Solar Panels Compatible With Goal Zero Yeti 1000,1400 & 3000

Charge Your Goal Zero Yeti 1000, 1400 Or 3000 With Compatible Solar Panels

The Goal Zero Yeti 1000, 1400, and 3000 are three power stations that use the same solar charge controllers. This means that a solar panel that is compatible with one of them is compatible with all of them.

Goal Zero doesn’t include the MPPT solar charge controller with the Yeti 1000 and 1400, but it’s included with the 3000. It makes charging with solar panels much more efficient and I recommend purchasing it if you plan on using solar panels often with your Yeti.

Related Post: 5 Ways To Charge A Goal Zero Yeti Faster

What you need to think about when connecting solar panels to these power stations is to not exceed 22V Vmp. Each of the panels I am recommending down below is below 22V and directly compatible.

Some of them require the use of an adapter since most larger solar panels come with MC4 connectors. I will talk more about the adapter below the table, but basically, this is the one you need to use the 8mm input (click to view on Amazon), and this is the one you need to use the Anderson Powerpole input.

Solar Panels Compatible With Yeti 1000/1400/3000 Listed And Compared

Here are a couple of solar panels I recommend for the Yeti power stations. Note that the panels with a green checkmark next to “Requires Additional Adapter” will also require the purchase of the adapter I linked to above and will talk more about down below.

nrgGo 50 Watt Solar Panel Monocrystalline | All Black High Efficiency 50 W Solar Panel 12V | Lightweight Portable Solar Panels for RV, Homes, Boat | 12V Solar Panel 50W RV Solar Panels for Homes
Rockpals SP003 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
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel -- Black Frame Sleek New Design
Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Off Grid Portable Foldable 2pcs 50W Solar Panel Suitcase Built-In Kickstand
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase, 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
SUAOKI Foldable 120W Solar Panel Charger Compatible Jackery/Goal Zero Yeti/Enkeeo/Webetop/Paxcess/ROCKPALS Power Station with Quick Charge 3.0, 60W Power Delivery USB C for Home Camping
Watts
50W
100W
100W
100W
100W
120W
Connectors
MC4
MC4, USB (DC adapters included)
MC4
MC4
8mm
DC, USB, Anderson
Voltage (Voc)
18-22V
16-18V
21.5V
21.6V
18-22V
18V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
9 lbs
5.1 lbs
14.3 lbs
26.6 lbs
25.9 lbs
10.9 lbs
Size
26.8 x 21 x 1.5 in
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 in
41.6 x 20.7 x 1.4 in
69.1 x 6.1 x 50.5 in
26.8 x 40 x 1.8 in
20.9 x 20.7 x 2.4 in
nrgGo 50 Watt Solar Panel Monocrystalline | All Black High Efficiency 50 W Solar Panel 12V | Lightweight Portable Solar Panels for RV, Homes, Boat | 12V Solar Panel 50W RV Solar Panels for Homes
Watts
50W
Connectors
MC4
Voltage (Voc)
18-22V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
9 lbs
Size
26.8 x 21 x 1.5 in
Rockpals SP003 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, USB (DC adapters included)
Voltage (Voc)
16-18V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
5.1 lbs
Size
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 in
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel -- Black Frame Sleek New Design
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4
Voltage (Voc)
21.5V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
14.3 lbs
Size
41.6 x 20.7 x 1.4 in
Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Off Grid Portable Foldable 2pcs 50W Solar Panel Suitcase Built-In Kickstand
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4
Voltage (Voc)
21.6V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
26.6 lbs
Size
69.1 x 6.1 x 50.5 in
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase, 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
Watts
100W
Connectors
8mm
Voltage (Voc)
18-22V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
25.9 lbs
Size
26.8 x 40 x 1.8 in
SUAOKI Foldable 120W Solar Panel Charger Compatible Jackery/Goal Zero Yeti/Enkeeo/Webetop/Paxcess/ROCKPALS Power Station with Quick Charge 3.0, 60W Power Delivery USB C for Home Camping
Watts
120W
Connectors
DC, USB, Anderson
Voltage (Voc)
18V
Requires Additional Adapter
Weight
10.9 lbs
Size
20.9 x 20.7 x 2.4 in

Note: Scroll left/right on small screens to view all products in the table.

The Adapter You Need To Connect MC4 Solar Panels To Goal Zero Yeti

If the solar panel you’ve chosen has MC4 connectors with a positive male and a negative female connector (each panel with MC4 connectors above is wired this way), you need to use one of the adapters down below.

MC4 to 8mm Adapter

SolarEnz MC4 to 8mm

SolarEnz Solar Connector to DC8mm Adapter Cable Perfectly Compatible with MC4 Solar Generator Portable Power Station and Solar Panel 12AWG Heavy Duty Wire

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MC4 to Anderson Powerpole

iGreely MC4 to Anderson Powerpole

iGreely Connector Solar Panel Cable Kits Compatible with Powerpole for Goal Zero Yeti, Suaoki, Renogy Portable Solar Generator Power Station 10AWG 60cm/2ft

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Connect Two Solar Panels In Parallel For More Amps

You can combine two compatible panels to double the amperage. The way it’s done is with a parallel connection, which will keep the voltage the same but double the amperage. Do not wire solar panels in series and connect them to the Goal Zero Yeti!

To do a parallel connection, we use MC4 Y branch adapters.

MC4 Y branch adapters

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

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Extension Cables

I use MC4 extension cables, the WindyNation extension cables. These are sold in pair and come in different lengths and wire gauges. I recommend 10 AWG when using 20 feet or more. The lower the gauge the better.

WindyNation MC4 Extension cables

WindyNation 10 Gauge 10 AWG One Pair 20 Feet Black + 20 Feet Red Solar Panel Extension Cable Wire Solar Connectors

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If you would rather use an 8mm extension cable, Goal Zero sells a 15ft 8mm extension cable. There is also a 30ft option available, but I don’t recommend it due to the power loss. Both of them use 16 gauge wire which is too thin for the lengths used.

Goal Zero 15ft 8mm Extension Cable

Goal Zero 15ft 8mm Extension Cable for Yeti, Boulder and Nomad Products

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It’s easier to use the 8mm extension cable since it’s a single cable instead of two like the WindyNation that has two separate wires for positive and negative currents.

I have taped my WindyNation cables together with electrical tape every 10 inches or so to keep the wires together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Charge Controller On The Goal Zero Yeti 3000 Is The MPPT?

The charge controller on the right, which is the only one you can see if you lift the lid up. The PWM charge controller is built-in so you can’t see it.

You can remove the MPPT charge controller and install the Link Expansion Module if you want to charge the Yeti with an alternator in a vehicle or connect more batteries.

Do These Solar Panels Work With The Goal Zero Yeti 400 And 1250?

Yes, as long as you stay within the voltage rating they will charge the Yeti 400 and Yeti 1250 (non-lithium) as well. They use the same 8mm port.

What Is The Maximum Number Of Solar Panels I Can Connect?

Goal Zero recommends connecting a maximum of 400W of solar to their solar charge controllers, so 800W of solar panels in total if you have both the PWM and MPPT charge controller.

When it comes to the actual maximum input wattage, the PWM charge controller can handle 360W and the MPPT 325W.

Can I Charge Other Power Stations With These Panels?

There are other power stations that use the 8mm and Anderson Powerpole port, but not all of them do. If you’re wondering about a specific power station, please leave a comment and let me know which one you have.

Can I Connect A Solar Panel That Has A Charge Controller?

No, since the Goal Zero Yeti power stations have charge controllers built-in, you shouldn’t use a solar panel with an additional charge controller.

The charge controller needs to be able to read the battery voltage, so if there is another charge controller in-between it will get confused. You might see some input watts, but it won’t be much, and it’s not recommended.

Should I Use The 8mm Or Anderson Powerpole On The Goal Zero Yeti?

If you’re connecting more than 150W of solar panels, use the Anderson Powerpole.

There is no difference in charging efficiency if you’re using less than 150W of solar panels with either. It’s more important that you use the MPPT charge controller ports.

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

A 100W panel generates about 70-80W, so here is how long it would take with a single 100W panel.

Yeti 1000 – 15 hours

Yeti 1400 – 20 hours

Yeti 3000 – 44 hours

Can I Combine Two Boulder 100 Solar Panels?

Yes, you can use an 8mm combiner to do that. It has an Anderson Powerpole on the other end of it since the 8mm port on the Yeti can only handle up to 150W per 8mm port.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions that haven’t been answered.

2 thoughts on “Solar Panels Compatible With Goal Zero Yeti 1000,1400 & 3000”

  1. Hi Jesse,

    I’m new to all this but just pre purchased the Yeti 6000x due out soon. My question is this… I believe it can accept 600W through solar panels… I believe the Goal Zero panel are way over priced… (Interested if you agree.). That said… I was looking on Amazon and found Rich Brand 200 Watt Solar Panels.. Was going to buy 3 to get the 600W for faster solar charging. I believe these panels are all MC4. They offer a 12V version for 10 bucks more I saw they had a 24V version as well..(that says it’ll also work with 12V.). Which would be better to buy for faster/more efficient charging… the 24?
    Finally… If I want to string the 3 MC4 panels together to run into the anderson charge outlet on the Yeti… Do I need Y connectors or something? It’s all very overwhelming… so any expert advice from you would be appreciated!
    Thanks,
    Mike

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    • Hey Mike, sorry for the late reply.

      Yes, Goal Zero panels are spendy, and there are more affordable panels that are very similar. Goal Zero panels don’t perform any better than most alternatives as long as you’re looking at solid monocrystalline panels. You should use 12V panels with the Yetis.

      I found the Rich Solar 200W, are these the ones you’re looking at? You can combine several of these to charge your Yeti 6000X. You are going to need an MC4 Y branch to do this, which is this one for two panels, this one for three panels, or this one for four panels.

      Then you would connect the MC4 Y branch/extension cables to the MC4 To Anderson adapter and plug it into the Yeti.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Jesse

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