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June 16, 2021

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EGO Nexus Solar Panel Charger | Coming Soon

EGO Solar Panel Charger Lets You Recharge with Almost Any Solar Panels

You’ve waited and waited, and the day is almost here. You’ll soon be able to charge your EGO Nexus Power Station the way nature intended: by harnessing the power of the sun. Coming to Lowe’s in March, the EGO Nexus Solar Panel Charger (EGO CH1800) lets you use just about any solar panel with a standard connection to recharge your Nexus.


While EGO doesn’t manufacture solar panels—that actually makes sense. Why reinvent the wheel when literally dozens of manufacturers already provide options for solar panels.

What’s the Big Deal?

We really like that the EGO CH1800 Nexus Solar Panel Charger doesn’t lock you into a particular solar panel platform. Rather, you can use any aftermarket panel you want. It just needs the standard MC4 connections and must fall within EGO’s spec range.

EGO CH1800 Nexus Solar Panel Charger

Those specs look like pretty standard fare as well. The EGO Nexus Solar Panel Charger tackles 180 W max input power and 12V maximum input voltage. EGO recommends the Renogy RNG-100D-SS or the Grapesolar G-STAR-100W solar panels, but you can use whatever you want as long as you keep to those aforementioned specs.

In any case, the CH1800 looks like it makes for a really useful accessory for anyone looking for an off-grid power solution or as an emergency backup for a few necessary appliances.


EGO CH1800 Pricing & Availablity

EGO is planning for a tentative release of the Nexus Solar Panel Charger for the first week of March. It will be available at Lowe’s, and will retail for $149.99.

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Chase

I have a five other Ego products; this is a good product, but as pointed-out by others in these comments, it falls short of being a “GREAT” product due to the act of charging deactivating the system, requiring human intervention to begin supplying output AC again. From this perspective Larry’s suggestion of just having two would not work because of the need for human intervention. Hopefully EGO will create a new & improved model with these characteristics. However, they may be tip-toeing around patent infringements from the UPS community. Perhaps if Ego doesn’t my company will!

Joe B

Love this, but if it will be of any use, it needs to allow discharging while charging, something not possible now with the regular 110v charger.

Troy

It’s a shame they have decided to make a solar trickle-charger. Used residential and commercial solar panels are dirt cheap but tricky to utilize since their open cell voltage are typically 55 to 65 VDC. That’s in the proper range for rapid charging the EGO 65V batteries. Perhaps they would make a stand alone charger capable of using modern solar panels at 300 to 600 watts. Big Richard is completely correct: pass-through charging is the goal for these solar generators to be practical.

Big Richard

This would be great if you could charge and run the Nexus simultaneously. But unless they upgraded something, you cannot charge and run at the same time. And with its integrated 170W charger, you’re talking about ~12 hours charge time for 4 x 7.5Ah batteries. Longer if your solar panel is outputting less than 170W, like the 100W they recommend.

But good news none the less, I hope this technology continues to evolve.

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