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The Jackery SolarSaga 100W Solar Panel is among the higher priced products in this category and in my opinion, it's worth the extra money. Upon first inspection, the precision fit, form and function of this product conveys much forethought by the product's designers. From the durable plastic trim to the cable compartments, everything fits together for practical utility. Yesterday, I connected the SolarSaga 100W to my Jackery 500 Power Station and the two products perform well.I did take advantage of a 15% discount from HOBOTECH which lowered the price enough to make this purchase a slam dunk.
This review is for Version 2 of the 100W SolarSaga Solar Panel. The new foldabledesign SolarSaga 100W Version 2 color is black and orange, has a hard case stylelike my Jackery 50Watt Solar Panel with magnetic locking when closed with a firmTPE rubber handle, weighs 8.74Lbs making it a lightweight and durable solar panelwith built-in kickstands to allow different angles to point to sun, open dimensionsare 48.89" x 21.81" x .19685", closed dimensions are 24.44" x 21.81" x 1.77", hasone USB-A 5V/2.4A, one USB-C 5V/3A built into side of panel which are exposed andshould include a cover for these USB ports. The rest of this review is a from aprevious review. I have a lot of experience with Jackery products, their productsare top notch. I use ALL quality made Jackery products and only Jackery ...period.I have 1 Jackery Explorer 500Wh, 2 Jackery Explorer 240Wh, 1 Jackery PowerBar77Wh, Jackery 100W SolarSaga version 1 solar panel, the new Jackery 100W SolarSagaversion 2 solar panel, 50W Jackery solar panel kit and Jackery Protective CarryingBags which I highly recommend to protect your battery bank and investment. I gocamping regardless of weather conditions about 120+ days a year. I have a 21' RVwhich I use sometimes and 30 tents of various sizes, shapes and designs which Imodify each one for my needs. I camp all over the USA and keeping my devices chargedup is of great importance. I remote into my clients so I depend on recharging my 2laptops, hotspots and other gear. I used it while on a 3 week camping trip to HOTArizona for a gathering. I recharged 4 Action cameras, 4 Mavic Pro batteries,iPhone6, six 18650 batteries for 12v Fan, and 10000mah portable battery pack. Whenthe Explorer 500Wh Power Station was at 45% charge, I would set solar panels outside7:30am and reposition them thru out the day and was at 100% by 5:30pm on sunny nocloud days. If you look at the picture of shade on the panel, it was still chargingwhereas most panels will not charge at all when shade is on even 10% of some panels.The 3 Jackery solar panels kits I have are well made. As my device chargingrequirements have increased, I love Jackery so much I purchased Jackery SolarSaga100W Portable Monocrystalline Solar Panel version 1 and version 2 and glad I did.The Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Monocrystalline Solar Panel gives me poweroutdoors and offers a high conversion efficiency up to 23% which really good.It provides 100W peak power, 18V Max, 5.5Amps power current, 21.6V opencircuit voltage, 6.1Amp short circuit current, 23% cell efficiency, operatingtemperature range is 14F/149F, 64 cells, rated lifecycle is 10+ years, version 12 built-in USB Type A ports, (version 2 has 1 USB-A 5V/2.4A, 1 USB-C 5V/3A),weight is 5.5Lbs (version 2 weighs 8.74Lbs) on my scale, closed dimensions are21.6" x 22" x .2". I do not have much room in my 21' motorhome so storage isimportant. That being said, this solar panel kit is small, compact and lightweight.I matched this 100W kit with my Jackery Explorer 500 which has 518Wh Lithiumbattery and is packed with features like 110V/500W AC outlet, carport at 12V/10A,3 Type-A USB 5V/2A (20watts max) ports and a backlit digital display showinginput/output/battery status. Everyone should have some alternative in case ofemergency or a power outage. This SolarSaga 100W solar panel is designed with anice rubbery carry handles, two 50W panels in a portable, durable self-containedcanvas type material enclosure with a 2 kick-stands to prop it up to face the sunat different angles as I move it around pointing it towards the sun thru-out my day.It comes with a 8mm cable which measures 20.5" from tip to tip on one side is anAnderson connector and other side is a male 8mm connector to plug into female port onthe panel. When opened and setup on the 2 included attached kickstands are 2-50Wpanels-one on each side, one 3 meter/9 foot extension cord with Anderson connectorson each end. Simply attach cable to the 20.5" cable to the panel and 8 Millimeterfemale port on the other end. On the panel there is an LED light which willilluminate when charging. There is a tag inside the case with the specificationson it and a water-resistant zipper across the pouch to store the cables when notin use. It has a 2 year warranty and the best technical support and customerservice in the industry. I made my own extension cable to extend the distanceto 35 feet and works perfectly. To clean it use a soft bristle brush to removedust, then use a damp cloth to remove any remaining dust/dirt/guano/bird droppings.This 100W panel kit is not rated as being waterproof, it drizzled/sprinkled onmine a couple times and continues to work perfectly. In case of high wind, I usethe built-in grommets and tie it off to the side of my RV. Yes the solar panelsare a little pricey, but they are well worth it. They are very convenient, wellmade, foldable which take up a smaller foot print when not in use, tough andrugged, and do the job as described. Being able to charge multiple devices at thesame time such the my iPhone, 2 hotspots, 2 laptops, iPad4 tablet, 4 Mavic Probatteries and 4 action cameras, etc. Using SolarSaga 100W panel kit, In myexperience you rarely get 8-10 hours of perfect sun each day, that's why it willvary in charging times, however, in summer good full sun 6-8 hours charging myExplorer 240 and 10-12 hours charging my Explorer 500. You can charge a varietyof batteries using this 100W solar panel kit and you can make or order AndersonConnector to MC4 connector adapters. I am able to charge anywhere with good sunWITHOUT having to carry 5 gallon gasoline and my heavy loud smelly 2200wattinverter generator making my setup eco-Friendly, compact, lightweight and verymanageable. As a pair, the Jackery 100W SolarSaga panel kit and Jackery Explorer500W Lithium Portable Power Station it truly is a portable plug and play powerstation I give it 2 thumbs up!
This is a review of the Jackery SolarSaga 100 Watt portable solar panel. I have this connected to the Jackery Explorer 500 portable solar generator. So far with my testing the solar panel is performing very well for a 100w solar panel. At 18v with a potential max of 100w I am seeing in October 2019 during clear skys around 50watts input on the Jackery Explorer 500. That 50 watts /18 v = around 2.7 amps, at that rate you could see to chart the Jackery Explorer 500 in around 10.5 hours. This panel with the higher voltage pulls in a decent amount of watts for its max output for the time of year. I have tried 200 watt solar panels with the Jackery Explorer 500 which were rated at 200 watts 12 volts 16 amps but in the same conditions or better I was only getting 44 watts max. This could be the limitations of the Explorer 500 not having an MPPT.All in all the build quality, look and feel are great and lightweight. The only concern is the cost, but for an all in one systems Jackery has made a solar panel that can support all of their solar generators. I can easily recommend this to someone trying get into portable solar. For people looking for a more perminant fixture for a RV or van or a nome this may not be the way to go.Pros:Look, Feel and QualityStanding supportsIncluded cables to connect to Jackery GeneratorsAnderson Power Pole connection to connect to other systemsHoles for hanging panelMagnetic connections to keep closed when in storageLight weightAt 18v with a Max 100watt or 5.5 amps this panel performs well for its size.Cons:PriceNot waterproofI will try to make a video review of this product, the Jackery Explorer 500 and any other Jackery products I can get my hands on.
A perfect match with the Jackery 500. Nothing else needed. Just open it up and plug it in. It even has supports to allow you to angle the panel towards the sun. It can be used to charge other batteries too, but I am very happy just using it with the Jackery 500. It has come in very handy while boondocking with our Class A. So simple to keep phones and laptops charged. We use it to run the router at our off the grid cabin so we have internet connectivity without having to turn on the generator.
My brother-in-law and I are the people in the family who do in-depth research into everything we buy. Several years ago my brother-in-law recommended the Jackery 6000mAh Portable Travel Charger. Love it when he does the research for me! He said it was the best small electronics charger out there and he bought one for everyone in his family. I got one and could not have been any more pleased. Now all five members of my family each have one as well and use them all the time!Next... I bought the Jackery AC 23200mAh Portable Laptop Charger for our laptops and iPads. Much more powerful than the 6000mAh and has an AC plug as one of the output options. Love it for using my computer outside and am constantly having to get it back from my son who uses it to power his occasional day long gaming sessions on the iPad!Most importantly, the Jackery Customer Service has been incredible. They always respond quickly, and when one of our small chargers had a problem, they immediately sent us a new one, no questions asked!Having such a great experience with Jackery, I decided to get the Jackery Portable Power Station Explorer 500 and it's been awesome! We live in an area where the power goes out for short periods on a regular basis, so I figured this could help us get through those times without having to deal with the mess and smell of a gas powered generator. In addition to emergencies, this is going to be a staple on our long drives, vacations, and car camping trips.All that brings me to the Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel. I was intrigued by the simplicity and portability of solar panels that could keep all of my electronics charged completely off the grid!It actually arrived two days quicker than the estimated time when I ordered it. Unfortunately, it also arrived on a completely overcast, dark winter day, but I figured I’d try it out anyway.Day One: 11:50 am - Connected the SolarSaga 100 to my Jackery 500 which I had purposefully run down to 0% for the test. As I said, it was completely overcast. Using the supplied Anderson Solar Cable connector, the Jackery 500 input registered between 6-16 watts and charged to 4% in 4 hours. Not too exciting, but pretty much what you would expect (or maybe even better) on a day with absolutely no sun. The first photos are from that day. Next photos are from sunny days!Day Two: Perfectly clear full sun winter day when I connected the Solarsaga 100 to the Jackery 500 again. at 10:10 am. The input on the Jackery 500 registered between 60-70 watts and charged to 45% in 3 hours. The Jackery website says the Solarsaga 100 should fully charge the Jackery 500 in full sun in 14 hours, so 45% in 3 hours was much better than I expected! The temperature during those three hours was 48-54°FLater in the day I set it up facing the low western sun at 3:30 pm CST. The input registered at 25 watts until I lost the sun completely behind the neighbors house at 4:00.Day Three: Another clear sunny day. Plugged it into the Jackery 500 at 8:30 am with morning temperatures being a bit lower than the day before. The input ranged from 50-70 watts and charged the Jackery 500 from 45% to 81% in three hours. Once again, much better than expected!The SolarSaga 100 also includes one USB-C outlet and one USB-A outlet. At 1:30 pm, I plugged my iPhone 7 Plus and the Jackery 500 each directly into Solarsaga 100 With the sun behind a leaf-less pecan tree the input registered 26-28 watts (32-33 watt input if I disconnected the iPhone). My iPhone 7 Plus charged from from 40% to 91% in 1.5 hours. Even without the Jackery 500, the Solarsaga 100 seems like a great way to directly charge cell phones, cameras, iPads, laptops, or anything else that connects with USB-C or USB-A cables!The set-up and breakdown of the the SolarSaga 100 panels is extremely quick and simple. It opens like a book and has two stable legs that pop out to stand it up to face the sun. When you fold it together again it stays closed with the help of what seem to be a couple magnets in the corners. Since my house is surrounded by trees and other houses, I had to move it several times in order to keep it in the sun. Each time I moved it took about 15 seconds.While I was testing the solar panel, I had several work men (who also happened to be hunters) working on a project at my house. They were all super intrigued by the SolarSaga and the Jackery 500 for future off grid hunting trips and for taking with them on their worksites to keep their power tools charged. They said they usually park their trucks in places where there’s full sun and that they’d just lay the panel on the roof of the pick-up truck.Overall great purchase. I’d very much recommend the SolarSaga 100 for its efficiency, simple clean design, portability, and durability potential. As with my other Jackery products, it’s perfect for emergencies, travel, and any time you just might be away from a normal power source. Perfect back-up for your electronics as long as you have some sun!
I was hesitant to purchase solar panels for a considerable amount of time. Many of the ones I looked at seemed overly complicated and confusing. When I saw this once from Jackery, I knew I wanted to try it out. I am overjoyed with the ease of use and the quality of the product. I use this solar panel for camping trips and even took it on a month-long trip across the western United States. Throughout the trip, this solar panel was perfect for my needs and always worked according to expectations.I am overjoyed with this product and how well it has worked. This is the first solar panel I have ever used, but I never felt overwhelmed by it. It is easy to set up and take down. I imagine it would be perfect for many peoples' needs. I can't recommend this product enough.
I won't have to worry about sitting in the dark when the electricity goes off every time there is thunder.And with all the big storms these days no-one can live without a backup plan. Jackery designs quality and simple equipment.Easy to use. I like the fact there are only 2 panels in this unit. And the case is well made as well.
I recently had an opportunity to use my Jackery 500 on a 3-day "dry camping" trip (no utility hookups) in the Coronado National Forest in southeastern Arizona. Having the Power Station with us allowed us to recharge phones as well as power laptops and small lamps and appliances. Most importantly, it allowed the use of an electric coffee grinder for the mornings' cuppa joe - something not possible in the camper without an electrical hookup.Those things of themselves would have been great. But the real benefit of having the Explorer 500 came when we discovered that the camper trailer's water pump was failing and running constantly. Although it drained the camper's battery, we were still able to enjoy the remaining days of the trip without having to connect to the pickup and run it in order to power up. Thank you Jackery!I was impressed by the small size, sturdy build and ease of use of this product. In preparation for this short trip I used the AC charger to charge it to capacity before leaving home. I've not yet had an opportunity to use the solar panel to charge but expect that I will be completely satisfied.
Love this product too! I do a lot of car camping and I don't want to disturb my neighbors by using a gas generator. This works perfectly to charge my iPhone and iPad and my Jackery Explorer 500. Another great product!! Keep them coming Jackery!!
I bought the 100W SolarSaga with the Jackery Explorer 500 and am very impressed with both. They were both packaged very well and are nicely designed for ease of use. They appear durable and work as specified. I plugged the Explorer 500 into the A/C to charge it to 100%; then ran it down to 90%. The SolarSaga charged it back up to 100% in minutes (sunny day). We have a lot of power outages here, and this is an important part of the solution. I am going to buy another one.
Bought this along with the Jackery 500. At the same time I got (2) 12 volt car fridges. The 500 ran both fridge's easily. when hooking the wonderful solar panel up to the 500 I can run both fridges for days on end ,well as long as I get sun.This system that Jackery designed is GREAT for those of us just getting into solar or dont need a larger system. For me I just needed to be able to run (2) 12 volt fridges
A real good partner with my Jackery 500. out camping I have the power I need. As a Ham radio operator the solar panel and the Jackery 500 meet my radio needs