Instapark SP Series Mono-crystalline Photovoltaic PV Solar Panel (Charge Controller Included, 100 Watts)
|Price:||$249.50 & FREE Shipping|
- Enter your model number to make sure this fits.
- Maximum Power Voltage: 17.5V; Open Circuit Voltage: 22V; Maximum Power Current: 5.71A
- Multiple-module system can be put together with built-in MC-4 connectors
- Product Dimensions: 45.5 X 1.5 X 26.5 inches; 21 pounds
- Designed for RVs, cabins, homes, boats, back-up and remote power use, and more
- Monocrystalline solar charging kit provides up to 100 watts of clean, free, renewable power
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?
|Color||Charge Controller Included|
|Manufacturer Part Number||SPCC-100|
|Package Height||4.5 x 25 x 50 inches|
|Shipping Weight||28 pounds|
Tired of all the noise and smell from your diesel generator? The Instapark SP-100W solar panel kit offers you a quiet, clean while carbon-free alternative. Capable of converting virtually unlimited solar energy into clean, green, most importantly, free electricity, this solar panel is made of high efficiency mono-crystalline solar cells embedded in transparent vinyl acetate behind tempered glass with heavy back sheet ensuring maintenance free performance. Unlike amorphous solar panels, which only last about 5-7 years of continuous use, mono-crystalline solar panels can still retain over 80% of efficiency even after 25 years of continuous use. Also, the mono-crystalline panels are much more efficient and thus smaller in size while producing higher wattage. For added convenience, a 10 amp PWM charge controller is included in the kit as well as a 50-foot long extension cable with MC4 connectors for using in conjunction with another solar panel if necessary.
This solar panel is designed and engineered to primarily charge 12-Volt batteries, which store and provide usable power when needed, ideal for powering your RVs, ATV, marine boats and electronic equipments. Other than recreational applications, solar power can also help lower your energy bills by reducing your dependence on the main electrical grid and provide back-up power during power outages.
All Instapark solar panels have a 5-year limited product warranty that covers its Photovoltaic modules to be free from defects in materials and workmanship under normal application, installation, use and service conditions, and a power warranty that guarantees a power output greater than 80% of the minimum peak power as specified within 25 years from the date of delivery. If the PV modules fail to conform to these warranties, then Instapark will, at its sole discretion, either repair or replace the product.
Top customer reviews
Product arrived as described. Controller appears to be very cheaply made, wires seem like they are undersized, and the controller unit was broken on delivery (transistor bouncing around in the box). I soldered the transistor back onto the board (night before departure, no time for a return) and it appeared to work. In full sun and aligned, the panel produced about 17.6 volts and 1.6 amps.
Started off with a new Group 27 Marine/RV deep cycle battery, fully charged. We had two days of sun and two of clouds (the last two). I set the panel on a chair next to our camper at about 45 degrees each day and did my best to keep it aligned with the sun, though most of the charging time it was not perfectly aligned. The last two days, in particular, it was very cloudy and not well aligned. I unhooked the battery from the camper completely each day so the controller was connected only to the battery - completely unhooking and storing the panel/controller at night.
Result: 5 full nights of two fans running 8-10 hours (02 12 volt, 700mA fans), 2 iphones charging each night. By my imperfect math, the battery might have delivered 3 days of fans without any charging before being dead. So - I take this to mean that the panel did the job.
PROS - panel works as described, charging controller appears to have done what it was intended to. For basic uses such as the one above, the panel could keep you running for a long time (assuming it was really working at capacity). Relatively small and easy to store. I can't speak to longevity of either daily charging performance or the panel over time.
CONS - charger is about as cheap as they come - mine was broken. Panel has very sharp edges and limited mounting options. Cable turns out to be pretty short. Charger offers no information about power being generated or battery status.
The panel itself seems well made. The solar array is mounted in an aluminum frame with a good silicone seal. The frame has a pair of holes at each end, but as someone else noted, these holes are in a lip of the aluminum frame so they're somewhat tedious to work with. Drilling holes in the side of the frame is an option, but there are two channels in the extruded aluminum of the side that make using such holes difficult. So, mounting a handle on it for carrying took some careful planning. The panel delivers the most power when facing directly at the sun, but being 5 or 10 degrees off makes almost no difference. It charges somewhat on bright cloudy days, but perhaps only 20% of what you get from full sun.
Note: as delivered, this panel is not for novices:
- the wires from the panel were reversed from how they should have been; the red wire with the positive label was actually the negative wire, and vice-versa for the black wire with the negative label
- you should have a basic understanding of electrical circuits, and you should have a voltmeter and you should use it to check polarity before connecting things
- the regulator box is very very cheaply made, with dainty alligator clips for the battery and tiny little philips screws for making connections
- the English instructions for the regulator is of clarity not much :-)
- the diagram for the regulator showed the solar panel connections reversed from what they should have been
- that second mistake means, ironically, that if I had blindly followed the diagram, the reversal on the diagram would have countered the reversed wires from the panel and I would have been OK
Despite those issues, I'm very happy with the panel for my rustic usage. I've made a simple, portable stand for it, and a 40' cable. It keeps a deep-cycle battery in the cabin charged up. That battery is used by 12 people to charge cell/smart phones, a Kindle, and an iPad.
Consider getting the panel without the regulator Instapark® 30W Mono-crystalline Solar Panel and getting a high-quality regulator SunGuard SG-4 4.5 amp 12 volt Solar Charge Controller Regulator by Morningstar.
This isn't too much larger than the 5 watt harbor freight amorphous panel, but this instapark panel packs 6 times more power and at a good price. Using this with a Sunforce 7amp charge controller charges my 12v, sla, 20ah battery fast. Panel feels solid and it's weight reflects that. I would have liked to see better mounting options on the back of the panel, the aluminum frame has only two sides that are wide with a couple of predrilled holes. This of course requires user intervention to figure out how to attach mounting brackets. I recommend going with some aluminum 1" square bars from home depot to use as your crossmembers to mount to the back panel as a start. Stainless steel screws are a must for this type of project.