Bluetti PV200 Portable Solar Panel to Charge Your Power Station Anywhere
In our pursuit of a more self-sufficient and flexible lifestyle, we recently made a practical decision to expand our outdoor gear with the Bluetti PV200 Portable Solar Panel. This choice was driven by several needs and considerations.
Our passion for outdoor explorations often takes us off the grid. Whether it is camping in remote areas, hiking, or simply enjoying a day in the mountains with our little one, reliable access to power has become essential – as we also need to combine our travels with work. This portable solar panel enables us to keep our gadgets charged. It is fully compatible with our new portable power station – the Bluetti EB70S and our smaller one EB3A.
For obvious reasons, we are conscious of our environmental footprint. Utilizing solar energy, a clean and renewable resource, aligns with our commitment to reduce our impact on the planet. This new travel equipment is a small but significant step towards a lifestyle that simply aligns with our values, which we share even on our blog.
Furthermore, in light of recent weather-related power outages, the solar panel serves as a crucial backup. It provides us with a sense of security on long road trips, knowing that we can maintain power for essential gear during unforeseen situations.
Let’s have a look at some of the highlights and technical specifications of this solar panel.
Bluetti PV200 solar panel technical specifications
|Peak Power (PM)
|Solar Cell Lamination
|ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene)
|Up to 23,4%
|Voltage at Max Power (Vmp)
|Current at Max Power (Imp)
|Open Circuit Voltage (Voc)
|Short Circuit Current (Isc)
|-10°C to +65°C (14 to 149℉)
|Best Working Temperature
|59 x 226.5 cm (23.2 × 89.2 in)
|59 x 63 cm (23.2 × 24.8 in)
|7.3kg / 16.1lbs
Design and build quality
At first glance, the Bluetti PV200 captures attention with its sleek aesthetic. The design is practical, showcasing a blend of functionality and style. The panel’s surface is encased with a durable ETFE coating, enhancing its ability to withstand scratches and occasional splashes of water – a necessity for the camping setups in differing environments.
The panel definitely feels resistant enough for most activities. Although, you should be aware that it is not water resistant, meaning it shouldn’t be left outside in the rain. This is fine with us as we use it only when being around. So far, we haven’t left the gear unguarded, and do not think we will – for a more stationary setup, we would acquire different equipment if we needed to.
But what sets the PV200 apart, in our opinion, is its remarkable build quality. The panel is good investment in portable gear. The ETFE coating ensures longer lifetime and maintains 95% light transmittance, allowing for efficient solar power harnessing even in low-light conditions. This durability is a testament to Bluetti’s commitment to sustainability.
True to its name, the Bluetti PV200 is highly portable. Despite a somewhat sturdy build, it is not difficult to carry around your campsite, weighing 7.3kg or 16.1lbs. Its foldable design, with a folding number of 4, allows it to collapse from over 2 meters in length (59 x 226.5 cm or 23.2 × 89.2 inches) when unfolded to a bit over half meter (59 x 63 cm or 23.2 × 24.8 inches) when folded.
With this weight, compact size when folded, and a comfortable handle, it is practical to carry when finding the sunniest spot. Depending on what you are used to, carrying the whole set up too far, could get quite tiring – as both, the panel and some power station, probably weight together between 12 to 17kg (26 to 37lbs).
The solar panel features a flexible design that makes setting up and storing the solar panel effortless. With a folded size of 59 x 63 cm (23.2 × 24.8 in) and thickness of 5 cm or approx. 2 inches, it fits easily in various storage spaces, be it in your home or RV.
The panel has three integrated kickstands that allow for optimal positioning at a 45°±5° angle, maximizing solar energy capture. Under this angle, you should be able to achieve high efficiency conversion of solar energy.
Bluetti has ingeniously integrated the cables right into the panel, complete with a zip-away pouch for easy access and storage. The 3-meter (10-foot) cable provides ample length, ensuring convenience in various setups – keep in mind that the connected power station shouldn’t stay in the direct sunlight.
The panel’s easy setup is user-friendly enough for one person, although it can be a bit wobbly in uneven terrains, but this is fine in our opinion, as the panel is meant to be portable and not stationary. We always found a spot where it works just fine without worrying about breaking the equipment.
Efficiency and performance
The Bluetti PV200 distinguishes itself in the portable solar panel market with its high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cells wired in parallel. These cells achieve an impressive 23.4% conversion efficiency and perform even when partially shaded. This means the panel converts more sunlight into electrical energy than many of its competitors. This is a smart feature especially under limited sunlight conditions.
The panel’s peak power hits 200W, with a Voltage at Max Power (Vmp) of 20.5V and a Current at Max Power (Imp) of 9.7A. Even in less-than-ideal conditions, the panel maintains efficiency, thanks to its Open Circuit Voltage (Voc) of 26.1V, which enables it to generate substantial voltage even in suboptimal sunlight, extending its power production times throughout the day. And Short Circuit Current (Isc) of 10.3A ensures considerable current output under challenging conditions like partial shading or cloudy skies.
The Bluetti solar panel is designed to operate across a wide range of temperatures, from -10°C to +65°C (14-149℉), with an optimal working temperature around +25°C (77℉). The optimal working temperature is standard for all photovoltaic solar panels, so it doesn’t come as a surprise to us.
So far, we have used the solar panel in pleasant midday temperatures of around 15°C (59℉) and were able to get to 160 watts continuous input to our power station. Let’s see what performance the winter sun brings.
Charging speed and capability
The Bluetti PV200 solar panel, boasting a 200W capacity, stands out for its quick charging abilities, particularly when used with portable power stations such as our Bluetti EB70S and a smaller EB3A for quick trips.
On warm fall days, with peak sunlight, the panel consistently delivered around 160W, enabling it to recharge the EB70S in about 6 hours. Impressively, it charges our smaller power station EB3A even faster, completing a full charge in roughly 3 hours under similar conditions. This efficiency is a testament to the panel’s capability to optimally convert solar energy, especially during thermally favorable conditions.
Since we have been using the solar panel in the fall months when the sun is weaker, on some days the input values varied with the lower angle of the sun in the later hours – dropping to 100W towards the end of our charging window.
A key aspect of the PV200’s design is its universal compatibility with most power stations on the market, as long as they are equipped with MC4 connectors and support the output specifications of Bluetti solar panels. This versatility is an advantage for those with different power station brands who would like to try these panels.
The PV200 only has MC4 connectors, which is a standard in the industry, ensuring it can easily integrate with a wide range of power stations. Additionally, its efficiency is boosted by an MPPT (Maximum Power Point Tracking) solar charge controller, optimizing the energy conversion from sunlight to electricity. It enhances the speed of solar charging by up to 30%, which is a significant boost compared to other controllers.
You also have an option to use more of these solar panels wired together for bigger power stations.
So far, setting up the panel with our EB3A or EB70S power station was a breeze. The cables, neatly tucked away in a double-zippered pouch, connect effortlessly to the station via red and black MC4 connectors, and you are ready to charge.
Drawbacks depend mainly upon your personal expectations. We can imagine that the panel’s size when unfolded might be a bit cumbersome for solo travelers or those with limited space – but this is very individual.
Additionally, its efficiency can dip in less-than-ideal weather conditions, which is a common limitation of photovoltaic solar panels in general. You will probably not find much better alternatives when it comes to this problem.
On the other hand, considering its high efficiency and compatibility with other devices, the Bluetti PV200 offers great value for money.
Compatibility with outdoor activities
Overall, the Bluetti PV200 portable solar panel has been a game-changer for our on-the-road setup. Its combination of efficiency and portability makes it an excellent choice for anyone looking to switch to solar power while outdoors. We are thoroughly satisfied with this addition to our gear and recommend it to other friends of spending time outdoors.