Harbor Freight Solar Panel Review
Solar panels can be the perfect option you are looking forward to in order to bring a new way of generating energy to your home. Not only is it a much-needed source of reliable energy, but it also reduces, sometimes greatly, your energy bills and has very low maintenance costs. Nonetheless, finding the right solar kit in the vastity of options might be overwhelming.
In our article, we are going to talk about Harbor Freight solar panels. It is a discount tool and equipment retailer and sells a variety of solar kits and other products related to solar power. We are going to honestly review the most popular to give you an idea and orient you towards the best choice.
Harbor Freight Solar Panel Kit
Let’s first FOCUS on Harbor Freight solar panel kits. The company is currently selling two of these products: the 7 Watt and the 100 one.
This product is the retailer’s top pick and is recommended by 97% of their customers. It is a portable and reliable solar energy kit that delivers 100 watts of free, clean, and quiet energy. The cells work perfectly well in different weather conditions, including in both sunny or cloudy circumstances. Such advantage comes from the fact that the cells are in amorphous silicons, so you can be sure they will give you the best output regardless of the sun’s presence or absence.
The kit is also very simple to set up and then maintain. The reason being, it comes with a set of tools such as mounting hardware, a 12v light kit, battery terminal clamps, and a universal power adapter. These tools make it easier not only to place the panel in the desired place but also to keep it in good condition.
To guarantee the best performance, the panel uses technology such as solar charge controllers or blocking diode technology, which prevents your panel from losing charge during the night. This happens because it allows the flow of current to the battery but blocks the opposite flow of current, i.e., from the battery to the panel.
Pros and Cons
- Weather resistant works in both cloudy and sunny conditions.
- Very easy to put up, as well as to maintain.
- Comes with mounting hardware and a USB port for charging your devices.
How to charge your Bluetti Generator with Solar Panels
Wondering what the best way to connect solar panels into your EB 150 Bluetti Solar Generator or your EB240 Solar Generator? This wiring guide will outline everything you need. From solar panel options and exact cables, as well as provide you with a handy diagram on how to connect the panels into your Bluetti solar generator.
Below is a description of the fastest way to charge your Bluetti solar generator using solar panels.
We suggest getting 4 x high quality and affordable solar panels that are each 100 watts and 12 volts.
You don’t necessarily need to have (4) panels, as you can go with three, two or even 1 panel, but this just means you can’t generate as much sun energy and this guide is all about outlining the best solar panel wiring setup to charge your Bluetti solar generator as quickly as possible.
Flexible vs Rigid Solar Panels
When deciding whether or not to go with Rigid or Flexible panels, it depends on your needs. If you plan on keeping the panels outside in the elements 24/7, maybe on top of your Van or RV, then we highly suggest rigid panels. Rigid panels will last longer out in the elements and withstand mother nature better over time.
However, if you plan on using the panels more sparingly, or only taking them out to charge the Bluetti once in a while, maybe keeping the panels in the garage then flexible panels will be perfect for you. They are much lighter and easier to move.
Panel Wiring Cables
When it comes to wiring and cables for the solar panels, there are 3 parts we suggest getting. 10 gauge extension MC4 cabling and branch connectors. We suggest the extension cable because it’s nice to be able to keep the solar panels out in the sun while the Bluetti solar generator is in the shade or inside the house where you need it. That being said, you can get any length of MC4 extension cabling you want.
Here is a link to a branch connector. Click here
Here is a link to MC4 extension cable. Click here
Below you will find a diagram that explains how to put everything together. Its a super simple 4-step (plug-and-play) process which anyone can do. Once you have the 4 panels hooked up to your generator, you will be able to recharge your Bluetti solar generator in 3.5-4 hours!
Please let us know if you have any other questions or concerns and don’t hesitate to reach out! We’d be more than happy to help you get this all setup 🙂
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How You Can Use Any Solar Panel With Your Power Station/Solar Generator
Portable power stations, also known as solar generators, can be recharged with solar panels. But it can be tricky with some brands to figure out what solar panels are compatible, and what adapters, watts, and connectors to buy.
To answer the title, no you can’t connect any solar panel to any portable power station since all brands don’t use the same connectors and charge controllers with the same limitations.
A solar panel compatible with one power station might damage another power station.
To help you through the solar panel jungle, I have started writing posts about every power station brand out there and how you can connect solar panels to them.
In these posts, I answer the most frequently asked questions, recommend compatible solar panels, and list the limitations of the specific power stations from a certain brand.
I haven’t done every single brand out there yet because there are a lot, so if yours is missing down below, please let me know and I will get to it!
Find the name of the brand you use and click on it to get to the specific post.
My Power Station/Solar Generator Brand Isn’t On The List
Please leave a comment and let me know what brand and model you have and I will help you out.
Can I Choose A Solar Panel With Any Watt?
It depends on the brand, but most of the time the max voltage is what matters more than the wattage. The power station might still have a max wattage input though, and limit how fast it can charge.
What Is Inside Of A Power Station?
I recommend reading my post called “What is a solar generator?“.
Do Any Portable Power Stations Come With Solar Panels?
In this post, I have a list of power stations that do include solar panels.
Can I Connect Than One Solar Panel To A Solar Generator?
It depends on the brand. It’s common that it’s ok to connect more than one panel as long as you do a parallel connection, which means that the positive wires are combined, separate from the negative wires.
This will double the amperage, but not the voltage, which is what makes it safe with a lot of power stations.
Connecting positive wires to negative wires is called a series connection.
Always consult with the manufacturer before you connect several panels.
Please leave a comment down below with any questions.
224 thoughts on “Can You Connect Any Solar Panel To A Portable Power Station?”
I have a Tzumi Vault with DC in. It looks like a small circular connector, with a end in the hole on the device. How and what can I connect? Reply
Looks like either a 5.5×2.5mm or 5.5×2.1mm, hard to say exactly by looking a the pictures. I would get a Tishi 50W panel (click to view on Amazon), it comes with several different DC connectors. Reply
I have a Flashfish A301. I want to charge it with a HQST 100 watt solar panel. Can I just plug it in direct to DC Input? Manufacturer is telling me I need to use controller before DC Input. But it says solar generator on Flashfish box. Shouldn’t controller be built in power station? Reply
Hi, They almost always do have a charge controller, so that is odd. FlashFish even sells a kit with a solar panel on its website without an extra charge controller. Does it say “Solar Charging: DC18-24V” underneath the power station? If so I am pretty sure it has a charge controller inside of it. Reply
Sorry to be the bearer of bad news guys. I have the same unit and asked the same question of Tzumi’s technical support. Just got this response: Unfortunately the power station is not solar panel compatible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. Thank you Christina Ortiz Christina #TS00018684 Technical Support Huge bummer. I got a good deal on my Vault but I still wouldn’t have bought it if I had done enough research to find out that it is not solar compatible. Reply
hi Justin, my name is Evelyn. i bought a topshak 2000 w solar generator on ebay. the seller did not have solar charging panels. what panels would be compatible with this solar generator. Reply
Hi, Looks like it has an Anderson Powerpole input, so you can use a panel like this Allpowers 200W (click to view on Amazon). You might have to change the orientation of the Anderson connectors. You can pretty much get any panel with MC4 connectors as long as its open circuit voltage is between 18-30V, and connect it with an MC4 to Anderson adapter (click to view on Amazon). For example a panel like this one by Renogy, or one with a kickstand by Renogy. Reply
I have an AWANFI Portable Power Station 140277mAh.It’s Solar charging port is Input voltage DC16V-25V – I have panels for my other generators – 12V/100W Monocrystalline Silicon High efficiency Solar Panel with MC4 connectors. Newpowa 100W Watt 12V Mono Solar Panel Will either one work with the Awanfi? If not, any suggestions on what ones? Many thanks ! Reply
Yes, based on the specifications I could find about your panels, both should work with your power station. You can use the included Mc4 to Anderson adapter to connect one of them. The max amperage is 5A, so I don’t suggest trying to connect both at the same time since one 100W 12V panel outputs around 5 to 6A. Reply
I cant tell whether it’s a 5.5×2.5m or 5.5×2.1mm input. A panel like the Chafon 40W should work since it comes with both connectors. I couldn’t find any max input voltage of your power station either though. Reply
So good to find someone who knows what they’re talking about. I bought a Buture 300 watt power station off of Amazon and thought it came with a solar panel – it doesn’t. Help! Reply
Looks like either a 5.5×2.1mm (most likely) or a 5.5×2.5mm input, so I recommend a panel like this one from FlashFish (click to view on Amazon) that includes both connectors. They also make a 100W model. There are a lot of similar panels depending on what kind of setup you want. It should do the job, but let me know if it doesn’t work or if you have any questions. Reply
Thank you for this! Mine is a GoPro Plus. I need to know what solar panel to use for it. I actually am about to order 2 of them and would like to be able to charge them both at the same time, but money is tight so if I have to I can just do one at a time. Also do I need a certain connector to connect the solar to the GoPro? When it comes to all this I am clueless!! Thank you again! Reply
Hi Rose, I can’t find much information about the GoPro Plus, so I am not sure what input size it uses. It looks like a 5.5×2.1mm but it’s hard to tell by just looking at pictures. I would test it with a Topsolar 60W (click to view on Amazon), since it comes with several different connectors. I can’t promise anything, but that would be your best bet. Reply
Looks like a 5.5×2.5mm input, so a panel like the Allpowers 100W (click to view on Amazon) should work. Reply
Could it be a 6.25 mm x 3.0mm port? I’d get a panel like the Offland 100W which includes several adapters, one being the 6.25mm. Reply
What panel can I use for a BULLBAT Portable Power Station 500W, 505Wh Solar Powered Generator with MPPT, Lithium Battery Powered Outlet with 110V 500W AC/60W PD/QC3.0 USB-A/12V DC? Reply
Hi, It’s a 5.5×2.5mm input port, so a panel like the Bigblue 100W (click to view on Amazon) or Rockpals 100W would work. If you want something smaller, the Topsolar 60W would work but it would take a very long time to recharge it with a 60W panel. Reply
Thank you so much! I really appreciate your help because I was really nervous about getting the wrong one! Reply
What do I need to connect a solar panel to a Energizer Portable Power Station 300W/320Wh ? Thinking of a 100 w, like Harbor Freight or Renogy or Amazon’s choice, Newpowa. The Energizer will arrive this week, and I hope to get a panel asap for a tiny cabin in the woods. Recommendations? Thanks. Reply
Hi, Looks like the Energizer 300W/320Wh comes with an MC4 to DC cable, which makes it compatible with a panel from Renogy or Newpowa right out of the box. I believe the Harbor Freight panels use SAE connectors, which means that you would need additional adapters. Haven’t had any issues with either my Renogy and Newpowa panels. Just make sure the panel you get has an open circuit voltage below 23.5V. Reply
Hi we have a Yoobao EN300WLPD with DC input 12V-24V/1A-5A (60W Max) indicated. You said that charging it at any watts depends but it’s not clear to me whether I can go over or under 60W. Can we charge it with a 35W 12V solar panel? Thank you. Reply
Yes, as long as the open circuit voltage of your panel is within the 12-24V limit, you can go over or under the wattage. Reply
Hi, I bought a Portable Power Station R350 It says it takes 12-25v. and 65W max Can you help with recommending a solar blanket panel? It has a MC4 connecting cable Thank you regards Joanne Reply
Hi, The iClever 100W panel (click to view on Amazon) would be a great choice. It will maximize the charging input of your power station, and comes with a 5.5×2.1mm adapter which means that it’s compatible right out of the box. Reply
Hi Jesse I want to buy a solar panel or blanket for my Portable Power Station R350. This is what it is called. It says Input Charging Port DC5.5x 2.1mm, 12V-25V 65W max Does the 65 max input mean I need to buy a 60W solar blanket with 12V? Thank you Joanne Reply
Hi Joanne, No, it means that the charge controller in the R350 can charge at up to 65W with solar panels. It’s safe to use a 100W panel though, like the iClever I linked to in the first reply. If you’re considering a different panel, you need to make sure it has a VOC (open circuit voltage) between 12-25V. Most 12V 100W panels will generate around 80W at 18V, but it’s still safe to use with your power station. Reply
Hi, I see that I am a year late with my question, but have just gotten a Bibene 500w model CN505. The solar panels I have do not charge it. On the “input” port, the volts are listed as 12-24. Thanks for your help, Gina Reply
Hi there, A panel like the Rockpals 100W SP003 (click to view on Amazon) should work great with your Bibene power station since it comes with a 5.5×2.5mm connector. I think you can also use the MC4 to DC adapter included with the Bibene with this panel. Reply
Hello! I have an Anker PowerStation 400 which I usually plug in a power socket for a recharge. I live in Athens Greece which as you might be aware has lots of sunny days all year round. Could you please let me know which portable or semi-portable (thr latter for home use) could be compatible with my power Station? I was recently secluded at home for 4nights/5 days without electricity or heating (natural gas heating system that needs some electricity to function) after a heavy snow storm and I experienced the most freezing days of my life and I had to ration my battery consumption on my mobile phone and tablet). The days that followed the storm were quite sunny but we still had more than 60cm of snow on 10cm of ice on the small roads around my home… I do not wish to invest 200-300 and later find out that I cannot use it at all under few hours sunny hours! I will greatly appreciate hearing from you. Thank you and best regards G Reply
Hi Georges, Wow, that’s rough. Glad to hear that you’re ok. Looks like the PowerStation 400 has an 8mm input that can handle 11-28V, 5.5A, up to 65W. Sometimes connecting 8mm connectors from different companies can feel a little loose, so while the panels below are compatible, I suggest making sure it works and charges your battery as soon as you get it. I tried to find products that you can order in Greece. Hopefully there is something available, I don’t speak greek so I can’t really tell. Choetech foldable 100W Allpowers SP012 solar charger Goal Zero Boulder 100 briefcase Reply
Hi Jesse. I just purchased a Portable Power Supply 88500 mAh, 3.7V.Manual says solar panel input charge DV 13V-24V/2.3A Max.Its only a small unit (167x100x213mm)and I’m not sure which solar panel is compatible. Wondering if you could help.Thanks. Reply
Hi Warren, What brand is it? If it’s available online I might be able to take a look at the specifications. Reply
Hi, I sure hope you can help this old granny. I bought a Ideation Go Power Plus power station. Ordered the HQST solar panel 50 watt 12 volt off Amazon. Can you advise a kit that would supply everything I would need to connect the two? Thanks in advance for your help, Debbie Reply
Hi grandma, According to the reviews, it’s a 5.5×2.1mm input. That means you need an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). The reviews might be wrong and it could also be a 5.5×2.5mm input, but unfortunately that’s all the information I have to go on. Reply
Hi ive got a https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/313776728811 I cant work out how to find a solar panel with the right Amps. Heres what it says: DC Output: 2x12V/8A1x24V/3A constant voltage Power Indicator: LCD screen Type: Portable MPN: 259491 Brand: Unbranded Manufacturer Part Number: 259491 Featured Refinements: Portable Generator Capacity: 114000mAh (422Wh 3.7V) Wireless Charge: 10w AC Voltage: 220~240V Output Frequency: 50Hz AC Output: Rated 350W (700W Max) sine wave Input: 12V-25V 65W max (Charging Port: DC 5.5 x 2.1mm) Recharge Method: Solar panel(not included)wall socket12V car vehicle So the solar Panel needed should be Solar Panel Input: 15V~21V/3.42A Max30w-120w I found a 120W 12v solar panel on ebay for 69 but its amps are 6.66 which is too high. How do i find the right solar panel for this power station that wont damage it. 3.52A MAX is pretty low, where would i find a solar panel that doesnt cost an arm and a leg. My friend who is an electrical engineer said there is something wrong with the math on this 15V~21V/3.42A Max30w-120w. He said like you take 15V x 3.52A should equal 220W which is too much for this power station. any info please to help me find a solar panel to charge this power station. Reply
Please bear with me, as I have brain-fry from researching. I just bought a Powerness 515 Watt power station and one 120 volt Twelseavan solar panel. Are they compatible with each other? Supply is running low, so I took the leap and bought something. I have no idea what I’m doing, so if what I got isn’t compatible, maybe you can tell me what panel to get that will work. I think I got a good power station and plan to keep it. I was trying to get a 1000 watt in that brand, but couldn’t find one. Also, will this little biddy one run a full size refrigerator for a few hours at a time, to keep stuff cooled off? The fridge is 60 hrtz and 115 volts, I think. (Stuck my head inside to see specks) Let me know if you need more info. Thank you so much for your help, this young 68 year old lady needs help. Reply
Hi Debby, Based on the specifications, the 120W Twelseavan is compatible with the Powerness 515W. I assume you have tested the different adapters the panel came with? I see that the power station comes with an MC4 to DC adapter, and the solar panel has a DC to MC4 adapter. The MC4 has one connector on one end and two on the other (one male and one female). Connecting these two should work. If that doesn’t work, the polarity might be wrong. But please test the MC4 cables first and let me know how it goes. A full size residential refrigerator will most likely require more than the 500W the power station can output. Something like the EcoFlow Delta Mini (click to view on Amazon) can power a residential fridge, but still not for very long. Reply
Hi John, The 120W panel you mention is fine, as long as it has a VOC rating below 21V. It’s fine to exceed the amperage, but not the voltage limit. You’ll simply maximize the input, which you want to do anyway as long as you don’t exceed it too much. Since it states that it can handle up to 120W, you’re not going to hurt the power station. The charge controller in the power station will regulate the amperage. If the panel you’re looking at has MC4 connectors, you’re going to need an MC4 to 5.5×2.1mm adapter. Reply
Maybe you can help?? I purchased this solar panel in hopes of working with the zerokor power station, it stated that it is compatible with “most power stations”, cant seem to get it to work? Below is links to what was purchased. Thanks https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B08TTH2GRW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s01?ie=UTF8psc=1 https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0915HFDTC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o05_s00?ie=UTF8psc=1 Reply
Hi, I can’t see any reason it shouldn’t work, just make sure you use the 5.5×2.1mm connector included with the solar panel. Reply
Hi. I have an Awanfi 505w solar generator and a Zamp 140 watt portable solar kit. My Zamp chagres my RV just fine. But when I connect the Awanfi solar generator, it shows no battery connected. I had purchased an adaptor so I could connect these 2 together. The Awanfi states that, “Faster Solar Recharging with MPPT Controller”. Is it possible to charge this Awanfi with my Zamp? Reply
Hi, How are you connecting the solar panel to the power station? If it’s the Zamp panel with a built-in charge controller, you’re going to have to bypass it, since the power station already has a charge controller. It is possible to bypass and charge the Awanfi with it, but not without cutting some wires which voids the warranty on the panel. So the easier way to go is to get a second panel for the Awanfi battery. I recommend the Renogy 100W w/ built-in kickstand without charge controller. It has MC4 connectors, and will connect to the MC4 to Anderson adapter included with your power station. There are other similar panels, like the Nekteck 100W. I can also tell you how to bypass the controller, so let me know if that’s something you would be willing to do. Reply
I have a DBPower 500. It is very nice, high quality and less than a Jackery 500. ONE ISSUE I found is solar panel charging. With the AC power brick chargers at 118 Watts. On 200 watts of solar (reasonable expect 120-140 watts peak sun). The unit only accepts 75 watts one or two panels. The specs say it takes 150Watts up to 30 volts. OK. The solution to my problem (yet to be tested) is a DC-DC booster (buck converter) to get the 18.5 volts with panels load up to 24 volts. The power brick chargers at 24 volts. I suspect the battery charger/controller is sensitive to voltage. Reply
Yes, it’s possible that the voltage isn’t high enough but 18V is usually enough. There might be an amperage input limit, but I couldn’t find that info in the manual. Reply
I have a wagan Solar e Power case 800. And it does not include the 60 watt foldable panel for the price i paid. Instead i purchased a rich solar 150 watt monocrystalline solar panel. So i read in the instruction manual for the wagan gen. And it has a max 10 amp charge controller and said do not connect more than a 90 watt solar panel because will damage the charge controller.My question would be, Is there any possible way to use the 150 watt panel Reply
Hi Amos, a 150W 12V panel will generate around 8 amps, so you would be below the 10A max of the solar charge controller. Not sure why the manual would say 90W, since that’s less than 6A. I’d just connect the panel and see if it works, but of course that would void the warranty if it doesn’t. Therefore I suggest contacting the company and ask why they mention two different numbers as the max. Reply
I have a 300W YOSE power station and a Dokio 100W solar panel,can I connect a charger from the Solar panel to the power station to charge it? Reply
My friend, greetings from Greece! Thanks for the topic, you are a savior as I have no knowledge on electricity. I have a xmund solar generator of 300 watts, 296wh,solar panel charging:DC 18v-22v/3A. I’m put recharging:DC 19volt/3A.DC output:DC 12-16.5Volt/10A. Output voltage:220volt/50hertzpeak output power:500 watts.these are the specifications of the solar generator. The solar panel that I have comes with these specifications, maximum power (Pmax 250wp – 0/5 wp) Voltage at Pmax:51.2 volt Current at Pmax:4.88A Short circuit current:5.38A Open circuit voltage :61.20 volt Max system voltage :1000volt. I already have mc4 cable connector and I am afraid to. Connect them in case of destroying the generator. Some help would be really great. Thanks in advance. Reply
Hi, Unfortunately that panel is not compatible with your power station. You need a 12V solar panel that has an open circuit voltage within the 18-22V range. Reply
Hello from Puerto Rico! Hope you are well and thank you for this information. My grandmother has this unit: https://www.ampericon.com/product/1200-watt-pps/ A 1200 watt portable power supply. It has an input for charging through a solar panel but I’m not sure what kind of solar panel is necessary and how to plug it into the PPS. Any information would be very much appreciated as the power outages here are frequent. Thank you! Reply
Hi, I can’t tell what the input is based on the pictures I found. Can you take a close-up picture of the input port, upload it to imgur, and send the link to me here? Reply
Hi, It’s hard to tell by the pictures I found, but it looks like there is something like a 5.5×2.5mm input and an Anderson input. Therefore, a panel like this by Powoxi (click to view on Amazon) should work just fine with the Recool and maximize the input. Reply
I was confused on whether or not I could use the 5.5×2.5 port (which is AC in) to run my solar panel in. The Anderson input ( which is dedicated for solar panel in)is really small and I cant find the cables for. Its all very frustrating. Thanks Reply
Ok, yes I am not sure if you can use the 5525 port and I would try to contact the company to ask. The panel I linked to should work with the Anderson Powerpole input. Reply
Hello….I am trying to ascertain whether I can connect a portable solar panel with a built in MPPT controller (Zamp) to a Bluetti Solar Generator which I know also has a MPPT controller. I know there are some adaptors that are also required but the biggest question is can I use a solar panel that already has the MPPT controller with these solar generators that also have MPPTs? Thanks Reply
Hi, No, you can’t. You’re going to have to bypass the charge controller before connecting the panel to your power station, or buy another panel if you can’t bypass it. Reply
Hi, Looks like the Oupes panel comes with an 8mm connector. You can either get an 8mm to Anderson adapter or get a different panel with Anderson connectors. Reply
Hi, I’ve just bought a EVEREADY® Lifestyle 150, https://www.evereadypowerstation.com/products/lifestyle-150 which requires Input: 14-25V, max 40W by solar panel, with built-in MPPT. Would this be suitable? https://www.zampsolar.com/products/45-watt-obsidian-portable-panel-kit?variant=36907515445406 Otherwise, any other recommendations? Reply
Hi, The Zamp panel is not compatible since it has a built-in solar panel, which the power station already has. I can’t tell exactly what the input on the Lifestyle 150 is, and you might want to reach out and ask the company. However, I suspect it’s either a 5.5×2.5mm or 8mm, which means it’s compatible with a panel like this (click to view on Amazon UK). Reply
Hi, I have just bought a hama “Fabric 10” Power Pack 10000 mAh. serial No 00187257. I would like to get a Solar panel for camping that is compatible. I am unfortunately not very technically minded and require assistance with my choice. I wouldn’t like to pay more than 100 euros, give or take. Would you please advise with specific solar panel titles or names? I would be most grateful for any advice. Tech details: USB-C input 5v – 3A USB-A output 5v – 2.4A USB-C output 5v – 3A Output total 5v – 3A (max) Battery type 3.7V / Li-Po Min.capacity 10000 mAh / 37 Wh Typ. capacity 10250 mAh / 37.93Wh max power output of power pack 3000 mA Many thanks in advance, I look forward to your reply. Mr. H Donoghue (Bonn) Reply
Hi, Since the input is rated at 15W via USB C, I would get a reliable panel like this by Nekteck (click to view on Amazon DE). It should be able to charge the power bank enough to where you can charge at least a smartphone every day as long as it’s sunny. Remember that you can also plug your USB devices directly into the solar panel, which will be the more efficient way to charge your devices. Reply
Hi Jesse. I’m so sorry, I only just saw your reply, Thank you so much for the information. You have been most helpful. Mr H Donoghue (Bonn) Reply
Hi, Again Jesse. I have taken your advice and have purchased the Nekteek Panel from Amazon. Again, many thanks for the information, especialy about direct charging from the Solar Panel. Very grateful indeed. Mr. H Donoghue (Bonn) Reply
CTECHi ST 2000 with LI-ON PO batteries. 2074Wh High Capacity | 2000W Output Power | 17 Output Ports Please and thank you june Reply
A panel like this by Vcutech with XT60 connectors (click to view on Amazon) should work great with the Ctechi ST 2000 power station. Reply
Hi, I have a bluetti ac50. It has a plug that will connect to the 100 Watt Thunderbolt bank of solar panels that I have. The panels (4 25 Watts each) are in sun and each has a little blue light at the top that is lit, indicating that they are getting power. But when I connect them to the same port that my AC wall charger connects to on the Bluetti, I get nothing. The Thunderbolt also has its own charge controller that I can connect the panels to. When i do that, it doesn’t even light up the 12v light bulb that can attach to that charge controller panel. The Thunderbolt instructions say that I need to connect that controller to a 12 v battery first thing. But since my goal is to recharge my Bluetti, that shouldn’t be neccessary, right? Any thoughts of where the problem might be?’ Thanks much Reply
https://www.harborfreight.com/100-watt-solar-panel-kit-63585.html Hi, I have a bluetti ac50. It has a plug that will connect to the 100 Watt Thunderbolt bank of solar panels that I have. The panels (4 25 Watts each) are in sun and each has a little blue light at the top that is lit, indicating that they are getting power. But when I connect them to the same port that my AC wall charger connects to on the Bluetti, I get nothing. The Thunderbolt also has its own charge controller that I can connect the panels to. When i do that, it doesn’t even light up the 12v light bulb that can attach to that charge controller panel. The Thunderbolt instructions say that I need to connect that controller to a 12 v battery first thing. But since my goal is to recharge my Bluetti, that shouldn’t be neccessary, right? Any thoughts of where the problem might be?’ Thanks much Reply
Hey sir I have a lion energy safari lt power station. It has an Anderson solar option on the face of the generator. I’m looking at the thunderbolt 100w solar panel at harbor freight. It has a SAE connector. Do I just have to get a SAE to Anderson adaptor and it will work? Starting my solar journey in overlanding. Thank you! Reply
Hi, It depends on the charge controller in the power station. The 100W 12V panel probably has a VOC rating around 18-22V, and you should be able to find the input rating/PV charge parameters in the power station manual. If you can link to the exact power station you have I can look it up for you, I found a couple of different ones when I searched for Lion Energy Safari. Reply
I have a set of two 100w thunderbolt solar power panel briefcases from Harbor Freight, and want to connect them to my EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000, 110V/1000W Solar Generator, 999Wh/270000mAh High Lithium Battery. Do I need a charge controller or special adapter of some kind to connect them? The salesperson seemed to think I could just use the SAE connector cable that came included with the solar panels. And can I connect two solar panels at once? Reply
Hi, I can’t tell exactly what the input is on the power station, but this adapter by SolarEnz (click to view on Amazon) should work to connect both panels. I can’t promise anything though. If it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll find a different way. Also, if I am looking at the right power station it has an input rated for up to 8A. Two 100W 12V panels will generate around 11-12A at best, which means some electricity will be wasted. It will be fine, but be aware that adding a second panel will not double the input. If one panel generates 6A, the second panel will only add 2A. If you’re often camping in cloudy weather it’s definitely worth having two panels though. Reply
Hi, A panel like this Eco-Worthy 60W (click to view on Amazon) should do the job. Connect it to your power station with one of the included connectors, but do not use the included charge controller. The charge controller can be used if you would like to use the solar panel to charge a car battery or an RV battery, but not a power station. Reply
Hi, I’m hoping you can help me with advice on what is the correct panel to buy to charge my power station. It doesn’t have a brand name (bought from Ebay) but the specs are : Input DC15V/3A Solar Charging Interface DC5521 Solar Input Voltage Range 13V~23V Solar Charging Maximum Input 2.6A Capacity 302Wh, 27.2Ah/11.1V (EQ to 81600mAh/3.7V) I’ve bought multiple panels, but the ones I thought MIGHT work have these specs Manufacturer Part Number:byP2989846 Wattage:80-99 W Current Output 100 A or Greater Power:101-150 W I’m confused about what to buy to charge the power station, as it says the max amp is 2.6A, but everything I’ve found so far is much higher and I have no idea which is the correct one I should be looking for. Thank you for helping Reply
Hi, If I am looking at the correct eBay listing, it looks like they are selling a 100W panel for about 26 Australian dollars. There is no way that is a 100W panel for that price, it’s most likely a 5W panel. This is more the type of panel you’re looking for, the 60W or 120W model without the 10Ah charge controller. It includes several adapters and one of them should be a 5.5×2.1mm. Reply
July 06, 2022. Hi, Im Sandra, I have a portable Oupes 1800 power station and I wanted to know is the Lion Energy portable 100watt 12v solar panel compatable to the Oupes Power Station. ? THANKS Reply
Hi, Yes it is compatible and technically it should work with an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon), if you have the Lion panel with Anderson connectors. Reply
Hi Jesse, I’m thinking of purchasing the Oupes 1800 power station but wanted to save on solar panels. Can you tell me if the 100 w harbor freight panels will work safely connected to the Oupes station? Thank you very much Reply
Hi, is it the Bluetti EB3A? If yes, then you’ll just need the MC4 to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon) if you mean a Renogy 100W panel. Reply
Hi, Thinking of buying the new(er) Anker 555 power station. Can I use any solar panel with it? 100W? Thank you. Paul Reply
Hi, If I am looking at the correct Anker 555 (click to view on Amazon) it appears to have an 8mm input and a solar charge controller that can handle 11-28V, and up to 10A (120W max). It says that it includes a solar charging cable, which I assume is an Mc4 to 8mm adapter. With that you’ll be able to connect any 12V solar panel that use MC4 connectors and has a VoC or VmP within the 11-28V range. Here are a couple of recommendations on Amazon: Renogy 100W, Renogy 100W w/ kickstand, EcoFlow 110W Waterproof panel, TopSolar 120W Foldable solar panel. Make sure the panel you get doesn’t have a solar charge controller, since the Anker power stations have them built-in. Reply
My Power station is a 300watt Lipower what solar panels are compatible and folding as well.Thank you Reply
Hi, The Allpower 100W (click to view on Amazon) should work great with your power station. It comes with several different DC connectors, one being the same one used by Lipower. Reply
Hi I have an unbranded solar generator (made in China) It says I need a DC 13V-23V/2.6A max. So what size solar blanket would this be pls? Reply
Hi, For that I’d recommend a 60W panel like this one by Eco-Worthy (click to view on Amazon). It includes several different connectors that make it compatible with a variety of power stations. Hopefully one of them is compatible with your unbranded power station. Reply
I have a Steelite AZGU1200 Power Station. There is a DC input (with a AC converter and power cord to charge it up from regular power) and 2 Anderson inputs. From the manual — Charging by Anderson port 1 (18V-30V, 10 A max /250Wmax) —–Charging by Anderson port 2 (25V, 20 Amax/ 500W max) There is also an Anderson 2Port Cautions ! You should use the original charge or the charger with the same parameters (the voltage range is 25_0.2V and the current range is 5A-20A) and correctly connect it to the positive and negative poles of this port. 2. This port is a fast charging port, when the device is charged to 90% via it, the charging will stop to protect the device. 3. If the parameters of the charger do not match, the display of this device will light up while the charging will not start. Can you suggest an appropriate solar panel(s)? I need compact and light weight. Also can you suggest an appropriate charger. Thank you Reply
Hi, Looks like you should only use the Anderson port on the front of the power station when using solar panels, do not use the one on the side. A panel like the Allpowers 200W (click to view on Amazon) should work since it comes with an MC4 to Anderson adapter. There is also the Allpowers 100W version. Anderson connectors can be configured in different ways and you might have to change the orientation of the connectors (which is easy to do, if possible). But it might fit the input right out of the box. Reply
Looking for panels for my Oukitel 2000 watt with LiFePO4 battery. Wondering about the Dfito 200 watt kit but using just the panels not the controller? Reply
Hi, I couldn’t find much information about that panel. If it’s the one for 59.99 at Walmart I wouldn’t buy it, it’s not a 200W panel, just false advertising. Did the power station include an MC4 to Anderson adapter? If yes, you can buy pretty much any solar panel with MC4 connectors. If you want some examples let me know if you’d rather have portable and flexible panels or the more rigid and heavy types. Reply
I purchased a Qukitel 614 watt power station. I tried to connect it to a Harbor Freight 100 watt Thunderbolt solar panel with no success. I returned the solar panel today. The power station does not have a separate D.C. input port that I can tell so I tried to charge it through the port that I plug it into to charge it with the A.C. Charger. I’ve tried different connectors and adaptors. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions? The power station charges with everything else except with a solar panel. Reply
Hi, According to the listing the power station has an MPPT solar charge controller with an 8mm DC, and accepts panels rated between 12V to 30V (100W Max). It should’ve worked with an SAE to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon), it’s possible that you’d have to use the reverse polarity adapter. The panel did not have a charge controller, correct? Reply
What about compatible solar panels for the Oupes 1200 (a stated 30V, 200 watt limit)? Also, could I use solar panels with more than 200 watts so long as they are less than 30 V? Reply
Hi, You have a lot of options, you can go either for a foldable panel that comes with an 8mm adapter or a panel with MC4 connectors and use an MC4 to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon). Here are some of the panels that don’t require an extra adapter (the included 8mm connectors should work): Rockpals 100W, Allpowers 200W Here are some that do require the MC4 to 8mm adapter: Renogy 100W Portable W/kickstand, EcoFlow 110W, Bluetti PV200W, Renogy 200W Let me know if you’re considering a specific type of panel or setup and I can help you further. Reply
Jesse: Thanks so much for your prompt response. A couple more questions: 1. Can I use a solar panel that generates more than 200 watts (even though the Oupes 1200 says 200 watts max input) so long as I don’t exceed the 30 volt max? I say this because the 200 watt solar panels only seem to generate 160 to 180 watts. 2. Is there any particular downside (other than increased cost) of using a panel that needs an MC4 to 8mm adapter? 3. What would be your favorite choice among the ones you mentioned? Thanks again for your help!! Reply
Yes, seems like that is fine to do with the Oupes. Some cheap charge controllers can’t handle it but the one in the Oupes 1200 can. 2. The more adapters and connectors you use, the higher the voltage loss will be, which means fewer watts going to the battery. But I wouldn’t worry about it too much, in the end it won’t make a huge difference with just one adapter as long as it’s not super thin. If you plan on adding extension cables it’s easier to find a thicker cable with MC4 connectors than with an 8mm connector, so for that reason alone I would get a panel with MC4 connectors. 3. I like the Bluetti 200W because its both powerful and portable, but it depends on how you plan on using it. If you want to set and forget you should definitely get one of the rigid panels like the ones by Renogy. If you want something a little larger than 200W the EcoFlow 220W is a great option that is more waterproof than the rest. Reply
Jesse: Again, thank you so much for your advice. It has been invaluable. I want this to be portable (not set and forget), so the Bluetti 200 or the EcoFlow 220 should be perfect. The EcoFlow site said that the power station must be compatible with MC4 standards. I presume that just means that I will need the adapter to plug it in to the Oupes 1200 – correct?
Correct! And since the EcoFlow has a positive MC4 male connector and a negative MC4 female connector the adapter must have a positive MC4 female connector.
Hi, Thanks for letting me know, I’ll add it. The article about panels for EcoFlows can be found here. Reply
Hi there, looks like you really know your stuff. Any chance to help with my query? I purchased a Powkey 99wh/27000mah portable power station (from Amazon) which can be charged by solar but it mentions 13V~23V 2.4A 30watt max input for the DC input. Now, I have seen a Renogy 100w 12v solar panel (also from Amazon) but as it’s 12v, it doesn’t fit into the 13v-23v expected BUT the open circuit voltage (VoC) is 23.4v which is within the range. Should this be what I am looking at and what about the amps as the solar panel gives off 4 or 5 (I think) but the power station is expecting 2.4a max would this all just to too powerful? Or will it be ok? I don’t want to cause a fire!! Thank you. Steve Reply
Hi, You’ve understood it all correctly, it’s the open circuit voltage that matters here. The amperage does matter sometimes with cheap charge controllers, but based on the reviews of the Powkey 99Wh it can handle the amperage from a 100W panel and will regulate it accordingly. To sum it up, yes it will be ok! Reply
My power station calls for a solar panel 30-60 volts at 200watts. I have panels rating as follows: Pmpp-350, Impp-10.46, Vmpp-33.47, Voc-38.98. My thinking is the panel can supply more power than needed, but if panel never go over 60v than the power station will only load the panel with what it needs. What are your thoughts. Reply
Hi, So it is a 350W panel but the power station maxes out at 200W? Whether it can handle it or not depends on how good the solar charge controller is in the power station. It will most likely not be a problem and work fine, but I would want to make sure by contacting the manufacturer before I connect it. Reply
I will be receiving a 777SYD Explorer 300 power station. They say they can handle 100 watts solar panel. I have a Sunpower 110 watt solar panel that is rated at 18.8 volts. Frankly I think it’s a non issue and my station will be limited to 100 watts but asking just in case. Thanks! Reply
Hi I have a Dokio 100w solar panel, I have seen a good deal on the 700w Allpowers power bank, will this combination work. Thanks in advance Reply
Hi, Can you link to the exact Dokio panel you have? There are a couple of different ones. Looks like the Allpowers 700W has an Anderson input that can handle panels rated between 16.6-24V and up to 5A. Reply
Hi Jesse, I have a https://www.schumacherelectric.com/products/1200-peak-amp-portable-power-station/ Is it possible to charge it with a solar panel and if so what would I need to do/buy to do it? FYI I dont have a great understanding of electrical stuff. Thanks in advance, Ms Carrie Reply
Hi, Seems like it can only be charged with AC power, so I don’t think you’re going to be able to plug a solar panel directly into it. I did see something about charging it with a 12V plug, but I recommend contacting Schumacher Electric and asking if it’s possible. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help. Reply
I have a top solar 60 watt solar panel and a ZeroKor 300 watt power station. how do I charge the power station with the solar panel? thank you. Reply
Hi, Did it not include a bunch of DC connectors? Looks like it should’ve, and one of them might be the right connector for the ZeroKor power station. Reply
It did. I hooked one cable from the solar panel to the power station and it blinked like it was trying to charge like when I plug it into the wall but it didn’t charge at all. the panel was in direct sun and unobstructed. that’s what led me to ask. maybe I did something wrong. it also came with something called an mc4 cable but I don’t know if that has to do with the power station. from the videos I watched it seems that is for adding panels but I really don’t know. Reply
Gotcha, yes that should be working. Is it the Topsolar panel which has two different DC outputs? If yes, make sure you’re using the DC-19V port and not the DC 14.4V port. Is the power station already charged up? Reply
yes. the power station was right at half full when I hooked it up. there are 2 DC ports. the instructions said the 14v is only for car batteries so I didn’t dare use that one. the 19v is the one I used.
Ok, that is odd then, it should definitely be charging. Does it make a difference if you move the plug around a bit? Wondering if it isn’t making the correct connection. Also, see if one of the other adapters fit as well.
Hi, Looks like it has a 5.5×2.1mm DC input, so a panel l like the Elecaenta 120W (click to view on Amazon) would work great. Let me know if you want something smaller. Reply
Is it fine to use a 120W solar panel with Steelite Roket 300 Portable Power Station 300W? The 120W solar panel I own: Aoasur Portable Solar Panel 120W Both products are on Amazon Reply
Hi, Yes, I can’t see that causing any damage. It will max out at 4 amps input, but with most power stations you can connect solar panels that produce more than that (and you’re going to have to, to reach 4A). As long as the manual doesn’t state the maximum is a 100W panel, you should be fine. Reply
500W 110V 577Wh 156000mAh Energy Storage Supply Power Station Rechargeable Solar. Sold on eBay for 200. Item # 203882483798. Also on Amazon. Mfr: Quandingyi. 15v/5A charging connection. Comes with 110v charger. No instructions on how to hook up solar panel. Reply
Hi, I couldn’t find anything either, and I can’t tell what the input is based on the pictures because they’re too dark. I’d try to contact the manufacturer just to ask whether a 18V panel is safe to connect or not. Reply
I have a 4Patriot 1800W portable solar generator. The 100 Watt solar panel that came with it didn’t work, and they gave me back almost 500 for it. Didn’t want to rebuild it at that price. I have 2 x 24V panels (100W and 75W) and was wondering if I could use them. Details about the input : Anderson Powerpole connectors at generator. 20A @ 12V shared current limit. 240W max Reply
Dear sir, I’m using an Oukitel 2001 station with Siemens 100 watt panels (4) what charging cablesshould be used. Thank you Reply
Hi jesse, thanks do much fir answering so many questions here! I have an oupes 1200 watt station and am wondering what options I have for panels… I didn’t buy theirs because they seem to be constructed with sewn canvas and others that I’ve had like this are too floppy and degraded fast in the sun. I’d like something bite weather proof and light and sturdy Reply
Hi, I recommend the EcoFlow 160W (click to view on Amazon) for the Oupes 1200. It’s waterproof and lighter than the more rigid panels, while offering sturdiness that can hold up against the wind. An MC4 to 8mm adapter will be required to connect the MC4 connectors to the 8mm input on the Oupes. If you’re considering a different type of panel, let me know and I’ll give you some more options. Reply
Hi Jesse, thanks for the great recommendation for the panels and for including the connector cables which would have been my next question. I am curious if there are any other totally waterproof panels like the eco flow such as jackary maybe that might work as well. There are a few used ones if found that could save me some Reply
Hi, Based on the information I could find on its Spanish website, it has an XT60 input that can handle voltages between 12-30V, up to 10A. That means that you have a lot of options, since all you need to do is make sure the open circuit voltage of the panel does not exceed 30V. Most 12V panels will be compatible. Depending on the panel, you might have to get an MC4 to XT60 adapter (click to view on Amazon) unless you find a panel with an XT60 connector. I can help you find compatible panels if you can tell me which Amazon or eBay you can purchase from. Reply
I just got an Olight OStation 100 watt power station. Large Capacity: The 230.88Wh capacity provides multiple charges to virtually any mobile device including laptops, cellphones, projectors, cameras, flashlights, and much more. Multiple Outlets: 1x110V AC outlet (200W), 1xType-C PD port (60W Max), 3xUSB-A ports (Max 5V 2.4A per port), and 1xDC car cigarette lighter socket (12V). Fast Charging: Can be fully charged in about 6 hours and supports fast charging for your devices that are compatible with PD protocols. Portable Design: With a weight of 3.26kg and smaller than a volleyball, the OSTATION is easy to carry around with the comfortable TPU handle. Stable Power Supply: The built-in AC wall outlet uses a pure sine wave inverter, reducing audible and electrical noise in fans, lights, speakers, TVs, and other sensitive appliances that you power with the OSTATION. What Solar Panel do you recommend? Reply
I have a Buture PG100, portable power station. Can you please tell me the appropriate solar panels and connector? Thanks! Reply
Hi, If I am looking at the right power station (click to view on Amazon), it has a 5.5×2.1/2.5 DC input that can handle close to 40W input. To max the input, I recommend a 60W panel like this one by Apowking (click to view on Amazon). It should recharge the Buture PG100 in about 8-9 hours of sunshine. It includes several DC connectors so you just have to check which one fits the best, it will be either the 2.1mm or 2.5mm. You could get the smaller 40W panel, but that will only be producing around 25-30W and increase the charging time to around 11-13 hours. Reply
Hi. I have a Vtoman Jump 1500 portable power station, with no XT60 input port. It only has 2 DC5521 (5.5mm2.1mm) AC input ports I also have a Vcutech 200 watt solar panel that I would like to connect to my station but it only has an XT60 input port, so I can’t connect them. Is there an adapter I could use to connect these 2 items? Reply
Hi, If I am looking at the right solar panel, it came with an MC4 to XT60 adapter. If you don’t use that adapter, you should be able to connect a MC4 to DC5521 adapter (click to view on Amazon) and plug it directly into the power station. Then you could also easily extend the wiring with MC4 extension cables, I recommend the Geosiry twin solar panel extension cables (click to view on Amazon). Reply
Hi I’m Wendy I’m wondering which solar panels are compatible with my Oupes 1800 power station, how many watts I need, and what connections to hook them together to the unit? Reply
Hi, Looks like the Oupes 1800W has two 8mm inputs that can handle solar panels with a voltage within a 12-30V range. I found that each port can use up to 200W (Oupes website states both 200W and 240W). What kind of panels would you like? A rigid kind like the Renogy 200W (click to view on Amazon), or something more portable and foldable like the Bluetti 200W solar panel (click to view on Amazon)? Then there are also a mix of the two, like the Renogy 200W Suitcase solar panel (click to view on Amazon). I believe the Bluetti 200W includes an MC4 to 8mm adapter, so it should connect directly to the Oupes power station. The Renogy panels will require the use of an MC4 to 8mm adapter. Let me know if you were considering a different type of panel, or if you have any more questions. Reply
Hi, I have the Oupes 1200 power station and Harbor Freight Thunderbolt folding 100 watt solar panel. The panel comes with 8mm plug. Can I use as is or do I need some other adapter, such as polarity reverser? Reply
Hey Jesse! I recently got an Anker 757 and I need some advice as to which solar panels to use. I will be using it on weekend trips in my van with solar panels on the roof. I already have a Renogy 100W panel (RSP100D-BK) and a AcoPower 100W panel (HY100-12MB). My question is can I use the panels I have, in series, and be ok or should I buy another Renogy 100W and stay with the same brand? Also, what exact cords do I need? I have found conflicting reports and your site seems to have great answers! Reply
Hi, I have written a post on the Anker 757 that you can find here. To answer your question: You can use the two panels you already have, but it will reduce the wattage a little bit. I doubt it’s worth buying another panel. You can’t connect them in series though, they need to be wired in parallel with an MC4 Y branch (click to view on Amazon). Check out my 757 article for the reasons behind that. Please leave a comment on the other article if you have any more questions and I’ll get back to you asap. Reply
Hi! Total solar newby here. I own a BULLBAT Portable Power Station Pioneer 500. I recently ordered a BougeRV 9BB 100 Watts Mono Solar Panel,21.9% High Efficiency Half-Cut Cells Monocrystalline Technology (all descriptions from Amazon). Are the two compatible? If so, what guage solar cable extension should I use to connect the panel to Bullbat’s included MC cable? If not compatible, what panel(s) do you recommend? Thanks, in advance, for your research time! Reply
Hi, I edited your comment to edit in the correct power station name. Yes, that panel is compatible and a great choice! The gauge depends on how long of a cable you plan to use. Anything under 25 feet I’d go with 12 AWG, if 25-50 feet go for 10 AWG. Reply
Thanks so much for taking the time! What gauge wire does a 100 watt panel typically ship with, since I have to plug the extension into it and into the existing power station wires? Reply
I have some additional information for you, after digging around. The solar panel ships with 12AWG, 3FT MC4 connectors. Reading on the Bullbat power station cables themselves, I’m seeing 16AWG on the 12V DC charger cable from the cigarette lighter and 16AWG on the MC4 connector leading into the power station. Should I be purchasing a 12AWG extension cable to match the solar panel or a 16AWG extension cable to match the power station? Thanks again. Sorry to be a pest but after researching all over the internet, I find you to be the most knowledgeable. Reply
Hi, I’m happy to help! You don’t have to match either of them, just go with the lowest gauge possible depending on the needed length and your budget.
Hi, I bought a kinda “no brand” power station from here (https://www.mydeal.com.au/portable-generator-solar-power-station-for-camping-wireless-rated-300w-360wh-pd60w-led-backup-lithium-battery-travel-8943777), but when it arrived the manual inside identified it as “Shogun GE300”. Anyway, on that web page (near the bottom, under “Specifications”) it says “Solar panel input 12V~24V/5A Max, 30W-60W”, so that would suggest a max of a 60W solar panel, but, as you say on your page, “most of the time the max voltage is what matters more than the wattage”— I wonder what “most of the time” means! The seller confirmed that there is a built-in charge controller, and also wrote that: “Whether the user’s solar panel is 60W or 100W or 1000W, the controller will control the maximum input power to 60W without explosion or damage.” I wonder if this is true, however—can the power station’s controller really take on a 1,000W solar panel, as long as the voltage is below 24V? I’m concerned about damaging the power station–it’s a safety/damage concern. I not too bothered that the max charging wattage will be downgraded to a max of 60W, and thus more time-consuming to charge… I’m not too technically minded, so I’m wondering why voltage matters more than wattage. Speaking of voltage, I’m thinking of getting this solar panel: https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/293179189426 It says 12V, 130W, so I wonder if it’s compatible with my Shogun power station. The problem is that this solar panel says “12V” but then under the detailed specs, it gives a RANGE: “Max Power Voltage: 18-29 V”…. Wow. 29V would definitely exceed the 24V limit, but I’m also totally confused about why a LOT of sellers say “12V”, but then under “Description” the voltage is listed as “18V”, or, in this case, a range of 18 to 29V. In what sense can it be 12V at all? Anyway, hope you can help! Thanks so much. Reply
Hi, The reason it’s “most of the time” is that not all charge controller are the same. I have never managed to destroy a charge controller by supplying too much current to it, but I also haven’t connected a 1000W panel to a charge controller that maxes out at 60W. I usually don’t connect more than 200% of what the company recommends, but I am probably extra careful for no reason. The 130W panel will work fine, I think the first “Item specifics” listed are incorrect, 18V is common for a 12V panel like that. What I wonder is if the listed 130W power output is true. A 130W monocrystalline panel for less than 50 USD is extremely cheap, I can’t even buy a 100W panel for that price here in the US. It’s advertised as a 12V panel because it’s for 12V systems. Your power station has a 12V battery in it, and when it’s fully charged it probably sits around 13-14V. It needs a voltage higher than that to get there which is why a solar panel that outputs 18V is great. Then the charge controller can work with both the voltage and the current to maximize the charge in different conditions. Reply
Thanks for your helpful reply! I’m still confused about why the solar panel is specified as “Max Power Voltage: 18-29 V”, with a range. If it ever reaches “29V”, won’t that fry my power station (which is rated for only 24V)? Or is “29V” only a theoretical maximum, and is something like a VOC figure (when nothing is attached to the panel)? Re: the price. I, too, wonder if this relatively cheap panel will produce 130W. I take such figures with a grain of salt, but then the panel does claim to have German “TUV certification”— but is that only for quality and safety rather than a guarantee that the advertised wattage will be achieved? I don’t know! (The page does show an “original” price of AUD189, discounted down to 69, but it seems to be an advertising trick… why on earth would anyone discount a product by 120? There are, however, at least 4 other Ebay Australia stores selling almost identical panels for the same price: they all have different manufacturer part numbers (MPNs) and brand names, but all claim TUV certification and German quality, and identical specs. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this panel will achieve at least 100W….) Reply
Hi Jesse, Please ignore my question regarding the range of voltage “18-29 V”. I noticed that all the other shops selling similar panels also have “18-29 V”, so I asked another shop about this. Two of the shops have now replied and said that they were basically restricted by the Ebay platform to choosing from some fixed options, so they no choice in the matter. It’s strange that Ebay does this to sellers! Why force sellers to put up unhelpful and confusing information like that? Anyway, hope they can reassure me about the 130W output… Reply
Hi, Oh thanks for letting me know about that, that is indeed strange and misleading. And yes, if possible please let me know how the 130W panel performs. Reply
Hi I am looking at an Oupes 2400 power station which has 2 anderson ports for solar input. It’s rated for 500W on each anderson port up to 45V. However, I can’t find the max rated amp input in the manual. Reason I’m asking: I have 2 older Trina solar panels 245W with Max Power Voltage 30.2V at 8.12A (Open Circuit 37.7V at 8.83A). The panels have MC4 connectors so I know to get the converter to anderson. The ask: Can I connect the Trina solar panels on the Oupes power station in parallel to 1 anderson port? (If so I can add more panels to the other anderson port.) OR do I have to connect 1 panel to each anderson port (safer)? FYI: I know if I run in parallel I need to ensure the wire gauge is appropriate and am calculating based on distance accordingly. Thanks in advance, Paul Reply
Hi, I took a quick look at the manual for the Oupes 2400W. At page 7 it describes a similar setup to what you’re planning. I am not sure what they mean by “NOTE: The power station can not be charged until when all the Anderson port is connected, supports up to 45V input voltage.”. In this listing on Amazon for the Oupes 2400W, two panels are included and connected to only one input in one the photos. Anyway, if I were you I would connect the two panels in parallel and connect them to one of the Anderson ports. That should work fine! Reply
Hi Jesse, in November I wrote to ask you about portable weather proof solar panels that would be compatible with an oupes 1200 power station and followed you recommendation for the eco flow 160 watt panels and the mc4 to 8mm adapter. The setup worked great for the first few weeks of our trip but now when we’re in southern baja the oupes is malfunctioning. It’s not taking the input properly from the panels and is fluctuating wildly from 0 to 3 or 4 and then 130 and all over the place when in bright direct strong stable sunshine. The display is fading out occasionally as well and it has just powered itself off at 25% despite the fact that the power button is supposed to be held down for 2 seconds to shut it off. I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on the situation and if you think maybe I should have used some sort of charge controller. Thanks, Natasha P.S. I tried replying to our conversation from November and somehow it sent from the name Dave with an email I don’t recognize, lol Apologies for any confusion! Reply
Hi, Sorry to hear that, sounds like the Oupes is either failing or needs to be reset somehow. I don’t think it’s related to the panels you have been using at all, power stations can just be unreliable and cheap parts can fail. Just to get some things out of the way, have you tested with just one panel? Do all ports on the Oupes work fine otherwise? Can you find an AC outlet to plug the power station into to charge it up? Try to do a full charge with the AC charger before connecting your panels to it again. If it still has the same problem I would contact Oupes and tell them about your issues. Just tell them you have been charging it with the included AC charger though, so they don’t try to use the use of third-party panels against you in a warranty case. Reply
Hello, I have an old, unused Honeywell Power Station. which I believe is now called Homeyears, Model ES-500, 500W. Do you know what solar panel I can use for this model? Thanks for all your help. Reply
Hi, I couldn’t find any information on that one, can you send a link or a picture to my email [email protected] and I might be able to help you further, thanks. Reply
Hi, I have a VTOMAN 1000 and I was wondering if I could run an extension cable from its 100w panel to the unit (i think the panels cable is 5 or 6 feet). I’d ideally like to run a 35 quart fridge with it. I would like to when not driving and parked place the panel on a whip outside of my van. I would love to have it on a 10 or 15 foot whip. I’m just not sure how to measure the plug on the unit and the termination on the existing cable. I guess another issue would be signal degradation from wanting a run that long. Thanks for any help you can give. Reply
Hi, What do the connectors on the solar panel look like? Which extension cable you need is going to depend on that. Reply
Forgot to mention I have the adapters to fit into my station I’m just worried about the voltage being too high. but Orico’s website states it has overcharge protection. Reply
Sorry to keep adding but just so you have all the info Unfortunately I lost my user manual, but I see on the website the charging input that the device says DC12-24V 5.5A 65W Max. I want to know the maximum input the system will take, I know it will only charge at 65W, but if that is exceeded will it damage the battery? or is there protection for anything over 65W and the system just charges at that rate. I have a 200W solar panel (Bluetti PV200) it says the max Voltage is 26.1V do you think it would be safe to use the solar panel? since the panel will almost certainly not get to that full efficiency. Thanks for any help you can give. Reply
Hi, With most power stations, it’s ok to connect a 200W panel even though the charge controller maxes out at 65W. If the charge controller in the Orico is good, it will regulate the amperage and not cause any damage. The voltage won’t be a problem since the operating voltage of the PV200 is a little over 20V. Reply
Good day. I recently bought a Switched 300W/307Wh portable power station. Please advise on which solar panel to purchase that is compatible. Battery capacity 3.7V 83 200 maH(307.84Wh) Rated power 300W Much appreciated Reply
Hi Looks like it comes with a solar adapter, so any 100W panel with MC4 connectors should work. Like this one by Allpowers (click to view on Amazon), for example. Reply
I have a Vigorpool Captain 1200w solar generator, looking for a 100-200w foldable solar panel to use with it but I’m not sure of one that has compatible plugs. Looking to spend around 100 for it since I will only be using it rarely in an emergency. Any suggestions? Reply
Hi i am thinking about getting the PryMAX Steelite 330W-B and i was wondering if i could use either Rorood 30w panel or SABAOH panel. or could i go higher for more power? Reply
Hi, Yes you could, but I would get a 100W panel since it can handle it. For example the Solar Pop 100W (click to view on Amazon). Reply
Hi there Jesse.wish I had found your site before I bought an unbranded CN 1000w power station… https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/295600455026 can you tell me which solar panel is most compatible please.I live in Ireland.if only we had a rain power bank lol Reply
Hi, Looks like it has either a DC5521 or DC5525 input that supports panels between 12-30V. So a panel like this TP-Solar 60W (click to view on Amazon UK) should work since it comes with several different adapters for different inputs. I have to say though, if you paid £80.86 for it I don’t believe the listed ratings are true. A 999Wh power station with a 1000W inverter usually costs £700-1000. Reply
Hi Jesse.appreciate the direction.I think the possibility of you being right about the listing is quite hi.but thought I’d chance it see for £80.but you know what they say.if it looks to good to b true it usually is.will wait and c Reply
I have a coleman 300w power station and the solar input outlet says 19v would I need a 300w panel to charge it Reply
Hi, No, with a power station of that size I would get a 40-100W panel. For example, this 60W panel by Mobi (click to view on Amazon) or the Allpowers 100W. Reply
I have a Jackery 100W solar panel, but recently bought VTOMAN Jump 1800 power station. Is there an adapter for me to use the Jackery panel with the VTOMAN power station? Thanks Reply
Hi, What you need is an 8mm female to DC5521 adapter. The problem is that it’s a hit-or-miss with these connectors. An 8mm connector from one company might not fit with one from another company due to the design surrounding the connector. But this is what you need (click to view on Amazon) and these should technically work, but I can’t promise anything. Reply
Wow, what a great help you give to people looking for answers that we obviously know nothing about! Thanks for your assistance. I’d like to know which solar panel I can use for my portable power station that I do not see listed. It’s for a short camping trip, to charge phones, some small lighting around the tent, and for a small 1500W heater. Looking for a solar panel that will work and a decent price. Can you help? Homeyears 518Wh Portable Power Station ES-500,518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with 110V/500W AC Outlet Reply
Hi, I couldn’t find any information about the input port on that one. I can’t see it in the photos either since it’s covered, do you think you can send me a picture of it? My email is thesolaraddict at gmail dot com. Reply
Hi, Jesse. Your website is great! I scrolled down for a while before I hit this comment box. Thanks for helping us out with your knowledge. I have the opportunity to pick up the Lion Energy 12 Volt High Efficiency Max 100W Solar Panel at a song. I was wondering which solar generators would be able to use it. Thanks for your help. Michael Reply
Hi, Looks like it uses the Anderson Powerpole connector and since it’s a 12V panel it’s compatible with a lot of solar generators. What do you want to be able to power with it and for how long? Smaller electronics like a TV or laptop on a weekend trip, or larger ones like a microwave when the power goes out? Reply
Hi I have this one, and looking to see how to attach and what if any thing I will need besides a 100 watt solar panel, ty in advance Portable Power Station 622Wh, 600W Solar Power Generator with PD 100W Quick Charge and 2 110V Pure Sine Wave AC Outlets, Backup Lithium Battery for Outdoor Use Camping RV Emergency Travel (Black) Sold by: MILIN Generators Official-US Reply
Hi, Sorry for the late reply. Looks like it has a DC5525 input, so a panel like this Allpowers 100W (click to view on Amazon) should work. Just connect the included connector that fits. Reply
Hi, I have a 1,000W evergear battery generator with AC/DC/PV charging capability but the PV port seems to be for an HPP port (I think) and it’s rated for a 150W/8A max input. I have a 180W Canada Proof solar panel with controller but it has a max output of 18V and 10A. Does this mean the solar panel will not be compatible with the power station or will the solar panel controller take care of regulating power? Reply
recently bought a 777SYD 301P lithium ion battery power station 300W 276wh from Appravo and a 300W solar panel from a different company and it will not charge the battery and using no controller it seems that the battery just shuts off the input. Can you help with this matter? Thank you! Rick! Reply
Hi, What is the open circuit voltage of the solar panel? There should be a sticker on the panel with this information. Make sure it’s within the 13-28V range. Reply
I have two mango power-e power stations and need to know what panels can fully charge them. They accept 2000 watts solar power each. Thanks. Reply
Hi, Since the input voltage range is 60-150V, you’re going to have to wire multiple 12V or 24V panels in series. I can give you some examples if you tell me what type of setup you’re thinking. Do you want to install panels permanently on a roof or have portable panels you can move around? Reply
I have a Bonai Power station PS-CL032M30US for use with an Eco-Worthy Portable Solar Panel 100W/18V. The Power Station charges normally with the included power supply and it is advertised as being compatible with solar panels up to 220W (found in Amazon QA). In the manual the specification for the DC Input port is “Support 12-24V Max 120W”. So I believe the Solar specification also includes the USB PD 100W input, for a total of 220W. The original charger and Solar Panel dc plugs are identical looking but the solar panel plug doesn’t fit somehow; so I used the white-tipped adapter that came in the package and it fits well. But it doesn’t work. The light indicating that the input is activated illuminates when I plug the solar panel in, but unlike the original power supply the LED doesn’t display any wattage and over some hours the battery level remained the same. I tested the adapter with the original power supply and it works fine, so the problem doesn’t seem to be the adapter. Using a multimeter on the solar panel (unplugged) on a cloudy day I read 20V of the rated open circuit voltage of 21.6V. Inside with the lights on was ≤15V. While testing outside I noticed a 2W input reading for maybe a tick or so as I was plugging it in once but I could not reproduce it. So as you can see, I am confused as to why this setup is not working. All indications are that it should be working. I am not currently using a charge controller. Help is appreciated. I just want it to work. Reply
Strangely, when I decided to test the solar power one last time, it showed an input of 1-2 watts (the panel is rated 100 watts). There is also a faint buzzing noise. I am unsure what the problem is. Maybe this additional information will help you to have an idea. Reply
Hi, Yes, it should work with the 5.5×2.5mm adapter (the one you used) included with the Eco-Worthy panel. Sounds like the panel is producing the correct voltage. The only reason I can think of that it wouldn’t work is that the input on the power station goes a little bit deeper than the connector on the panel. If you take a look at the wall or car charger for it, does it look like it’s the same length? If not, shaving off a little bit of the white-tipped connector included with the panel might do the trick and let the connector reach. Of course, this would violate the warranty, but if you can’t return it I would try that. Reply
Hi Jesse, I have a NinjaBatt 300W portable power station and want to purchase a solar panel for it. Online I saw that I should have got solar connectors, but I don’t seem to have any. I’ve had the power station a couple of years and have got by using the car cigarette lighter and wall plugs. My trip this summer will need backup solar. What would you recommend? The only info I’ve found so far is a recommendation for a 80 W solar panel. Thanks in advance for your help. Reply
Hi, I see on the Amazon listing that NinjaBatt has listed two different input port sizes, so I don’t know which one is correct. This panel by JJN (click to view on Amazon) comes with both sizes though, so it should work. Reply
Hello, I currently have a Newpowa 100w solar panel mounted on my truck and I just got a Renogy Phoenix 200w power station. I believe that it should be fine because the panels Voc is 19.83V and the power station DC input range is 10-25V. I plan on using the solar panel to charge the power station and the power station to keep a 12v cooler running (as needed) on road trips. Just curious if there is anything else that I need to be concerned about electrical wise other than the voltage. I have the whole setup ready to rock but am a little hesitant to test it because I dont want it to ruin the power station if it is too strong, also I plant on letting it keep the 12v cooler going while im not in the vehicle and I dont want to come back after a long hike/run/bike etc and my truck be on fire. Thanks for your help! Reply
Hi, Nothing to worry about, that should work just fine! If the panel would malfunction, both it and the power station will do what they can to prevent damage. The only thing I might suggest is to not leave it in a scorching hot truck, since it might shorten the life of the batteries. Reply
Hi just checking g your list as I was looking for solar options for a BEAUDENS Portable Power Station 166Wh/52000mAh Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery Solar Generator Any suggestions? TiA Reply
Hi, Yes, I have actually written an article about that one that you can find here: https://thesolaraddict.com/beaudens-166wh-power-station-solar-panels/ I will add it to the list, thanks! Reply
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How Long Do Harbor Freight Solar Panels Last?
Many homeowners have understandable concerns and reservations as to how much new Harbor Freight solar panels will cost and whether they will last.
To help you make an important decision, we have put together all you need to know about Harbor Freight solar panels, and how long you can expect them to last.
What Are Solar Panels?
Solar panels are small devices that convert sunlight into usable electrical energy. They consist of photovoltaic cells made of silicon or thin-film semiconductor materials.
These cells are arranged in series and parallel circuits to create different voltages. A voltage regulator then converts the various voltages into one continuous DC (direct current) output.
The basic components of a solar cell are:
- Photocathode – The part of the cell that absorbs light and generates electrons.
- Photoemissive Layer – The part of the photocathode that emits electrons.
- Electron Transport Layer – The part of the photoemissive layer that transports electrons to the next component.
- Contact Layer – The part of the electron transport layer that contacts the metal electrode.
- Metal Electrode – The part of the contact layer that conducts electrons to the outside world.
A typical solar panel consists of multiple solar cells connected together in series and/or parallel circuits. Each circuit produces a certain voltage.
Therefore, to achieve higher voltages, more solar cells must be connected in series.
To increase the amount of power produced by each cell, more cells must be connected in parallel.
Types Of Solar Panels
There are three main types of solar panels: amorphous, crystalline, and hybrid. Understanding the differences between these will help you make a more informed decision when purchasing your solar panels.
What Are Amorphous Panels?
Amorphous solar panels are also known as amorphous silicon (a-Si) cells. These panels are very popular among homeowners who want to install solar panels but lack the budget to buy a complete solar panel system.
They are generally less expensive than crystalline silicon panels, which makes them an attractive option for many people.
However, because amorphous panels use amorphous silicon instead of crystalline silicon, they don’t produce as much power per square foot.
This means that you need to be careful when deciding where to locate these panels.
If you live in a hot area, you may want to avoid placing them in Windows or vents because they won’t generate enough heat to offset the loss of electricity.
What Are Crystalline Silicon Cells?
Crystalline silicon cells are the most common type of solar cell found in residential solar systems today.
They are extremely efficient, meaning that they convert sunlight into electrical energy at a high rate. Because of this, they are often referred to as “high efficiency” solar panels.
Crystalline silicon cells are manufactured using a process called Czochralski growth.
The raw material used in this process is silicon, which is melted and pulled through a furnace. As it cools, the molten silicon solidifies into wafers.
Once the wafer is formed, it is sliced into individual pieces. Each piece is coated with a layer of phosphorus and boron atoms, and then dipped into a solution containing antimony.
After being washed, the crystals are dried and ready to be used in solar panels.
The advantages of crystalline silicon solar panels include their durability and reliability.
Unlike amorphous silicon panels, crystalline silicon panels tend to last longer without requiring any maintenance.
Additionally, they are more resistant to damage from weather conditions such as rain and snow. However, they cost more than amorphous silicon panels.
The disadvantages of crystalline silicon solar cells include their higher weight and lower output compared to amorphous silicon cells.
In addition, they require a lot of space to operate. For example, each crystalline silicon cell needs its own inverter, which converts DC current into AC current.
What Are Hybrid Solar Panels?
Hybrid solar panels combine both crystalline silicon and amorphous silicon cells in one panel.
This allows homeowners to get the best of both worlds: high efficiency and a long life span.
Like crystalline silicon cells, hybrid solar panels have a relatively low initial price point.
However, like amorphous silicon panels, they can still be quite costly.
The main advantage of hybrid panels is their ability to provide a combination of high efficiency and a long lifespan.
Both types of cells work together to create a balance between power generation and longevity.
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Why Choose Harbor Freight Solar Panels?
Harbor Freight solar panels are made from high-quality materials and are designed to be durable, reliable, and easy to install.
They come with everything you need to get started right away – including mounting hardware, installation instructions, and even a free power inverter.
The panels themselves are also very affordable, so it’s not hard to see why these are one of the most popular options for residential solar panel installations.
Types Of Harbor Freight Solar Panel
Harbor Freight offers a variety of different types of solar panels that are suitable for different applications. These include:
- Standard Solar Panels: These are perfect for homeowners who want to add solar panels to their homes. They are typically mounted on rooftops or ground-mounted on concrete pads.
- Ground Mount Solar Panels: These are ideal for commercial properties like warehouses, factories, and offices. They can also be used to supplement existing rooftop systems.
- Rooftop Solar Panels: These are best suited for large buildings that already have roofs. They can be placed directly on top of the roof, or attached to a building wall.
- Flat Plate Solar Panels: These are designed for off-grid installations. They are usually mounted on poles or walls.
- Hybrid Solar Panels: These combine both flat plates and standard solar panels. They are great for larger projects because they allow you to maximize your investment while still providing a high level of efficiency.
How Do Solar Panels Work?
The process of generating electricity from sunlight is called photovoltaics. Photovoltaic cells convert light directly into electrical energy.
A photovoltaic cell consists of two layers of semiconductors. One layer acts as a p-type material, while the other acts as an n-type material.
When exposed to sunlight, electrons move from the valence Band of one layer to the conduction Band of the other layer.
This creates an electric field across the junction between the two layers. This electric field causes the flow of electrons, creating a voltage.
How Does Harbor Freight Solar Panel System Work?
When you connect your Harbor Freight solar panel system to the grid, it converts DC electricity into AC electricity.
Your house’s power meter then measures how much electricity you use each month.
The amount of electricity you use is compared against the total amount of electricity generated by your solar panels.
Based on this comparison, your utility provider sends you a bill detailing what percentage of the cost of electricity was provided by your solar panels.
When you generate your own electricity using a Harbor Freight solar panel, you reduce your reliance on fossil fuels.
You’ll also benefit from lower monthly electricity costs, which will allow you to put more money towards your mortgage, rent, and other expenses.
It may even make sense to invest in a solar power system if your current electricity rates are higher than average.
What Are The Advantages Of Harbor Freight Solar Panels?
Harbor Freight solar panels come with a range of advantages, and these include:
- Low Initial Cost: As mentioned above, you can get a complete solar panel system for about 2,500. This includes everything from mounting hardware to wiring.
- No Maintenance Required: Unlike traditional solar panels, Harbor Freight solar panels don’t require any ongoing maintenance. All you need to do is simply clean them once every few months.
- Energy Independence: Because Harbor Freight solar panels produce electricity, you won’t have to worry about running out of energy during periods of low supply.
- Environmentally Friendly: Since Harbor Freight solar panels are made from recyclable materials, they help protect our environment.
- Easy To Install: Harbor Freight solar panels are easy to mount and remove. Simply unscrew the bolts and lift off the panels.
- Reliable: Harbor Freight solar panel systems are designed to last for many years. They are built to withstand extreme weather conditions, so you don’t have to worry about them being damaged by strong winds or heavy rain.
Are There Any Downsides Of Solar Panels?
Of course, there are always going to be downsides to using any kind of technology. The biggest downside of solar power is its reliance on the sun.
As mentioned earlier, this makes it difficult to use solar energy during cloudy days.
Also, because solar panels require direct sunlight, they won’t work effectively in areas that don’t receive enough sunlight throughout the year.
Another drawback of solar panels is that they do not store energy. So, if you want to use your battery at night, you will need to invest in an inverter.
However, these drawbacks pale in comparison to the benefits of solar energy.
When you compare the cost of solar panels to the cost of traditional methods of generating electricity, you’ll see that it’s definitely cheaper.
Plus, you can rest assured knowing that your panels will provide clean, renewable energy for generations to come.