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This portable battery station can power your home for 2 weeks, and it's $500 off right now

The Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus can pull in sunlight and distribute power across your home.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Contributing Writer
Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus power station

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus power station

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What's the deal?

Right now, you can save $500 when you buy the Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 2000 Plus on Amazon, bringing it down to just $1,699. You'll save even more when you bundle additional solar panels.


Why this deal is ZDNET-recommended

If you see the sun on a regular basis then solar generators are the way forward. They allow you to capture and store the free energy that's beaming down from the sun, convert it into electricity, and store it in batteries.

Solar generators consist of two parts: There's a portable power station (think power bank but bigger) and solar panels. The power stations come in all shapes and sizes, from small boxes you'd be happy carrying for a short distance, to big boxes on wheels that you don't want to be taking with you too far. 

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Jackery, a familiar name in the power station game for over a decade now, has a new power station called the Explorer 2000 Plus, and this thing is a total game changer. You can scale it up from a single unit that's good for a day or two of camping, to an array of batteries and solar panels that can power your home for two weeks.

You read that right: two weeks.

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Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus tech specs

  • Capacity: 2042.8 Wh
  • AC output: AC Output(×4):120V~ 60Hz, 20A Max
    AC Output(×1): 120V~ 60Hz, 25A Max
    AC Total Output: 3000W Max, 6000W surge peak
  • USB-A output: x2 Quick Charge 3.0, 18W Max
  • USB-C output: x2 100W Max, (5V, 9V, 12V, 15V, 20V up to 5A)
  • Car output: 12V⎓10A
  • AC input: 120V, 60Hz, 15A Max
  • DC input: 11V-17.5V, 8A Max
    17.5V-60V, 12A Max
  • Battery: LFP (LiFePO4 battery)
  • Rated charge cycles: 4000 cycles to 70%+ capacity
  • Weight: 61.5 lbs/ 27.9 kg
  • Dimension: 14.7 x 18.6 x 14.1 inches/37.36 x 26.90 x 47.3 x 35.94 cm
  • Operating temperature: -10~45°C/14~113°F

NoteI've been reviewing the UK version of the Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus, which has different power outlets and input and output voltages, but it's otherwise equivalent to the US version. 

It's big.

But you might notice that there's something sitting atop my Explorer 2000 Plus. That's an add-on PackPlus E2000 Plus battery pack that adds an additional 2042.8 Wh of electrical storage capacity to the system.

This is even bigger!

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus along with an add-on PackPlus E2000 Plus battery pack

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus along with an add-on PackPlus E2000 Plus battery pack 

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4000 Wh not enough for you? You can connect up to five PackPlus E2000 Plus battery packs to a single Explorer 2000 Plus to give 12,000 Wh of storage.

A single PackPlus E2000 Plus weighs in at 41.9 lbs (19 kg), so the two units combined come in at over 100 lbs (46.9 kg).  

Still not enough? No problem!

You can join together two Explorer 2000 Plus units, each connected to five PackPlus E2000 Plus battery packs to give you a whopping 24,000 Wh of power storing capacity – enough, according to Jackery, to provide power for the average household for two weeks. 

This setup will cost you a cool $22,500, but there's little to compare with the power and flexibility it offers.

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OK, let's wind back and look at the Explorer 2000 Plus. 

Compared to many power stations, this is quite a streamlined unit. On the front is a compact display, a few buttons, and a handful of outlets.

The front of the Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus is very neat and uncluttered -- a few buttons, a minimalist display, and the power outlets.

The front of the Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus is very neat and uncluttered -- a few buttons, a minimalist display, and the power outlets.

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To help with moving the power station, there are comfortable handles on the side, a retractable suitcase-style handle, and wheels.

Yes, wheels. The retractable handle and wheels take some of the sweat out of moving the power station, especially if using additional batteries.

Wheels take the strain out of moving the Explorer 2000 Plus

Wheels take the strain out of moving the Explorer 2000 Plus

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If you have an add-on battery, a cable is used to connect the two units together.

A cable is used to connect a Explorer 2000 Plus to the PackPlus E2000 Plus battery pack

A cable is used to connect an Explorer 2000 Plus to the PackPlus E2000 Plus battery pack

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There are a few things that I look for when testing a power station.

First, the inputs, outputs, and rated capacity need to match up with the published specs (see the specs list above). 

The Explorer 2000 Plus passed all my tests with flying colors. 

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The power outlets had no problem supporting a continuous load of 3,000W and even surges of 6,000W. If you can push the power station beyond this, then the Explorer 2000 Plus powers down gracefully and waits for you to reduce the load.

Under heavy loads, there are fans that kick in to keep everything cool (which also come on when charging the unit), but these fans are quiet -- only 30dB, or how loud a library is -- and the Explorer 1500 Pro can handle a 3,000W continuous load without any difficulty.

It's very a well-designed unit.

The USB and 12V outputs also live up to the specs. The 100W USB-C ports are particularly useful for those of us who may charge and power our laptops off a power station.

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The 2,000 Wh capacity is huge. It can charge up your iPhone over 80 times, or run a mini fridge for over 12 hours. It'll also power a portable air conditioner for a couple of hours, or a heavy-duty welder for 40 minutes.

It's a lot of power.

And this is just the Explorer 2000 Plus. A single PackPlus E2000 Plus battery pack (currently $200 off) doubles this.

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus charge ports

Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus charge ports

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As for recharging, the unit takes two hours to charge up when connected to AC or six 200W SolarSaga solar panels (currently over $200 off), seven hours from two 200W SolarSaga solar panels, or 25 hours from a 12V car adapter.

I also like to test durability, and so far the unit has been thrown into the back of a truck, dragged around different places, and dropped a bit roughly more than once without any ill effects.

It's a really rugged product.

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Another thing I like to test is longevity. 

Nothing beats taking it into the wild and relying on it for several weeks. I've not been able to do that yet, but I have been using the Explorer 2000 Plus as much as possible, and put around a dozen charge cycles through it, and so far it's holding up well and I've had zero problems.

Everything is well-built and tough, it takes being knocked about, and it delivers what it promises without needing to rely on extreme, over-inflated specs.

ZDNET's buying advice

The Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus is a solid, expandable portable power station. If you're in the market for a power station, either for in-home use or for your outdoor adventures, it is an excellent choice that should give you years of use. (And if problems do befall your unit, you can fall back on Jackery's excellent warranty.)

Now, the Jackery Explorer 2000 Plus isn't cheap, but the $500 off certainly helps.

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