Jackery Explorer 300 Portable Power Station Review

Jackery Explorer 300 Portable Power Station Review

Alternate Power Solution For Camping and Hunting Camp

As an avid hunter and outdoorsman, I’m no stranger to the challenges of staying connected and powered up in remote wilderness settings. In this comprehensive review, we will explore the features and specifications of the Jackery Explorer 300 for camping, hunting, or providing emergency power supply.

The Power of Jackery 300 Explorer

The Jackery 300 portable power station

The Explorer 300 portable power station offers a range of innovative features as an outdoor power solution for any adventure. Its compact and durable design, weighing only 7.1 pounds, offers easy portability while withstanding the rigors of outdoor activities. The rubber feet on the bottom of the unit provide stability and prevent sliding, even on uneven terrain.

Equipped with a small LCD panel on the front, the Explorer 300 displays essential

information such as input and output rates and the battery percentage, informing you about its power status. This interface allows for monitoring, so you can easily keep track of your power usage.

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station boasts multiple ports, including two AC outlets, a bidirectional USB-C port, a Qualcomm QuickCharge 3 USB-A port, and a standard USB-A port. These versatile ports allow you to charge a wide range of devices simultaneously, from smartphones and tablets to laptops and even small appliances, providing the convenience of multiple power options in one compact unit.

Sine Power

Sine power, or sine wave power, is the electrical power measurement in an alternating current (AC) circuit delivered as a sine wave. In electrical engineering, sine waves are a fundamental representation of AC voltage and current, characterized by their smooth, oscillating waveform. Sine power is crucial because it helps determine the adequate power delivered to a load in an AC circuit. Unlike direct current (DC), where power calculations are straightforward, AC power calculations involve considering both the amplitude and phase relationship between voltage and current. Sine power calculations assume the magnitude of the AC voltage and current and their phase difference, ensuring accurate power assessments in complex AC systems.

Jackery Explorer 300 Performance

With an impressive power surge capability of up to 500W and a sustained 300W pure sine wave electricity, the Jackery Explorer 300 delivers reliable and stable power to meet your various needs. Whether charging essential devices, running small appliances or powering up your outdoor equipment, this portable power station ensures a consistent power supply wherever your adventures take you.

Jackery 300 Screen

Features That Matter

Key features that make the Explorer 300 include.

  • Impressive Battery Capacity
    • The Jackery Explorer 300 boasts a high-capacity lithium-ion battery, capable of powering my devices and appliances for extended periods.
  • Solar-Ready Design
    • This power station is solar-ready, allowing me to harness the sun’s power to recharge it, making it perfect for off-the-grid excursions.
  • User-Friendly Interface
    • The intuitive LCD screen and user-friendly interface make it easy to monitor the power station’s status and control its functions.

Application in Hunting, Camping, and Backup Power

Whether planning a hunting expedition or a weekend camping trip, the Explorer 300 portable power station can power your devices in the great outdoors.

Recharging your power station is easy when you’re out in the wilderness. The Explorer 300 can be charged using various methods, including a wall outlet, car charger, USB-C port, and solar panels. A wall charger and a PD USB-C charger can recharge from 0-80% in about two hours.

Jackery Explorer 300 LCD Screen

However, it’s important to note that the Jackery Explorer 300 does have some limitations. The display on the power station is limited and does not provide detailed information, such as the estimated time remaining until the battery is full or depleted. Additionally, it does not have an external lamp, which can be a drawback in low-light situations. The external inverter for the wall outlet can also be cumbersome to carry around.

Despite these limitations, the Explorer 300 is recommended for those who need a lightweight and compact power station. It works best for small devices and electronics. It’s an ideal solution for hunters and campers who require a reliable and portable power source. It’s perfect for essential devices, charged and ready to use, no matter where their adventures may take them.

Comparison with Competitors

To provide you with a comprehensive review, let’s compare the Jackery 300 Explorer portable power station with two popular alternatives: the Anker Powerhouse II 400 and the Fanttik EVO 300.

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station offers a lightweight and compact design, weighing only 7.1 pounds, making it incredibly portable for outdoor activities. In comparison, the Anker Powerhouse II 400 weighs 10.4 pounds, while the Fanttik EVO 300 weighs 9.2 pounds. If you prioritize portability, the Jackery Explorer 300 is the clear winner in terms of weight.

When it comes to power output, the Jackery 300 Explorer provides a sustained 300W of pure sine wave electricity and a power surge of up to 500W. The Anker Powerhouse II 400, on the other hand, offers a sustained 300W and a power surge of up to 400W, while the Fanttik EVO 300 provides a sustained 300W and a power surge of up to 600W. If you need a power station with a higher power surge, the Fanttik EVO 300 might be a better option for you.

  1. Recharging Options: The Explorer 300 can be recharged using a wall outlet, car charger, USB-C port, or solar panel. The Anker Powerhouse II 400 supports a wall outlet and car charger recharging, while the Fanttik EVO 300 can be charged using a wall outlet.
  2. Display and User Interface: The Jackery Explorer 300 features a small LCD panel that displays battery percentage input and output rates. The Anker Powerhouse II 400 and Fanttik EVO 300 do not have a similar display, limiting the user’s ability to monitor the power station’s status conveniently.
  3. Additional Features: The Jackery Explorer 300 does not have an external lamp, which can be a drawback for those requiring extra lighting. The Anker Powerhouse II 400 and Fanttik EVO 300 do not have built-in lights either.

For Camping and Outdoors, The Jackery Explorer 300 Stands Out

In summary, the Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station offers a lightweight and compact design, suitable for on-the-go charging. It provides a reliable power source for small devices and electronics with its sustained 300W power output. While it may not have the highest power surge or additional features like an external lamp, it excels in portability and recharging options. The Jackery 300 is an excellent choice if you prioritize portability and flexibility. However, if you require more power surge or additional features, the Fanttik EVO 300 might be worth considering.

Charging 300 Explorer

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station offers multiple charging methods. It allows you to stay powered up no matter where you are. Whether you have access to a wall outlet, car charger, solar panel, or USB-C port, you can easily recharge this versatile power station and keep your devices running.

Using a wall outlet is the most convenient method; recharge is in a matter of hours. If you’re on the go, you can use a car charger while driving, perfect for road trips or off-grid adventures.

Solar charging the Jackery 300

If you prefer a more sustainable energy source, the Jackery Explorer 300 is compatible with solar panels. Connect a solar panel to the power station, and it will harness the sun’s power to keep your devices charged. This is especially useful in remote areas or during emergencies when the power grid is unreliable. It will fully charge in 5.5 hours using a Jackery SolarSaga 100W solar panel.

Additionally, the Explorer 300 features a USB-C port, which enables you to recharge the power station using a USB-C cable. This port offers fast charging capabilities, ensuring your power station gets juiced up quickly and efficiently.

Recharging Methods

  • Wall outlet
  • Car charger
  • Solar panel
  • USB-C port

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station provides flexibility and convenience with these various charging options. Whether camping in the wilderness, on a long road trip, or experiencing a power outage, the Jackery 300 keeps your essential devices powered up and ready to go.

Charging Speed and Efficiency

The Jackery Explorer 300 can be fully charged in approximately 4 hours via AC wall outlet. Alternatively, around 4.5 hours from a carport and around 5.5 hours from a Jackery SolarSaga 100W solar panel.

While the charging speed of the Jackery Explorer 300 is impressive, it’s worth noting that the display on the power station is relatively limited. It provides basic information on input and output rates and the battery percentage. Still, it doesn’t offer detailed insights like the estimated time remaining until the battery is fully charged or depleted. However, this is a minor drawback. 

Display and User Interface

lcd sCREEN

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station features a user-friendly interface, providing essential information at a glance. The front of the unit has a small LCD panel that displays input and output rates and the battery percentage. This allows you to easily monitor the power station’s status and ensure that you have enough power for your devices.

The LCD panel is clear and easy to read, even outdoors. It provides a concise overview of the power station’s performance. With just a glance, you can see how much power is available.

While the display and user interface of the Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station are straightforward and effective, it’s worth noting that it does have some limitations. Unfortunately, the display does not provide the estimated time until the battery is fully charged or depleted.

Drawbacks and Limitations

While the Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station excels in many areas, it has a couple of limitations.

1. Lack of External Lamp: One drawback of the Jackery Explorer 300 is the absence of an external lamp. This can be a limitation in situations where you require additional lighting. While the power station provides an efficient power supply, it does not offer a built-in light source like some competitors.

2. Cumbersome External Inverter: Another limitation is the inconvenience of carrying around the external inverter for the wall outlet. This external component is required to convert the DC power from the Jackery Explorer 300 into AC power for certain devices. It adds an extra item to your load and can be cumbersome.

Despite these limitations, the Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station remains a reliable and portable power companion for various applications. Its compact and durable design, along with its multiple ports and recharging options, make it an ideal choice for those who need a lightweight and compact power station for small devices and electronics. However, if you require more than 300W of continuous power or need a power station with a built-in light source, you may need to explore other options.

Real-World Applications

  • Camping and RVing
    • During camping trips or RV adventures, the Jackery Explorer 300 keeps my lights, fans, CPAP, and electronic devices running, providing comfort and convenience.
  • Hunting Expeditions
    • In the field, this power station powers my game cameras GPS devices, and even charges my electric hunting gear.
  • Emergency Preparedness
    • As part of my emergency preparedness kit, the Explorer 300 provides peace of mind. It ensures you have a reliable power source during unforeseen situations.

Jackery Explorer 300 Product Review Conclusion

The Jackery Explorer 300 has added a layer of convenience to the way I experience the outdoors. Its portability, power, and versatility have put it on the starting lineup of my gear, allowing me to stay connected, powered up, and well-prepared for whatever the wilderness throws my way.

The Jackery Explorer 300 portable power station is recommended for those seeking a lightweight and compact power station for small devices and electronics. With only 7.1 pounds, it is incredibly portable and easy to carry around on outdoor adventures or during emergencies. The compact design ensures that it doesn’t take up much space, making it convenient for travel and storage.

The rubber feet on the bottom of the power station prevent sliding, and the device recharge is a snap with the solar charger.

The Jackery Explorer 300 offers a variety of ports, including AC outlets, USB-C, and USB-A ports, allowing you to charge multiple devices simultaneously. It provides up to 500W of power surge and a sustained 300W of pure sine wave electricity, 

FAQs: Jackery Explorer 300 Product Review

How long does it take to charge the Jackery Explorer 300?

The charging time for the Jackery Explorer 300 can vary depending on the method used. When connected to a standard wall outlet, it takes approximately 5-6 hours for a full charge. When using a compatible solar panel, the charging time will depend on the panel’s wattage and available sunlight.

Can the Jackery Explorer 300 power appliances like a mini-fridge or a CPAP machine?

The Jackery Explorer 300 can power small appliances such as mini-fridges and CPAP machines. It has a continuous output of 300 watts, making it suitable for a wide range of devices. However, it’s essential to check the power requirements of your specific appliance to ensure compatibility.

Is the Jackery Explorer 300 suitable for international travel?

Yes, the Jackery Explorer 300 is compatible with 110V and 220V electrical systems, making it suitable for international travel. However, depending on the destination’s power outlets and voltage standards, you may need a plug adapter or voltage converter.

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  • Michael Hodgdon

    A firearm, shooting, outdoor, and hunting enthusiast for over 35 years. Thank you all for the suggestions on topics you would like to see; we'll keep posting as you keep sending them in. Please comment; we will try to answer all comments quickly.

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