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ãReliableãexcellent performance in low-light environments. Adjustable corrosion resistant aluminum stand, heavy duty handle and latches for longevity. Protective case.
ãExpandableãdesigned for expansion, you can add panels to system based on your available space.
ãEfficientã ideal output 500 Watt hours per day (depends on sunlight availability). Solar cells performance excellent in weak light environment and yield better energy over the long run.
ãPortable ãconvenient storage case for easy transportation.
ãPackage includesã Renogy 100 watt mono foldable Solar suitcase
Looking for the perfect off-grid product? Well look no further! Renogy is excited to bring you solar & portability. Renogy 100W solar suitcase is a whole system in one! This lightweight suitcase comes equipped with two 50W Monocrystalline panels, a 15in set of wires with MC4 connectors, & a protective casing for safe portability. With its adjustable aluminum stand, latches & heavy duty handle, Renogy 100W solar suitcase will make solar on the go as easy as 1-2-3!”?
|Product Dimensions||69.1 x 6.1 x 50.5 inches|
|Item Weight||12.8 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||28.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)|
|Item model number||RNG-KIT-STCS100D-NC|
468 customer reviews
4.4 out of 5 stars
|Best Sellers Rank|| |
#2,655 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
July 16, 2018
I chose these 100W foldables w/o charge controller because I find my 200W panel is tiresome to move due to its bulk. Comparing Renogy to Zamp Iâd say the Reonogy is just as good (functionally) and less expensive. I like that Renogy has the handle attached to the panel; Zamp attaches handle to case. I like the folding locks a bit better than Zamp (both work fine). I think the legs Renogy mechanizm is a better design than Zamp but theyâre both work ok. I donât like that Renogy does not provide a cord as Zamp does. In full sun the Renogy panels meet their performance spec.
Registration: The registration card indicates one may register online at the âDownloadâ section at the home page. I could find no âDownloadâ section. Search âregisterâ found nothing at their website. Search âDownloadâ did not take me to a download section with registration. Guess Iâll have to mail their cards.
The question I have is about service. Zampâs service is excellent; an knowledgable person answers the phone immediately. I had my 200W panel thrown in the wind and Zampâs service cost would have been dirt cheap. I decided to get a replacement panel and fix it myself since the damanged panel still worked. Along the way Zamp was completely helpful with repair information. I just NOW called Renogy to see how I would get a replacement panel for a accident. I was on hold maybe 5 minutes and got an agent who kept insisting the damage isnât covered under warranty. I explained I just want to buy a replacement panel and he explained I couldnât get it from them and I would not be able to wire the panels. This was all total nonsense. Then I explained I have Zamp and know I can do this and that I am writing this comparison review. THEN he said I could buy a replacement panel and do it myself – just few moments after saying I could not. I donât know whether this customer service was was in India and the problem was a language barrier or whether he is in the USA. Anyway Iâm am not impressed with service given that call. So I decided to continued checking this and I called sales. There is NO replacenment panel that matches this model so this model is NOT replairable. One has to replace the whole unit. Wind damage is a very real possibility for RVers.
When I get more panels for the roof of my RV I will likely go back to Zamp and pay extra since I âknowâ their service is excellent, but for the initial price Renogy is fine. Wind damage is a very real threat to RVers. Given the unit is not repairable (replacement panels) I would not buy another Renogy product. I give this product 1 stars due to the handling of my customer service inquiry and the fact that one cannot repair this panel w/o replacing the whole unit.
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.
March 27, 2014
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.
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.