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Old 05-12-2022, 03:25 PM   #1
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Looking for easy Renogy suitcase connection

I bought a Renogy 100W suitcase, which comes with a cable with alligator clips to connect to the battery. Anyone come up with a quicker, easier way to make the connection, preferably without having to open the battery box?
I must admit I have no electrical experience, and am somewhat afraid of electrical work, so I would prefer to buy equipment that is plug-and-play rather than having to do any wiring myself.
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Old 05-12-2022, 03:49 PM   #2
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I'm not 100% sure what renogy model you have, but from what I see in the web, maybe you need a "MC4-to-SAE" and an "SAE-to-Ring"

https://www.amazon.com/Vemote-Connec.../dp/B08ZHX51D4

https://www.amazon.com/SUNER-POWER-W.../dp/B09CDBK3NM

You could then leave everything connected and disconnect at the "SAE" connector.
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Old 05-12-2022, 04:51 PM   #3
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It’s an Eclipse 100W suitcase, and it does have MC4 connectors, so looks like those cables would work.
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Old 05-12-2022, 05:01 PM   #4
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That's a good plan. I made similar connectors for my suitcase but would have just bought some if I'd known they were available. I fish the cable through a vent in the bottom of the cave, don't have to leave the door open when connected.
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Old 05-12-2022, 06:56 PM   #5
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You could connect your suitcase to the charging + and - pins on a 7-pin hitch receptacle, and then use it with your Scamp's 7-pin plug.

I did something similar with a Renogy Wanderer panel controller - Mounted it inside a cheap Harbor Freight "waterproof" carrying case:

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Old 05-12-2022, 07:01 PM   #6
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Being water proof, what about heat build up? How do you cope with that?
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Old 05-13-2022, 07:11 PM   #7
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^There is no significant voltage drop across this particular solar panel charge controller, and maximum rated charge current is 10 amps - so there is no significant heat generated.
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Try the Andreson Power Pole, do an online search or go to Ham Radio Outlet.
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