Jackery 500 vs Goal Zero 500X

Several portable power stations are available on the market, and most offer great value for money compared to the power they produce. This article compares the Jackery 500 to Goal Zero YETI 500X.

Key Takeaways

  • The Jackery 500 has a larger inverter to generate 500 watts of AC. The Yeti 500X produces 300 watts of AC but has a larger surge capacity of 1,200 watts.
  • The Goal Zero 500X has 8 output sockets of varying sizes, providing greater flexibility to the user.
  • The Goal Zero is lighter and 2/3rds of the size of the Jackery 500.
  • Both units can be charged and discharged simultaneously, but the Yeti can be charged from multiple sources simultaneously, reducing its charging time to just 3.5 hours compared to the Jackery 500’s 7.5 hours.

Comparison Of The Jackery 500 And Goal Zero YETI 500X

Here’s a direct side-by-side comparison of the two systems based on specifications from their respective manufacturers’ websites.

SystemJackery 500Goal Zero  YETI  500X
Price (From manufacturers Web Site)$ 499.00$549.95
Digital DisplayDisplays input, output, Battery charge percentageDisplays input, output time left to full discharge
Pure Sine Wave Inverter120 volt – 500 Watt AC120 volt – 300 Watt AC
Capacity (Watt Hour)518 watt-hours505 watt-hours
Surge1,000 watts1,200 watts
BatteryLithium-ion NMC BatteryLithium-ion NMC Battery
Estimated number of lifetime cycles500 Cycles to 80% capacity500 Cycles to 80% capacity
Management systemMPPT charge controller MPPT charge controller
Expandable Up ToNot expandableNot expandable
Solar InputSolarSaga 100W MaxGoal Zero Chargers 200W Max
Fast Dual Charging (Solar + AC Adapter)Not included1400W Max
Dual ChargingNot includedYes
Simultaneous charge and dischargeYesYes
Dimensions11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 in (30.1 x 19.3 x 24.2 cm)7.5 X 11.5 X 5.8 in (19.05 X 28.57 X 14.73 cm)
Weight13.32 lbs. (6.04 kg)12.9 lbs. (5.85 kg)
AC Wall socket ChargeYesYes
DC Input:12V-30V (100W Max)11V-22V (150W Max)
Standalone Solar ChargingYesYes
Car Battery ChargingYesYes
Generator ChargingYesYes
Lead Battery ChargingYesYes
AC Output110 Volts, 60 Hertz, 500 Watts (1000 Watts Surge)2 X 120 Volts, 60 Hertz, 300 watts (1,200 Watts surge)
USB-A Output1 X 5V, 2.4A2 X 12W Plugs
USB-A Output 5V 3A2 X 5V 3A PlugsNo
USB -C Output 18-Watt maxNo5 – 9 volts 
USB -C Output 60WNo5 – 20 volts
Car Output12 Volt, 10A, 120 watts12 Volt, 10A, 120 watts
DC Output12V, 7A, 84 watts (6.5mm*1.4mm)12 Volt, 10A, 120 watts
Recharging Times
Max charging from multiple sourcesNot applicable180 Watt Max 3.5 Hours
AC Adapter 7.5 Hours(60W): 10 hours (120W): 4.5 hours
Solar (20W panel)Not applicableNomad 20: 30-60 Hours
Solar (50W panel)Not applicableNomad 50: 12-24 Hours
Solar (100W panel)9.5 Hours In ideal weatherNomad 100: 6-12 Hours
Solar (200W panel)Not applicableBoulder 200 Briefcase: 3-6 Hours
12V From A Car Outlet 7.5 Hours4.5 hours (120 Watt)
Electric generator7.5 Hours3 – 3.5 Hours

While it may be interesting to look at how each product compares side by side, it is necessary to see how they stack up against each other when using real-world examples.

ItemConsumptionJackery 500Useful Time It Can Operate The DeviceGoal Zero YETI 500XUseful Time It Can Operate The Device
Alternating Current (AC) Devices
Television60 watts7.5 hours5 hours
Electric Blanket100 watts3 hours and 54 minutes3 hours
Portable Fridge400 watts1.2 hoursCannot run
Blender 500 watts50 minutesCannot run
Air Pump50 Watts8 Hours6 hours
Direct Current (DC) Devices
POV camera5 wattsRecharge the camera 102 timesRecharge the camera 101 times
Digital Camera10 wattsRecharge the camera 51 timesRecharge the camera 50 times
Drone60 wattsRecharge the drone 10 timesRecharge the drone 10 times
Heated Travel Mug100 wattsRecharge the mug 5 timesRecharge the mug 5 times
Phone12-watt hoursRecharge the Phone 41 timesRecharge the Phone 40 times
Laptop 50 watt-hoursRecharge the computer 10 timesRecharge the computer 10 times
Light Bulb11 watts49 hours46 hours
Torch5 watts103 hours101 hours

On the face of it, the Jackery 500 has the following two advantages over the YETI 500X:

  1. The Jackery has 518 watt-hours of power, slightly more than the Goal Zero YETI 500X’s 505 watt-hours. This small difference doesn’t add much extra usage time, maybe an extra phone charge.
  2. The Explorer’s larger inverter of 500 watts (with a 1,000-watt surge) can power a portable fridge for an hour. In contrast, the YETI’s 300 watts can’t achieve this.

⚖️ Verdict: Is the 500-watt capability of the Jackery enough to convince me over the Yeti? Not when you consider the YETI takes half the time to recharge. We need to look at more data to decide.

Analysis of specs and real-world results

Let’s dive deeper into our real-world testing and see if there are any glaring mismatches in favor of each.

Pros of the Explorer 500
✅ The 500-watt 120-volt AC output. If devices don’t exceed 1,000 watts in surge, it can power what the Goal Zero YETI 500X can’t.
✅ Can be charged and discharged simultaneously.
✅ Costs less than the Goal Zero YETI 500X.

Cons of the Explorer 500
✖️ The surge capacity (1000 watts) may be an issue with small appliances requiring a surge capacity of more than twice the regular consumption.
✖️ Can only be charged from one source at a time.
✖️ Can only be charged by solar panels rated at 100 watts or less (longer charging time).

Pros of the YETI 500X
✅ Surge capacity of four times its normal AC output of 300 watts. Power equipment needing more than a 1000-watt surge capacity.
✅ Lighter and smaller than the Explorer
✅ Will accept a charge from 200-watt solar panels
✅ Charging from multiple sources simultaneously (3.5 hours).
✅ More output plug options (2 extra USB-C)

Cons of the YETI 500X
✖️ Offers only 300-watt/120-volt AC current, compared to 500-watt/120-volt of the Explorer.
✖️ 25% more expensive than the Jackery.

Comparison Of The Price Point Of Both Models

The price of each product is detailed below.

Jackery 500

The Jackery 500 typically retails for $499.00. You get approximately 1.0381 watt-hours for every dollar spent.

The package includes the Jackery 500 unit, car charger cable, AC cable (2 parts), and the owner’s manual.

In addition to this, a Jackery Solar Saga 100w solar panel for recharging is available at $299.00

Goal Zero YETI  500X Portable Power Station

The Goal Zero YETI 500X retails for $699.00. So, for every dollar spent, you get approximately 0.7225 watt-hours.

The package includes the YETI 500X Portable Power Station, 60W Power Supply (AC Wall Charger), and the user manual.

In addition, there is a whole host of accessories, including solar panels of up to 200 watts, car charging cables, and protection cases.

Final Verdict

Although it has a smaller AC inverter, the 500X has more power outlets, is smaller and lighter, and provides the greatest charging flexibility to the owner. 

In the Jackery 500’s favor is the manufacturer’s excellent reputation, the lower price, and the higher AC power on offer. 

For camping where there is a need to run higher consumption AC appliances, I would opt for the Jackery and use the $125 saved to contribute to purchasing the Jackery Solar Saga 100-watt solar panel at $299.00.

If you are trekking and need to carry one over long distances without assistance, I would happily purchase the YETI 500X, knowing it is a great product.

Frequently Asked

How Do The Jackery 500 And YETI 500X Compare Against Others?

We have another thorough comparison of the Bluetti AC60 vs Jackery Explorer 500 that looks at a whole range of factors, including battery capacity (Watt Hours), power rating (Watts), inverter size, surge capacity, charge/recharge time, portability, outlets, number of battery cycles, and the price.

These metrics are shown below when comparing the Jackery 500 and YETI 500X with the following competitors.

  1. Flashfish 320W.
  2. Zendure SuperBase Pro.
  3. Anker 555 Portable Power Station.
FeatureJackery 500YETI 500XFlashfish 320WZendure SuperBase ProAnker 555 Portable Power Station
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)518 watt-hours505 watt-hours292 watt-hours607 watt-hours1024-watt-hour
Power Rating (Watt)500 watts500 watts320 watts600 watts1000 watts
Inverter Size500 watts300 watts320 watts600 watts1000 watts
Surge Capacity1,000 watts1,200 watts320 watts1,000 watts1364 watts
Charge Time – The best combination7.5 Hours3.5 hours3.5 hours2.9 hours5.5 hours
Outlet Ports68912
Battery Cycles5005005005003,000
Current Price$425.00$549.95$239.99$399.00$899.99

Mathew, our founder and chief editor at BloomCentre, combines his passion for renewable energy, commitment to sustainable living, and his rich experience in the solar industry to provide reliable and insightful advice.