|Item Weight||25.9 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||3.1 x 21.5 x 21.5 inches|
|Item model number||RNG-KIT-STCS100D-SP|
|Size||Eclipse w/ Controller|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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Renogy 100 Watt Eclipse Monocrystalline Solar Suitcase with Charge Controller
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- Excellent performance in low-light environments, alligator clips for ease of connection
- Adjustable, corrosion-resistant aluminum stand as well as a heavy duty handle and Latches for longevity
- Included temperature sensor and Battery voltage sensor allows you to Monitor with ease
- 30A built-in 4-stage Solar charge controller provides overcharge protection, reducing fire risk
- Negative-ground charge controller for compatibility with your RV, boat, trailer, etc
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Our Most Efficient Panels Have Gone Portable!
If you're looking for a convenient and portable power solution, the Renogy 100W Eclipse Solar Suitcase is a perfect choice! The Renogy 100 Watt 12 Volt Eclipse Solar Suitcase is an entire solar power system incorporated into one small package. Made with the most efficient monocrystalline solar cells Renogy has to offer, this unit weighs a mere 19.40 lbs. This lightweight suitcase includes two 50 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels, one 30 Amp Adventurer Charge Controller with an LCD Screen for power regulation, one 10ft tray cable with alligator clips for easy connection to the battery, one temperature sensor, one battery voltage sensor, and a protective casing for safe portability. If you are looking for a portable solar solution and permanent mounting is not for you, than this the perfect kit for you! Equipped with a carrying handle, sturdy fold out legs that allow for varying degrees of tilt, and industry standard latches this suitcase with be your new best friend for on the go!
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Eclipse Solar Suitcase
• Weight - 23.5 lbs.
• Size open - 42” x 21” x 1.5”
• Size closed - 21” x 21” x 3”
• Latches - good
• Connecting wire - 10’ 14 gauge
• Voltage - 14.2
• Amps produced - 5.2
• Connector - MC4
• Type - Monocrystalline
• Efficiency – 18.35%
• 30A Adventurer PWM Controller
• Battery type = sealed lead-acid, flooded, or gel batteries which must be deep cycle
Original Solar Suitcase
• Weight - 29 lbs.
• Size open - 40" x 27" x 1.5"
• Size closed - 20” x 27” x 3”
• Latches - poor
• Connecting wire- 15’ 14 gauge
• Voltage - 13.9
• Amps produced - 5.4
• Connector - SAE (varies by time purchased)
• Type - Monocrystalline
• Efficiency – 15.47%
• 10A ViewStar PWM Controller
• Battery type = Gel, Sealed (AGM), and Flooded
One thing I really do not like is how they set up the new Eclipse connecting cable. The old model came with a SAE connector at the end, so I set up all my RV batteries with quick connectors (see photo) in order that I could easily plug the suitcase into my various systems. The new cable is 5 feet shorter (mistake) and does NOT have a quick connector, the alligator clips are permanently attached to the cable. So now you either have to cut the wires and attach the connector you need, or build/order a new cable. I have different setups of several batteries that I put SAE quick connectors on for convenience. I really do not want to have to change everything now, why Renogy insists on constantly changing their connecters I do not understand. They have used SAE, Anderson Pole, and now they come with MC4 connectors. In the past you did not always know what type they were going to send you, I know this by reading and answering many Q & A and reviews. I am also confused why they always have these attached to alligator clips, all you have to do is read a few Q & A to see most users want a direct connection. For me it takes about 2 hours just to get to my RV battery so alligator clips are worthless.
I noticed that the metal legs are now connected to the frame with plastic block attachments where the original suitcase used metal. If I have a problem with them, I will update this review appropriately. I see another reviewer did have an issue with them.
Mine arrived in good condition, includes 2-50 watt solar panels, controller, frame, 10’ cable with MC4 connectors, controller manual (suitcase manual is online), and a nice case. I was missing some parts; the temperature sensor, and the battery voltage sensor.
My setup is an 60 ah AGM battery that runs the RV, then a separate 2-81 ah deep cycle battery hookup I created that run individual items. Both setups have an SAE quick connector for easy hookup. My old suitcase can easily produce close to 6 amps with full sunlight and a low battery.
Sorry to write so much, I know most people do not like detailed reviews (I never get much feedback, lol), but I always write what I would want to know about an item before I make a purchase,
For me the Eclipse is the one to buy, but space in a van RV is precious. You might find the original to be just fine, they are both quality products that work to specifications. The better latches on the new one are a plus too. The latches on the original are close to worthless.
If you have any questions just ask and I will try to answer them. I will update this review as needed
Edit 8/14/2017…I just used this for the first time (two week trip) and here are my first impressions, nothing major, all are minor points:
The new Adventurer controller seems to work differently than the original ViewStar. The ViewStar and Adventurer both have a high Amp charge in the beginning, but the ViewStar slowly lowered it as the battery became fully charged. The Adventurer seems to keep the Amps high throughout the charging, and then shuts off once the battery became fully charged. The ViewStar never shuts off, always shows that it is charging.
The new Eclipse is much more of a pain to close up due to its smaller size. It is much harder to store the larger cables in the smaller space provided by the interior of the suitcase. The new cables are not as nice as the ones included in the original suitcase. I had to purchase an extension to make up for the shorter size, and the cables are much thicker (but still same gauge at 14), stiffer, and there are two of them instead of just one (the original has both wires in one cable). I assume the original cable wire was more braided making for a much nicer overall cable. I also really dislike the MC4 connectors, they are more of a home style connector; they are not a quick style connector, in fact you need a tool to open them. They are also too bulky for this system.
The new Eclipse suitcase is ‘pinchy’, I caught my fingers a few times.
As stated in the original review, the latches are much nicer on the new suitcase, they actually work.
System overall performed very well. All these points are minor.
Again, if you have any questions just ask and I will try to answer them. I will update this review as needed.
We did 5 full days boondocking.
The Renogy Solar Suitcase was great, one of the best add-ons we’ve done. I ran it daily, Wednesday thru Saturday, connecting in the mornings and stowing it as soon as the sun was down.
On our final day, I did not use the Solar at all. The difference was significant.
When we ran Solar, we ran our generator about 30 to 60 minutes each morning and between 60 and 120 minutes each evening, tops.
On the day with no solar, we ran the generator at least six hours.
Based on our trial use of this product, I am very happy with it.
I am purchasing extension cables. The 9’ it comes with is just not enough. I think 30’ would be about right.
I had trouble with one of the connectors at first. I did find that after connecting and disconnecting the cables a few times, it got easier and easier so I think the connector was just stiff, initially.
One minor ding. I don't know what renogy is using to clean the panel before shipping, but it left a smeary scum on the surface that resisted everything I tried to clean it off with. I finally defeated it with a dry towel and plenty of elbow grease. Now my new panels would make NASA proud!
With the third setup, the hinge bolting for the support legs had already fallen out. If not for the paved campsite, the bolting may not have been found.
The core purpose of this item is to be left out in the sun. Maybe don't use double sided tape to (attempt to) hold the charge controller on the unit.