Best Solar Panels For Westinghouse Portable Power Stations (iGen160s, iGen200s, iGen300s)

How To Connect A Solar Panel To Westinghouse Portable Power Stations

Westinghouse is a company mostly known for their gas generators, but recently they released a couple of portable power stations that can be charged with solar panels.

Portable power stations usually mean that there is a lithium battery, an inverter (DC to AC), and a solar charge controller inside.

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Today I am going to show you how you can connect solar panels to these power stations, and recommend a couple of panels that will connect directly to the input on these Westinghouse batteries.

Let’s start by taking a closer look at the three models currently available, the iGen160s, iGen200s, iGen300s. They’re not all the same, so pay attention to the differences depending on which one you have/you’re planning to buy.

Westinghouse Portable Power Stations Compared

The information about each of these models is directly from the manuals found on Westinghouse’s website.

Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen160s Portable Power Station and Outdoor Generator 150 Peak 100 Rated Watts, Solar Solar, 155Wh Lithium-ion Battery (Solar Panel Not Included)
Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen200s Portable Power Station and Outdoor Generator 300 Peak 150 Rated Watts, 194Wh Lithium-ion Battery (Solar Panel Not Included)
Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen300s Portable Power Station and Outdoor Generator 600 Peak 300 Rated Watts, 296Wh Lithium-ion Battery (Solar Panel Not Included)
Battery Capacity (Watt-hours)
155Wh
194Wh
296Wh
Inverter Rating (AC outlet max output)
100W/150W Surge
150W/300W Surge
300W/600W Surge
Outlets
2
2
2
USB Ports
4
3
3
Input Port
5.5x2.1mm
8mm
8mm
Input Rating
2A
3A
3A
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Full-size 12V Outlet
Size
8.2 x 3.8 x 7 in
8 x 3.6 x 7.4 in
9.1 x 5 x 8.9 in
Weight
3.8 lbs
4 lbs
6.4 lbs
Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen160s Portable Power Station and Outdoor Generator 150 Peak 100 Rated Watts, Solar Solar, 155Wh Lithium-ion Battery (Solar Panel Not Included)
Battery Capacity (Watt-hours)
155Wh
Inverter Rating (AC outlet max output)
100W/150W Surge
Outlets
2
USB Ports
4
Input Port
5.5x2.1mm
Input Rating
2A
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Full-size 12V Outlet
Size
8.2 x 3.8 x 7 in
Weight
3.8 lbs
Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen200s Portable Power Station and Outdoor Generator 300 Peak 150 Rated Watts, 194Wh Lithium-ion Battery (Solar Panel Not Included)
Battery Capacity (Watt-hours)
194Wh
Inverter Rating (AC outlet max output)
150W/300W Surge
Outlets
2
USB Ports
3
Input Port
8mm
Input Rating
3A
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Full-size 12V Outlet
Size
8 x 3.6 x 7.4 in
Weight
4 lbs
Westinghouse Outdoor Power Equipment iGen300s Portable Power Station and Outdoor Generator 600 Peak 300 Rated Watts, 296Wh Lithium-ion Battery (Solar Panel Not Included)
Battery Capacity (Watt-hours)
296Wh
Inverter Rating (AC outlet max output)
300W/600W Surge
Outlets
2
USB Ports
3
Input Port
8mm
Input Rating
3A
Pure Sine Wave Inverter
USB C
Full-size 12V Outlet
Size
9.1 x 5 x 8.9 in
Weight
6.4 lbs

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Solar Panels Compatible With Westinghouse Power Stations

Alright, now that we know the inputs and what each power station can handle, let’s take a look at some solar panels that have these connectors.

CHAFON 40W Portable Solar Charger,Camping Foldable Panel with 18V DC Output for Power Station Generator,Laptop,QC 3.0 12V USB Port Compatible Tablet GPS Camera iPhone Xs/iPad/Galaxy S9
ENKEEO 50W Solar Charger, Foldable Solar Panel with MPPT Controller and TIR-C, DC, USB QC 3.0 and 2.0 Output Ports, Multiple Connection Cables for Smartphones, Laptops, Car Battery, Power Stations
Goal Zero Boulder 50 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
ROCKPALS SP002 Foldable 60W Solar Panel Charger for Jackery Explorer/ Flashfish/MARBERO/BALDR/Paxcess Portable Power Station Generator and USB Devices, QC3.0 USB Ports
Watts
40W
50W
50W
60W
Connector
Several DC adapters included (5.5x2.1mm and 8mm)
Several DC adapters included (5.5x2.1mm and 8mm)
8mm
Several DC adapters included (5.5x2.1mm and 8mm)
Compatible with iGen160s
Yes
Yes
No
Yes
Compatible with iGen200s
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Compatible with iGen300s
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
USB Ports
Size
13.4 x 9.8 x 1.9 in (folded)
19.9 x 14.1 x 2.4 in (folded)
21.8 x 26.8 x 1.8 (folded)
13.8 x 13.4 x 1.8 in (folded)
Weight
4.9 lbs
5.4 lbs
12.4 lbs
5.1 lbs
CHAFON 40W Portable Solar Charger,Camping Foldable Panel with 18V DC Output for Power Station Generator,Laptop,QC 3.0 12V USB Port Compatible Tablet GPS Camera iPhone Xs/iPad/Galaxy S9
Watts
40W
Connector
Several DC adapters included (5.5x2.1mm and 8mm)
Compatible with iGen160s
Yes
Compatible with iGen200s
Yes
Compatible with iGen300s
Yes
USB Ports
Size
13.4 x 9.8 x 1.9 in (folded)
Weight
4.9 lbs
ENKEEO 50W Solar Charger, Foldable Solar Panel with MPPT Controller and TIR-C, DC, USB QC 3.0 and 2.0 Output Ports, Multiple Connection Cables for Smartphones, Laptops, Car Battery, Power Stations
Watts
50W
Connector
Several DC adapters included (5.5x2.1mm and 8mm)
Compatible with iGen160s
Yes
Compatible with iGen200s
Yes
Compatible with iGen300s
Yes
USB Ports
Size
19.9 x 14.1 x 2.4 in (folded)
Weight
5.4 lbs
Goal Zero Boulder 50 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel
Watts
50W
Connector
8mm
Compatible with iGen160s
No
Compatible with iGen200s
Yes
Compatible with iGen300s
Yes
USB Ports
Size
21.8 x 26.8 x 1.8 (folded)
Weight
12.4 lbs
ROCKPALS SP002 Foldable 60W Solar Panel Charger for Jackery Explorer/ Flashfish/MARBERO/BALDR/Paxcess Portable Power Station Generator and USB Devices, QC3.0 USB Ports
Watts
60W
Connector
Several DC adapters included (5.5x2.1mm and 8mm)
Compatible with iGen160s
Yes
Compatible with iGen200s
Yes
Compatible with iGen300s
Yes
USB Ports
Size
13.8 x 13.4 x 1.8 in (folded)
Weight
5.1 lbs

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If it’s a solar panel that comes with several different DC adapters and connectors, you just need to put on the right one and plug it into the power station.

If Your Solar Panel Has MC4 Connectors

If you have a solar panel with MC4 connectors, you can use an adapter to connect it to your specific power station.

There are two things you need to know when doing this.

  1. It can’t be a solar panel with a built-in charge controller, since the power stations already have a controller built-in.
  2. It has to be a 12V solar panel, and it shouldn’t be larger than 100W. Preferably between 50-80W, since the Westinghouse power stations can only handle 2 and 3 amps of input at most (around 36W with the iGen160s and 54W with the iGen200s and iGen300s).

Connect an MC4 solar panel to iGen160s

Since the iGen160s has a 5.5×2.1mm input port, you’ll need this adapter (click to view on Amazon). It has a positive MC4 female connector, and a negative MC4 male connector, so you need to make sure your panel is wired with a positive MC4 connector. The panels I recommend down below do.

Connect an MC4 solar panel to iGen200s/iGen300s

The larger Westinghouse power stations have an 8mm input, so to make the connection you need the MC4 to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon). It has a positive MC4 female connector, so you need to make sure your panel has a positive MC4 male connector. The panels I recommend down below do.

Which Panels I Recommend

All three of these panels use MC4 connectors, so you need one of the adapters above. Which one depends on which iGen model you have.

The Renogy 50W – A good little solid panel that will generate about 25-40W in good sunshine. Has mounting holes so you can screw it down.

The Renogy Flexible 50W – A flexible 50W panel that is lighter than the solid panels. Has mounting holes.

The Renogy 100W – I wouldn’t go larger than a 100W panel with the Westinghouse power stations. This is a 100W panel from Renogy, and I own a couple of these so I know that they’re great. Will max out the input of the larger Westinghouse batteries most hours of the day.

Frequently Asked Questions

Does Westinghouse Include Solar Panels?

Nope.

How Fast Will A Solar Panel Charge The Westinghouse Power Stations?

At max amperage, the iGen160s can handle about 36W (2A @ 18V). The two larger ones can do 3A, or about 54W (3A @ 18V).

Based on those numbers (take them with a grain of salt), the iGen160s can be charged in less than 5-6 hours. The iGen200s can be charged in 4-5 hours, and the iGen300s can be charged in 6-7 hours.

Can I Use a 24V Solar Panel?

No, a 24V panel outputs a voltage too high for the charge controllers in these power stations.

Can I Connect Two Panels?

You could connect two panels with MC4 connectors with an MC4 Y branch. Still, I don’t recommend going over 100W total watts, so you could do 50W x 2.

You need to connect the panels in parallel (not series) to not double the voltage and go over the limit of these power stations.

Just connect both positive wires from the solar panels to one of the adapters, then do the same with the negatives. Finally, connect the adapters to the MC4 to 8mm adapter (click to view on Amazon), and you’re good to connect them to the power stations.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions or something to add.

2 thoughts on “Best Solar Panels For Westinghouse Portable Power Stations (iGen160s, iGen200s, iGen300s)”

  1. Does the Renogy solar panel come with the MC4 connector to 8mm? I might as well be honest. All this sounds like Greek to me. I have the Westinghouse iGEN2oos and only want to make one trip to get my set up right. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    Reply
    • Hi Mary,

      Sorry about that, I’ll try to make the article more clear.

      If you choose one of the panels in the table, you don’t need anything else.

      If you choose one of the Renogy panels, you need to buy the MC4 to 8mm adapter. The Renogy panels do not come with any adapters.

      Jesse

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