How To Connect A Zamp/SAE Solar Panel To A Goal Zero Yeti

Plug A Zamp/SAE Solar Panel Into A Goal Zero Yeti

Zamp is an American brand that makes solar panels that come with SAE connectors. Goal Zero is another American brand that makes power stations/solar generators but use 8mm and Anderson Power Pole inputs. Today I will help you connect the two, so you can charge your Goal Zero Yeti with a Zamp solar panel.

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Step 1: SAE to MC4

First, we need an adapter to turn the SAE connection into MC4 connectors. This adapter (click to view on Amazon) does exactly that.

The adapter includes a reverse polarity adapter that you might have to use depending on how your solar panel is wired. Zamp reverses the polarity on its solar panels and solar ports, so please make sure that the positive (red) wire from your panel is going to the positive (red) side of the adapter.

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Step 2: MC4 to 8mm/APP

Second, we need an adapter to turn the MC4 connectors into either an 8mm or Anderson Power Pole (APP) connector. If you look at the input of your Yeti, you’ll know whether you have only an 8mm input, or both an 8mm and APP. The larger Yeti power stations have an APP input because it can handle more input. The 8mm input can only handle up to 120 watts of input on most Yeti power stations.

This adapter will turn the MC4 into an 8mm connector.

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If your panel is larger than 150W, or you’d like to use the Anderson Power Pole because you can, the adapter you’ll need is this one.

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Note that you might have to rearrange the Anderson Power Pole connector to fit the Yeti, but that is very easy to do. The positive and negative connectors can be separated and turned to change the position. It’s important that you plug the positive (red) part of the connector into the positive (red) part of the input on the Yeti.

What You Need To Know When Connecting Solar Panels To A Goal Zero Yeti

The Yeti Lithium power stations can handle solar panels with up to 22V VOC. The VOC rating can usually be found on a sticker on the panel, or in the product’s specifications/manual. If you want to connect two or more panels to a Yeti Lithium, you must connect the panels in parallel, more about that down below.

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If you have a non-lithium power station, like the Yeti 150 or 400, it can handle up to 29V VOC. The Yeti 1250 can handle up to 48V, which means you can connect two 12V panels in series.

You also need to make sure that the polarity is correct, which means that the positive wire from the solar panel is connecting to the positive 8mm/APP connector. With the adapters above it’s easy to follow the circuit and make sure they’re connected correctly due to their color. Positive is red, and negative is black.

Extension Cables

I recommend using MC4 extension cables if you want to store the Yeti further away from the solar panel. The WindyNation 12 Gauge MC4 extension cables (click to view on Amazon) come in different lengths depending on what you need.

How Many Solar Panels Can The Goal Zero Yeti Handle?

The 8mm input on most Yeti power stations can handle up to 120W of input, and the APP input can handle up to 360W. Therefore it’s not worth connecting more than 200W of solar panels to an 8mm input since 200W of panels will generate between 100-140W and max out the 8mm input.

How Do You Connect Two Or More Panels?

If you have a Yeti Lithium, you can connect two panels with an MC4 Y Branch (click to view on Amazon). This creates a parallel connection that doubles the amperage, but not the voltage, so as long as the VOC ratings of the 12V panels don’t exceed 22V, you’re safe to use them with the Yeti Lithium power stations.

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How Do I Use Other Aftermarket Solar panels With A Goal Zero Yeti?

I have written a post that goes through this specifically, click here to view it.

My Solar Generator Has A Different Input, How Do I Connect The Zamp/SAE Solar Panel?

If your solar generator has neither an 8mm or APP input, leave a comment down below and let me know what solar generator you have, and I will help you out.

Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions.

7 thoughts on “How To Connect A Zamp/SAE Solar Panel To A Goal Zero Yeti”

  1. Hello! I own a 200W Zamp portable solar suitcase with a built in 15-Amp 5-Stage PWM Charge Controller.
    I want to use my Zamp panels to charge my Goal Zero 1400 Lithium power station using anderson power pole connectors that connect to the GZ via their MPPT Solar charging optimization Module.

    To accomplish this, I was told that I would need to first bypass the Zamp controller. If this is true, what type of connectors should I use to connect the wires that I cut before the controller and how do I keep the correct polarity on those new connectors.
    If I don’t have to worry about bypassing the Zamp controller then I would just follow your advice above to use a SAE To MC4 connector?

    Reply
    • Hello,

      Yes, you should bypass the Zamp controller.

      I recommend using MC4 connectors, which will be easy to connect and disconnect when you want to charge your Yeti 1400. A kit like this (click to view on Amazon) comes with everything you would need. If you already have wire strippers there are other kits without one.

      Put an MC4 male connector on the positive wire coming from the solar panel, and an MC4 female connector on the negative wire. Then put an MC4 female connector on the positive wire coming from the charge controller, and an MC4 male connector on the negative wire.

      Then you’ll be able to connect this MC4 to Anderson Powerpole adapter to your Yeti. The adapter has a positive female, which is why it’s important that the positive wire directly from the panel is a positive male.

      For extension cords, I recommend these Windynation MC4 extension cables.

      Let me know if you have any questions.

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      • Thanks Jesse! I do have a couple of additional questions;
        1. How can I tell which one of the wires coming from the Zamp solar panel is the positive one?
        2. Each 100 W panel has a separate set of wires that then connect to the charge controller. So I will end up with 2 pairs of wires with MC4 connectors on each. Then those 2 MC4 connectors will hook up to 2 Anderson Power pole adaptors.
        Since I have only 1 Anderson Power Pole Charging Port (input): 15-22V on the GZ MPPT optimization module, I will need an adaptor to combine both of those 2 APP leads into just one, correct?

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        • 1. You can either use a multimeter or look at where the wires are connected to the charge controller. The charge controller inputs should have clear + (positive) and – (negative) markings.

          2. Hmm, that’s an interesting way to wire a suitcase. What you can do is add MC4 connectors on all wires, then use an MC4 Y Branch to connect the two panels together in parallel, so you only have to use one MC4 to Anderson adapter.

          You’ll take the positive male MC4 connectors from both panels and connect them to the MC4 Y branch with two MC4 female connectors, then do the same with the negative wires to the second adapter. This will keep the positive and negative wires separate from each other and create a parallel connection, which is safe for the Yeti.

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  2. Hi,

    I have a Zamp solar panel with its own controller and a Yeti 1250 with an internal controller: charging will not take place unless one of the controllers are bypassed. Since the Zamp controller is external it would be easier to bypass their controller. How do I safely do this and wire it to be compatible with the Yeti? Please keep it simple, I am just a dumb chemist!

    Cheers,
    Rachel

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