Solar Panels For FlashFish G300, 200W, EA150, 150Wh Solar Generators
FlashFish is a company that makes several different solar generators in different sizes. They’re all very portable power stations that are perfect for camping and travelers that need to have power on the go.
Today I want to help you find a solar panel to connect to your solar FlashFish solar generator. The models I am looking at are the G300, 200W, EA150, and 150Wh. If you’re looking at a different FlashFish power station, it might have the same DC input and be compatible with the same panels, but the best thing to do is ask the company if you need to know about a specific solar panel.
I’ll also share the best solar panel options for these FlashFish power stations since not all solar panels on the market are compatible. You want to make sure you find one that is compatible so you don’t hurt the solar charge controller in the power station. If you fry that, you’ll be out of luck!
Now, let’s take a look at the FlashFish products and their ratings when it comes to solar panel charging.
Solar Panels Compatible With FlashFish Power Stations
The links below will take you to the product page on Amazon.com.
FlashFish 50W 18V Solar Panel – FlashFish makes a foldable and portable solar panel that is compatible with all of their solar generators. It’s two 25W solar panels that fold together, with a handle on top that makes it easy to carry around. It’s very thin and easy to store in small places. It includes several adapters that make it compatible with other solar generators as well. It’s a good choice if you want to have a solar panel that is easy to handle. It doesn’t have a kickstand, and won’t stand up in the wind, but its portability makes it a good choice for most.
Rockpals Foldable 60W Solar Panel – This is an even more portable solar panel compatible with all FlashFish solar generators. It’s four 15W solar panels combined that make a 60W solar panel. There is also a 100W option. A great feature with these Rockpals panels is that they also have USB ports, so you can connect your solar generator and smaller devices such as phones, tablets, and speakers at the same time. I actually recommend the 100W panel for every FlashFish solar generator, even though the solar charge controller will max out at 60W on some of them. It makes the charging speed much faster.
Renogy 100W Solar Panel – You can use a solid panel from a company like Renogy with any of the FlashFish solar generators. You’re just going to need a Aimtom MC4 to DC 5.5mm x 2.1mm. If you’re considering a solar panel from a different company, you need to make sure that the positive (red) wire coming out of the panel is a male MC4 connector, as that is the kind the Aimtom adapter is made for. You don’t want to connect a solar panel to the FlashFish generator with the wrong polarity.
Richsolar 50W Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel – This is a very lightweight 50W solar panel compatible with every FlashFish power station as well. As with the Renogy panels, you’ll need a Aimtom MC4 to DC 5.5mm x 2.1mm to make the connection between the panel and the solar generator.
KingSolar 40W Foldable Solar Charger – This is another very portable and lightweight option that is compatible with each of the FlashFish power stations. It has not only a DC output but a USB output so you can charge several devices at the same time. A great choice that will keep the battery charged up so you can spend time outdoors without having to worry about how you’re going to charge your devices.
Use Any Third-Party Solar Panels With The FlashFish Solar Generators
You can use any solar panel with FlashFish solar generators if you have an adapter. The adapter you’ll need is the Aimtom MC4 to DC 5.5mm x 2.1mm.
What To Think About When Choosing A Solar Panel For A FlashFish Solar Generator
The most important thing is to choose a panel that has a VOC rating within the FlashFish charge controller rating. In the table above, I have listed the accepted voltage for each solar generator.
You also need to choose a solar panel that doesn’t have a built-in charge controller, since the solar generator already has one. You shouldn’t go through two solar charge controllers.
The last thing is obvious, but you should choose a high-quality solar panel. I recommend a monocrystalline panel, from a reputable company like Renogy, Richsolar, Rockpals, ECO-Worthy, HQST or Newpowa.
Can I Charge A FlashFish Solar Generator With A Solar Panel With USB Ports?
Not if the solar panel only has USB ports. You need a DC output that can output a voltage that the solar generator charge controller can do something with. Small foldable panels are not strong enough to generate enough power.
How Can I Make A Solar Panel More Efficient?
There are a couple of things you can do that will make the solar panel as efficient as possible when charging your power station.
The first thing is to make sure the panel is clean and not shaded. Some panels are OK with being a little bit shaded, while other panels don’t like it at all. This means that even if your solar panel is 90% in the sun, it might only be generating 50% of the power it should. Make sure it’s not covered, not even a little.
The second thing you should do is angle the solar panel towards the sun. This helps a lot, especially during the morning and the evening when the sun is low on the horizon. This is also true in the winter even if it’s the middle of the day. The only time your solar panel should be lying down flat on the ground is if the panel is somewhat straight above, otherwise you might be able to squeeze a couple of extra watts out of your panel by angling it directly to the sun.
The last thing is an obvious one, but you should keep the solar panel clean. If enough dirt builds up on your panel, it will be like a shadow on it, and bring down the charging efficiency.
Combining Several Panels
The connection you make is that you take the two positive MC4 wires from each panel and plug them into one of the adapters, then do the same thing with the negative.
There are also larger MC4 Y Branches if you want to connect three or more solar panels. Remember that the solar generator has a max wattage though that you shouldn’t exceed.
Let me know down below if you have any questions.