Best Solar Panels Compatible With Jackery Explorer 1000

Charge Your Jackery Explorer 1000 Power Station With Solar Panels

The new Jackery Explorer 1000 is currently the largest power station/solar generator made by Jackery.

Even though it’s a so-called solar generator, it doesn’t come with solar panels, but it has a powerful MPPT solar charge controller that lets you charge the battery within hours with compatible solar panels.

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 1000, 1002Wh Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) with 3x110V/1000W AC Outlets, Solar Mobile Lithium Battery Pack for Outdoor RV/Van Camping, Emergency

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In this post, I will guide you through the solar panel jungle and show you which solar panels are compatible with the Explorer 1000 and how you can use any compatible MC4 solar panel with the use of an adapter.

The Jackery Explorer 1000 has an 8mm and Anderson Powerpole port with a max solar input of 175W. Therefore, to charge it as fast as possible, you could connect three 100W panels in parallel to max out the input and charge the battery from 0 to 100% in about six hours. We’ll talk more about that later.

Now, let’s list the solar panels I recommend for the Explorer 1000 and whether they’re compatible straight out of the box or require the additional adapter.

Solar Panels Compatible With The Jackery Explorer 1000

To use the solar panels with MC4 connectors and a green checkmark next to the “Requires Additional Adapter”, you’re going to need an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon).

Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel for Explorer 160/240/500/1000 Power Station, Foldable US Solar Cell Solar Charger with USB Outputs for Phones (Can't Charge Explorer 440/ PowerPro)
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
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
Renogy 160 Watt 12 Volt Extremely Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel - Ultra Lightweight, Ultra Thin, Up to 248 Degree Arc, for RV, Boats, Roofs, Uneven Surfaces
Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
100W
100W
100W
100W
120W
160W
Connectors
Anderson Powerpole, USB, 8mm
MC4, USB, DC
MC4
MC4
Anderson Powerpole, USB, DC
MC4
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
Monocrystalline
Weight
11.7 lbs
5.1 lbs
14.3 lbs
26.6 lbs
12.6 lbs
6.2 lbs
Size
26 x 22.5 x 2.5 in
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 in
41.6 x 20.7 x 1.4 in
19.9 x 27.2 x 2.8 in
24 x 23 x 2.8 in
59.1 x 26 x 0.08 in
Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel for Explorer 160/240/500/1000 Power Station, Foldable US Solar Cell Solar Charger with USB Outputs for Phones (Can't Charge Explorer 440/ PowerPro)
Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
100W
Connectors
Anderson Powerpole, USB, 8mm
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
Weight
11.7 lbs
Size
26 x 22.5 x 2.5 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
Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4, USB, DC
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
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
Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
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
Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
100W
Connectors
MC4
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
Weight
26.6 lbs
Size
19.9 x 27.2 x 2.8 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
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Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
120W
Connectors
Anderson Powerpole, USB, DC
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
Weight
12.6 lbs
Size
24 x 23 x 2.8 in
Renogy 160 Watt 12 Volt Extremely Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel - Ultra Lightweight, Ultra Thin, Up to 248 Degree Arc, for RV, Boats, Roofs, Uneven Surfaces
Requires Additional Adapter
Watts
160W
Connectors
MC4
Solar Panel Type
Monocrystalline
Weight
6.2 lbs
Size
59.1 x 26 x 0.08 in

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

How To Use Any Solar Panel/Brand

The solar panels in the table that have a green checkmark in the “Requires Additional Adapter” section are going to need an extra adapter to be able to connect to the Explorer 1000.

Every other panel is compatible straight out of the box but will require you to connect the specific 8mm adapter or cable. Some panels come with several different DC connectors to support a range of devices.

The adapter you need to use with solar panels with MC4 connectors is an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon).

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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You can also use the Anderson Powerpole input, with an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). It’s possible that you need to change the orientation of the Powerpole connectors, which is easy to do on your own without the use of tools.

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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It’s compatible with solar panels that have a positive MC4 male connector and a negative MC4 female connector.

If you’re considering a larger panel with MC4 connectors you need to make sure its VOC rating is below 30V which is the maximum input voltage the Explorer 1000 can handle.

Note that you can only use one of the inputs on the Jackery Explorer 1000 power station at a time.

Combine Two Or More Solar Panels For A Quicker Charge

Since the max solar input watts of the Explorer 1000 power station is 175W, you can connect two or more solar panels in parallel to charge the battery faster.

With a 30V maximum input voltage, we can’t connect panels in series and must stick to a parallel connection. This is done by combining the positive wires together, and then the negative wires together separate from the positive.

To do this, you need an MC4 Y branch like this (click to view on Amazon).

PowMr 2 PCS Y Branch Connectors - Y Connectors, in Pair MMF+FFM for Parallel Connection

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With this adapter, you can connect two 100W panels which will input between 120-150W to the Jackery Explorer 1000 when the sun is out.

To go even further, you can connect three panels with an MC4 Y branch 1 to 3, or an MC4 Y branch 1 to 4.

To max out the input when the sun is out, I would combine two Renogy 160W or three Renogy 100W.

MC4/8mm Extension Cables

If you use a solar panel with an 8mm cable, you can use the Goal Zero 8mm 15ft extension cable.

If you have solar panels with MC4 connectors, I recommend the WindyNation MC4 extension cables.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Will It Take To Charge The Jackery Explorer 1000 With Solar Panels?

With a single 100W panel, it takes about 16 hours. If you max the input by connecting two or more panels, it can be fully charged within 6 hours.

Can I Use Both Inputs (8mm/Anderson Powerpole) On The Explorer 1000 At The Same Time?

Currently, only one port can be used at once so you can’t connect two different solar panels to each port. If you want to use more than one solar panel, I recommend using an MC4 Y branch as I talk about earlier in this post.

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

The easiest thing you can do to make sure you’re getting the most electricity out of your panels as possible is to tilt or angle the panel so it faces the sun directly at all times.

This means that you might have to move the panel during the day to face the sun, but if you rely on the power every day it’s worth it.

Another thing you should always do is to make sure there is no shade on the panel. Sometimes a small shadow on a small part of the panel can decrease the charging efficiency significantly.

Can The Jackery Explorer 1000 Power Station Be Used While It’s Charging?

Yes, you can use every output port while the Explorer is charging.

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

2 thoughts on “Best Solar Panels Compatible With Jackery Explorer 1000”

  1. Thank you for putting all this information out! It is a real help to me as I plan my small boat build. I plan on doing some weekend (and maybe longer) trips and am looking forward to not having to worry about power. I appreciate your great efforts!

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