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Old 05-12-2014, 06:19 PM   #1
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100 Watt portable solar panels?

Anyone have any comments about these three or any other portable 100W solar panels. I'm shopping and can't make a decision on which one to buy. I am trying to go as inexpensive as possible but not necessarily the cheapest one. I don't really like the fact two of them fold up with the glass facing outward but is that really an issue?
1.Amazon.com: Instapark PowerBox Mars100 Fold-n-Go Portable 100-Watt Solar-powered 12V Battery Charger with Built-in Charge Controller & Cooling Fan: Automotive
2. Amazon.com : RenogyⓇ Foldable Solar Suitcase Battery Charger 100W : Patio, Lawn & Garden
3. Amazon.com: ECO-WORTHY 100W Portable Poly Folding Solar Panel Kit with 15 Amp Solar Controller: Patio, Lawn & Garden

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Old 05-12-2014, 06:24 PM   #2
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You can save over $100 by buying the 100 Watt Renogy ($100) and a separate charge controller (Coleman $30)

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Old 05-12-2014, 06:41 PM   #3
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I was looking for something more compact for storage. But you do have a good point there. I could make a rack and store it under the top of my camper shell when traveling.
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Old 05-12-2014, 09:01 PM   #4
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Be sure to check out solarblvd.com for portable panels. You may need to call them for the latest availability. I would recommend staying away from kits that fasten the solar controller on the panel and then provide X feet of wire to connect to your battery. I purchased a foldable panel from solarblvd that came with an attached solar controller, the controller was worthless, I knew this going in and planned a more robust controller placed right next to my batteries, not on the panel.
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