Modern people are aiming for clean and renewable energy as it is not only convenient and cost-effective but because it is Eco-friendly as well. Considering the state of our planet, it is important to try our best and participate in preserving it until it is too late. Portable solar power kits have pretty much taken the market by storm as they present the ultimate source of energy.
They are portable, just like the name says, they come in handy for on-the-spot charging when there is an emergency, and they are no hassle to work with. Find out what are our top 5 picks, what makes them so great in the first place, and other interesting facts and notions about solar power from our detailed article.
|1. Go Power! GP-PSK-120||2. Go Power! GP-PSK-80||3. ACOPower 105W Foldable||4. Renogy KIT-STCS100D||5. Eco-Worthy AM-L02FM120H-1|
|Manufacturer||Go Power!||Go Power!||ACOPOWER||Renogy||Eco-Worthy|
|Dimensions||32.5″ x 19.9″ x 2.8″, 32.5″ x 39.8″ x 1.4″||21.6″ x 19.8″ x 2.8″, 21.6″ x 39.6″ x 1.4″||50.4″ x 22.1″ x 0.2″, 22.1″ x 17.3″ x 0.8″||19.9″ x 27.2″ x 2.4″||31″ x 20″ x 2.8″|
|Weight||33 Lbs||19.8 Lbs||7.9 Lbs||27.7 Lbs||26.5 Lbs|
|Material||Silver Anodized Aluminum||Silver Anodized Aluminum||Laminated PET Polymer||N/A||Heavy-Duty Aluminum|
|Open Circuit Voltage||21.6V||18V||21.6V||21.6V||21.6V|
|Short Circuit Current||7.19A||4.79A||6.1A||6.2A||6.7A|
|Maximum Wattage Acceptance||160W||160W||N/A||N/A||270W|
|Continuous Current Input||10A||10A||10A||30A||15A|
|Charging Temperature||32°F – 113°F||32°F – 104°F||N/A||-13°F – 131°F||-40°F – 176°F|
|Operating Temperature||68°F – 140°F||-40°F – 185°F||N/A||-40°F – 185°F||-4°F – 140°F|
|Over Discharge Protection|
|Built-In Charge Controller|
|Weather Resistant Design|
|Other Features||Multiple Charging Connectivity Options||Multiple Charging Connectivity Options||Multiple Charging Connectivity Options||Temperature Sensor||Anti-Reflection Coated Glass|
|Adjustable Folding Legs||Adjustable Folding Legs||LCD Readout||Lightning Protection|
|Battery Clamps||Battery Clamps||Alligator Clips||Adjustable Timer|
|Folds into Carrying Case||Pure Sine Wave Inverter||Pure Sine Wave Inverter||Adjustable Aluminum Stand||Adjustable Light Sensor|
|XLR-Style Solar Plug Adapter||XLR-Style Solar Plug Adapter|
|Anderson-Style Connectors with Dust Protector Caps||Anderson-Style Connectors with Dust Protector Caps|
|Product Warranty||25 Years||25 Years||1 Year||25 Years||25 Years|
With tech advancements in a continual upward spiral as people modernize and feel the need to simplify their lives, the popularity of portable solar power kits was easy to foresee. Unlike regular solar power systems that do not come with the added benefit of being by your side when you are on the go and in need to charge your laptop or car battery, portable systems offer this superior convenience in use.
These systems differ from each other though, and the spec you must pay attention to when making the purchase is wattage. A low-wattage kit like the Renogy Pheonix is designed for use in situations where you need to maintain battery power for electronics like your smartphone or laptop. On the other hand, a high-wattage kit like the Go Power! GP-PSK-120, for instance, is intended for emergency situations. Thus, not only will they charge the battery of your phone or laptop, but you can use them for recharging the car battery as well.
Basically, with the portable power kit you are not limited when it comes to using it, and you can use it for its recharging capabilities regardless of your location. When you are stranded in the middle of nowhere and the car battery runs out of juice, the kit delivers the easy and fast fix to your situation so that you do not have to call professional help to get out of the messy situation.
When talking about the specs of the solar panel, we refer to the type of cells which compose it, frame material, output power, open circuit voltage, rated current, and short-circuit current. All of these specifications portray the quality of the solar panel, the most important piece of the kit as it is the one through which the process of solar charging is possible, to begin with. Our top-rated product, the Go Power! GP-PSK-120 boasts the best specs when it comes to the featured solar panel. Thus, it is obvious that it received the highest rating as it boasts an output current of 120 watts and an open circuit voltage of 21.6V.
From the point of view of the built-in charge controller that the power kits come with, the Eco-Worthy AM-L02FM120H-1 scores highest. Its charge controller features the ADV charging technology, it has a maximum wattage acceptance of 270 watts, and a continuous current input of 15A. When it comes to charge controller quality, our number one pick followed closely behind. The controller features pulse width modulation charging technology, a maximum wattage acceptance of 160 watts, and a continuous current input rating of 10A.
The charging and operating temperature ranges show under what conditions the power kit can be used. Obviously, it is best for the extremities of the range to be as far apart as possible for the system to be versatile and functional under numerous circumstances. When it came to this rating element, the solar panel that stole the show was the Eco-Worthy AM-L02FM120H-1 which boasts a charging temperature ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 176 degrees Fahrenheit, and an operating temperature which ranges from -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 140 degrees Fahrenheit.
These two features are of an ultimate importance in any portable solar power kit as they keep the systems as well as the batteries or devices that the systems are charging safely. Needless to say, all of the products which make an appearance in our top feature overcharge as well as over discharge protection, so they are highly dependable kits to go with.
If the solar power system allows you to simultaneously charge multiple devices with it, you will reap the benefit of getting more tasks done at once. Our top choice does not fail to deliver an outstanding performance when it comes to its capability of charging multiple devices at the same time as it does this without suffering performance loss.