Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit
Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit is a compact and lightweight, suitcase-style solar panel/solar charger kit suitable for various off-the-grid situations and applications, including camping, RVs, marine, in emergencies, and similar.
Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit features everything one needs to fully recharge one 12V 35-55Ah battery during the day. Thanks to the included 20A Voyager solar battery charger, this kit supports charging of up to 7 different battery types, including flooded/wet lead-acid batteries, Gel-Cell batteries, AGM batteries, Lithium-ion batteries, LiFePO4 batteries, etc.
Published: March 29, 2022.
Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit Features and Specifications
Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit consists of two 50W Renogy Eclipse monocrystalline solar panels combined with a 20A Voyager PWM solar charge controller and delivered and stored in a suitcase-style box.
Maximum solar panels power (combined) is 100W, with an open-circuit voltage (Voc) of 21.6V, short circuit current (Isc) of 6.10 Amps, a maximum power voltage (Vmp) of 17.6V, and maximum power current (Imp) of 5.68 Amps.
The temperature range of the solar kit is −40°F to +185°F (-40°C to +85°C).
Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit is stored and delivered in the form of a suitcase with physical dimensions of 21.1 x 21.5 x 3.1 inches (~53.6 x 54.6 x 7.9 cm) and it weighs only 19.4 pounds (~8.8 kg).
Such compact size and lightweight design allow the user to quickly set the solar panels and start charging as soon as possible.
Also, the suitcase-style design requires very little storage space.
The solar panel kit also consists of a 20A Voyager solar battery charger featuring an IP56 rating and multiple safety protections, ensuring safe charging of 7 different battery types, including Lithium-ion, LiFePO4, LTO, Gel-Cell, AGM, Flooded, and Calcium lead-acid batteries.
Note: When connecting the solar panels, solar battery charger, and the battery, always connect the battery terminal wires to the 20A Voyager charge controller first, and only then connect the solar panels to the 20A Voyager charge controller - never connect a solar panel to 20A Voyager charge controller before the battery. For more details, check the Owner's Guide/instructions.
Both 50W solar panels feature adjustable kickstands, allowing the users to set them at the best possible angle toward the sun.
Solar panels are monocrystalline and achieve energy efficiency of up to 24%, which is an excellent result, allowing the panels to produce electric energy even in partial shade.
If the solar kit operated at 50% efficiency due to the weather conditions, angle of the solar panels, energy losses in the charge controller, etc. then the Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit is able to collect during 8h daytime:
E(Wh) = P * T = 50W * 8h = 400Wh
which is ~27-28 Ah @14.5 volts. This can be improved if the solar panels are more accurately oriented toward the sun and if the weather conditions are favorable.
If more energy is required, Renogy manufactures a very similar 200W solar panel suitcase kit, which is larger and heavier, but it features a double solar panel area, allowing the solar kit to collect more sunlight and convert it into electric energy.
Long Story Short: Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit or Renogy 200 Watt Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kit are excellent solar starter kits, providing the users everything they need in order to recharge various 12V batteries during the daylight.
Both models are fairly compact and lightweight, with the 100W model being approximately half the size and weight of the larger, 200W model.
For more reviews and recommendations about these solar panel kits, feel free to check the Renogy Eclipse Solar Panels Suitcase Kits Amazon link (link opens in the new window).