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Renogy 30-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 30-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

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Our Verdict

Among the entry level panels of Renogy is their 30W offering. At approximately 2 feet long, a foot wide, and 6 lbs. in weight, it is easily portable. The creators claim an ideal output of 120Wh per day, which should power a decent portion of your small battery.

This monocrystalline panel is not much different from most panels on the market. But even if the features are basic, there is attention to quality. The build quality and the performance are certainly outstanding. If you are looking to compare various options before making the purchase, we have put this list together to help you choose your ideal panel. Let us go further in this Renogy 30-watt 12-volt monocrystalline panel review and discuss the minutes.

Compatibility

This 30W module comes with an open circuit voltage of 23V and a maximum power voltage of 19.5V. This makes it an ideal choice to connect to devices with a 12V rating. The 30W power output means that most small to medium sized lamps, 100-150Ah batteries, and other smaller devices (such as 10-30W fans) can be connected without a worry. For greater power, this module can be chained with more modules. The MC4 connectors make connecting and disconnecting easy while also reducing chances of wrong connections.

Durability

Smaller capacity panels tend to be more durable than the larger ones, which suffer self-weight stresses on their large glass surfaces. At less than two feet long and a foot wide, this panel does not have that problem. The non-corrosive aluminum frame feels robust and should be successful in sustaining a small range of shocks. The glass is toughened, making it less susceptible to breakage and better at handling wind and snow loads.

front facing Renogy 30 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Ease Of Use

Thankfully, solar panels are usually devoid of arrays of controls and pins or data indicators. The only thing a user should be aware of is what to do with the two wires coming out of the junction box. Same is true for this product. It is as simple as it can be, with two cables having a male and a female MC4 connector at the end. These MC4 connectors can be directly plugged into a charge controller for battery charging or to another panel’s connectors for chaining.

Features

In the features department, you won’t see anything that goes further from the typical list of features that solar panels have. EL tested cells without hotspots is almost standard nowadays and a necessary feature. So is the case with the MC4 connectors or tempered glass. The choice of mono-Si cells over poly makes the panel smaller and lighter. At the current price, you should expect to get more with your solar panel, such as integrated mounting stands or strengthened frames.

Design

The only noteworthy design aspect that makes Renogy’s solar panel stand out from regular panels is its black frame and back-sheet. Going nicely with the black mono cells, it makes the panel look modern. Other things about design are pretty standard, such as the junction box and wire placement.

Diagram showing the different parts of the Renogy 30 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

What We Like

Overall, we like Renogy’s 30W, 12V solar panel for getting all the small essentials correct. There is no feature that’s really missing. A mounting stand or a carry-case could have been praiseworthy. Solar cell costs and panel manufacturing costs have plunged in the recent years and we honestly think this panel should have costed significantly less. Nevertheless, it is a well-built, decent looking, and totally portable module and a great product to have.

Pros:

  • Compact and light
  • EL tested cells without hotspots

Cons:

  • High cost
  • No mounting equipment

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Renogy 200-Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase Review

Renogy 200-Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

200 watts for a portable power generation unit is a very respectable size, especially when it comes with features such as mounting kickstands and reinforced corners. Renogy’s 200W Eclipse suitcase is a strongly built, highly efficient and an aesthetically attractive unit.

If you rarely go on off-grid adventures, this product may not be a good because it costs around $2.5 per watt. But if frequent camping and boondocking are in question, this panel serves perfectly well. An in-built charge controller makes it handy and safe. The glass, back-sheet, frame, and other components are of the best quality, especially the amazingly efficient monocrystalline cells. We will explore more about it in this Renogy 200W Eclipse Solar Suitcase Review. If you are looking for something a little simpler, we have also covered some other portable panels in this list of products.

Compatibility

Whether it is gel, lithium, sealed, or flooded batteries in question, this unit is compatible with all of them. Rated at 17.7V of optimum operating voltage, it can supply power to all 12V units. The charge controller is rated for a maximum of 20A, and does a good job of overcharge protection. MC4 connectors on the wires can be easily connected and the same is true for the alligator clips.

Durability

At every stage of the 200W Eclipse suitcase’s design, durability seems to be given sufficient importance. The frame is aluminum and fitted nicely on the laminated panel. It comes with protected corners and a fastened charge controller on the rear. The rear side of the frame also houses the adjustable kickstands for effortless mounting. For the product’s weight, they seem to have just enough strength. All parts are waterproof, wherein the junction box, connectors, and charge controller also come with an IP rating. On the front, the glass is low-iron tempered, making it tough and clear at the same time.

Easy Of Use

Thanks to good quality hinges, the panels can be quickly unfolded to set-up. The kickstands are long and easily accessible. The charge controller has an easy to read display and two soft touch buttons for basic parameter selection such as current or voltage display. The panel weighs at less than 35 pounds and does not feel particularly heavy for the amount of power it can churn out. This makes it easy to fold-unfold or carry in one hand.

image showing how a person can carry the Renogy 200 Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase

Features

Very few panels of this capacity come with a list of features as long as this 200W Eclipse suitcase. Most 200W panels are meant to be more or less permanently mounted, but this panel remains true to its portability tag. The kickstands make it easy to set up anywhere without any tools. Integrated charge controller makes the unit safe, and this is due to its overcharge protection and negative grounding. Anti-reflective glass and anodized aluminum frame are regular yet important features.

Design

The grid-less cells, frame, charge controller, and the kickstands all come in black, giving a modern look to the panels. The back-sheet remains standard white, while the junction boxes and connectors also come with ordinary shapes and colors. It is not much about the colors and shapes that makes this panel attractive, but instead the unique arrangement of everything that makes it a notably portable panel.

side facing Renogy 200 Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase

What We Like

It is a challenge even to conceive a 200W panel that is portable with a ton of features, but Renogy attempts and succeeds at it. Being from the Eclipse series, the panels are noticeably smaller, even when unfolded. The build quality is worth mentioning, and so is the compatibility. Despite all the features, it is simple to use, transport, install, and pack. In conclusion, for people who want the best of everything in portable panels, the Renogy 200W Eclipse solar suitcase is a wonderful choice.

Pros:

  • Highest efficiency mono-Si cells
  • Compact, foldable design
  • Integrated charge controller for optimum power and safety
  • Corner protected, durable frame
  • Mounting kickstand for quick and easy mounting

Cons:

  • Higher cost

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Renogy 300-Watt 24-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 300-Watt 24-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Renogy’s largest offering in its catalog of solar panels comes with flawless construction and performance. The most interesting component is the PERC cells, the technical meaning of which we will cover further in this Renogy 300 watt 24 volt monocrystalline solar panel review.

The tempered glass and aluminum frame improve durability while keeping the weight in check. With IP rated MC4 connectors and junction box, it is waterproof. At just 65 inches long, this is one of the smallest 300W panel in the market. A panel of this capacity may not sound like much of a portable product, but it is relatively easy to handle. If you are looking for other sizes or other features but aren’t sure where to look, here is our list of transportable solar panels.

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Compatibility

The panel comes with a maximum power voltage of 32.25 volts, which makes it suitable for most 24V devices. It can be easily connected to a set of two 12V batteries connected in series. With a 9.33A current rating, it can be connected to a variety of charge controllers before passing the current to the batteries. The MC4 connectors make connecting easy, and they also ensure safety by having distinct male and female units.

Durability

On the durability front, the panel does not come with any extraordinary features, such as a strengthened frame. It does, however, have a very good build-quality that makes it sufficiently durable considering its component materials. The glass is a low-iron tempered piece that can sustain a respectable amount of shocks as well as snow and wind loads to a good extent. The aluminum frame should not rust and the waterproof junction box and connectors make it perfectly weather-proof.

close up of the corner of a Renogy 300 Watt 24 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Ease Of Use

This 300W monocrystalline solar panel comes with a size that is similar to that 250-watt panels with traditional cells. This makes it an easy to handle panel, in case portability or space-saving is in your mind. Besides the handling, the mounting part is also quite simple. It comes with pre-drilled holes for fastening to mounting brackets. There are also grounding holes for safety purposes. The MC4 connectors make series connection a simple task, while connecting to charge controllers and batteries is also uncomplicated.

Features

PERC stands for Passivated Emitter Rear Cell, which means the light absorbed into the cell from the front boundary reaches the rear surface and is emitted back to the interior of the cell. This ensures more electron movement and thus a higher generation of current. The use of PERC helps bring down the dimensions of the panel by a noticeable extent. Besides that, the back-sheet and frame feel heavy-duty, while the glass has anti-reflective properties for maximum photon capturing.

Design

Except for the frame that is black in color, the rest of the panel sports colors and shapes like almost any other panel. The rear has a snow-white back-sheet and the front has dark mono-Si cells accurately stringed together in series. Unlike some of the older panels, there is not plenty of white space in between and on top of the cell matrix – an optimum use of space.

side facing Renogy 300 Watt 24 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

What We Like

The most impressive thing about this panel is its dimensions; it is surprisingly small for its power rating. The other aspects may not be as striking, but they are not disappointing either. The light and rust-free frame with toughened glass promises a long life, while pre-drilled holes and waterproof components ensure both ease and safety. In conclusion, the Renogy 300 watt 24 volt PERC-cell panel may not be a winner at being portable, but it is still one of the most well-built, compact, and efficient solar panels you can find.

Pros:

  • PERC cells make a very compact panel
  • Excellent quality of components
  • Pre-drilled holes
  • Ground-mount compatible

Cons:

  • Packing quality can be better

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Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase Review

Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase Review

Overall Rating 9
Portability 10
Compatibility 9
Durability 9
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 7

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Renogy’s foldable set of two 50-watt panels is an interesting upgrade over traditional panels. Its prime focus is portability, by bringing the required storage space down by a factor of two. Among other salient features is the integrated charge controller, christened ‘Voyager’. This panel stands out from the crowd of panels that pretend to be portable by being a genuine and complete portable panel. If you are looking for a more static solar panel, the non-foldable Renogy 100 watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panel would be a better choice.

100 watts of monocrystalline-cell generated power means sufficient energy for sizeable off-grid durations and above average performance. The protected corners improve the panel’s durability, an essential trait for portable panels. We will cover all the aspects that make this panel unique in more detail in this Renogy 100 watt 12 volt monocrystalline foldable solar suitcase review.

Compatibility

Despite being an unconventional and portable module, the 100W 12V foldable panel by Renogy keeps the output hardware standard. The output leads from the charge controller have MC4 connectors on their ends. With another set of MC4 sporting cables equipped with alligator clips at the end, the panels can be easily connected to a battery, provided it is a 12V unit. Batteries, such as gel, lithium-based, or flooded are compatible with this set of panels. The charge controller’s negative ground system makes the set compatible with RVs, trailers, and boats.

20A charger controller that comes with the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase

Durability

Portable panels without a durable build are a failed proposition. Renogy takes this into account and offers a set of panels with a solidly built frame and strong glass. The aluminum frame as well as mounting kickstand are immune to rusting and fairly lightweight. The reinforced corners can take some small blows during transportation. The mounting stand’s quality is acceptable, though not excellent, and it is complete with an adjustable mechanism and end-stoppers. The tempered, anti-reflective glass on the cells of this panel optimizes performance with strength. The junction boxes and connectors are waterproof, leaving no room for worrying about rainy weather.

Easy Of Use

A challenge that the designers of portable panels always face is making light yet sturdy models. Despite being robust enough, the panel is easy to lift and carry for short distances. The 26.6 lb. weight is almost double that of a traditional panel, but does not hinder its portability. The charge controller comes with a concise LCD display that indicates battery charge capacity and charging voltage. The MC4 connectors and alligator clips do not require special training or experience to deal with, and the folding-unfolding and latching of the panels is equally easy.

Features

The Renogy 100 watt 12 volt monocrystalline foldable solar suitcase is loaded with modern features. It comes with monocrystalline cells, which promise better power generation in a compact size. The hinged panels have adjustable and light kickstands, allowing maximum sunlight absorption by placing at desired angles. The 20A charge controller houses an easily readable display and basic controls. The charge controller improves charging time and also protects the batteries from overcharging and overheating. The set of panels also comes with a protective casing, to make transportation even more secure. However, all of this does come at a higher cost. Many people may despise anything over $2/watt, but most may consider this worth it — given the list of features.

The back of a Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase with the different features labelled

Design

Among everything that this foldable unit boasts of, we were most impressed by its design. Neatly placed mounting stands and a cleverly integrated charge controller make the unit complex but not complicated. The black frames complement the mono-Si cells. The corner protectors as well as the back-sheet also come in the dark shade. We would have liked to see a dash of a brighter shade in some places like the eclipse series, though. The handle, hinges, and latches look and feel reliable. Overall, the product easily gets full marks for design.

What We Like

Portable solar panels may not be a necessity for everyone. But for frequent travelers that leave the grid behind, the Renogy 100W 12V monocrystalline foldable suitcase is a nice machine to have. It is laced with everything that makes a panel worthy of the portable tag. The foldable design and mounting stands impart great ease of use. The charge controller and cables are perfect for quick connections and safe output. To summarize, this is one of the best portable solar units on the market, and there is almost no room for improvement.

Pros:

  • Excellent and convenient design
  • 20A charge controller improves performance as well as safety
  • Integrated mounting stands make it a genuinely portable unit

Cons:

  • High cost

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Renogy 270-Watt 24-Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 270-Watt 24-Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

After the comprehensive line of portable solar products by Renogy come the larger-sized, non-portable panels. The smallest of these is the 270W, 24V polycrystalline module. With a guaranteed positive output tolerance coupled with the bypass diodes, the neatly laminated cells perform excellent in both favorable and unfavorable conditions.

The build-quality cannot be better thanks to low-iron tempered glass, water-proof components, and a light frame. The weight is in acceptable limits for a polycrystalline panel. The panel is sufficiently durable and can sustain decent amounts of wind and snow loads. The dark aluminum frame makes the panel stand out from regular panels. If you are looking for long-lasting, well-built panels to power some or all of your home appliances, this is a suitable choice. Let us discuss the above in some more depth in this Renogy 270 Watt 24 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Review.

Where To Buy

Compatibility

In several ways, the panel is promising in the compatibility aspect. For the mounting part, it is compatible with sloping as well as flat roofs. There are pre-drilled holes on the frame for mounting brackets as well as grounding wires. Two 32-inch cables coming out of the junction box have MC4 connectors on the ends, making series or parallel connections an easy affair. The panel has an open-circuit voltage of 38.60V, which means a series connection would be required for most inverters. The standard nature makes it compatible with all sorts and brands of inverters and junction boxes.

Durability

Solar panels, especially permanently mounted ones, are subjected to an array of weather types and loads for a few decades. This panel can be labelled adequately durable. It comes with a toughened glass and a light but robust frame that is also non-corrosive. The junction box and connectors are water-proof and prevent any short-circuit possibility in rainy conditions.

Image showing the snow and wind load of the Renogy 270 Watt 24 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel

Ease Of Use

Being a non-portable panel, we do not expect much in the department of ease of use, but the features such as ample cable length and MC4 connectors make setting up the panel relatively easier. There is also less maintenance involved, thanks to superior quality components used in the making of it.

Features

This 240W, 24V polycrystalline panel does not claim any truly unique feature like some of Renogy’s other products. This, however, does not make it an average solar panel. The makers have given due importance and attention to all the necessary basics. And therefore, though you may point out the lack of monocrystalline cells or an unconventional look, you cannot spot a serious flaw in what it does offer.

Design

The panel is almost like any other solar panel in the market, except for the black-colored frame. The frame gives it a modern look, though it does not impact the performance in any way. The dark blue polycrystalline cell matrix lies in front and a white TPT back-sheet on the rear with a centrally placed black junction box.

front facing Renogy 270 Watt 24 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel

What We Like

The Renogy 270-watt, 24-volt panel is a perfect example of a basic product done right. It does not try to innovate in large ways but it covers all the essential features and does it well. The water-proof and rust-proof components promise durability, and the positive output tolerance and bypass diodes promises above-average performance. To conclude, this is a practical and reliable solar panel to buy.

Pros:

  • Excellent quality of components
  • Guaranteed positive output tolerance
  • Bypass diodes
  • Pre-drilled holes

Cons:

  • Packing quality can be better

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Renogy 160-Watt 12-Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 160-Watt 12-Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Flexible solar panels are relatively new to the photovoltaic scene and also have a higher cost, making a lot of manufacturers stay away from them. But Renogy has made a noteworthy attempt in this department. Their 160W, 12V flexible panel is built from flexible monocrystalline cells that impart higher efficiency and remarkable flexibility of up to 248 degrees.

This is a great panel for you if you need frequent off-grid power generation but not at the cost of handling heavy weights. If, however, weight and space aren’t big concerns, here’s a list of other popular portable solar panels we have created for you. Keep reading this Renogy 160-watt 12 volt flexible monocrystalline solar panel review for a more detailed overview.

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Compatibility

This panel comes with a 12V rating which makes it as compatible with 12V devices as any traditional 12V rated panel in the market. The cables end with press-fitting MC4 connectors that connect it to a variety of charge controllers or inverters. It is totally capable of powering Renogy’s power stations and can do it in a few hours.

Durability

Traditional panels have their front-side sporting a permanent glass that is forever open to natural elements as well as the hazards of transportation. Flexible panels solve this problem by eliminating the glass, ending up with zero brittle components. This makes the panels super-durable. Besides this, the lamination is good quality and the junction boxes are water-resistant, making the panel sufficiently weather-proof. Renogy have also made a more durable but less flexible 160 watt version which is the Renogy 160 watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panel.

Ease Of Use

Using the Renogy 160W 12V panel is noticeably simpler than using traditional rigid panels. A major reason is the ease of carrying it around. It’s extremely low weight of about 6 lbs. makes handling it a breeze. The setting up is equally easy, owing to the MC4 connectors.

Side facing Renogy 160 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Features

The flexible yet efficient monocrystalline cells are the most attractive feature of this panel and it almost overshadows the importance of other features. The laminated front sheet has a surface that is not glossy, aiding in maximum absorption of photons in the sunlight. The panel is waterproof and can also handle nearly all levels of shock. It can be flexed to an impressive 248 degrees, making it easy to set up on non-flat surfaces such as a curved roof.

Design

The flexibility of this solar panel is definitely what catches the eye first. It can flex to a very good extent. Besides that, the panel design in terms of color and shapes is fairly ordinary. It is a white and black-blue solar panel with black junction boxes. The only difference from traditional solar panels here is that the junction boxes are two instead of one and the lie on the front side of the panel instead of the rear. This facilitates pasting of the panel on a variety of surfaces.

An image showing the different parts of a Renogy 160 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel

What We Like

Solar panels have come a long way and have seen a series of interesting developments, but Renogy’s flexible panels hold the potential to become a milestone. The 160W panel with a 12V rating is a decently sized, amazingly light and flexible panel. The build-quality is top-notch and the features are minimal yet complete. Even for the slightly higher price tag compared to regular panels, this is a great product to own.

Pros:

  • Highly flexible body
  • Ultrathin section
  • Extremely light weight and durable

Cons:

  • Higher cost of flexible cells

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Renogy 160-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 160-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Monocrystalline solar panels are great in the aspects of efficiency and compactness, and the Renogy 160-watt 12-volt panel is a perfect example of the this. With a guaranteed positive output tolerance, multi-layered laminated sheets, toughened glass, and a weather-proof design, it gets everything right. We will discuss further about all the above areas and more in this Renogy 160-watt 12-volt monocrystalline solar panel review.

The panel could have been more durable and portable with a strengthened frame and a mounting stand, but besides that it is a delightful product to have. There is also a flexible version of this model which is far lighter and compact, if these are important criteria for you. There are similar products at slightly lower costs, but Renogy’s product feels more reliable in almost all aspects.

Compatibility

This solar panel which comes with an optimum operating voltage of about 20V. This makes it suitable for most 12V devices. Moreover, the MC4 connectors make it a universally compatible module for connecting with other modules or charge controllers/inverters. It is a perfect fit with Renogy’s line of power stations such as the Phoenix and Lycan.

image showing how the Renogy 160 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel connects up to various power sources

Durability

This could have been a wonderfully portable panel, if it came with the features of smaller eclipse models, such as corner protection and integrated kickstand for quick mounting. Nevertheless, Renogy has got the basics perfectly right. It offers a non-corrosive aluminum frame and low-iron tempered glass. Its back-sheet quality feels great and the cell strings look neatly connected in series. The junction box is tough plastic and comes with a water-proof rating for short circuit protection.

Ease Of Use

This 160W, 12V monocrystalline panel has sufficiently long cables and MC4 connectors, making connecting and disconnecting easy and safe. There are pre-drilled mounting holes, saving the hassle of measurement and drilling on your own. Renogy offers sets of Z brackets which makes it simple to mount the panel on a variety of flat surfaces. Besides the setting up, handling of the panel is also relatively easy, thanks to a manageable weight of 22 pounds.

Features

This solar panel may not claim any segment first features, but it does not lack any of the essential ones. It has an anti-reflective, tempered glass that absorbs maximum sunlight and also resists wind and snow loads to a good extent. The frame has a snug fit and looks long-lasting. Its aluminum build makes it light and durable. The panel is water-proof and can stand most levels of harsh weather. On the performance front, the cells are EL tested and devoid of any hot-spots that could deteriorate the cells over years.

image showing how the different features and design of the Renogy 160 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Design

Besides the darker and octagonal-shaped cells that announce their monocrystalline nature, this is quite an ordinary looking panel. It has the usual grey frame and white back-sheet. The frame comes with holes for mounting or grounding. It would have been great to see some tweaks in colors, but Renogy keeps it a practical unit focused only on performance. We have also reviewed the flexible design version of this product, the Renogy 160 watt 12 volt flexible monocrystalline solar panel.

What We Like

The market of solar panels is booming every day with newer entries and even monocrystalline panels are becoming more common, thanks to their efficiencies. Renogy has placed a perfect product in the mid-sized capacity of solar panels by offering the 160W, 12V panel. It may not look unique but it certainly does not disappoint in power generation and build-quality. For a few days of camping or a permanently mounted battery charging power generation for most sizes of battery packs, this is a great product.

Pros:

  • Superior build-quality
  • EL tested cells without hotspots
  • Bypass diodes

Cons:

  • No mounting equipment

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Renogy Eclipse 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy Eclipse 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Eclipse series by Renogy is praiseworthy for the building of compact, highly efficient, and appealing solar panels. The 100-watt, 12-volt panel in this series is a striking product for a solar panel. It comes with clean black mono-Si cells with over 22% efficiency and no grid lines. It is noticeably smaller than regular 100W solar panels and also noticeably more attractive.

The panel comes with all essential features such as the toughened glass, aluminum frame, water-proof junction box and MC4 connectors. Our Renogy eclipse 100-watt 12-volt monocrystalline solar panel review covers these features and their implications in detail. If you’d like to see more, take a look at more of this year’s top portable panels.

Compatibility

Built with portability in mind, the panel is perfectly compatible with all of Renogy’s portable power stations. It can charge the Lycan or Phoenix series power stations in a few hours. MC4 connectors on the cables make it easy and safe to connect. Multiple panels can be chained together by joining the water-proof connectors effortlessly. Additionally, by introducing a charge controller in between, the panel can be connected to any 12V battery of any size or brand.

Durability

Solar panels are subjected to the elements for multiple decades. The eclipse 100W panel comes with IP65 rated water-proof junction box and rust-free anodized aluminum frame. It does, however, lack the corner protection like the eclipse 50W panel. This makes the frame and panel less strong than the eclipse 50W. The glass on the front is low-iron tempered glass, an important feature for prolonged life. The encapsulant and TPT back-sheet are best-quality and leave no room for complaints.

Close up of the corner of a Renogy Eclipse 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Easy Of Use

At less than 4 feet long and 2 feet wide, the panel causes no difficulty in handling. Its 15 lb. weight is lower than the regular mono or polycrystalline cell panels. The wire length is optimum and MC4 connectors are good quality, making series or parallel connections with other panels easy. Same is true for connecting to power stations or charge controllers.

Features

Like the other models of the eclipse series, this 100W, 12V panel by Renogy has its grid-less mono-Si cells as the main highlight. The cells come with metal back contacts that eliminate the grid-clutter on the front. The cells are also slightly more efficient than regular monocrystalline cells, making this the most compact 100W panel commercially available. Besides the cells, the black aluminum frame, bypass diodes and anti-reflective toughened glass are other important features we like. The corner protection and mounting kickstand are missing in this model, and we would certainly have liked it here.

Design

This panel comes with black mono cells without solar ribbons or grid lines running all over them. These are complemented with the black frame, creating a unique look. The back-sheet and junction-box are standard white and black, though a black TPT back-sheet would make the panel look sleeker.

front facing Renogy Eclipse 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

What We Like

The 100W eclipse may not be as feature-rich as its 50W sibling, but it is still more advanced than the average solar panels in the market. Its sleek black frame and clean black cells give it a captivating look. The panel is compact and performs well even in poor conditions, thanks to positive output tolerance and bypass diodes. For moderate camping or other off-grid needs, this panel is a purchase you won’t regret.

Pros:

  • Highest efficiency mono-Si cells
  • Compact
  • All black finish makes it good-looking

Cons:

  • High cost
  • No mounting equipment
  • No corner protection

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Renogy 100-Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase Review

Renogy 100-Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase Review

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

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Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Portable solar panels, especially foldable models, are not everybody’s cup of tea. They cost more and are sometimes heavier than traditional panels. But for regular campers and boondockers, the Renogy 100W Eclipse solar suitcase is an excellent travel companion. With its sunpower high-efficiency cells, it is amazingly compact and performs exceptionally well in almost all sorts of sunlight.

The corner protection, kickstands and integrated charge controller make it an ultra-portable unit. It is compatible with an array of batteries. The canvas case fits snugly and cannot be better. Its MC4 connectors and alligator clips make connections simple, even with minimal knowledge of wiring. Let us have a more detailed look at the product in this Renogy 100 watt Eclipse solar suitcase review.

Compatibility

Though foldable and portable, at the core this is a standard solar panel with solar cells and positive and negative terminals coming out of it. It has a voltage rating that makes it an ideal panel to connect to any 12V device. This includes but is not limited to gel batteries, sealed and flooded batteries. The MC4 connectors make connecting and disconnecting a breeze. The charge controller produces wires that have traditional alligator clips at the end. These make it possible to connect nearly any 12V battery without any hassle.

Durability

Thanks to the protected corners and a toughened glass, the panel can be transported without much of a worry. The aluminum frame is non-corrosive and light at the same time. The mounting kickstand could have been stronger than it is, but it is not a serious limitation. The back-sheet on the rear side feels heavy-duty and won’t be easily scratched. Waterproof junction box, connectors, and charge controllers make rains and splashes ineffective. However, we aren’t sure if an accidental immersion would be harmless for the charge controller unit. Overall, the panel is sufficiently durable.

Ease Of Use

Open the case, unfold the panels, unfold the legs, and the panel is up and running. Despite having a considerable amount of mechanical complexity, the solar panel is fairly easy to set up. The hinges are precision-fitted and good quality, helping quick set-up or packing. The MC4 connectors and alligator clips, as mentioned before, are simple as well as safe to connect and disconnect. The canvas case is easy to put on and the handle position and shape are ergonomically designed for ease of lifting and carrying.

image showing how a person can carry the Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase

Features

Renogy’s 100W Eclipse solar suitcase is one solar product which has an interesting list of features. First is the use of the German-made mono-Si cells that are among the most efficient cells ever. Then comes the nicely integrated 20A charge controller which causes minimum wire-tangling or space inconvenience. The charge controller also ensures an optimized power supply to the battery and protects it from overcharging and consequent fire risks. Add to this the protected corners and the black anodized aluminum frame, and it becomes a complete package. Whether you are using it for charging your RV battery or multiple devices in your tents, this product suits well.

Design

The design of this foldable product immediately announces that it is not just another solar unit. Its cells with back-contacts sport a plain-black look, thanks to no-grid lines running on their top surface. The frame is a premium looking black, while the corner protectors on the frame are also black. The handle and latches are black, while the back-sheet is regular white. Renogy seems to have gotten everything right in the design department, whether it is material selection or choice of colors. However, we think the signature sky blue on the corner protectors like the 50W eclipse would have been a treat to the eyes.

side facing Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase

What We Like

We like the fact that instead of lacing with one or two tiny features related to portability, Renogy has chosen to build a true-blue portable panel. The integrated charge controller and adjustable kickstand make it a complete unit, while the super-efficient cells make it compact and light. If you are someone that has a few outings every month away from the grid, the Renogy 100 watt Eclipse suitcase will take care of all your needs while being a delight to transport and handle.

Pros:

  • Highest efficiency mono-Si cells
  • Compact, foldable design
  • Integrated charge controller for optimum power and safety
  • Corner protected, durable frame
  • Mounting kickstand for quick and easy mounting

Cons:

  • Higher cost

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Renogy 50-Watt Mini Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 50-Watt Mini Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

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Our Verdict

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.

Where To Buy

Compatibility

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

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.

Close up of the corner of the Renogy 50 Watt Mini Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Panel

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.

Features

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.

Design

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.

An image showing the different features of the Renogy 50 Watt Mini Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Panel

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.

Pros:

  • Rugged and compact
  • High efficiency monocrystalline cells
  • Mounting kickstand for easy and quick mounting
  • Reinforced corners for extra strength

Cons:

  • High cost

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Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

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Our Verdict

The 12-volt monocrystalline panel with a 100W rating is Renogy’s perfect mid-level offering in their catalog of solar panels. On the outside, it looks like just another panel, but the attention to quality is noteworthy. There is a guaranteed positive tolerance which means in peak conditions, the panel may even give 105W or more.

The monocrystalline cells sitting inside are top-quality and perform well in most levels of radiation. Rust-free aluminum frame and tempered glass make it considerably durable. The wires are fitted with MC4 connectors that ease the connections. If you are looking for a tough, efficient, and portable solar panel for home as well as moderate outdoor use, this Renogy 100-watt 12-volt monocrystalline solar panel review will help you make your decision.

Compatibility

This 100W panel by Renogy comes with 36 cells connected in series, making it perfectly suitable to connect to any device with a 12V rating. It can be batteries, such as those of Renogy’s Phoenix or Lycan series power stations, or DC appliances which support direct panel connections. Depending on the battery size and weather, the panel can recharge the power stations in 3 to 5 hours. For larger sized batteries or faster charging, multiple panels can be connected together, and the MC4 connectors make that an easy task.

Durability

The largest contributor to a solar panel’s weight is its glass, which is also the most delicate component on it. Renogy employs low-iron tempered glass which is significantly tougher than regular glass and also does away with the colored tinge of regular glasses. The panel’s frame is made of light-weight aluminum which also makes it corrosion resistant — an important characteristic considering the fact that solar panels have to stand in a host of weather types for decades. The junction box is securely attached and comes with a water-resistance rating, again making it significantly weather-proof. At this price-point, it should not be very difficult to include more features related to durability. The corner protection, for example, would have been a good feature to have.

A diagram to show a break down of the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel and its parts

Ease Of Use

It isn’t one of the lightest models made by Renogy, like the Renogy 10-Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline version that only weighs 3.5 lbs, but being less than 20 pounds, the panel is still not difficult to handle, unlike the larger-sized models. Among its modern features are the MC4 connectors on the wires. These make connecting the panels to other panels simple, quick and safe. It comes with plenty of pre-drilled holes for mounting or grounding, and can be easily mounted using Renogy’s mounting brackets, on homes, on the ground or on your RV. A mounting kickstand could have made the mounting of this panel a breeze, but the makers have not included that in the design.

Features

The monocrystalline cell matrix is probably the most important feature of this panel that increases efficiency and reduces size and weight, a significant difference as compared to its polycrystalline solar panel version. There is a bypass diode which ensures that shade on parts of the panel don’t disrupt the generated voltage. Renogy claims a guaranteed positive tolerance, meaning that the panel capacity is actually higher than 100 watts. Some users have even claimed to have received 105-110W on sunny days. However, since it is labeled a portable panel, we do miss the integrated mounting stand as mentioned before.

Design

The makers of this module have gone with a very basic design, instead of trying to make the panel attractive to the eyes. But thanks to the first-rate build quality, we can’t complain about the looks. It has an anti-reflective glass on the front, a plain white TPT back sheet on the rear and a grey frame surrounding the laminated panel. On some other models, Renogy has gone with a black frame and even a black back-sheet on some. It makes the panels look outstanding, and it would be great to see these design additions in coming versions of this model too.

The Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel vertically stood up

What We Like

The Renogy 100W 12V panel may not be a the most attractive in the series, but its flawless features make it a desirable power generator. Its frame is well-built and the glass is strong. The guaranteed positive tolerance is a promise in quality in its own way. It is light enough to lift or transport and causes no problem with handling although the Renogy 100 watt 12 volt monocrystalline foldable solar suitcase is a better portable option. To summarize, if you want a no-nonsense, good quality solar panel that lasts a long time, this is worth it.

Pros:

  • Superior build quality
  • EL tested cells without hotspots
  • Bypass diode

Cons:

  • No mounting equipment

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Renogy 80-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

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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 80-watt mono-Si 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. Read our Renogy 80-watt 12-volt monocrystalline solar panel review for an in-depth analysis, or check out our list of some more popular portable solar panels you can check out before buying.

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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.

Ease 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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Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Overall Rating 9
Portability 10
Compatibility 9
Durability 9
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 7

Aniket

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Our Verdict

The age of flexible solar panels hasn’t completely arrived yet, but Renogy’s foray into this department is praiseworthy. Their 100-watt 12-volt panel is an ultra-light panel that redefines portability and even durability. The panel can be mounted on non-flat surfaces such as arc-shaped roofs or boat/yacht profiles. Its IP68 rating makes it largely weather-proof. At just 4 lbs., this is one of the lightest 100W panels in the world.

In this Renogy 100-watt 12-volt flexible monocrystalline solar panel review, we will cover all the aspects that make this panel unique. The technology of flexible cells is significantly costlier than traditional cells, and you may opt for a regular panel if the super-light and thin aspects aren’t among your serious needs. If you’re looking for more options or different features, you can take a look at these product reviews.

Compatibility

This flexible panel is compatible with everything that its traditional counterpart is compatible with. Rated at 18.9 volts of maximum power voltage, it can supply power to all 12V appliances. It is best suited to charge battery power stations such as Renogy’s Phoenix or Lycan. Multiple panels can be used for greater power supply or faster charging by connecting together. The MC4 connectors make this chaining fast, quick, and safe.

Durability

By getting rid of the heaviest and weakest component, i.e. the glass, Renogy has increased the durability of this panel multifold. There is no more the fear of having the glass shattered or cracked due to falls or other impacts. The panel comes with commendable wind and snow load ratings of 2400 and 5400 pascals respectively. Besides the absence of glass, the lamination material quality is another aspect that adds to the durability. The junction boxes, like the rest of the panel, are totally water-proof, a necessary feature.

Ease Of Use

Roll it and tuck it under your arm, hold it over your back, or just throw it in the trunk of your car. The panel is surprisingly easy to carry. As far as mounting is concerned, it is even more delightful. You can lay it down like a mat or hang it on your tent; no more mounting brackets and tool-kits required. The MC4 connectors make the connecting and disconnecting equally simple.

image of the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel being used on an RV and a boat

Features

The flexibility might be the feature that steals the show completely, but it is not the only feature that deserves mention. The 100W flexible monocrystalline panel by Renogy is a thoughtfully built panel. It has an IP68 water-proof rating and the water-proof junction boxes are placed on the front side, making it possible to paste the panels on almost all kinds of surfaces. The front surface of the thin lamination has a specially designed dotted surface that absorbs maximum sunlight to get the best power generation.

Design

Despite the unremarkable white, black, and blue colors, the panel is an eye-catching piece of tech, thanks to its super-thin section and flexible design. It has a typical 9×4 cell matrix with 2 bus-bar cells neatly arranged together. On the top of the front side are two relatively thin but robust junction boxes and two cables with MC4 connectors at their ends. One of the cables is significantly shorter than the other. The rear is more or less plain white, and has a slightly rough surface for better pasting using silicon or other adhesives.

diagaram of the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel

What We Like

Flexible panels are a very specific area of technology that isn’t well established, and it is not easy to launch a near-perfect product. Renogy has done its best in offering a product with all the essential features one could expect from a flexible panel. It is light, tough, simple to use, and designed to last.

Pros:

  • Highly flexible body
  • Ultrathin section
  • Extremely light weight and durable

Cons:

  • Higher cost of flexible cells

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Renogy 50-Watt 12-Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 50-Watt 12-Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Overall Rating 9
Portability 10
Compatibility 9
Durability 9
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 7

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Our Verdict

Renogy has done a good job with its line of standard monocrystalline solar panels, but this is the most interesting one. This panel weighs only a fourth of a traditional 50W panel. It can also bend to an astounding degree. The lack of glass and frame make it incredibly durable and easy to handle. Hang it on the side of your tent or paste it on your roof’s curvature; it is a versatile contender.

 The 50-watt rating ensures charging of small to medium sized batteries or appliances. MC4 connectors and water-resistant junction boxes make connecting and disconnecting a hassle-free affair. This flexible panel is a great buy for anyone who prefers ultra-light panels. In this Renogy 50-watt 12-volt flexible panel review, we will discover all its pros and cons.

Compatibility

Despite of being significantly different than its more regular counterparts, the flexible panel is fundamentally a lot similar to them. It comes with MC4 connectors on the positive and negative wires that supply power to the charge controller like any other panel. At 18.5V and 2.71A, the panel is capable of powering an array of small devices or small to medium batteries. For example, it can fully charge a Renogy Phoenix in 4 hours.

Durability

Durability is undoubtedly the greatest trait of the Renogy 50W 12V flexible panel. The absence of brittle materials such as glass make it multiple times stronger. Theoretically, it can sustain most physical assaults such as a fall from hundred feet or a truck going over it, albeit not the junction boxes. Normal cells are brittle and shatter even with the tiniest shocks, but the flexible cells ensure there is no chance of breakage. It thus comes with a fantastic wind and snow loading rating 2400 Pa and 5400 Pa.

Ease Of Use

At barely 3-pounds, carrying or mounting this panel is a breeze. It is more of a sheet than a panel, and it can be partially rolled to store in smaller spaces. As far as the more regular parts are concerned, it has standard MC4 connectors that can be plugged into batteries or other devices in moments. There are copper eyelets on all four corners that help secure it using ropes where it is to be hanged, such as on the side of your truck.

image showing the renogy 50 watt 12 volt flexible monocrystalline solar panel being used on an rv and a boat

Features

Even if we choose not to mention the greatest feature of this product – its flexibility — we still have a lot to describe. The panel has A-grade solar cells that perform without complaints in almost all levels of radiation. The IP68 rated panel is weatherproof despite having the junction boxes on the front side, unlike traditional panels. A tiny weight of less than 3 lbs. makes it a genuinely portable device. The only downside is probably the lower efficiency in comparison to crystalline panels.

Design

In the aesthetics department, the panel is more or less same as other common panels worldwide, except for its attractive flexibility and super-thin laminated section. The junction boxes are on the front, which is there to allow wrapping of the panel to any form or shape such as airstreams or curved roof sections. The positive cable is only a third of the negative one in length.

side facing renogy 50 watt 12 volt flexible monocrystalline solar panel

What We Like

The area of flexible solar panels is a very different arena and Renogy has ventured into it with considerable attention to quality. The thin section and the 248-degree flexibility are amusing and useful at the same time. At a weight that is equal to a 2-liter bottle of coke, the Renogy 50-watt 12-volt module is a super-portable solar panel to have.

Pros:

  • Highly flexible body
  • Ultrathin section

Cons:

  • Higher cost of flexible cells

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Renogy 50-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 50-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

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

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Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Renogy’s 50W solar panel is a 12V compatible module that can produce up to 200Wh on a sunny day. Its size is perfect to carry or mount effortlessly. You can use this panel to power small batteries, and you can mount it in tiny spaces beside your tent or on your RV. It comes with a tempered glass and rust-free, lightweight aluminum frame. The wires have MC4 connectors as their default, which make setting up an easy task.

The high-efficiency mono-crystalline cells make the panel more compact. There is also a polycrystalline solar panel version of the same capacity. The panel could have been priced lower, but overall, the module is well-built and performs without a flaw, as we have outlined in this Renogy 50-watt 12-volt solar panel review.

Compatibility

50 watts may sound insignificant to power appliances like fridges and TVs, but as long as small and basic power requirements are in question, it does not fail. It can power small to medium sized batteries such as a 150Wh battery, DC lights, and fans. For greater power, multiple panels can be connected in series or parallel depending on the voltage requirement. Chaining up to 3 panels can produce over 500Wh in a day, which is a sizeable amount. The panels are perfectly compatible with Renogy’s line of battery stations and can even be bought as a package.

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Durability

The Renogy 50W 12V panel comes with the cell matrix sandwiched between tempered glass and TPT back sheet. This makes the unit strong enough to sustain wind or snow loads and even small shocks. The frame is built from non-corrosive aluminum that reduces the weight as well as chances of rust. The module construction is water-proof and can stand even the heaviest of rains because the junction box comes with an IP65 rating.

Ease Of Use

This panel has neatly attached positive and negative wires with press-fitting MC4 connectors as standard. These connectors are simple to connect, and there is no need of wire cutters or strippers. This even improves water resistance and reduces power losses. The MC4 connectors can be connected in a matter of seconds to a charge controller or to other panels for chaining.

Features

Among the important features of this 50W solar panel are its monocrystalline cells. These are more efficient than the polycrystalline cells and reduce the size and weight of the panel for same power rating. The aluminum frame and toughened glass are regular but essential features. There is a bypass diode which can bypass shaded cells to maintain voltage. In simpler words – partial shadow does not affect the power generation. Since most of Renogy’s products are touted as portable, the panel should have had a mounting stand, preferably integrated in the frame.

Design

Renogy has decided to stick to getting the basics perfectly instead of working on the looks of this panel. The laser-cut black cells are neatly placed together, and a grey frame and white back-sheet gives it the look of a typical solar panel. It does, however, have an excellent fit and finish. There are no misplaced or torn sealant portions and the portions of the frame are accurately fitted.

front facing renogy 50 watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panel

What We Like

With technological offerings, it is often more important to get the basic features perfectly right than to invent new ones. Renogy does the same here by having a toughened glass, Al frame, and the bypass diode. Guaranteed power generation for 25 years makes the panel a reliable product. If you are looking for handy and light panel that can power small to medium gadgets, the Renogy 30-watt 12-volt panel is a perfect choice.

Pros:

  • Compact and light
  • EL tested cells without hotspots

Cons:

  • High cost
  • No mounting equipment

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Renogy 10-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Renogy 10-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Review

Overall Rating 7
Portability 10
Compatibility 8
Durability 6
Ease of Use 8
Value for Money 5

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Without doing anything vastly different or new, Renogy offers a decent 10W panel that is light, handy and performs well enough to get small batteries or lamps to work. The dark frame brings a modern look, and the MC4 connectors and mounting holes make it easy to mount and connect.

By going for monocrystalline cells instead of polycrystalline, Renogy keeps the dimensions and weight relatively low. The cells are EL tested and perform well even in hot or low irradiance conditions. The cost, however, is a major drawback, although the panels come with all the quality components such as anti-reflective glass and a bypass diode. This Renogy 10-watt 12-volt monocrystalline solar panel review covers all the important aspects that help you decide on buying it.

Compatibility

The standard and universal MC4 connectors make this panel compatible with nearly all appliances or batteries. It is, however, important to keep the voltage in mind. The panel has a test condition operating voltage of 17.5V, which means all 12V devices can be connected to it. Lower-sized versions of Renogy’s battery packs can be charged using the 10W panel and are specified compatible.

back facing renogy 10-watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panel

Durability

Solar panels are slightly vulnerable to shocks because of the glass. This panel comes with a low-iron tempered glass. This improves the toughness of the glass and also makes it more transparent by eliminating the greenish tinge on plain glasses. The frame is made of aluminum, which makes it lightweight and corrosion-resistant. On the rear, the frame thickness and junction box size are decent for a 10W module, making a strong solar panel. The module and the connectors are water-resistant, which is an obvious requirement.

Easy Of Use

This solar panel has the standard MC4 connectors. Anyone well-versed with any of the regular panels will find it simple to use. The connectors have designated male and female ports which prevent imperfections to a large extent. The frame is slightly broader on the rear side, making it easy to accommodate fingers while lifting and carrying around.

Features

The most important feature about Renogy’s 10-watt panel is its monocrystalline cells. These pitch-black cells guarantee higher efficiency, reducing the dimensions of the panel for given output. It has an optional tilt mounting stand which helps mount the panel at a desired angle facing the sun. This improves power generation capacity. The makers could have done better in this aspect. At this price point, the panel should come with a carry-case with handle and corner-protectors on the frame, among other possible features.

Design

There is not much you can do to turn solar panels into handsome gadgets. The panel in this case looks like a black rectangle with a silver PV ribbon running around over the cells. The black frame does improve the looks over plain aluminum colored frames. The designers have gone with a 12×3 cell matrix instead of the more common 9×4, which increases the length and reduces the width of the panel. On the rear, there is a black plastic junction box that is easy to open for any repairs. The wires are less than two feet long, and should be sufficient for most purposes.

front facing renogy 10-watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panel

What We Like

The Renogy 10-Watt 12 Volt monocrystalline solar panel may not be a totally extraordinary panel, but it is a no-nonsense device capable of doing everything you can expect from a 10W panel. The monocrystalline cells and good quality assembly materials such as anti-reflective, high transparency glass aid in boosting efficiencies by maximum light absorption. Monocrystalline cell prices are down to less than half a dollar per watt.

Therefore, the cost should have been lower by at least 50%, but if that one aspect is ignored, this is a well-built solar panel.

Pros:

  • Compact and light
  • EL tested cells without hotspots
  • Option of tilt-mount

Cons:

  • High cost

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Goal Zero Boulder 100 Review

Goal Zero Boulder 100 Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Goal Zero’s Boulder 100 is a portable 100W solar panel. It sports a robust, lightweight, corner-protected frame and minimal wiring. It also comes with a handy kickstand that allows you to easily set it up at the required angle. At close to 10kg (22 lbs), it’s portability is not entirely a highlight. For the quality and features, it should be worth buying for most users.

Easy setup and connections with Goal Zero power packs make it practical and one of the best portable solar panels. The only drawbacks, similar to the Boulder 50, are the relatively higher price and a relatively average kickstand. But if you don’t mind those drawbacks, the Boulder 100 is a great buy. Let us find out a bit more about this Goal Zero Boulder 100 in the review.

Compatibility

The 14-22V port of the Boulder 100 means most 12V devices or batteries can be connected to it. The panel can be directly connected, without the need of a charge controller, to Goal Zero’s power packs or power stations. These include the Sherpa 100 and all of the Yeti series power stations. It is easy to connect with a single pin and no multiple ports that create confusion for beginners. This also adds safety from high voltage series connections.

Durability

Despite its extra 2-3kg with respect to a standard 100W panel, the Boulder 100 is stronger. The protected corners play a superb role in protecting the panel from any possible shocks. The kickstand on the rear, though intended for mounting, also serves some protection, especially to the plastic junction box. While standard panels can sustain a drop of an inch or two at the most, the Boulder 100 goes farther in that aspect. The tempered glass also gives much needed front-side protection from the elements or minor accidents.

vertically standing goal zero boulder 100

Ease of Use

The most important factor that maximizes usability of this panel is its metallic stand. Made of simple L-angles welded together and clamped to the aluminum frame, it is a basic but useful structure. There is no need of supporting panels by rocks and chairs anymore, as it takes a mere few seconds to swing the kickstand out to the desired degree and set it up. The use of single pin barrel jack is a unique choice, which makes connecting and disconnecting power stations simpler and safer.

Features

The Boulder 100 comes with the standard Boulder series features such as foldable kickstand and protected corners. The panel is made from laser-cut monocrystalline cells that promise higher efficiency, thus making the panel more compact. It is weather-resistant, meaning it is water-proof, and to some extent, it’s shock-proof as well.

Design

In the first glance, this solar product is a large black rectangle with ‘Boulder 100’ and ‘Goal Zero’ written at the bottom side of the frame. The black mono-cells add to the sleek look of it, while the protected corners add a hint of green, making it look slightly youthful and sporty. The kickstand could have been more aesthetically pleasing, and rubber stoppers at the stand ends could help prevent foot injuries, but the stand does not provide those.

side facing goal zero boulder 100 using its kickstand

What We Like

A portable panel is supposed to sustain more than a regular, permanently mounted panel. On this front, the Goal Zero Boulder 100 is a clear winner. Performance-wise, the mono Si cells deliver the amount of energy as specified by Goal Zero. The standout features certainly are the kickstand and corner protection, guaranteeing ease and safety. Though the costs could have been lower, the product is worth the money.

Pros:

  • Integrated kickstand allows easy setup
  • Excellent build quality with premium components (frame, glass)
  • Higher strength and durability due to corner protection

Cons:

  • 20-30% heavier than a regular 100W panel
  • Costs significantly higher than other non-portable modules

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Goal Zero Boulder 200 Briefcase Review

Goal Zero Boulder 200 Briefcase Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

Though Goal Zero’s arsenal of solar products are mainly portable panels, portability is not a forte of the Boulder 200 Briefcase. It is the largest solar of their products but with that carries 200 watts of output power and can provide a substantial amount of juice for battery power stations like the Yeti series.

If you need to power a number of off-grid devices and quite frequently, then the 200 briefcase is certainly for you. This Goal Zero Boulder 200 Briefcase review looks at a few useful features that make it truly rugged and outdoor-specific. Some of them are the easy fold-and-carry system, mounting kickstands, and sturdy build. Its weight, dimensions, and cost may not be to everyone’s liking, but it surely compensates with its performance and build quality.

Compatibility

The 200W Briefcase is best compatible with Goal Zero’s Yeti series of power stations, thanks to its 14-ampere DC current at 14-22 volts. Unlike the other panels of the Boulder series, it comes with a square Anderson power pole. The single pin output simplifies connecting and disconnecting but makes universal battery pack compatibility difficult, though not impossible.

the back of a goal zero boulder 200

Durability

Similar to other Boulder series panels, the 200 briefcase comes with two 100W panels and rigid aluminum frames. The corner protectors do a nice job of reducing impact shocks and increasing durability and portability. The tempered glass is considerably tough. It would have been a cleverer design to have the glass fold inward for safer transportation.

Ease of Use

At just over 44 lbs, this may not be the lightest and easiest to carry, but it is easy to set up. Both panels have their foldable kickstands that make mounting the panels at a desired angle easily possible. Just one output pin for the whole set makes the connecting and disconnecting effortless.

goal zero boulder 200 inside its briefcase

Features

A standard 200W panel could easily be a meter and half long, while the briefcase is only half of that after folding it. The kickstand bring remarkable easy to unpack, pack, install, and disconnect. The protected corners and lightweight frame achieves good balance in strength and weight. The price point, however, is not going to be a favorite feature, given the fact that it costs nearly twice the price of other standard solar panels.

Design

Design-wise, the Goal Zero Boulder 200 Briefcase is simply a scaled-up version of the Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase. The idea of hinging two panels together to make a foldable unit is perfect. Individually, the fully black panels look modern. The corner protectors add protection as well as style, with green highlights on them. Overall, the set definitely looks one of the best among portable panel options.

What We Like

The Briefcase 200 is a perfect outing companion for those with multiple devices and frequent power requirements. The ability to carry 200W of rated power in one hand is definitely a plus, if weight isn’t the greatest issue. Kickstand and single pin output make it suitable even for beginners’ use. On the durability and utility front too, this product makes a clear statement.

Pros:

  • Integrated kickstand allows easy setup
  • Excellent build quality with premium components (frame, glass)
  • Higher strength and durability due to corner protection
  • Double the power in given dimensions (folded), making carrying easier

Cons:

  • Very heavy, at 41.9 lbs and difficult to carry
  • Costs significantly higher than other non-portable modules
  • Panel faces remain outwards when folded

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Goal Zero Boulder 50 Review

Goal Zero Boulder 50 Review

Overall Rating 8.6
Portability 8
Compatibility 9
Durability 8
Ease of Use 10
Value for Money 8

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Boulder 50 is a rugged looking 50-watt solar panel with useful features such as protected corners and an integrated stand. If you are looking to buy a panel to charge one of Goal Zero’s battery units such as the Sherpa or Yeti, it is a perfect choice. A sturdy frame and high efficiency cells bring more power.

It can be used easily by placing it on your truck’s hood or beside your tents. It can even be utilized in your backyard. Besides a couple of acceptable drawbacks, the Boulder 50 turns out to be an impressive performer, as we will find out in more detail in this Goal Zero Boulder 50 review. If you have a considerable outing frequency with moderate power requirements, the Boulder 50 might be the perfect fit.

Compatibility

The Boulder 50 comes with a rated open circuit voltage of 18-22V, meaning it should be compatible with any device or battery that runs on 12V DC. Depending on the battery/power pack’s charge capacity, it may take a few hours to fully charge it. As far as Goal Zero products are concerned, all power packs and power stations are perfectly compatible with the Boulder 50. The connecting jack is designed to be specifically compatible to Goal Zero’s power packs, but can be used with other brands too.

Durability

Goal Zero describes the Boulder 50 as rugged, durable and rigid, and the product does stand true to the description. A solid anodized aluminum frame with corner protection sets Boulder 50 apart from standard, non-portable panels. The junction box at the back sits nicely below the frame level and the glass in front is termed ‘strong, tempered glass’. For starters, tempered glass is toughened thermally treated glass which either does not break or breaks without dispersing shards. It is difficult to achieve an optimum balance between durability and weight, and this product succeeds in doing so.

front facing goal zero boulder 50

Ease of Use

This solar panel can be easily carried in one hand, especially with the travel case. Setting up the panel is equally easy. It takes only a few seconds to pull out the stand and place it in the desired direction at the desired angle. There is an easy to plug 8mm barrel jack pin that can be plugged into the power pack or another 50W panel. The replacement of MC4 connectors by barrel jacks ensures parallel connection at all times, eliminating chances of battery damage from high voltage series connection.

Features

The most distinguishing features of the Boulder 50 are certainly the availability of the kickstand and reinforced corners. Easy plugging pins mean no more confusion with circuit diagrams and inaccurate polarity connections.

Design

On the design front, the panel looks sleek with its monocrystalline cell matrix and a black anodized aluminum frame. The mounting kickstand is clamped neatly into the frame and swings in and out easily. A better-quality kickstand with rubber or plastic protection on ends could have been a plus. The wires are optimum length and the corner guards sport a lime color in a black border. Overall, the panel looks modern and robust.

side facing goal zero boulder 50

What We Like

The unique features of the Boulder 50 make it a true portable panel, as easy as transporting and setting up a foldable chair. The performance is also promising, thanks to the dark monocrystalline cells. Although it does go considerably higher on the pricing part than standard panels, the features surely make up for it. In case you are eager to explore other options of portable panels, this post will be of help.

The Boulder 50, though, is a worthy upgrade on the previous Boulder 30, and promises real portability and ease of use.

Pros:

  • Excellent build quality with durable components
  • Easy installation, thanks to integrated kickstand
  • Corner protection for added strength and rigidity

Cons:

  • No rubber/plastic stoppers on the kickstand makes it slightly unsafe on the ends
  • Costlier than standard solar panels

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Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase Review

Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase Review

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

Aniket

Written by qualified solar engineer Aniket. Last updated:

Our Verdict

The Boulder 100 Briefcase is one of the most innovative products in Goal Zero’s catalog. Essentially a set of two panels joined by hinges to form a foldable briefcase-like structure, it is perfect for those who want 100W power but not a large 40×26 inch panel. The two 50W panels are electrically connected in parallel, serving 100W power to recharge any 12V battery pack.

The panels are constructed from high efficiency monocrystalline cells sandwiched in tempered glass and a light frame. The kickstands make mounting at any angle quick and easy. The L-shaped corner guards are a welcome feature. The implications of these features are discussed further in this Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase Review.  All in all, the Boulder 100 Briefcase is a perfect camping companion to buy if compact size and decent power are your requirements. For a more powerful version of this product, the Goal Zero Boulder 200 briefcase is a great option

Compatibility

Similar to other panels of the Boulder series, the Briefcase is also compatible with all of Goal Zero’s energy storage products such as the Yeti 150 or Yeti 400, among others. The charging time varies with the battery capacity. Ideally, being a set of parallel-connected panels with 14-22V output, it can go with any 12V battery unit. The catch, however, is the single pin output of the set. This means an adapter will be required for products other than Goal Zero’s.

Durability

The briefcase has all the factors of individual Boulder panels that make them durable. This includes the corner reinforcements and sturdy aluminum frame. It could have been best to have the panel faces fold inward into its briefcase form. This would have ensured higher safety for the glass.

Ease of Use

There are two main things that make using the Boulder 100 Briefcase easier than standard panels. Instead of a positive and negative terminal, it has a single pin output to plug into the power station. Panels also always need to be set at an angle to receive sunlight at 90 degrees. Both the panels in the briefcase come with their own kickstands which make setting up the panel at an angle takes only a few seconds.

side facing goal zero boulder 100 briefcase propped up using its stand legs

Features

The main features of the briefcase are certainly the fact that one can get a 100W solar system almost in the size of a 50W panel. The weight does, however, goes above double the typical 50W panel’s weight. A robust yet lightweight Al frame, added with protected corners, enhances its portable nature.

Design

Once folded and put into the sheath, the set can almost pass as a briefcase, which is why it is rightly christened so. Fully black panels and black borders make it look modern. The corner protectors with a green portion add to its style. The kickstands are simple and easy to use. They could certainly be of better quality, though, and with end protection to avoid injuries.

front facing goal zero boulder 100 briefcase in its briefcase

What We Like

The Boulder 100 Briefcase does have its flaws, including its price tag and the slightly disappointing kickstands. Nevertheless, it is a highly practical unit that can be fit and carried fairly easily, and worthy of a spot in any list of this year’s top products. It is also genuinely portable, thanks to stronger build and mounting kickstands. The single pin output is easy to use. If you are a frequent traveler with off-grid power requirements who doesn’t mind paying a bit more for a well-built product, the Boulder 100 Briefcase is for you.

Pros:

  • Integrated kickstand allows easy setup
  • Excellent build quality with premium components (frame, glass)
  • Higher strength and durability due to corner protection
  • Double the power in given dimensions (folded), making carrying easier

Cons:

  • Considerably heavy, at almost 12kg (26.4 lbs.)
  • Costs significantly higher than other non-portable modules
  • Panel faces remain outwards on folding

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