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EcoFlow vs Jackery (2021): Comparing Portable Power Stations

If you are currently in the market for a portable power station, it’s pretty much a sure thing that you’ve come across both EcoFlow and Jackery. After all, these are two of the top names in the market. They offer various power stations for buyers with different budgets. Today, we’ll be looking at some of their models to find out which brand offers better value power stations. We’ll start with the entry-level EcoFlow River and Jackery Explorer 300, and work our way up to their mid-range models—the EcoFlow Delta and the Jackery Explorer 1000. By the end of this EcoFlow review and comparison against Jackery, you should be able to pick which portable power station best suits your needs.

EF EcoFlow vs Jackery Comparison Chart

EcoFlow Jackery
 EF ECOFLOW Portable Power Station DELTA, UPS Power Supply 1260Wh Battery Pack with 6 1800W (3300W...Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with...
PriceCheck PriceCheck Price
Models AvailableRiver, River Max, River Pro, Delta (image), Delta Max, Delta ProExplorer 160, 240, 300, 500, 1000 (image), 1500, 2000
Battery 288Wh – 3600Wh167Wh – 2060Wh
Inverter Output600W – 3600W (7200W peak)100W – 2200W (4400W peak)
Charging MethodsAC outlet
Car adaptor
Solar panels
AC outlet
Car adaptor
Solar panels
Operating Temperature-4 to 113ยฐF14-104F (-10-40โ„ƒ)
Management SystemOver Voltage Protection
Overload Protection
Over Temperature Protection
Short Circuit Protection
Low Temperature Protection
Low Voltage Protection
Overcurrent Protection
Over-current Protection
Short-current Protection
Over-discharge Protection
Over-charge Protection
Over-voltage Protection
Thermal Protection
Lifespan500 – 3500 cycles to 80%+ capacity (depends on model)500 cycles to 80%+ capacity
Warranty2 years2 years

EcoFlow River vs Jackery Explorer 300

The slightly more expensive EcoFlow River has more ports and it has double the inverter output of the Jackery Explorer 300.

ecoflow river vs jackery explorer 300
The EcoFlow River (left) is bigger and heavier than the Jackery Explorer 300 (right)

For those looking for an entry-level/budget portable power station, the EcoFlow River and the Jackery Explorer 300 are great options. Both have a rugged build that can withstand prolonged outdoor use. They incorporate both industrial-grade plastic and metal in their construction for excellent durability. For portability, the two are excellent, but the Jackery Explorer takes the cake here as it is more compact and lighter.

The EcoFlow River has a battery capacity of 288Wh, but what makes it unique is that you can add a second battery to it to double its battery capacity. On the other hand, the Jackery Explorer 300 has a battery capacity of 293Wh. When it comes to charging options, the two can be recharged via an AC wall outlet, a 12V car adaptor or solar panels. It takes around 1.6 hours to fully charge the EcoFlow River via a wall outlet, 3 hours via a 12V car adaptor and between 1.6 hours to 5 hours using solar panels. Meanwhile, the Jackery Explorer 300 takes around 4.5 hours to charge via a wall outlet and 5 hours when charged via a 12V car adaptor and solar panels.

As far as inverter output goes, the EcoFlow River can output 600watts, while the Jackery Explorer 300 can output 300watts. Clearly, the winner here is the EcoFlow River as it doubles the output of the Jackery Explorer 300. This means that you can run more power hungry devices with the EcoFlow River, such as blenders, coffee makers and more.

For their ports, the EcoFlow River once again takes the cake as it comes with more. It has three AC outlets, three USB-A, a USB-C port, a car port and two DC output ports. In contrast, the Jackery Explorer 300 only has two AC outputs, two USB-A, a USB-C port and a car port. You can plug in more devices to the EcoFlow River.

Key Specs

EcoFlow River

  • Dimensions: 11.3 x 7.3 x 7.7 inches
  • Weight: 11 lbs.
  • Battery: 288Wh
  • Inverter: 600W (1200W surge/peak)
  • 3x AC output
  • 3x USB-A
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x car port
  • 2x DC output ports

Jackery Explorer 300

  • Dimensions: 9.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Weight: 7.1 lbs.
  • Battery: 293Wh
  • Inverter: 300W (500W surge/peak)
  • 2x AC output
  • 2x USB-A
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x car port

EcoFlow River Max vs Jackery Explorer 500

With its higher battery capacity and inverter output, the EcoFlow River is better than the Jackery Explorer 500 across the board.

ecoflow river max vs jackery explorer 500
The EcoFlow River Max (left) and the Jackery Explorer 500 (right) are about the same size, but the latter is lighter.

The EcoFlow River Max is basically the EcoFlow River but with a secondary battery attached to it. It is now bigger and heavier, and aside from doubling the battery capacity, it retains all the specs and features of the EcoFlow River. The EcoFlow River Max and the Jackery Explorer 500 have a metal and plastic build that lends to their excellent durability. Similar to the EcoFlow River and Jackery Explorer 300 above, they have built-in handles that make it easy to transport them. The two are about the same size, but the Jackery Explorer 500 is lighter.

The EcoFlow River Max has a 576Wh Lithium-Ion battery, while the Jackery Explorer 500 has a battery capacity of 518Wh. Since it has a higher capacity battery, the EcoFlow River Max can charge your devices for a longer period. It also has a higher inverter output of 600 watts with a surge rate of 1200 watts, so you can run more power hungry devices on it. In contrast, the Jackery Explorer 500 has an inverter output of 500 watts with a surge rate of 1000 watts.

The two power stations can be recharged in three ways—via an AC wall outlet, a 12V car adaptor and with solar panels. With its X-Stream charging, the EcoFlow River Max only takes 1.6 hours to get fully charged via a wall outlet, but it will take 6.5 hours to charge it via a 12V car adaptor and anywhere between 3 to 10 hours via solar panels. The Jackery Explorer 500, meanwhile, will take around 7.5 hours to get fully charged via an AC wall outlet and a 12V car adaptor and around 9-10 hours via solar panels.

Aside from having a higher battery capacity and a higher inverter output, the EcoFlow River Max also has more ports and outlets. The Jackery Explorer 500 is disappointing in this area as it is very limited when it comes to the number of ports and outlets.

Key Specs

EcoFlow River Max

  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.3 x 9.3 inches
  • Weight: 17 lbs
  • Battery: 576Wh
  • Inverter: 600W (1200W surge/peak)
  • 3x AC output
  • 3x USB-A
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x car port
  • 2x DC output

Jackery Explorer 500

  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Weight: 13.32 lbs
  • Battery: 518Wh
  • Inverter: 500W (1000W surge/peak)
  • 1x AC output
  • 3x USB-A
  • 1x car port
  • 2x DC output

EcoFlow River Pro vs Jackery Explorer 500

If you’re looking to get a power station in the 600Wh – 700Wh range, the EcoFlow River Pro is pretty much your only option.

ecoflow river pro vs jackery explorer 500
The EcoFlow River Pro (left) has a higher battery capacity than the Jackery Explorer 500 (right).

Measuring 11.4 x 7.1 x 9.3 inches and 11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches respectively, the EcoFlow River Pro and the Jackery Explorer 500 are almost the same size. That said, the EcoFlow River Pro is slightly heavier, weighing 16.8lbs to the 13.32lbs of the Jackery Explorer 500. They both have a rugged build, an LCD display at the front, and smooth handles at the top for easy carrying.

In terms of battery capacity, the EcoFlow River Pro is equipped with a 720Wh Lithium-Ion battery, while the Jackery Explorer 500 has a Lithium-Ion battery with a 518Wh capacity. That’s around a 28% difference in capacity, meaning that the EcoFlow River Pro can charge your devices and gadgets for a longer period. It also has a higher inverter output of 600 watts with a surge of 1200 watts. The Jackery Explorer only has a 500 watt inverter output with a surge of up to 1000 watts.

Similar to the other “River” power stations, the EcoFlow River Pro comes with EF’s X-stream technology for charging. It only takes 1.6 hours to fully charge it from an empty state via an AC wall outlet. When recharged via a car port, it takes around 8 hours to get fully charged and anywhere between 4 to 12 hours when using solar panels. Meanwhile, the Jackery Explorer 500 takes 7.5 hours to get full charged when recharging via an AC wall outlet or a car port and around 9 to 10 hours via solar panels.

Key Specs

EcoFlow River Pro

  • Dimensions: 11.4 x 7.1 x 9.3 inches
  • Weight: 16.8 lbs
  • Battery: 720Wh
  • Inverter: 600W (1200W surge/peak)
  • 3x AC outlets
  • 3x USB-A
  • 1x USB-C
  • 1x car port
  • 2x DC out

Jackery Explorer 500

  • Dimensions: 11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Weight: 13.32 lbs
  • Battery: 518Wh
  • Inverter: 500W (1000W surge/peak)
  • 1x AC output
  • 3x USB-A
  • 1x car port
  • 2x DC output

EcoFlow Delta vs Jackery Explorer 1000

The EcoFlow Delta has a higher battery capacity, more ports and a higher inverter output than the Jackery Explorer 1000, but it is also more expensive.

ecoflow delta vs jackery explorer 1000
The EcoFlow Delta (left) is bigger and heavier than the Jackery Explorer 1000 (right).

Straying away from the EcoFlow River’s design, the EcoFlow Delta has a more industrial look. On the the other hand, the Jackery Explorer 1000 has the same design as the other power stations in the Explorer line. The two are big and heavy, but the EcoFlow Delta is much bigger and heavier. It measures 15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches and weighs a whopping 30lbs. Meanwhile, the Jackery Explorer 1000 is measured at 13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 inches and it weighs only 22.04 lbs. They both have handles built into the unit for transport.

The EcoFlow Delta has a much higher battery capacity than the Jackery Explorer 1000 (1260Wh vs 1002Wh). Therefore, it can charge devices for a longer period. In addition to that, the EcoFlow Delta also has a higher inverter output of 1800 watts with a peak of 3300 watts. In comparison, the Jackery Explorer 1000 can only output 1000 watts with a surge of 2000 watts. The EcoFlow Delta’s higher inverter output means that it can power devices that require a higher wattage such as power tools, microwave ovens and more.

As far as ports and outlets go, the EcoFlow Delta has the advantage in this comparison. It has 13 output ports and outlets in total, while the Jackery Explorer 1000 only has eight. Due to having more ports and outlets, you can simultaneously plug in more devices to the EcoFlow Delta.

For a more comprehensive Jackery 1000 vs EcoFlow Delta comparison, click here

Key Specs

EcoFlow Delta

  • Dimensions: 15.7 x 8.3 x 10.6 inches
  • Weight: 30.9lbs
  • Battery: 1260Wh
  • Inverter: 1800W (3300W surge/peak)
  • 6x AC outlets
  • 4x USB-A
  • 2x USB-C
  • 1x car port

Jackery Explorer 1000

  • Dimensions: 13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 inches
  • Weight: 22.04lbs
  • Battery: 1002Wh
  • Inverter: 1000W (2000W surge/peak)
  • 3x AC outlets
  • 2x USB-A
  • 2x USB-C
  • 1x car port

Verdict

You get better value for money with EcoFlow portable power stations.

In the entry-level range, the EcoFlow River definitely beats the Jackery Explorer 300 when it comes to value for money. It has a higher inverter output of 600 watts, which is impressive in this price range, and it has more ports and outlets. The difference in battery capacity is negligible.

The EcoFlow River Max and the EcoFlow River Pro are both better than the Jackery Explorer 500. They have a higher battery capacity, a higher inverter output and they have more ports and outlets. Yes, they are more expensive, but given their advantages, it’s worth it to spend the extra money to get either of the two over the Jackery Explorer 500. The only advantage of the Jackery Explorer 500 over the two is that it is more portable due to being more compact and more lightweight.

Lastly, the EcoFlow Delta is our pick over the Jackery Explorer 1000 in the mid-range/high-end range. It recharges faster, has a higher battery capacity and inverter output, and it has more ports and outlets. It’s simply better than the Jackery Explorer 1000 in all aspects.

FAQs

๐Ÿ“Œ Which is better, EcoFlow or Jackery?

As you can see from our comparisons above, EcoFlow portable power stations are better than Jackery ones.

๐Ÿ“Œ Is the EcoFlow Delta loud?

It’s not completely silent, but it’s not as loud as gas generators.

๐Ÿ“Œ How long do EcoFlow power stations last?

EcoFlow power stations have a life span of 500 – 3500 cycles to 80%+ capacity depending on the model. Higher capacity models have a longer lifespan than lower capacity ones.

๐Ÿ“Œ What type of battery is in Jackery power stations?

Jackery uses Lithium-Ion battery cells in their portable power stations.

Last update on 2021-07-19 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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