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Old 04-23-2020, 06:28 AM   #21
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I have the Acopower 105W folding flexible panel (now improved to 120W). It weighs just 7 pounds compared to my 100W Renogy at 25 pounds. Guess which one gets used 90% of the time?

The light weight, along with grommets on the corners and edges, makes it easy to hang it from the roof rack; lay it on the roof, trunk, or hood; prop it on the trailer tongue or tire; or wherever. Super versatile.

It comes with battery clamps, SAE, and MC4 connectors and I have used all three, depending on the need. I can run it in parallel with my Renogy using the MC4 connectors and a "Y" adapter.

I looked at rigid foldable suitcase panels but have been very happy with this alternative.
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Old 04-23-2020, 12:35 PM   #22
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Budget Solar?


For my Trillium I made a portable 150 W panel that resides in the
space where the back rest/top bunk was in the front.
It is a bit unwieldy but nice and heavy so the wind does not affect
it much. In high winds I lay it flat and its own weight keeps it put.
Folding legs are made from discarded crutch pieces with some chains
from the bottom of the panel to the 'crutch' legs.

The black bag holds the cords and chains ... It also will hold rocks
to weigh down the panel.

Solar Boost 2000E charge controller was purchased off Ebay
for $90 and box $25. Wiring is a 25' 12 gauge extension cord.
Whole setup cost about $500>$550 with a Trojan SCS225
130AH deep cycle battery. First battery lasted about 10 years.

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Old 04-23-2020, 02:13 PM   #23
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I carry a 160 watt folding panel from Solar Blvd. Inexpensive at $235.00 with controller & case purchased in 2014. Unfortunately, they are no longer in business.

I only need to add it to the 320 watts on the roof of the Escape during the lowest sun angle and shortest days in December & January. With all my electronics, a 1500 watt inverter that powers a drip coffee maker, toaster & microwave, I would call myself a heavy user - between 40 - 60 amp hours per day. I live full time in the trailer for 6-8 months of the year, spending the winters in the BLM's LTVA campgrounds.
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Old 04-23-2020, 02:57 PM   #24
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I put together two 50 watt panels, added brackets. Controller is in the tongue box.
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Old 04-23-2020, 03:48 PM   #25
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I put together two 50 watt panels...
I did also. 18.5 lbs without legs, case or controller. Feels even heavier so I don't think I would recommend it, especially with the new generation of lightweight panels. On the other hand, this one is not going to blow away in the wind very easily.
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Old 04-23-2020, 04:21 PM   #26
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Right. Mine are from ML Solar in Calif. Very sturdy....weight with the case about 30 pounds. Since also bought a 100 watt single panel on sale at Home Depot I keep under the trailer bed.
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