Can You Connect Any Solar Panel To A Portable Power Station?

How You Can Use Any Solar Panel With Your Power Station/Solar Generator

Portable power stations, also known as solar generators, can be recharged with solar panels. But it can be tricky with some brands to figure out what solar panels are compatible, and what adapters, watts, and connectors to buy.

To answer the title, no you can’t connect any solar panel to any portable power station since all brands don’t use the same connectors and charge controllers with the same limitations. A solar panel compatible with one power station might damage another power station.

To help you through the solar panel jungle, I have started writing posts about every power station brand out there and how you can connect solar panels to them. In these posts, I answer the most frequently asked questions, recommend compatible solar panels, and list the limitations of the specific power stations from a certain brand.

Related Post: This Solar Panel Charges Both 12V RV Batteries And Solar Generators

I haven’t done every single brand out there yet because there are a lot, so if yours is missing down below, please let me know and I will get to it!

Find the name of the brand you use and click on it to get to the specific post.

My Power Station/Solar Generator Brand Isn’t On The List

Please leave a comment and let me know what brand and model you have and I will help you out.

Can I Choose A Solar Panel With Any Watt?

It depends on the brand, but most of the time the max voltage is what matters more than the wattage. The power station might still have a max wattage input though, and limit how fast it can charge.

What Is Inside Of A Power Station?

I recommend reading my post called “What is a solar generator?“.

Do Any Portable Power Stations Come With Solar Panels?

In this post, I have a list of power stations that do include solar panels.

Can I Connect More Than One Solar Panel To A Solar Generator?

It depends on the brand. It’s common that it’s ok to connect more than one panel as long as you do a parallel connection, which means that the positive wires are combined, separate from the negative wires. This will double the amperage, but not the voltage, which is what makes it safe with a lot of power stations.

Connecting positive wires to negative wires is called a series connection.

Always consult with the manufacturer before you connect several panels.

Please leave a comment down below with any questions.

15 thoughts on “Can You Connect Any Solar Panel To A Portable Power Station?”

  1. I have a Tzumi Vault with DC in. It looks like a small circular connector, with a end in the hole on the device. How and what can I connect?

    • Sorry to be the bearer of bad news guys. I have the same unit and asked the same question of Tzumi’s technical support. Just got this response:

      Unfortunately the power station is not solar panel compatible. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

      Thank you

      Christina Ortiz

      Technical Support

      Huge bummer. I got a good deal on my Vault but I still wouldn’t have bought it if I had done enough research to find out that it is not solar compatible.

  2. I have an AWANFI Portable Power Station 140277mAh -It’s Solar charging port is Input voltage DC16V-25V –

    I have panels for my other generators –

    12V/100W Monocrystalline Silicon High efficiency Solar Panel with MC4 connectors.

    Newpowa 100W Watt 12V Mono Solar Panel

    Will either one work with the Awanfi? If not, any suggestions on what ones?
    Many thanks !

    • Yes, based on the specifications I could find about your panels, both should work with your power station. You can use the included Mc4 to Anderson adapter to connect one of them. The max amperage is 5A, so I don’t suggest trying to connect both at the same time since one 100W 12V panel outputs around 5 to 6A.

    • I cant tell whether it’s a 5.5×2.5m or 5.5×2.1mm input. A panel like the Chafon 40W should work since it comes with both connectors. I couldn’t find any max input voltage of your power station either though.

  3. So good to find someone who knows what they’re talking about. I bought a Buture 300 watt power station off of Amazon and thought it came with a solar panel – it doesn’t. Help!

  4. Thank you for this! Mine is a Go Pro Plus. I need to know what solar panel to use for it. I actually am about to order 2 of them and would like to be able to charge them both at the same time, but money is tight so if I have to I can just do one at a time. Also do I need a certain connector to connect the solar to the go pro? When it comes to all this I am clueless!!
    Thank you again!

    • Hi Rose,

      I can’t find much information about the Go Pro Plus, so I am not sure what input size it uses. It looks like a 5.5×2.1mm but it’s hard to tell by just looking at pictures.
      I would test it with a Topsolar 60W (click to view on Amazon), since it comes with several different connectors. I can’t promise anything, but that would be your best bet.


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