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 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|
Whether you want to go camping yet still be prepared if your phone runs out of battery, or you know that you are going to be on the road a lot, and you want to be safe and have a power source in any situation where you might need it, this is the system to go for. It is available in 3 sizes, a 40W model, an 80W model, and the 120W model that we are going to talk about in this review. It is a folding solar module that grants versatility in use, providing a convenient charging solution when you are on the go. It features Anderson-style connectors that allow a quick interchange between accessories to suit your specific needs at that moment.
When it is folded, it measures 32.5 inches by 19.9 inches by 2.8 inches, and when it is opened, it measures 32.5 inches by 39.8 inches by 1.4 inches. Its total weight is 33 pounds, so you won’t have any trouble moving it when needed. It is rated at 120 watts power, while the rated current is 6.7A, and the rated voltage is 18V.
This 120-watt panel sets up in a matter of minutes – all you have to do is unfold it, and connect the clamps to the battery. One of its most convenient features is precisely the fact that it can be folded down to a smaller size that makes it easy to transport. It features a built-in PWM solar controller, and it is 100% maintenance-free, which means that you won’t waste any time caring for it.
It is accompanied by a 25-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship, so you can rest assured knowing that you won’t pay for repairs or replacements in this period of time. However, this agreement is nullified if the defects that appear are a result of misuse, abuse, an accident, or neglect, so you have to be careful when using it.
|PMW solar controller prevents battery overcharge|
|Easy transport – it folds into a carrying case|
|Setup process takes a few minutes|
|Maximized solar exposure due to adjustable folding legs|
|Features an XLR-style solar plug adapter|
Durable, dependable, and providing you with enough power to charge your laptop or whatever other device you use when you are on the go, this is the perfect travel companion for any modern person who wants an energy efficient and Eco-friendly manner to keep tech belongings charged and ready to use.
The second entry in our top comes from Go Power! yet again. When it comes to most aspects, especially in the features and accessories department, it is identical to the GP-PSK-120 model that ranked number one. But this does not mean that there are no differences in performance and design between the two models.
Measuring 21.6” by 39.6” by 1.4” when opened, and weighing only 19.8 pounds, it is a versatile system to own as it is highly portable. The output power it boasts is a little under 100W, 80W to be more precise, meaning that it is slower at charging batteries and devices than the 120 model from Go Power! is. Nonetheless, it is an option worth taking into consideration for those who plan on backpacking and taking it with them.
|Quick connectors allow a convenient setup|
|Folding design ensures convenience and ease when transporting the system|
|Generous operating temperature range – from -40°F to 185°F|
|Overcharge and over discharge protection ensure safety in use|
|Designed to resist exposure to rain or other harsh weather conditions|
As it folds to make transport easier and provides with enough power to charge any device you have with you, this system is one of our top recommendations. Furthermore, the fact that it is designed to withstand any type of weather makes it all the more appealing.
Another dependable and highly sought-after product is the 105W from ACOPOWER. The monocrystalline photovoltaic panels that it comes with boast high conversion efficiency. This suitcase system is the ideal companion for when you are away from home and you want to be capable of charging electronics. Highly durable and easy to use, it is perfect for those are new to solar power.
It increases efficiency by up to 25% more than other foldable solar panels. Thus, it is one of the top choices that you could go with. Unfortunately, there is a major downside to this product – the short warranty. The manufacturer only backs it up during the first year after purchase, which is a lot less than what other products offer.
|Laminated textures make it aesthetically appealing and durable|
|Can directly charge car batteries without extra equipment|
|Reliable PWM charging mode technology|
|High conversion efficiency makes it 25% better than competitive products|
|Supportive and professional customer support|
A suitcase kit you will like using as it is easy to setup and a cinch to transport, it had to make it in our top. What makes it even more appealing is the fact that it comes at a reasonable, affordable price, and is widely regarded as being one of the most efficient power systems on the market right now.
This entry from Renogy does not only boast an incredibly compact design that makes it versatile and convenient to work with, but it offers a great output of approximately 500 watts per day when sunlight availability is at its strongest point. Thus, it is undoubtedly a reliable option for charging depleted batteries.
One of its major highlights is the built-in 4-stage charging controller that reduces any type of risks that might appear as it protects against overcharging. Even though it is ideal for it to sit in sunlight to receive its power, it performs excellently when there are poor lighting conditions as well. Additionally, the stand that it comes with is made of corrosion resistant aluminum, so there is no point to worrying about durability.
|Electric shock hazards are prevented due to the low-voltage system|
|Yields sufficient energy in the long run – highly reliable operation|
|Solar charge controller reduces risk of hazard through overcharge protection|
|Expandable design – more panels can be added to the system|
|Compatible with flooded, sealed, or gel batteries|
With the capability to output as much as 500 watts per day, it comes as no wonder that the Renogy ranked so high. It even performs well under poor lighting conditions, and it is reasonably priced when compared to most entries in this niche, so there are basically no real downsides to making this purchase.
This ready-to-use system is the ultimate choice to go with if you are looking for a portable charging solution. For business persons and those who travel often, it is a must-have as it allows a convenient, quick, and easy charging method for their car batteries, laptops, and all types of electronics.
The materials that it is made with and the overall design make it resistant to humidity and corrosion. Additionally, the manufacturing company backs it with a 25-year warranty that ensures you won’t be making an investment that will fail you too soon. This warranty combined with the product’s reasonable price makes it a worthwhile purchase for sure.
|Waterproof IP22 design – high durability|
|Self consumption rate of only 2mA/4mA|
|3-stage charging algorithm enhances its efficiency|
|Lightning and reverse battery pole connection protection|
|Battery clips allow an easy connection to the battery|
Backed by a 25-year warranty and able to effortlessly charge any device you own, the Eco-Worthy is one of the best options you could go for. Additionally, it comes at a cheap price, and it is waterproof rated IP22, so there is no need to think about safety aspects when the rain starts to fall.
What makes this solar panel quite unique is the fact that it boasts a bendable design, being curvable to 30 degrees, in addition to its light weight and compact size this trait making it the perfect portable energy solution. Furthermore, the fact that it can arch makes it a perfect choice for placement on irregular surfaces that are more pretentious.
As it is water resistant, you need not worry about bad weather affecting it in any way. It boasts a 50 PSF resistance to air and a 113 PSF resistance to snow. The optimal power of the panel is 100 watts, and it is applicable for cars, trucks, boats, RVs, trailers, and other means of transportation. It weighs only 4.7 pounds, and it measures 41 inches by 21 inches by 0.09 inches. In addition, the manufacturing company backs it with an 18-month warranty against defects.
|Designed to be weather resistant – snow and wind don’t affect it|
|Can arch to 30 degrees, thus allowing you to place it on irregular surfaces|
|Packs a hefty 100 watts of power|
|Cheap price4 makes it one of the more affordable entries at the moment|
|Best-selling product on the market|
Even though it is compact and lightweight, this panel is a real force to be reckoned with as it packs an impressive 100 watts of power. There are a plethora of reasons to why it is the best-selling product in its market, traits and specs which make us recommend it to anyone interested in having an Eco-friendly power source at their disposal at all times.
With tech advancements in a continual upward spiral as people modernize and feel the need to simplify their lives, the popularity of mobile systems 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 system 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 system 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 these kits 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, it 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 system 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 the 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 it 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 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 systems to go with.
If the 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.