Goal Zero Boulder 200 Vs. DOKIO 220W Foldable Kit Comparison
When comparing portable solar panels, there’s a wide range of solar panels in this category. A portable solar panel could be anything from handheld solar to a folding solar briefcase. The wide range of solar panel types within this category of solar panels makes comparing them extremely important. Comparing portable solar panels tells us the materials used and the best applications for the said solar panel. This portable solar panel comparison looks at the Goal Zero Boulder 200 and DOKIO’s 220-watt foldable kit.
Taking a closer look means delving into some technical language. One of the main concerns when looking into solar panels is the power they will produce. While each solar panel has a wattage rating, these ratings are typically lower than the production due to lighting and positioning in real-life compared to testing. While knowing the actual production of your solar panel may mean testing it after purchasing it, you can look at a couple of different ratings to have a good idea of whether it will work for your intended use. To calculate wattage multiply the voltage (V) by the current; measured in amps (A).
Goal Zero Boulder 200 Specifications
The Goal Zero Boulder 200 is rated to produce up to 200 watts. It has a high-power port that will produce 14-22V and up to 14A. These specs suggest that this solar panel could generate anywhere from 0 to 308 watts. However, the likelihood that this solar panel will produce more than the 200 watts it’s rated for is slim.
DOKIO 220 W Specs
The DOKIO 220-watt foldable solar panel states that it can deliver 220 watts in perfect conditions. It is rated to deliver 18 V of direct current or 14.4 V with the included controller. It can also generate 8.89 Ah. These specs would produce up to 160.02 watts of direct current or 128.01 watts with the controller.
Solar Panels and Battery Compatibility
Solar Batteries allow the owner to use the power generated from the solar panels at their convenience. However, which solar battery to use depends on the solar panel.
Which Batteries Work With the DOKIO 220 Watt Panel
With the help of the included controller and alligator clips, DOKIO 220 Watt solar panel can charge AGM, Lithium, Gel, and LA 12 volt batteries. It can also connect to most 100-300 watt solar generators with its selection of DC conversion adaptors.
The Boulder 200 and Goal Zero’s Selection of Solar Batteries
The Boulder 200 is made specifically for the Goal Zero solar generators. It can charge everything from the Yeti 400 to the Yeti 6000X, although the charge times vary. It can take anywhere from 3 to 70 hours, depending on the storage capacity of the Yeti and the power source.
Best Uses and Scenarios for Each Solar Panel
Which portable solar module is best for specific applications? The differences matter.
Situations Best Suited For the Boulder 200
Because the Boulder 200 weighs 42 lbs. and takes up 40 x 53.5 x 1.75 in. when unfolded, it’s best in smaller sunny patches either on the back porch or next to your RV. This solar panel uses sturdy materials, which makes it harder for the wind to move it.
Optimal Environment for the DOKIO 220 W Foldable Kit
The DOKIO 220 watt foldable kit weighs 9 lbs. and takes up 22 x 21 x 1.1 in. when unfolded, making it perfect for a hiking trip or next to a tent. However, this kit has handles on each end instead of a stand, which means it needs to stand against something to achieve the best angle. Although water-resistant, these solar panels are best for emergency or temporary use, so make sure to put them away at night or during poor weather.