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Renogy 80-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Overall Rating 8
Portability 9
Compatibility 8
Durability 7
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 6

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket on October 6, 2019

  • High efficiency monocrystalline cells
  • Anti-reflective glass
  • Bypass diode
  • Pre-drilled mounting holes

Max. Power: 80W

Max. power voltage: 20.9V

Max. power current: 3.85A

Dimensions: 36.2 x 19.6 x 1.38 in (92 x 50 x 3.5 cm)

Weight: 11.9 lbs. (5.4 kg)

Our Verdict

Use of high-quality components and precision in assembly has always been Renogy’s forte in making solar panels. The same is clearly visible in their Renogy 80-watt 12V monocrystalline solar panel. This panel comes with high-efficiency monocrystalline cells, a rugged aluminum frame, and tempered glass. The fit and finish is evident from the first instant.

It is small enough to be carried around with ease. At the same time, its large enough to power small to medium batteries that can take care of mobile devices, lights and even some medium-sized appliances. The portable solar panel market is growing rapidly and novel products like Renogy’s offer a variety of features. Here is a list of some more popular portable solar panels you can check out before buying.

Compatibility

Like the rest of this series, Renogy’s 80W and 12V solar panel can power most 12V devices. It has a current rating of 3.85A which makes it compatible with power stations such as the Phoenix or Lycan by Renogy. It can even recharge products of other brands, since it is a pretty standard solar panel with more or less universal features.

Durability

Solar panels are subjected to an array of weather types, and it also does not make sense placing it in protected areas such as sheds or indoors. This makes durability an important feature. This 80W panel comes with a light, non-corrosive aluminum frame. The frame fits snugly around the edges and corners of the laminated glass, cells, and a tough TPT back-sheet. The plastic junction box is totally water-resistant like the MC4 connectors. In short, excluding major falls, the panel is a fairly durable product.

Easy Of Use

The availability of MC4 connectors makes the panel delightfully simple to use. Plug it into a charge controller or a power station almost like you would plug in a laptop charger and you are ready to go. Besides connection, there is only the question of ease of mounting, which is not specifically addressed by Renogy in this case.

An image to show how the renogy 80 watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panels can be used in different scenarios

Features

The makers may not have stunned us with a host of segment-first features, but that does not stop this product from being a satisfying device. It comes with high-efficiency monocrystalline cells and a bypass diode to avoid drastic voltage drops in the event of partial shading. Toughened glass and aluminum frame make it sustain snow and wind loads to a good extent. The cells are claimed to be EL-tested and free of microcracks or hotspots that hinder efficiency.

Design

Renogy’s 80W 12V panel comes with a pretty average design. The front has large mono-Si cells with a lot of solar ribbons running through each cell’s bus bars, promising better electron movement, and thus, better power generation. The frame is standard aluminum grey. It has plenty of holes drilled on its rear, making it easy to mount or hang in a variety of places. The junction box is tough plastic and occupies the top area of back-sheet.

The renogy 80 watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panels vertically stood up

What We Like

The Renogy 80-watt 12-volt solar module is a simple yet well-built power generating device. It performs well in poor irradiance or shadows, thanks to monocrystalline cells and the bypass diode. The glass and frame are manufactured with durability and portability in mind, while the junction box and connectors are secure and simple. For short duration, camping, or RV power needs, this is a perfect companion.

Pros:

  • Compact and light
  • EL tested cells without hotspots
  • Excellent build quality

Cons:

  • High cost
  • No mounting equipment

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