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.

191 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?

      • I have a Flashfish A301. I want to charge it with a HQST 100 watt solar panel. Can I just plug it in direct to DC Input? Manufacturer is telling me I need to use controller before DC Input.. But it says solar generator on Flashfish box. Shouldn’t controller be built in power station?

        • Hi,
          They almost always do have a charge controller, so that is odd. FlashFish even sells a kit with a solar panel on its website without an extra charge controller. Does it say “Solar Charging: DC18-24V” underneath the power station? If so I am pretty sure it has a charge controller inside of it.

    • 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.

  5. What panel can I use for a BULLBAT Portable Power Station 500W, 505Wh Solar Powered Generator with MPPT, Lithium Battery Powered Outlet with 110V 500W AC/60W PD/QC3.0 USB-A/12V DC?

  6. What do I need to connect a solar panel to a Energizer Portable Power Station 300W/320Wh ? Thinking of a 100 w, like Harbor Freight or Renogy or Amazon’s choice, Newpowa. The Energizer will arrive this week, and I hope to get a panel asap for a tiny cabin in the woods. Recommendations? Thanks.

    • Hi,
      Looks like the Energizer 300W/320Wh comes with an MC4 to DC cable, which makes it compatible with a panel from Renogy or Newpowa right out of the box. I believe the Harbor Freight panels use SAE connectors, which means that you would need additional adapters. Haven’t had any issues with either my Renogy and Newpowa panels.

      Just make sure the panel you get has an open circuit voltage below 23.5V.

  7. Hi we have a Yoobao EN300WLPD with DC input 12V-24V/1A-5A (60W Max) indicated. You said that charging it at any watts depends but it’s not clear to me whether I can go over or under 60W. Can we charge it with a 35W 12V solar panel? Thank you.

  8. Hi, I bought a Portable Power Station R350
    It says it takes 12-25v. and 65W max

    Can you help with recommending a solar blanket panel?
    It has a MC4 connecting cable

    Thank you regards

  9. Hi Jesse

    I want to buy a solar panel or blanket for my Portable Power Station R350. This is what it is called.

    It says Input
    Charging Port DC5.5x 2.1mm, 12V-25V 65W max

    Does the 65 max input mean I need to buy a 60W solar blanket with 12V? Thank you Joanne

    • Hi Joanne,

      No, it means that the charge controller in the R350 can charge at up to 65W with solar panels. It’s safe to use a 100W panel though, like the iClever I linked to in the first reply.

      If you’re considering a different panel, you need to make sure it has a VOC (open circuit voltage) between 12-25V. Most 12V 100W panels will generate around 80W at 18V, but it’s still safe to use with your power station.

  10. Hi,
    I see that I am a year late with my question, but have just gotten a Bibene 500w model CN505. The solar panels I have do not charge it.

    On the “input” port, the volts are listed as 12-24.
    Thanks for your help,

  11. Hello!

    I have an Anker PowerStation 400 which I usually plug in a power socket for a recharge.

    I live in Athens Greece which as you might be aware has lots of sunny days all year round. Could you please let me know which portable or semi-portable (thr latter for home use) could be compatible with my power Station?

    I was recently secluded at home for 4nights/5 days without electricity or heating (natural gas heating system that needs some electricity to function) after a heavy snow storm and I experienced the most freezing days of my life and I had to ration my battery consumption on my mobile phone and tablet). The days that followed the storm were quite sunny but we still had more than 60cm of snow on 10cm of ice on the small roads around my home…

    I do not wish to invest 200-300 $ and later find out that I cannot use it at all under few hours sunny hours!

    I will greatly appreciate hearing from you.

    Thank you and best regards

  12. Hi Jesse. I just purchased a Portable Power Supply 88500 mAh, 3.7V.Manual says solar panel input charge DV 13V-24V/2.3A Max.Its only a small unit (167x100x213mm)and I’m not sure which solar panel is compatible. Wondering if you could help.Thanks.

  13. Hi,
    I sure hope you can help this old granny. I bought a Ideation Go Power Plus power station. Ordered the HQST solar panel 50 watt 12 volt off Amazon. Can you advise a kit that would supply everything I would need to connect the two?
    Thanks in advance for your help,

  14. Hi ive got a I cant work out how to find a solar panel with the right Amps. Heres what it says:
    DC Output:
    2x12V/8A+1x24V/3A constant voltage
    Power Indicator:
    LCD screen
    Manufacturer Part Number:
    Featured Refinements:
    Portable Generator
    114000mAh (422Wh 3.7V)
    Wireless Charge:
    AC Voltage:
    Output Frequency:
    AC Output:
    Rated 350W (700W Max) sine wave
    12V-25V 65W max (Charging Port: DC 5.5 x 2.1mm)
    Recharge Method:
    Solar panel(not included)&wall socket&12V car vehicle

    So the solar Panel needed should be Solar Panel Input:
    15V~21V/3.42A Max&30w-120w I found a 120W 12v solar panel on ebay for $69 but its amps are 6.66 which is too high. How do i find the right solar panel for this power station that wont damage it??? 3.52A MAX is pretty low, where would i find a solar panel that doesnt cost an arm and a leg. My friend who is an electrical engineer said there is something wrong with the math on this 15V~21V/3.42A Max&30w-120w . He said like you take 15V x 3.52A should equal 220W which is too much for this power station.. any info please to help me find a solar panel to charge this power station.

      • Please bear with me, as I have brain-fry from researching. I just bought a Powerness 515 Watt power station and one 120 volt Twelseavan solar panel. Are they compatible with each other?
        Supply is running low, so I took the leap and bought something.

        I have no idea what I’m doing, so if what I got isn’t compatible, maybe you can tell me what panel to get that will work.
        I think I got a good power station and plan to keep it. I was trying to get a 1000 watt in that brand, but couldn’t find one.
        Also, will this little biddy one run a full size refrigerator for a few hours at a time, to keep stuff cooled off?

        The fridge is 60 hrtz and 115 volts, I think. (Stuck my head inside to see specks) Let me know if you need more info.

        Thank you so much for your help, this young 68 year old lady needs help.

        • Hi Debby,

          Based on the specifications, the 120W Twelseavan is compatible with the Powerness 515W.

          I assume you have tested the different adapters the panel came with? I see that the power station comes with an MC4 to DC adapter, and the solar panel has a DC to MC4 adapter. The MC4 has one connector on one end and two on the other (one male and one female). Connecting these two should work.

          If that doesn’t work, the polarity might be wrong. But please test the MC4 cables first and let me know how it goes.

          A full size residential refrigerator will most likely require more than the 500W the power station can output.

          Something like the EcoFlow Delta Mini (click to view on Amazon) can power a residential fridge, but still not for very long.

    • Hi John,
      The 120W panel you mention is fine, as long as it has a VOC rating below 21V. It’s fine to exceed the amperage, but not the voltage limit.

      You’ll simply maximize the input, which you want to do anyway as long as you don’t exceed it too much. Since it states that it can handle up to 120W, you’re not going to hurt the power station. The charge controller in the power station will regulate the amperage.

      If the panel you’re looking at has MC4 connectors, you’re going to need an MC4 to 5.5×2.1mm adapter.

  15. Hi. I have an Awanfi 505w solar generator and a Zamp 140 watt portable solar kit. My Zamp chagres my RV just fine. But when I connect the Awanfi solar generator, it shows no battery connected. I had purchased an adaptor so I could connect these 2 together. The Awanfi states that, “Faster Solar Recharging with MPPT Controller”. Is it possible to charge this Awanfi with my Zamp?

    • Hi,
      How are you connecting the solar panel to the power station? If it’s the Zamp panel with a built-in charge controller, you’re going to have to bypass it, since the power station already has a charge controller.

      It is possible to bypass and charge the Awanfi with it, but not without cutting some wires which voids the warranty on the panel. So the easier way to go is to get a second panel for the Awanfi battery. I recommend the Renogy 100W w/ built-in kickstand without charge controller.

      It has MC4 connectors, and will connect to the MC4 to Anderson adapter included with your power station.

      There are other similar panels, like the Nekteck 100W.

      I can also tell you how to bypass the controller, so let me know if that’s something you would be willing to do.

  16. I have a DBPower 500. It is very nice, high quality and less than a Jackery 500. ONE ISSUE I found is solar panel charging. With the AC power brick chargers at 118 Watts. On 200 watts of solar (reasonable expect 120-140 watts peak sun) . The unit only accepts 75 watts one or two panels. The specs say it takes 150Watts up to 30 volts. OK. The solution to my problem (yet to be tested) is a DC-DC booster (buck converter) to get the 18.5 volts with panels load up to 24 volts. The power brick chargers at 24 volts. I suspect the battery charger/controller is sensitive to voltage.

    • Yes, it’s possible that the voltage isn’t high enough but 18V is usually enough. There might be an amperage input limit, but I couldn’t find that info in the manual.

  17. I have a wagan Solar e Power case 800. And it does not include the 60 watt foldable panel for the price i paid. Instead i purchased a rich solar 150 watt monocrystalline solar panel . So i read in the instruction manual for the wagan gen. And it has a max 10 amp charge controller and said do not connect more than a 90 watt solar panel because will damage the charge controller.My question would be, Is there any possible way to use the 150 watt panel

    • Hi Amos, a 150W 12V panel will generate around 8 amps, so you would be below the 10A max of the solar charge controller. Not sure why the manual would say 90W, since that’s less than 6A.

      I’d just connect the panel and see if it works, but of course that would void the warranty if it doesn’t. Therefore I suggest contacting the company and ask why they mention two different numbers as the max.

  18. I have a 300W YOSE power station and a Dokio 100W solar panel,can I connect a charger from the Solar panel to the power station to charge it?

  19. My friend, greetings from Greece! Thanks for the topic, you are a savior as I have no knowledge on electricity. I have a xmund solar generator of 300 watts, 296wh,solar panel charging:DC 18v-22v/3A. I’m put recharging:DC 19volt/3A.DC output:DC 12-16.5Volt/10A. Output voltage:220volt/50hertzpeak output power:500 watts.these are the specifications of the solar generator. The solar panel that I have comes with these specifications, maximum power (Pmax 250wp – 0/+5 wp)
    Voltage at Pmax:51.2 volt
    Current at Pmax:4.88A
    Short circuit current:5.38A
    Open circuit voltage :61.20 volt
    Max system voltage :1000volt. I already have mc4 cable connector and I am afraid to. Connect them in case of destroying the generator. Some help would be really great. Thanks in advance.

    • Hi,
      Unfortunately that panel is not compatible with your power station. You need a 12V solar panel that has an open circuit voltage within the 18-22V range.

  20. Hello from Puerto Rico! Hope you are well and thank you for this information.

    My grandmother has this unit:
    A 1200 watt portable power supply. It has an input for charging through a solar panel but I’m not sure what kind of solar panel is necessary and how to plug it into the PPS.

    Any information would be very much appreciated as the power outages here are frequent. Thank you!

  21. Hello….I am trying to ascertain whether I can connect a portable solar panel with a built in MPPT controller (Zamp) to a Bluetti Solar Generator which I know also has a MPPT controller. I know there are some adaptors that are also required but the biggest question is can I use a solar panel that already has the MPPT controller with these solar generators that also have MPPTs? Thanks

    • Hi,
      No, you can’t. You’re going to have to bypass the charge controller before connecting the panel to your power station, or buy another panel if you can’t bypass it.

    • Hi,
      Looks like the Oupes panel comes with an 8mm connector. You can either get an 8mm to Anderson adapter or get a different panel with Anderson connectors.

  22. Hi, I have just bought a hama “Fabric 10” Power Pack 10000 mAh. serial No 00187257. I would like to get a Solar panel for camping that is compatible. I am unfortunately not very technically minded and require assistance with my choice. I wouldn’t like to pay more than 100 euros, give or take. Would you please advise with specific solar panel titles or names? I would be most grateful for any advice.

    Tech details:

    USB-C input 5v – 3A
    USB-A output 5v – 2.4A
    USB-C output 5v – 3A
    Output total 5v – 3A (max)
    Battery type 3.7V / Li-Po
    Min.capacity 10000 mAh / 37 Wh
    Typ. capacity 10250 mAh / 37.93Wh
    max power output of power pack 3000 mA

    Many thanks in advance, I look forward to your reply.

    Mr. H Donoghue (Bonn)

    • Hi,
      Since the input is rated at 15W via USB C, I would get a reliable panel like this by Nekteck (click to view on Amazon DE). It should be able to charge the power bank enough to where you can charge at least a smartphone every day as long as it’s sunny. Remember that you can also plug your USB devices directly into the solar panel, which will be the more efficient way to charge your devices.

  23. Hi Jesse.

    I’m so sorry, I only just saw your reply, Thank you so much for the information . You have been most helpful.

    Mr H Donoghue (Bonn)

  24. Hi, Again Jesse.

    I have taken your advice and have purchased the Nekteek Panel from Amazon. Again, many thanks for the information, especialy about direct charging from the Solar Panel.
    Very grateful indeed.

    Mr. H Donoghue (Bonn)

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    Please and thank you

  26. Hi, I have a bluetti ac50. It has a plug that will connect to the 100 Watt Thunderbolt bank of solar panels that I have. The panels (4 25 Watts each) are in sun and each has a little blue light at the top that is lit, indicating that they are getting power. But when I connect them to the same port that my AC wall charger connects to on the Bluetti, I get nothing. The Thunderbolt also has its own charge controller that I can connect the panels to. When i do that, it doesn’t even light up the 12v light bulb that can attach to that charge controller panel. The Thunderbolt instructions say that I need to connect that controller to a 12 v battery first thing. But since my goal is to recharge my Bluetti, that shouldn’t be neccessary, right? Any thoughts of where the problem might be?’

    Thanks much


        Hi, I have a bluetti ac50. It has a plug that will connect to the 100 Watt Thunderbolt bank of solar panels that I have. The panels (4 25 Watts each) are in sun and each has a little blue light at the top that is lit, indicating that they are getting power. But when I connect them to the same port that my AC wall charger connects to on the Bluetti, I get nothing. The Thunderbolt also has its own charge controller that I can connect the panels to. When i do that, it doesn’t even light up the 12v light bulb that can attach to that charge controller panel. The Thunderbolt instructions say that I need to connect that controller to a 12 v battery first thing. But since my goal is to recharge my Bluetti, that shouldn’t be neccessary, right? Any thoughts of where the problem might be?’

        Thanks much

  27. Hey sir I have a lion energy safari lt power station. It has an Anderson solar option on the face of the generator. I’m looking at the thunderbolt 100w solar panel at harbor freight. It has a SAE connector. Do I just have to get a SAE to Anderson adaptor and it will work? Starting my solar journey in overlanding. Thank you!

    • Hi,
      It depends on the charge controller in the power station. The 100W 12V panel probably has a VOC rating around 18-22V, and you should be able to find the input rating/PV charge parameters in the power station manual.

      If you can link to the exact power station you have I can look it up for you, I found a couple of different ones when I searched for Lion Energy Safari.

  28. I have a set of two 100w thunderbolt solar power panel briefcases from Harbor Freight, and want to connect them to my EBL Portable Power Station Voyager 1000, 110V/1000W Solar Generator, 999Wh/270000mAh High Lithium Battery. Do I need a charge controller or special adapter of some kind to connect them? The salesperson seemed to think I could just use the SAE connector cable that came included with the solar panels. And can I connect two solar panels at once?

    • Hi,
      I can’t tell exactly what the input is on the power station, but this adapter by SolarEnz (click to view on Amazon) should work to connect both panels. I can’t promise anything though. If it doesn’t, let me know and I’ll find a different way.

      Also, if I am looking at the right power station it has an input rated for up to 8A. Two 100W 12V panels will generate around 11-12A at best, which means some electricity will be wasted. It will be fine, but be aware that adding a second panel will not double the input.

      If one panel generates 6A, the second panel will only add 2A. If you’re often camping in cloudy weather it’s definitely worth having two panels though.

  29. Hi, I’m hoping you can help me with advice on what is the correct panel to buy to charge my power station. It doesn’t have a brand name (bought from Ebay) but the specs are : Input DC15V/3A Solar Charging Interface DC5521 Solar Input Voltage Range 13V~23V Solar Charging Maximum Input 2.6A Capacity 302Wh, 27.2Ah/11.1V (EQ to 81600mAh/3.7V) I’ve bought multiple panels, but the ones I thought MIGHT work have these specs Manufacturer Part Number:byP2989846 Wattage:80-99 W Current Output 100 A or Greater Power:101-150 W I’m confused about what to buy to charge the power station, as it says the max amp is 2.6A, but everything I’ve found so far is much higher and I have no idea which is the correct one I should be looking for.
    Thank you for helping 🙂

  30. July 06, 2022. Hi, Im Sandra, I have a portable Oupes 1800 power station and I wanted to know is the Lion Energy portable 100watt 12v solar panel compatable to the Oupes Power Station. ? THANKS

  31. Hi Jesse, I’m thinking of purchasing the Oupes 1800 power station but wanted to save on solar panels. Can you tell me if the 100 w harbor freight panels will work safely connected to the Oupes station? Thank you very much

  32. Hi I have an unbranded solar generator (made in China)
    It says I need a DC 13V-23V/2.6A max .
    So what size solar blanket would this be pls?

  33. I have a Steelite AZGU1200 Power Station. There is a DC input (with a AC converter and power cord to charge it up from regular power) and 2 Anderson inputs.
    From the manual — Charging by Anderson port 1 (18V-30V, 10 A max /250Wmax)
    —–Charging by Anderson port 2 (25V, 20 Amax/ 500W max) There is also an Anderson 2Port Cautions
    !. You should use the original charge or the charger with the same parameters (the voltage range is 25+_0.2V and the current range is 5A-20A) and correctly connect it to the positive and negative poles of this port.
    2. This port is a fast charging port, when the device is charged to 90% via it, the charging will stop to protect the device.
    3. If the parameters of the charger do not match, the display of this device will light up while the charging will not start.
    Can you suggest an appropriate solar panel(s)? I need compact and light weight. Also can you suggest an appropriate charger. Thank you

    • Hi,
      Looks like you should only use the Anderson port on the front of the power station when using solar panels, do not use the one on the side.

      A panel like the Allpowers 200W (click to view on Amazon) should work since it comes with an MC4 to Anderson adapter. There is also the Allpowers 100W version.

      Anderson connectors can be configured in different ways and you might have to change the orientation of the connectors (which is easy to do, if possible). But it might fit the input right out of the box.

  34. Looking for panels for my Oukitel 2000 watt with LiFePO4 battery. Wondering about the Dfito 200 watt kit but using just the panels not the controller?

    • Hi,
      I couldn’t find much information about that panel. If it’s the one for $59.99 at Walmart I wouldn’t buy it, it’s not a 200W panel, just false advertising.

      Did the power station include an MC4 to Anderson adapter? If yes, you can buy pretty much any solar panel with MC4 connectors. If you want some examples let me know if you’d rather have portable and flexible panels or the more rigid and heavy types.

  35. I purchased a Qukitel 614 watt power station. I tried to connect it to a Harbor Freight 100 watt Thunderbolt solar panel with no success. I returned the solar panel today. The power station does not have a separate D.C. input port that I can tell so I tried to charge it through the port that I plug it into to charge it with the A.C. Charger. I’ve tried different connectors and adaptors. Nothing seems to work. Any suggestions? The power station charges with everything else except with a solar panel.

  36. What about compatible solar panels for the Oupes 1200 (a stated 30V, 200 watt limit)?
    Also, could I use solar panels with more than 200 watts so long as they are less than 30 V?

    • Hi,
      You have a lot of options, you can go either for a foldable panel that comes with an 8mm adapter or a panel with MC4 connectors and use an MC4 to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon).

      Here are some of the panels that don’t require an extra adapter (the included 8mm connectors should work): Rockpals 100W, Allpowers 200W

      Here are some that do require the MC4 to 8mm adapter: Renogy 100W Portable W/kickstand, EcoFlow 110W, Bluetti PV200W, Renogy 200W

      Let me know if you’re considering a specific type of panel or setup and I can help you further.

      • Jesse: Thanks so much for your prompt response. A couple more questions:

        1. Can I use a solar panel that generates more than 200 watts (even though the Oupes 1200 says 200 watts max input) so long as I don’t exceed the 30 volt max? I say this because the 200 watt solar panels only seem to generate 160 to 180 watts.
        2. Is there any particular downside (other than increased cost) of using a panel that needs an MC4 to 8mm adapter?
        3. What would be your favorite choice among the ones you mentioned?

        Thanks again for your help!!

        • 1. Yes, seems like that is fine to do with the Oupes. Some cheap charge controllers can’t handle it but the one in the Oupes 1200 can.
          2. The more adapters and connectors you use, the higher the voltage loss will be, which means fewer watts going to the battery. But I wouldn’t worry about it too much, in the end it won’t make a huge difference with just one adapter as long as it’s not super thin. If you plan on adding extension cables it’s easier to find a thicker cable with MC4 connectors than with an 8mm connector, so for that reason alone I would get a panel with MC4 connectors.
          3. I like the Bluetti 200W because its both powerful and portable, but it depends on how you plan on using it. If you want to set and forget you should definitely get one of the rigid panels like the ones by Renogy. If you want something a little larger than 200W the EcoFlow 220W is a great option that is more waterproof than the rest.

          • Jesse: Again, thank you so much for your advice. It has been invaluable.
            I want this to be portable (not set and forget), so the Bluetti 200 or the EcoFlow 220 should be perfect.

            The EcoFlow site said that the power station must be compatible with MC4 standards. I presume that just means that I will need the adapter to plug it in to the Oupes 1200 – correct?

          • Correct! And since the EcoFlow has a positive MC4 male connector and a negative MC4 female connector the adapter must have a positive MC4 female connector.

  37. Hi there, looks like you really know your stuff. Any chance to help with my query?
    I purchased a Powkey 99wh/27000mah portable power station (from Amazon) which can be charged by solar but it mentions 13V~23V 2.4A 30watt max input for the DC input. Now, I have seen a Renogy 100w 12v solar panel (also from Amazon) but as it’s 12v, it doesn’t fit into the 13v-23v expected BUT the open circuit voltage (VoC) is 23.4v which is within the range. Should this be what I am looking at and what about the amps as the solar panel gives off 4 or 5 (I think) but the power station is expecting 2.4a max would this all just to too powerful? Or will it be ok? I don’t want to cause a fire!! Thank you. Steve

    • Hi,
      You’ve understood it all correctly, it’s the open circuit voltage that matters here. The amperage does matter sometimes with cheap charge controllers, but based on the reviews of the Powkey 99Wh it can handle the amperage from a 100W panel and will regulate it accordingly.

      To sum it up, yes it will be ok!

  38. My power station calls for a solar panel 30-60 volts at 200watts. I have panels rating as follows:
    Pmpp-350, Impp-10.46, Vmpp-33.47, Voc-38.98.
    My thinking is the panel can supply more power than needed, but if panel never go over 60v than the power station will only load the panel with what it needs.
    What are your thoughts.

    • Hi,
      So it is a 350W panel but the power station maxes out at 200W? Whether it can handle it or not depends on how good the solar charge controller is in the power station.

      It will most likely not be a problem and work fine, but I would want to make sure by contacting the manufacturer before I connect it.

  39. I will be receiving a 777SYD Explorer 300 power station. They say they can handle 100 watts solar panel. I have a Sunpower 110 watt solar panel that is rated at 18.8
    volts. Frankly I think it’s a non issue and my station will be limited to 100 watts but asking just in case. Thanks!

    • Hi,
      Can you link to the exact Dokio panel you have? There are a couple of different ones.

      Looks like the Allpowers 700W has an Anderson input that can handle panels rated between 16.6-24V and up to 5A.

    • Hi,
      Seems like it can only be charged with AC power, so I don’t think you’re going to be able to plug a solar panel directly into it. I did see something about charging it with a 12V plug, but I recommend contacting Schumacher Electric and asking if it’s possible. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  40. I have a top solar 60 watt solar panel and a ZeroKor 300 watt power station. how do I charge the power station with the solar panel?

    thank you.

    • Hi,
      Did it not include a bunch of DC connectors? Looks like it should’ve, and one of them might be the right connector for the ZeroKor power station.

      • It did. I hooked one cable from the solar panel to the power station and it blinked like it was trying to charge like when I plug it into the wall but it didn’t charge at all. the panel was in direct sun and unobstructed. that’s what led me to ask. maybe I did something wrong. it also came with something called an mc4 cable but I don’t know if that has to do with the power station. from the videos I watched it seems that is for adding panels but I really don’t know.

        • Gotcha, yes that should be working.

          Is it the Topsolar panel which has two different DC outputs? If yes, make sure you’re using the DC-19V port and not the DC 14.4V port. Is the power station already charged up?

          • yes. the power station was right at half full when I hooked it up. there are 2 DC ports. the instructions said the 14v is only for car batteries so I didn’t dare use that one. the 19v is the one I used.

          • Ok, that is odd then, it should definitely be charging. Does it make a difference if you move the plug around a bit? Wondering if it isn’t making the correct connection. Also, see if one of the other adapters fit as well.

  41. Is it fine to use a 120W solar panel with Steelite Roket 300 Portable Power Station 300W?
    The 120W solar panel I own: Aoasur Portable Solar Panel 120W
    Both products are on Amazon

    • Hi,
      Yes, I can’t see that causing any damage. It will max out at 4 amps input, but with most power stations you can connect solar panels that produce more than that (and you’re going to have to, to reach 4A). As long as the manual doesn’t state the maximum is a 100W panel, you should be fine.

  42. 500W 110V 577Wh 156000mAh Energy Storage Supply Power Station Rechargeable Solar. Sold on eBay for $200. Item # 203882483798. Also on Amazon. Mfr: Quandingyi.

    15v/5A charging connection. Comes with 110v charger.

    No instructions on how to hook up solar panel.

    • Hi,
      I couldn’t find anything either, and I can’t tell what the input is based on the pictures because they’re too dark. I’d try to contact the manufacturer just to ask whether a 18V panel is safe to connect or not.

  43. I have a 4Patriot 1800W portable solar generator. The 100 Watt solar panel that came with it didn’t work, and they gave me back almost $500 for it. Didn’t want to rebuild it at that price. I have 2 x 24V panels (100W and 75W) and was wondering if I could use them. Details about the input : Anderson Powerpole connectors at generator. 20A @ 12V shared current limit. 240W max

  44. Hi jesse, thanks do much fir answering so many questions here! I have an oupes 1200 watt station and am wondering what options I have for panels… I didn’t buy theirs because they seem to be constructed with sewn canvas and others that I’ve had like this are too floppy and degraded fast in the sun. I’d like something bite weather proof and light and sturdy

      • Hi Jesse, thanks for the great recommendation for the panels and for including the connector cables which would have been my next question. I am curious if there are any other totally waterproof panels like the eco flow such as jackary maybe that might work as well. There are a few used ones if found that could save me some $.

    • Hi,
      Based on the information I could find on its Spanish website, it has an XT60 input that can handle voltages between 12-30V, up to 10A. That means that you have a lot of options, since all you need to do is make sure the open circuit voltage of the panel does not exceed 30V. Most 12V panels will be compatible.

      Depending on the panel, you might have to get an MC4 to XT60 adapter (click to view on Amazon) unless you find a panel with an XT60 connector.

      I can help you find compatible panels if you can tell me which Amazon or eBay you can purchase from.

  45. I just got an Olight OStation 100 watt power station. ● Large Capacity: The 230.88Wh capacity provides multiple charges to virtually any mobile device including laptops, cellphones, projectors, cameras, flashlights, and much more.

    ● Multiple Outlets: 1x110V AC outlet (200W), 1xType-C PD port (60W Max), 3xUSB-A ports (Max 5V 2.4A per port), and 1xDC car cigarette lighter socket (12V).

    ● Fast Charging: Can be fully charged in about 6 hours and supports fast charging for your devices that are compatible with PD protocols.

    ● Portable Design: With a weight of 3.26kg and smaller than a volleyball, the OSTATION is easy to carry around with the comfortable TPU handle.

    ● Stable Power Supply: The built-in AC wall outlet uses a pure sine wave inverter, reducing audible and electrical noise in fans, lights, speakers, TVs, and other sensitive appliances that you power with the OSTATION.

    What Solar Panel do you recommend?

  46. Hi. I have a Vtoman Jump 1500 portable power station, with no XT60 input port. It only has 2
    DC5521 (5.5mm*2.1mm) AC input ports
    I also have a Vcutech 200 watt solar panel that I would like to connect to my station but it only has an XT60 input port, so I can’t connect them. Is there an adapter I could use to connect these 2 items?

  47. Hi I’m Wendy
    I’m wondering which solar panels are compatible with my Oupes 1800 power station, how many watts I need, and what connections to hook them together to the unit?

  48. Hi,
    I have the Oupes 1200 power station and Harbor Freight Thunderbolt folding 100 watt solar panel. The panel comes with 8mm plug. Can I use as is or do I need some other adapter, such as polarity reverser?

  49. Hey Jesse!

    I recently got an Anker 757 and I need some advice as to which solar panels to use. I will be using it on weekend trips in my van with solar panels on the roof.

    I already have a Renogy 100W panel (RSP100D-BK) and a AcoPower 100W panel (HY100-12MB).

    My question is can I use the panels I have, in series, and be ok or should I buy another Renogy 100W and stay with the same brand?

    Also, what exact cords do I need? I have found conflicting reports and your site seems to have great answers!

  50. Hi! Total solar newby here. I own a BULLBAT Portable Power Station Pioneer 500. I recently ordered a BougeRV 9BB 100 Watts Mono Solar Panel,21.9% High Efficiency Half-Cut Cells Monocrystalline Technology (all descriptions from Amazon). Are the two compatible? If so, what guage solar cable extension should I use to connect the panel to Bullbat’s included MC cable? If not compatible, what panel(s) do you recommend? Thanks, in advance, for your research time!

    • Hi,
      I edited your comment to edit in the correct power station name.

      Yes, that panel is compatible and a great choice!

      The gauge depends on how long of a cable you plan to use. Anything under 25 feet I’d go with 12 AWG, if 25-50 feet go for 10 AWG.

      • Thanks so much for taking the time! What gauge wire does a 100 watt panel typically ship with, since I have to plug the extension into it and into the existing power station wires?

        • I have some additional information for you, after digging around. The solar panel ships with 12AWG, 3FT MC4 connectors. Reading on the Bullbat power station cables themselves, I’m seeing 16AWG on the 12V DC charger cable from the cigarette lighter and 16AWG on the MC4 connector leading into the power station. Should I be purchasing a 12AWG extension cable to match the solar panel or a 16AWG extension cable to match the power station? Thanks again. Sorry to be a pest but after researching all over the internet, I find you to be the most knowledgeable.

          • Hi,
            I’m happy to help!

            You don’t have to match either of them, just go with the lowest gauge possible depending on the needed length and your budget.

  51. Hi, I bought a kinda “no brand” power station from here (, but when it arrived the manual inside identified it as “Shogun GE300”. Anyway, on that web page (near the bottom, under “Specifications”) it says “Solar panel input 12V~24V/5A Max, 30W-60W”, so that would suggest a max of a 60W solar panel, but, as you say on your page, “most of the time the max voltage is what matters more than the wattage”— I wonder what “most of the time” means! The seller confirmed that there is a built-in charge controller, and also wrote that: “Whether the user’s solar panel is 60W or 100W or 1000W, the controller will control the maximum input power to 60W without explosion or damage.”

    I wonder if this is true, however—can the power station’s controller really take on a 1,000W solar panel, as long as the voltage is below 24V? I’m concerned about damaging the power station–it’s a safety/damage concern. I not too bothered that the max charging wattage will be downgraded to a max of 60W, and thus more time-consuming to charge… I’m not too technically minded, so I’m wondering why voltage matters more than wattage.

    Speaking of voltage, I’m thinking of getting this solar panel: It says 12V, 130W, so I wonder if it’s compatible with my Shogun power station. The problem is that this solar panel says “12V” but then under the detailed specs, it gives a RANGE: “Max Power Voltage: 18-29 V”….

    Wow. 29V would definitely exceed the 24V limit, but I’m also totally confused about why a LOT of sellers say “12V”, but then under “Description” the voltage is listed as “18V”, or, in this case, a range of 18 to 29V. In what sense can it be 12V at all?

    Anyway, hope you can help! Thanks so much.

    • Hi,
      The reason it’s “most of the time” is that not all charge controller are the same. I have never managed to destroy a charge controller by supplying too much current to it, but I also haven’t connected a 1000W panel to a charge controller that maxes out at 60W.

      I usually don’t connect more than 200% of what the company recommends, but I am probably extra careful for no reason.

      The 130W panel will work fine, I think the first “Item specifics” listed are incorrect, 18V is common for a 12V panel like that.

      What I wonder is if the listed 130W power output is true. A 130W monocrystalline panel for less than $50 USD is extremely cheap, I can’t even buy a 100W panel for that price here in the US.

      It’s advertised as a 12V panel because it’s for 12V systems. Your power station has a 12V battery in it, and when it’s fully charged it probably sits around 13-14V.

      It needs a voltage higher than that to get there which is why a solar panel that outputs 18V is great. Then the charge controller can work with both the voltage and the current to maximize the charge in different conditions.

      • Thanks for your helpful reply!

        I’m still confused about why the solar panel is specified as “Max Power Voltage: 18-29 V”, with a range. If it ever reaches “29V”, won’t that fry my power station (which is rated for only 24V)? Or is “29V” only a *theoretical* maximum, and is something like a VOC figure (when nothing is attached to the panel)?

        Re: the price. I, too, wonder if this relatively cheap panel will produce 130W. I take such figures with a grain of salt, but then the panel *does* claim to have German “TUV certification”— but is that only for quality and safety rather than a guarantee that the advertised wattage will be achieved? I don’t know!
        (The page does show an “original” price of AUD$189, discounted down to $69, but it seems to be an advertising trick… why on earth would anyone discount a product by $120? There are, however, at least 4 other Ebay Australia stores selling almost identical panels for the same price: they all have different manufacturer part numbers (MPNs) and brand names, but all claim TUV certification and German quality, and identical specs. So, I’m keeping my fingers crossed that this panel will achieve at least 100W….)

      • Hi Jesse,

        Please ignore my question regarding the range of voltage “18-29 V”. I noticed that all the other shops selling similar panels also have “18-29 V”, so I asked another shop about this. Two of the shops have now replied and said that they were basically restricted by the Ebay platform to choosing from some fixed options, so they no choice in the matter.

        It’s strange that Ebay does this to sellers! Why force sellers to put up unhelpful and confusing information like that?

        Anyway, hope they can reassure me about the 130W output…

  52. Hi

    I am looking at an Oupes 2400 power station which has 2 anderson ports for solar input. It’s rated for 500W on each anderson port up to 45V. However, I can’t find the max rated amp input in the manual.

    Reason I’m asking: I have 2 older Trina solar panels 245W with Max Power Voltage 30.2V at 8.12A (Open Circuit 37.7V at 8.83A). The panels have MC4 connectors so I know to get the converter to anderson.

    The ask: Can I connect the Trina solar panels on the Oupes power station in parallel to 1 anderson port? (If so I can add more panels to the other anderson port.) OR do I have to connect 1 panel to each anderson port (safer)?

    FYI: I know if I run in parallel I need to ensure the wire gauge is appropriate and am calculating based on distance accordingly.

    Thanks in advance,

    • Hi,
      I took a quick look at the manual for the Oupes 2400W. At page 7 it describes a similar setup to what you’re planning.

      I am not sure what they mean by “NOTE: The power station can not be charged until when all the Anderson port is connected, supports up to 45V input voltage.”.

      In this listing on Amazon for the Oupes 2400W, two panels are included and connected to only one input in one the photos.

      Anyway, if I were you I would connect the two panels in parallel and connect them to one of the Anderson ports. That should work fine!

  53. Hi Jesse, in November I wrote to ask you about portable weather proof solar panels that would be compatible with an oupes 1200 power station and followed you recommendation for the eco flow 160 watt panels and the mc4 to 8mm adapter. The setup worked great for the first few weeks of our trip but now when we’re in southern baja the oupes is malfunctioning. It’s not taking the input properly from the panels and is fluctuating wildly from 0 to 3 or 4 and then 130 and all over the place when in bright direct strong stable sunshine. The display is fading out occasionally as well and it has just powered itself off at 25% despite the fact that the power button is supposed to be held down for 2 seconds to shut it off. I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on the situation and if you think maybe I should have used some sort of charge controller. Thanks, Natasha
    P.S. I tried replying to our conversation from November and somehow it sent from the name Dave with an email I don’t recognize, lol Apologies for any confusion!

    • Hi,
      Sorry to hear that, sounds like the Oupes is either failing or needs to be reset somehow. I don’t think it’s related to the panels you have been using at all, power stations can just be unreliable and cheap parts can fail.

      Just to get some things out of the way, have you tested with just one panel? Do all ports on the Oupes work fine otherwise?

      Can you find an AC outlet to plug the power station into to charge it up? Try to do a full charge with the AC charger before connecting your panels to it again.

      If it still has the same problem I would contact Oupes and tell them about your issues. Just tell them you have been charging it with the included AC charger though, so they don’t try to use the use of third-party panels against you in a warranty case.

  54. Hello, I have an old, unused Honeywell Power Station , which I believe is now called Homeyears, Model ES-500, 500W. Do you know what solar panel I can use for this model? Thanks for all your help.

  55. Hi,

    I have a VTOMAN 1000 and I was wondering if I could run an extension cable from its 100w panel to the unit (i think the panels cable is 5 or 6 feet). I’d ideally like to run a 35 quart fridge with it. I would like to when not driving and parked place the panel on a whip outside of my van. I would love to have it on a 10 or 15 foot whip. I’m just not sure how to measure the plug on the unit and the termination on the existing cable. I guess another issue would be signal degradation from wanting a run that long. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Forgot to mention I have the adapters to fit into my station I’m just worried about the voltage being too high. but Orico’s website states it has overcharge protection.

  56. Sorry to keep adding but just so you have all the info Unfortunately I lost my user manual, but I see on the website the charging input that the device says DC12-24V 5.5A 65W Max. I want to know the maximum input the system will take, I know it will only charge at 65W, but if that is exceeded will it damage the battery? or is there protection for anything over 65W and the system just charges at that rate. I have a 200W solar panel (Bluetti PV200) it says the max Voltage is 26.1V do you think it would be safe to use the solar panel? since the panel will almost certainly not get to that full efficiency. Thanks for any help you can give.

    • Hi,
      With most power stations, it’s ok to connect a 200W panel even though the charge controller maxes out at 65W. If the charge controller in the Orico is good, it will regulate the amperage and not cause any damage.
      The voltage won’t be a problem since the operating voltage of the PV200 is a little over 20V.

  57. Good day.

    I recently bought a Switched 300W/307Wh portable power station. Please advise on which solar panel to purchase that is compatible.

    Battery capacity 3.7V 83 200 maH(307.84Wh)
    Rated power 300W

    Much appreciated

  58. I have a Vigorpool Captain 1200w solar generator, looking for a 100-200w foldable solar panel to use with it but I’m not sure of one that has compatible plugs. Looking to spend around $100 for it since I will only be using it rarely in an emergency. Any suggestions?


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