Using Third-Party Renogy Panels With Jackery Portable Power Stations 160/240/500
If you own or plan on purchasing a Jackery 160, 240, or 500, a great way to charge it is with solar panels. Solar panels are amazing if you’re away from electrical outlets and need to use electronics. Today I am going to tell you how you can use third-party solar panels from companies like Renogy and HQST with the 160, 240, and 500 power station models.
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I live in my travel trailer and travel full time, and my solar panels let me live life just like I would be connected to outlets. I charge my laptop all day and watch TV all night, which wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for my solar panels. So I understand why you would like to connect solar panels to your Jackery Power Station.
So How Do You Connect Solar Panels To A Jackery Power Station?
Jackery sells its own solar panels, which comes with the 8mm connector that plugs straight into the power station. You can purchase other solar panels from companies like Renogy, Richsolar, HQST, and Newpowa that will also connect to the Jackery box. All you’ll need is an adapter.
The adapter you’re going to need is the SolarEnz MC4 to 8mm adapter cable. This is compatible with the Renogy, Richsolar, HQST, and Newpowa panels.
Does Jackery 160, 240, and 500 support a 100 Watt solar panel?
Jackery advertises that the maximum input wattage of the 160 and 240 power stations is 42 watts and the Explorer 500 100W. Based on what I have seen and my own tests, they can all do 40-65. I haven’t seen an Explorer 500 go higher than 65W with a 12V 100W panel.
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I recommend the Renogy 100W for all of the Explorer models
Most solar panels out there are compatible, you just need to make sure that the VOC rating of the solar panel is under 30V.
A compatible smaller portable solar panel to pair with the 160 or 240 would be the Renogy 50W solar panel. Make sure the panel you’re buying doesn’t include a solar charge controller since the Jackery has one built-in.
To conclude, to connect a third-party solar panel to a Jackery power station, you’ll need the SolarEnz MC4 to 8mm adapter cable and a compatible panel.
How Long Will It Take To Charge The Jackery Power Stations With A 100 Watt Solar Panel?
A 100 watt solar panel doesn’t generate exactly 100 watts as soon as there is sun on it, but usually between 40 and 80 depending on the time of the year, what solar charge controller it’s plugged into, and other factors. The latest Explorer power stations have an MPPT charge controller, but the maximum of the Explorer 500 is still around 65W input.
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The Explorer 160 will charge in about four hours, the 240 in about five hours, the 300 in about six hours, and the 500 in about 8 hours.
Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment down below.