I’m planning on using my Jackery 500 extensively during cloudy/rainy weather, and am therefore thinking of using a 175w renogy solar panel like the commenter above. Am I on the right track and which panel & connector would you suggest? It’ll obviously be more cumbersome to deal with than a smaller panel, but in my opinion it’s worth it to be able to charge the battery faster. So what you need is a panel like this Acopower 100W which has a charge controller but also a way to bypass it to charge a power station like the Jackery. Hi Jesse, thanks for this great resource! I’m just starting van life, and am thinking about the Jackery 500. If your 100W panel generates 10-20W on a cloudy day, a 175W panel will probably do about 25-30W. Let’s start by listing my solar panel recommendations and the limits of the Explorer power stations, then talk about what you need to know and think about, how to combine panels, and what extension cables you can use. The charge time will vary based on available sunlight and daylight hours. Which is the best way? An MC4 kit like this is all you would need to get the job done. Most space heaters, even small ones, use between 500-1500W. I suggest watching Will Prowse’s videos on YouTube to learn about diy solar power. Thank you again! You cant beat the compact size and weight of the jackery it seems though. With compatible solar power charging, the power station can perform as a solar generator, so you can have an unlimited power source from the sun and keep charged on the go Featuring an AC outlet, a DC carport, three USB ports, and an LCD display, the power inverter can charge multiple devices at the same time, and you can have a clear understanding of the battery level and charging power The carry handle makes transportation easy, and there is a bracket to keep it angled correctly. Other than that, they’re excellent panels in my eyes. Thanks. The new Jackery Explorer 1000 is currently the largest power station/solar generator made by Jackery. Luckily solar panels have mostly been standardized to universal plug and cable types. 【UPGRADE CHARGING TECHNOLOGY】Rockman folding solar panel equipped with 1*QC3.0 USB port (24W max) and 1*Type-C port(18W Max). Currently, only one port can be used at once so you can’t connect two different solar panels to each port. Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. A decent 100 watt solar panel will set you back less than $100 and can be exposed to the pouring rain so I can totally understand why people would want to go that route. Therefore, to charge it as fast as possible, you could connect three 100W panels in parallel to max out the input and charge the battery from 0 to 100% in about six hours. No need for anything else? Solar Panels; Portable solar panels for Jackery can be folded and fitted to make it easy to transport and use. The only thing I could think of doing if you don’t want to use a small propane heater is to use a 12V heated blanket like this. It comes with the necessary cables to plug directly into your power station. I’ve been debating buying this vs building my own more powerful unit. Would that be too much for the 500 to handle? It seems to power the basics (laptop, phone, light, possible cooler chest, plus a blender, lol.) Charge Your Jackery Explorer Power Station With Compatible Solar Panels. That is how I charge my Explorer 500, just make sure the adapter you get has a positive MC4 female connector like this one so it is compatible with the Renogy panel. With one of the highest 23.7% efficiency in the industry, you can make the most use of the sun and convert the sunlight into clean energy. Let me know if you have any questions by leaving a comment. Still no input watts. The charge controller in the Explorer 500 can only use around 65W of the wattage the solar panels generate, so a single 100W panel like the Renogy one would be alright too, but you’re not going to see it generate 65W in the morning/evening. Hello there, I am Jesse. Which Solar Panels Are Compatible With The Jackery Explorer? Thank you very much! If you want a portable, foldable solar panel for camping, try this Jackery product. I bought an Explorer 1000. Yes, you sure can! The cost of this product is 499 dollars. Hi there!Getting ready to purchase a couple of Jackery 240 units. The Jackery 500 can be recharged using a compatible solar panel. I appreciate your great efforts! Happy to help! The Explorer 500 display showed it was charging but the input watts were 0. This is very helpful. Should be a good learning experience. Do not use a solar panel with a charge controller as the PLB40 is integrated with a DC-DC charger and may cause your panel not to product power. Commentdocument.getElementById("comment").setAttribute( "id", "ad73807f282d0ee9cc16b7afa3f5b5e5" );document.getElementById("a24b23c925").setAttribute( "id", "comment" ); Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. The Jackery SolarSaga 60 Solar Panel is also now available with 30% off, saving you $54 and now only $125.99 down from $179.99. Thanks for your comment, Sokratis. I moved the panel to a different location and tried unplugging it from the 8mm input. The PWM charge controller in the Explorer 500 is pretty weak and I usually don’t see any input watts until 9-10 am depending on location and time of the year. Is it just a cost thing (i.e. Charging power can often be increased by linking solar panels. What time of the day did you try the panel? If you have the new Jackery Explorer 1000 which has an Anderson Power Pole input as well, you can use this adapter (click to view on Amazon). I’m not positive what the VOC would be. Durable solar panel: Made from durable cloth, zipper and ETFE material. I stay mostly in the northeast, where sun is mild in comparison. We recommend checking with your solar panel manufacturer to ensure compatibility. So whenever you are on the go, only a few moments of solar recharging will give you ample power in your devices. Another question. Also, the panel comes with a charge controller and since the Jackery Explorer 500 has one built-in already you should not use the controller Dokio includes. What solar panel would be best for those needs that would be a significant price reduction from what Jackery offers? You can use either MC4 extension cables or an 8mm. A 100W solar panel generates about 60-80W, but power stations have a max input wattage. Let me know if you have any more questions. If you link a 20 W and a 40 W panel you’ll have 60 W of total maximum output. It’s safe to do with Jackery power stations, but you need to make sure that the wiring can handle the amperage as well, depending on how many panels you connect. I complemented it with two SolarSaga 100W solar panels for camping and in case we had a power outage. Mainly would be use for camping but also live in South Florida so a good set up would be nice for hurricanes. Thanks for all the great information. It was early morning but I would have expected some sort of reading on the input watts. There are portable foldable panels that support a parallel connection as well. Which one is positive (+)? Much closer to the 1002Wh battery. I also bought a 160 jackery. Awesome! My wife and I travel full time in our RV. This info is amazing, but I’m new to all this so I still need help. an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon), with an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon), MC4 Y branch like this (click to view on Amazon), Solar Panels Compatible With Goal Zero Yeti 200X & 500X, Best Solar Panels Compatible With Maxoak Bluetti EB150/EB240. I have a small electric heater can a use it for a shot time with the jackery 160 it’s a Holmes it don’t say anything about watt on it, it’s about 6″ high. To use the solar panels with MC4 connectors and a green checkmark next to the “Requires Additional Adapter”, you’re going to need an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). Jackery is a very popular power station/solar generator brand that makes and sells portable batteries perfect for outdoors, camping, home emergencies, CPAP users, and wherever you find yourself needing portable power. To connect the solar panels with a checkmark next to “Requires Additional Adapter” to the Jackery power stations, you need to use an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). There are a lot more solar panels on the market that are compatible, but I can’t fit them all in one table. Yeah, it would make a difference, but how much depends on how cloudy it is. I want people to be aware that there are more affordable ways to recharge the Jackery batteries with solar, and that there are compatible solid panels that can be installed on vehicles, etc. So if I purchase the Jackery 1000, I can then add a cheaper more durable solar panel liek the Renogy 100W suitcase (without the controller) and attach it with the cable adapter? I just ordered Jackery 500 (I want to use it to charge my wheelchair battery) and want to know if the DOKIO 100 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel with Controller Polycrystalline Module do the job? The Jackery 1000 has a solar charge controller built-in so it’s ready for solar panels. Even though portable power stations like these are often called solar generators, they don’t include solar panels unless you purchase a kit. Given the 1000 can take 175W, I want to maximise that input and minimise bulk in my camper. Check Price at Amazon This is within the 12V~30V limit of the Explorer power stations. One end connects to Explorer 1000, and the other end connects to the solar cable (-/+). High temperature resistant. The 12V input to the PLB40 battery is a gray SB50 Anderson connector. Jackery portable solar panels can be folded and strapped for easy carry and use. The solar panel has up to 10 different DC connectors, which implies that it is compatible with most solar generators. Jackery SolarSaga 60W Solar Panel for Explorer 160/240/500 as Portable Solar Generator. About solar power and how to utilize it in future i.e backup battery right now, but once I understand it then maybe I could power a tool shed entirely off solar. Then you need the Anderson to 2P Furrion adapter which will connect to the Anderson connector coming out of the charge controller, and an MC4 to 8mm adapter which will be connected to the MC4 connectors coming out of the panel and to the Jackery. The Jackery was fully charged so I let it run down a bit. That sounds awesome.Jesse. Do you know if you can replace the battery inside after a couple years? For your needs, the SolarSaga panels will perform great and they’re probably the better option due to their lightweight and foldable design. Check Price at Amazon It’s possible that you need to change the orientation of the Powerpole connectors, which is easy to do on your own without the use of tools.eval(ez_write_tag([[250,250],'thesolaraddict_com-banner-1','ezslot_7',117,'0','0'])); It’s compatible with solar panels that have a positive MC4 male connector and a negative MC4 female connector.eval(ez_write_tag([[468,60],'thesolaraddict_com-large-leaderboard-2','ezslot_10',107,'0','0'])); If you’re considering a larger panel with MC4 connectors you need to make sure its VOC rating is below 30V which is the maximum input voltage the Explorer 1000 can handle. Jackery is a California based green power solutions. The thing is that the Explorer 500 can only handle up to 70W from a solar panel, so a lot of the power the 175W panel is generating will be wasted. My question is that can I use two 100 W solar panels to charge one Jackery Explorer 500? It’s not safe to connect two panels in series since that will double the voltage and most likely exceed the 30V maximum. Recharge your Jackery power station Explorer 240 and Explorer 160 (Explorer 240/Explorer 160 sold separately) on-the-go with the 60W solar panel. Please leave a comment down below if you have any questions. I thought I was good with a 50 watt HQST for $59 on special but now after reading your site, I feel as if I should go for the 100 watt herd in North Texas. Jackery … Like the Rockpals 80W. All you’d need is the MC4 to 8mm adapter. To connect two panels with MC4 connectors to one input, you need to use an MC4 Y branch. Checkout the below Solar Panels on Amazon that are compatible with Jackery Explorer 240: Jackery SolarSaga 60W Solar Panel. Yes, two 100W solar panels wired in parallel are a good and effective way to charge the Explorer 1000. I’m looking to use this panel Renogy panel that already has a charge controller with it (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B01NADR1CI/ref=ox_sc_act_title_8?smid=ATVPDKIKX0DER&psc=1) and the Jackery Explorer 1000 (https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B083KBKJ8Q/ref=ox_sc_act_title_3?smid=AZF6YB7UVA7OU&psc=1). Rockpals claims this panel to be water-resistant, and the Jackery’s SolarSaga panels are not claimed as water-resistant. In the Explorer 1000, there is no sign for + and -. QUIET GENERATOR & ECO-FRIENDLY CLEAN POWER: Build up your Portable-Solar-Generator System together with Jackery Solar Saga 100W and Jackery Explorer 160/240/500/1000 power station (sold separately). The adapter you need to use with solar panels with MC4 connectors is an adapter like this (click to view on Amazon). Check Price at Amazon . Unless it’s noon on a summer day, the sun won’t be straight above you. Sb50 Anderson connector separate from the sun won ’ t connect more than 10 through! 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