Can You Use A Jackery SolarSaga Solar Panel With An EcoFlow Power Station?
Jackery and EcoFlow are two popular portable power station, also known as solar generator, brands. Both of them do not only manufacture portable batteries for traveling but also solar panels.
But can you combine the two, by connecting a Jackery SolarSaga panel to an EcoFlow power station, and if you can, how?
In this article I am going to tell you how it’s done and what you need to know.
Without further ado, let’s get to it.
Connect A Jackery Solar Panel To EcoFlow Delta Power Station
Before we get to the adapter needed to make the connection, let’s talk about what we are trying to do here.
The connector on the SolarSaga
Jackery makes the SolarSaga in three different sizes, 60W, 100W, and 200W.
One thing they have in common is the 8mm connector. The latest SolarSaga 100X (click to view on Amazon) also have the same connector.
The 8mm is a common connector that can be found on a lot of different solar panels and power stations, like Jackery, Goal Zero, and Bluetti. But not EcoFlow.
The input on the EcoFlow Power Stations
EcoFlow makes more than one power station. The most popular in the recent years is the Delta with 1260Wh, but lately the smaller River models have also become very popular.
One thing that all of the Delta and River power stations have in common is the XT60 input.
EcoFlow even includes an MC4 to XT60 adapter with all of its portable batteries, so you can easily connect a panel with MC4 connectors like the Renogy 100W w/ kickstand (click to view on Amazon).
That’s the panel I have been using with my Delta Max and Delta Mini.
How to connect an 8mm panel to an XT60 input
So the problem we have to solve is how to change the 8mm connector on the SolarSaga to an XT60 connector found on the EcoFlow power stations.
Fortunately, the solution is easy. It’s done with an adapter like this by SolarEnz (click to view on Amazon).
The input end of this adapter has an 8mm female connector, which is where you plug in the Jackery panel.
On the other end, there is an XT60 female connector which will plug into the power station.
You can use either XT60 or 8mm extension cables. I suggest buying the cable with the lowest gauge you can find, since that means a thicker cable which will equal less power loss.
I like the SolarEnz 20ft 8mm extension cable (click to view on Amazon) which comes in different lengths, but it’s not the lowest gauge out there. I just like it because it fits perfect with the SolarEnz 8mm adapters and connectors.
What if I have two panels?
If you have two SolarSaga panels, be it the 60W, 100W, or 200W, you can combine two with an SolarEnz 8mm Y branch parallel adapter (click to view on Amazon).
After connecting the two panels to the parallel adapter, you’ll plug it into the first adapter before plugging it into the input port.
One thing you should be aware of is the input rating on the power station you have. A lot of EcoFlows products have a 10A limit, which means that it won’t be able to use any amps over 10A. It’s still fine to connect though, as long as you stay within the voltage rating.
But let’s say you have two SolarSaga 100, which produce around 6A each, that will equal 12A on a sunny day.
Since the solar charge controller in the EcoFlow limits it to 10A, you’ll lose or waste 2 amps.
I still consider it worth connecting 200W though, since the conditions are not always perfect and your panels won’t be producing 12A when it’s cloudy or it’s early/late in the day.
If you use a long extension cable between the solar panel(s) and the power station it might not even reach 10A.
What about the other way around? An EcoFlow solar panel to a Jackery power station?
What you would need to do the opposite is an adapter with a female XT60 connector on one side and an 8mm male connector on the other.
I have not seen an adapter like this, but it would be easy to make your own if you have a soldering gun.
Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions.