A Review of the Jackery 500 and 1000 Power Center

Some of you have read my reviews of Jackery products. I continue to test them and use them on the farm because they have been very reliable sturdy. We have done a lot with Jackery products on our farm over the years.

I was presented with the opportunity to test out the Jackery 1000 power center. This is a much larger power center than any I have tested thus far. It is an excellent choice for those that want a lot of power in a lightweight package.

This is the Jackery 1000 hooked up to the Jackery Solar Saga 100 panel. You can use other types of panels but you may have to buy an adapter cord. The input for a panel is 8mm.

We received the Jackery 500 more than a year ago and it is holding up well.

Off Grid Cabin

For those that are looking for a simple off-grid power solution for a cabin or similar, the Jackery 1000 or 500 power center is a reasonable option that you can just buy and start using immediately with no fuss. For total off-grid use, you need to have a solar panel to keep it charged up. If you add two panels at 100 watts each you can use a lot of power at an off-grid site.

This means practically unlimited lighting and the ability to run some small appliances. Keeping a laptop going and some other small devices are not at all a problem. Back when Matt and I were living with very little electricity in our camper, this would have been very nice to have and could have replaced a lot of our power needs entirely.

If you are out working, you can keep the Jackery charging as you use it. This reduces how fast the power is drained. The Jackery is rugged. We just haul ours around in the back of the Kawasaki Mule.

Weight

As someone that has lifted a lot of car batteries over the years, I really appreciate how lightweight the Jackery Lithium Battery power centers are. The Jackery 1000 weighs around 22 lbs which is comparable to the much smaller lead-acid Goal Zero 400 power center we have. I strongly recommend lithium battery power centers for most people. They are much more practical and they are very affordable now.

The Jackery 500 comes in at just over 13 lbs.

Charge Times

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Jackery 500

  • 16 Hours (12V Car Adaptor)
  • 9.5 Hours (Using a single SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels simultaneously with full sun)
  • 7 hours (AC)

Jackery 1000

  • 14 Hours (12V Car Adaptor)
  • 8 Hours (Using two SolarSaga 100W Solar Panels simultaneously with full sun)
  • 7 hours (AC)

Remember that you can use other brands of solar panels with the Jackery as long as you have the correct cables. The advantage of the Jackery panels is that they are very lightweight and portable. I personally think that the Jackery panels are too expensive for what you get.

Good Variety of Outlets

One thing that I immediately noticed about the Jackery 1000 is that you get three AC outlets. That can be really nice at times. Additional outlets include a 12V DC, 2 USB-C, and 2 USB.

The 500 model has a single AC outlet, a 12V DC, and three USB charging ports.

If a single AC outlet is not enough you can use a splitter or plugin an inverter to the 12V DC outlet. You do need to be sure to not overload the outlet by plugging in too many different things at once.

Excellent Warranty

I cannot help but point out that Jackery has twice the warranty of other comparable products. You get a full 2 years but from my experience, I really doubt that you will need it for any reason at all. If you do, you will find that they are fast to respond. Even though I have conversed with very specific people at the company, I have always found they respond quickly and are proud of their product.

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Using a 100 ft heavy-duty extension cord you can enjoy a lot of reach. You can sit the Jackery down and work in a 100 ft circle with ease! The saw is a SunJoe 6.5 amp Electric Polesaw.

Quiet operation

Gasoline generators are a lot louder than a Jackery. The most noise a Jackery makes is when you turn on the AC outlet. There is a small fan that you can only hear when you are very close.

Gasoline generators are not good when you are trying to keep a low profile. The sound can draw attention fast.

No emmissions or gas to worry about.

A Jackery is great to use inside and in small spaces too. Plenty of people use Jackery power centers in vans, RVs, and campers. Using a gasoline generator requires leaving it outside and running extension cords.

There is also the issue of being able to get gasoline to fuel a generator. With a Jackery you will never have to worry about that.

Conclusion:

Jackery is a good option for those that want some extra power during emergencies or for off-grid situations. The 1000 is a decent replacement for some small gasoline generators while the smaller power centers are good for people that want to keep a few things going during an emergency or while camping.

The weight and ease of use make the 500, 240, and 160 versions excellent choices if you have an older loved one that cannot lift a lot of weight but needs a backup power device.

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