Renogy Solar’s solar power starter kit comes with almost everything you need to go solar. It includes a 100 watt mono-crystalline solar panel, the best, most efficient solar panel you can buy; a 30 amp Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) charge controller, capable of servicing up to four 100 watt panels; and two 20 ft MC4 cables to connect the solar panel to the charge controller. To complete the installation, you’ll need four aluminum Z-brackets to mount the solar panel to the roof of your RV or cabin, a length of 8/2 wire to connect the charge controller to your 12 volt batteries, and a tube of Dicor lap sealant to waterproof the mounting screws and bracket bottoms attached to the roof. Each positive wire run to and from the charge controller should also be protected with either a 30 amp circuit breaker or 30 amp fuse.
If you don’t know much about solar power, you may be wondering what 100 watts will do for you. Well, 100 watts won’t be able to run an air conditioner or a microwave. But with lots of sunshine, 100 watts will keep a single 12 volt battery fully charged, so you can run all of your 12 volt devices and a small inverter. If you have, say, two 12 volt batteries in your RV, 100 watts will provide a sufficient trickle charge to keep both from draining, if you watch your usage. Truth be told, if you have two 12 volt batteries (or two 6 volt batteries) you should buy Renogy Solar’s 200 watt Solar Power Bundle Kit. In other words, every 12 volt battery in your system should be matched with a 100 watt solar panel for optimum performance. But if you’re on a budget, the 100 watt kit will get you started, then you can add more panels later as your finances will allow.
Renogy Solar’s 100 watt solar power kit is a high-quality kit, and at $169.99, is simply the best price I’ve seen for a starter kit. If you’re still a little leery about pulling the trigger, check out the customer reviews on Amazon.com. The reviews are overwhelmingly positive and feature a large number of informative questions and answers on the product. It’s obvious that this kit is a big seller. Oh, and I almost forgot to mention that Renogy Solar is an American company based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. All of their products are made here in the USA. So if you’re thinking about going solar so you can do some serious boondocking, don’t just think about it, do it. This is a great price for a great product and will get you into the solar power game without emptying your bank account.