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Jackery’s $6,199 solar generator has mountains of power

Jackery’s Solar Generator 2000 Pro Kit is here to bend nature’s will to your desire to take your modern tech lifestyle off the grid. Jackery provides the Explorer 2000 Pro portable power station and six SolarSaga 200W solar panels – you provide transportation and an employer that allows you to work from anywhere.

The Explorer 2000 Pro Power Station features a 2160 watt-hour lithium-ion storage capacity and up to 2200W AC output (4400W max surge) suitable for powering small household appliances. Fully charged, it has enough power to charge a laptop about 16 times, run a projector for 24 hours, or power an electric barbecue for about 100 minutes. It has eight outlets: three AC, two 18W QuickCharge 3.0 USB-A, two 100W USB-C PD, and a 12V/10A car outlet. It weighs 43 pounds and measures 15.12 x 10, 59 x 12.11 inches.

SolarSaga panels are made with highly efficient monocrystalline solar cells and are equipped with kickstands and handles. They deliver 200W per panel and daisy chain directly to the DC input of the power station. Each panel weighs 18.3 pounds and measures 21.3 x 91.3 x 1 inches, which can be folded to 21.3 x 24.2 x 12 inches and inserted into a protective case.

Maybe they should move the panels towards the sun to avoid a zero watt input reading on the screen.
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Altogether, that’s over 150 pounds of gear to carry outside if you bring all six panels and cables. Again, this generator requires no oil or fuel tank (and reserves) and does not pump harmful gases into the atmosphere.

Jackery claims its “industry-leading charging efficiency” allows the combined 1200 watts collected from its six solar panels to charge the power plant from zero to 100% in just 2.5 hours of sunlight. It’s remarkably fast, but you’ll be lucky to hit that speed with the imperfect sunlight you’ll find in real-world use. Alternatively, it can be charged in two hours from an AC outlet or 24 hours from a car outlet.

Channeling all that solar energy into the battery.
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The solar panels fold up for easy transport.
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The take-out food trend has been boosted by an increase in #vanlifers and casual campers during the pandemic lockdown days. The category is now booming with competitors. Jackery’s 2000 Pro Solar Generator comes up against similar products, like the Ecoflow Delta plantsthe Goal Zero series of solar generators, the Bluetti range and the PowerHouse series from Anker.

Portable power stations like these don’t come cheap. Jackery’s suggested list price for the Solar Generator 2000 Pro is $6,199 when it goes on sale May 12. I guess you can put a price on freedom.