How To Use Renogy Panels With Jackery Power Stations

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.

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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.

21 thoughts on “How To Use Renogy Panels With Jackery Power Stations”

  1. I have the Renogy 100w suitcase that has the solar charge controller built in. Will it damage the controller if I charge the generator or do I need to by pass the controller in order to use the Renogy suitcase?

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    • The Boulder 50 and 100 use the 8mm connector, so they should work with the Explorer 500. They’re certainly within the limits of what the Jackery can handle.

      Jesse

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  2. Is there anything to know about plugging in the adapter correctly? I will be using the Jackery 500 with the Renogy 100W solar panel and the adapter.

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  3. Hi I am looking to get 2 200w renogy panels and was wondering what your personal opinion on what power station can handle 200w. Looking between Jackery 500 & 1000.
    Thanks,
    Andrew

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  4. so hi I am a newbie but have 2 100watt HQST panels and wonder what jackery size I should get and do I need an adaptor as well?? thanks

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  5. Hi, I have two Renogy 160 watt panels. The OVC for each of them is 22.9 volts. Would it be ok running just one directly to my Jackery 500? I know the panels max output is 160 watts but it OVC is under 30 volts. I believe my Jackery is the latest version as well, which means as I understand, that it uses a MPPT controller.

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    • Hey Joshua,

      Yes, you could use one of them with your Explorer 500. You’re not going to see more than 60-70W of input at most since the charge controller is still pretty weak, but connecting a big panel like that will at least maximize the input most sunny hours of the day.

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  6. Hello,

    I’ve been talking to Renogy and Jackery customer service and am still having a hard time determining if the Renogy 100w Eclipse will work with my Jackery 240. I’m trying to determine the “max solar input” as it does not say in the manual, etc.

    Do you know if the Renogy 100w Eclipse will work fine with my Jackery 240? What are the specs I need to look for when determining this? Especially when it states a max input wattage of 42.

    Thank you for any help!!!!!

    TjR

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    • Hey TjR,

      Which Eclipse panel are you looking at? Take a look at the rigid Eclipse 100W, and scroll down to the specifications. What usually matters is the “Optimum Operating Voltage”, which is 17.7V. Jackery has told me to look at the “Open Circuit Voltage” when picking panels for their power stations though, which is 21.2V.

      The Jackery Explorer 240 can handle up to 30V, according to the specifications on the listing. So the panel above is safe to use with the Explorer 240, you’ll just need the MC4 to 8mm adapter.

      The 42W max, in this case, is how much electricity the charge controller can move to the battery, but this doesn’t mean you can’t use anything larger than a 42W solar panel. I use 200W of solar with my Explorer 500, even though its “max” is 65W. The charge controller regulates the wattage, but it won’t regulate voltage if you go over the 30V limit.

      Also, make sure you get a panel without a built-in charge controller since the Jackery already has one.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

      Jesse

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