Charge Your Sungzu Power Station With Solar Panels
Today I would like to help you figure out what solar panels compatible with the Sungzu power stations.
Sungzu is a somewhat unknown company that makes power stations, also known as solar generators. It sells a couple of different models for all kinds of uses.
Sungzu’s power stations are great for things like camping or any other outdoor activity, home emergency backups, and UPS needs.
Not all solar panels are compatible with each of the Sungzu batteries, so today I am going to help you figure out what panels are compatible with what power station, and what you need to know and think about when considering what panel to buy.
Before we look at solar panels, let’s take a look at what each of the Sungzu solar generators can handle in terms of inputs, voltages, and amperages.
Sungzu Power Stations Ports And Limitations
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Compatible Solar Panels
Since there are several differences between the different power stations, let’s go through each one separately.
Solar panels compatible with Sungzu 200W/300W
The 200W and 300W power stations have the more common 5.5×2.1mm DC input. This means that it’s compatible with a lot of portable solar panels on the market that comes with several different DC outputs.
Sungzu makes a 65W solar panel (click to view on Amazon) that is compatible with both the 200W and 300W models because it has two DC outputs, one being a 19V/3A output. Note that the 100W model is not compatible since it’s a 32V panel.
To use third-party solar panels with the Sungzu 200W and 300W, you’re going to need this adapter (click to view on Amazon).
When choosing a third-party panel, you want to make sure its VOC rating is within the limits of the Sungzu power stations that I listed in the table above. You also need to make sure it has a positive MC4 male connector, and a negative MC4 female connector, otherwise the polarity will be wrong and can cause damage to the charge controller.
Solar panels compatible with Sungzu 500W
The Sungzu has a 4P DIN input, which makes it harder to find compatible solar panels.
One that is compatible is the Sungzu 65W solar panel (click to view on Amazon) which comes with a 4P DIN (aviation) adapter. Note that the 100W model is not compatible since it’s a 24V panel that outputs 32V.
To use third-party solar panels that have MC4 connectors with the Sungzu 500W, you’re going to need this adapter (click to view on Amazon). The adapter has a positive female MC4 connector and a negative male MC4 connector.
Combining two or more solar panels with the adapter I mention above will connect them in parallel, not in series. Note that the Sungzu 500W has a 10A limit, so I don’t recommend connecting more than two 100W panels (a 100W solar panel generates about 5-6A).
Also, when choosing a solar panel, make sure its VOC rating is below 30V.
Solar panels compatible with Sungzu 1000W
The Sungzu 1000W has the same 4P DIN (aviation) DC input, but it uses a 24V solar charge controller and requires solar panels that can output between 32-45V VOC.
One compatible panel is the Sungzu 100W. This panel is only compatible with the 1000W model and none of the smaller ones.
To connect third-party panels, you can use this adapter (click to view on Amazon).
A third-party panel that is compatible with the 1000W is the Newpowa 90W 24V. With the adapter above, it will charge the 1000W power station.
To use 12V solar panels, you would need two of them connected in series. A 12V panel sits at about 18V, so two would equal 36V, which would charge the Sungzu 1000W.
So for example, if you have two Renogy 100W you will connect the positive male MC4 connector on one panel to the negative female MC4 connector on the second panel, then you would connect the positive male MC4 connector on the second panel to the positive (red) female MC4 connector on the MC4 to 4P DIN adapter (click to view on Amazon), and the negative female MC4 connector to the negative (black) male connector on the adapter. Then plug it into the Sungzu 1000W.
If you want to combine two of the Newpowa 90W 24V, you’ll need an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). These let you connect panels in parallel, where the positive wires are separate from the negative.
How Can I Improve The Charging Efficiency When Using Solar Panels?
The easiest thing you can do is make sure that the panels are facing the sun. This means that you might have to angle them during the morning and evening, or the wintertime when the sun is low on the horizon.
Another thing is to make sure there is no shade on the panel(s). Some panels can handle shade better than others, but it’s better to be safe than sorry and make sure the sun can reach every cell on the panel.
Can I Extend The Wires From The Solar Panel?
If the panel has MC4 connectors, you can use these MC4 extension cables by WindyNation (click to view on Amazon) to extend the connection.
How Long Will It Take To Charge The Sunzu Battery With Solar Panels?
It depends on which power station you have and what solar panel you’ve paired it with.
The 300W has a 350Wh battery, the 500W has a 550Wh battery, and the 1000W has a 1010Wh battery.
Wh stands for watt-hours and is the battery capacity when counting in watts. For example, a 50W device uses 50 watt-hours per hour.
If you use a 100W solar panel, this is an estimate of how long it would take to recharge each of them.
300W – 5 hours
500W – 8 hours
1000W – 15 hours
Add another 100W panel to the 500W, and you’d be fully charged in four hours. I recommend using more panels in most situations to improve the charging speed significantly.
Do I Need A Solar Charge Controller?
Solar generators usually have built-in charge controllers, so it’s safe to plug solar panels into them without using a charge controller. Sungzu’s power stations have built-in charge controllers.
Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions.