Mid-Range Power Station Battle – Goal Zero, EcoFlow, Jackery

Which Power Station/Solar Generator Around 1kWH Is The Best?

Portable power stations, also known as solar generators, are becoming a more and more popular alternative to the good ol’ gas generator.

While a power station is not nearly as energy efficient as a gas generator, it’s enough to fit the needs of a lot of RVers, van dwellers, campers, and homeowners.

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Some use them every day (we do), while some only use them as backup power for when the grid goes down.

A popular mid-range size in the solar generator market is the 1kWH size. That means that it can hold 1000 watt-hours.

In this article, we are going to compare three of the most popular brands on the market right now, which are Jackery, Goal Zero, and EcoFlow.

To be more specific, the comparison is between the Jackery Explorer 1000, the Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core, and the EcoFlow Delta Mini. (click links to view on Amazon)

If you have any questions about power stations, please leave a comment and we’ll get to it as soon as possible.

Without further ado, let’s get into the comparison.

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Jackery Vs Goal Zero Vs EcoFlow – Specifications Compared

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency
Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core Portable Power Station, 1,000 W, Solar-Powered Generator (Solar Panel Not Included), USB-A/USB-C Ports and AC Outlets, Power for Camping and Tailgating, Emergency Power
EF ECOFLOW Portable Power Station Delta Mini, 882Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) with 5 x 1400W AC Outlets, Lithium Battery for Outdoor Power, Emergency Home Use Camping RV/Van
Watt-Hours
1002Wh
983Wh
882Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlets Max Output)
1000W/2000W Surge
1200W/2400W Surge
1400W/2100W Surge (1800W W/ X-Boost)
AC Outlets
3
2
5
USB Ports
2 USB A, 2 USB C
2 USB A, 2 USB C
3 USB A, 1 USB C
DC Outputs
12V Cigarette Port
12V Cigarette Port, 6mm, APP
12 Cigarette port, two 5.5×2.5mm
DC Solar Input
8mm, APP (Anderson Powerpole)
8mm, APP (Anderson Powerpole)
XT60
Maximum Input
182W (126W with solar)
360W (300W solar, 60W USB C PD)
300W (11-75V, 10A), 900W with power cable
Charge Controller Type
MPPT
MPPT
MPPT
Lithium Battery
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Port
Can Be Used While Charging
Includes MC4 Adapter
Weight
22 lbs
31.7 lbs
23.6 lbs
Size
13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in
15.3 x 10.3 x 9.9 in
14.9 × 7.2 × 9.4 in

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency
Watt-Hours
1002Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlets Max Output)
1000W/2000W Surge
AC Outlets
3
USB Ports
2 USB A, 2 USB C
DC Outputs
12V Cigarette Port
DC Solar Input
8mm, APP (Anderson Powerpole)
Maximum Input
182W (126W with solar)
Charge Controller Type
MPPT
Lithium Battery
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Port
Can Be Used While Charging
Includes MC4 Adapter
Weight
22 lbs
Size
13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in
Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core Portable Power Station, 1,000 W, Solar-Powered Generator (Solar Panel Not Included), USB-A/USB-C Ports and AC Outlets, Power for Camping and Tailgating, Emergency Power
Watt-Hours
983Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlets Max Output)
1200W/2400W Surge
AC Outlets
2
USB Ports
2 USB A, 2 USB C
DC Outputs
12V Cigarette Port, 6mm, APP
DC Solar Input
8mm, APP (Anderson Powerpole)
Maximum Input
360W (300W solar, 60W USB C PD)
Charge Controller Type
MPPT
Lithium Battery
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Port
Can Be Used While Charging
Includes MC4 Adapter
Weight
31.7 lbs
Size
15.3 x 10.3 x 9.9 in
EF ECOFLOW Portable Power Station Delta Mini, 882Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) with 5 x 1400W AC Outlets, Lithium Battery for Outdoor Power, Emergency Home Use Camping RV/Van
Product Link
Watt-Hours
882Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlets Max Output)
1400W/2100W Surge (1800W W/ X-Boost)
AC Outlets
5
USB Ports
3 USB A, 1 USB C
DC Outputs
12 Cigarette port, two 5.5×2.5mm
DC Solar Input
XT60
Maximum Input
300W (11-75V, 10A), 900W with power cable
Charge Controller Type
MPPT
Lithium Battery
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Port
Can Be Used While Charging
Includes MC4 Adapter
Weight
23.6 lbs
Size
14.9 × 7.2 × 9.4 in

The Battle

To make the comparison as clear as possible, we’re going to go through each feature and compare them to one another. Then hand out points 1-3, where three is the best and one is the worst.

If it’s a tie, they will all get one point, or if it’s a tie between two they’ll get two or three points depending on the third power station. Then we’ll combine the points and find the results.

Note that we are looking for the best option overall, which means that it’s important to consider which features matter the most to you when you make your final purchase decision.

The winner in this comparison might not be the best power station for your needs.

Battery Capacity

The battery capacity tells us how much electricity the power station can store when fully charged.

Jackery has the highest capacity at 1002Wh, with Goal Zero barely trailing it at 983Wh, and EcoFlow at 882Wh.

If battery capacity is the most important thing to you, you should go with the Jackery or Goal Zero.

Ranked best to worst: Jackery, Goal Zero, EcoFlow

The Jackery Explorer 1000 has the most battery capacity out of the three.

Inverter Rating (AC Outlets)

The inverter rating tells us how powerful the AC outlets are. A household outlet is rated at 1800W, and it’s important to make sure the power station you’re buying can power everything you plan on using it for.

The EcoFlow is the winner here, with its 1400W inverter that can go all the way up to 1800W with certain electronics and appliances. That’s powerful enough to run kitchen appliances like a microwave or an air fryer.

If you only need to be able to power smaller electronics like laptops, TVs, CPAP machines, and fans, the smaller inverters in the Goal Zero and Jackery are going to be more than enough.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow, Goal Zero, Jackery

Ports

In terms of outputs, the EcoFlow has the most ports. That is mostly due to its 5 AC outlets. Note that only two three-prong devices can be plugged in at the same time though.

The Jackery has one more AC outlet than Goal Zero (3 vs 2), and they have the same number of USB ports.

One difference there is that the USB C PD port on the Goal Zero is not only rated higher at 60W, but it can also be used to charge the battery.

Goal Zero comes in at second place since it has more output ports in total that are rated higher than the Jackery.

All of them have a regulated 12V port which is great and a necessity if you plan on powering 12V fridge/freezers.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow, Goal Zero, Jackery

The EcoFlow Delta Mini has the most ports. The USBs are on the opposite side.

Display

A good display makes it easy to monitor your power station, and Goal Zero is the winner here.

It tells you the input/output watts or amps, time to full/empty, battery bars, battery percentage, battery voltage, and watt-hours used.

The EcoFlow is almost as good, but won’t tell the battery voltage, and watt-hours used, but active ports.

The Jackery display only shows battery percentage/bars and input/output watts.

Both Goal Zero and EcoFlow let you leave the backlit display on, where the Jackery turns off after a while.

Ranked best to worst: Goal Zero, EcoFlow, Jackery

Charging (AC & Car)

You can recharge the EcoFlow Delta Mini with the included wall charger in 1.6 hours, which is extremely fast for a battery this large. It takes 9.5 hours to do the same thing with the included car charger.

It takes the Jackery 5.5 hours with the wall charger, and 11.5 hours with the car charger.

The Goal Zero requires 9 hours for a full charge with either the wall or an optional car charger.

You can buy additional chargers for the Goal Zero, which will charge it faster, but this comparison is based on what you get without additional purchases.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow, Jackery, Goal Zero

Solar Charging

What’s great with the Goal Zero and Jackery is that you have two inputs, both an 8mm and an Anderson Powerpole. The downside is that you can only use one input at a time with both power stations.

The EcoFlow has an XT60 input, and a separate input for the wall charger.

The Anderson Powerpole on the Goal Zero is rated at 14-50V, up to 25A, or 300W.

The EcoFlow can also handle up to 300W of solar input, but only 10A, which means that you must wire solar panels in series to get more than 120W out of your panels.

I see the Goal Zero as the winner due to having more ports and options when it comes to charging with solar panels.

The Jackery Explorer 1000 can only handle up to 126W when using solar panels, which isn’t even half of what the other two are capable of.

Ranked best to worst: Goal Zero, EcoFlow, Jackery

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The Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core pairs great with solar panels.

WiFi

Only the EcoFlow has WiFi-features that let you control and monitor the power station when you’re away from it. This is a great feature that I hope to see in more power stations in the future.

It connects to a current WiFi network, and it works with mobile hotspots as well.

The larger Goal Zero Yeti power stations have been able to do this for a couple of years, but for some reason the latest Yeti 1000 Core does not have it. Two points each to Goal Zero and Jackery, but an easy win for the EcoFlow.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow, Jackery/Goal Zero

Expandability

None of these power stations have any way of connecting more batteries or a more powerful inverter.

One point to all three.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow/Jackery/Goal Zero

Portability

The Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core is the heaviest at 31.7 pounds. It’s also the largest in terms of total volume.

The Jackery Explorer 1000 and EcoFlow Delta Mini are very close in weight, but the Jackery is slightly lighter at 22 pounds versus the EcoFlow’s 23.6 pounds.

In terms of volume, the EcoFlow is smaller than the Jackery.

One clear difference between the EcoFlow and the Jackery is the handle. EcoFlow has put handles on both sides, which make it easy to carry with two hands.

Goal Zero has done the same thing but the Yeti 1000 Core is much heavier.

The handle on the Jackery goes across the top, which is part of the reason it’s larger in volume than the EcoFlow.

Since the EcoFlow is easier and less cumbersome to carry, I am going to have to give the win to the Delta Mini.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow, Jackery, Goal Zero

The Delta Mini is very easy to carry around.

In The Box

Goal Zero includes a wall charger.

Jackery includes a wall and car charger. Included is also a SolarSaga Y Parallel cable for combining two Jackery 100W panels.

EcoFlow includes a wall and car charger, MC4 to XT60 adapter, and a 5.5×2.5mm cable. The MC4 adapter can be used to connect third-party panels.

Ranked best to worst: EcoFlow, Jackery, Goal Zero

The Results

Alright, the time has come to declare a winner. Let’s take a look at the total points.

Jackery Explorer 1000: 16 points

Goal Zero Yeti 1000 Core: 18 points

EcoFlow Delta Mini: 24 points

There you have it folks, the winner is the EcoFlow Delta Mini.

EF ECOFLOW Portable Power Station Delta Mini, 882Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) with 5 x 1400W AC Outlets, Lithium Battery for Outdoor Power, Emergency Home Use Camping RV/Van

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As you can tell in my review of the Delta Mini, I liked it a lot and said that it’s one of the best power stations that we have ever tested and reviewed.

Feature for feature, it holds up and beats the more popular brands. I think it’s great that these companies are pushing each other to invent, increase, and improve their products. It’s healthy competition in a market that’s booming.

As I said in the beginning, you should still consider what features are important to you. Just because the EcoFlow is the best overall doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best power station for you.

If You Need More – The Larger Power Stations

One thing that all of these three companies have in common is that they make power stations/solar generators in different sizes.

If you feel like the Explorer 1000, EcoFlow Delta, and Yeti 1000 Core aren’t quite as powerful as you would need, here are a couple of options from the same companies that offer more battery capacity and a more powerful inverter.

Goal Zero

Goal Zero makes a lot of different power stations, these are the larger models:

Yeti 1000X – Very similar to the Yeti 1000 Core, but has a more powerful inverter and supports the Yeti Link which can be useful for home integration.

Yeti 1500X – 2000Wh battery capacity, 2000W inverter, and WiFi support. Otherwise very similar to the 1000X above.

Yeti 3000X – 2982Wh battery capacity, otherwise similar to the 1500X.

Yeti 6000X – The largest power station currently being made by Goal Zero. With a whopping 6071Wh battery capacity. Otherwise similar to the 1500X/3000X

(click links to view power stations on Amazon)

EcoFlow

Delta Max – 2016Wh battery capacity, 2400W inverter, more AC and USB ports. Otherwise similar to the Delta Mini.

Delta Pro – One of the most advanced solar generators on the market right now. With 3.6kWh battery capacity, a 3600W inverter, fast charging (+EV station support), expandability, WiFi, and home integration.

Jackery

Explorer 1500 – Basically a larger Explorer 1000 with 1534Wh battery capacity and a 1800W inverter.

Explorer 2000 – Like the 1500 but with a larger battery.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions about any of these power stations.

by Jesse
Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you?

5 thoughts on “Mid-Range Power Station Battle – Goal Zero, EcoFlow, Jackery”

  1. I feel like Goal Zero screwed the pooch here, they simply stopped innovating for at least the past 5 years. Sticking with AGM technology was really a poor choice for this Utah-based company. They thought they gauged the market correctly to be anti-fossil fuel but didn’t invest in emergency battery storage technologies. This has been their downfall.

    https://youtu.be/xoy6x6w25ug?t=79

    Goal Zero could’ve been a competitor but they didn’t decide to release the 500w gas generator. EcoFlow now has a 2,200-watt gasoline Smart Generator that they’ve been delivering to their kickstarter pledgees.

    Also, EcoFlow’s top and largest model is the Delta Pro that uses LiFePO4 batteries with 6,500 stated cycles and supports up to 3,600watts of load.

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  2. I’ve been leaning towards a Jackery because I see less reviews about them being buggy than other brands. Any thoughts? Also, I’m looking for something that can power my standard fridge for an hour or so at a time, or can be used for a window A/C unit, again just for an hour here and there. Could a Jackery 1000 or an Eco Foow Delta mini handle that?

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    • Also, want to mention that we are looking for a unit that is fairly easy to transport/camp with, but that can also be used for emergency back-up for our home. So trying to find that middle ground between easy portability and being able to keep our food from going bad in a mid-summer blackout.

      And thanks for the in-depth articles! These are great!

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    • Hi,
      Yes that has been my experience as well. Jackery power stations have been the most reliable out of all of the brands we have tested. I’ve had some issues with early firmware on the EcoFlow power stations, which have been solved over time.

      The Delta Mini would be better for that, since it can output up to 1400W. I’d still want to make sure that is enough to power the AC, and remember that it won’t power it for very long before needing a recharge.

      Currently I recommend the Delta 1000 (click to view on Amazon), which has a more powerful inverter than the Mini and a slightly larger battery.

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