Jackery Portable Power Station Teardown! – Best charging deal of 2019?

This video is sponsored by Jackery. Today we're going to be taking apart this
240 watt portable power station called the Explorer 240. We're going to see how it works from the inside. This guy can charge your phone up to 18 times. Or a GoPro over 40 times. It can even run a TV for a couple hours if
you're out in the middle of the woods and you want to watch a movie or something. Normally this thing costs two hundred and
fifty dollars which is a very fair price. One dollar per watt hour. But for one day only, on December 14th, 2019,
there will be a $75 discount – 30% cuz it's Amazon's deal of the day.

Which makes this the best power deal that
I've seen so far in 2019. So if you've been thinking about a portable
power station – now's the time. My favorite part though is that you can get
detachable solar panels so you can go completely off grid while using the power station. This 60 watt foldable panel can charge the
power station in about 7-10 hours on a sunny day. And if you want to get super crazy, this 100
watt solar panel chargers even faster.

And they're both for sale on Amazon. The LCD screen shows exactly how many watts
are being used in the USB ports. You can use all the ports simultaneously. And even better, you can use the outputs while
charging the power station, whether, you know, plugging into a wall of with a solar panel. You can see exactly how many watts are coming
in and going out. It's pretty awesome.

I think it's time we take this apart. Let's get started. [Intro] Just a quick reminder as I open this up. This thing has a lot of power inside which
makes it far more dangerous to take apart than your average cellphone. You should not attempt to take one of these
apart on your own. It is dangerous and does void the Jackery
warranty. There were 6 screws along the back and 4 more
screws along either side of the Jackery 240. This is my first time inside of one of these,
so we're kind of just winging it. It turns out the orange plastic vents along
the sides act as little plastic clamps holding both halves of the power station together.

Pretty smart. There almost isn't even any need for screws
with this design. I found a few more screws underneath the bright
orange feet – 4 of them to be exact. And once those are out I can gently pry the
two black plastic halves apart. The information sticker at the bottom is the
final boss, but once he's cut in half, the two halves can completely separate. Nothing is attached to the back plastic chunk,
but there is a whole lot of cool looking stuff attached to the front. There's a fan along the left side. This pulls air through the unit to cool down
the circuits while it's converting power from DC to AC, or while it's trying to power multiple
devices all at the same time. Four or more screws and a plethora of wires
hold the battery pack to the front housing.

I'll wiggle the battery away and then start
unplugging the connectors inside…just like a little Lego. The one on the far left is for the 12 volt
car charging plug. Then there are larger red and black wires
for the battery portion of the unit. And another pair of large power cables for
the AC power. There's also a little 40 amp fuse in the front. We still haven't found the batteries yet so
let's keep going. Four more screws hold the motherboard to the
top of the battery compartment. Then I can pull the motherboard away, revealing
another 5 screws holding down a large plastic rectangle.

This little guy has the fan attached to it. Finally, I can peel back the final plastic
layer revealing a grid of 28 cylinder batteries. Very similar to the battery packs that come
out of electric vehicles. Or even the Tesla power walls that people
hook up to roof-mounted solar power. You could say that the Jackery is kind of
like a portable power wall for off-grid traveling or camping. The 28 little cylinders combine to make a
total of 16,800 milliamp hours, or more importantly, 241.9 watt hours. I did try to pop off the top of the battery
housing to see if it would come apart easier, but it was most definitely not designed to
separate.

And batteries this big aren't something I
want to mess with just yet. Plus I do want this thing to work when I put
it all back together. All of these circuits inside the Jackery 240
include the BMS, or battery management system, which enables the short-circuit protection,
the voltage control, and that temperature controlled fan you see on the edge. Lithium batteries like the ones here or inside
of your cellphone, or even electric vehicles really don't like extreme temperature. Meaning below freezing or above 40 Celsius. So if you're going to store batteries for
a long period of time, try to keep them at room temperature. Also, don't let lithium batteries die completely
– they don't like that. They last a long time if you take care of
them. I'll get the final 6 screws screwed into the
back panel. And would you look at that, everything still
works. Remember, the Jackery 240 and the 60 watt
solar panel are both 30% off on December 14th, 2019 with that Amazon deal of the day. I'll leave a link in the description for ya. And thanks to Jackery for sponsoring this
video.

I plan on doing a lot more solar projects
in the future. Hit that subscribe button and come hang out
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