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What Is A DIY Solar Kit?

DIY solar kits are for those looking to setup a simple off-grid solar kit for their RV, small off-grid cabin, boat or other small scale application. DIY kits are capable of running appliances and loads between 1,000W-3,000W for short periods of time. Easily upgrade to a lithium battery bank to increase your run times and the longevity of your DIY solar kit. DIY-PRO includes a 3,000W inverter/charger, which means you can use grid/shore or generator power to charge your battery bank directly.

There's 3 x models of DIY: PLUS (Entry Level) | MAX (Mid Range) | PRO (Largest)

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DIY Solar Panel Kits - Comparison Chart

Compare DIY Solar Panel Packages
Feature/Spec DIY-PLUS DIY-PRO DIY-MAX
Run Times
Freezer 12-24 hours 20-40 hours 12-24 hours
Fridge 12-24 hours 20-40 hours 12-24 hours
Fan 15-30 hours 40-60 hours 15-30 hours
TV 15-30 hours 40-60 hours 15-30 hours
Specs
Max Continuous Output 2000W 3000W 2000W
Max Solar Input 400W 1200W 600W
Total Wattage of Panels 400W 1200W 600W
Total Watt Hours of Batteries 1,200-2400wH 2,400-4,800wH 1,200-2400wH
Battery Bank Recharge Time 4-6 hours 3-5 hours 3-5 hours
Panels
Wattage Per Panel 200W 200W 200W
# of Panels 2 6 3
Dimensions (Approx) 58.7 x 26.8 x 1.4 in 58.7 x 26.8 x 1.4 in 58.7 x 26.8 x 1.4 in
Warranty 25 years 25 years 25 years
Battery
Voltage 12V 12V 12V
# of Batteries 2 4 2
Chemistry LFP or AGM LFP or AGM LFP or AGM
Total Battery Weight (Approx) 50-140 lbs 100-275 lbs 50-140 lbs
Applications
RV / VAN / TRAILER
BOAT
SMALL CABIN
OUTBUILDING
WHOLE HOME
Pros
Affordable Powerful Affordable
Powerful Inverter + AC Charger Powerful
Simple Battery Bank Simple
Cons
Minimal Solar Advanced Install Battery Bank Weight
Also Included
Custom Wiring Diagram
Basic Setup Instructions
Free Shipping

Complete DIY Solar Panel Kit - 2,000W Pure Sine Inverter 12VDC + 400 Watts Solar | 2 x 200W Panels | [DIY-PLUS]

Starts at $1,789


DIY-PLUS includes 2 x 200W monocrystalline solar panels along with all of the cables and connectors needed to hook them up to your 40A solar charge controller. DIY-PLUS comes standard with 2 x 100AH AGM batteries and you can upgrade the battery bank to bigger batteries and/or lithium. You'll also enjoy free shipping, free setup diagram and lifetime customer support.
Pros What can this solar kit power?
Affordable Freezer: 12-24 hours
Powerful Fridge: 12-24 hours
Simple Fan: 15-30 hours
TV: 15-30 hours
Cons
Minimal Solar

Complete DIY Solar Panel Kit 1,200 Watts Solar + 3,000W Pure Sine Inverter 120V Output | 24VDC | [DIY-PRO]

Starts at $3,879


DIY-PRO includes 6 x 200W monocrystalline solar panels along with all of the cables and connectors needed to hook them up to your 60A solar charge controller. DIY-PRO comes standard with 4 x 100AH AGM batteries and you can upgrade the battery bank to bigger batteries and/or lithium. You'll also enjoy free shipping, free setup diagram and lifetime customer support. 
Pros What can this solar kit power?
Powerful Freezer: 20-40 hours
Inverter + AC Charger Fridge: 20-40 hours
Battery Bank Fan: 40-60 hours
TV: 40-60 hours
Cons
Advanced Install

Complete DIY Solar Panel Kit - 2,000W Pure Sine Inverter 12VDC + 600 Watts Solar | 3 x 200W Panels | [DIY-MAX]

Starts at $2,289


DIY-MAX includes 3 x 200W monocrystalline solar panels along with all of the cables and connectors needed to hook them up to your 60A solar charge controller. DIY-4 comes standard with 2 x 100AH AGM batteries and you can upgrade the battery bank to bigger batteries and/or lithium. You'll also enjoy free shipping, free setup diagram and lifetime customer support.
Pros What can this solar kit power?
Affordable Freezer: 12-24 hours
Powerful Fridge: 12-24 hours
Simple Fan: 15-30 hours
TV: 15-30 hours
Cons
Battery Bank Weight

DIY Solar Kits: Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why are they called [DIY] Solar Panel Kits?
    They are called DIY (Do it Yourself) Solar Kits because they were specifically designed for quick installation, regardless of experience level. When setting up these types of solar panel kits, there it is usually not necessary to hire a professional electrician or solar specialist, as they are designed to be as straightforward as possible. Making them beginner-friendly, they also contain all of the equipment you need to generate clean and reliable solar electricity.
  2. Lithium vs Lead Acid (AGM): What's Better?
    Lithium batteries are much lighter and tend to last much longer than lead-acid (AGM) batteries. AGM stands for Absorbed Glass Mat which is a for of sealed lead acid. This means they are still maintenance free and do not produce any harmful gases. However, many customer prefer lithium batteries now, which is why you will see them offered as an upgrade in all of our DIY Solar Panel Kits! Where lead-acid batteries are cheaper upfront, they will have a shorter lifespan than lithium. Go with what your budget can afford today and you can always upgrade down the road!
  3. How do I calculate battery bank size?
    To calculate approximate battery bank size, you multiple the battery voltage by the amp hours to get watt hours. If you're going with AGM batteries, these only have 50% useable capacity so you have to divide that by 2. For lithium, you get the full amount. 

    For example, a 200ah 12V AGM battery would be 200 x 12 = 2,400 / 2 = 1,200wh of useable per battery. For lithium, it would be the full 2,400wH. 

    So if you had 2 of these 200ah AGM batteries, you'd add 1,200+1,200 = 2,400wh of useable capacity in 2 x 200ah AGM batteries.

    *these numbers are not exact, just simple formula's to get a rough idea.
  4. How long will the battery bank run my appliance(s)?
    Now that we know how to calculate the total watt hours of our battery bank, we simply divide the total watt hours by the size of your load(s). For example, if you have a 2,400wh battery bank, and you want to know how long it will run a fridge with a 100W load, it's 2,400/100W = 24 hours of straight run before the batteries would need to be recharged. 
  5. How long will it take to recharge batteries from solar?
    To calculate this, it's the opposite of how calculated the run time in the question above. Since we now know what watt hours means, we simply divide the total watt hours by the size of your solar panel array. For example, if you have a 2,400wh battery bank, and you want to know how long it will take to recharge from 0%, it's 2,400/total array size in watts = recharge hours (approx). So if you have a 2,400wh battery and a 600 watts of solar panels, it's 2,400/600 = 4 hours (approx). This depends on quality of sun, overcast etc. This assumes a very solid sunny day. 
  6. What does pure sine wave mean?
    Pure Sine Wave refers to the type of electricity that leaves the power inverter when you plug an electronic device or appliance into your solar power system. Pure Sine Wave electricity flows in a steady, continuous wave that provides smooth and consistent oscillation. On the other hand, Modified Sine Wave electricity is inconsistent and can potentially damage your electronics. 

    This is why our DIY Solar Kits contain Pure Sine Wave Power Inverters. This ensures you will not damage any of your appliances or electronics. Pure sine wave inverters also allow you to connect complex and delicate electronics to your solar power system, which you could not do with a lower quality Modified Sine Wave Inverter. 
  7. Are DIY solar panel kits hard to install?
    We'd like to think not. Our DIY Solar Panel Kits are designed for quick and easy installation. While it may take you an afternoon to properly install the components and position solar panels, you should be able to do this on your own or with the help of a handy friend. This is part of the reason why they are so popular with beginners!
  8. How long will it take for me to get my order?
    If you're in the lower 48 states we do our best to get you your order within 7-10 business days. Recently with the incredible demand for products, our lead times are averaging around 9-12 business days. We will send your tracking information as soon as we have it - and we send it to the e-mail that is on file.
  9. How does shipping work?
    Our DIY solar kits actually ship for FREE across the entire United States. If your order somehow requires shipping, it will be calculated at checkout before you get to payment. You can also reach out to us here and inquire about shipping, or just give us a call 877-242-2792.
  10. What currency is being displayed?
    Our prices are in USD.
  11. How do I track my order?
    We will send your tracking information/number as soon as it's available. Please make sure you have the proper e-mail on file, or at least a phone number that can receive text messages for your your tracking information.

Still struggling to understand which solar kit makes the most sense? Keep reading.

Do These DIY Solar Panel Kits Included Everything I Need?

Tired of researching what parts and pieces you need to buy in order to make a DIY solar kit work? Can't tell if everything you need is actually included in all of the different options?

You’re not alone.

Most solar panel kits on the market today do NOT include everything you need to get up and running with off-grid solar power.

That’s where our DIY solar panel kits come in. They include everything you need to get up and running with off-grid power, including the batteries, cables, power inverter and basic instructions for simple, easy setup.

How Do I Choose The Right DIY Solar Panel Kit?

There are a couple key things to factor in when choosing one of our three DIY solar panel kits. However, if you figure out the following three things, your buying decision should be pretty easy.

First, is your budget range. A DIY solar panel kit is an investment, but you still need to be realistic about how much you are able to afford TODAY. Remember, even if your current budget only allows for a basic system, you can always upgrade components and increase the number of solar panels AND batteries in the future.

You also need to consider your power requirements. Are you just looking to charge phones and other portable electronics during blackouts? Or, are you looking for significant off-grid capabilities during emergency situations and need to be able to run a CPAP machine, refrigerator, or space heater? This is going to determine if you need more or less solar panels and batteries.

You’ll also want to consider how much sunlight you have access to and remember, the more solar panels you have, the faster you will be able to generate solar power and recharge your battery bank! A larger DIY solar kit will provide a bigger battery bank to get you through each night (and cloudy periods) whereas a smaller kit won't last as long during the night and may not have enough solar panels to recharge the depleted batteries during the next day.

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