Best Solar Panel Kits for On- and Off-Grid Projects

Home & Garden  ·  Best Picks   Updated November 2019

Most RV and boat owners come to a conclusion that solar systems are difficult to beat when it comes to power generation. 

Solar panel kits are aimed at those who want to build their own solar system for their home, RV or a boat, but perhaps don't have the time to calculate, find and purchase properly sized elements.

They usually include most of the necessary components and parts you will need, as well as instruction manual to help you with the installation process.

That is especially helpful for those who are new to solar panels and would like a performing solution without having to spend endless hours figuring out all the details.

Mono vs Poly

One of the most important things that will determine the performance of your solar system is the efficiency of the solar cells it is made of. Monocrystalline cells are more efficient, will therefore provide more electricity from the same area than the polycrystalline solar cell. However, the cost of mono cell panels is usually higher. That means that if your the area you have available for your solar system is limited (such as on RV rooftop), you should also consider poly cell kits as the can offer better value for money.

What does it include?

The most important thing to consider when comparing solar kit offers is what components come with it. Most will include a solar charge controller, some will have an inverter, fewer still will provide a battery bank. Of course, the more components the system has, the more expensive it will be. However, take into account that buying all the components separately could prove even pricier.

Go Power! 960 Watts Solar Kit

This solar charging kit includes six solar panels, 160 Watt each, for a total of 960 Watts. This is a significant amount of power. With an adequate battery bank you will have a system that should be able to run many power-hungry appliances such as refrigerators, washing machines or even small air-conditioning units. The kit weighs a total of 190 pounds, which is light enough to be supported by your home's roof, or even an RV. Besides the panels, all the necessary components, such as a charge controller (FLEXmax 80 MPPT), cables and connectors are all provided. With an easy-to-follow instruction manual this helps you avoid a lot of figuring out on your own.

   
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Renogy 200 Watt 12V Solar Kit

This Renogy kit contains two 100 Watt panels made of high-efficiency monocrystalline cells (18.35% efficiency vs 15.47% of "regular" mono cells). Low iron-tempered glass is robust and impact-resistant, it's also anti-reflective which makes it more appealing visually. Black aluminum frame provide the expected stiffness as well as modern look. The kit comes with a 20 or 40 Amp MPPT solar charge controller to get the most of your panels. Z-brackets, adaptor kit, fuse and tray cables,MT-5 tracer meter and fuses, complete the package.

   
    Renogy 200 Watt 12V Solar Kit
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