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How to Charge Your EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator With Third Party Solar Panels…

How to Charge Your EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator With Third Party Solar Panels…

    How to Charge Your EcoFlow Delta Solar Generator With Third Party Solar Panels Wiring Diagram

    The following guide outlines the step by step guide for charging your EF Delta generator with third party solar panels. There is also a complete solar wiring diagram at the end. If you have any questions, as always feel free to reach out; or 877-242-2792.

    According to the User Manual of the EcoFlow Delta:

    • Users can buy universal solar panels of MC4 connection standard on their own to power EF DELTA, as long as the voltage and current (10-65V DC, 10A max).
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    What this means is that if you currently have your own solar panels, you can use those to charge up your EcoFlow Delta. You wont need to go out and buy new panels, and you don’t need to purchase EcoFlow specific panels. As long as your current array is within 10-65V DC, 10A Max, you’re good to go!

    One thing that we do need to stress though is that the user manual also says:

    • EcoFlow will not be responsible for providing free repair services for any damage to the product caused by the quality issue or improper operation of the third party solar panels, even during the warranty period.

    This is very standard for all manufacturers of solar generators kits. They will not warranty their unit if there is damage done to it while third party panels are being used. That being said, we have put together a tons of kits with panels that will work perfectly with your Delta. You can check them out by going here.

    If you don’t want to risk any type of warranty issues, then we suggest purchasing a pre-made EcoFlow Kit with EcoFlow panels. This way, you don’t need to worry about anything at all.

    If you have already invested in solar panels, are more experienced with solar in general, or are looking for a cheaper way to recharge your EcoFlow, we have laid out a complete guide on how to that below!

    Step 1: Choosing Solar Panels

    There are really 3 types of panel options that make sense to pair with your EcoFlow Delta generator.

    We’ve linked to specific panel options later in the guide but these type of solar panels are:

    Portable/Foldable Solar Suitcase

    Solar Suitcase Options for EF Delta

    If you are looking for the easiest and most straightforward solar suitcase then you cant go wrong with the EcoFlow ultra lightweight and portable panels. You can connect and use up to 4 of the 110 watt panel at the same time or up to 5 of the 85 watt panels.

    This video also explains how the EF Delta 1300 works and the ways in which you can charge it.

    The panels that you end up choosing will depend on your needs. You can read more in-depth about solar panels and options here.

    To give you a brief idea of best practices for solar panels, the general rule of thumb are as follows;

    • If you plan on using your EF Delta 1300 to boon-dock, camp or travel with then a more portable and foldable solar suitcase is probably your best option.
    • If you want to install panels permanently. maybe on the roof of your van, RV, Skoolie or cabin, then you should be going with rigid solar panels. Rigid solar panels will last longer than flexible panels when exposed to the elements 24/7.
    • If you plan on keeping your Delta as a backup power option, and you will only take out panels when you need to recharge the Delta, then flexible solar panels are a better option for you. They are lighter weight and easier to store in the house for when you plan on using them.

    Charging Time Via Solar Panels:

    Charge times are calculated based on ideal light conditions and 100 Watt Solar Panels

    • – 1 x Solar Panel = 12.5. 13 hours
    • – 2 x Solar Panels = 6.5. 7 hours
    • – 3 x Solar Panels = 4 to 4.5 hours
    • – 4 x Solar Panels = 3 to 3.5 hours

    Connecting Panels In Series

    Next we’ve outlined how to actually connect your solar panels in series, as well as how to connect them into your EF Delta.

    Part 2. Optional Accessories

    If you have a panel(s) and you have your EcoFlow then congratulations, you are now able to start recharging your EcoFlow Delta 1300 via solar panels!

    If you still want to make your solar set up even more convenient, then you can add some extension MC4 cabling to your set up. This will increase the distance that the panels can be from your generator.

    For example, you can keep yourself and your generator in the shade while your panels are in the sun recharging your Delta 1300 via the MC4 extension cable. We suggest connecting your panels in a configuration of series parallel which we have demonstrated in a diagram below. All you will need are branch connectors extension wire.


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    A portable power station will charge your devices and generate electricity using a solar panel, a standard electrical outlet, or even a gas-powered inverter generator.

    By Timothy Dale and Tom Scalisi | Updated Jun 14, 2023 5:05 PM

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    A portable power station stores an electrical charge in an internal battery to charge various devices, such as a tablet, phone, or flashlight. You can charge these portable power supplies in several ways, including using a solar panel, a standard electrical outlet, or even a gas-powered inverter generator.

    The best portable power stations for camping trips, storms, and outages vary depending on the power output, charging capacity, and preferred energy source. Take a look at the following options for an emergency power station or portable energy supply. Read our portable power station reviews on the top models below, along with important factors to consider before selecting the best portable power station.

    And, to help, we put the top-rated power stations through hands-on testing. We spent hours with some of the smaller models and days with some of the larger ones. We even took some on road trips to baseball tournaments and other events. Keep reading to learn more about what we found from the following models.

    • BEST OVERALL:Goal Zero Yeti 1000X Portable Power Station
    • BEST BANG FOR THE BUCK:Craftsman 150-Watt Power Inverter
    • UPGRADE PICK:EcoFlow Delta Portable Power Station
    • BEST ELECTRIC:Baldr P330 Portable Power Station
    • BEST GAS-POWERED:Wen 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter
    • BEST SOLAR:Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station
    • BEST LIGHTWEIGHT:Marbero 83W Portable Power Station
    • BEST FOR DEVICES:BioLite BaseCharge 600 Rechargeable Power Station
    • BEST COMPACT:Aimtom PowerPal 155 Portable Power Station
    • BEST FOR TRAVEL:Scosche PowerUp 32K Portable Power Station
    • BEST REPLACEABLE BATTERIES:Ryobi 40V Portable Battery Power Station
    • BEST FOR ROAD TRIPS:EcoFlow River 2 Pro Portable Power Station
    • BEST OFF-GRID:BioLite BaseCharge 1500 Rechargeable Power Station
    • BEST QUICK-CHARGING:Ugreen 1200W Portable Power Station

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    How We Tested the Best Portable Power Stations

    We wanted to ensure that we were only suggesting the best power station for each award. We developed a series of tests and trials to put these power stations through, taking note of their performance at each step.

    We used the smaller power stations to charge devices like our phones and laptops, paying close attention to how quickly they drained relative to the speed at which the devices filled. We also ran a desk fan and a lamp off of each model (separately, as they each only had one standard outlet). We compared these models based on size and portability, ranking them by weight and size.

    The tests were quite different for the larger models. The timing of this test was good, since the transformer at the end of the street blew five times within 2 weeks after receiving the models. They all saw work as an emergency power station, keeping refrigerators, TVs, routers, lights, and household devices up and running.

    We also tested the larger models with the most power-hungry appliances we could think of: an air conditioner and a space heater. We waited for a 90-degree-Fahrenheit day and cranked our window air conditioner to its coldest temperature setting and highest fan setting. We then did the same for the space heater (talk about energy consumption). We noted how quickly each model drained and which models (there was just one, but we mentioned it below) weren’t able to handle the compressor kicking on.

    The results of all these tests gave us the background we needed. We could assemble a list of the best power stations, giving each model that passed an award based on its strengths.

    Our Top Picks

    The following products rank among the best portable power stations in terms of quality, dependability, and price.

    Goal Zero Yeti 1000X Portable Power Station

    Folks looking for a versatile power station solution will want to consider the Goal Zero Yeti 1000X portable power station. This model provides 983 watt-hours of power and offers a maximum output of 1,500 watts, ensuring there is enough power on tap for any need. It can handle everything from charging devices off-grid to running refrigerators or air conditioners at home.

    This model from Goal Zero features two standard 120-volt outlets, two USB-C outlets, two USB outlets, and several 12-volt outlets. It also has solar inputs, allowing it to charge with solar panels (not included in our kit). It comes with the base model and an 8-millimeter charging port, and it charges from a standard 120-volt outlet in 9 hours. However, you can build upon the Yeti 1000X with home expansion kits and power banks to serve as a home backup as well.

    If we’re being totally up front, we didn’t expect to love the Yeti during our testing. There were other models that we were more excited to test. However, this model’s digital display and power won us over. It had no problem powering our air conditioner, power tools, and devices. We even used it to charge some of our smaller power stations, all the while tracking their draw and the battery level. After all that, we learned about all of the available expansion kits, and we couldn’t help but appreciate this model for its possibilities. One thing we didn’t appreciate? It is very heavy.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 1,500 watts
    • Dimensions: 12.7 inches high by 18.1 inches wide by 13.1 inches deep
    • Weight: 37 pounds
    • Outlets: 2 standard, 2 USB, 2 USB-C, and 4 12-volt outlets
    • Power storage: 938 watt-hours
    • Plenty of power
    • Expansion possibilities for the entire home
    • Digital display provides real-time information

    Get the Goal Zero portable power station at Amazon, The Home Depot, or REI.

    Craftsman 150-Watt Power Inverter

    Craftsman blends affordability with portability and sprinkles a bit of capability on top with its 150-watt power inverter. This budget-minded model snaps onto any 20-volt battery from Craftsman, turning it into a compact power supply that you can take anywhere or store in a tool box.

    This power inverter features three ports: USB, USB-C, and a standard outlet. It also has a built-in work light to shed a bit of light on a workbench. Runtime will be determined by the size of the battery it’s on, but with a 150-watt output, it can handle lamps, cell phones, and other devices.

    In our opinion, this affordable little inverter is ideal for the jobsite. It can quickly turn any 20-volt Craftsman battery into a power station, allowing folks to charge their phones, power drop lights, or even a laptop when there isn’t a battery source nearby. Is it full of possibilities? Not quite, as it’s limited to the battery it’s attached to, but we think anyone with Craftsman batteries ought to consider adding it to their tool box for its convenience and affordability alone.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 150 watts
    • Dimensions: 4 inches high by 2.5 inches wide by 3 inches deep
    • Weight: Depends on the battery it’s attached to
    • Outlets: 1 standard outlet, 1 USB, and 1 USB-C
    • Power storage: Depends on the battery
    • Compact design fits in a tool box
    • Uses 20-volt Craftsman batteries
    • Includes a standard outlet

    Get the Craftsman portable power station at Ace Hardware or Lowe’s.

    EcoFlow Delta Portable Power Station

    EcoFlow’s premium-priced Delta portable power station offers the high power of a gas-powered generator without the noise and harmful fumes. It features an impressive maximum power output of 350,000 milliamp hours (mAh) and charges from 0 to 80 percent in 1 hour on a standard AC outlet. A full charge takes less than 2 hours. It also charges on a compatible solar panel (sold separately) or a 12/24-volt port in a vehicle.

    The product powers up to 13 devices at once through its six standard AC outlets, four USB-A ports, two USB-C ports, and one 12-volt outlet. EcoFlow’s appliance features a durable reinforced aluminum chassis, rubber grips, and a built-in handle that allows for the transport of the 31-pound unit.

    When it comes to possibilities, we found the EcoFlow Delta to be unmatched. Not only does this model offer plenty of portable power on tap, but it also has more outlets than any other model in our test. Plus, it also had excellent features such as Bluetooth capability and an emergency power supply function that allows it to act as switchgear and a generator all in one. We loved the digital display, and the app was easy to use to connect the Delta to our Wi-Fi. It had no problem running our air conditioner or power tools, though ours did show a maintenance light that the owner’s manual or app does not explain.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 3,300 watts
    • Dimensions: 15.7 inches high by 8.3 inches wide by 10.6 inches deep
    • Weight: 31 pounds
    • Outlets: 6 standard AC outlets, 4 USB-A ports, 2 USB-C ports, and a 12-volt outlet
    • Power storage: 350,000mAh
    • 350,000mAh power storage
    • Achieves a sufficient charge in 1 hour
    • Supports up to 13 devices simultaneously
    • Multiple charging options

    Get the EcoFlow portable power station at Amazon or Lowe’s.

    Baldr P330 Portable Power Station

    Electric portable power stations, like the Baldr P330, offer several advantages over gas-powered generators that make them ideal for use in the workshop, at home, or on the road. For one, this electric power station runs silently while it charges up or powers electronic devices. What’s more, it does not produce harmful fumes.

    A helpful fold-down handle makes it easy to transport the 9-pound station. A built-in flashlight and battery-management system optimize the function of the device. It powers up to nine devices with 66,000mAh of power and one standard AC outlet, three USB ports, one C-type port, three 12-volt outlets, and a wireless charging pad for compatible devices.

    During our test, we found the Baldr to be capable of charging smaller devices, power-tool batteries, and our desk fan. We especially liked the wireless charging pad on top of the unit for keeping phones topped off while working at our test bench. It did take us a while to realize that there was a flashlight built into the handle, but that ended up being one of our favorite features. Unfortunately, this power station wasn’t compatible with our solar panels.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 330 watts
    • Dimensions: 7.7 inches high by 11.6 inches wide by 8.3 inches deep
    • Weight: 9 pounds
    • Outlets: 1 standard AC outlet, 3 USB ports, 1 C-type port, and three 12-volt outlets
    • Power storage: 66,000mAh
    • Comes with wireless charging pads
    • Lightweight at 9 pounds
    • Built-in handle (with built-in light!) for portability

    Get the Baldr portable power station at Amazon.

    Wen 56203i Super Quiet 2000-Watt Portable Inverter

    An excellent pick for camping or tailgate parties, Wen’s Super Quiet inverter runs for up to 7 hours on a single gallon of gas. The portable power station’s inverter generator puts out up to 400,000mAh at a quiet 51-decibel volume. An automatic fuel shutoff function prevents blockages and reduces wear by ensuring the machine uses the remaining fuel from the carburetor before shutting down. Low-oil and low-fuel shutdown functions help preserve gas. Two standard AC outlets, two USB ports, and one 12-volt outlet power up to five devices.

    We had to set our Wen generator up outside, which is really the downfall of this model. And, because it doesn’t store power, it’s not exactly a power station. All that aside, we found this model to be plenty sufficient. It was able to run power tools and charge batteries, and we even used it to recharge some of our power stations. It’s not as quiet as Wen might market it to be, and you need to be prepared to fill it with oil and gasoline before they need it, but this generator could easily keep up with a few appliances in an emergency.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 2,000 watts
    • Dimensions: 17.7 inches high by 11.5 inches wide by 17.3 inches inches deep
    • Weight: 39 pounds
    • Outlets: 2 standard AC outlets, 2 USB ports, and a 12-volt outlet
    • Power storage: 400,000mAh
    • 400,000mAh power output
    • Supports up to 5 electronics at once
    • Automatic shutoff function for gas preservation
    • Operates for 7 hours on a tank of gasoline

    Get the Wen portable power station at Amazon or Target.

    Jackery Explorer 1000 Portable Power Station

    Folks who’d prefer to take their power off-grid, or simply like the idea of a reusable power source, will want to consider the Jackery Explorer 1000 portable power station. This power station is compatible with solar panels and will recharge in about 6 hours with two 100-watt panels in full sun.

    The Explorer 1000 features both a 1,000-watt output as well as a 1,002-watt-hour capacity. It has three standard outlets as well as two USB, USB C, and 12-volt DC ports. The digital display keeps you up-to-date on the Explorer’s battery percentage, output, and input. And, for when the power goes out in the middle of the night, the Explorer 1000 has a built-in flashlight to guide the way.

    The Jackery Explorer was truly one of our favorite models in the test. We’ve been using this model for over a year now, and it came with two solar panels that are easy to set up and plug into the power station. Also, the Jackery Explorer lasted the longest of all the models in our air-conditioner test, and that’s truly saying something considering it’s been drained and recharged a few times in the past. But, beyond the solar panels and capacity, the Jackery is very easy to use, and the digital display is clean and simple to read. Just keep in mind that solar panels can be expensive.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 1,000 watts
    • Dimensions: 11.1 inches high by 13.1 inches wide by 9.2 inches deep
    • Weight: 22 pounds
    • Outlets: 2 standard, 2 USB, 2 USB C, and a 12-volt DC port
    • Power storage: 1,000 watt-hours
    • 1,000 watt-hours and 1,000-watt output
    • Compatible with solar panels (ours came with them)
    • Easy to set up and use

    Get the Jackery portable power station at Amazon or Lowe’s.

    Marbero 83W Portable Power Station

    Keep electronics charged without adding unnecessary weight. At only 2.2 pounds, Marbero’s station makes a great companion on hiking, camping, and road trips (but keep it out of the water). Just grab it by the built-in carrying handle. Making super-efficient use of its light weight, the unit includes a 562-lumen flashlight—one less thing to pack in a backpack. Use it on SOS mode to signal for help in emergencies or simply illuminate the campsite for over 12 hours on a full charge.

    When the power station runs out of energy, recharge it with a nearby electrical outlet, plug it into the 12-volt car charger, or use a compatible solar panel (sold separately). Charge up to five devices at one time with the built-in outlets (including one standard AC outlet, two USB-A ports, and two USB-C ports) and 22,500mAh of power output.

    The Marbero proved to be a neat little package. First, the light is every bit as bright as it’s made out to be, and that can be a huge boost during a power outage or camping trip. Also, it handled charging our large power-tool batteries without a problem. Our biggest complaint is that it doesn’t have a digital display to detail the input and output or battery life, but it does have a four-LED bar to give a rough estimate of the remaining battery life.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 120 watts
    • Dimensions: 5.6 inches high by 5.7 inches wide by 2.7 inches deep
    • Weight: 2.2 pounds
    • Outlets: 1 standard AC outlet, 2 USB-A ports, and 2 USB-C ports
    • Power storage: 22,500mAh
    • Lightweight and easy to carry
    • Use 5 devices at 1 time (under 120 watts)
    • Built-in flashlight with SOS mode for emergencies
    • Charge with a wall outlet, car adapter, or solar panels

    Get the Marbero portable power station at Amazon.

    BioLite BaseCharge 600 Rechargeable Power Station

    Device and tech-savvy shoppers looking to add a portable power station to their stable of gear should check out BioLite’s BaseCharge 600. This midsize power station provides 600 watts of output as well as 600 watt-hours of capacity, allowing it to charge laptops, phones, and camera batteries with ease. It can also handle larger appliances like microwaves and refrigerators, too.

    The BioLite BaseCharge 600 can charge several devices at once, as it has two standard outlets, two USB ports, two USB-C ports, and three 12-volt ports. There is even a wireless charging pad on top. It’s compatible with solar panels, and the digital display makes monitoring input and output simple.

    During our test, the BioLite didn’t offer as much oomph as the other larger models, but the beauty of this power station is in its flexibility. It can charge so many devices, and we’re huge fans of wireless charging pads, so we found devices to be in its wheelhouse. It originally tripped and failed when our air conditioner compressor kicked on, but we knew we were pushing the BioLite’s limits. It’s far better for devices.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 600 watts
    • Dimensions: 7.9 inches high by 12.2 inches wide by 7.9 inches deep
    • Weight: 13 pounds
    • Outlets: 2 standard, 2 USB, 2 USB-C, and three 12-volt ports, with wireless charging on top
    • Power storage: 600 watts
    • Can charge larger appliances
    • Charges many different devices
    • Comes with a wireless charging pad

    Get the BioLite BaseCharge 600 portable power station at BioLite.

    Aimtom PowerPal 155 Portable Power Station

    Charge up to seven electrical devices at once, and even power a built-in flashlight, with this compact and lightweight portable power station. A solid top handle makes it easy to carry this 3.5-pound power station to the campsite, a tailgate party, or around the house. It charges in just 7 to 8 hours in a standard electrical outlet. It also works with compatible solar panels that can be purchased separately.

    Aimtom’s unit features one standard AC outlet, three USB ports, and three 12-volt outlets with a maximum power output of 42,000mAh. A built-in battery management system protects the device against overcurrent, overvoltage, and high or low temperature extremes to help extend the operating life of the power station. Priced to sell, this unit won’t break the bank.

    The first thing we noticed about the Aimtom is the universal power plug outlet, which we assume is designed to work overseas as well as in the United States. It’s a little intimidating to look at, but have no fear: It can safely receive a standard plug. We also found it a little strange that the button labeled “AC output” is essentially the “on” button for all of the ports, but it works nonetheless.

    We appreciated this model mostly for its compact size and flexibility. We also liked the built-in flashlight, and although it doesn’t have a digital display, the battery bar splits into five sections rather than four, allowing for a bit more accuracy.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 150 watts
    • Dimensions: 7.5 inches high by 6.7 inches wide by 3.5 inches deep
    • Weight: 3.5 pounds
    • Outlets: 1 standard AC outlet, 3 USB ports, and three 12-volt outlets
    • Power storage: 42,000mAh
    • Supports up to 6 electronics at once
    • Built-in battery monitor offers overheat, overvoltage, and temperature protection
    • Multiple charging options, including fast charging with outlet

    Get the Aimtom portable power station at Amazon.

    Scosche PowerUp 32K Portable Power Station

    Vacations and travels can be unpredictable, but with Scosche’s PowerUp 32K, power will always be at the ready. This power station is compact, measuring just over 6 inches high by 4 inches wide by 2 inches deep, allowing it to fit into a backpack or carry-on. And, since it weighs just over 2 pounds, it’s light enough to forget that it’s there (but be sure to remember it at security!).

    This power station features four charging ports, including one standard outlet, two USB-C ports, and one standard port. It offers 115 watt-hours or 32,000mAh, and produces 100 watts of power. The built-in handle allows for sure handling, and the built-in flashlight will light up a hotel room or tent. It even comes with a handy travel case with enough room inside for some spare cords.

    We used this device over and over again during our test. We liked how compact it was and that it fits well on a desk, but mostly we loved how easily it fits in a bag or backpack. The design is solid and it felt like a high-quality piece of equipment from the start. We really liked the digital display as it provided a helpful battery countdown, though it doesn’t provide input or output values.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 100 watts
    • Dimensions: 6.1 inches high by 3.8 inches wide by 2 inches deep
    • Weight: 2.1 pounds
    • Outlets: 1 standard outlet, 2 USB-C, and 1 USB port
    • Power storage: 115 watt-hours
    • Compact and lightweight design
    • Solid, high-quality construction
    • Built-in flashlight

    Get the Scosche portable power station at Crutchfield or Scosche.

    Ryobi 40V Portable Battery Power Station

    Power station shoppers with a garage full of Ryobi 40-volt tools should seriously consider putting them to good use in the Ryobi portable battery power station. This power station uses the brand’s 40-volt batteries and allows shoppers to take advantage of their stored energy. You can plug four batteries in at a time, allowing for plenty of runtime.

    This model from Ryobi produces 1,800 watts of power, though watt-hours will depend on the individual batteries attached. You can monitor the batteries using the Bluetooth function, linking with the Ryobi Gencontrol app. The digital display provides runtime and load level and monitors the individual batteries plugged in using a four-bar battery chart. And, when the Ryobi isn’t in use as a power station, it converts to a charger when plugged in, topping off four batteries at a time.

    We felt there was a lot to like about the Ryobi portable power station. We appreciated the display with its clear battery-life indicators and load level. We also liked the Bluetooth monitoring and the fact that it runs on the brand’s popular 40-volt battery lineup. Just be aware that with four batteries attached, this model can be quite heavy.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 1,800 watts
    • Dimensions: 14.1 inches high by 13.9 inches wide by 18.5 inches deep
    • Weight: Depends on batteries
    • Outlets: 3 standard outlets, 2 USB-C, 4 USB ports
    • Power storage: Depends on the batteries
    • Digital displays
    • Operates as charger and power station
    • Uses brand’s 40-volt battery lineup
    • Bluetooth monitoring

    Get the Ryobi portable power station at The Home Depot.

    EcoFlow River 2 Pro Portable Power Station

    Adventurers, vacationers, and over-the-road workers might find the EcoFlow River 2 Pro to be the answer to their highway power supply woes. This power station has been approved and certified by TÜV Rheinland, which is the stringent vehicle inspection agency of Germany, ensuring this device is safe enough for vehicle use. You can place it in your vehicle, plug it into your car’s charging port, and have relatively unlimited power while traveling.

    This power station has an 800-watt capacity but also features an X-Boost mode that temporarily increases power output to 1,600 watts. This allows the unit to power larger devices that might draw more power upon start-up. It features 11 ports, including four standard ports, three USB-A ports, one USB-C port, one vehicle port, and two DC-5521 ports. It also supports standard wall charging, solar charging, vehicle charging (it comes with the plug), and USB-C charging. You can connect to the River 2 Pro via Wi-Fi or Bluetooth and control the settings for customized use.

    Bringing essentially a box of electricity anywhere always has its risks, but knowing that the River 2 Pro is certified by one of the most stringent vehicle agencies in the world offers a big boost in confidence. We liked that this device fits in the back of a quad-cab pickup and provides plenty of power for all of the devices a family can run on a road trip (a laptop and several personal devices, usually). We did think that the display might be slightly off of calibration; it didn’t register any output for our test heater’s low and medium fan settings (not using heat). However, when plugged into a vehicle on a road trip, this should not be an issue.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 800 watts
    • Dimensions: 9 inches high by 10.25 inches wide by 10 inches deep
    • Weight: 17.2 pounds
    • Outlets: 4 standard outlets, 3 USB-A, 1 USB-C, 2 DC5521, 1 car outlet
    • Power storage: 768 watt-hours
    • Rated for stringent TÜV Rheinland safety certifications, ensuring it’s safe for vehicle use
    • Runs multiple devices at once, including those that draw up to 1,600 watts on start-up
    • Comes with car charger so you can recharge when driving while also charging devices
    • Features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity so you can monitor and change settings from your phone

    Get the EcoFlow portable power station at Amazon or EcoFlow.

    BioLite BaseCharge 1500 Rechargeable Power Station

    People who take their adventures off the beaten path might prefer a high-capacity power station like the BioLite BaseCharge 1500. This unit provides a lot of power—1,500 watts of regular power and up to 2,400 watts of surge power for large devices—potentially providing all-day use for camping or cabin stays.

    This power station has multiple ports and charging features, including three standard outlets, one car port, two DC5521 ports, three USB-C ports, two USB-A ports, and one wireless charger for phones and other devices. It can handle wall charging, solar charging, vehicle charging, and USB-C charging. You can even plug the AC charger into the wall and a USB-C charger in at the same time to charge even faster.

    We found the BioLite BaseCharge 1500 to be an absolute beast of a unit. It ran our heavy-duty space heater for twice as long as some of the other units, and double-charging is a nice feature (though we always felt like we were on the verge of tripping a breaker). It’s definitely an armful at almost 30 pounds, but the amount of power this unit contains makes it a great choice for off-grid life. We brought it to a baseball tournament and used it all day to run a fan and charge devices, and it still had power left to charge our devices on the way home. Our only complaint is that it doesn’t have Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, which can be a big deal considering how much the charger costs.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 1,500 watts
    • Dimensions: 8.2 inches high by 14.4 inches wide by 12.2 inches deep
    • Weight: 28.5 pounds
    • Outlets: 3 standard outlets, 1 car port, 2 DC5521, 3 USB-C, 2 USB-A, 1 wireless charger
    • Power storage: 1,521 watt-hours
    • Tremendous capacity for all-day use running or charging devices at a campsite
    • Offers 2,400-watt surge capacity to run large devices, power tools, and other high-draw electronics
    • Double charging; plug in the wall charger and a USB-C charger to cut charge time dramatically

    Get the BioLite BaseCharge 1500 portable power station at Amazon, BioLite, or REI.

    Ugreen 1200W Portable Power Station

    Ugreen’s portable power station 1,200-watt unit could be the fastest way for folks to get power on the road. This unit charges from 0 to 80 percent in just 50 minutes using the wall charger. This allows you to plug it in as you’re getting ready to leave and benefit from a mostly charged unit in very little time. Other chargers with similar capacities can take twice as long.

    This model has other features to offer, as well. It provides 1,200 watts of power and a maximum surge capacity of 3,000 watts. It features six standard wall outlets (far more than most other units), as well as two USB-A, two USB-C, two DC5521 ports, and one car port outlet. It also features Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, allowing you to control the settings from your phone. It can charge with the AC adapter, a solar panel set, and vehicle power, and it comes with a wall charger, a car charger, and a solar adapter—all of which store in an included bag.

    We liked a lot about the Ugreen. We appreciated the fast charging as we plugged it in, mowed the lawn, and came back to a fully-charged unit. We also really liked the app, which is full of settings to toggle for plenty of customization. It’s worth noting that this is one of the only units that came with a bag for the included cords. We’re not totally sure it’s really a 1,200-watt unit since it did drain down faster than the other models. Also, some of the advertising contradicts itself, such as stating it has a 3,000-watt boost and a 2,400-watt boost, as well as having a 4-stroke gas engine. Ultimately, the app makes this unit a great deal for anyone looking for a medium-capacity power station with mobile-controlled settings and readings.

    Product Specs

    • Wattage: 1,200 watts
    • Dimensions: 10.6 inches high by 13.4 inches wide by 8.7 inches deep
    • Weight: 25.4 lbs
    • Outlets: 6 standard outlets, 2 USB-A, 2 USB-C, 2 DC5521, and 1 car port
    • Power storage: 1,024 watt-hours
    • Charges from 0 percent up to 80 percent in just 50 minutes
    • Great mobile app interface supports lots of adjustments and settings
    • 3,000-watt surge power allows this model to run power tools and other high-draw devices
    • Battery life might not be on par with other 1,200-watt units
    • Other advertising discrepancies have us wondering what the facts are

    Get the Ugreen portable power station at Amazon or Ugreen.

    Types of Portable Power Stations

    The top portable power stations fall into three broad categories based on the method they use to collect and store energy: electric, gas-powered, and solar.


    Electric power stations, also known as battery-portable power stations, operate like a large battery. Simply plug the portable power station into a wall outlet and it charges quickly. Some power stations may also charge in a car power outlet, provided they have the correct adapter, but this takes longer than it does in a standard outlet.

    Electric power stations work best for indoor purposes and devices with low power requirements, such as cell phones or flashlights. Some products pair with a compatible solar panel to charge using solar energy.


    Gas-powered power stations typically weigh in as the heaviest of these devices, but they may feature a set of wheels to take some of the burden off the user. It’s important to note that you cannot run gas-powered generators indoors or in a tent because they can produce carbon monoxide and other harmful exhaust as a byproduct of burning their fuel.

    However, these gas units typically rank as the most powerful portable power supply available. They power electric pumps, power tools, and even a portable dishwasher, which lets you enjoy the great outdoors with all the comforts of home.


    If camping is the primary intended use for a portable power station, then look for a portable solar power station that can charge during the day in the sun. Come nighttime, the generator will be ready to provide hours of power.

    In the past, solar power stations only had the capability to charge using sunlight, which greatly limited their reliability. However, manufacturers have begun combining solar and electric portable power stations to give users the option to charge using a traditional electric outlet, a vehicle power outlet, or detachable solar panels. Steadily, this hybrid idea has become one of the best outdoor power station designs. Today, very few power stations offer only solar or only electric power.

    What to Consider When Choosing a Portable Power Station

    Keep these important factors and product features in mind when shopping for the best power station to keep devices charged or run appliances in an emergency.

    Power Output

    Power output of a portable power station refers to the maximum amount of energy the station delivers to the attached devices.

    Power output ratings are available in terms of wattage. How many watts a device will deliver explains how much power it can produce. The more watts a device can produce, the larger the electrical component it can run. For instance, a 100-watt power supply can power two 50-watt bulbs. However, it can’t run an air conditioner, which requires around 450 watts to run its compressor.

    Power capacity is a different story, and it’s measured in milliamp-hours or watt-hours. Both terms explain how long the power station can power a device of a specific size. A power station with a 2,000mAh battery can charge or power a device that draws 200mAh for 10 hours. A station with 1,000 watt-hours can power a 1-watt device for 1,000 hours, or a 400-watt device for 2.5 hours. Generally speaking, smaller power supplies use milliamp-hours while the most powerful portable power station supply units use watt-hours.


    Electric and solar generator units generally come in smaller and lighter than gas-powered generators, which makes them the ideal power station for camping and road trips. However, the best power stations that run on gas often come with wheels to offset their heavier weight, so you can simply wheel them to your destination.

    Folks looking for the best portable power supply will want to look for a manageable size and weight as well as features that facilitate transport, such as wheels, a carrying handle, or even a cart for large gas-powered portable power stations.


    Consider how much noise a power station will make. Setting one up inside a home or workshop means close quarters, and loud models could literally require hearing protection. A portable power station for camping should also be quiet, or else it may disturb the neighbors.

    Typically, electric and solar power stations make for the quietest options available. These products don’t make much noise at all because they only transfer stored energy. They hum no louder than a mini-fridge. Gas-powered power stations, on the other hand, don’t just store energy; they also generate it. This process can be very loud, depending on the individual product.

    Safety Features

    Whenever anyone operates a device that uses electricity or gasoline, they ought to be aware of the potential risks, like overheating. Look for portable power stations that have built-in safety features like an automatic shutdown function, overload protection, and an internal high/low-temperature gauge.

    • An automatic shutdown function helps to prevent premature degradation of the power station by turning the device off if it detects the fuel or oil levels are reaching a minimum.
    • Overload protection disengages the portable power station from the input current if it detects the current is exceeding a safe charge capacity.
    • An internal high/low-temperature gauge measures the temperature of the battery and stops all input and output functions if the battery temperature falls outside of a safe range as determined by the manufacturer.


    Whether using a portable power station at home, camping, or on the jobsite, invest in a product that will withstand any method of transportation and any possible impact damage that could occur. If you’re using the power station within the home or workshop exclusively as a backup power device, then a lightweight product will be fine.

    If you’re using a power station for camping, consider products that offer water and UV resistance. On a jobsite, look for a heavy-duty product that won’t break down if a wrench or hammer falls on top of it.

    Battery and Charging Method

    Portable power stations typically come equipped with lithium-ion batteries that hold a significant amount of stored electrical energy. Most power stations plug directly into a standard electrical outlet, but many models don’t require access to a wall outlet.

    Some portable power stations charge in cars with the proper adapter—a great method for camping and road trips. With the right conditions, solar charging works well. These models need a compatible solar panel, the appropriate weather for efficient solar charging, and a suitable place to leave the portable power station where it will absorb solar energy. Power stations with multiple charging methods make an excellent resource for long camping trips because they help to ensure power in almost any situation.


    Read below to find the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about portable power stations.

    Q. What is the optimal power output you need for a portable power station?

    Everyone has a different purpose for the portable power system, which determines optimal power output. However, for the average individual, the optimal power output for an electric portable power station should be about 40,000mAh.

    Q. How many devices can a portable power station charge simultaneously?

    The number of devices you can charge simultaneously depends on the type of devices being charged, the power output of the battery, and the number of outlets available on the portable power station. Average portable power stations typically charge two to three devices at one time. However, if the plugged-in devices draw more power than the portable power station puts out, then the power station won’t power all of the devices simultaneously.

    Q. What is the difference between a portable power station and a generator?

    A generator uses gasoline or another fuel to create electrical energy instead of simply storing electrical energy. Also, generators are much larger tools that are designed for supporting a significantly higher number of electronics. Many generators supply power for an entire home, while lightweight portable power stations work best with small appliances and electronic devices, like smartphones, tablets, camp coolers, and camp stoves.

    Q. Can a portable power station run a heater?

    It depends on the specific heater and the specific portable power station. As long as the wattage of the heater does not exceed the running wattage of the portable power station, then the power station can run the heater.

    Q. Can a portable power station run a refrigerator?

    Whether a portable power station can run a refrigerator depends on the wattage of the specific power station and the wattage of the specific refrigerator, just as it does with a heater. As long as the wattage of the refrigerator does not exceed the running watts of the power station, then the portable power station can run a refrigerator.

    Q. Can a portable power station run a TV?

    While most portable power stations are not used to run televisions, they certainly can be as long as the wattage of the TV doesn’t exceed the running wattage of the portable power station.

    Q. Can you leave a portable power station outside?

    It’s best to leave a portable power station inside, or at least under some cover, as these units are not typically waterproof. However, as long as you protect the portable power station from water, you can leave it outside. In fact, it must stay outside to charge on a solar panel, preferably in a sunny location.

    Q. What are the safety tips that you should remember when using a portable power station?

    Some key safety tips about portable power stations include:

    • Use the correct cables with the correct outlets.
    • Place cables off the ground to avoid a tripping hazard.
    • Do not use devices that exceed the running wattage of the power station.
    • Avoid exposing portable power stations to water.
    • Take breaks when carrying heavy portable power stations to avoid muscle strain.

    Q. How long does a portable power station take to charge?

    Charge time depends on the individual product and the charging method. For instance, a portable power station may be able to charge fully in just 2 hours when it’s plugged into a power outlet, but it may take over 8 hours to charge a portable power station fully with a solar panel.

    Q. How long do portable power stations last?

    The average portable power station will have a battery charge that lasts from 3 to 13 hours depending on how you use it. The power station also has an average life of about 10 years, though this varies depending on care, storage, and frequency of use.

    Q. How do you properly recycle an old portable power station?

    Don’t add to growing e-waste problems by throwing an old portable power station in the trash. Instead, take it to a local electronics recycling location. Usually a municipality or town will have a program for recycling electronics, and some retailers, such as Best Buy, also offer e-waste recycling programs.

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    Charge Your Jackery Explorer Power Station With Compatible Solar Panels

    The Jackery Explorer power station lineup currently consists of the Explorer 160, 240, 500, and 1000.

    All of them can be charged in three ways, with the included wall or car charger, and solar panels.

    Even though portable power stations like these are often called solar generators, they don’t include solar panels unless you purchase a kit.

    Related Product: Power the BougeRV 12 volt portable fridge/freezer using your solar charged Jackery Explorer Power Station

    So which solar panels are compatible with the Explorers?

    In this post, I will guide you through the solar, cable, and adapter jungle and recommend compatible panels.

    Jackery sells its own SolarSaga 80 (click to view on Amazon) and SolarSaga 100 (click to view on Amazon) that come with 8mm connectors, directly compatible with every Explorer model.

    Let’s start by listing my solar panel recommendations and the limits of the Explorer power stations.

    Then talk about what you need to know and think about, how to combine panels, and what extension cables you can use.

    If you have an Explorer 1500 or 2000 –

    The latest Explorer 1500 and 2000 use proprietary 8mm connectors.

    You have to use the parallel 8mm adapter included by Jackery to use the adapter below with third party panels.

    You can also use a third-party adapter made by Solarenz, click here to view it on Amazon

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    Solar Panel Recommendations

    Last update on 2023-06-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

    There are a lot more solar panels on the market that are compatible, but I can’t fit them all in one table.

    Here are more compatible panels, clicking on any link below will take you to the product page on

    The Additional Adapter You Need

    To connect the solar panels with a checkmark next to “Requires Additional Adapter” to the Jackery power stations, you need to use an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon).

    NOTE if you have an Explorer 1500 or 2000: The latest Explorer 1500 and 2000 use proprietary 8mm connectors. You have to use the parallel 8mm adapter included by Jackery to use the adapter below with third party panels. You can also use a third-party adapter made by Solarenz, click here to view it on Amazon

    Note that it has a positive female connector and a negative male connector. This makes it compatible with solar panels from companies like Renogy, HQST, Newpowa, Eco-Worthy, and WindyNation.

    If you have the Jackery Explorer 1000 (click to view on Amazon) which has an Anderson Power Pole input next to the 8mm input, you can use an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon).

    Unfortunately, the Explorer 1000 only accepts a charge through one port at the time, so you can’t use both the 8mm and the Anderson Power Pole at the same time.

    If you have the Explorer 1500 or 2000, both 8mm inputs can be used at the same time, but it doesn’t have an Anderson port so you need the MC4 to 8mm.

    Jackery Explorer Power Station Limitations And Max Watt Inputs

    Since the specifications of the Explorers differ depending on the model, I set up this table so you can see what your specific power station can handle.

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    What To Think About When Choosing Third-Party Solar Panels

    Solar Charge Controller

    The most important thing when choosing a solar panel for your Jackery solar generator is to remember these types of power stations have a built-in solar charge controller, so the panel you connect to it cannot have a solar charge controller.

    Even though the power station might have a 42W max input, it’s safe to connect a 100W solar panel. What matters the most is the voltage of the panel.

    A 100W panel outputs about 18V, and have a VOC rating around 22V. This is within the 12V~30V limit of the Explorer power stations.

    Every panel I have linked to above is safe to use with every Jackery Explorer on the market right now.

    The newer Jackery Explorer 1500 and 2000 have two 8mm inputs, and both can be used at the same time. This means that you can use solar panels to charge the battery while it’s also being charged with the included wall- or car-charger.

    How To Connect Two Panels

    To connect two panels with MC4 connectors to one input, you need to use an MC4 Y branch (click to view on Amazon). This will wire the panels together in parallel, which will double the amperage but not the volts.

    Make sure that the Y branch you choose can handle the total amperage of your panels.

    It’s safe to do with Jackery power stations, but you need to make sure that the wiring can handle the amperage as well, depending on how many panels you connect.

    After connecting the solar panels to the MC4 Y branch, you’ll connect the branch to the MC4 to 8mm adapter cable (click to view on Amazon) and plug the adapter into the Explorer.

    It’s not safe to connect two panels in series to any of the Explorers (except the first gen 1500 and 2000, not the newer ones) and smaller since that will double the voltage and most likely exceed the 30V maximum. If you connect several panels you also need to make sure that the wire is thick enough to handle the amperage.

    For the new Explorer 1500 and 2000, I recommend two 12V 100W panels wired in parallel with the MC4 Y branch linked to above.

    If you have four panels, you can do two pairs and use both 8mm inputs. Then you would also need two MC4 to 8mm adapters (click to view on Amazon).

    Feel free to leave a comment if you’re still not sure about a specific panel or setup and I’ll do my best to help you.

    Extension Cables

    You can use either MC4 extension cables or an 8mm. Before buying extension cables, you need to do the math and figure out the total amperage that your panels are going to output and buy a wire that’s thick enough to handle the total amperage.

    I recommend using this calculator (click on Solar Cable Gauge Calculator) Renogy has made where you can enter the Vmp and Imp your setup is rated at and how long of a cable you need. Below the calculator, you can also find NEC’s ratings for the maximum current for different wire sizes.

    For 8mm, I recommend the iGreely 10ft 8mm extension cable (click to view on Amazon). Don’t use this cable if you have more than a total of 200W of solar panels.

    Frequently Asked Questions About Jackery Explorer Compatible Solar Panels

    How Long Will It Take To Charge The Battery?

    It depends on the battery capacity of the power station and the power output of the solar panel.

    A 100W solar panel generates about 60-80W, but power stations have a max input wattage.

    Here is how long it takes to charge each Jackery Explorer if you max its input:

    (click to view each Jackery Exploer on Amazon)

    How Can I Improve The Charging Speed?

    The easiest way to increase the charging speed (up to the maximum input) is to tilt the solar panel. Angle it so it faces the sun directly. Unless it’s noon on a summer day, the sun won’t be straight above you.

    Tilting the panel to face the sun directly when the sun is low on the horizon, like in the morning and evening, will improve the wattage significantly. It will also help when it’s cloudy.

    Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions or corrections.

    by Jesse

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

    204 thoughts on “Which Solar Panels Are Compatible With The Jackery Explorer?”

    This info is amazing, but I’m new to all this so I still need help. I just ordered Jackery 500 (I want to use it to charge my wheelchair battery) and want to know if the DOKIO 100 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel with Controller Polycrystalline Module do the job? Do I need the mc4 adapter 8mm? I really appreciate your knowledge. Thanks Reply

    Hello Kelly, Yes, it would do the job. The Dokio 100W solar panel has SAE connectors though, so this is the correct SAE to 8mm (click to view on Amazon). Also, the panel comes with a charge controller and since the Jackery Explorer 500 has one built-in already you should not use the controller Dokio includes. Connect the solar panel directly to the Jackery with the adapter I linked to. Another way to go would be to get the Renogy 100W Eclipse solar panel and connect it to the Jackery with the SolarEnz MC4 to 8mm. Let me know if you have any more questions. Jesse Reply

    Thank you! This is very helpful. My question is that can I use two 100 W solar panels to charge one Jackery Explorer 500? How to connect these 2 panels, series or parallel? Which is the best way? Thank you again. I just ordered one Jackery Explorer 500. Reply

    Hello Ming, You can use two 100W panels, but the Explorer 500 has a max solar input of around 72W, so it would be overkill to use two panels except for on cloudy days when it would be neccessary to reach the max 72W input. If it’s solar panels with MC4 connectors like the Renogy 100W, you’ll wire them in parallel with an MC4 Y branch, which will then be connected to the MC4 to 8mm adapter and plugged into the Jackery. The Explorer 500 has a 30V input limit, so wiring the two in series is not an option (182=36). Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Jesse, Thank you very much! This is very helpful. If I use Jackery Explorer 1000, will it be effective? Do you have any suggestion? Ming Reply

    Yes, two 100W solar panels wired in parallel are a good and effective way to charge the Explorer 1000. Jesse Reply

    Jesse, Another question. For the Anderson connector/adapter like this ( One end connects to Explorer 1000, and the other end connects to the solar cable (-/). Do I need MC4 (one male and one female) to connect the adapter? Thank you! Ming

    The adapter has an Anderson connector on one side and MC4 connectors on the other side. Solar panels like the Renogy 100W has MC4 connectors, or if you have two panels wired in parallel with an MC4 Y Branch the MC4 Y branch has two MC4 connectors that you will connect to the adapter. You don’t need to install any additional MC4 connectors on either side of the connection as long as your panels have MC4 connectors. Please let me know if I misunderstood your question. Jesse.

    This is incorrect. There are a few YouTube videos showing Jackery explorer 500 getting 97w with two 80w panels running parellel. So potentially at that rate you can charge the Jackery explorer 500 in about half the time you can w with one panel or approximately fully charge it in a little over 5 hours with two 80w solar panels. B Reply

    He is using an Explorer 1000 though, not a 500? The Explorer 1000 is a different power station that can handle more input. Reply

    Hi Jess, Great info on your site! I’m looking to use this panel Renogy panel that already has a charge controller with it ( and the Jackery Explorer 1000 ( The panel is already wired to the charge controller. Is there an easy way to bypass the panel’s charge controller or do I have to unwire and wire to an adaptor to be used with the Jackery? Thanks!P Reply

    Hello P, I have done the same thing and have written a post about bypassing the charge controller that you can find here. Basically you need to install some MC4 connectors between the solar panel and the charge controller. An MC4 kit like this is all you would need to get the job done. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Hi Jesse Great information, thank you. I have just bought a Jackery 1000 and am wondering about the optimum solar option. Given the 1000 can take 175W, I want to maximise that input and minimise bulk in my camper. Solar panels never seem to reach their maximum power rating, so I was wondering if over-compensating with a compact 200W or 300W folding panel from Dokio is a good option? Reply

    Hello Craig, Yeah, the Dokio 220W and 300W should work with the Explorer 1000 without issues. You’d just need an SAE to 8mm adapter and remember to connect the solar panel directly to the Jackery without the charge controller. Make sure the polarity is correct! Jesse Reply

    Jesse, Another question. I bought an Explorer 1000. It has an Anderson Power Pole input. Which one is positive ? Is the red input the positive ? In the Explorer 1000, there is no sign for and Thank you again! Ming Reply

    Jesse, good morning – such helpful info. Quick question – there are sooo many solar options, I already have a Suaoki Solar Charger Portable Foldable Solar Panel TIR-C Technology for All USB Device (60W) – is this compatible with the Jackery Explorer 240? Reply

    Hello Theresa, If it came with a bunch of adapters, I bet it came with an 8mm connector which is what the Explorer 240 has. If it’s this Suaoki 60W, then it’s compatible! Jesse Reply

    So if I purchase the Jackery 1000, I can then add a cheaper more durable solar panel liek the Renogy 100W suitcase (without the controller) and attach it with the cable adapter? I’ve been debating buying this vs building my own more powerful unit. Mainly would be use for camping but also live in South Florida so a good set up would be nice for hurricanes. You cant beat the compact size and weight of the jackery it seems though. Do you know if you can replace the battery inside after a couple years? Reply

    Hello Scott, Yes, you sure can! That is how I charge my Explorer 500, just make sure the adapter you get has a positive MC4 female connector like this one so it is compatible with the Renogy panel. Replacing the battery isn’t something that Jackery supports so I’m gonna have to say no, you can’t replace it, unfortunately. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Thanks for the help. I decided I’m going to sacrifice the portability to create my own. I think it will be a good project to learn. About solar power and how to utilize it in future i.e backup battery right now, but once I understand it then maybe I could power a tool shed entirely off solar. Should be a good learning experience Reply

    Awesome! Yeah that’s definitely a fun way to go and a great way to learn. I suggest watching Will Prowse’s videos on YouTube to learn about diy solar power. Reply

    Wow, Jesse, what a great resource you have here! Based on all my research, it’s fine for me to hook a Renogy 175 W flexible solar panel ( to a Jackery 1000 with the adapter cable you suggest ( No need for anything else? No charge controller necessary in this set up? Reply

    Hello Erik, Correct! The Jackery 1000 has a solar charge controller built-in so it’s ready for solar panels. The only thing you might want in-between is an MC4 extension cable so you can put the panel further away since the panel and the adapter cables aren’t very long. Jesse Reply

    Hi Jesse, thanks for this great resource! I’m planning on using my Jackery 500 extensively during cloudy/rainy weather, and am therefore thinking of using a 175w renogy solar panel like the commenter above. Would that be too much for the 500 to handle? I’m not positive what the VOC would be. Reply

    Hello Richard, If you’re talking about this Renogy 175W solar panel (I can’t see the comment above from here), then yes it is compatible with the Explorer 500. All you’d need is the MC4 to 8mm adapter. The thing is that the Explorer 500 can only handle up to 70W from a solar panel, so a lot of the power the 175W panel is generating will be wasted. It does have some benefits though, like being able to charge relatively fast even when it’s cloudy or when the sun is weaker, but it’s something to be aware of. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Yes, that’s the one I’m looking at! I’ve been using my explorer 500 for a while already, but with a different solar panel ( I find that it takes about 68 watts at most, but that really suffers if it’s a bit cloudy. The reason I was thinking of using the 175w panel is for the faster charging during cloudy weather. Do you think it would make much of a difference in that regard? Reply

    Yeah, it would make a difference, but how much depends on how cloudy it is. If your 100W panel generates 10-20W on a cloudy day, a 175W panel will probably do about 25-30W. If it’s only a bit hazy so your 100W panel generates 40W, then you might see 68W with the 175W panel. It will also help in the morning/evening when the sun is weaker, which can be worth it on its own. Reply

    Thanks, Jesse! I was wondering if I can buy the same solar panel to use with the Jackery 500 and a Grey Wolf with a built in Furrion Solar Charge 10A? Thank you so much. Reply

    Hello Summer, Sure, as long as you pick a panel that has a connector with an 8mm and 2P adapter available. You also need to have a quick-disconnect between the panel and the charge controller, since the Jackery already has a charge controller built-in, but you need one to charge the camper batteries. So what you need is a panel like this Acopower 100W which has a charge controller but also a way to bypass it to charge a power station like the Jackery. Then you need the Anderson to 2P Furrion adapter which will connect to the Anderson connector coming out of the charge controller, and an MC4 to 8mm adapter which will be connected to the MC4 connectors coming out of the panel and to the Jackery. There are both Anderson and MC4 extension cables available if you want to extend the connection to be able to put the panel further away. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Hi there! Getting ready to purchase a couple of Jackery 240 units. Can you let me know why I wouldn’t just choose to use the solar panel they sell? Is it just a cost thing (i.e. I’d be paying a premium for their branding on a standard technology) or are their panels inferior? And just for home backup use (modem, phone charging, etc. when our power goes out), what would you recommend? Thank you! Reply

    Hello Laura, They’re not inferior when it comes to generating electricity, but they cost more than some of the alternatives. I want people to be aware that there are more affordable ways to recharge the Jackery batteries with solar, and that there are compatible solid panels that can be installed on vehicles, etc. For your needs, the SolarSaga panels will perform great and they’re probably the better option due to their lightweight and foldable design. They won’t stay up in heavy winds, like the Renogy 100W solar panel with kickstand will, but if it’s about to get windy you can just lay the Jackery panels flat on the ground. Also, they’re not waterproof so watch out for rain! Other than that, they’re excellent panels in my eyes. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Hello! Thanks for the super informative piece on solar panels. I’m going to get the Jackery 500, and was looking at solar panels like these 2x100W panels: ( would the two panels recharging the jackery laid flat on a roof rack be better than a same brand 150W tiltable panel: ( I could probably take off and turn towards the sun? I don’t really know the loss in efficiency and if you did. Thanks! – Colby Reply

    Hello Colby, It’s hard to say, but I’d go the way that is going to be the easiest to deal with, which is probably the 200W on the roof. The Explorer 500 can’t use all of the electricity of a single 100W panel though since it limits the input to around 68W, but having two 100W panels would be better than one when it’s cloudy. Now, if you want to charge the battery in the morning and evening and not just between 10am-4pm, a tiltable or a portable panel is going to be the better option. If you need to be able to work all day on a laptop, it’ll take more work to keep the battery charged (tilting/moving panels), so it all depends on your power needs. Either way, I recommend getting a monocrystalline panel and not a polycrystalline, like this 100W panel from HQST. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Thank you for a great article! I’m just starting van life, and am thinking about the Jackery 500. It seems to power the basics (laptop, phone, light, possible cooler chest, plus a blender, lol.) What solar panel would be best for those needs that would be a significant price reduction from what Jackery offers? PS. I stay mostly in the northeast, where sun is mild in comparison. Thank you!! Reply

    Hello CeeGee, If you want to mount a panel on top of your van I would go with two Renogy 100W panels wired in parallel. If you want a portable and lightweight one I would go with the foldable Twelseavan 120W panel. The charge controller in the Explorer 500 can only use around 65W of the wattage the solar panels generate, so a single 100W panel like the Renogy one would be alright too, but you’re not going to see it generate 65W in the morning/evening. The reason I would go with two instead of a single 100W panel is to increase the input watts when the sun is weaker. It will take around 8 hours of good sunshine to fully recharge the Explorer 500. Jesse Reply

    Hello Jesse, Thanks for all the great information. I recently purchased a 100W 12 Volts Solar starter kit from Renogy. I attempted to connect it to the Explorer 500 using the MC4 to 8mm adapter you recommended without using the supplied controller. The Explorer 500 display showed it was charging but the input watts were 0. I moved the panel to a different location and tried unplugging it from the 8mm input. Still no input watts. Could there be a firmware issue with my Explorer 500? I would appreciate any guidance you can offer. Thanks. Reply

    Hello Ty, Hmm, and the Jackery isn’t fully charged already? What time of the day did you try the panel? Jesse Reply

    The Jackery was fully charged so I let it run down a bit. Same result. It was early morning but I would have expected some sort of reading on the input watts. Do you agree? Thanks. Ty Reply

    It depends on how early in the morning it was. The PWM charge controller in the Explorer 500 is pretty weak and I usually don’t see any input watts until 9-10 am depending on location and time of the year. I would drain the battery a bit and try again around noon. If you don’t see 50-60W at that point there is definitely something else going on. Jesse Reply

    I’m new at camping I live in Georgia. I just bought a 2006 Honda element. I also bought a 160 jackery. I don’t know the first thing about electric or solar. I want to do something week end camping but concerned about staying warm bought sleeping bags. I have a small electric heater can a use it for a shot time with the jackery 160 it’s a Holmes it don’t say anything about watt on it, it’s about 6″ high. Is there any heater other than gas I can use in my very small Honda element. O haven’t used the jackery yet. It’s gotten great reviews can’t wait to us it looking far a solar panel. Reply

    Hey Barbara, The problem with a small power station like the Jackery Explorer 160 is that its inverter can only output 100W continuously. Most space heaters, even small ones, use between 500-1500W. The only thing I could think of doing if you don’t want to use a small propane heater is to use a 12V heated blanket like this. Let me know if you have any questions! Jesse Reply

    Happy Thanksgiving Jesse, I have a Jackery 240 and am looking to get a third party solar kit instead of their prettier but pricier one. I thought I was good with a 50 watt HQST for 59 on special but now after reading your site, I feel as if I should go for the 100 watt herd in North Texas. Am I on the right track and which panel connector would you suggest? Mark Reply

    Thank you Mark, you too! I would definitely go with a 100W panel if you have space for it. It’ll obviously be more cumbersome to deal with than a smaller panel, but in my opinion it’s worth it to be able to charge the battery faster. I’d go for a 100W 12V monocrystalline panel, like this one from HQST. Then all you need is the MC4 to 8mm adapter, I like this one specifically because it uses 12 gauge wire. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Hello! I used this page to guide me in my build process but now I am stuck. I have the jackery 1000 and 2 100w renogy panels. I also purchased the 2 mc4 y branches, the windy nation extension cables and the igreely mc4 to Anderson power pole adapter. I already bolted the solar panels to my van roof before trying all the cables together (which I know was probably a bad idea) so now I have the Y branches connected to the solar panels. I tried connecting the extension cables to them and then the adapter to the extension cables and plugged it into my jackery and nothing is happening. It’s sunny out and I’m just so confused. Am I putting the cables together correctly? Please help :’( Reply

    Hey Mckenzie, It sounds like you’re doing it all correctly, and it’s exactly the same setup I have connected to my Jackery. Is the Jackery already fully charged? If not, I would try to figure out which connection is causing the problem. Could you bring the Jackery up onto the roof of your van and connect the MC4 to Anderson adapter directly to the MC4 branches? Or if you have a multimeter, you can test each wire to make sure it’s working. I bet it’s something simple like a faulty MC4 to Anderson adapter, but the only way to find out is to test each connection. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Great info! I have a solar panel that only has USB ports. Is there a way for that to charge a jackery? Is there a USB adapter that would work? Thanks! Deb Reply

    Hey Deb, Hmm, not that I know of, unfortunately. The USB ports can usually not output a voltage high enough. Jesse Reply

    1) Is the SolarSaga 100 watt solar panel able to be outside in rain and snow, like on a roof of a small shed? If not, what are two or three solar panels that are weather worthy? Is the HQST 100 watt solar panel weather worthy? Is the Dokio 100 watt or 200 watt weather worthy? 2) Besides the Jackery Explorer Power Station, are there a couple other safe and reliable 250 to 500 power stations that you would recommend? 3) Do you know if there are any electric fields or chemical reaction surrounding the charging and discharging of a portable power stations up that might be a health concern? Reply

    Hey Allan, 1. No, I wouldn’t leave the SolarSaga out in either rain or snow. You should get a rigid 12V monocrystalline panel, like the HQST 100W. Just make sure the junction box is at least IP65 rated. Any panel with fabric like the SolarSaga or Dokio won’t survive long if it gets wet since they’re not sealed the same way as a rigid panel is. 2. My favorite alternative right now is the River 600. Fast charging, powerful inverter, Wi-Fi support, fast USB C, includes car charger MC4 to DC adapter, and has lots of ports. You can add one extra battery to double the capacity, or keep a bunch of batteries charged up and ready to go when needed. 3. Not that I know of, but I am also not the right person to ask. Jesse Reply

    Jesse, Thank you so very much for your response — sharing your knowledge on this vital field of solar photovoltaic and Li-ion power stations. You’ve given me confidence to proceed! Reply

    Hello Sammy, If it is this Dokio 160W panel, it comes with an 8mm connector and the voltage is safe for the Explorer 300. So yes! Reply

    I am hoping to purchase the Jackery Explorer 300 and was wondering if my 195W Eco Worthy solar panel would be safe to use with it. I know it is overkill however it is often cloudy around here and want to make sure I can keep the Explorer charged when I need it. I understand that the voltage of the solar panel needs to fall between 12-30V however I am just worried about the amperage. The specifications of the panel are listed as: Short Circuit Current 9.87A and Working Current 8.89A. Is this safe for use with this power pack or is there a limit to the amount of current it can handle? Sorry if this is a silly question I am a complete beginner. Reply

    Hey Tori, I have connected 200W panels to my Explorer 500, which uses the same charge controller, and I haven’t had any issues, but I can’t promise that it won’t cause problems over time. The charge controller should limit the current and charge the batteries safely, but I suggest contacting Jackery to make sure it’s not going to void the warranty. Reply

    Am i wrong to say people are forgetting a very important issue here?? weather. Most situations on which you buy a power generator for power back up (i know mostly are campers), is either winter storms with serious snow fall, post hurricanes or tornedos or simply rain….well….it turns out jackery solar panels ARE NOT WATERPROOF. That really surprised me as even if you are camping, chances are there will be wet days. So the reason I am here? researching which third party solar panels are waterproof or can be exposed to wet weather and still be able to charge. Am i wrong to bring this up?? Reply

    Hey Jose, Not wrong at all! When I update the article I will add a paragraph or two about this, thanks! Reply

    Tbh this is exactly what’s been going through my head! I was gobsmacked to find out that such important panels aren’t waterproof! Can you please recommend some waterproof ones for the Jackery 1000. I’d be so grateful! Also plz advise on if I need one panel or two. Many thanks Reply

    If you want something that you can leave out in the rain, the heavier Renogy 100W with kickstand is the best alternative in my opinion. The panels that use fabric are not going to be able to withstand rain or moisture for very long. Whether you need one or more panels depends on what you plan on powering with the Explorer 1000. A 100W panel will generate around 4-600Wh on a sunny day which is 40-60% of the capacity of the Explorer 1000. The “problem” with the Explorer 1000 is that it can only use up to 126W of solar, so while 200W will maximize the charging input you’ll have to ask yourself if it’s worth it to deal with another 100W panel that isn’t going to be fully utilized at all times. If you decide to get two they need to be wired in parallel with an MC4 Y branch, then the MC4 to 8mm adapter. Reply

    Jesse Great explanation for a beginners like me. I have a Jackery 240 and a Solar Panel 50W. Since you mention the Max Solar Input Watt is only 42W for Jackery 240, does it make sense to add 1 more 50W Solar Panel to 100W. to charge the Jackery 240? If yes, does it make the charging any faster? Would appreciate your advise. Thank you so much! Reply

    Hey Steven, Yes, that would add some more input watts, but it wouldn’t be a lot. I would still add it to be able to charge the Explorer faster. Depending on when you bought your Explorer 240, you might have the new model which can handle up to 60-70W, so then I would definitely add a second panel. I’m not sure how you can check which model you have, but if you bought it recently it should be the new model. Reply

    I survived Snowmaggedon 2021 in Texas. I ordered a 250 Jackery generator on a budget. Gonna order the 1000 with 2-100w panels. Since they are not waterproof, what would be a compatible waterproof solar panel for the 250 1000 generators? Thank you. Reply

    Hi Stephanie, glad to hear that you’re ok! The Renogy 100W W/ kickstand are waterproof and if you combine two with an MC4 Y branch, you can then connect them to either of your power stations with an MC4 to 8mm adapter. These do not come with charge controllers, so they’re ready to be connected to the MC4 Y branch right out of the box. They also make the Renogy 200W which comes with a solar charge controller that you’ll have to bypass (looks like there is one built-in). Then you could also the charge controller later on to charge regular 12V batteries (cars/RVs). If you don’t need a built-in stand, the standard Renogy 100W is also a great option. The portable Renogy panels are not as lightweight as the Jackery panels, but panels that can handle water are heavier, unless you’re ok with flexible panels like the HQST 100W. These are much lighter but that means that they might require more attention if it’s windy. The Renogy panels that include the stand also come with a carrying case, which is great for when the panels are not being used. To summarize, if you buy either of the 100W panels you’re going to need both the MC4 Y branch and the MC4 to 8mm adapter. If you buy the 200W panel you only need the MC4 to 8mm adapter. Plus possibly extension cables depending on how you want to set it all up. Let me know if you have any questions. Jesse Reply

    Hey guys, I just bought a 1000 jackery and then i bought all this: SolarEnz Solar Connector to DC8mm Adapter Cable Perfectly Solar Connector Solar Generator Portable Power Station and Solar Panel 12AWG Heavy Duty Wire Renogy 200 Watt 12 Volt Eclipse Monocrystalline Off Grid Portable Foldable Solar Panel Suitcase Built-in Kickstand, black BougeRV Solar Connectors Y Branch Parallel Adapter Cable Wire Plug Tool Kit for Solar Panel is that good?? anything else i need ?? thanking you in advance Anthony Reply

    Hi Anthony, I haven’t seen that 200W Eclipse panel before. It looks like Renogy has wired the panels in series, although it’s not very clear. I suggest checking the voltage with a multimeter to be sure it doesn’t exceed 30V. You should also be able to see the voltage (VOC) on a sticker on the back of one of the panels. You’re also not going to need the Y branch since the panels are already wired together. Let me know if I can help you further. Reply

    Jesse, This is what i found in the book for the solar panels : Technical Specifications Solar Panel Parameters Description 200 W Parameters Maximum Power 200 W Open Circuit Voltage (VOC ) 21.2 V Short Circuit Current (Isc) 11.72 A Maximum Power Voltage (Vmp) 17.7 V Maximum Power Current (Imp) 10.35 A Cell Type Monocrystalline Operating Temperature − 40°F to 185°F Folded Size 41.3 X 21.1 X 3.1 in Net Weight 33.60 lbs. Is this good ?? Thanks Anthony Reply

    Awesome, looks like it is wired in parallel, so it will work with the Explorer 1000. Just connect the MC4 to 8mm adapter directly to the panel. You might want some MC4 extension cables between the two but you don’t need an MC4 Y branch. Reply

    Hello, I have just received the Jackery 1500, and also own the Jackery 1000. In reference to charging from 3rd party panels, the MC4 to 8mm adapter mentioned in this article will work for the Jackery 1000, but not the 1500. Both charging ports are 8mm, but the charging port for the 1500 requires a larger internal pin as supplied by the various Jackery chargers (AC to DC brick, car adapter, and the solar y-adapter). I attempted to use one input of the solar y-adapter, but the adapter requires both inputs to be powered as noted on the label. I suspect a supplier will create an updated MC4 to 8mm adapter to accommodate the Jackery 1500, thanks! Shane Reply

    Does it have SAE connectors? If that’s the case, you’ll need this adapter (click to view on Amazon). Reply

    Hi Jesse: We own a Jackery 240 and just bought the 500. We have a 60 w solar panel. Two questions: a) Can one use the Jackery while it is being charged (either ac or solar charged), or does one have to wait until charging is done to use? b) How long will it take to charge a Jackery 500 with a Jackery 60W solar charger? Thanks. Reply

    Yes, you can use the Jackery while it’s charging. I’d expect 40-50W out of the SolarSaga 60W, so around 11-14 hours. Reply

    Very useful information! I am looking to replace a Kodiak solar generator with a Jackery Explorer 1000, and would like to use the existing Inergy-supplied 2 x 100W panels and Neutrik solar panel cables. Will the Jackery work with this setup, or do I need a different adapter? Thanks in advance! Reply

    It depends on which panel you have since not all Inergy panels use the same connectors. If it uses the EC8 connectors it’s going to be tricky since I don’t think you’re going to find an EC8 to 8mm adapter. You would have to find two EC8 to MC4 adapters, then connect them to an MC4 Y Branch, and finally the MC4 to 8mm adapter. The problem is you need to make sure the polarity is correct (positive to positive, negative to negative). I can’t promise that it will work, but technically it should. Reply

    Hi Jesse, I really appreciate your sharing your knowledge! I have 2 Explorer 1000 that will get the most use during power outages. I am in the PNW so most outages will come with rain, gray skies. I have 2 of the Saga 100w and they work really well in sunny conditions, I am happy with that set up. I would like to get a set up for the rainy outages and I think I want Renogy Solar Panel 2pcs 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline, 2-Pack Compact Design. To hook them together for use like I do the Sagas do I need 2 Y Branch Parallel Adapters and 2 SolarEnz Solar Connector to DC8mm Adapter? Do I get 10 or 22 awg extension cables. Also, are there specific models/brands I should get the adapters and extension cables(20ft should be good)? Thank you!! Reply

    Hi Jesse, Me again! Hey so I re-read through your info, clicked the links and looked at the info there ( and purchased) and I think I’m set. I got 2 of the panels, 2 of the DC8mm Adapter, 1 of the Y Branch and the windy nation extension in the link above. I think that’s going to do it. Thanks again for sharing you info! Reply

    Sorry for the late reply! Sounds like you figured it out. The MC4 Y branches come in pair so you only need one of them, and you only need one MC4 to 8mm adapter since it connects to the MC4 Y branch. For two panels, I recommend 8 or 10 AWG but it depends on how long of a cable you need. 12 AWG is safe, but the voltage loss will be higher than with a lower gauge wire. Let me know if you have any questions when everything arrives! Reply

    No sorry needed! Everybody needs a day off now and then. I did get the 10 AWG. Everything arrives Saturday so now I need to power things off of one so I can test everything when it gets here. Thanks again! Reply

    Hi Jesse, Great web site and very informative. I have a Jackery 1000, Would it be ok to use this 180w Newpowa solar panel? Thanks in advance for your advice. Best regards, Alain Reply

    Hi Jesse, I’m also considering this Rich Solar 170w solar panel. Which one in between Newpowa 180w and the Rich Solar 170w would you recommend? Thanks, Alain Reply

    Looks like they’re pretty much identical in terms of weight and size, so I would get the 180W just for the extra 10W. Reply

    Hi Jesse, How would I connect 4 renogy 100w panels to the new Jackery 1500? The new Jackery has 2 inputs and I am confused on how to do this. Thanks so much! Reply

    You could either connect them with an 4-to-1 MC4 Y branch, or two 2-to-1 MC4 Y branches. The problem is that Jackery seems to have updated the 8mm ports slightly on the new 1500 and 2000 so the MC4 to 8mm adapters I link to and use don’t work anymore. Therefore I can’t recommend any third-party setups for the Explorer 1500 and 2000 right now. I am hopefully going to get my hands on one of them soon so I can find an adapter that works, but for now I’m not much help. Reply

    Jesse, thanks so much for all your valuable info – I`m a complete novice regarding solar and you`ve helped a lot! I bought the Jackery 1000 in case of power cuts but being in Britain can`t find a dc8/Anderson adaptor. Not impressed with Jackery`s panel prices, far too expensive. So have today found a Dokio 100w folding panel (they offer 80-300w) which has the 8mm connection. It`s a start, not too pricey so we`ll see if it`s any good. Happy and safe travels to you. Reply

    Thanks for the up to date information! I recently acquired the 1500. Thanks for the clear and concise information! For the Jackery 1500, mine came with two adapters that I believe replaces the need for the MC4-Y-Branch if I’m looking to connect two panels. The adapter name was the “Jackery Solar Power Cable, Parallel Adapter for E1500”. Picture of boxes: For each Jackery Parallel Adapter: 1) There are two females, 8mm inputs 2) There is one male 8mm output that is “Jackery Style” (the inside core appears a little thicker) Do you think this wiring configuration would work? 1) One 100W Renogy Panel MC4-to-8mm adapter – Jackery Parallel Adapter Input 1 2) One 100W Renogy Panel MC4-to-8mm adapter – Jackery Parallel Adapter Input 2 3) Jackery Parallel Adapter 8mm Output that is “Jackery Style” – Jackery 1500 8mm female that is “Jackery Style” I can also email you a pic to show you what I mean. Reply

    Technically it should work, but I am not 100% sure which MC4 to 8mm adapter works with the 8mm ports on the latest Explorer 1500 and 2000. Also, apparently the Explorer 1500 prefers a high voltage rather than high amperage, so I would connect those two panels in series instead, then into one MC4 to 8mm adapter. When connecting in series, you take the positive MC4 male connector from the first panel and connect it to the negative MC4 female connector on the second panel. You’ll end up with one wire left from each panel, which is what you connect to the MC4 to 8mm adapter. Due to the high voltage with a series connection, I wouldn’t use the Jackery parallel adapter (based on the specs you posted). To summarize, you can use your configuration if you can find a compatible MC4 to 8mm adapter but the charging input will be lower than if you wire the panels in series. Reply

    Forgot to post the specs for the Jackery Parallel Adapter: Product Name: Solar Panel Parallel Adapter (Cable) Input Voltage PV1: 18.5V Input Current PV1: 5A Input Voltage PV2: 18.5V Input Current PV2: 5A Output Voltage: 37V Output Current: 5A Output Current: 185W Reply

    Howdy, Thanks for this great article. I’m looking for a small folding panel that would survive being packed in my car. The Jackery Saga 60 is just too darn big. Also, my math indicates that I’d be using about 5-7Ah a day and I should be able to replace that with something in the 30W ballpark. I’ve had a heck of a time finding a small durable panel in that type of capacity that outputs directly to the MPPT charge controller in the Explorer240. I’d love to see someone make a flexible ETFE folding kit that could fit in a laptop bag. Have you seen anything like this? Thanks, Alan Reply

    Hi, something like the SinKeu 40W panel might do and fit in a backpack. It comes with an 8mm DC connector so it should work with your Explorer 240 right out of the box. Reply

    Hi, I’m wondering if there is a specific mc4 to 8mm to combine my 100w Renogy panels to the jackery 1500? Reply

    All I know is that not all MC4 to 8mm adapters work with the 1500. Unfortunately, I don’t know exactly which one is compatible and not. Reply

    Hi Completely new to this and looking at getting the following UK model Jackery 1000 for my van which looks to have Anderson inputs I’m looking at getting two of the reunify 100w flexible panels to fix to the van roof Just wondering what adapter I will need (preferably available on Amazon uk store). Cheers Emily Reply

    Hi Emily, First, you’re going to have to connect the two panels in parallel with an MC4 Y Branch (click to view on Amazon UK). They’re sold in pairs, so you only need to buy one. Take the positive MC4 male connector from each panel and connect them to one of the branches, then do the same with the negative MC4 connectors to the second branch. Then you’re going to connect the Mc4 Y branches to the MC4 to Anderson adapter. You might have to rearrange the connectors on the adapter for it to fit the Explorer 1000 but it might already be in the correct position. Just make sure you don’t pull the connectors by the wire if you do have to change it. If you’d like to extend the wiring between the branches and the adapter, I recommend Renogy 10 AWG Mc4 extension cables. Let me know if you have any questions. Reply

    Hi Jesse. I’ve been looking at panels and instead of 2 x renogy 100 flexible panels, I’m thinking of just getting the one Victron 175w panel which I’ll attach to the cross bars of my roof rack. Can you confirm that this panel should work ok with the Jackery 1000! And I’m assuming with just the one panel I’d just nee the MC4 to Anderson Adapter? This is the panel I’m looking at Cheers Emily Reply

    Also following this closely and curious what you have to say Jesse! I am with Emily – I’d rather just have 1 panel instead of dealing with 2, connectors, etc. I’d like to be able to move it around for this summer but then eventually mount it to the top of my camper! Thanks, Zack Reply

    Yes, it’s definitely easier to deal with just one panel. It’s slightly more efficient since less connections equal less voltage loss. The only downside is if the one panel stops working you’re out of luck but with two panels you’ll have one that still works. I haven’t had any issues with any of my solar panels though so that would be extremely unlucky. Since you’re planning on mounting it later on, I suggest getting a rigid or a flexible panel. The rigid panels last longer, but the flexible panels are much lighter.

    Yes, it’s compatible since it has a VOC rating of 23.7V. And yes, all you’re going to need is the MC4 to Anderson adapter. What I can’t tell about that panel specifically is whether the MC4 male connector is the positive wire or not. Most companies wire their panels that way, but not all. I would give the store a call and ask, but there should also be a sticker on each wire telling you what’s what so you’ll know which MC4 to Anderson adapter to order. Reply

    Hi there, I have a jackery 300, and I am looking for a solar panel to charge while we are camping. It looks like the 200w jackery solar panel does not work on Jackery Explorer 300. If I get the 100W, does the Jackery 300 get charged thru solar panel and also charge a portable fridge? How long does a jackery 300 last on charging an ICECO GO20? Reply

    Yes, you can use a solar panel to charge the Explorer 300 while also powering a fridge via the 12V DC port. If it’s this Iceco fridge (click to view on Amazon), it uses about 50W so the worst case scenario would be 5-6 hours. But a fridge only uses a lot of power when the compressor is on, so if you keep the fridge in a shaded area and it’s not too hot outside it should easily last a day or two unless you’re powering a bunch of other devices that drain the battery as well. The SolarSaga 100 should recharge the 300 in 4-5 hours, which means that as long as it’s sunny it will be able to regenerate the electricity used by the fridge and most likely even bring the Jackery to 100%. On cloudy days you can limit your power usage and/or turn on the ECO mode on the fridge. Reply

    Jesse, great write up and lots of good information! I can confirm that the Explorer 1500 does indeed use a different 8mm plug. ( probably to support higher wattages on those 8mm barrel plugs. The power adapter charges at 300watts) I just received two Solarsaga 100 panels to pair with it and indeed you have to use their “parallel adapter” which actually puts them in series to be able to plug into the e1500. This means you can’t use just one Solarsaga 100 to charge the unit as it won’t plug in! I had seen an adapter on some review units on YouTube, but mine didn’t come with one nor did it say it should have come with one. I can provide you some photos and more detailed information if you’d like Jesse via email. Reply

    Hi Ryan, Thanks a lot for commenting and sharing your findings! But you did get the two parallel adapters with the purchase of the Explorer 1500? Hmm, I wonder if it’s possible to use an MC4 to 8mm adapter with a parallel adapter. Yes, if you wouldn’t mind I’d love that. I’d like to see some closeups of the new 8mm connectors on the Jackery. You can mail me at thecampingnerd at Reply

    Jesse, so glad I ran across this site! I just purchased a Jackery 500 to use camping to supplement a travel trailer I use boondocking. Now I am looking for a solar panel. probably 100W, that will connect to the Furrion port outside on the trailer, as well as the Furrion port. I like the Rockpals flexible as it seems interesting to use either standing up or hanging from the trailer, but I don’t know how well they will hold up. The Jackery panels are not an option due to probability of them getting wet. The Renogy 100W suitcase seems to be a good deal, however I don’t know if it would be better to get without the controller and purchase a 3rd party one that would be easy to disconnect for the Jackery and add back for the Furrion, or is it a simple process to bypass the Renogy controller. I just wish the Renogy were lighter weight. Any suggestions are appreciated. Reply

    Hi, The easiest thing to do would be to get an Acopower 100W kit (click to view on Amazon), and their Furrion adapter. That’s all you would need to connect a panel to the Furrion Port. The panel has a built-in bypass, so you can connect the MC4 connectors straight from the panel to the MC4 to 8mm adapter. But the Acopower panel isn’t lightweight, just like the rigid Renogy panels. It would be more water resistant than a portable/foldable panel. I’ve left mine out in rain- and snowstorms and they still work great. It’s not very hard to bypass the charge controller on a Renogy panel as long as you’ve got the right tools, but it’s a little risky since you’ll void the warranty when you start cutting wires. I’ve written a post about doing that here. I’ve been told that the new Renogy suitcase models come with a bypass already, but I don’t know which exact one since mine didn’t (purchased 2018). Might be worth contacting Renogy to figure out which model has it. You could also do what you said, get a Renogy panel, a charge controller, the MC4 to 8mm adapter and connect/disconnect as needed. It might become a chore if you need to swap cables everyday, so whether that would be worth it or not depends on how much you boondock. The most lightweight way to go would be a flexible panel, and they can withstand rain but not a lot of wind. Sorry if I wasn’t much help, let me know if you have any questions and I’ll be happy to help you further. Reply

    Jesse, I am in the process of getting my pickup ready for camping this Fall for bird hunting/fishing ect. I am thinking the Jackery 500 would be a good choice for a solar generator. I need a solid weather protect panel that I attach to the canopy roof or hang over the windshield etc. Could you help me with which panel would be best suited for this project? Reply

    I like the Itehil 100W (click to view on Amazon) that I reviewed recently. None of these portable and foldable panels are very water resistant though. I’d consider a flexible panel like this one from Topsolar since they’re lightweight and more water resistant. Reply

    It seems so simple and yet I have a renogy 100 watt panel and a jackery 240 and I have tried 2 different brands of adapter and the jackery and the renogy don’t seem to know that they are connected to each other. Jackery told me to buy their solar panel instead but that is not going to happen. Any idea what could be the problem? Reply

    Have you made sure that the adapter has a positive MC4 female connector and a negative MC4 male connector? There are lots of adapters on the market, and half of them are not wired correctly for a Renogy panel. Do you have a multimeter so you can check the polarity, since the Renogy panel could be the problem too. Reply

    Hi, So im confused on what i need for the Jackery 1,000 and the Renogy 100 watt 12v solar panel? And which extension do i need as well so the generator makes it in my house. This is all new to me so i just want to make sure im getting the right wires. Thank you. Reply

    The adapter you need is the MC4 to 8mm (click to view on Amazon), and the extension cables are these from Windynation. For a single 100W panel, I’d use 10 AWG for up to 30ft, and 8 AWG for longer than 30 ft. Reply

    Are you in the UK? If so, here is an MC4 to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon UK). It uses 14 AWG wiring though, so I don’t recommend connecting more than around 150W of solar panels with it. Reply

    Hi there, Thanks, that’s very good information! However better safe than sorry so I would like to ask your advice. I have a jackery 500 and bought 2 Renogy 100w panels as one wasn’t enough throughout the day here in Scotland. This means I will run 40-60w most of the time (having them in parallel with MC4 Y then Converter to 8mm). However there might be peak throughout the day where it go over 100/150w… My understanding is since the Voc in parallel remains at 22 and the 12 amp is within acceptable range, can the jackery 500 handle the watt surplus? For how long? Thanks a lot! Reply

    Well, Jackery recommends sticking to 100W, but I have been using 200W for months without any issues. So while I can’t promise it won’t cause any issues, it should be fine as long as the charge controller works. Reply

    I want to buy the Jackery solar 1000 but read the panels it comes with are not water proof. The the aletrnative solar panels listed here water proofs? Reply

    A lot of the rigid panels are relatively waterproof (IP65 junction box), but the more portable foldable panels are not since they’re made with cloth and open ports just like the Jackery panels. I have used rigid Renogy panels for years in both rain- and snowstorms and they still work great. Reply

    Hello. Thanks for a great article I am thinking of pairing a Jackery Explorer 240 with a third party 100 w panel as I have seen you recommend a lot of times already in the Комментарии и мнения владельцев. My question is: What happens if the panel produces more than the 65W the Jackery is able to handle? If for example the panel produces 100 w (i know it won’t exactly) will that damage the Jackery or is the MPPT able to handle the excess? Kind regards Reply

    Hi, The charge controller will regulate the amperage and prevent any damage. I still try to stay below 150% of what a charge controller can handle though. A 100W panel with the Explorer 240 should not be a problem at all, as long as the voltage (VOC) is within the 12-30V range. Reply

    Jesse, I am so glad I found this site! I am wanting to purchase a Jackery Explorer 1500, and mount (4) 100W 12v Renogy Monocrystalline panels to the roof of my Suburban. 1. Is this overkill? 2. Is this possible? I would think this would be OK as Jackery tries hard to sell 4 of their 100w panels with it, but I’m just starting this project and want to make sure before spending the money. Thanks in advance! Reply

    Hi Curtis, That would be fine. Just make two pairs of parallel with two MC4 branch connectors (click to view on Amazon), then connect them to the included parallel adapters with two MC4 to 8mm adapters. I do this with the latest 1500 model and it works great. Reply

    Thanks for all the work you did on this article! I know this has been answered but I am new to this and a little paranoid! Just ordered the Jackery 500 and I am looking at this panel to go with it. I understand that all I need is the adapter plug, correct? Is this unit a good fit for the Jackery 500? Thanks! Reply

    I just noticed that the adapter is 60.00 ( I am in Canada where everything is more expensive!) That brings it within 60.00 of the Jackery panel with current discounts. This one is 280.00 with current discounts, would it be plug and play compatible with the Jackery Explorer 500? Reply

    Hi, Looks like one of the included connectors is an 8mm connector, so it should work with the Explorer 500 without any issues. I have used many similar panels with mine and haven’t had any problems. I also found this mc4 to 8mm on the Canadian Amazon store, looks like there are a couple of different sellers that make the same adapter. I’d go with the Renogy if you plan on leaving the panel out overnight or need it to be reliable even on windy days. The Golabs will be the more portable panel, but will fall over easily if the wind kicks up. There are pros and cons to both. Reply

    Hi Jess My question is all about awg cables sizes. Could you please advise me on the AWG number ( 10 or 12?) for my 10 ft extension cable. Which do I buy? The extension cable will be connecting 1 solar panel, the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel, which is 12 awg to the SolarEnz MC4 to 8mm Adapter Cable, also 12 awg. Which in turn plugs into my Jackery 1000. thank you so much Liz Reply

    Hi Jesse thank you for all the support advice you give. It’s so valuable in the sea of technology we are trying to navigate. I have one more question regarding cables, could you please answer? I bought the 10ft 12 AWG extension cable as you recommended for my Renology 100w solar panel and SolarEnz MC4 adapter 8mm adapter cable. If eventually I need a longer cable such as 15ft or 20ft, would both those longer size cables require a 10 AWG thickness ? thanks for confirming Liz Reply

    Hi, Another 20ft 12 AWG extension cable would be alright and the voltage loss shouldn’t be worse than 3%. A 10 AWG extension cable would be slightly better but it’s not necessary with one panel, so it’s up to you whether it’s worth it or not. If you would add another panel you definitely want to get 8 or 10 AWG though. Reply

    Fantastic information. Thank you for sharing your knowledge. Any thoughts about compatible wind turbines for the Jackery 1000? Reply

    Hi Adam, Unfortunately, I don’t know much about wind turbines. That might be something I start experimenting with later this year though! Reply

    Hey Jesse. Amazing info. Just wanna make sure I understand correctly, and purchase the correct stuff. I have a Jackery 1000, interested in picking up (2) of the Renogy 100 watt suitcases you have listed above. Is that overkill to charge the 1000, or is one good enough? Any idea how long (2) of them would take to charge the 1000 compared to one? Do you think having two panels is worth the trouble/overkill? Cables: – if two panels used, which cable to connect them together to use safely on the 1000 – which cable to run from panel or panels to 1000 – and what single 15-20ft extension cable would you recommend? Thanks so much, new to all this! Reply

    Hi Randy, If you plan on using the Jackery every day, or even every week, I would go with two panels. Even though it only adds about 40-50W to reach the max 126W, your panels are not always going to get perfect sunshine and being able to generate twice as much power on a cloudy day is awesome. With one panel it would take around 12-13 hours, and around 7-8 with two. You’ll connect them in parallel with an Mc4 Y branch (click to view on Amazon). Then connect the MC4 y branch (or the MC4 extension cable depending on if you go for the MC4 or 8mm cable below) cables to this MC4 to 8mm adapter. When it comes to 8mm extension cables, I haven’t found a single cable that fits as snug as I’d like, but I haven’t tested them all. Here is the type of extension cable you’re looking for though. I recommend these 10 gauge MC4 extension cables by Windynation, and you can tape them together with electrical tape. Reply

    Hey Jesse, thanks so much for the info and reply, really appreciate the help. Since I have Jackery 1000, it also has the anderson connector for input. Would you go with the 8mm option you mention above over the anderson connector cable option? Does one work better than the other, or does it not matter? I know you mentioned you cant use both at the same time. Thanks Reply

    That’s true, you could use the Anderson input and get an Anderson extension cable. Thanks for the reminder, I look at so many power stations that I sometimes forget what model has what. It doesn’t matter which one you use. Here is a 20ft 10 AWG Anderson extension cable, and this is the MC4 to Anderson adapter you would need. This would definitely be a better way to go than dealing with different 8mm connectors. Reply

    Hey Jesse! This is an amazing article! However I might be over my head here. I have no clue what I’m doing. I’m looking to get by better half a killer gift, when we go boondocking. We don’t do to much on the power end but adding a power cooler might be nice one day, so I was thinking of the jackery 300. And getting a more affordable panel. Which brought me here! But through the Комментарии и мнения владельцев I didn’t see anyone asking for recommendations on a 300. So maybe I chose wrong. and I see you said the jackery panels are not waterproof, yikes. I’d like it to fold, lay flat, have a stand and be lighter in weight. Any help would be greatly appreciated! Reply

    Hi Gina, Sorry about the late reply, I had missed your comment. The Explorer 300 isn’t bad, but with only 293Wh it won’t run a 12V fridge for more than a couple of hours. It’s still a great gift though. Yeah, it’s hard to find foldable and lightweight panels that are waterproof. The Topsolar 60W (click to view on Amazon) checks a lot of your boxes, but it shouldn’t be left out in the rain. I think you should consider the Ecoflow River though. It has almost the same battery capacity, but also neat things like Wi-Fi, 3 AC outlets, 4 USB with one 100W USB C, and fast charging. If you’d like to later on, you can also add an extra River battery to double the storage. Paired with the Topsolar 120W (or one of the smaller ones) you’d have a great setup for boondocking. Let me know if you have any questions Reply

    I have a DOKIO 220w 18v Folding panel. I am purchasing a Renology 100w 12v Mono panel. although the voltages are different, could I use the “Y” cable that came with the Jackery Explorer 1000 and input both to charge the Solar Generator? or will the voltage difference cause a problem? Reply

    You could, but your Jackery 1000 will still max out at 126W input. Also, I don’t remember the gauge of the Y adapter and I don’t have my Explorer 1000 anymore. I’d like to make sure it can handle the total amperage. I would only connect the two if it’s cloudy or so early/late that you’re not getting close to 126W with your 220W panel. Reply

    I really want to thank you for your thoughtful and quick reply. Another site said you should never mix different voltage panels together with a Y cable. But they never explained why. Then, even another site said that voltage doesn’t matter, only current does. I was concerned that some panels say 12v and some say 18v when in reality the voltage seems to be an afterthought. I never get anywhere near the max output where I live. Thank you again! If I burn out my Jackery, I will not blame you. But I promise to update you if it happens Reply

    Interesting, I have been told that it’s OK to mix in either parallel or series as long as the Y adapter can handle the voltage and amperage. The only reason not to is that it usually reduces the output. Yeah, they’re called 12V panels because they’re usually used with 12V systems. But a 100W 12V panel outputs around 18V. Hehe yes, please do! Hope it’ll all work for you. Reply

    hi Jesse, question. I have a Jackery 1000 and wondering if it would be possible to connect four 100w solar panels ( in parallel voc is 24.3V. so I should be ok there. I know its over kill, but I live in newfoundland Canada and we do not get much sun. Mostly cloudy days, but I do not want to damage anything. also I have about a 40 foot run. would 10awg or 8awg be required? I’m thinking 10 would be fine. thanks. Reply

    Hi, I just realized I need to update this post. I can’t recommend doing it because I don’t know what damage it could cause over time. I think you would also have to add additional fuses and make two pairs of parallel, since the Maximum Series Fuse Rating of that panel is 15A. I’m not 100% sure how that rating works though. For 40ft, I’d definitely get 8 AWG, or even 6 AWG to reduce voltage loss, even if you only get two panels. Reply

    I have done that and it has worked fine, but still I don’t think Jackery recommends going over 200W. Reply

    Hi Jesse, First of all thank you for your post and involvement in this thread. The fact that you take the time to reply to everybody is brilliant and I think you are doing the wider community a great service and you deserve praise for it. I have just purchased the Jackery 500 in light of the recent issues that have beleaguered our world. I own some off brand (a Chinese brand) A grade cells, premium monocrystalline panels. I have close to 0 knowledge of solar panels or electrical installations so I am wondering whether it would be safe to recharge the battery using that panel and how would I go about doing that. I am in the UK and bought both the Jackery and the solar panel from UK vendors, adapted for UK standards. Reply

    Hi again Jesse, Just found the info on my solar panels, this is what I have. Apparently they are “UK made”. Reply

    Hi Andrei, Thanks for the kind words, I appreciate it. That’s a nice panel, unfortunately it’s a 24V panel so your Jackery power station won’t accept it due to the high 40.1 open circuit voltage (VOC). The Explorer 500 can handle panels that output 12-30V. I’ve heard of buck converters which are supposed to be able to bring the voltage down, but I don’t have enough experience with those to be of any help. You can either get a portable foldable panel like this one by Elecaenta (click to view on Amazon UK), which will plug right into the Explorer 500 with the included 8mm adapter. Or you can get a rigid 100W 12V panel like this one by Renogy, which would plug into the Jackery with the help of an adapter like this. According to the seller, it works with Jackery Explorers. The 120W panel will charge the Explorer faster than the 100W panel, but it’s not a panel you should leave out in the rain. The rigid 100W panel is more water-resistant and can be left out in the rain. Even though it won’t generate many watts, it can be enough to keep your small devices charged if the power is out and it’s going to rain for a week. On the other hand, the Elecaenta panel has USB A and C ports so you can plug your devices right into it. If you find a different panel, make sure it has a VOC rating within the 12-30V range. And if you find a different MC4 to 8mm adapter, make sure it has a positive MC4 female connector since that’s how most panels are wired. Let me know if you have any questions. Reply

    Sorry not being able to sift through all 162 responses, can you tell me which alternate solar panels are weather safe since the Jackery panels are not waterproof? Thank you for your web posts! Reply

    Hi David, When it comes to portable panels, something like the BigBlue 100W (click to view on Amazon) is at least IP65 water-resistant. So while it shouldn’t be left out in a rainstorm, it can handle some water. It includes an 8mm connector, so it should plug directly into your Jackery power station unless you have an Explorer 1500 or 2000, then you’ll need this 8mm adapter. There are some other similar panels on the market with a IP65 rating. The EcoFlow panels are rated IP67, and on Amazon they show a picture of it in water, so these would probably be the best when it comes to lightweight and portable options. For rainstorms, I have used the rigid Renogy 100W w/ built-in kickstand and haven’t had any issues. For installations on top of campers, the standard Renogy 100W is hard to beat. Reply

    Hi Jesse, I note you only recommend 100w panels. What is the reason I couldn’t use the Renogy 200w instead of the 100w with the explorer 1500 since it’s really just two 100w panels side by side? Reply

    I went ahead and purchased two 100w rigid panels and will wait to hear back from you about the 200w. Scrolling through I did see one answer where you said you’d been using the 200w without any issues… is this still the case? I was looking at the suitcase without a controller. I ordered the cables also that you keep going back to. If I end up with the 200w also (making it 400w total) does it have the same cable requirements? What about if I want to connect one of the 100w panels to my dometic plb40? Thanks so much! Reply

    You can definitely use a 200W panel with the Explorer 1500, as long as its VOC rating is within the 12-30V range. The latest Renogy 200W suitcase is compatible with all Jackery power stations, since it’s easy to bypass the solar charge controller. Just to make sure you got the right products, did you get an MC4 Y branch to connect the two 100W panels together, one MC4 to 8mm adapter, and the SolarEnz 8mm adapter (unless you want to use the one included by Jackery)? If you get the 200W panel, you’ll need one of each adapter above except the Y branch. To connect a panel (or two wired in parallel with the Y branch) to the Dometic power station, you need an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). Reply

    Great! Suitcase ordered. I have two of all cables above except the adapter, I’ll order those now. From everything I’ve read, none of the cables are really long enough for permanent installs, (roof mount of the two 100w) so I’ll likely need to order extension wiring. All the parts and pieces should be here by Sunday so I’ll have a better idea then. Thanks so much for your post and replies! It’s all starting to make sense now but it’s still a lot of information and numbers to sift, so your help and knowledge are very appreciated Reply

    So I finally got a full sun “warm” (51°F) day to test the panels. Hooking straight up to the multimeter these are the readings I get after they’ve been in the sun for 20 min: 200w suitcase: 136w, 15v, 8.76a. 100w rigid: 79.1w, 18.3v, 4.38a. Both rigid panels are reading close to the same. I know temperature etc will make a difference, but I’m curious how this sounds to you. The readings renogy gave me were much higher, though I’m assuming that is ideal conditions (which I’m not 100% what those are exactly) I’m in Cleveland, Ohio, it’s 51°, full noon sun and I’ve positioned them as directly into the sun as possible, adjusting as it moves. Thoughts? Suggestions? We are headed to the southwest on our road trip so hoping that makes some difference. The suitcase reading seems really low to me even at a 20% loss. Reply

    The voltage seems a bit low on the 200W suitcase, it should be around 18-22V. I wonder if a cell has died, can you see any damage on the panel if you look closely?

    A bit off the usual track. I have a Jackery Exp!orer 550. I have a small camper van with 12v house battery. The Dometic refrigerator drains that battery in a few hours. I’d like to hook up the Jackery to supplement the house battery. I saw a kit that essentially acts as a jumper cable to connect the unit easily through the terminals. A friend suggested using a connector through the cigar lighter port. Thoughts? Reply

    Hi, I am just a “little late” in coming to this discussion. I recently purchased a Jackery Explorer 1500 and two 100 watt Jackery Saga solar panels. I am planning on purchasing another solar panel or two as I can input up to 400 watts. The Solar Saga panels are expensive. I am wondering if the 200 Watt Massimo Foldable Solar Panels sold at Costco would work with my Jackery Explorer 1500. I realize there may be quality differences between the two brands of solar panels. The Massimo comes with a variety of adapters. If those adapters do not work I see where I can buy on Amazon that will most likely fit. Thank-you for your assistance. I am not very technical and somewhat new to solar panel camping. I have always had a gas generator. Reply

    Hi, Looks to me like it comes with an 8mm adapter, so it’s compatible. I recommend getting the SolarEnz 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon) instead of connecting it to the Jackery adapter already used for your Jackery panels. Reply

    Jesse, Like Mark above I’m a bit late joining the conversation. I have a Zamp 230 Watt ‘suitcase’ panels. Will these be suitable for the Jackery 1500? Reply

    Hi, While the panels themselves are compatible, the problem is that you need to bypass the charge controller before connecting it to the Jackery. Unless you can easily disconnect the wires between the solar panel and the charge controller and install MC4 connectors, you are going to have to cut the wire first. This will void the warranty, but it’s not very hard to do as long as you have an MC4 wiring kit (click to view on Amazon). Reply

    Hello. I have a Jackery 240. I use it mostly in my van so I would like a panel on the roof, preferably thin so it’s hard to see. I’d then like to be able to charge the main unit inside the van. This way it can all be secure while I’m out but still making the most of the daytime sunlight, I only seem to be back at base once the sun has gone! I’d like it to be as simple as possible, what would you recommend please? Many thanks Luby Reply

    Hi, What you are looking for is a flexible panel like this one by Newpowa (click to view on Amazon). You can secure it to the roof of your van either with double sided 3M tape or Eternabond tape. Eternabond might cost a little bit more but it would secure it better which makes it worth the cost, in my opinion. Then you’ll need the MC4 to 8mm adapter to connect the panel to your Explorer. You might need extension cables, and I recommend MC4 extension cables like these by Renogy. Reply

    Jessie, A wonderfully informative blog, one of the best by most any standard. Especially appreciate the information summary tables. I am new to the solar charging topic and trying to get things right for the usual reasons. My objective is to build a flexible charging configuration centered on the solar panels so that they may charge different batteries and/or power stations depending on situational need: I. Jackery Portable Power Station – Explorer 1000 watt – which has integrated MPPT. II. Basic 12 volt lithium ion batteries with terminals (e.g., NOCO Lithium NLP14 Lithium Battery) Will be using two supposedly weather resistant Renogy 100 Watt, 12 Vold Suitcase solar panels in parallel as mentioned in your blog: This solar panel apparently comes with and without a 20 amp charger controller. Question 1: Should I purchase the panels with or without the charger controllers? I presume the controllers are not needed for the Jackery 1000 Watt Powerstation(?) but may be needed for “safe” charging of the basic lithium ion terminal batters? My fearless guess is to buy the panels with the charge controllers — but not use with the Jackery and do use with the basic lithium ion batteries — is my understanding correct? I. Regarding the Jackery 1000 Watt Power Station, and based on information from your blog, I am inclined to use the Anderson Poles and below wires/adapters that you recommended to connect the solar panels in parallel: (1) Solar Panel Connector Cable – iGreely Connector Solar Panel Cable Kits for Goal Zero Yeti, Suaoki, Renogy Portable Solar Generator Power Station 10AWG 60cm/2ft (2) Extension cable – the iGreely Extension Cable 10AWG Battery Charger Adapter 45A Connector for GZ Yeti /G500 Solar Generator Power Inverter and for Renogy,Boulder 200 Solar Panels 20Ft 6M (3) MC4 Y-Branch for paralleling – BougeRV Solar Connectors Y Branch Parallel Adapter Cable Wire Plug Tool Kit for Solar Panel (4) As a backup or alternative connector — SolarEnz Solar Connector to DC8mm Adapter Cable Perfectly Solar Connector Solar Generator Portable Power Station and Solar Panel 12AWG Heavy Duty Wire II. Regarding the charging of basic lithum battery, thinking of the MC4-to-8mm configurations and wires/adapters: (5) Extension cable #2: WindyNation 10 Gauge 10 AWG One Pair 20 Feet Black 20 Feet Red Solar Panel Extension Cable Wire Solar Connectors Question #2: Is this extension cable needed to or is it redundant to that mentioned in “(2)” above? Question#3: Are there any other connectors/adapters, fuses, regulator/sensors, etc., that you might think are need for basic functionality for the two mentioned applications: Pardon the lengthy inquiry…just trying to be complete the first time through. Thank you so much for your time and attention. –Ed Reply

    Hi Ed, Thank you for the kind words! Question 1: Yes, to be able to charge a power station and a 12V lithium battery when needed, you do need a charge controller. You’re correct, no controller when connected to the Jackery, only when you charge a regular 12V battery. If you buy two Renogy 100W suitcases, you should buy one with a charge controller and one without. The question is whether the one with a controller comes with an easy bypass, mine didn’t but some say the new models do. I recommend asking Renogy before ordering. Also, if I am looking at the right NOCO NLP14 battery it only has 4Ah (56Wh) which a 100W panel would charge up in less than an hour. Unless you’re going to charge significantly larger batteries (25Ah and larger) I would buy two Renogy panels without a charge controller, then just get a small battery charger that plugs into the Jackery to charge the external 12V batteries. Yep, all four adapters and cables you link to are compatible. Like you said the MC4 to 8mm would be for backup. Question 2: Whether it’s redundant or not depends on how long of a cable you need. Having an Anderson extension cable instead of the MC4 cables is nicer since it’s just a single cable. Question 3: Nope, that’s all you need to charge the Jackery power station. The only thing I’d add based on what I mention above is a battery charger, like the Noco Genius5 (click to view on Amazon) which will charge up a battery like the NLP14 quickly. Just plug it into the Jackery. Let me know if you have any more questions. Reply

    Jesse you rock! This was exactly the tips I needed to decide on the Jackery Explorer 240 in combination with the Bresser 60 watt mobile panels and check for compatibility before ordering, brilliant! Happy hiking vibes from Denmark! Tor Reply

    Hi Jesse, doesn’t it make sense to equip the Explorer 1000 with 2x150W panels (=300W) so that it charges better on cloudy days, although it can’t use all the power on sunny days? When traveling by van, you never know how much sun will shine. If both panels are 18V and 7.0-7.5A and I connect them in parallel, it’s about 15A. Can an Explorer 1000 handle that? As I hope I understand this correctly, the Explorer only uses as much wattage (126W in your table) and therefore current as it can consume. Or would it be damaged in this combination? Or am I wrong about that? Matt Reply

    Hi, Yes, that’s true. I’d call that a great setup and a great way to maximize the input more than in just the middle of the day/on cloudy days. I’ve used 400W with my Explorer 1000 and it’s still fine, but I can’t say whether it would do any damage in the long term. If I were you I would go ahead and do it, but I obviously am not liable if something breaks. Reply

    Hello; Great info. I have a unique application for a Jackery 300 in a box trailer that won’t be used for weeks at a time and then only occasionally for lights. I would like to mount a Renogy 50 flexible solar panel to the roof an keep it attached to the Jackery. Does the Jackery have circuitry to prevent overcharging and subsequent overheating? Thanks so much. Reply

    Good article. I am wondering if the Jakery 240 and Nomad 50 would be compatible?? Would appreciate feedback to my email. Thanks Reply

    Hi, The connectors are the same so it should technically be compatible, the voltage and current definitely is. Reply

    We have a Jackery Explorer 1000 and have purchased DOKIO 220W solar panels. We are going to need a longer cable between the two so we can get the panels in a sunnier area. What should we use. Reply

    Hi, If you’re using the 8mm connector included with the panel I suggest using SAE extension cables (click to view on Amazon) to make the connection as secured and snug as possible. Make sure the polarity is correct (positive to positive, negative to negative). There are similar SAE extension cables that include a reverse polarity adapter that might be required if the polarity is wrong. Reply

    Hey Jesse, I’ve got: Jackery 1000 Jackery 240 SolarSaga 60 panel Nekteck 100 panel My main question is what cabling/adapter hardware is needed to combine these two panels and attach to the Jackery 1000? Also, would those two combined panels be too much for the Jackery 240? Many thanks!! Reply

    Hi, I think it’s possible with an 8mm splitter like this one by iGreely (click to view on Amazon). If the Nekteck panel is already producing close to 60W, I wouldn’t connect both to the Explorer 240. But if it’s early/late and or cloudy, it can be worth connecting both and the Jackery should be handle to handle it fine. Reply

    Jesse, Thank you for helping us with your expertise. I purchased a Rock Pals 10o watt solar panel. It works great with my Jackery300 when charging my laptop, I pad or phone. The problem is when I go to recharge the Jackery 300 from the controller on the panel I attach the 8 mm adapter to the cord and plug it into the Jackery 300. Crickets …… screen on the Jackery shows 0 … nothing. The adapter fits just fine (8mm). Your thoughts please. The Rock Pals works great with everything else ? Thank you. Reply

    Hi, Which Rockpals panel is it? I wonder if it has a special 8mm connector made for the Explorer 1500 and not the 300. If you can give me a link I can take a look. Reply

    Would the 1500 be able to handle two 200w panels rather than 4 100w panels with the y branch connectors? Or is it better to stick with 100w panels Reply

    Hey Jesse, first of all thanks for putting the research and therefore making life for people like me easier. However I still have a question to make sure I am buying the right equipment. I currently have the Jackery Explorer 1000 and am looking into cheaper options than the original SolarSega panels. Am I safe to connect two of the Renogy 100W 12V solar panels? And am I interpreting your article correctly in assuming that I don’t need an additional adapter but just the Y branch in order to connect to panels in parallel? Also if I want the Renogy Panel with the built-in stand instead I only need to add in the MC4 to 8mm adapter that you linked? Thanks in advance and greetings from Germany Julius Reply

    Hi, Yes, you do need the MC4 to 8mm adapter either way. Two Renogy 100W panels wired in parallel with an Y branch works great with the Explorer 1000. And it doesn’t matter if you get the regular ones or the portable type as long as they’re the 12V models. Reply

    Hey Jesse, I’ve got the following gear: 1 x EcoFlow Delta 2 2 x EcoFlow 160w panels First off, I assume the Delta 2 can handle simultaneous input from these two panels, correct? If that’s the case, then can you recommend the cables to run these two panels in parallel, plus I’m also looking for a ~20ft extension cable to this setup so I can keep the Delta 2 in the tent or car while charging. Thanks in advance! Reply

    Hi, Yes, if it’s the Delta 2 with 1024Wh, you’re good! I recommend wiring the panels in series in your case, since the Delta 2 can handle voltages between 11-60V up to 15A. A series connection does not require any extra adapters, all you have to do is connect the positive MC4 male from one panel to the negative MC4 female on the second panel. Then connect the two remaining cables to the MC4 to XT60 adapter, or in your case a pair of extension cables first. I recommend the Geosiry 10 AWG MC4 extension cable (click to view on Amazon). It’s available in different lengths. Let me know if you have any questions. Reply

    ————- you have said: It’s not safe to connect two panels in series to any of the Explorers (except the first gen 1500 and 2000, not the newer ones) and smaller since that will double the voltage and most likely exceed the 30V maximum ————- i am looking for cheaper panels for newer explorer 1500 / 2000 pro. i read specs and 2000 pro has 2 inputs, each up to 60v and 12A. officially suggested max setup option is 6xsolarsaga 200 panels. that is 3x200w panels for each input in series (original jackery adapter for attaching 2 or 3 panels to one input DC8020 port is doing it in series), that matches the max specs. so, in my opinion 30v limit is not the case for newer 1500 /2000 pro units Reply

    Hi, You’re correct. This article was last updated before the release of the latest models, I am going to update it again shortly. Thanks! Reply

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