Best Solar Panels For Anker Portable Power Stations

How to Charge the Anker Portable Power Stations with Solar Panels

Anker is a company that makes a lot of portable battery banks, solar panel chargers, and more.

Its products are made well and if you’re looking at one of the many Anker power station options there are a few things to know about solar panel compatibility.

Most Popular Anker Power Station: Anker PowerHouse 200 (click to view on Amazon)

In this post, I’ll go over the current models of Anker portable power stations that can be charged with solar power.

I’ll also give my recommendations for the best compatible solar panels for the different kinds of solar inputs Anker uses.

Solar Compatible Anker Power Stations

Anker Portable Power Station, 213Wh/57600 mAh PowerHouse 200 with 110 AC Outlet/30W USB-C Power Delivery for Camping, Road Trips, Emergency, and More
Anker 521 Portable Power Station, 256Wh LiFePo4 Battery Pack Portable Generator, 200W 6-Port Outdoor Generator with 2 AC Outlets, 60W USB-C PD Output, LED Light For Camping, RV, Power Outage and More
Anker Portable Power Station, PowerHouse II 400, 300W/388.8Wh, 110V AC Outlet/60W USB-C Power Delivery Solar Generator for Camping, Road Trips, Emergency Power, and More
Anker 535 Portable Power Station, Portable Generator 512Wh (PowerHouse 512Wh), 500W 9-Port Outdoor Generator with 4 AC Outlets, 60W USB-C PD Output, LED Light for Camping, RV, Emergencies, and More
Anker Portable Generator 778Wh, 545 Portable Power Station (PowerHouse 778Wh), 500W Outdoor Generator with 110V 2-AC Outlets, 2X 60W PD Outputs and LED Light for RV, Camping, Emergencies, and More
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
213Wh
256Wh
388Wh
512Wh
778Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlet Max Output)
100W
200W
300W
500W / 1000W Surge
500W / 750W Surge
AC Outlets
1
2
1
4
2
USB Ports
2 + 1 USB C
2 + 1 USB C
3 + 1 USB C
3 + 1 USB C
4 + 2 USB C
Input Ports
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 5.5x2.1mm Solar
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
Input Rating
39W Solar / 60W USB C
65W Solar / 60W USB C
65W Solar / 60W USB C
120W Solar / 60W USB C
120W Solar / 60W USB C
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Outlet
No Info
Size
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 inches
8.5 x 5.67 x 8.33 inches
10 x 5.5 x 7.6 inches
11.5 x 9.9 x 7.4 inches
11.8 x 8 x 7.3 inches
Weight
6 lbs
8 lbs
10.2 lbs
16.75 lbs
18.3 lbs
Anker Portable Power Station, 213Wh/57600 mAh PowerHouse 200 with 110 AC Outlet/30W USB-C Power Delivery for Camping, Road Trips, Emergency, and More
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
213Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlet Max Output)
100W
AC Outlets
1
USB Ports
2 + 1 USB C
Input Ports
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 5.5x2.1mm Solar
Input Rating
39W Solar / 60W USB C
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Outlet
No Info
Size
7.5 x 5.5 x 4.7 inches
Weight
6 lbs
Anker 521 Portable Power Station, 256Wh LiFePo4 Battery Pack Portable Generator, 200W 6-Port Outdoor Generator with 2 AC Outlets, 60W USB-C PD Output, LED Light For Camping, RV, Power Outage and More
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
256Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlet Max Output)
200W
AC Outlets
2
USB Ports
2 + 1 USB C
Input Ports
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
Input Rating
65W Solar / 60W USB C
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Outlet
Size
8.5 x 5.67 x 8.33 inches
Weight
8 lbs
Anker Portable Power Station, PowerHouse II 400, 300W/388.8Wh, 110V AC Outlet/60W USB-C Power Delivery Solar Generator for Camping, Road Trips, Emergency Power, and More
Product Link
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
388Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlet Max Output)
300W
AC Outlets
1
USB Ports
3 + 1 USB C
Input Ports
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
Input Rating
65W Solar / 60W USB C
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Outlet
Size
10 x 5.5 x 7.6 inches
Weight
10.2 lbs
Anker 535 Portable Power Station, Portable Generator 512Wh (PowerHouse 512Wh), 500W 9-Port Outdoor Generator with 4 AC Outlets, 60W USB-C PD Output, LED Light for Camping, RV, Emergencies, and More
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
512Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlet Max Output)
500W / 1000W Surge
AC Outlets
4
USB Ports
3 + 1 USB C
Input Ports
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
Input Rating
120W Solar / 60W USB C
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Outlet
Size
11.5 x 9.9 x 7.4 inches
Weight
16.75 lbs
Anker Portable Generator 778Wh, 545 Portable Power Station (PowerHouse 778Wh), 500W Outdoor Generator with 110V 2-AC Outlets, 2X 60W PD Outputs and LED Light for RV, Camping, Emergencies, and More
Battery Capacity (Watt Hours)
778Wh
Inverter Rating (AC Outlet Max Output)
500W / 750W Surge
AC Outlets
2
USB Ports
4 + 2 USB C
Input Ports
USB C / DC (Wall & Car) / 8 mm Solar
Input Rating
120W Solar / 60W USB C
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Regulated 12V Outlet
Size
11.8 x 8 x 7.3 inches
Weight
18.3 lbs

Best Solar Panels For Anker PowerHouse 200

All but one of the Anker solar panels use an 8 mm DC input to charge with solar panels.

The Anker PowerHouse 200 is the smallest of the portable power stations and it uses a smaller input that’s 5.5 x 2.1mm.

The solar input rating is only 39 watts which means solar panels between 50 and 60 watts are going to be perfect for rechareging this little solar generator.

The max volage is a little low on this specific model. It maxes out at 22 volts.

Some small solar panels have a high voltage, you don’t want to use anything that outputs more than 22 volts.

See Also: The Most Powerful Solar Generator/Power Station

Below are some of the best small portable solar panels that come with a 5.5 x 2.1 connector.

Any of these will be able to charge the Anker PowerHouse 200 right out of the box.

ROCKPALS SP002 Foldable 60W Solar Panel Charger for Jackery Explorer/Flashfish/MARBERO/BALDR/Paxcess Portable Power Station Generator and USB Devices, QC3.0 USB Ports
Upgrade Topsolar 60W Foldable Portable Solar Panel Charger Kits for Portable Power Station Generator Cell Phones Camera Lamp 12V Car Boat RV Battery(Dual USB Ports & 19/14.4V DC Output)
Watts
60W
60W
Included Connectors
MC4/5.5x2.1/8/3.5x1.35/& more
5.5x2.1/8/3.5x1.35/& more
Anker 200 Solar Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
13.4 x 13.8 x 2.4 inches
17 x 21 inches
Open Size
58.2 x 13.8 x 0.2 inches
34 x 21 inches
Weight
5.7 lbs
4 lbs
ROCKPALS SP002 Foldable 60W Solar Panel Charger for Jackery Explorer/Flashfish/MARBERO/BALDR/Paxcess Portable Power Station Generator and USB Devices, QC3.0 USB Ports
Watts
60W
Included Connectors
MC4/5.5x2.1/8/3.5x1.35/& more
Anker 200 Solar Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
13.4 x 13.8 x 2.4 inches
Open Size
58.2 x 13.8 x 0.2 inches
Weight
5.7 lbs
Upgrade Topsolar 60W Foldable Portable Solar Panel Charger Kits for Portable Power Station Generator Cell Phones Camera Lamp 12V Car Boat RV Battery(Dual USB Ports & 19/14.4V DC Output)
Watts
60W
Included Connectors
5.5x2.1/8/3.5x1.35/& more
Anker 200 Solar Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
17 x 21 inches
Open Size
34 x 21 inches
Weight
4 lbs

Best Solar Panels For All Other Anker Power Stations

All the other portable power stations Anker makes use an 8mm (7.9×0.1) input.

Both of the solar panels that are compatible with the small Anker PowerHouse 200 come with 8mm adapters as well.

So you could use one of those for any of the other power stations.

The medium sized power stations that are around 250-400 watts can draw up to 65 watts of power from a solar panel.

For those I recommend the panels that are 100 watts, anything larger will just waste energy.

The reason I don’t recommend a 60 watt panel is that no solar panel is 100% efficient.

There are always some watts lost, so a 100 watt solar panel will usually output 90 watts during the strongest sunlight hours.

On cloudy days or winter, it may only make around 60 watts of power.

See Also: Are Solar Generators Better Than Gas Generators?

For the larger two Anker portable power stations that are around 500-800 watts, the solar input is rated for 120 watts.

That means you will want a solar panel that’s at least 120 watts but something around 160-200 will be even better.

Below are some of the best 100 to 150 watt solar panels that come with an 8 mm adapter so they can connect to the Anker power stations right out of the box.

Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel for Explorer 240/300/500/1000/1500 Power Station, Foldable US Solar Cell Solar Charger with USB Outputs for Phones (Can't Charge Explorer 440/ PowerPro)
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
TWELSEAVAN Portable Solar Panel for Power Station, 120W Foldable Solar Charger with QC3.0/PD60W/DC 4 Outputs for Phone Tablet, Camping Outdoors RV
ITEHIL Solar Panel, 160W 18V Portable Solar Panel, Foldable Monocrystalline High Efficiency Waterproof Solar Panel Kits with MC4/Type-C/USB/DC Outputs for Power Stations Outdoor Camping…
ATEM POWER 200W Portable Solar Panel - Foldable Solar Charger Monocrystalline with 20A MPPT Charger Controller 5V USB Output for 12V Batterires/Power Station Outdoor Camper RV Off Grid
Watts
100W
100W
120W
160W
200W
Included Connectors
8 mm
8 mm
MC4/8/5.5x2.1/5.5x2.5mm/& more
MC4/8/5.5x2.1/5.5x2.5mm/& more
8/5.5x2.1/5.5x2.5/Anderson/Alligator Clips
Anker Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
24 x 21 x 1.4 inches
40 x 26.75 x 1.75 inches
14.4 x 20.5 x 1.6 inches
21.46 x 20.47 x 2.36 inches
14.6 x 19.9 x 4.3 inches
Open Size
48 x 21 x 0.3 inches
40 x 26.75 x 1.75 inches
64.6 x 20.5 x 0.75 inches
94.8 x 20.5 x 0.2 inches
74 x 29.1 x 2 inches
Weight
5.5 lbs
20 lbs
9.5 lbs
17.5 lbs
17.4 lbs
Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel for Explorer 240/300/500/1000/1500 Power Station, Foldable US Solar Cell Solar Charger with USB Outputs for Phones (Can't Charge Explorer 440/ PowerPro)
Watts
100W
Included Connectors
8 mm
Anker Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
24 x 21 x 1.4 inches
Open Size
48 x 21 x 0.3 inches
Weight
5.5 lbs
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
Watts
100W
Included Connectors
8 mm
Anker Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
40 x 26.75 x 1.75 inches
Open Size
40 x 26.75 x 1.75 inches
Weight
20 lbs
TWELSEAVAN Portable Solar Panel for Power Station, 120W Foldable Solar Charger with QC3.0/PD60W/DC 4 Outputs for Phone Tablet, Camping Outdoors RV
Watts
120W
Included Connectors
MC4/8/5.5x2.1/5.5x2.5mm/& more
Anker Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
14.4 x 20.5 x 1.6 inches
Open Size
64.6 x 20.5 x 0.75 inches
Weight
9.5 lbs
ITEHIL Solar Panel, 160W 18V Portable Solar Panel, Foldable Monocrystalline High Efficiency Waterproof Solar Panel Kits with MC4/Type-C/USB/DC Outputs for Power Stations Outdoor Camping…
Watts
160W
Included Connectors
MC4/8/5.5x2.1/5.5x2.5mm/& more
Anker Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
21.46 x 20.47 x 2.36 inches
Open Size
94.8 x 20.5 x 0.2 inches
Weight
17.5 lbs
ATEM POWER 200W Portable Solar Panel - Foldable Solar Charger Monocrystalline with 20A MPPT Charger Controller 5V USB Output for 12V Batterires/Power Station Outdoor Camper RV Off Grid
Watts
200W
Included Connectors
8/5.5x2.1/5.5x2.5/Anderson/Alligator Clips
Anker Compatible
USB Ports
Folded Size
14.6 x 19.9 x 4.3 inches
Open Size
74 x 29.1 x 2 inches
Weight
17.4 lbs

How to Connect Solar Panels with MC4 Connectors

Many of the roof mount (click to view on Amazon) and flexible solar panels (click to view on Amazon) only have MC4 connectors attached to them.

In order to connect the Anker portable power stations to MC4 connectors, you will need to use adapters.

Note that there are lots of different MC4 adapters for different sizes of solar inputs.

One thing you need to check is that the positive and negative are wired in a compatible way for your solar panel.

See Also: Best High-Quality 100 Watt Solar Panels Compared

Most solar panels have a MC4 male positive, which means you will need to find an adapter with a female positive so it will work correctly.

Below are adapters that have a positive female MC4 connector to work with most standard solar panels.

For the smaller Anker Powerhouse 200 that uses a 5.5×2.1 mm DC input for solar, you will need this MC4 to 5.5x2.1 mm adapter (click to view on Amazon).

Solar Panel to 5.5x2.1mm Adapter Cable DC 5.5x2.1mm Connector with DC3.5x1.35mm, DC5.5x2.5mm and DC8mm Converter for Portable Backup Power Station GZ Yeti Jackery Solar Generator (14AWG 6ft)

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All of the other Anker portable power stations use an 8 mm solar input, you will need this MC4 to 8mm (click to view on Amazon).

SolarEnz Solar Connector to DC8mm Adapter Cable Perfectly Solar Connector Solar Generator Portable Power Station and Solar Panel 12AWG Heavy Duty Wire

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More on Connecting Anker Power Stations to Solar Panels

If you have a solar panel with a charge controller you will need to bypass it when charging the Anker power stations.

The reason for this is that a power station already has a solar charge controller built into it. That means it’s not compatible with other solar charge controllers.

Many solar panels with solar charge controllers have the ability to bypass it, or you can rewire it yourself to make it work.

Any solar panel you use needs to be made for charging 12 volt batteries.

Also, make sure you don’t go over on the voltage rating for each power station.

If you use solar panels that are less than 100 watts over the solar input rating of the power station you’re normally ok with the voltage, but using huge solar panels, or panels connected in series with small power stations can cause issues.

The smallest Anker Powerhouse 200 has a voltage input rating of 5-22 volts. The other Anker power stations have a voltage input rating of 11-28 volts.

See Also: 5 Ways To Get Started With Solar Power/Panels (RV/Camping)

Anker Power Station FAQ

Do the Anker portable power stations come with solar panels?

No, none of the solar generator/power stations by Anker come with solar panels.

Anker does make a few solar panels that are meant for charging small electronics but none of them are included with the power stations.

How fast will a solar panel charge Anker power stations?

The max solar input rating is different on the Anker power stations.

So depending on the model you buy the amount of time it takes for a solar panel to charge will differ.

The Anker PowerHouse 200 has a max solar input of 39 watts. That means an 60-80 watt solar panel could charge it in 6-7 hours.

The Anker Powerhouse 521 and Powerhouse II have a max solar input rating of 65 watts.

That means an 80-100 watt solar panel could charge the smaller 521 with 256Wh in 5-6 hours and the larger PowerHouse II with 388Wh in 7-8 hours.

The Anker Powerhouse 512Wh and 778Wh both have a solar input rating of 120 watts.

That means an 140-200 watt solar panel could charge the 512Wh version in 5-6 hours and the 788Wh version in 7-8 hours.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions or something to add.

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