Renogy 50-Watt Mini Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review
Calling the Eclipse a solar panel would be unjust. It is basically a rugged portable power generator that happens to be a solar panel. Laced with a corner-protected sleek black frame and a beautifully symmetric and clean 4×4 monocrystalline cell matrix, it easily commands attention. Its kickstand makes mounting at any angle a swift task.
The Renogy 50W mini Eclipse monocrystalline solar panel has a guaranteed positive tolerance, making it a reliable device. The non-corrosive frame and water-resistant junction box impart it considerable durability. It can recharge small batteries in impressive time. We aren’t totally happy that the cost is almost twice that of its basic 50W counterpart, but that does not stop us from lauding its features and looks in this Renogy 50-Watt Mini Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review.
Built for serious outdoor use, the panel is compatible with most portable power stations. It can charge Renogy’s Phoenix within 5 hours. The set of positive and negative wires carry MC4 connectors which can be plugged in easily and correctly, even by beginners. It can also be chained to other panels to get higher voltages or currents.
Durability is the real hallmark of the Renogy 50W 12V eclipse. It weighs nearly twice that of Renogy’s traditional 50W panel, and much of this added weight comes from the stronger frame and its shock-absorbing corners. The glass is a low-iron tempered glass and is remarkably strong despite it being the most brittle component of the unit.
Ease Of Use
Being a solar panel, this product does not have a lot of complexity in its setting up or maintaining. The MC4 connectors make connecting it to power stations super-easy. Mounting of typical panels can be a challenge due to the sun’s orientation and possible lack of mounting equipment. The kickstand solves this problem and lets you mount the panel anywhere and in no time. Thanks to its low weight despite of all the added features, it is also easy to handle and transport, an important trait for portable devices.
The Renogy 50W mini eclipse is a solar module bursting with features. On the inside are the high efficiency monocrystalline cells that generate more power per inch. On the outside are the reinforced corners and the kickstand with rubberized base. The cells carry minimal grid lines on them, which makes their look stand out from other panels. The kickstand and frame are aluminum, making it light as well as weather-proof. The cost of the panel may raise some eyebrows, but the features seem to make up for it.
Another department where this portable panel secures a clear win is the design. The black mono-Si cells with the dark frame and the cool-blue corner protectors create a stunning piece of outdoor gear. The back-sheet is regular white TPT and the junction box is a basic black colored plastic. Overall, the makers have designed the panel as an aesthetically pleasant unit, and they have succeeded at it.
What We Like
Solar panels have come a long way, and manufacturers work on new features every day. Providing an optimum number of effective features while keeping a check on the cost is not an easy task. Renogy has almost succeeded in this effort with its 50W 12V mini eclipse panel. The sleek black looks, strengthened corners, and mounting kickstand make this a perfect portable solar device.
- Rugged and compact
- High efficiency monocrystalline cells
- Mounting kickstand for easy and quick mounting
- Reinforced corners for extra strength
- High cost