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Old 02-03-2016, 10:19 AM   #1
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Renogy 100 watt suitcase

Received my Renogy 100 watt suitcase system yesterday direct from Renogy. Finally got some sun to test it out. System is currently putting out around 5.5 to 7 amps. in intermittent sun and clouds. Renogy is an excellant company to deal with. They are very negotiable about prices on the phone. Renogy beat the best price I could find on the Internet (including their own web site, Amazon and EBay) by a substantial amount and free fast shipping.

Heads up, there are counterfeit Renogy labeled products being scamed off on EBay and other on line sites.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:27 AM   #2
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One another forum, there has been a lot of discussion about Renogy flexible panels failing. The Cliff Notes version is they're standing behind the product, and refunding or exchanging failed panels for hard panels. I'm impressed with this business. My next solar install may be with Renogy.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:37 AM   #3
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Thankfully the suitcase is not flexible panels. It is made up of two 50 watt mono panels. Renogy has stopped selling the flexable panels you mentioned. Apparently they did have major issues with them. There is a recall notice for full refund on their web site. They do still sell the low wattage fold up panels. Different animal from their flexable units.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:42 AM   #4
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A lot of companies have had problems with the flexible panels. Renogy gets their panels made in China, but the company is a US company, based in California. Have a lot of friends with their panels. They're decent panels. If you call they'll bet pricing. Friend went to their building during their holiday sale and got an additional 30% off.

I was planning to buy one of these after looking at the suitcase that a friend has here where we are boondocking. But I've decided that for better cost I can hinge two 100 watt panels. Plus I don't need the controller on the back of it.

Ok panels, good company.
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Old 02-03-2016, 10:56 AM   #5
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We love our Renogy suitcase and it has worked perfectly for us. I think ours is 60 watts per side but I could be misremembering.
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Old 02-03-2016, 11:03 AM   #6
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Thankfully the suitcase is not flexible panels. It is made up of two 50 watt mono panels. Renogy has stopped selling the flexable panels you mentioned. Apparently they did have major issues with them. There is a recall notice for full refund on their web site. They do still sell the low wattage fold up panels. Different animal from their flexable units.
Where on their site did you see the recall notice? Curious as my 3 panels started underproducing last fall after less than a year.


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Old 02-03-2016, 11:09 AM   #7
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Thanks for the update/product review.
I may consider this system with my new converter and AGM batteries.
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Received my Renogy 100 watt suitcase system yesterday direct from Renogy. Finally got some sun to test it out. System is currently putting out around 5.5 to 7 amps. in intermittent sun and clouds. Renogy is an excellant company to deal with. They are very negotiable about prices on the phone. Renogy beat the best price I could find on the Internet (including their own web site, Amazon and EBay) by a substantial amount and free fast shipping.

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how much for that set up?
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I got the same suitcase. I lasted 10 days at Burning Man without running the generator.
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Wish they made a higher watt portable system but they don't so I went with a Zamp portable system. Thought about purchasing separate panels, hinges, cables, figuring out folding legs, carrying case but just don't have time or tools to fiddle

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Old 02-03-2016, 11:44 AM   #11
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Where on their site did you see the recall notice? Curious as my 3 panels started underproducing last fall after less than a year.


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Give them a call, they have excellant customer service.
http://www.renogy-store.com/Contact-Us-s/1879.htm
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how much for that set up?
What I paid may not be representative of what others pay.
Give them a call,
http://www.renogy-store.com/Contact-Us-s/1879.htm
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I concluded 100 W wasn't going to be enough and ordered a Renogy 200 W starter kit plus a bunch of doo-dads on Monday. Expecting delivery today. Basically, I'll have a 200 W suitcase with quick disconnect and a rack on the underside of my tonneau for the two panels rather than a cloth bag. The glowing reports about Renogy in this thread cured my "buyers remorse" even before it set in. Thanks, all!

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We have a 1980 International with a single battery compartment. How difficult is it to set up something that we can use a suitcase solar pack to charge our single battery? I would rather not have to slide the battery out of the compartment and hook it up to the suitcase every time we need to charge.

Am I even understanding this correctly to figure that we can connect our battery to the solar suitcase?

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