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.
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.
- Goal Zero
- Kyng Power
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.