Has Jackery Updated Its Most Popular Solar Panel?
In late December of 2021, a new Jackery solar panel was released – the SolarSaga 100X.
A lot of questions arose in the solar community and it was unclear if this was an upgrade to the old SolarSaga 100 that we all know and love.
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But here is the bummer: nothing is new, except the look.
There is no difference in performance or functionality, but it looks a bit more modern now.
How many SolarSaga can you connect to an Explorer power station?
You can connect at least two SolarSaga 100W to every Jackery power station, but not all of them can use all of the electricity generated.
I only recommend using two 100W panels or more panels if you have the Explorer 1000 or larger.
The Explorer 1000 can only use 126W, so going over 200 is unnecessary unless you live in an area that is often so cloudy that you don’t see 126W input very often.
The reason for that is that Jackery slightly changed the 8mm input on the 15oo and 2000, for some reason.
What’s the best alternative to the Jackery SolarSaga solar panels?
I like the EcoFlow 160W solar panel because it has an IP67 rating instead of a IP65. That means that it’s more water-resistant than the Jackery panel.
It comes in different sizes and is compatible with every Jackery power station. You do need an MC4 to 8mm adapter to connect it.
You can combine two EcoFlow panels with an MC4 Y branch, but I only recommend doing this with the Explorer 1500 since it’s the only one that can use up to 300W of solar input per port.
How do I connect two SolarSaga panels to my Explorer?
The Explorer 1000, 1500, and 2000 come with combiner adapters to do this.
If you have a 500 or smaller, you’re going to need a combiner adapter like this that combines the two panels in parallel.
Is there an extension cable for the Jackery solar panels?
They use 8mm connectors, so what you need is an 8mm extension cable. Unfortunately, not all 8mm connectors are made the same, so it can be hard to find a cable with a snug fit.
I did find this one on Amazon which is supposed to be a perfect fit for the Explorer, but I haven’t tested it myself so I can’t promise anything.
Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions.