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Old 02-22-2019, 05:50 PM   #1
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Any recommendations on portable solar panel units?

Now that my Basecamp is in covered storage the factory installed solar panels on the roof can't keep the batteries charged. I need to locate a good option for a portable solar panel setup to connect to the exterior solar panel connection.
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Old 02-22-2019, 07:04 PM   #2
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Get a portable Eclipse solar panel from Renogy. Then the engineering fun begins!!!
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Old 02-22-2019, 09:01 PM   #3
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I bought 3 flexable panels, wiring and a solar charger and built my own. Renogy has great parts including a good flexable panel and a great water proof solar charger that are on sale right now.

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Old 02-22-2019, 09:41 PM   #4
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I bought 3 flexable panels, wiring and a solar charger and built my own. Renogy has great parts including a good flexable panel and a great water proof solar charger that are on sale right now.

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I bought a 160watt zamp suitcase a number if years ago. Very happy with it. In the meantime I schooled up on solar systems, so when my son wanted one, I built a suitcase with two renogy 100 watt panels for about half the money.
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Old 02-22-2019, 10:22 PM   #5
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Food for thought: Renogy's "Compact Design" 100 W rigid panels (which at $113 look like the current best buy) are performance warranted (90% of rated output) for 10 years. Renogy's 100 W flexible panels are performance warranted for 0 (yes, zero) years.

I've had flexible panels. I've seen them fail after a year or so. I use rigid panels on the ground now. Bonus: they cost half as much per watt as the flexibles.
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I use a 100 watt Renogy suitcase panel. No complaints and it has kept me going for over a week (then I moved, I didn't run out of juice).
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I have a Renogy 200 watt suitcase set up. Works well and easy to transport.
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I use a 100 watt Renogy suitcase panel. No complaints and it has kept me going for over a week (then I moved, I didn't run out of juice).
This is what I have and with 30' of cable.
The legs are not the best design but get the job done.
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I like the Zamp 90W foldable which packs in front trailer compartment on my 25 foot Flying Cloud. They have SAE connector / solar port to mount outside battery box so you plug into the port rather than open battery lid to hook up alligator clips on battery terminal - simple and elegant. Also I have Zamp solar panels on top and 500W controller. Zamp is a good design and their engineers take phone calls with your questions.Happy with Zamp 7 years running!
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Have Go Power 120 portable panels (suitcase) . Plugs into 7 pin to charge. See ad in Airstream Life store.
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Now that my Basecamp is in covered storage the factory installed solar panels on the roof can't keep the batteries charged. I need to locate a good option for a portable solar panel setup to connect to the exterior solar panel connection.
Just make sure the connections are compatible. I have two Goal Zero 100 Boulder suitcases. I like them, but their proprietary connections are a problem.
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We bought a Zamp 160 watt portable suitcase. We had a quick disconnect installed on our coach and then purchased an extension cord so that we had more options when moving it around to catch the 'sun'
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Old 02-24-2019, 07:15 AM   #13
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We bought a Zamp 160 watt portable suitcase. We had a quick disconnect installed on our coach and then purchased an extension cord so that we had more options when moving it around to catch the 'sun'
Is it waterproof? Can you post the model number?
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The Renogy suitcases with controller have waterproof controllers. What I did with my 200 watt Renogy suitcase is put the MPPT controller inside the trailer. I used 6 gauge, highly flexible welding wire with Anderson Power Pole connectors to make a 30 foot extension cable. I also made a 10 foot cable for when the sun will be on the front of the trailer all day long.
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