery capacity.
There are four main points of data to compare to Jackery to give us a good overall scope of what each power station is capable of. Those four points are:
- Solar input
- Inverter capabilities
Since Goal Zero dominates the battery capacity category with their larger models, we will not compare this information in-depth. The 6000X, 3000X, and 1500X all carry a larger battery capacity than all of Jackery’s models.
Check out the Jackery table below to see all of their power stations. Keep in mind that these are all of Jackery’s power stations, whereas the Goal Zero chart focused only on their newest models.
|Explorer 160||Explorer 240||Explorer 300||Explorer 500||Explorer 1000|
|Inverter Size:||100W Continuous, 150W Surge||200W Continuous, 400W Surge||300W Continuous, 500W Surge||500W Continuous, 1,000W Surge||1,000W Continuous, 2,000W Surge|
|Max Solar Input:||42W||42W||90W||100W||163W|
|More Detailed Info:||Jackery Product Page||Read My Full Review||Read My Full Review||Jackery Product Page||Read My Full Review|
Now that you’ve seen what each model can do, we’ll compare specifics amongst similar solar generator competitors.
Goal Zero Yeti 200X vs Jackery Explorer 160 and 240
These solar generators are very similar across the board. I have the 200X and in terms of power output, it did not live up to its specifications. In my YouTube video on the 200X, I showed that my AC port blew out completely when I tried to max out the power of the inverter when using it to power my TV, fan, speakers, and desk light.
That being said, I would put the Explorer 240 above the Yeti 200X in terms of power output from their inverters. This is because the Explorer 240 has a 200W continuous, 400W surge power compared to the Yeti 200X’s 120W continuous, 200W surge capabilities.
I’d even consider the Explorer 160 over the Yeti 200X because it has a similar inverter size/capability and is half the cost of the 200X!
Yeti 500X vs Explorer 500
The Explorer 500 and Yeti 500X are harder to compare for a winner because although they are similar in battery capacity, they are different in nearly every other category.
The 500X’s 150W max solar input beats the Explorer 500’s 100W max solar input. Although seemingly a small difference, the 50W makes a big impact on charge times since these solar generators are fairly small.
The 500X’s inverter is rated at 300W continuous and 1,200W surge power. These are drastically different numbers. Most solar generators of any size do not have a surge power rating that is more than 2x its continuous output rating. The 500X’s surge power is 4x its continuous power output!
For example, the Titan solar generator has a 3,000W continuous output with 6,000W surge power. The Yeti 6000X has a 2,000W continuous, 3,500W surge rating. Whatever the 500X is doing internally to make these wild differences in power, it is by far the largest difference in inverter output that I’ve ever seen.
However, this is not to say that the 500X dominates the Explorer 500 in this comparison. The Explorer 500 is capable of 500W continuous and 1,000W surge power. It has a higher continuous rating, but lower surge power than the 500X. The main deciding factor to pick a winner is asking the question: “Which number (continuous or surge) is more practical to people using this generator?”
And that answer is continuous power output. Most people using these generators will not be using them for their surge capabilities. If they were using them for more surge-oriented purposes, they probably made a mistake and should’ve bought a bigger solar generator.
Most people will be using the continuous power rating because it will provide an even amount of power for longer periods of time. Surging the generator can significantly reduce the battery capacity, even if you only use the maximum surge power for a few seconds!
Moreover, if you consistently use the generator for surge power, it not only lowers the cycle life of the system, but it also can overheat it and cause it to shut down in order to cool itself from overheating.
Overall, the Explorer 500 wins this category due to its 200W higher continuous power output.
The Explorer 500 is $200 cheaper than the Yeti 500X. The Explorer 500 clearly wins this category.
The two main differences in these power stations in terms of ports are 1) AC ports and 2) USB ports.
The 500X has two AC ports whereas the Explorer 500 only has one. For USB ports, the 500X has four, including two standard USB-A, one USB-C, and one USB-C PD port. The Explorer 500 only has three standard USB-A ports.
As modern technology adapts more towards USB-C ports, the 500X is better because it is up to date in this field. The difference in AC ports does not matter as much, but having one additional AC port also solidifies the 500X as the superior system in terms of ports.
Overall, the Explorer 500 wins this comparison because it is simply much cheaper than the 500X. Adjustments can be made to alter the ports, for example, a USB to USB-C cable, and even an AC power strip if need be. The solar input difference, although important, is not significant enough to put the 500X on top. For the price of a 500X, you can buy an Explorer 500 and an Explorer 160 and still have $60 to spare.
Goal Zero vs Jackery – Solar Generator Pricing
The prices of the power stations as expected will be dependent on the features and functionality of the power stations. According to Amazon, the prices of the Jackery Explorer series are as stated below.
- Explorer 160 – $149.99
- Explorer 240 – $249.99
- Explorer 300 – $349.99
- Explorer 500 – $499.99
- Explorer 1000 -$999.99
The prices of several Goal Zero power stations are also stated below.
- Yeti 150 – $199.95
- Yeti 200X – $299.95
- Yeti 400- $449.95
- Yeti 400 Lithium – $599.95
- Yeti 500X – $699.95
- Yeti 1000 Lithium – $1,199.95
- Yeti 1250 – $999.95
- Yeti 1400 Lithium – $1,899.95
- Yeti 1500X – $1,999.95
- Yeti 3000 Lithium – $2,999.95
Clearly, Goal Zero solar generators are more expensive than Jackery’s. I am specifically referring to models that are similar to each other, not the higher-powered generators from Goal Zero. If you’re looking for a cost-effective approach to buying a portable power station, then Jackery will be a better option. But that only applies specifically to models rated at 1,000Wh and lower.
Goal Zero vs Jackery Solar Generator Comparison – Who Wins Overall?
With all that’s been said about specific models from each company, we only scratched the surface in terms of all the various models available from both companies, especially Goal Zero.
Goal Zero has had two previous solar generator series before their X series, and we did not talk much about the larger solar generators offered by Goal Zero.
Although Jackery wins the competition in the small solar generator field, it can’t compete with Goal Zero with any solar generator over 1,000Wh. Since Goal Zero has models that go from 150Wh to over 6,000Wh, they win this category overall. Goal Zero simply has a larger selection of solar generators to choose from, and their larger models seem to be their specialty.
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Best Portable Power Banks Amongst Goal Zero vs Jackery
Another product series that both companies have taken part in consists of USB power banks, or as called by Jackery, portable chargers. These products come in various designs and types, each with its attendant functions and capability.
Jackery’s portable charger line has four core models. The only thing is that none of them are easy to find on their website. You have to look up the specific model type or navigate to the very bottom of their website in order to find any of them. When you click on their website listings for each product, none of them are available for purchase.
From this happening to me while researching these products, I decided to head to Amazon to find any of their portable chargers. All of them were on Amazon, but none of them were available to buy.
Furthermore, when searching Amazon to see if the products had all been discontinued, none of them stated that they were! You can find this in the “Product Information” section on Amazon towards the middle of the page.
The only portable power bank that was clearly discontinued was the Bolt, where on Jackery’s website, they note that it was discontinued.
Due to this confusion over the remainder of Jackery’s portable charger lineup, Goal Zero power banks win this category by default because you can’t even buy Jackery power banks on their website or on Amazon.
I’ll still briefly compare both companies’ products, but will put an emphasis on the capabilities of Goal Zero’s models, since they are the only company whose models are currently available for purchase.
Specific Models and Series of Power Banks Offered by Goal Zero and Jackery
Jackery’s portable charger models include the:
- Bolt (discontinued)
The Bolt, Giant+, and Bar all have battery status indicators and flashlights within them in addition to their various port options. The highest-end model is the SuperCharge, which has an LCD screen displaying battery status and an included high-speed wall charger for the power bank. The SuperCharge also has the largest battery capacity compared to Jackery’s other models, coming out at 26,800mAh.
Goal Zero, as usual, has a lot of options when it comes to power banks or portable chargers. The company has about 17 versions of power banks under different series.
Goal Zero power bank series include the:
- Sherpa Series
- Flip Series
- Switch Series
- Venture Series
- Guide Series
Each series has its peculiarities and unique power output capacity. The Switch series is currently only available in a kit that comes with a portable solar panel. The Venture series comes in two variations, the Venture 30 and Venture 70, the latter having a larger battery. The remaining series (Flip and Sherpa) come in several model variations. Some have been discontinued and some have remained as staples in Goal Zero’s lineup.
Goal Zero Sherpa Series
The Sherpa models are the latest power banks from Goal Zero. They include the:
- Sherpa 15 (Micro/USB-C)
- Sherpa 15 (Micro/Lightning)
- Sherpa 40
- Sherpa 100PD
- Sherpa 100AC
All of these models have a unique port setup, but the Sherpa 100AC is the only one of them that also has an AC port in addition to its other ports. The Sherpa 100PD and 100AC also come with LCD screens for various battery details and are equipped with a Qi charging pad. This implies that phones that are Qi compatible can enjoy wireless charging through this feature.
The smaller Sherpa power banks have external ports with various applications, allowing you to charge certain devices directly from the Sherpa without the need for additional cords.
Goal Zero Flip Series
With ports specifically in USB-A format, the Flip series decreases its overall versatility compared to the Sherpa series, but this also allows the Flip models to remain compact.
The Flip series consists of the following models:
- Flip 12
- Flip 20 (no longer available)
- Flip 24
- Flip 30 (no longer available)
- Flip 36
All of these models come with one USB output and one USB input port. There are no additional cables/connectors that come with the Flip models. This is different from all the other series offered by Goal Zero, as they all come with at least one type of external cable for charging devices.
Overall, Goal Zero’s power bank models are able to support various needs for charging up devices.
Power Bank Pricing – Does Goal Zero or Jackery Have the Best Deals?
The prices of each company’s power banks are dependent on the battery capacity and additional features inherent in each product.
As such, it is not surprising that the prices of the Jackery portable chargers moderately range from $21.99 for the Bar portable charger to $69.99 for the SuperCharge model.
However, the prices of the power banks from Goal Zero vary significantly due to the many different models offered.
This is not surprising as some of the power banks have only a single USB port, whereas others are equipped with a variety of features and capabilities. The prices of Goal Zero power banks range from $19.95 for the Flip 12 to $299.95 for the Sherpa 100AC.
Both Goal Zero and Jackery’s smaller power banks are competitively priced and have similar features. When it comes to more powerful power banks in terms of battery capacity, Goal Zero is the only company that has these models. Therefore, the pricing category ends in a draw for portable power banks.
Analyzing Accessories Between Goal Zero vs Jackery
The products examined above (solar panels, solar generators, power banks) are the ones most-common to the two companies. Only those three categories are produced by Jackery in addition to carrying cases for their solar generators.
However, Goal Zero still has other products such as various kits, lighting accessories, external batteries, carrying cases for solar generators, charging cables, along with several other available options.
With all of these additional accessories available, Goal Zero allows its customers to customize their experience depending on what they need. Jackery, on the other hand, does not have nearly any proprietary customization available for its customer base.
Mission and Values of Goal Zero vs Jackery – Which Is Better?
Jackery is a technology company that was established in 2012 by an engineer working with the popular tech company, Apple.
Using the latest and updated research and development procedures available in the industry, Jackery has gone on to compete successfully amongst others in its field.
The company seeks to improve the lives of people by making sure that people have access to electrical power at all times.
Comparatively, the mission and vision of Goal Zero are summarized in the words of its founder, Robert Workman, who stated that the company is out to empower people by providing portable, smart and efficient power solutions that help connect, uplift and fulfill their dreams and aspirations.
It is a great reminder that both of these companies’ leaders have the right mindset and goals in place to not only run successful businesses but to do it following high moral standards. Since both companies have great values that aim to support those in need of portable power solutions, this category stands at a draw between the two.
Goal Zero vs Jackery – Which Competitor Is the Best Overall?
This comparison of the two companies has been objectively done to analyze the ups and downsides of each company and help people make informed decisions as regards purchasing their products or doing business with them generally.
The overall winner is Goal Zero. This is because of three reasons:
- Better Selection of Products
- Product Availability
Goal Zero has by far the better selection of products in each category. The only caveat to this is with small solar generators. From 150-500Wh battery capacity, Jackery has a better selection of products. But with larger solar generators, power banks, solar panels, and accessories, Goal Zero takes the throne as the better company overall.
Both companies shared similarities in power bank pricing for smaller models, customer service, and overall high quality in their products.
Jackery does not have any of their portable chargers available to purchase, which is a huge downside, especially considering that their products in this category are extremely versatile.
Lastly, it is apparent that Goal Zero clearly innovates its product line to present-day needs. When the USB-C connector was becoming more common amongst devices, they utilized USB-C ports in their Lithium series generators and continue to use them within their newer X series power stations.
When lithium batteries were a better option for solar generators due to their lightweight features and power capabilities, Goal Zero went from a lead-acid battery setup to lithium NMC batteries.
And when there were opportunities for improvements in portable power banks and solar panels, Goal Zero continued their efforts to create their Sherpa lineup while also adding more products to their Nomad and Boulder solar panel product arsenal.
The main point of this article is to give insights into the best products overall from each company. That being said, if you’re looking for a small solar generator, Jackery is the way to go, but for nearly anything else discussed in this article in terms of products, Goal Zero will be the better option.
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