Back in the day, the solution to power outages were bulky generators. Generators are powered with fuel and cannot be used indoors for safety reasons. They also have noisy motors and are oftentimes inconvenient to bring during trips to the outdoors. But with the introduction of small battery packs for mobile devices came the existence of portable power stations. These battery-powered inverter generators are not oversized, are quiet, and thus very ideal to bring anywhere it will be needed.
Two of the more popular brands of portable power stations are Jackery and EcoFlow. And in this review, we will be comparing these brands’ mid-range models, the Jackery Explorer 1000 and the EcoFlow DELTA. Both are compact and highly portable, yet packed with above 1000Wh power capacity. Hence, they are perfect candidates for your next outdoor adventure. But which of the two should you buy? Read till the end of this article to find out!
Jackery vs EcoFlow Comparison Chart
|Jackery Explorer 1000
|3 ports x 1000W
|6 ports x 1800W
|DC Output (Car Port)
|1 USB-A 2.0 port
1USB-A 3.0 Quick Charge port
2 USB-C ports
|2USB-A 2.0 ports
2USB-A 3.0 ports
2 USB-C ports
|Wall Outlet: 5.5 hours
Car Outlet: 11.5 hours
Solar Panel: 6.5 hours
|Wall Outlet: 1.5 hours
Car Outlet: 10 hours
Solar Panel: 3.5-7 hours
|13.1″ x 9.2″ x 11.1″
|15.7″ x 8.3″ x 10.6″
Design & Build
Jackery Explorer 1000 and EcoFlow DELTA are both designed to be compact and portable.
Jackery Explorer 1000 and EcoFlow DELTA are among the bigger-sized portable power stations in the market today. Looking at both power stations’ industrial-grade plastic bodies, it is obvious that they are built for the outdoors. The Jackery Explorer’s black and orange color combination looks more rugged, though, compared to the more conservative gray and black exterior of the EcoFlow DELTA.
Jackery and EcoFlow’s power stations are almost similar in size, which is as big as a 12-pack cooler. However, it may be more challenging to carry the DELTA around since it weighs almost 31 pounds (14 kg). You’ll have to find someone to grab the handle on the other end to help you carry it. It may be easier to carry the Jackery Explorer 1000 with its lone handle that is located on top of the unit. Still, you will most probably not carry it around to use its flashlight as it is still heavy at 22.04 lbs. (10 kg).
Situated at the front side of the Jackery Explorer 1000 are input and output sections along with the LCD display that shows the power capacity during use or while charging. When not in use, you will need to press the Display button next to the screen to see how much charge is left. Orange exhaust vents are located on opposite ends of the power station.
Meanwhile, EcoFlow DELTA’s design is slightly different with the AC outlets and car port on one side and the USB ports and LCD display located on the other. The AC input slots are located on the side and exhaust vents are placed just above it and on its opposite site.
Power & Capacity
EcoFlow DELTA has a bigger power capacity and more power outlets and ports than the Jackery Explorer 1000.
Jackery Explorer 1000 has a 1,002Wh capacity and can power devices up to 1,000W with a surge rate of 2,000W. In case of overloading, the power station will automatically shut off. It has three 100V AC outlets, two USB-A ports with one that supports quick charging, two USB-C ports, and a car charger port. These AC and DC outputs are grouped accordingly and each group has its own power button. This brings us to a total of seven combined AC and DC outputs.
On the other hand, the 1260Wh EcoFlow DELTA has 13 power outputs. It has six AC outlets on one side that can handle devices of up to 1800W. Also on the same side of the unit is a 13.6V car port, while on the opposite side are USB-A, USB-C, and Fast Charge ports that come in twos. DELTA also has overload protection feature and the switch is located beside the AC input slot.
Clearly, when it comes to power and battery capacity, EcoFlow DELTA takes the lead over Jackery Explorer 1000. With six AC outlets that can power up devices with a maximum of 1800W, you will be able to plug in a 200W television and binge-watch for six hours after an hour of powering up a 1000W drill. Use the same drill with the Jackery Explorer 1000 and consider yourself lucky if you can still plug in the same TV for five hours. Get the picture?
The Jackery and EcoFlow power stations both support three ways of recharging.
Both the Jackery Explorer 1000 and the EcoFlow DELTA can be recharged via standard AC wall power outlets, solar panels, and car charging ports. The difference, however, lies on the time it take to get a full recharge. Again, EcoFlow DELTA emerges as the clear winner in this department as it can go from 0% to 80% charge in an hour when recharged through an AC wall outlet. Even when recharged with solar panels or with a carport charger, charging time for the EcoFlow DELTA is still shorter by an hour.
You’ll need not go far to find compatible solar panel chargers for these power stations as both Jackery and EcoFlow also have solar panel chargers that can be included in their respective packages. However, take note that Jackery Explorer 1000 only has a maximum solar charge input of 200W while EcoFlow DELTA’s maximum is at 400W.
The Jackery Solar Saga 100W is compatible with the Jackery Explorer 1000. It will be best to have two of these to have your Explorer 1000 up and good to go in 6.5 hours. You will also need to purchase the Explorer 1000 Solar Generator which is a Y-cable that is needed to connect two solar panels to the power station.
On the other hand, the DELTA can be charged with EcoFlow 110W portable solar charger. This IP67-certified waterproof solar panel charger has four foldable panels that can be set up to a 180 degree angle. When four of these solar chargers are used, the EcoFlow DELTA will be fully recharged in 4 hours.
More power outlets and more battery capacity mean more charging capabilities.
The best way to compare the performance of these two power stations is by checking how frequent or how long each can recharge a specific device before running out of power.
|Jackery Explorer 1000
|100+ full charges
|130+ full charges
|12+ full charges
|15+ full charges
|LCD TV (150W)
|Desktop Computer (200W)
|Instant Pot (900W)
|Electric Kettle (1300W)
|Electric Grill (1600W)
For a few more hundred bucks, you’re getting a whole lot more with the EcoFlow DELTA.Amazon product
EcoFlow DELTA leads the race when it comes to battery capacity, power, recharging time, and overall performance. Not to mention that it has more AC power outlets and USB charging ports. The only disadvantages that we can see with this power station is its 14kg body and side handles. Other than these, we believe that you’re getting the best value for your money with the EcoFlow DELTA.
Jackery Explorer 1000 is also a good option if you’re looking for a lighter and more affordable power station that you can conveniently bring to weekend off the grid trips. Its design and build is more suited for the outdoors and its battery capacity and charging slots will be enough for mobile devices and camping appliances.
No, they don’t. Jackery Explorer 1000 and EcoFlow DELTA are Emergency Power Sources (EPS) that switch to battery supply mode within a few milliseconds. This means your devices will turn off for a few milliseconds before getting power from these power stations.
Store your Jackery Explorer 1000 or EcoFlow DELTA in a room with temperatures between 0-40 degrees Celsius. It is also recommended to recharge every 3 months to keep the charge above 50% when not in use.
Yes, but the DELTA uses AC charging by default and will only use DC charging when AC charging is not in use.
Yes, it supports pass-through charging.