How To Connect Solar Panels To Beaudens 166Wh Power Station

Connect Solar Panels To Your Beaudens 166Wh/B-1502 Power Station To Charge It

The Beaudens 166Wh/B-1502 portable power station, also known as a solar generator, is a relatively new portable battery on the market. It has a couple of features that stick out when compared to similar products, one being the lithium iron phosphate batteries that last longer than the lithium batteries usually found in other power stations.

As with most power stations, there are three ways to charge it. With the included wall charger, in the car, or with solar panels.

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Today I am going to help you figure out how to connect solar panels to the Beaudens 166Wh/B-1502 and what panels are compatible. You can’t just connect the first best solar panel you find since we have to follow the limits of the solar charge controller inside the Beaudens.

Let’s start by listing the specifications of the Beaudens and what input limits and port it has.

If you have any questions, please leave a comment and I will try to help you.

Beaudens 166Wh/B-1502 Specifications And Limits

BEAUDENS Portable Power Station, Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery LiFePO4, 2000 Cycles, 10 Years Life, 166Wh 110V/150W AC Outlet, Solar Generator for Outdoors Camping Travel Fishing Emergency Backup
Watt-hours
166Wh
Inverter rating
150W/200W
DC Input Port
5.5x2.1mm
Input Limits (volts)
13V-22V
Max Input Watts
42W
Solar Charge Controller Type
MPPT
Includes MC4 adapter
Weight
4.9 lbs
Size
8.7 x 3.1 x 6.6 in
BEAUDENS Portable Power Station, Lithium Iron Phosphate Battery LiFePO4, 2000 Cycles, 10 Years Life, 166Wh 110V/150W AC Outlet, Solar Generator for Outdoors Camping Travel Fishing Emergency Backup
Watt-hours
166Wh
Inverter rating
150W/200W
DC Input Port
5.5x2.1mm
Input Limits (volts)
13V-22V
Max Input Watts
42W
Solar Charge Controller Type
MPPT
Includes MC4 adapter
Weight
4.9 lbs
Size
8.7 x 3.1 x 6.6 in

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Solar Panels Compatible With Beaudens 166Wh

Now, let’s take a look at solar panels that are compatible, and which ones will require you to use the included MC4 to DC adapter.

Renogy 50 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel (Compact Design)
PAXCESS Foldable 50W Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator/8mm Goal Zero Yeti 100/150/400 Power Station Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports
ROCKPALS 80W Portable Solar Panel Charger, Parallel Foldable Solar Panel for ROCKPALS 250W/300W Portable Power Station, 8mm for Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 160/240
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel, Compact Design 42.2 X 19.6 X 1.38 in, High Efficiency Module PV Power for Battery Charging Boat, Caravan, RV and Any Other Off Grid Applications
Rockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator / 8mm Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 240, Webetop Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports
SUAOKI 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for SUAOKI Portable Power Station/Jackery Explorer/Goal Zero Yeti/Webetop/ROCKPALS Generator, Quick Charge 3.0, 60W Type C for Cell Phone Macbook Laptop
Watts
50W
50W
80W
100W
100W
100W
Connectors
MC4
DC, USB
DC, USB
MC4
MC4, DC, USB
DC, USB
Open Circuit Voltage
21.8V
18V
18V
21.6V
18V
21V
Weight
8.8 lbs
5.1 lbs
5.3 lbs
14.3 lbs
10.8 lbs
10.9 lbs
Size
23.7 x 19.6 x 1.2 in
6 x 13.8 x 1.8 in
16.9 x 2.8 x 11.8 in
42.2 x 19.6 x 1.4 in
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 in
20.9 x 20.7 x 2.4 in
Renogy 50 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel (Compact Design)
Watts
50W
Connectors
MC4
Open Circuit Voltage
21.8V
Weight
8.8 lbs
Size
23.7 x 19.6 x 1.2 in
PAXCESS Foldable 50W Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator/8mm Goal Zero Yeti 100/150/400 Power Station Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports
Watts
50W
Connectors
DC, USB
Open Circuit Voltage
18V
Weight
5.1 lbs
Size
6 x 13.8 x 1.8 in
ROCKPALS 80W Portable Solar Panel Charger, Parallel Foldable Solar Panel for ROCKPALS 250W/300W Portable Power Station, 8mm for Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 160/240
Watts
80W
Connectors
DC, USB
Open Circuit Voltage
18V
Weight
5.3 lbs
Size
16.9 x 2.8 x 11.8 in
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel, Compact Design 42.2 X 19.6 X 1.38 in, High Efficiency Module PV Power for Battery Charging Boat, Caravan, RV and Any Other Off Grid Applications
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4
Open Circuit Voltage
21.6V
Weight
14.3 lbs
Size
42.2 x 19.6 x 1.4 in
Rockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator / 8mm Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 240, Webetop Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4, DC, USB
Open Circuit Voltage
18V
Weight
10.8 lbs
Size
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 in
SUAOKI 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for SUAOKI Portable Power Station/Jackery Explorer/Goal Zero Yeti/Webetop/ROCKPALS Generator, Quick Charge 3.0, 60W Type C for Cell Phone Macbook Laptop
Watts
100W
Connectors
DC, USB
Open Circuit Voltage
21V
Weight
10.9 lbs
Size
20.9 x 20.7 x 2.4 in

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The panels in the table that has DC connectors can be connected to the Beaudens solar generator with one of the cables/adapters included with the solar panel and doesn’t require the use of the Beaudens adapter.

If the solar panel has MC4 connectors, use the MC4 to DC adapter included by Beaudens to connect it to the DC input.

How To Connect Compatible Solar Panels And Use Any Brand

The Beaudens has a 5.5×2.1mm DC input port. Beaudens includes an MC4 to 5.5×2.1mm DC adapter, which makes it compatible with a lot of solar panels directly out of the box.

Large solar panels from companies like Renogy, HQST, Newpowa, and Eco-Worthy use MC4 connectors, while portable foldable panels often come with several different DC connectors to make it compatible with different power station brands.

If you’ve lost the MC4 to 5.5×2.1mm DC adapter, this is the kind of adapter you need (click to view on Amazon).

6.6Ft Heavy Duty Waterproof Solar Male/Female Connector to DC 5.5mm x 2.1mm Solar Panel Adapter Cable for Charging Power Station, Solar Generator and Rechargeable Battery Pack

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What we need to think about when connecting a solar panel is the input voltage limit. This is the voltage range that the solar panel needs to stay within to charge the power station. There is a max input as well, but that is safe to go over, even though the power station won’t charge at a higher wattage than its maximum wattage, in this case, 42 watts.

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A 12V solar panel like the Renogy 100W (click to view on Amazon) has a 21.6V VOC rating, which means its open-circuit voltage is 21.6V and safe to use with the Beaudens power station. The fact that it’s called a 12V solar panel only means that it generates 12V DC power.

A 100W solar panel like the Renogy isn’t 100% efficient, and usually generate between 60 and 80 watts per hour in the sunshine. So would it be a waste to use it with the Beaudens that has a 42W max input? No, not if you want to make sure the power station will charge as fast as possible even when the sun is low on the horizon or when it’s cloudy.

How To Combine Two Panels

You can combine two panels that have MC4 connectors, like the Renogy 50W Monocrystalline Solar Panel. A reason you might want to combine two panels instead of using one 100W panel is that two smaller panels are easier to deal with due to the weight and size.

To connect two panels together safely, you need to use a MC4 Y Branch (click to view on Amazon).

Signstek Y Branch Parallel Solar Panel Cable Connectors Connector Adapter M/FF and F/MM (1)

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Take each positive male MC4 connector from both panels and connect it to the MC4 Y Branch adapter that has two female inputs and a male on the opposite side. Then do the same thing with the second adapter.

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This is called a parallel connection, where the positive and negative wires don’t meet each other and are kept separate. It doubles the amperage, but not the voltage, so it’s safe to do with the Beaudens.

When the panels have been connected in parallel, you’re going to have the MC4 male and MC4 female connector available on the MC4 Y Branch adapter, which is what you’ll plug into the MC4 to DC adapter included by Beaudens.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will It Take To Charge The Beaudens With Solar Panels?

The Beaudens power station has a battery capacity of 166 watt-hours, so if you have maxed out the input at 42W, it will charge in about 4 to 5 hours. With a 50W panel generating 30-40W to the Beaudens, it would take about 5 to 6 hours.

What Are The Best Alternatives To The Beaudens 166Wh?

I have written a post about the best power stations with MPPT charge controllers with similar watt-hours, click here to view it.

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How Can I Improve The Charging Efficiency When Using Solar Panels?

The easiest thing you can do is tilt the solar panel so it faces the sun directly. This will help especially when the sun is low on the horizon. It will also help when it’s cloudy.

Another thing you should do is make sure the panel isn’t shaded, not even a little bit.

Can The Beaudens B-1502/166Wh Be Used While It’s Charging?

Yes, you can use the outlets and ports while the battery is charging.

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

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