The real fight has kicked in. Goal Zero Vs Jackery. Jackery has added a higher-end model to its line-up of Explorer power stations called, Explorer 1000. Evidently, it comes out to be a serious challenge to Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium, a mid variant of the brand’s popular Yeti series of solar power stations.
For a while, Jackery has been the only key competitor to Goal Zero, a brand that has been into the portable power market for over a decade. Interestingly, with the unveiling of Explorer 1000, Jackery is now all set to lock horn with its rival more intensely.
We already have a look at Goal Zero Vs Jackery in an article on Yeti 1000 Vs Explorer 500, the then top-end model of Explorers. Today, we have the much-anticipated Explorer 1000, the most powerful solar backup system from Jackery so far. Here let us see which of Explorer 1000 or Yeti 1000 is the best for you.
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Goal Zero Vs Jackery
These two companies are indeed special in the crowd. They have been two popular brands offering highly professional and well-engineered portable power stations for a long time. But Goal Zero has a history of five years more than Jackery in offering the highly sophisticated solar power systems.
In other words, Jackery has been following the path of Goal Zero since 2012 with a series of stylish portable power stations. Meanwhile, Goal Zero started its journey with a line of three lead-acid-based full-fledged power stations back in 2007. They were Yeti 150, Yeti 400, and Yeti 1250.
Apart from solar power stations, Goal Zero has also been offering a number of suitable solar chargers and a range of small solar power banks, emergency and survival lights, torches, and more.
Of course, it is a fact that Goal Zero has cemented a strong presence in the market with a series of award-winning Yeti power stations. They range from a base 200W model to a colossal 6000W model, thanks to the unveiling of the new Yeti X series at CES 2020.
Jackery Explorer 1000 Vs Goal Zero Yeti 1000
Anyway, here we would like to pit Jackery’s new Explorer 1000 against Goal Zero’s mid-variant Yeti 1000 Lithium. Jackery fans have absolutely been looking for a powerful variant of the series. The brand unveiled it at CES 2020. And it has just been floated on the market for the public to buy.
Here it would be nice to get through a comparison of the product with a leading Goal Zero model on the market. However, it is a fact that Goal Zero has also announced an upgrade to its Yeti 1000. Branded as Yeti 1000X, the new model is to hit the markets later this year with more advanced features.
Jackery Explorer 1000 – Introduction
The Jackery is a special design for outdoor recreation and emergency. With a decent output, you can take it in your RVs, boats, and trailers. And use to power up your outdoor parties by comfortably running ovens, mini-fridges, coolers, fans, heaters, lightings, projectors, and more.
At the same time, in an emergency, it can light up your spaces and run CPAPs. So, it would be an amazing idea to keep a unit of Explorer 1000 in your home along with a reliable solar panel. The device, by the way, shares the same design and color pattern of the entire Explorer series.
Specs-wise, Jackery Explorer 1000 is a decently powerful backup system with the solar charging option. As its name says, it is a 1002Wh power station and it features three AC outlets to run multiple appliances at the same time under 1000 watts. Fine, it packs up a pure sine wave inverter of 1000 watts inside.
Meanwhile, it sports multiple USB and DC outlets to power up your small handsets and gadgets. The ports include two USB-C units and one USB 3.0 Quick Charge port. They can ideally power all your small digital devices in the wild or in an emergency.
Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Lithium – Introduction
Next, in our Goal Zero Vs Jackery article, we would like to have a look at the former’s Yeti 1000. It features the same capacity of its rival but has got a more powerful inverter. Coming to the application, it is a smart choice for RVs, campers, trailers, boats, or households. Individual campers can’t take it along.
Including dual AC sockets, Yeti 1000 has multiple charging outlets. You can run multiple electronics on it, including laptops, phones, cameras, power tools, small home appliances, TVs, CPAPs, and more. You can, however, move it along easily by carrying on its handle. Check out the link below for its latest price.
Well, coming to specs, Yeti 1500 is a 1045Wh portable power station. The battery inside is a 96,800mAh @ 10.8V or 290,400mAh @ 3.6V. unit. It can deliver electricity up to seven devices at the same time, thanks to multiple charging ports. They include 2.4A USB and DC ports apart from dual AC sockets.
The inverter is a 1500W pure sine wave unit that delivers a surge power of 3000W. That is where the Goal Zero product has an edge over Jackery and so you can use it to run more energy savoring devices. By the way, it also has a strong carrying handle. Design-wise, it keeps the same look of the entire Yeti series.
Power and Output
This is the area where these two products come close and become serious competitors. Of course, we have taken up the power stations for comparison as they fall in the same power and output capacities. So, let us start comparing the Goal Zero Vs Jackery based on the specs regarding power and output, for sure.
Of course, with 1045Wh output and a 1500W pure sine wave inverter, the Goal Zero has a slight edge over its Jackery variant. Explorer 1000 is actually a 1002Wh power station and it packs a 1000W inverter only. The former has a surge capacity of 3000 watts, while the latter has 2000 watts. The difference is clear.
By the way, when it comes to battery capacity as well, there is only a slight change. Jackery has a 46.4Ah @ 21.6V, while Goal Zero carries a 96,800mAh @ 10.8V. In short, for the sake of comparison, the Goal Zero is a slight winner, of course, but there are only slight differences in between.
Next, let us see what charging options both the power stations feature. When it comes to the AC outlets, the Jackery is a winner with three AC sockets of universal standards. The Goal Zero has only two sockets though it has more inverter power to support rather powerful AC appliances.
Regarding the USB ports, both the machines sport four outlets each. Out of its four USB ports, the Jackery has two USB-C ports with Power Delivery, one USB-A, and one USB 3.0 Quick Charge port. Meanwhile, Yeti 1400’s four ports include dual USB-A ports and one each of USB-C and USB PD ports.
Both the power stations carry the basic DC ports also. The Jackery has got a 12V carport and an 8mm DC outlet at 12V~30V (100W Max). It is when Goal Zero Yeti features a 6mm port at 10A (120W max), a 12V DC carport, and a 12V Power Pole port up to 10A (120W max) as well.
The next important thing to check out in our Goal Zero Vs Jackery article is the portability of the devices. Of course, as reliable portable power solutions, they should meet the basic requirements for the same. As you see, both the machines sport stronger and durable carrying handles for easy moving.
The Goal Zero has got two handles on both ends. Meanwhile, the Jackery has a built-in longer handle that also integrates gripping threads. So, it is exclusively up to you to decide on what type of handle will suit your needs. By the way, design-wise, Yeti is a boxy one, while Jackery has more an oval form.
Here let us have a look at the exact size and weight figures. The Jackery is a clear winner with a size of 13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in and a very lightweight profile of just 22 lbs. It is when the Goal Zero is rather hefty and bulky. It has the dimensions of 15.31 x 10.12 x 9.29 in and a weight of 40 lbs.
Compatible Solar Chargers
Both brands offer exclusive solar panels for their power stations. Goal Zero, as you know, has a collection of its award-winning Boulder solar panels. Well, they appear in multiple variants including both briefcase and regular flat panels. All the models are compatible with Yeti 1000 Lithium.
However, considering its higher storage capacity, it is better you use a 100W Boulder panel. If you want to mount the panel somewhere like an RV roof, boat deck, or home roof, the single-panel is a nice choice. But if you would like to carry the panel on your trips, the below Boulder 100 Briefcase is the fine pick.
As you see, it is a highly efficient mono solar panel. You can fold it down like a briefcase after the use and carry along on your adventures comfortably. Its strong kickstands and handle help you manage it easily in the wild or in an emergency. This panel is also available in a 200W variant with the same briefcase form.
At the same time, Jackery has only a limited number of solar panels. In its SolarSaga line-up, we have only two panels – a 60W and 100W variants, as of now. Yes, the brand hasn’t unveiled any special solar charger for its new Explorer 1000. Below we have SolarSaga 100, a folding solar panel with high efficiency.
The brand actually recommends you use two units of SolarSaga 100 to power Yeti 1000. If that is possible, you can recharge it in just eight hours under optimal sunlight. The solar charger is indeed a quality model with solid plastic bases on both ends. So, you can safely handle it in the wild.
Well, the solar charger offers higher conversion efficiency of up to 23%. And it can perform quite well in hot weather. The solar charger also features dual USB outlets, which include one USB-C port and one USB-A port. Hence, you can use it to directly charge your handsets directly under the sun.
That has been our take on the Goal Zero Vs Jackery power stations. We have tried our best to explore all the key features of Yeti 1000 and Explorer 1000 in detail. Both devices have some advantages in different things as they fall in the same segment in terms of power and output. It is now up to you to pick a model that matches your requirements perfectly. Share your thoughts in the comments below.