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Old 10-01-2019, 10:06 PM   #1
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External solar panel connector

I have a 2020 Geo Pro 19FD that has a connector on the side for an additional solar panel. I need to know what type of connector it uses.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:20 PM   #2
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:27 AM   #3
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Likely an SAE connector.

Watch out for polarity, they differ between manufacturers.

https://www.amazon.com/Nilight-Gauge...0019240&sr=8-2
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:33 AM   #4
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Please post a photo. Recently this question has been asked several times and it appears that FR is using several types of connectors.
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Old 10-02-2019, 07:54 AM   #5
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My GeoPro has an SAE style plug, but use a volt meter on it to make sure polarity matches your solar panel plug. I had to reverse the leads on my solar controller when I bought the Renogy MC4 to SAE adaptor.
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Old 10-02-2019, 02:57 PM   #6
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When I bought my Salem Cruise Lite the brochure said the rig was "solar ready". But I discovered it isn't...totally. I had to attach the leads to the battery. I bought a Nature Power briefcase panel. It came with all kinds of connectors for many applications.
While here, though, just double checking that when I attach the leds to the battery I can put the red lead on one battery and the black lead on the other, right?
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Old 10-02-2019, 03:41 PM   #7
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My GeoPro has an SAE style plug, but use a volt meter on it to make sure polarity matches your solar panel plug. I had to reverse the leads on my solar controller when I bought the Renogy MC4 to SAE adaptor.
Same with my Rockwood. The Zamp ďsolar readyĒ is really a joke-it is nothing more than a connector attached to the battery. You should install a good solar controller between your panel and the battery. And yes your polarity is probably wrong and you must get it right.

Lots of very good threads on this topic on this site.
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Old 10-02-2019, 08:43 PM   #8
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Here is my connector:
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That looks like my battery tender connector (for my cars)...Off topic, can the battery tender be connected directly to this instead of the 30A to keep a trickle charge on the batteries?
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Here is my connector:
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Here is my connector:
Here is what I ordered and has adaptor for reverse polarity, or you can switch wires when connecting to charge controller (A MUST) inside panel.
There are pictures of installation of external solar panel on this site which may help.
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Old 10-03-2019, 11:51 AM   #11
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Is that from Amazon? Got the product name or a URL for it?
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Old 10-03-2019, 12:44 PM   #12
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Is that from Amazon? Got the product name or a URL for it?
This was from Amazon Canada $14.99:

MC4 to SAE Adapter Solar Generator 10 AWG Cable Connector with Polarity Reverse Adapter for RV Panel Solar (35cm/14in)

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Old 10-03-2019, 05:51 PM   #13
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Thanks! Got one on order!
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good price too. I paid 21 bucks USD for Renogy branded adaptor on Amazon.
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Doesn't anyone know positively what type of plug it is? I hate to purchase something and then damage my trailer/batteries. I know the panel on top of my trailer is a Go Power and they have a sticker on my trailer that has their logo.
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Doesn't anyone know positively what type of plug it is? I hate to purchase something and then damage my trailer/batteries. I know the panel on top of my trailer is a Go Power and they have a sticker on my trailer that has their logo.
Go to Google.

Type in: 2 pin SAE solar plug

You will still need to grab your free harbor freight multimeter and verify polarity, the manufacturers hire mental midgets that can screw up installing a lightbulb, so your "solar ready" plug can be correct, backwards or not hooked up at all.
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Old 10-17-2019, 08:13 AM   #17
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What Larry said. Mine is Go Power, the plug on the side is known as an SAE plug.
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Doesn't anyone know positively what type of plug it is? I hate to purchase something and then damage my trailer/batteries. I know the panel on top of my trailer is a Go Power and they have a sticker on my trailer that has their logo.
Yeah, I said what it was in Post #3 and linked a mating plug for it.
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Doesn't anyone know positively what type of plug it is? I hate to purchase something and then damage my trailer/batteries. I know the panel on top of my trailer is a Go Power and they have a sticker on my trailer that has their logo.

You will need a charge controller between panel and batteries or you will overcharge batteries. I connected mine inside compartment out of the weather.
As far as all the promo & don't do this, do that stickers, they all came off when trailer came home.
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Old 10-17-2019, 09:38 AM   #20
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External Solar Plug Identification

Thanks guys! I will get the SAE type connector as you said. Any recommendations on portable panels or suitcase panels? I saw a few videos on the Dokio panels, they are really inexpensive but they also say the controller is cheap and you should replace it.
I pick up my 2020 Geo Pro 15TB on Saturday, I got the offload package on it for increased ground clearance. Going to tow it behind my 2017 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited. Hoping to do some boon docking camping with my Wife.
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