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Renogy Solar Panel Starter Kit Monocrystalline 100 Watts 12 Volts 

(10 customer reviews)

$196.99 $156.95

Includes 100W Solar Panel + 30A PWM Negative ground Charge Controller + MC4 Connectors +8Ft 10AWG Tray Cable+ Mounting Z Brackets for RV, Boat
Monocrystalline solar cell efficiency: 21%;The Charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy new 30A PWM negative ground charge controller The Renogy wanderer
With the Renogy wanderer 30A PWM charge Controller, you can expand your system up to a maximum of 400W
Ideal output: 500Wh per day; can fully charge a 50Ah Battery from 50% in 3 hours (depending on the availability of sunlight)
Negative Grounding controller with battery reversed, overloading, short-circuit and over charging/discharging protection ensures the broader off grid applications and safety. Especially can be used on a vehicle which has battery negative on the chassis. Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5. 29A
Corrosion-resistant aluminum frame for extended outdoor use, allowing the panels to last for decades

Description

solar panel,solar panel kit,100w solar panel,rv kit,solar battery charge,solar charge controller

Additional information

Size

100W Panel + 30A PWM Controller

Brand

Item Weight

19.84 pounds

Manufacturer

Renogy

Item model number

KIT-STARTER-100D

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10 reviews for Renogy Solar Panel Starter Kit Monocrystalline 100 Watts 12 Volts 

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    Friendly Reviews

    After using the Renogy 100 watt solar package now for a week, hooked up to two 105 AH batteries and a 1200/2400 power inverter works out fine for my needs.As I am using this in my vintage camper to run a 3.2cu foot refrigerator with a freezer compartment that on start up pulls 2.74amps then drops to .75amp after running when it kicks on it spikes to 2.74amp then drops to .74 for less then a min to maintain temp which I have set on med which the refrigerator temp holds around 34° and the freezer holds around 20°So testing this out, I am able to run the refrigerator for 3 days 24/7 with the battery was at 12.82v at the time I unplugged it, during the day the solar panels was keeping up with my batteries topping them off, so I think I could just keep the refrigerator running without worries.I only unplugged the refrigerator to finish up work on my vintage camper.Like I said I bought this to run my refrigerator so I can run it when traveling to and from to the campsite and does the job great.I will report back after my camping trip for 10 days with full hook ups, but I will keep the refrigerator hooked up to the batteries and find out how long the solar panels can keep up, my test showed 3 days 24/7 and could of gone longerI see people do not understand the postive ground on the charge controller let me help you understand this, the solar panel and hook up to your batteries are like your vehicle with a 12v neg ground, what is a postive ground is the LOAD part on the Charge Controller, so if you hook up a 12v light right to the Charge Controller on the last two screws on the front, this is your postive ground, which you can set up to turn on and off at different times, plus turn off when your batteries get down to a low voltage that you can program in yourself, all your other items that are a negative ground you hook up to your batteries, the nice thing with the postive ground on the charge controller is you do not have to drill more holes in your RV to ground it out to your frame or other metal to ground toWhen calling Renogy customer service they pick up fast, are nice to talk with, will walk you though anything you need, can help you with what amount of solar panels you need, what size charge controller you need, what size wires and fuses you need, they make hooking there products up so easy and walk you though it all if needed. So call them with anything ypu need help with.When I get back from camping for 10 days running the refrigerator off solar I will update this to let you know how it held up for this.

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    Kate

    Installation was simple. The connectors are heavy duty. Very nice product. I contacted the technical support team for a question. I was disconnected right when a person came on the line. At first I was thinking “typical”. They called me back right away!! Very pleasant company to deal with.

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    Amazon Customer

    The kit was Installed last weekend on the roof of my 34 ft 5th wheel trailer. I purchased separate #8 gauge wire due to the distance from the controller to the panel and I wanted to limit any voltage drop, especially when I expand the system in the future. The #8 gauge wire fit in the Wanderer controller perfectly and it would have accepted #6 gauge wire if I wanted. Once everything was hooked up it immediately began charging and was float charging the batteries at 13.6V. I did add a 30 amp circuit breaker near the battery just for safety. I am using 2 6 volt batteries and it has kept them topped off since the system was installed. I did use lag wood screws to mount it to the rubber roof since the screws provided appeared to be more like self drilling screws for metal. I drilled pilot holes, then used Dicor self leveling roof sealant and screwed everything down, then I covered the lag screws with the sealant. I was so impressed I am planning on adding a second panel very soon. Awesome system and super easy to install.

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    John W Butler

    My first review…….EVER. I bought this a year and a half ago to install on my RV. 7/29/2016 we went through a hellacious hail storm that smashed windows in vehicles and houses. I feared the worse for my solar panel on top of my RV. Both roof vents, destroyed. AC cover, destroyed. TV antenna, destroyed. Solar panel, not even a scratch. Great product.

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    Tanksta

    Bought the 100watt kitt for a 24 foot travel trailer I am in the process of remodeling. I have (2) 12V 27 inch deep cycle marine batteries I picked up at a hardware store for 80 bucks each. for a total of 220 amp hours when topped off. They are wired in parallell.The panel was the easiest part of the install. just use butyll tape on the bottom of the brakets, screw onto roof, and then cover everything in lap sealant. I ran the cables down one of my vent cover holes which luckly was almost directly above where I wanted to mount the panel. Running the cables and getting the electronics set up was the biggest challenge. I ended up mounting the charge controller and fuses for the system under my travel trailers kitchen sink. I used a 1 foot by 1 foot piece of plywood. I wired up and installed as many components on the board as I could before installling. This made it easier to not be assembling everything under the sink.The Campers electrical box housing the fuses and converter box are a few feet away from my where I mounted my chage contoller undert the sink. rather than run from the charge controller directly to the battery I went into the electrical box and joined with the 6 guage wires already going from the converter to the battery. This saved me alot of money on cable!I finished installing on a sunday night. The sun was down and so I couldnt test right away. I turned on half the lights in the camper, the power vent, and left my 24 inch TV running off an inverter. I let these appliances drain on my power bank all night. I turned everything off monday morning. I saw that the green light was blinking which indicated that it was charging. By the time I got home for lunch 4 hours later the batteries were topped off. It has been installed for a week now and the batteries have never gone below 70% full with full usage of the appliances.I also purchased a volt meter/usb charger/12v socket so I can measure the voltage and charge things, as you can see in one of the pictures.I am not an electrician. I know very little about electricity. I think this was a fairly easy project that turned out awesome. I am very happy with the Renogy proucts they seem durable and have lived up to the other great reviews I read. I would suggest this brand and prouct to anyone looking to try out solar power. I was very impressed!!! You should buy this for your camper you wont be disappointed.

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    meep

    Part of the five star review comes from the cost of around a hundred and sixty or so. The panel is great and the output rating is legit. Build quality is appropriate and the kit comes with everything you need for a basic install. Brackets are nice. The charge controller is cheap– the transistors inside are pressed up against the aluminum heat sink/back plate by foam rubber. That may be why so many complain about it quitting. Perhaps some aftermarket heat sinks and case mods would do the trick. For what it is, the controller can be user-configured for different output settings for the secondary output (lighting modes after sundown).I installed this on our 20′ travel trailer so the battery can always be topped off, and so I don’t have to reconnect it every time I go out there for lights, slide, etc. it absolutely keeps the battery topped off at all times now, very nice.

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    Jonathan Dufault

    I love this! I have the solar panel mounted to the roof of my truck, and use it to charge a 160W gel battery that powers a Whynter fridge and some gadgets while camping.The microcontroller can be expanded to handle multiple panels. I bought 1 more, but have no clue where to mount it.

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    R. Rewey

    We have a weekend “Get Away” at 7500 feet in the Rockies in Colorado. Boondocking with a 26 foot trailer on our 5 acres. We are now 12 volt solar off grid thanks to this kit.At first we mounted the panel flat, but after some testing we bought a tilt mount and increased our power. This also lets snow and rain slide off. Very important!https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IYWBOLA/ref=oh_aui_search_detailpage?ie=UTF8&psc=1We are charging two 75 amp hour deep cell batteries wired parallel and have since added a second panel. After an average day and nights use . . lights (led), furnace or swamp cooler depending on the season, fan, stereo, water pump, etc. . . . the batteries are fully charged by mid afternoon.We plan on adding a third panel and a third battery this summer and then a fourth and a fourth next spring. At that point we may add an inverter, but we are very comfortable with 12 volts. This highlights the a great aspect of this kit, you can expand it. You don’t have to buy it all at once. One panel was great for a weekend, two panels gives us almost unlimited use, three will give us extra power. The controller is good for 4 panels.We are coming up on a year with these panels and we couldn’t be happier. I usually check to see what the controller is doing in the afternoon, but other then that the kit takes care of itself.I would highly recommend this kit and anything from Renogy. The panels are solidly built and reliable as are the tilt mounts. In my opinion, if you are looking to solar charge an RV or cabin, this is what you want to start with. I was a solar newbie when we first got this kit, but now I’m very comfortable with it. Renogy’s videos and instructions are very well done and their customer service is Outstanding! Our first controller was a dud. I called them and explained what it was doing. We got a new controller via second day shipping. The rep also followed up via email to make sure everything was working properly. Very nice guy and very knowledgeable.Last weekend my wife got on the roof and changed the angle of the panels for summer, all the maintenance it should need. :). Those tilt mounts are also great!

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    Mountain Man

    I meant to purchase this solar panel for a while and debated on going with a “better” MPPT charge controller or using this one.I put the purchase off for a while and finally purchased this item and am very happy with my purchase.My needs for the panel were to mount it to the top of my Tacoma which is equipped with an Indel-B 51L fridge/freezer that is running 24/7. I wanted to make sure that the battery stayed fully charged when I was not driving the truck since the voltage was dropping a bit if I did not drive the truck for 12+ hours.The install was quick and easy with the included wires and brackets.After installing the panel, the first morning at 9am, I went out and my battery was fully charged. My truck was angled AWAY from the sun, and it just started to come up. So the panel has no issue being mounted flat and with this controller. Even on cloudy days the panel is able to pull plenty of power to keep the battery above 12.3v with the fridge running.Thrilled with my purchase and only regret not getting it sooner. I am also happy that I did not spend the extra on a “better” controller since it was not needed for my setup.

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    G. Snapp

    I bought this kit for a teardrop trailer I built. I wanted something to charge a battery that would power LED reading lights, an LED dome light, LED porch lights (just occasionally; I don’t leave them on), and also a couple of 12 volt sockets (cigarette lighter type) that I could use to charge my phone, Ipad, Kindle, and also power my portable DVD player – either to charge it’s battery or run it when the player’s battery is depleted.I knew very little about solar installation but had enthusiasm and a willingness to try.I mounted the panel flat on the roof of my teardrop. Would it generate enough power without being angled toward the sun? Read on.I mounted the included charge controller on the interior wall of the trailer, requiring about a 2 foot run of cable. I bought a deep charge battery at my local Batteries Plus. I built a battery box (with vents) and mounted it on the trailer tongue. It took maybe 6 feet of wire from the controller to the battery. Then I ran a plus and minus back from the battery – the positive went to a fuse block on the wall below the controller; the negative went to a homemade “ground panel” – a bus where I could wire the negative leads from all the stuff.The controller has lights to monitor its functioning. There’s a flashing green light that means it is charging the battery. I was happy to find out that it starts flashing soon after the sun comes up and keeps flashing until the sun goes down. It kept flashing when it was overcast and the sun was about to go down. It seemed to provide plenty of power despite the fact that it wasn’t angled towards the sun.Since it’s mounted permanently on top of the trailer it meant that the battery was being charged while I was driving from one campground to the next. If it was the kind of application where it gets put away between campsites and pulled out to angle towards the sun I think I would end up with less charging. So far I’m very happy with the choice to mount it permanently to the top.I bought a volt meter which I’m going to wire into the system with an on-off switch so I can monitor the status. My trailer isn’t fully completed however; I’m still finishing off details like this. That means I don’t really know what’s happening. The flashing lights are nice, but I’d be happier with numbers.Take this review with a grain of salt. I’m certainly not an electrical engineer. I need to do more research into how to measure the effectiveness, output, etc. I also think maybe my power needs are so minimal that this panel is overkill. LED lights are awfully efficient! However, I thought the price of the kit was very reasonable and so far it has performed exactly as I hoped it would.Perhaps after I have more experience and have monitored it more scientifically I can add more detail to this review. I hope this is somewhat helpful.

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