Jackery Explorer 500 Review

Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station - Review & Overview

Portable Power Station For Camping & Overlanding

How many times has a power outage completely disrupted your life? Over the past few months, this has been a recurring issue for us California residents and rolling blackouts can really be a pain in the butt.

What about having a lack of power while out on the trails? How do you power essentials such as fridges or auxiliary lighting? This is where the Jackery truly shines. I know; when you’re exploring the great outdoors, you shouldn’t need all those creature comforts. But hey, glamping is a thing. And the more convenience you have, the more time you can spend doing what you love.

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Emergency Power

Jackery 500 Explorer - Portable Power Bank

I keep the Jackery around as an emergency power source.

Pictured above, I have it charging my handheld radio. This is great for long periods of time camping or on the trails. And while you can charge most of your equipment from your vehicle, this could drain your battery and also use up precious fuel.

Heavy-Duty AC & DC Auxiliary Power Bank for Outdoor & Off-Grid Travel

I also keep the Jackery around for when the power goes out. It can charge flashlights, lanterns and cellphones.

It can also power portable fridges and emergency radios. The Jackery can give families at home peace of mind—not just on the trail.

Kit Contents

Jackery Explorer 500 Portable Power Station - Outdoor Power

Jackery ships every power station with detailed usage and maintenance instructions.

Also included is the:

  • Car Charging Cable
  • AC & AC cable (two parts)
  • Portable Power Station

Specifications & Features

Portable Power Station for Off-Road & Overlanding

Specs and features include:

  • Lithium battery powered
  • 518Wh/144,400mAh battery capacity
  • 500W Rated Power
  • 1000W Surge Power from the pure-sine wave AC port
  • Portable and lightweight – Only 13.32 lbs with an easy-carry handle
  • All-in-one portable power station: includes three USB ports, AC outlet, and 12V car output
  • 12vdc Regulated Power
  • Jackery Explorer 500 portable power station provides stable power to mainstream electronics and small appliances, from TVs, projectors to small blenders, a pellet smoker, etc
  • Recharge the power station in three ways – AC outlet, DC carport or via optional solar panels
  • Unlimited green power solution – Efficient solar charging with MPPT built-in makes it a solar generator for outdoor recreations
  • The LCD screen with charge/discharge data and battery life status


To give you a sense of how big the Jackery 500 is, below is a picture of it next to some common items.

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Jackery 500 - Portable, High-Capacity Power Bank Battery

Jackery VS MacBook Air Size

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Full Review & Overview - Jackery 500 Portable Power Station

Pros For the Jackery 500 Portable Power Station:

  • Portable and easy to use
  • Multiple charging options
    • I’ve used the wall and car chargers
    • Unfortunately, I don’t have the solar charger to test out. I did do some research and from what I have seen it is just as reliable
  • The LCD screen is easy to read, and it has a backlight when you want to view it in low light or no light situations
  • Multiple devices can be charged at the same time
  • Easy to keep clean


Jackery 500 - Auxiliary, Rechargeable & Portable Battery Bank

The only cons I really have are subjective:

  • I wish it had a second AC port so I could charge my laptop and run a lamp
  • The housing is made of a hard plastic with rubberized feet which is durable but not drop safe. I’ve thrown the Jackery into the bed of my truck and it has held up. But if you were to drop it, I don’t think it would hold up very well


Outdoor Portable Power Station for Camping

Maybe you need something bigger or something smaller. Jackery has different models to fit your needs. they range from around $140 to $1000. Check them out and see their other options on their website Jackery.

The 500 is just right for what I need it for. Maybe you want 1000 for off-grid living or longer stints on the trail. You could also choose the 160 just to have it in your car at all times for emergency cell phone charging.

Can’t hurt to invest in one of these power stations. They also offer bundles that include the solar charger and the power station. You should be able to save some money by buying everything at once, or you can purchase items one by one according to your needs and budget.

What Can It Power?

Portable, High-Capacity Charging Station - Jackery 500

Everything has its limits, even the Jackery. I have charged phones and laptops, a portable fridge, lights and an electric fan.

Others have used it for coffee makers and blenders. Here are the specs for each plug to give you an idea if it will work for you!

Port/Plus Specifications

  • AC Output: 110VAC, 60Hz, 500W (1000W Surge)
  • USB-A Output: 5V, 2.4A
  • Car Output: 12V, 10A
  • DC Output: 12V, 7A
  • DC Input: 12V-30V (100W Max)

Final Thoughts

Review for Jackery Explorer 500 AC, DC & USB Portable Power Station

Jackery makes a solid product that lives up to my expectations and others that have tested it out.

My expectations and requirements are simple: it does what it’s supposed to when I need it to… and generally, in times of duress. It has saved me a few times when on the trails and when the power has gone down.

It is worth every penny and I intend on adding the solar panel next just to have that extra charging capability. I haven’t had any issues with it not charging and the overall fit and finish are excellent. I would highly recommend getting one regardless of the model.

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3 years ago

Legit piece of kit, will be doing last minute xmas shopping!

Rhomel Santos
Rhomel Santos
3 years ago

Great read with loads of information! Will likely look to adding this to my “on the go” loadout.

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