I have been wanting to install solar on my van for quite some time now and finally got around to hooking it all up. I don’t use much electric in the van as opposed to my bus so a simple solar set up was all I needed.

I do have a shore hook up but wanted solar for my off grid travels. I love using my Jackery 500 to power my electronics and having to plug it in to charge was a little bit of a hassle. I decided to hook a solar panel up directly to my Jackery to keep it charged 24/7 and it was such a good move !

I am definitely far from an electric professional so I wanted to keep this as simple as possible.

  • I decided on a 100W monocrystalline from Renogy and used an 8mm Adapter cable that was compatible with the Jackery.
  • I cut a small hole big enough to run wires through on my roof and dropped the cables into my over head compartment above my driver and passenger seat where I am storing my Jackery.
  • I connected the RED male wire plug ( from the solar panel ) into the RED Female positive wire plug (on the separate adapter I purchased) and did the same for the Black male and female wire plugs.
  • After that I plugged in the DC wire into the INPUT on the jackery , the little blue light came on to show it was charging and I was good to go !

I know solar can be scary for some people so I hope this little tutorial can help you do a simple solar hook up.

I do plan on buying another 100w solar panel and hooking it up to a JACKERY 1000 for a little extra power for long trips. But this little set up was a breeze !

This set up is compatible with both Jackery and Goal zero.

If you are interested in any of the products I used I will link them below:

SOLAR PANEL :

SOLAR PANEL MOUNTING BRACKETS:

SOLAR PANEL ADAPTER CABLES :

JACKERY 500 :

JACKERY 1000 :

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