Goal Zero Boulder 200 Vs. BLUETTI SP200
When it comes to comparing products, some differences are easy to spot while others aren’t. On the surface, both the Boulder 200 by Goal Zero and the BLUETTI SP200 are solar panels that perform the same. However, there are some differences to consider even though both solar panels are rated to produce 200 watts.
Solar Panel Specs
Solar panel specs help product comparisons go to a more granular level. They provide product details that help determine between products.
Goal Zero Boulder 200 Specifications
The Goal Zero Boulder 200 is a monocrystalline solar panel rated to produce up to 200 watts. It has an open-circuit voltage rating between 14-21.8V. Its High Power Port can handle 14-23V and up to 14A.
BLUETTI SP200 Specifications
The BLUETTI SP200 is also a monocrystalline solar panel rated at 200 watts. It has an open-circuit voltage rating of 24V. This solar panel also has a max power voltage of 20V and a max power current of 10A.
In addition to these specs, the BLUETTI portable solar panel uses an ETFE material instead of glass. This material is a plastic that allows the panels to be lightweight, durable, and scratch-resistant.
Solar Panel Charging Potential
Each portable solar panel charges its brand’s rechargeable battery. The time it takes for each solar panel to charge comparably sized batteries will help determine if one solar panel is superior to the other.
What the Boulder 200 Can Charge
The Two Goal Zero Solar Batteries that Go Solar Group offers include the Yeti 1500X and the Yeti 3000X. It takes the Boulder 200 between 9 and 18 hours to charge and the Yeti 1500x and 18-36 hrs to charge the Yeti 3000X. For faster charging times via solar, It’s possible to connect multiple Boulder 200 solar panels.
The BLUETTI SP200 Charging Capacity
BLUETTI’s highest capacity solar batteries compatible with this solar panel include the BLUETTI AC200P, which produces 2,000 watts of power, and the BLUETTI EB240, which generates 1,000 watts. To charge the BLUETTI AC200P, it would require three BLUETTI SP200 panels and 4.5-5 hrs. The BLUETTI EV240 requires two BLUETTI SP200 solar panels and 9-9.5 hrs.
The Best Uses for Each Solar Panel
Each solar panel is a portable solar panel. However, the materials used to make them are different, resulting in varying sizes and weights. These variations make the best use for each solar panel unique.
Uses for the BLUETTI
Because the BLUETTI solar panel comes in at 14 lbs. this panel is considerably lighter. The weight of this solar panel makes this option a better fit for individuals that can’t move heavier objects or don’t have someone else who could. However, because these panels weigh less, they’re more likely to get tipped over by a gust of wind, so it’s a good idea to keep an eye on them on a windy day.
The BLUETTI is 86.6 x 20.5 in and can fold into a 20.7 x 20.5 in carrying case. For this solar panel to be a good option, it needs at least 7.2 ft of unshaded area. The BLUETTI solar panel takes up quite a bit of space, so it may not work in all situations.
Boulder 200 Uses
The Boulder 200 is bulkier than the BLUETTI and comes in at 42 lbs. However, because this option weighs a bit more, it won’t blow away, making it easier to set it up and walk away.
The Boulder 200 takes up 40 X 53.5 in and folds down to 40X26.75 in. This solar panel requires at least 4.45 ft of unshaded space. Because the Boulder 200 takes less space, it will work in areas with less unshaded space.
Both the BLUETTI and the Boulder 200 are great options for travel and emergency power needs. However, neither are mountable.