Jackery Alternatives: The Best Alternatives to the Jackery’s New Series of Explorer Solar Power Stations

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Jackery has been one of the premiere vendors of solar portable power stations.

When I started to notice and write about these little solar-chargeable battery packs (sol-gens) back in 2014, there was only Goal Zero as a prominent brand, apart from many small-time makers of DIY, custom-made solar power stations. (I remember the names like OG Solar and BePreparedSolar)

But, as of today, Jackery is no longer a dominant player in the market. Both Jackery and Goal Zero look to have failed to stay competitive in the market with the arrival of fresh brands like Bluetti and EcoFlow in the late years of the last decade and early years of this decade.

Jackery, though a bit late, launched a series of new power stations last year with advanced LiFePO4 batteries and modular profiles. Though the brand has been exhaustedly promoting the new-gen models, I don’t think the models have helped the brand gain back its earlier prominence.

It is here that, for the seekers of Jackery alternatives, I would like to curate a list of the coolest models that can be better replacements for the popular Jackery power stations.

So, if you are someone who is looking for a power station other than Jackery, this article will be helpful for you, I strongly believe.

The New Jackery Solar Power Stations

The latest series of Jackery power stations, the Plus, is available in three models.

Starting from the Explorer 100 Plus to the Explorer 2000 Plus, you get the new Jackeries with the much-awaited LFP batteries. Yes, as you might know, Jackery and Goal Zero were too late to introduce the latest battery architecture in their line of power stations.

Anyway, I would like to check out the key specs and features of the new Jackery power stations and see whether these models have some impressive alternatives over there. I think it would help you a lot to identify the best power station to buy for your next camping or outdoor trip.

Notice: In this article, I talk only about the ‘power station’ variants of Jackery’s products. As you may know, the brand also offers the same models with the branding of ‘solar generators, which are nothing but bundles of the same with the required solar panels.

Jackery Explorer 100 Plus Vs. Nothing!

The 100 Plus is a mini solar power station from Jackery.

No other popular brands, to my knowledge, don’t have a replacement for this little power station that has a capacity of just 99 Wh and an overall DC output of 128 watts. See, it has no AC outlet.

Jackery Explorer 100 Plus Portable Power Station
  • 99 Wh, 128W Mini Power Station
  • LFP Battery with 2000 Cycles
  • 100W Dual PD Input and Output Ports

The new Explorer 100 Plus, of course, has an LFP battery with decent charging cycles of 2000 times, up to 80% of the capacity. It features a pair of USB-C 100W in/out ports and an 18W USB-A port for charging your USB devices and for recharging the battery from different sources, including solar.

A small display lets you read the basic battery status and other information at a glance. The little power station weighs only 2.13 lbs. and has a size of 4.96 x 3.41 x 3.43 cm.

Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Vs. Bluetti AC2A and River 2

Jackery Explorer 300 Plus Alternatives

The 300 Plus looks to be Jackery’s reply to EcoFlow River 2 and Bluetti’s small-size power stations like the AC2A or EB3A.

I think, though it is a decent portable battery, the Explorer 300 Plus doesn’t look like a great deal compared to its replacements from competitors as far as the price is concerned.

You get the 300 Plus with a 288 Wh LFP battery for around $300. This is a perfect outdoor battery with a single AC outlet and an LED flashlight, but the EcoFlow’s River 2 packs a 256 Wh LFP battery and the inverter is a 300-watt one. But the lovely thing is that its price is below $200.

When it comes to the Bluetti lineup, I think there is no perfect comparable alternative other than the AC2A, which is a small 300W power station, but the battery pack under the hood is only a 204 Wh unit, and you get it at a price just above $150.

If you ask about my choice in this category of power stations, being a fan of EcoFlow, I would go for the River 2. It is a fact that both the Explorer 300 Plus and Bluetti’s AC2A are two recent launches compared to the EcoFlow River 2, which has been on the market for over a year.

Jackery Explorer 1000 Plus

Jackery Explorer 1000 Plus alternatives

The Explorer 1000 Plus is well-placed and one of the most popular variants in Jackery’s new series of power stations. As an upgrade to its best-selling Explorer 1000 predecessor, the Plus highlights some unique specs that you can’t get with any of the models in the line of both EcoFlow and Bluetti.

The attractive thing is that it is a 2000-watt mid-range power station with a decent battery capacity of 1264 Wh, and you can expand it up to 2.5 kWh using an additional battery pack.

Being the brand’s flagship model in the much-sought-after segment of mid-size power stations, it features all essential charging ports, including three AC sockets and dual USB-C and A ports.

The models you can compare to the Explorer 1000 Plus in the EcoFlow and Bluetti lineups are the Delta 2 and the AC180. As you know, both are 1800-watt power stations with a battery capacity of 1024 Wh and 1152 Wh, respectively.

These EcoFlow and Blueti alternatives feature all the essential charging outlets, including multiple AC sockets and advanced USB ports. Regarding the price, the Explorer Plus is pricier than its EcoFlow and Bluetti counterparts because it is richer in battery capacity and inverter power.

If you don’t wish to go for a Jackery, the AC180 and its premium variant, the AC180P, seem to be a good choice in the segment, and you can get them at a price of around $1000.

The Delta 2, the second upgrade to the brand’s momentous Delta power station, is indeed a great choice. You get it at a price just below $900 without an extra battery or solar panels.

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus

Jackery explorer 2000 Plus alternatives

Finally, we have the Explorer 2000 Plus.

As you may know, this is the biggest LFP power station Jackery has, and being a 3000-watt battery with an expandable profile, it is indeed an attractive product for home backup.

In the Bluetti lineup, the AC300 is an alternative to the Explorer 1000 Plus with the same 3000-watt inverter.

EcoFlow’s Delta Pro Ultra is another choice, but it comes with a more powerful 3600-watt inverter.

Bluetti AC200L is a good portable choice if you are ready to compromise on the inverter capacity, and you get the 2400-watt AC200L at a rather cheaper price compared to the Explorer Plus. The price difference is around $500, as of this writing in the middle of February 2024.

The Explorer 2000 Plus can be expanded up to 24 KWh using the brand’s extra battery packs.

By pairing two units of the base models, you can achieve an overall inverter output of 6000 watts in the process.

That means, along with being an ideal pick for off-grid applications, you can simply convert the Explorer 2000 Plus to a home battery for an outage-free life. That is how it can be a perfect alternative to the Bluetti AC300 and EcoFlow Delta Pro.


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