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Renogy Foldable Solar Panel Monocrystalline100 Watt 12 Volt 2Pcs 50W Off Grid

(10 customer reviews)

$259.99 $239.43

Adjustable, Corrosion-Resistant aluminum stand as well as a heavy duty handle and latches for longevity. Folded size: 19. 9 x 27. 2 x 2. 8 inches. Ideal output: 500 Watt hours per day (depends on sunlight availability)
Compatible with gel, sealed, Lithium, and flooded batteries. Charge controller with LCD display for displaying operating Information and data
20A built-in 5-stage Solar charge controller provides overcharge protection, reducing Fire risk
Negative-ground charge controller for compatibility with your RV, boat, trailer, etc.
The low-voltage system avoids electric shock hazards

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Description

Renogy Foldable Solar Panel Monocrystalline100 Watt 12 Volt 2Pcs 50W Off Grid

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Package Includes

 

  • Adjustable, corrosion-resistant aluminum stand.

 

  • Heavy duty handle and latches for longevity protective casing.
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Additional information

Brand

Size

100W Panel-20A Controller

Item Weight

13.6 Pounds

Input Voltage

12 Volts (DC)

Power Source

Manufacturer

Renogy

Item model number

RNG-KIT-STCS-100D-VOY20

Product Dimensions

10 reviews for Renogy Foldable Solar Panel Monocrystalline100 Watt 12 Volt 2Pcs 50W Off Grid

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    Billy Bob

    Overall, this is a nice product and the case is more sturdy than I thought.I almost bought the Boulder 30 from Goal Zero and glad I didn’t. The Renogy has a better output than three Boulders and costs much less. The Renology is 100 watts and more than the Yeti’s max 60 watt input (not a problem according to Goal Zero’s Q&A section on the web), but the additional wattage will keep from limiting my options in the future.I wanted something to charge my Yeti 150 and be able to expand to larger Yeti’s or other 12 volt batteries and I am not disappointed. The hardest part was deciding which version to purchase. All of the Goal Zero Yetis come with a built in charge controller and would not charge right hooked directly to the solar panel. As such, I had three options. I could buy the version w/o a charge controller, disconnect the charge controller and connect the yeti M4 adapter directly to the panels, or remove the lid to the Yeti and connect directly to the yeti battery.I didn’t like the idea of buying w/o the charge controller since I like the option of being able to charge any 12v battery, not just my Yeti. Instead, I bought the M4 adapter for the Yeti and now have the option of connecting to my Yeti by either disconnecting the charger or removing the Yeti lid (not sure if that is problem, but I think it is the best option since the internal charge control in the Yeti is limited to 60 watts.) Both options are done with one simple tool and take 1-2 minutes tops and the Renology charges the Yeti super fast. I might post specifics later, but it just charged mine from half to full in 30 minutes.If you do not want to mess with connecting and disconnecting, just buy the one without a charge controller. Either way, Renogy is a much cheaper and effective alternative to Gaol Zero panels.

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    T. Owen

    This set-up is awesome. I used the Mohoo 20amp controller and find the extra USB ports to be welcome for charging spare batteries for phones etc. I did add a 25′ length of 10aw wire with alligator clips and fuses so I can move the panels to chase the sun when camping. Not a lot of line loss and the panels are amazingly efficient. Awesome!

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    VanAlert

    I get asked by a lot of Vanagon owners how should they get started in adding a solar panel solution to their current setup. Many times they’re overwhelmed by the amount of information, options and custom setups that have been described online. I wanted to find a good all around setup that anyone with a screwdriver and a pair of wire strippers could install in less than an hour without having to rip their hair out doing a ton of research online.All in all I am VERY pleased with this Renogy 100 Watt Foldable Solar Suitcase. For a total price of about $285 (Solar Panel & Additional wiring) anyone can enter the world of harvesting sunlight in order to charge your batteries. Even with the few little things I wasn’t too crazy about like the dinky latches I still find the overall product very well done and very efficient. I can easily look past the minor imperfections as the product as a whole is a winner in my book.My complete review found here:[…]Other items I used in my installation are:Battery Tender 081-0069-6 Ring Terminal Harness (Two of these are required)http://amzn.to/1TECu9gBattery Tender 081-0148-25 25′ Quick Disconnect Extension Cablehttp://amzn.to/1T5IpV8It’s not as expensive or as hard as you thought it would be to set up a solar panel system. Sure there are other more expensive and more complicated options out there but the purpose of this article is to find a good kit that’s efficient and reasonably priced that can be installed quickly by anyone regardless of their level of skills. I feel that the Renogy 100 Watt Foldable Solar Suitcase fits this bill perfectly.ThanksAbel LongoriaTexasVanagons.com

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    TheDude130

    I bought this to charge the deep cycle battery on my RV and to charge the Duracell Powerpack 600 (26ah AGM battery inside) when car camping, which runs an ARB portable fridge and some other smaller items. I tested it recently at sea level on a 65 degree no clouds day in TX and I was quite pleased to see peak outputs of 7 amps from the panel when I really loaded up the battery. Later I disconnected the battery from the panels and depleted it to around 40%. After reconnecting, it was near fully charged in around 2 hours. The complaints about the dim LEDs on the controller are not an issue for me as I would rather not waste power on bright LEDs that I will rarely look at. The charge controller is the same one used on another similar kit being sold on Amazon for over $500. It claims to be fully waterproof including the controller and from the looks of it that is true. The build quality is solid and the case seems like it will do a good job of keeping the panels protected. I can see no reason to buy one of the more expensive kits if you can get this level of performance at such a low price.On a side note, it you use the Duracell Powerpack 600, don’t follow the manual and connect this panel to the small jack for the wall adaptor. That is for small panels that don’t have a charge controller and it will charge very slowly. Instead connect through the 12V cigarette lighter socket or through the jumper cables, This will connect directly to the battery and provide full current for charging.

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    jm

    I have sat on the fence about a solar suitcase for a couple of years now. A trip with my small travel trailer to a place with no services finally moved me to make this purchase. Along the was Renogy has always been one of the two brands I thought I would buy. I can camp without pulling my battery down for 3 – 4 days using a lot of conservation practice but a solar solution was always in the plan.The suitcase arrived unblemished and so with You Tube demonstrations and a couple of camp site visits, I pulled my unit out of it’s case. I hooked it up to a battery in my back yard and just like that, I was solar charging. There is a lot to learn – mostly about batteries – the solar suitcase is simple and straightforward. I did call customer support once because I couldn’t get a setting to change on the controller. To me, the instruction was not clear enough. But once past that it is all good to go. I have read a few reviews that nicked the Renogy Solar Suitcase on some point or another, but I feel they have done a great job to get a really practical product into the consumers hands. It is of high quality while while retaining a small and as light a foot print as possible. I would suggest careful inspection of everything so you don’t jam a turnbuckle latch. Get a mc4 tool for the connectors, though if you have good fingernails, you can unlatch the lock prongs that way. It’s pretty straightforward and I really think we can continue in our little world with no generator backup.The product is simple to use and well built for it’s purpose, it’s price point was good for us, our battery is the heart and soul of our small trailer, this product protects that battery and extends our ability to stay out. Every person I have met with one in real conditions has been a fan of their solar suitcase, and I expect to be a real fan of mine. A 100 watt system may not be for everyone, but the Renogy 100 watt Solar Suitcase is right in my wheelhouse.

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    Rowan

    I purchased this panel when I was preparing to hit the road, full-time, in my RV. I have absolutely no experience with solar panels, knew little-to-nothing about batteries, amp hours, voltage, etc. But when the time came to use this panel, it performed beyond my expecations! Be prepared to connect wires to the controller, with a very small screwdriver though. I didn’t have one, and it created a little frustration, but as soon as I had the proper tool, it was a piece of cake. It fully charges my two 12v Group 24 batteries in a few hours, and I expect even better performance when I upgrade to 2 6v 230 Ah batteries tomorrow. I noticed in another review that someone complained about having to move the panel every hour or so, and yeah, the sun moves, so the panel has to move to face it. Seems like common sense to me. This is a great starter panel for the beginner, as well as those more experienced with solar usage. You can park in the shade, and set your panel in the sunshine, which is a bit difficult with the roof-mounted panels.

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    Paul

    Super! When I realized that putting something on my trailer roof would involve running wires and cutting holes, I thought of a different method. I bought this suitcase kit, complete with charge controller, and wired a trailer coupler onto the output. So I just unplug the trailer from the car, and then plug the solar panel into the same cord. No wiring, no cutting, and about the same length of wire run as if I had a roof mount. My wife stated: “you made this simple enough for me to use.”I did lots of calculations to estimate the best angle for latitude and season and time of day, but the result came out much more simple. If you are using the panel at the winter or summer solstice, you might want to adjust the angle for best input. For most of the year, in Texas, set it at about 45 degrees and don’t worry about it. It is more critical to rotate it for the time of day, following the sun, than the angle of tilt. That is a good thing, because this kit only sets up about 45 degrees. If you want a significantly different angle, you would have to put support under either the back or the front to adjust the tilt; the include legs cannot really change the angle more than a few degrees. But the fact is that most places you cannot get sun in the morning or evening, because trees or buildings tend to block the sun rays. So you have to gather sunlight from about 9 or 10 until about 3 pm. If you were out on the prairie, maybe you could tilt it 90 degrees at 6 am or pm to get the early or late sun, but usually that is not practical.But the legs set up easily and sturdily, and the structure is strong and stable. One nice thing about having two 50W panels is that if one is shaded, the other may be full strength. Solar panels are wired in series, so in general ANY shade on the panel shuts down the entire panel (like one bad battery in a flashlight kills the entire circuit).The charge controller works fine. The kit comes with probes for battery temperature, but the way I use it those cannot reach the battery: the panel and connection is at the front of the trailer, the battery in the back.I have fully recharged my trailer battery on a very cloudy day. Enough light comes through to create the electricity needed to replace the previous evening. On a bright day, it may take only about 3 hours to recharge the battery.I am very happy with this product. It eliminated all the fuss of installation. Open it up and set it up for morning sun, rotate the angle later for afternoon sun, and pack it up when you want to move on.

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    Trout

    I was tired of purchasing solar panels that I permanently installed onto my RV..since I’ve bought 3 so far and traded in the RV’s…with this little gem I don’t have to rebuy anything! It comes with everything needed. My two batteries were totally empty and within three days, this diddy charged them up fully. I anticipate that most the time I’ll keep the batteries a little better charged by using this…and it’s portability rocks. It comes with a case and is very sturdy and well made. My dad cheaped out and bought a panel at Harbor Freight…at half the price…and I can tell you, it is true, you get what you pay for. His is flimsy, very thin, and looks like a small breeze will blow it over. The Renogy 100 Watt is perfect and with the waterproof controller, I don’t have to worry about anything. Now if only it had a built in spot so I could add a chain to it so I’d feel better about leaving it outside when I’m not home….

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    Om S

    I have moderate expectations for anything Solar. Everything depends on the sun and the weather.I ordered this suitcase solar panel to charge the chassis and house batteries in my class-b motorhome when parked at a campsite for an extended duration.The roof of the class-b has very little room available for a solar panel. Besides, I don’t have a ladder in my class-b van so it would’ve been hard to adjust the angle of a solar panel mounted on the roof for maximum effectiveness.Thus, I chose this product.It stores easily under the rear-sofa in a Winnebago ERA 170.The case is neoprene and is useful for covering up the panel in between testing for current and voltage and if you don’t want the panels to be “live” for any reason.It is not too awkward or heavy to lift.The stand is quite sturdy and allows various configurations.I agree with the other reviewer that LEDs are too dim and you’ll need to be really up close and/or shield the LED with your hand to see what the controller and the panels are doing.The provided cable is long enough to allow for comfortable placement of the panels away from the RV to avoid shade and adjust the position as required.A charge controller is included and it “downconverts” the open circuit voltage to a usable level to recharge 12V batteries without frying them.I tested this item on a bright sunny afternoon while traveling in St. George UT.The multi-meter showed a voltage of 14.4 volts from the charge controller (not the direct open circuit voltage).That voltage is just fine for charging a 12V AGM battery. I was pleased.As I was about to pack up the item and put it back in my camper, I noticed that a wire connection had come loose from the splice where it had been crimped and covered with a heat shrink filament.I couldn’t reconnect it to the same crimp but I brought it back home and re-connected it using a butt-splice.Ever since that repair, the item wouldn’t put out a voltage greater than 2.8V. I am bummed.Even though there was a loose connection, I am not putting all the blame on the manufacturer. Stuff happens.I returned the panel and ordered another one. I had a choice. I could’ve gone for the other manufacturer but I didn’t see a need to spend $30 more for a cigarette lighter connector when I wasn’t going to use it. Moreover, the other product is encased in plastic and most reviews say that the plastic loses shape due to being in the heat and the owners report that they can’t put the cables back in the spaces provided and close the lids comfortably.Anyway…I liked the product and its performance enough to order another one. Amazon gave a refund on my return and did its part.When trying these out, look for items fulfilled directly by Amazon…that way you can return the product without a hassle.I did discard the packaging so I had to pay a $20 to find a box large enough to fit the item for return shipping. But that’s not Amazon’s or Renogy’s fault.I think cable connections are a minor repair but one shouldn’t have to crimp cables and fix things that the manufacturer ought to be responsible for.I will update the review based on the second shipment and how it performs. I’m hoping all connections are snug from the factory.The company offers $15 to write an amazon review but in the interest of full disclosure, I did not apply for the $15 and don’t intend to do so either.UPDATE:I have now used this product all summer long and I am VERY satisfied with it. I’m updating the star rating to 5 based on my continued experience with the RENOGY panel.I have the comfort and security of have a constantly replenished house battery in my Winnebago ERA. I can be carefree when it comes to lights left on in the RV bathroom or a TV left running if I leave for a short hike away from the campsite.I also don’t have to constantly monitor my kid’s power usage while camping. I know that the solar panel will keep tipping off the battery. The indicators work perfectly and let me know whether the battery is fully charged or is still charging. I have verified the output voltage with a multimeter and this product delivers! I’m happy I bought it and I have no complaints. The case is just right for protecting the panels and I have laid the zipped up case under the Winnebago ERA rear seat quite comfortably during trips. In fact, that is where the case stays without causing any shortage of storage space.

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    Teri Everhardt

    We have been full time RV living for just over a year now, traveling North America and seeing all the wonderful wild places we can get to in our 5th wheel RV. Until a month ago, we primarily relied on our 3400 watt generator to keep our batteries charged and our lights on. Early on I had considered getting one of these solar suitcases, but had the intention of adding a complete solar package to the RV during our second winter and initially decided to just deal with using the generator until then. Well, after a long summer of dry camping in remote locations, I quickly grew tired of starting the generator just to charge our batteries. So, we decided to have another look at a solar suitcase setup. I found a few cheaper varieties, but settled on the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Foldable Portable Solar Suitcase with a Voyager Waterproof Charge Controller. At this point I really wish we would have bought one of these up front. The first time we hooked it up to our very dead batteries, it took about three days to bring them to a full status. However, since then, we have been camping for weeks on end, using our phones, lights, fans and all the other typical 12 volt systems you might find in an RV, and this solar suitcase has kept our batteries topped off to the point that we only need generator power for high power items like the hairdryer, microwave and instantpot, etc… What do we like? The product is fairly light at just under 30 LB and has a nicely padded, rugged carrying case to keep it protected. It comes with a sizable cord, with MC4 cable connectors and an added set of alligator clips, which can connect directly to the battery. Personally, I like being able to plug it into the MC4 connectors on top of the RV (pictured in this review), for an added sense of security, while our rig is parked. Shopping around, we have found some cheaper solar suitcases that have water resistant charge controllers, where as this particular one is water proof, so I don’t need to run up to the roof every time I see storm clouds gathering. The setup was just as simple as unzipping the case, folding open the panels and connecting the leads/Alligator clips to the battery. Then just pick the type of battery you are charging from the charge controller (gel, sealed, lithium, and flooded batteries) and let the system do its work!! Overall, it has a solid build quality, with a solid frame and foldable legs to help point the panels perpendicularly at the sun for maximum solar capture.

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