CleanTechnica Examined: The Jackery Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional

Jackery’s line of lithium-ion based mostly transportable energy stations set the bar for the class and outlined what a photo voltaic generator was for customers all over the world. The class has expanded considerably and has grow to be the spine for off-grid properties, van lifers, RV folks, campers, and way more all all over the world. Jackery continues to guide the house and has packed a few of their finest tech into the brand new Solar Generator 1500 Pro.

The Photo voltaic Generator system pairs Jackery’s new Explorer 1500 Professional transportable energy station with one or two of Jackery’s slick SolarSaga 200 watt transportable photo voltaic panels. The result’s a equipment that may be taken nearly wherever on the world and nonetheless be capable to produce energy from the solar with the included photo voltaic panels.

The core of this method is Jackery’s Explorer 1500 Professional. The Professional line comes with a brand new look that features a folding deal with for a extra streamlined look in comparison with its signature orange and gray models with the massive ergonomic deal with up prime. This makes it extra compact when storing the brand new Professional sequence models and affords a cleaner look.

To Professional or To not Professional

Seems to be apart, the Professional line additionally units itself aside with significant tech variations. Proper on the prime of that checklist is the lifecycle of the Professional pack. It will possibly deal with 1,000 cycles and nonetheless retain at the very least 80% of its capability. That’s twice the five hundred cycles the bottom Explorer 1500 is rated for. It additionally fees 3 instances quicker from an AC wall outlet, topping up in simply 2 hours in comparison with 6 hours for the non-Professional model. It can be linked as much as 1,400 watts of photo voltaic panels, which interprets to a recharge time of simply 2 hours.

The Jackery Explorer 1500 Professional has connections for 2 SolarSaga panels on the again. Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

Its USB-C output has additionally been boosted as much as 100 W max vs 60 W. It has higher warmth dissipation {hardware} that’s 30% extra environment friendly at pushing warmth out of the pack. It’s constructed to be stronger and extra sturdy to be used in skilled environments, and that’s not simply speak. Jackery stands behind the Professional with a 5-year guarantee in comparison with 2 years on its non-Professional energy stations. The beefed up Professional pack does come at a value, with the Professional weighing in at 37.5 kilos, some 2.3 kilos / 1 kilogram heavier than the bottom Explorer 1500. Give it some thought like a better efficiency construct of the Explorer 1500 in nearly each method.

Utilizing The Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional

The use circumstances for the Jackery Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional are countless. It lets you generate your personal energy wherever the solar shines. It shops that energy and allows you to use it again at any time when and wherever you want it. Which will sound overly broad, however it’s the reality. In our testing, we took the equipment on the street and located it to be greater than able to powering the 1500 watt induction cooktop that’s the core of our cellular camp kitchen.

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

We additionally examined it out with our new cellular water kettle and the Explorer 1500 Professional battery didn’t flinch. It simply saved pushing out energy, with loads of room to spare. To actually put a sweat on the system, we introduced it house and plugged in a ton of energy hungry home equipment .

Our Vitamix blender is a workhorse and packs a scary quantity of energy. By itself, this unit pulls between 700-1100 watts in our devoted testing. We dropped our favourite smoothie substances in and set that up. Subsequent, we arrange our customary 800 watt water kettle to make some espresso to heat again up from the smoothie. Simply to make issues fascinating, we connected a Kitchen Support 5 quart mixer and it was time to let issues fly.

Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

Turning on the Vitamix, water kettle, and mixer all on the identical time, energy draw fluctuated from ~1850 watts as much as 1950 watts. That’s proper on the higher vary of what the Jackery can deal with as steady output, so we simply let it run. After 2 minutes of ear splitting noise, we turned them off, glad the Explorer 1500 Professional was as much as the duty.

With the power to push out 1,800 watts of steady energy and as much as 3,600 watts of energy for brief durations, it’s tougher to seek out one thing it could’t energy than to checklist out all of the issues it could do. It’s rattling spectacular and the additional bolstering of specs, sturdiness, and output that comes with the Professional line make a noticeable distinction.

Charging Up

Out of the field, the Jackery Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional can cost up three alternative ways, and we wished to place all of them to the check. The first advantage of the Photo voltaic Generator system is the aptitude to recharge from the solar. We set it up out on the deck with the dual 200 watt SolarSaga folding panels dealing with due south and at midday in Southern California, pulled in 384 watts for the pair. That’s 192 watts per panel — a really affordable output contemplating it was set on the default recline.

Higher outcomes could possibly be garnered by angling the panels instantly on the solar and setting the recline to a selected angle based mostly on the native geography. Most customers will merely set the panels up roughly dealing with the solar and on this state of affairs, the mix carried out nicely. The dual panels recharged the battery from 10% to 100% in a little bit greater than 4 hours with zero changes to their place because the solar moved throughout the sky.

Given these outcomes, in areas pulling in additional than 8 hours of sunshine per day, it might be straightforward to recharge the pack absolutely in the course of the daytime. For situations the place extra output is required or the place the geographic location interprets to decrease photo voltaic depth, including the second 200 W SolarSaga panel cuts the recharging time in half.

When linked to an AC outlet, the unit throttles up initially, then tapers all the way down to a decrease charging pace because the battery fills up. Picture credit score: Kyle Discipline, CleanTechnica

AC charging is probably going going to be the default charging technique for homeowners wanting to make use of the system as a backup battery for the house and for extra home use circumstances. The Explorer 1500 Professional boasts some critical numbers with regards to AC charging, with a peak charging fee of 1,800 watts, translating to a full cost in 2 hours which takes under consideration the complete charging profile of the pack.

We ran the battery all the way down to 10% and plugged it into the wall. We have been particularly in search of the height charging fee, whole cost time from 10-100%, and to see if the wire warmed up from the huge quantity of present being handed by it. In our testing, the battery took longer to cost from an AC outlet than anticipated, with the complete 10-100% cost taking 2.5 hours.


The Professional line of Jackery merchandise units a brand new bar for the model, and transportable energy stations general, with 30% extra environment friendly warmth dissipation, a extra compact footprint, longer life with at the very least 2,000 cost cycles earlier than degrading to 80%, and spectacular standby functionality with as much as 472 days of standby from an 80% cost.

Jackery isn’t simply speaking the speak, however quite is placing a assure behind its new lineup, with its 3+2 yr guarantee on the Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional. That places it on the prime of our checklist for top performing, sturdy, lengthy lasting, and prime quality transportable energy stations. When paired with Jackery’s SolarSaga photo voltaic panels, it turns into an absolute off-grid workhorse whether or not it’s getting used to energy instruments on a piece truck, maintain a house or enterprise working throughout an influence outage, or to maintain every part buzzing alongside whereas on trip in an RV.

The Jackery Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional retails for $2,699 and contains the Explorer 1500 Professional and two 200 W SolarSaga folding photo voltaic panels. Head over to Jackery’s site for all the small print, lovely life-style photographs, or to order one for your self.

Disclaimer: Jackery offered the Photo voltaic Generator 1500 Professional to the writer for the needs of this assessment.

Explorer 1500 Professional Specs


  • Capability: 1,512Wh (43.2V 35Ah)
  • Cell Chemistry: Lithium-ion Battery (NMC)
  • Lifecycle: 1,000 cycles to 80%+ capability
  • Administration System: BMS, Over Voltage Safety, Brief Circuit Safety


  • AC Output: 120V, 60Hz, 1,800W (3,600W Peak)
  • USB-A Output: Fast Cost 3.0, 18W Max
  • USB-C Output: 100W Max, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V as much as 5A)
  • Automotive Port: 12V,10A
  • AC Enter: 120V, 60Hz, 10.83A Max
  • DC Enter: 17.5V-60V, 12A, Double to 24A/1400W Max


  • AC Adapter: 2 Hours
  • 12V Automotive Adapter: 16.5 Hours
  • 1x SolarSaga 200W Photo voltaic Panel: 9 Hours
  • 2x SolarSaga 200W Photo voltaic Panel: 5 Hours
  • 6x SolarSaga 200W Photo voltaic Panel: 2 Hours


  • Weight: 37.48 lb (17 kg)
  • Dimensions (LxWxD): 15.1 x 10.5 x 12.1 in (38.4×26.90×30.75cm)
  • Working Utilization Temperature: 14-104°F (-10-40℃)
  • Guarantee: (3+2) 12 months Guarantee

SolarSaga 200 W Specs


  • Peak Energy: 200 W
  • Energy Voltage: 18 V
  • Energy Present: 11.12 A
  • Open Circuit Voltage: 23.2 V
  • Brief Circuit Present: 11.76 A


  • Dimensions (folded): 540 x 615 x 40 mm
  • Dimensions (unfolded): 540 x 2320 x 25 mm
  • Working Utilization Temperature: -10-65℃(14-149°F)
  • Guarantee: 24 Months




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