Top 10 Portable Solar panels - Review of the Best Solar Power Generators | Top in the Shop

August 30, 2018

Portable solar panel kits, by definition are an ideal solution for those looking to charge their devices outdoors. A solar power kit acts as a generator, providing electronics with a much needed boost in the absence of an electric source/ outlet.

Panels that capture solar energy and convert it into electricity have been on the market for quite a while now. Enough time in fact to separate the good from the bad ones (based on customer feedback and reviews).

To ensure you pick the right set of solar panels, here’s a list of the 10 best rated portable solar panels you should consider getting. Carry them for driving, camping, traveling etc.

 

1. RAVPower 15W Solar Panel   

 

 Price:                                           $ 56.99

 Power:                                          400W

 Voltage:                                        5v

 Weight:                                        1.06                    

 Dimensions:                                  22 x 9.25"

 Warranty:    18 months product warranty for every purchase from X-DRAGON

 

 

Features

- SUN POWER highly efficient solar cells convert up to 21.5-23.5%

- Lightweight

- The iSmart technology automatically adjusts to connected devices 

- Smart IC frequency technology detects all connected devices

- A waterproof sewn rugged polyester canvas

- Amperage: 1A if employing both ports, 2A for single port use 

- The unit comes in two sizes - 9W and the 15w version.  It boasts the best compatibility features with its iSmart technology and Smart IC frequency technology.  

Kicker:

Exclusive iSmart Technology:

All three USB ports are equipped with iSmart technology, which automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for connected devices; up to 2.4A per port or 4.8A overall when used under direct sunlight

 

Pros: Lightweight and highly flexible with its snug design.

The unit recharges some devices in under 40 minutes.

Cons: The Nylon packaging isn't reliable. It is not well compatible with cloud cover very well and shuts down if light conditions drop for a reasonable amount of time.

 

Summary of reviews

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyers


Important Note:

DO NOT lay the solar panel directly on CONCRETE FLOOR, SAND OR other easy-heat-conduction place in direct sunlight. Doing so will overheat the solar panel. This may significantly reduced the conversion rate to prevent outputting efficient wattage.

2. X-DRAGON High-Efficiency 20W Solar Panel

  Price:                                         $ 64.99

  Power:                                        20W  

  Voltage:                                      5V

  Weight:                                       0.61kg/21.9oz                   

  Dimensions:                                300x160x20mm/12x6x0.8inch

  Warranty:                                   18 months product warranty for every                                                             purchase from X-DRAGON

 

Features:

- Exclusive SolarIQ Technology to automatically adjust the current and voltage

- US SunPower solar cell, 22%-25% efficiency 

- 20-watt Sun-power to charge cell phones and iPad

- ET solar panels with rugged, high-wear Oxford fabric offer weather-resistant durability 

- Surge protection, short circuit protection and more advanced safety protections 

- 20W Foldable Solar Charger, carabiner, instruction manual, micro USB cable  

- The panel has built-in smart IC chip, a dual USB power, US sun power solar cell, and competitively priced to outmatch similar products.   

 

Pros: Compact size perfectly designed for portability.

Can automatically adjust the current and voltage to gain maximum power.

Delivers current up to 2amps per port or 3 amps overall under direct sunlight. 

Cons:Not intended to have add-on capabilities.

Warranty of the product does not match with the warranties offered for similar products.  

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyers 

3. RAVPower 24W Foldable Solar Panel with Triple USB Ports Waterproof

 

  Price:                                     $ 75.99

  Power:                                   24W       

  Voltage:                                  5V      

  Weight:                                  14.7 oz                                            

  Dimensions:                            1.81 x 6.5 x 0.2 in     

  Warranty:                               12-month warranty

 

Features:

- Reputed to support conversion efficiency up to 23.5% 

- Controllers would give the charging speed up to 2.4 amps

- Water resistant design

- Pet polymer and Canvas fabric faced panels

Kicker: The panel features the ability to charge your device with its efficient SunPower photoelectric cells. If you're planning a long trek.

 

Pros: Compact design makes the storage very easy.  

Cons: Requires a battery bank to charge compatible devices (such an iphone) 

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

4. Nekteck 21W Solar Charger

 

  Price:                      $ 59.99                  

  Power:                    21W High-efficiency Panel                    

  Voltage:                  5V Standard USB port x 2                     

  Weight:                   1.13 pounds                                        

  Dimensions:            6.3 x 1.06 x 11.1 in                    

  Warranty:                12 months

 

Features:

- 21 watts High-efficiency Sun-power panel 

- With built-in smart IC chip 

- Ultra-lightweight (18 oz)  

- Withstand rugged durability for outdoor use 

Kicker: The portable solar charger is an efficient solution for hikers. It keeps your iPhone, Android and tablets charged. The built-in smart IC chip allows you to determine the charging speed which maximizes battery life. 

 

Pros: Compact design. Great value compared to similar items. 

Cons: This solar panel charger does NOT store power, you need to carry a power bank to store power or connecting to your device directly to charge.

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

 

 

5. Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel

 

  Price:                              $ 141          

  Power:                            100W             

  Voltage:                          12V             

  Weight:                           16.5lbs                               

  Dimensions:                     47.3 X 21.3 X 1.4 In            

  Warranty:                        1 year

 

Features:

- Perfect for 12-volt battery charging  

- Diodes are pre-installed in the junction box

- A pair of 31-inch cables with MC4 connectors 

- Withstand high wind (2400Pa)  

- High modules conversion efficiency 

- 5-year material and workmanship warranty 

- 25-year transferable power output warranty 

Kicker: Renogy’s 100-Watt 12 Volt Mono-crystalline Solar Panel is high in power but sleek in size. It is a perfect item for off-grid applications. You can use it for your RV when camping or during beach trips.    

 

Pros: One reason for the high rating is it's so convenient and easy to use. Easy initial installation and customer service is very helpful. If you already have a solar power system but want to add more panels? Renogy has the perfect solution for you.  

Cons:
The controller is basic and if upgraded to an MPPT it would make it more efficient.   

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

6. ACOPOWER 12v 50W Portable Solar Charger Foldable Waterproof Solar Panel 

 

  Price:                     $ 149.80                      

  Power:                   50W                  

  Voltage:                 12                       

  Weight:                  6.7 pounds                                         

  Dimensions:           14.2 x 2.4 x 11.4 inches                      

  Warranty:               12 months

 

Features:

- 21.5-23.5% efficient 

- Waterproof and industrial-strength PET polymer laminated  

- Charges 12 Volt, lithium and lead-acid batteries 

- USB 5V output 

- Removable charge controller 

- Alligator Clip

- Performs well with its multi-purpose feature.

Kicker: The charge controller is removable for generator or power bank. Suitable for outdoor activities as it's waterproof and industrial-strength PET polymer laminated. 

 

Pros: It's a great solar panel with lots of charging power. 600 v.d.c. output. The panels generate enough power to quickly charge battery packs and solar batteries.

Cons: The length of the chord to the controller is very short. You might need to purchase an extension.  

  

Summary:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

7. Suaoki 60W Portable Sunpower Monocrystalline Folding Solar Panel

 

  Price:                           $ 169.99             

  Power:                         60W                 

  Voltage:                       (5V USB + 18V DC)                

  Weight:                        4.41 pounds                                   

  Dimensions:                  11.4 x 6.3 x 2.6 inches               

  Warranty:                      12 months

 

Features:

- Dual-Port Output

- Versatile and ultra-portable 

- SUAOKI TIR-C Technology

- Conversion efficiency up to 25%

- A waterproof layer of the Output pocket 

- Suaoki is an interesting hybrid with its high power and low weight.

Kicker: For anyone who travels outdoors, solar panel needs to be lightweight and it provides enough power to charge two devices.

 

Pros: Charges extremely fast when applied to small and mid-sized items.

Cons: It's somewhat oversized for a hiker. Due to electrical cable connections, it's not submersible or waterproof.

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyer

8. ALLPOWERS 100W Bendable Solar Panel 

 

  Price:                      $ 169.99                  

  Power:                    100W                     

  Voltage:                   18, 12V                     

  Weight:                   1.8 pounds                                        

  Dimensions:             22.8 x 7 x 0.4 inches                     

  Warranty:                12 Months

 

Features:

- Up to 23.5% efficiency 

- Water resistant 

- Superior Durability 

- Bendable Panel 

- Packs 100W of power 

- 100W bendable 

Kicker: The company has designed a flexible waterproof bendable solar panel for high power production. It has an advanced lamination of ETFE and the plastic back sheet can be curved to a maximum 30-degree arc and mounted on an RV.  

 

Pros: Provides 100W of power with only 6lbs of weight. Capable of charging larger electric units like boats or RVs.

Cons: Connectors quality can be improved on. 

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyer

9. Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Suitcase

 

  Price:                        $ 242.49                

  Power:                      100W                    

  Voltage:                    12-18V                   

  Weight:                     28.1 pounds                                      

  Dimensions:               27.2 x 19.9 x 2.4 inches                   

  Warranty:                  12 months

 

Features:

- Ideal output: 500-watt-hours per day

- Adjustable corrosion resistant aluminum stand

- German made solar cells for better energy over the long run

- 30A built-in 4-stage solar charge controller for overcharge protection

- Quickly recharges and provides high-power operating capability. 


Kicker: The Renology 100w foldable suitcase can an be stored in a car, home, or a boat for a power emergency. The Renogy 100W Solar Suitcase is equipped with 50W Monocrystalline Solar Panels creating a 100 watts output with excellent low light production.

 

Pros: Has the adjustable aluminum stand, heavy duty handles, andlatches. It has the fully adjustable settings and corrosion resistant stand and handles that make the product durable for outdoor use. 

Cons: Not a good product for backpacker with three inches thick, 27 inches wide, and 20 inches long bulky dimensions. It also lacks the waterproofing for the controller unit.  

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyer

 

 

10. Go Power! GP-PSK-120, 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel

 

  Price:               $ 564.85                         

  Power:             120W                             

  Voltage:           18V                            

  Weight:            28.7 pounds                                               

  Dimensions:      32.5 x 2.8 x 19.9 inches                           

  Warranty:         12 months

 

Features:

- Quick and simple setup 

- 120 Watts of power 6.7 ampere DC per hour 

- Built-in 10-ampere solar controller 

- 25-year warranty. XLR-style solar plug adapter 

- Includes carrying case  

- One of the top most powerful producers, offers a quick and simple setup.

- It's a high-power generator for any outdoor function.

 

Kicker: Monocrystalline solar cells work at high efficiency and can handle the charging of most cars, boating batteries, or ATVs.   

 

Pros: Heavy duty storage case and Monocrystalline cells give relatively high output and an outdoor protection.  

Cons: Not suitable for backpackers due to its weight. LED lighting feature on controller creates  difficulties during setting up.

 

Summary of reviews:

Average User and Expert Rating: An average 4.5 out of 5 from both experts and buyer

 

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