Best Solar Panels Compatible W/ Jackery Explorer Solar Generators

Recharge Your Jackery Explorer Power Station With Solar Panels

Jackery is a very popular power station/solar generator brand that makes and sells portable batteries perfect for outdoors, camping, home emergencies, CPAP users, and wherever you find yourself needing portable power.

There are four popular power stations made by Jackery on the market right now, the Explorer 160, 240, 300, 500, 1000 and 1500. In the table below, I will compare them and list their inputs and limitations.

You can recharge a Jackery power station in three ways: with the included AC wall charger, in the car with a cigarette lighter port, and with solar panels. Today we’re focusing on how to do it with solar panels.

NOTE if you have an Explorer 1500 or 2000: There have been reports (thanks Shane) that the 8mm inputs on the new 1500 and 2000 are not the same as on the older Explorer models, and the MC4 to 8mm adapter doesn’t work. I haven’t gotten my hands on one of the newer Explorers so I can’t confirm it, but please be aware that these adapters might not work with the Explorer 1500 and 2000. That also means that third-party panels that include 8mm connectors might not work.

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Unfortunately, solar generators usually don’t include solar panels, therefore I am going to help you find the perfect solar panel for you to recharge your Jackery power bank with.

As we’ll see below, Jackery makes its own solar panels that you can use, but there are lots of third-party panels that are compatible as well.

Let’s take a look at my solar panel recommendations first, then I will list each power station and its specifications. Then I will teach you how to connect these panels to your battery, and what you need to think about.

Best Solar Panels Compatible With Jackery Explorer Power Stations

Togo Power 60W Portable Foldable Solar Panel with Dual USB & 18V DC Outputs Battery Charger for Baldr/Jackery/GoalZero/Paxcess Generator Power Station Phone Laptop Tablet GPS iPhone iPad Camera
Jackery SolarSaga 60W Solar Panel for Explorer 160/240/500 as Portable Solar Generator, Portable Foldable Solar Charger for Summer Camping Van RV(Can't Charge Explorer 440/ PowerPro)
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel, Compact Design 42.4 X 20.0 X 1.38 in, High Efficiency Module PV Power for Battery Charging Boat, Caravan, RV and Any Other Off Grid Applications
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase, 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
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)
ROCKPALS SP003 100W Foldable Solar Panel for Jackery Explorer/Flashfish/BALDR/Goal Zero Portable Power Station Generator and USB Devices, Portable Solar Panel Charger with 3 USB Ports
Watts
60W
60W
100W
100W
100W
100W
Connectors
DC, USB
USB, MC4 (8mm adapter included)
MC4
8mm
USB, MC4 (includes 8mm adapter)
USB, MC4 (DC adapters included)
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
6.5 lbs
5.39 lbs
16.5 lbs
12.4 lbs
11.65 lbs
10.8 lbs
Size
16.1 x 14.6 x 2 in
17.4 x 12.4 x 2 inches
42.2 x 19.6 x 1.4 inches
21.8 x 26.8 x 1.8 inches
26 x 22.5 x 2.5 inches
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inches
Togo Power 60W Portable Foldable Solar Panel with Dual USB & 18V DC Outputs Battery Charger for Baldr/Jackery/GoalZero/Paxcess Generator Power Station Phone Laptop Tablet GPS iPhone iPad Camera
Watts
60W
Connectors
DC, USB
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
6.5 lbs
Size
16.1 x 14.6 x 2 in
Jackery SolarSaga 60W Solar Panel for Explorer 160/240/500 as Portable Solar Generator, Portable Foldable Solar Charger for Summer Camping Van RV(Can't Charge Explorer 440/ PowerPro)
Watts
60W
Connectors
USB, MC4 (8mm adapter included)
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
5.39 lbs
Size
17.4 x 12.4 x 2 inches
Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel, Compact Design 42.4 X 20.0 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
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
16.5 lbs
Size
42.2 x 19.6 x 1.4 inches
Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase, 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
Watts
100W
Connectors
8mm
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
12.4 lbs
Size
21.8 x 26.8 x 1.8 inches
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
Connectors
USB, MC4 (includes 8mm adapter)
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
11.65 lbs
Size
26 x 22.5 x 2.5 inches
ROCKPALS SP003 100W Foldable Solar Panel for Jackery Explorer/Flashfish/BALDR/Goal Zero Portable Power Station Generator and USB Devices, Portable Solar Panel Charger with 3 USB Ports
Watts
100W
Connectors
USB, MC4 (DC adapters included)
Requires Adapter
Foldable
Kickstand
Weight
10.8 lbs
Size
64.5 x 20.5 x 1.2 inches

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Jackery Power Stations Compared – Specifications And Limits

Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 160, 167Wh Lithium Battery Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) Backup Power Supply with 110V/100W(Peak 150W) AC Outlet for Outdoors Camping Fishing Emergency
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/200W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Emergency
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 300, 293Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/300W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Blackout
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with 110V/500W AC Outlet (Solar Panel Optional) for Road Trip Camping, Outdoor Adventure
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
Watt-hours
167Wh
240Wh
293Wh
518Wh
1002Wh
Inverter Rating
100W/150W peak
200W/400W peak
300W/500W peak
500W/1000W peak
1000W/2000W peak
Max Input Rating
12V~30V
12V~30V
12V~30V
12V~30V
12V~30V
Max Solar Watts Input
42W
42W
62W
100W
126W
8mm Input
Weight
3.84 lbs
6.61 lbs
7.1 lbs
13.32 lbs
22 lbs
Size
7.4 x 4.6 x 6.7 inches
5.2 x 9.1 x 7.7 inches
9.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 in
11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches
13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 160, 167Wh Lithium Battery Solar Generator (Solar Panel Optional) Backup Power Supply with 110V/100W(Peak 150W) AC Outlet for Outdoors Camping Fishing Emergency
Watt-hours
167Wh
Inverter Rating
100W/150W peak
Max Input Rating
12V~30V
Max Solar Watts Input
42W
8mm Input
Weight
3.84 lbs
Size
7.4 x 4.6 x 6.7 inches
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 240, 240Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/200W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Emergency
Watt-hours
240Wh
Inverter Rating
200W/400W peak
Max Input Rating
12V~30V
Max Solar Watts Input
42W
8mm Input
Weight
6.61 lbs
Size
5.2 x 9.1 x 7.7 inches
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 300, 293Wh Backup Lithium Battery, 110V/300W Pure Sine Wave AC Outlet, Solar Generator (Solar Panel Not Included) for Outdoors Camping Travel Hunting Blackout
Watt-hours
293Wh
Inverter Rating
300W/500W peak
Max Input Rating
12V~30V
Max Solar Watts Input
62W
8mm Input
Weight
7.1 lbs
Size
9.1 x 5.2 x 7.8 in
Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500, 518Wh Outdoor Solar Generator Mobile Lithium Battery Pack with 110V/500W AC Outlet (Solar Panel Optional) for Road Trip Camping, Outdoor Adventure
Watt-hours
518Wh
Inverter Rating
500W/1000W peak
Max Input Rating
12V~30V
Max Solar Watts Input
100W
8mm Input
Weight
13.32 lbs
Size
11.8 x 7.6 x 9.2 inches
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
Watt-hours
1002Wh
Inverter Rating
1000W/2000W peak
Max Input Rating
12V~30V
Max Solar Watts Input
126W
8mm Input
Weight
22 lbs
Size
13.1 x 9.2 x 11.1 in

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Which Solar Panel Is The Best?

It depends on which Jackery power station you have and whether portability or charging speed is more important to you.

A 100W panel doesn’t generate exactly 100W, but more like 60-80W (or less when the sun is weak), so to make sure you max out the input rating, you might need more than one panel depending on which power station you have.

If portability is the most important factor for you, the TogoPower 60W Solar Panel, Jackery SolarSaga 60W, and the Rockpals 100W are the great options.

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For RVers, vandwellers, or car travelers that are looking to mount a solar panel on the roof for a more permanent installation, the Renogy 100 Watt is great. If you want to set it up when you get to your campsite and leave it out day and night, the Renogy 100W briefcase is a rigid heavy-duty choice.

Note that the Renogy panels use MC4 connectors, you would need the MC4 To 8mm Adapter to connect it to the Explorer.

The Jackery panels are great as well since they’re a mix of portable and efficient. I like that they have a built-in kickstand that makes it easy to angle the panel. The stand is not as robust as the Goal Zero or Renogy, but it will still be very helpful as long as it’s not windy.

I think it’s great that Jackery has put USB C and USB A ports on their panels in addition to the 8mm output. This lets you charge several devices all at once.

The Rockpals 100W panel is popular due to its versatility, portability, and efficiency. It’s a little bit too large to hang on a backpack while hiking, but you can hang it on a vehicle, in a tree, or put it on a table. This one does not require any extra adapters and is ready to connect to every Explorer model.

Even though I didn’t list it in the table, you should also know that the Explorers are compatible with a solar panel like the Renogy 160W flexible panel. This is a panel that is easier to mount on top of a vehicle like an RV, van or car.

You can connect it to the Jackery with the SolarEnz MC4 To 8mm Adapter.

What Adapter Do You Need For Solar Panels With MC4 Connectors?

Since the Jackery power stations have an 8mm DC input, we need to use an adapter with panels that only have MC4 connectors.

One compatible adapter that does this with the panels I listed above is the SolarEnz MC4 To 8mm Adapter.

SolarEnz MC4 To 8mm Adapter

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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This adapter will take a solar panel with a positive male MC4 connector and a negative female MC4 connector and turn it into an 8mm connection, which is what the Jackery Explorers use.

While the Explorer 1000 have both an 8mm and an Anderson input, only one can be used at once. The newer 1500 and 2000 have two 8mm, and both can be used at the same time.

What To Think About When Choosing A Solar Panel

The main thing you must know is that the Jackery Explorer power stations have solar charge controllers built-in, so you shouldn’t buy a solar panel that has a charge controller. If your panel already has one, you need to find a way to bypass it.

Another thing to know is the 12V~30V input rating, this is talking about the VOC rating of a solar panel which usually can be found in the specifications of a panel. This is more important to know about than the max watt input.

Every Explorer from the 1000 and down have a 30V max.

You can connect a 100W solar panel to a Jackery Explorer with a 42W max solar input, but you shouldn’t connect a 40V panel to a power station with a 30V maximum input voltage. The panels I recommend above are all within safe voltages, and won’t hurt the charge controller in the Explorers.

Can I Combine Several Panels?

Sure, if you want to combine two panels I recommend using the same kind of panel.

If you buy the Explorer 1000 or larger, Jackery includes an 8mm parallel connector that is supposed to be used with its SolarSaga 100W panels.

If the panel has MC4 connectors, you can combine two panels with a BougeRV MC4 Y Branch.

There are larger MC4 Y branches in case you want to connect three or four panels as well.

Connecting panels together with an MC4 Y branch creates a parallel connection, which means that the voltage stays the same but the amperages are combined. This is the way to do it with the Explorer 1000 and smaller.

If you have a 1500 or 2000, you can connect panels in series as long as the total VOC doesn’t exceed 50V. To create a series connection, you simply take the positive MC4 male connector from the first panel and connect it to the negative MC4 female connector on the second panel.

A series connection combines the voltages, but the amperage stays the same.

Since the 1000 and smaller can only handle up to 30V, and a 100W 12V panel outputs 18-22V, you have to do a parallel connection. With the larger 1500/2000 and the higher 50V limit, you could connect two 100W 12V panels in series since the total VOC would most likely stay below 50V.

You can find the VOC rating of a panel on the panel itself, in the specifications online, or in the manual.

Can I Take My Jackery Explorer On An Airplane?

I have written a post about this subject, click here to read it.

How Can I Improve The Charging Efficiency When Charging My Jackery With Solar Panels?

The easiest thing you can do is to angle the solar panel towards the sun. A panel laying flat on the ground when the sun is just coming up in the morning, or going down in the evening, won’t generate very much if anything at all.

Related Post: Jackery HLS 290 Vs Rockpals 300

For the best efficiency, you’ll have to adjust the panel throughout the day to face the sun.

Another thing is to make sure there is no shade on the panel, not even a little bit. With some panels, a shadow that covers 10% of the panel can decrease the power output by 50% (not scientific numbers, but to give you an idea).

Are There Extension Cables?

You can use either MC4 or 8mm extension cables. I recommend MC4 since they’re available with a lower gauge, meaning a thicker wire, which equal  less voltage loss. I use and recommend the Windynation extension cables.

iGreely makes 8mm extension cables that are 10ft/3m long. Note that there will be a power loss with longer cables.

You need to make sure that the wire gauge can handle the amperage of your panel(s), no matter if you get MC4 or 8mm extension cables.

What About Jackery Power Banks?

You can recharge the Jackery Power Banks with the solar panels above that have USB ports.

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

4 thoughts on “Best Solar Panels Compatible W/ Jackery Explorer Solar Generators”

  1. Hi,
    First Thank you for taking your time in reading this email, hope for myself I can get some clarification. I have the Jackery 500W. I’m wondering what 100Watt solar panel is safe to charge the power station with besides the Jackery Panel? A solar panel that is a good rating panel and also that has kickstands on it?

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  2. I am looking to Jackery Explorer 160 Power Station. Will this Renogy 50 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel (Compact Design) work with it ?
    When I search Renogy, I saw different Solar Panels with different price points (Some more expensive than Jackery Explorer 160 Power) so I am confused.

    Reply

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