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Renogy Solar Panels - Complete Review + Pros and Cons

By Benjamin Strusnik March 16, 2022

Over the last ten years, having been labeled the energy source of the future, the solar panel industry has taken the energy production market by storm.

Due to this increase in popularity and demand, there is an overwhelming number of solar panel manufacturers on the market today. As a result, for those looking to purchase and install a solar power system for the first time, it can be difficult to find and decide on a system that best suits your needs.

In this article, we review all the Renogy solar panels that we here at Shop Solar Kits have on offer and, in doing so, hopefully help you find the Renogy solar panels that tick all your boxes. 

Why Choose Renogy Solar Panels?

renogy solar panels review

Renogy is a Louisiana-based solar panel manufacturer that started in 2010 and has since grown at a rapid rate. It’s since bloomed into one of the most popular solar panel manufacturers on the DIY solar power market.

Renogy manufactures a number of solar panel kits that are perfect for DIY use and specifically designed for use in and on smaller homes, motorhomes, and cabins. 

Renogy solar panels are specifically designed for DIY use so there’s no need to hire a professional service to install them for you. 

Renogy solar panels are sold according to their respective wattages and are sold as both monocrystalline and polycrystalline options. In addition to this, some of them also come in the form of a portable and foldable container that they call the “solar suitcase” which is both rigid and lightweight.

So it is clear that, on top of being easy to install, Renogy solar panels are also easy to transport

Advantages and Considerations of Renogy Solar Panels

Advantages

As mentioned above, these solar panels come as kits that are offered directly to the consumer for DIY use. They are both easy to transport and easy to install having pre-drilled holes on the backs of the panels allowing for easy home installation.

Furthermore, Renogy solar panels are highly efficient. 

Not only is their solar cell efficiency high, but they come with a 4-stage battery charging process that allows the battery to charge in a way that is both efficient and safe.

On top of being efficient, these solar panels are reliable, another key feature they possess that can be attributed to their high durability. The durability and reliability stem from the fact that they are designed to last a long time.

renogy 100 watt 12 volt monocrystalline solar panel

They come equipped with Tedlar Polyester Tedlar (TPT) back sheets for prolonged endurance and lifetime as well as aluminum frames that are both waterproof, corrosion-resistant, and strong enough to withstand high winds of up to 2400 Pa of pressure as well as snow loads of up to 5400 Pa.

On top of this, all Renogy solar panels come with a 25-year warranty period, this long warranty serving as a clear indication of the expected minimum lifespan of these solar panels.

Considerations

When purchasing a Renogy solar panel kit, you need to bear in mind that they are designed for the roofs of smaller homes or vehicles. This means that they are too small to power an average-sized home to the extent that your home is powered independently from the grid.

For this reason, having a smaller surface area with which to capture the sun’s energy, these solar panels have a lower solar energy output than bigger solar panels designed for use in bigger homes. As a result, it could take them several days to fully charge the connected battery.

Renogy solar panels are designed to withstand average weather conditions, but by no means extreme weather conditions. Neither the module itself nor their charge controllers are capable of withstanding extreme heat or cold ranging between -40°C and 60°C.

Fortunately, because the panels are so portable, it’s simple enough to bring them inside and keep them safe if there’s a storm or heatwave on the way.

Furthermore, the charge controllers themselves are not waterproof. Therefore, you will need to install the solar panels in a space that is both dry and well-ventilated.

Our Review of Renogy Solar Panels 

Shop Solar Kits has built a reputation as being one of the U.S.’s top online solar power retailers. As such, you can imagine the magnitude of our inventory. We stock just about everything relating to DIY solar power production you can think of.

Due to the popularity of these Renogy solar panels, Shop Solar Kits has a large inventory of their products that we sell at very reasonable prices. So let’s take a look at some of the Renogy products that we have on offer.

100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kits

This is one of the  Renogy 100 watt solar panel kits which we distribute.

renogy 100 watt monocrystalline solar panels 

The Renogy 100 Watt 12V Mono Solar Kit is the perfect solar panel kit for someone buying a solar panel for the first time. 

This panel carries all the benefits of Renogy solar panels mentioned above, allowing you to live independent of the grid in a small home, cabin, or even motorhome. 

This quiet, portable and effective solar panel is a must-have for beginners just entering the solar power market. 

These solar panels are sold in both the form of a Renogy 100 watt polycrystalline solar panel as well as 100-watt monocrystalline solar panels.

Renogy 300 Watt Solar Panel

If you want to power your home or business by producing solar power and functioning independently from the grid, then this is the solar panel that we recommend.

The Renogy 300 watt solar panel is Renogy’s panel specifically designed for these residential and commercial purposes. 

These large panels are also designed to be mounted on rooftops and are even capable of being arranged and combined into a large multi-panel solar system.

renogy 100w monocrystalline solar panel

Furthermore, the Renogy 300 watt solar panel’s solar cells themselves are not only extremely efficient but lightweight too. As a result, the panel is shorter and thinner than other panels, but functions just as, if not more effectively, than the other 300-watt solar panels on the market.

Renogy Flexible Solar Panel

We generally distribute two types of Renogy flexible solar panels: the Renogy 100 watt flexible solar panel as well as the Renogy 160 watt flexible solar panel.

100 Watt Flexible Solar Panel

This flexibility of this solar panel lies in the fact that it’s not enclosed in tempered glass. As a result, it’s capable of bending up to an astonishing 248 degrees so it can be shaped and fitted on any surface including even curved surfaces.  

Weighing in at about 4 pounds, this solar panel is much lighter than your average solar panel and weighs only a quarter of the traditional Renogy 100 watt solar panel.

It’s clear that this flexible solar panel is perfect for use on a boat or the roof of a van, trailer, or any other vehicle for that matter. Here, the shape or gradient of the surface you wish to mount your panel on knows no boundaries.  

160 Watt Flexible Solar Panel

The Renogy 160 watt flexible solar panel is designed for the same purposes as its lighter counterpart: the 100-watt flexible solar panel from Renogy. As such it too is capable of being mounted on any curved or uneven surface.

renogy 100 watt monocrystalline solar panel

Due to the same advanced solar cell technology and lamination techniques used in the 100-watt panel above, this panel is also capable of flexing up to 248 degrees. 

Furthermore, these panels are also designed to be ultra-lightweight, weighing in at only a mere 6.2 pounds. This means that it is almost 70% lighter than a standard Renogy 160 watt solar panel.  

Key Features

Both these flexible solar panels exhibit the following features:

  1.     Extremely flexible – due to the fact that their shape is fairly variable, these solar panels can be on surfaces where sturdier standard solar panels cannot, such as curved roofs. 
  2.     Super lightweight – these panels are extremely easy to transport because they are made of advanced polymer materials enabling them to weigh about 70% less than normal solar panels.
  3.     Ultra-thin lamination – reaching a height of only a tenth of an inch and being about 95% thinner than standard solar panels, these flexible panels are stealthy and hardly noticeable.
  4.     High durability – although they are thin, flexible, and lightweight, these solar panels are also durable, having been tested and designed to be able to withstand extreme winds as well as heavy snow loads.

Conclusion

If you are getting involved in solar power for the first time, or simply just someone who stays in a smaller accommodation and needs less solar power to live independent from the grid, Renogy solar panels will clearly be right up your alley.

Not only are these solar panels affordable, portable, and durable, but they’re easy enough to use that anyone can install as their own personal DIY solar system.

Usually, deciding on a solar panel is a difficult process. However, now that you have learned about Renogy solar panels, this process should seem a lot simpler. 

We here at Shop Solar Kits can deliver your Renogy solar panel directly to you and have a vast inventory from which you can pick the solar panel that best suits your needs.

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