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Old 08-31-2017, 07:39 AM   #29
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Word on the street is that the Renogy 200W is simply two of their 100 watt panels hooked in parallel. I've heard these 100w panels cause fires due to hot spots developing, whether that's from cracked or faulty solar cells I don't know. They come on and off the market as Renogy tries to fix the problem, lately with aluminum sheets below the panel so hot spots can't burn through whatever the panel is sitting on. Panel is still toast, but at least it may not cause your RV or boat to catch on fire.

I question this post. Do you have a verifiable legitimate source for your statement? Sounds like something the competition would say. I have been an actual Renogy customer for several years and have never heard this before. They did have some issues with their old soft panels and discontinued their production.
# Of course it is comprised of 2 100 watt panels. That is obvious by simply reading the ad copy and looking at the suitcase photos. My 100 watt suitcase is 2 50 watt panels combined.
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Old 08-31-2017, 08:43 AM   #30
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Well to be fair, Michael, I did find it odd that the only 200w panels sold on the Renogy website was open box (meaning it's a returned product), and nothing new. Their inventory there seems spotty, which also had me hesitating to go with Renogy. Her post, despite the lack of verifyable legitimate source, does explain it a bit.

I also wondered why the Renogy 200W portable weighed only 33 lbs, but the Zamp 200W weighed in at 47lbs.
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Old 08-31-2017, 06:58 PM   #31
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I just received my 200 watt suitcase and it weighs more than 33lbs
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:10 PM   #32
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I did a "quick" Google search and didn't find any references to Renogy issues as stated. It doesn't mean they don't have problems but generally a problem like that would come up pretty quickly.
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Old 08-31-2017, 07:55 PM   #33
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Used our 100W Renogy Solar Suitcase last week for the first time and was very happy with it.

Why do people think this is a cheap Chinese product? Their website says that the solar panels are German made.
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Old 09-01-2017, 06:48 AM   #34
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Used our 100W Renogy Solar Suitcase last week for the first time and was very happy with it.

Why do people think this is a cheap Chinese product? Their website says that the solar panels are German made.
I agree w/65CV the panels I got from Renogy were very top quality, nothing cheap or flimsy about them, sounds like a competitor's BS shpeel...
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Old 09-03-2017, 11:57 AM   #35
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I just received my 200 watt suitcase and it weighs more than 33lbs
Really? Both Amazon and Renogy website list the weight as 33 lbs (vs their 100w suitcase that weighs 19 lbs).

FYI - I went ahead with the GoPower panels for now, slightly less $$ than Zamp and comes with many different connections. Will report back when I've used them
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Old 12-14-2017, 11:26 AM   #36
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Randy @wwwbestconverter.com is selling the Zamp 200 watt portable for over $100.00 less than Amazon. Check with our supporters before buying from Amazon........................ Yes I'm christmas shopping.
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Old 12-14-2017, 12:23 PM   #37
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I have had my 80W GoPower suitcase for 5 years now, and no issues. I connected the cables with the quick disconnect pigtail to the battery and tuck it in behind the propane tanks above the battery case. Works fine and keeps my batteries charged when in use. I use a plastic wrapped steal cable locked to my hitch when I am not around. A bit pricy but has served us well.
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I bought a Renogy 200 Watt suitcase open box from their Ebay site this summer. Have used it several times and I am very happy with the performance. In fact, I am having a hard time deciding to spend more $ on rooftop panels.

There are some plastic pieces which hold the legs on, and I have have had two break, but Renogy quickly sent me some new ones. I do think that is a weak spot on them. The weight is listed as 33 lbs, but they weigh more than that.






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Why do people think this is a cheap Chinese product? Their website says that the solar panels are German made.
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ZAMP solar suitcase is topnotch........ I'm loyal to ZAMP products. You get what you pay for.....
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