This Editor-Fave Generator Comes With Two Solar Panels—and It’s 39% Off at Amazon

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Save 39% on This Solar Generator Ahead of SpringPopular Mechanics; Jackery, Trevor Raab

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After a long winter, I know we’re all feeling antsy about returning outdoors. But before you head to your favorite camping spot, now’s the perfect time to gear up. That includes an ultralight sleeping bag and a solar-powered generator for keeping your camera and other electronics charged in the backcountry. Speaking of which, this editor-favorite Jackery Explorer 1000 with two 100-watt solar panels is 39 percent off at Amazon.

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Two of our editors tested the Jackery Explorer 1000, concluding that the brand’s solar-powered generator lives up to its reputation as the go-to model for car campers, remote workers, and overlanders. Maggie Slepian, a freelance writer and outdoor industry vet, tested the device during a winter camping trip. Meanwhile, Popular Mechanics test editor, Brad Ford, provided input following thorough at-home testing.

“I used it on a media trip where we had to keep multiple camera batteries charged during a week-long outing... We charged our photographer’s camera batteries while we were charging the power bank on solar power (it was a very sunny winter day), which proved effective and efficient,” says Slepian.

Jackery’s solar-powered generator features a 1002-watt-hour (Wh) power bank capable of producing 1000 watts of output power, with a peak of 2000 watts. It’s suited for charging personal electronics like a smartphone, laptop, or camera battery, yet powerful enough for small appliances, including a mini-fridge or coffee maker, allowing you to enjoy some creature comforts while off the grid. There are eight ports, including two AC outlets, two USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and a 12-volt carport.

When you’re enjoying the warmer weather of spring, you can charge the Explorer 1000 with the included pair of 100-watt solar panels from Jackery. Together, they can replenish the generator’s battery in as little as 6 hours. The kit will give you the freedom to go off-grid and stay there without sacrificing a reliable power source.

As good as the Explorer 1000 is for outdoor use, it’s just as good indoors. During an emergency, the solar-powered generator can power your lights and, crucially, your TV, so you can watch your favorite movie as you ride out an outage. Since solar-powered generators like the Explorer 1000 don’t emit carbon dioxide, they’re safe to use indoors, unlike our favorite gas-powered generators.

Jackery has an entire lineup of solar-powered generators for use during emergencies, camping trips, and construction sites. The Explorer 240, our favorite budget-friendly option, is also available at a discount if you want something smaller. It weighs less than 7 pounds and is about the size of a small cooler, making it easy to pack during a road trip.

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