The Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro is an impressive power station that’s perfect for photographers and videographers who need a portable and reliable power source for their equipment. The build quality is excellent, with a rugged design that can withstand more than most and the large, foldable handle that makes it easy to move and carry around. While it’s relatively heavy, the design makes it easy enough to move around on set or lug to location.
One of the downsides of this power station is that the output options are limited to only two AC sockets. However, it’s easy to add an extension cable to give you more AC options, and the 1800W output provides plenty of power for cameras, lighting, laptops, and even a small sub 1500w kettle.
I did find that I needed to keep an eye on the display to check the power draw, as the 1800W can disappear rapidly with multiple devices being powered, even for a short blast such as using the kettle.
The two 100W PD ports are a standout feature, allowing for simultaneous charging or the powering of cameras and laptops, making it an ideal choice for those using the latest cameras, such as the Canon EOS R5 C and laptop like my MacBook Pro.
The Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro feels tougher than most and has a design that makes it look and feel outdoorsy. It’s a good all-around choice for photographers and videographers, and it can stand up to more than a knock or two. It’s not actually water-resistant, but it’s solid.
The LCD info display could be more detailed, but it does the job of providing basic monitoring of the power status. Charging times when back at the studio were fast, with the unit taking around an hour and a half to top up fully. On-site, a 350W panel was used to keep the unit topped up throughout the day.
Overall, the Jackery Explorer 1500 Pro is a great power station that charges quickly and provides the power you need for your photo and video shoot requirements. Its robust design makes it an excellent option for use on-site, and the two 100W PD ports are handy for powering cameras and laptops. While the LCD info display could be a little more detailed, it does the job and provides basic monitoring of the power status. The 1800W output ensures that plenty of cameras and accessories can all be plugged in at the same time, and the unit is a good solid companion for any photo or video shoot where additional power is needed.