Greetings I’m professor hobo, and today we’re, going to be answering the question that you guys have been asking me the most lately. That is how do I charge my jakhary or my blue Yeti, portable power station or any portable power station for that matter, with a portable solar suitcase kit such as this one, which has a built-in solar controller or just a plain old-fashioned, solar panel, such as this Flex panel, or even like the rigid glass panels, let’s, find out now let’s start off with the newest kid on the block the jakhary Explorer 1000.
Now this and all of its little brothers do not come with anyway from the factory to actually charge with a non jakhary brand panel. So if you want to use a folding solar, suitcase kit, a flex panel renergie panel or a glass panel on the roof of your vehicle, you can’t, do it without either buying a special adapter or building a special adapter.
Now, if you have a Mac, so Bluett ee be 150 such as this or the brand new EB 240, which is a larger version of this. These can be charged the same way as a jakhary. The difference is, they only have eight millimeter inputs, so you have to use an 8 millimeter adapter in order to send power into this.
You can still charge these with any kind of solar panel in the market, including a folding, solar, suitcase kit or any flex panel or any last panel, and this actually does come with an MC 4 to 8 millimeter adapter.
So, first, let’s review. What it will take to charge the jakhary Explorer 1000 with one of these folding solar suitcase kits that has its own controller built in now, there’s, a big difference between suitcase kits that do not have a controller, which is this little box here.
It takes the solar power from the panel’s, converts it into a safe 12 volt level, which is used to charge a let acid battery or our lithium battery. But they’re, not designed to charge portable power stations, because these already have one of these built in now.
In this case, the jakhary Explorer 1000 actually has an 8 millimeter and an Andersen power pool input now the 8 millimeters actually 7.9 millimeters or a 79 55 barrel plug connection. If you’re looking for the name of the plug that you need to fit in here, that’s, what it’s called now.
This is a very common Andersen power. Pole 30 amp connector that doesn’t mean that you can put 30 amps into the jakhary, The Jackal. It only accepts 10 amps, but the connector itself can handle 30 amps.
Now I always asked which one of these are better for solar now, either ones going to do the job just fine. I prefer the Andersen connector because it’s more solid. It’s more stable. It’s higher amp. It’s, just a better connection than the 8 millimeter, which is wobbly, sometimes can fall out, pull out real easily.
So if you have the option between 8-millimeter and anderson use the anderson for your solar, that’s, gonna bring us down to what cabling do you need now? This actually came with the Mac, so blue Eddie, the jakhary.
None of the jakhary products come with cables like this to charge with third-party solar panels. But you can buy this exact cable on a boat tech, TV, /, Amazon under these solar adapters, and it has eight millimeter on one side which will actually go into the eight millimeter on the jakhary, and then it has an MC for s.
What these are called. Mc4 connectors, these are polarized connectors that are used pretty much universally for solar panels. If you want to plug a regular solar panel to a jacker, you need one of these adapter cables.
It does not come with it and if you actually want to use one of these folding solar suitcase kits and charge your Jack curry. You need something like this now. This is a homemade cable. Basically, it’s, just plain terminals on one side or bare wires that the other side is the eight millimeter barrel plug connector.
Now this cables special because I actually put an Andersen connector in there. So what it allows me to do is pull this apart and now I can use this side for the solar panel and this side for our my Explorer 1000 jakhary or I can use the 8 millimeter, so it’s.
Kind of neat is, if I want to use the 8 millimeter. I can just plug this little extension in now. You can’t buy this. You have to make this yourself and in fact, finding and Anderson power pole pigtails kind of tough.
You almost have to always make these cables, but usually these are only sold in extension cables. So you can get like a 10 or 20 foot. Anderson extension, cable and cut it in half, but they’re pretty expensive.
You’re, almost better off making one of these. If you want to do this, however, you can find the eight millimeter pigtails on amazon. They’re for our IBM, lenovo laptops. So generally, you can find it’s.
This side on one end and then the bare wires on the other end and that’ll. Allow you to do the same thing. So let’s. Show you how you bypass the controller on one of these, so you can charge your power station now.
This is the solar charge controller that’s, built into the panel zoom out here and I’ll. Show you what’s? Basically, what this looks like it’s on the back of the folding solar suitcase kit, and it’s got a bunch of wires going into it.
Now. What you need to disconnect are the wires that are coming from the solar junction box. The spatial a junction box is attached to the solar panel. This cable goes into this controller, so this is the one you actually want to disconnect.
Now you don’t have to remove this cable. I do is just stick your bare wires into the sockets along with the other ones, and you can use them simultaneously. You can actually let the solar controller still get powered from the solar panels.
While you’re pulling power to your jacker, you know it’s not recommended to do that, but you can do that. So these require regular little screwdrivers. You’re, going to need a small screwdriver to unscrew.
These connectors. Usually on these solar panels that are 100 watts hundred 50 watts, 200 Watts – these are very small, so all you need to do is unscrew them. Red is positive and whatever other color is negative.
So in this case you see there’s black for negative and red for positive in this case is blue for negative and red for positive. So I’m, going to give one at a time I’m, just kind of loosen the screw for the red or plus, it says, plus right there.
Somebody do this one at a time here’s, my red wire, my positive wire that I’m gonna use for my pigtail, so just unscrew positive. If you don’t have to unscrew it all the way, but just enough to stick your your other wire in there.
Okay, so I do this. Is I’m gonna go ahead and remove this wire? It’s kind of baking in a way. Let’s tuck both wires back in and screw them down. So I have both red wires together. Do the same with the black wire go with the blue wire and the black wire put those shove those into the negative and screw them down nice and tight? So we now have the red cable going into the red and screwed down, and we have that black cable going into the negative and we have that screwed down and we have that going to our anderson connector in this case for the Explorer 1000.
We just plug it in, and the solar panel is pointing towards the Sun. It would charge right now. No, it’s on the table, so it’s not going to charge, but that’s. How you do it and it works exactly the same for the eight millimeter plug, so there’s, no difference in wiring.
The outside ring is negative, and then the inside pin is positive. So as long as you have it, wired like that, it’ll work, just fine, so that’s literally. How easy it is to bypass the controller on your solar panel and charge a jakhary.
Now you can charge any power station. This way from any solar suitcase kit, you just have to bypass this controller by wiring your wires directly to where the solar panel comes into it, not the battery side.
In this case, I have this white cable here that’s, the battery side. That would typically go to the lettuce at batteries I’ve. Had people ask me what about the side with the battery clamps? Can I just use the solar controller, that’s built-in and hook this directly to the jakhary? Somehow? Can I just wire it from here because it’s, it’s, doing a it’s, charging a battery right? Well, it’s, not the case.
If you hook this up to the input of the jakhary. No powers being sent through these cables and then solar controllers – they’re powered by the battery you plug them into they’re, not powered by the solar panel.
I know it sounds strange. You have to have a battery hooked up to this in order for it to work that’s, how these work, so it’s, not directly powered from the solar. So if you don’t have a battery hooked up to it, and this is not a battery.
This is a power station or solar generator. There is a battery inside of it, but there’s, a lot between the input and the battery it’s. Not you’re, not just connecting directly to the battery when you plug them into the input.
So it’s, not going to even light this thing up. It won’t, lay a lie to program it. You can’t change. The voltage on it can’t, do anything with it. So the only way to do this with a solar panel that has a solar controller built into it like this one.
Does it’s, just positive, to read negative to black run your own wires out to your adapter and then plug it into your jakhary? So what about the max of blue Eddie or any other portable power station with the 8 millimetre input? It’s exactly the same.
There’s! No difference! You have your positive, the red, your negative, the black, coming into your 8 millimeter connector. We call these a pigtail when it’s, just bare wires on one side and the connector on the other, and you plug it in and again.
If the solar panel is pointing towards the Sun, it would charge. But since there’s, no Sun right now and we’re in the shade it’s, not gonna work that’s. All there is to it guys it’s. Super simple, literally hook up two wires and you’re, bypassing or Solar controller.
Some of these cables. There are pre-made options that you can get on: hobo tech, TV, /, Amazon or the solar adapters area and others who just got to make your cells. You’re gonna wan na at least use 14 gauge cable for the jakhary and for the blue Eddie.
I suggest 10 gauge cable, because this can actually accept 500 watts of solar. So if you’re gonna put 500 Watts through this, you better use some pretty heavy cable, so 10 gauge would be the recommended for your pigtail for the blue, Eddie and then 12 to 14 gauge would be recommended for any of the other Jakhary products so at about the baby, Jack Reese.
What about these little guys? What about the 160 to 4500? Again there’s, no difference whatsoever! You’re still using your 8 millimeter barrel, plug plug directly into your solar controller bypass and you plug it in and if we were in the Sun it would charge.
So you can see this 8 millimeter connector is sometimes a better way to go, because you can char just about anything on the market that has the eight millimeter input, including the blue Eddie series or any of the jacker ease.
Now you’re, going to run into a lot more power stations. Nowadays they have the andersen input instead of the 8 millimeter or in concert with it. So, in that case, you’re gonna want to make sure that you use an anderson connector instead of the eight millimeter.
Now I built this cable specifically to accept both. So that way, I don ‘ T have to have a whole bunch of different cables around. I just hook it up, and now it’s, an eight millimeter. I unhook it now it’s, an Anderson and it works exactly the same and please don’t.
Ask I’m, not building cables anymore. I did build some cables last year to help people charge their Jack Reese with a generic solar panel, and I’ll put that video up here. So you guys can check that out.
If you want to see how to make your own 12 volt socket cable to charge with some of the older Jack arees, okay, so let’s assume you have some rigid glass solar panels like this. How do you use those to charge your power stations again? These have what are called mc4 connectors, so pretty much any regular solar panel on the market are gonna.
Have these polarized mc4 connectors polarizing mean one is shaped differently than the other, because one’s, positive and ones negative. Now this is the positive coming from the solar panel. Now it will connect into what looks like this, which is a negative that’s normal.
The polarity is judged by the source. In this case, you’re coming right from the solar panel. This is the positive, but with the red ring on, I actually have a little plus sign on there too. Now this is a beige RV 100 watt flex panel.
There’s, no difference between this and a rigid panel. When it comes to how you hook them up again, these have the mc4 connectors on them. The positive one has a little red ring on it. Now what you need, if you want to use this with a jakhary or any other power station, that doesn’t include the adapter cable is the MC 4 2 8 millimeter adapter cable, and this can be found on my website.
Hobo tech, TV, slash Amazon to be a link below in the description. This will save you a lot of time, but all you got to do. Is you just hook the positive from the solar panel into the negative of the cable? Now, don’t get confused that’s, how it’s supposed to work.
A lot of people say, but you’re hooking positive, then diggity. We’re, never supposed to do that! That’s. The way MC who are is designed okay. So this is the negative coming from the panel. It’s plucky into the positive of the adapter.
So just don’t, be confused. Just pull here’s a way MC 4 works. You can’t, get it wrong. You can’t plug them in wrong because there they got a special design, so you can’t plug them in wrong. So don’t worry about just plug them in worst case scenario.
If you get something backwards somehow, but you wired something wrong, but you made your own cable and it’s backwards. You’ve got to plug it in and it won’t work. It’s, not gonna fry, your power station.
All these things. Nowadays they all have built-in circuitry to prevent you from frying them by accident. By plugging things in wrong, so don’t worry about it. So, as you can see now I have the solar panel plugged into the MC 4 connector and this size, 8 millimeter.
All you do now is plug this sucker into your jakhary. This is one of the best-selling jackers. You can find them again on my website. You just plug the sucker in and if we were in the Sun, it would charge that’s.
All there is to it and again this works with the brand new Explorer 1000 plug it in and it’ll start to charge. If we were pointed towards the Sun. Look there’s, not a banning a Sun on this side of the building and it’s.
Trying to charge anyway shows you that it’s working now. You know how to hook up one solar panel to your jakhary or your Mac, so blue Eddie, and by the way, when you buy a Mac, so blue Eddie, this cable comes with it.
It allows you to actually use regular solar panels with your blue Eddie. So your next questions gonna, be what about, if you have more than one solar panel and how do you hook them up? Ok, so say you have a Mac, so blue Eddie or other power station that supports hooking up solar panels in series jakhary explorers.
Do not support hooking up solar panels in series. You can generally only use one panel or you can hook up two or three or more by using what’s called a parallel cable. Now I’m, not gonna go over this, because I already went over how to charge with two jakhary solar panels by using a parallel cable that I made myself.
So if you want to see that video, it’s, gonna be linked up above here that’ll, show you how to hook up more than one solar panel to a jack or Explorer 1002, the 1000, because that supports multiple panels.
In parallel, the older Jack Rees also support doing panels in parallel, but you have to do with an 8 millimeter connector, and that is a lot more complicated. However, if you do want to hook up multiple Anderssen power poles in parallel, I have an easy solution for you.
It is on website about tech, TV, /, Amazon done solar adapter section. There is a block parallel adapter block. We can pluck one cable in from one solar panel, one cable on from the other solar panel and then a third cable going.
Your jakhary I’ll. Show you that, right here what that looks like so you know exactly what I’m talking about. You can use that to hook up multiple Sanderson, powerful, solar panels to your jakhary products.
So what about hooking up more than one solar panel in series to your blue, Eddie or other supported power station super simple? We have the MC 4 to 8 millimeter adapter right here. In our hand, we have our Boosh RV flex panel with our mc4 connectors, and I have this renergie solar panel.
In the other hand, with again mc4 connectors, let’s. Zoom in here I’ll. Show you what I’m doing. So we have the positive coming from the renergie panel and we’re going to take that positive from the renergie panel.
And since we’re running them in series, we’re gonna hook it to the negative of the booj RV panel. So here’s, the negative from the booj RV here’s, the positive from their energy, the positive to the negative.
So now these two solar panels are linked together in what’s called series that leaves you with one wire coming from one solar panel and one coming from the other. You just take these and you can’t get this wrong.
You just plug the positive into the adapter and the negative end of the adapter, and now you have two solar panels in series combining their power together and pointing it into this 8 millimeter connector.
So again, we have this cord coming out from the one solar panel going into the core to the other solar panel, and then there’s. One cable coming out this way and one cable coming out this way. It goes to the adapter, which goes to your 8 millimeter, and then you plug this into your blue Eddie or what other other power station it supports.
Eight millimeter connectors, I just plug the adapter into the blue Eddie, and if we had enough solar power right now, I’ll be charging, but we’re, not charging, because there’s, no Sun! That’s. All there is to it for a series connection.
So let’s assume you have a jack. We explore thousand knife watched on my review. That said, you can actually put multiple solar panels into a jakhary, but it has to be in parallel, not serious, because series adds the voltage of the panel’s together and that voltage is too high for the jakhary.
Now, what you’re going to need for that is going to need two of these Y branch adapters. Also gonna need your MC for two eight millimeter cable adaptor, which I just talked about before you’re, probably also going to need an extension cord of some kind, probably an MC for extension, so you can put this indoors or in the shade, While you have your solar panels out in the Sun, all these cables are available on a boat tech, TV, /, Amazon under the solar adaptor section okay.
So how do you hook up two solar panels in parallel, so we have the two connectors from the one solar panel and the two connectors from the other solar panel. Now, instead of hooking these together, like we did last time, we’re, actually going to hook them up using these branch adapters, you actually can’t do this wrong, so you just hook up positive to negative on one positive to negative.
On the other – and you get your second branch – adaptor Y adapter hook it to the negative and same with this other panel, so yeah, I have these two solar panels. Hooked up to these two outputs – and I have to do – is take your MC 4.
2. 8. Millimeter adapter and you plug it in through the two remaining outputs from your solar panels, and you can’t get this wrong. They only go in one way and then this is ready to go into your jakhary.
Let’s, see the Sun is literally down. Let’s, see if this e, if it turns on nobody, even thinks, though there’s, not enough Sun to even make the display come on right now, but that’s. How you do it and don’t? Forget you’re likely to need an extension, cable, probably an MC 4 extension cable and you can get those in 10, 20.
30. 50 feet long. If you want to Andersen cables, are a lot more expensive, but you can get those extension cables as well. So say you want to run your jakhary solar panels which use anderson connectors, and then you want to have them far away from your jakhary power station.
You can get those extension cables as well. Both kinds of extension cables are available on my website now for anderson style extension cables. Try to keep them as short as possible. Solar panel cables are meant to run a lot longer distances, so they’re.
A heavier gauge, I got a nice UV coating, but a lot of the anderson cables, especially the cheaper ones. Really aren’t meant for months upon months of being outdoors, so you probably want to keep them as short as you can try to keep the cables kind of shaded.
If you can, they will eventually break down and beside if, unless you get one it’s actually designed for outdoor use, remember to always check the vo C on your solar panel before you decide to use it at the power station.
The vo C is the open circuit voltage on this. It’s 20.8. Volts want to make sure that whatever the open circuit voltage is does not exceed the voltage that is allowed for your power station, for example, on the bottom of the jakhary explorer 1000.
The maximum input voltage is 30 volts, so you could run one solar panel or multiple solar panels in parallel, but you cannot run more than one solar panel in series because in series you add the voltage.
So in that case it’s. Twenty point: eight volts: it would be 41 point 6 volts, which would be way too high to run the jakhary explorer. Now the blue eddie, the brand new, eb 240, the 2400 watt hour, could take up the 67 volts, so you can run three solar panels in series that’s.
What makes the blue Eddie so fascinating? It can take 500 watts of input at 67. Volts so allows you a lot more configuration with lots of panels like this, where, if you do it get the jakhary it’s, a much more simple product.
You can still run multiple solar panels, but you got to do it in parallel and this only charged at about 175 watts, which isn’t bad, but it’s, not as fast as a blue Eddie. Now, when you ride panels, in parallel, you add the amps you don’t have to worry about the amps on these power stations because they’re, all basically limited to about 10 amps input.
So if you pump 30 amps into it, it’s only going to accept 10 amps. However, the voltage is much more important. These will not accept too high of a voltage. They just simply won’t charge and if you get confused between series and parallel like a lot of people, do remember that TV series they run back-to-back.
So you’re hooking, plus to minus, back-to-back plus to minus, and you generally don’t need any special adapters, the hook in series, because you’re, sucking one panel to the other you don’t need Any special cables or a brad connectors or anything like that, parallel are like lanes on the freeway.
You’re driving next to somebody on an interstate or on a freeway, and that’s parallel and that’s, where all the positives are hooked together and all the negatives are hooked together and then those two lines go Into the power station – and yes, you do need special adapters to hook up in parallel, either this Y branch connector, or that thing I mentioned before for Anderson paralleling there’s like a little block that you can use that allows you to hook.
Multiple solar panels into it, if you’re, doing Anderson characters all these adapters, in fact, all the products you’ve, seen today, including the Jackie Explorer 1000 and the Mac, so blue Eddie series are all available on my website.
Hobo tech, TV, slash, Amazon and, of course, the links are below in the description. If you want to click on those, it takes you to the Amazon page of these products, where you can find out what the current pricing is and if it’s.
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That’s it for now, until next time, [, Music, ] and fYI. These techniques can be used with virtually any portable power station or solar generator out there on the market. So you don’t have to have a blue Eddie.
Where jakhary you can pretty much anything that you find on hobo tech, TV, /, Amazon. You can charge with any of these solar panels that you saw using these methods. Hey! Thank you for watching our video.
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