Solar Panel – Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Review
Solar Panel – Renogy 100-Watt 12-Volt Monocrystalline Review
Renogy Monocrystalline Solar Panel Suitcase
The Renogy Monocrystalline 100W Foldable Solar Suitcase is a great choice for those searching for a portable and convenient power solution. The 100 Watt Monocrystalline 12 Volt Renogy Solar Portable Suitcase is an all-inclusive solar power system incorporated in one small package. It weighs about 26.60 lbs. The lightweight suitcase contains two Monocrystalline 50 Watt Solar Panels, one waterproof Voyager 20 Amp Charge Controller with an LCD Screen to regulate power, one tray cable 10ft length with alligator clips to easily connect to a battery, and safe portability via protective casing. The Renogy 100 watt solar suitcase makes it very easy to charge on the go!
Primarily I use to rely on my generator with a 3400-watt rating to keep my battery charged and keep the lights on. Initially, I had thought about purchasing one of the solar suitcases. I also intended to add a full solar package.
After dry camping in remote locations during the summer, in a short time, I grew tired of running the generator only to charge my batteries. Hence, I decided to take a second look at a setup for a solar suitcase. I saw some affordable brands but decided to go with the Renogy 12 Volt Monocrystalline 100 Watt Portable Foldable Solar Suitcase with a Waterproof Voyager Charge Controller.
I really wish at this point that I bought a product like this before now. The first time I connected it to the dead batteries I’ve got, it took around three days to get them fully charged. Ever since, we have spent weeks camping continuously, using our fans, lights, phones, and the other usual 12 volt systems normally found in an RV, and this Renogy solar suitcase kit has helped in keeping our batteries fully charged to the extent that the generator power is only needed for high power items such as the microwave, hairdryer, and instant pot.
The 100 Watt Monocrystalline 12 Volt Renogy is not that heavy as it weighs just under 30 LB. It has a well-padded, and a rugged carrying case to protect it from damage. It is equipped with MC4 cable connectors, a sizable cord, with a set of alligator clips inclusive, which can be directly connected to the battery. On a personal note, I prefer to connect it to the MC4 connectors located on the top side of the RV for an extra layer of security. While doing some shopping around, I have discovered some affordable solar suitcases with charge controllers that are water-resistant, though as this particular device is waterproof, there is no need to run to the top of the roof each time it’s about to rain.
Setting up the device was just as easy as unzipping the case, opening up the folding of the Renogy solar panel, and connecting the Alligator clips/ leads to the battery. From the charge controller, you can pick the kind of battery you are charging (lithium, sealed, gel, and flooded batteries) and allow the system to perform its function!! For maximum solar capture, it has a firmly built quality, with foldable legs and a solid frame to help position the panels perpendicular to the sun.
Corrosion-Resistant, Adjustable, aluminum stand, latches, and also a heavy-duty handle for longevity. Folded size: 19. 9 x 27. 2 x 2. 8 inches. 500 Watt-hours of ideal output each day (depending on availability of sunlight)
The device is compatible with sealed, gel, flooded batteries, and Lithium. For displaying operating data and information, charge controller with LCD
It also has an in-built 20A 5-stage Solar charge controller which reduces fire risk and provides overcharge protection
Charge controller with Negative-ground to give compatibility to your boat, RV, trailer, etc.
Electric shock hazards are avoided due to the low-voltage system.
- Size: 20A Controller, 100W Panel
- Adjustable, Corrosion-Resistant aluminum stand
- Heavy-duty latches and handles for longevity
- Pattern Name: Solar Panel
- 500 Watt-hours ideal output per day
- 6 V Open Circuit Voltage
- 6 A Short Circuit Current
- 6 lbs Net Weight
- charge controller Negative-ground for compatibility with RV, trailer boat
- Folded size: 19. 9 x 27. 2 x 2. 8 inches.
Renogy 12 Volt 100 Watt Portable Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase; the Foldable Grid Portable 50W Solar 2Pcs Panel Suitcase is a whole solar power system that is incorporated in one small package. The suitcase includes two completely waterproof(IP66) Monocrystalline 50 Watt Solar Panels, waterproof one 20 Amp Voyager Charge Controller, a protective casing for safe portability, and easy connection to the battery- one tray cable with alligator clips.
Renogy Negative PWM 20A Waterproof Charge Controller
Renogy’s first PWM waterproof charge controller is the 20A Voyager. The devices which feature a bright blue backlit LCD for displaying system information including error codes, and a comprehensive and sophisticated LED bar for charge state identification, were built to attain world-class quality. The Voyager which is can be used for an off-grid 12V application can charge up to 7 different types of batteries, including lithium-ion!
The 100 Watt Monocrystalline 12 Volt Renogy Solar Portable Suitcase is an all-inclusive solar power system built into a small package. The suitcase contains two complete water-proof (IP66) Monocrystalline 50 Watt Solar Panels, one 20 Amp Voyager Charge Controller, a protective casing for safe portability, and an easy connection to the battery- one tray cable with alligator clips.
The charge controller which is negative-ground is compatible with the boat, RV, trailer, etc.
The device is composed of two Monocrystalline 50 Watt Solar Panels. The electrical shock hazard is avoided due to a low-voltage system. It has an aluminum stand that is corrosion-resistant and adjustable. It also has latches and a heavy-duty handle for longevity protective casing.
On Amazon, you will find Renogy’s affordable gauge extension cable 10 inches long MC4 clips on either end. It is a quality extension cord to purchase with this device for more mobility from the RV.
It has 3 different lengths, though Renogy does not recommend a full run of over 20 inches. This is then used between the cord from the controller and the cable which goes to the alligator clips, thus providing you 20 inches cable to move around the panels to remain under the sun.
Our Solar Panel Verdict
The 12-volt mono-crystalline plate with a 100W rating is the ideal mid-range Renogy display in the solar panel catalog. From the outside, it looks like another plate, but attention to quality is noteworthy. There is guaranteed positive tolerance which means that in peak conditions, the plate may give up to 105W or more.
The monocrystalline cells inside are high quality and work well at most radiation levels. The aluminum frame without rust and tempered glass make it very durable. The wires are equipped with MC4 connectors that facilitate connections. If you are looking for a robust, efficient, portable solar panel for the home as well as moderate outdoor use, this Renogy 100W 12 volt monocrystalline review will help you make your decision.
The Renogy 100-watt board comes with 36 cells connected in series, making it well-suited to connect to any device with a 12V rating. They can be batteries, such as those on Renogy, Phoenix, or Lycan series power stations, or DC devices that support direct board connections. Depending on the size of the battery and the weather, the plate can recharge the power stations within 3 to 5 hours. For larger batteries or faster charging, multiple panels can be connected, and MC4 connectors make this job easy.
The biggest contributor to the weight of solar panels is their glass, and it’s also the most sensitive ingredient in it. Renogy uses low iron tempered glass which is much tougher than ordinary glass and also removes the tint of normal glasses. The panel frame is made of lightweight aluminum which also makes it resistant to corrosion – an important characteristic has given the fact that solar panels have to stand in a range of weather types for decades. The junction box is tightly attached and comes with a waterproof rating which makes it highly weather resistant. At this price point, it shouldn’t be too difficult to include more durability-related features. Corner protection, for example, would have been a good advantage.
Schematic diagram to show the breakdown of the Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel and its parts.
Ease of use
It’s not one of the lightest models Renogy has made, like the Renogy 10-Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline that weighs only 3.5 lbs but is less than 20 lbs, it’s still hard to handle the billboard, unlike the larger-sized model. Among its modern features are MC4 connectors on wires. These make connecting panels to other panels simple, fast, and safe. It comes with a lot of pre-drilled holes for mounting or grounding and can be easily attached with Renogy mounting brackets, at home, on the floor, or in an RV wagon. The mounting mount bracket could have made installing this plate a breeze, but manufacturers didn’t include it in the design.
The matrix of single-crystal cells is probably the most important feature of this plate which increases efficiency and reduces size and weight, which is a big difference compared to the release of the LCD panels. A side diode ensures that shade on parts of the plate does not disrupt the output voltage. Renogy claims guaranteed positive durability, which means that the panel’s capacity is actually above 100 watts. Some users claimed that they received 105-110 watts on sunny days. However, since it bears a portable plate, we miss the compact mount bracket as mentioned before.
Solar Panel Product Design
The makers of this unit have gone with a very basic design, rather than trying to make the painting eye-catching. But thanks to the first-class build quality, we can’t complain about the look. It has anti-reflective glass on the front, a plain white TPT back cover on the back, and a gray frame surrounding the laminated panel. On some other models, Renogy has chosen a black frame and even a black background layer on some. It makes the panels look great, and it would be nice to see these design additions in upcoming versions of this model as well.
What we like
Renogy 100W 12V might not be the most attractive series in the series, but its flawless features make it a desirable power generator. Its frame is well built and the glass is sturdy. Guaranteed positive tolerance is a promise of quality in its way. It is light enough for lifting or transporting and does not cause any trouble in handling although the Renogy 100 watt 12 volt monocrystalline folding solar bag is a better portable option. To sum up, if you want good sunglasses without nonsense and good quality that lasts for a long time, then it is worth it.