Top 10 Best Solar Panels 2018 - Solar Panels For Your Home, the Lightweight Edition | Top in the Shop

September 24, 2018

Solar power remains the primary substitute for conventional energy sources, By providing safer and cleaner green energy, solar panels are perfectly suitable for home use and continue growing in demand in 2018. 

 

We've already covered the best solar panel kits for home installation. In this edition, we're covering lighter panels that don't require installation and even though they don't provide as much power, they're more affordable and more portable than the larger kits.

Some are designed to be briefcases when not in use, making them portable but too big to carry around all of the time. For portable panels, you can review our Top 10 portable solar panel kits list.  

As always, in this list, you will find the best items based on feedback and value, along with their characteristic, features and as usual, summary of reviews from both the pros and buyers.

 

 

1. Goal Zero Boulder 100 Briefcase

 

Price:                                $ 299.95

Voltage:                            14-22V

Power:                              100W

Weight:                             25.9 lbs

Dimensions:                      40.0 x 26.75 x 1.75 inches

 

Features:

- Lightweight, 100-watt monocrystalline solar panel with briefcase folding enclosure.

- Features rigid, anodized aluminum and tempered glass construction.

- Ideal for camping, emergency, or off-grid situations.

- Engineered to solar recharge Goal Zero Yeti Portable Power Stations.

- Comes with a 1-year limited warrant.

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.4 out of 5 from both experts and buyers.

The durability of the product due to its tempered glass body and aluminum frame has been praised.

Some customers think it is rather expensive for what they consider it to be worth.

Problems with the padding in the briefcase have also been reported.

 

 

2. ECO-WORTHY 20W Solar Panel Kit

 

Price:                          $ 59.99

Voltage:                      12V/24V

Power:                        20W

Self Consumption:        1.5mA/3mA

Weight:                       5.35 pounds

Dimensions:                20.5 x 14.4 x 0.7 inches

 

Features

- Can be applied to varies DC appliance.

- Ideal for everyday useHigh efficiency solar cells.

- Small in size and easy to takeWater-proof solar panel with long lasting aluminum frame.

- 3A 12V/24V PWM charge controller, overcharge and over discharge protection for the battery.

- The controller is a bonus for the price.

 

Summary of Reviews:

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

The five year material and workmanship guarantee instills more confidence in the product.

Customer service was praised repeatedly.

Quality of wires provided with the panels is not up to mark.

Some customers have had trouble with the controller becoming non functional or damaged after a few months of persistent use.

 

3. HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Off Grid Polycrystalline Solar Panel Suitcase

 

Price:                               $ 198.99

Voltage                            Output: 12V

Power:                             100W

Weight:                            21.75 lbs

Dimensions:                      40.0 x 27.3 x 1.5 in

 

Features:

- Wiring provided with the system is relatively weak and of low quality

- The structure or frame of the solar panels is not as robust as other items.

 

Summary of Reviews:

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

The item is reality potability and can be used for various purposes and at various locations around the house.

Charging speed is praised by both consumers and the pros.

 

4. Renogy Monocrystalline Solar Panel

 

Price:                        $ 141.09

Voltage:                    12V

Power:                      100W

Weight:                     16.5lbs

Dimensions:              47.3 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches

Warranty:                  5 years

 

Features:

- Withstand high wind (2400Pa) and snow loads (5400Pa).

- Resistant aluminum frame which supposedly allows the panels to last for decades.

- Compatible with on-grid and off-grid inverters.

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.3 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

Customers appreciate the cost effectiveness of the product, considering the quality and features, the price is relatively low.

The monocrystalline cells are superior to other alternatives according to buyers.

Customer support is extremely efficient and helpful.

 

5. 150 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel- Mighty Max

 

Price:                        $159.95

Voltage:                     12V

Power:                       150W

Weight:                      25.1 pounds

Dimensions:                39.5 x 39.0 x 1.5 inches

 

Features:

- MLS-150WM is 12V 150 Watt Monocrystalline solar panel

- Pre-drilled diodes in junction box and a pair of MC4 connectors already attached to the panel

- High efficiency solar cells based on innovative photovoltaic technology

- Pre-drilled holes on the back of the panel for fast mounting and securing

- Prone to damage while delivered.

 

Summary of Reviews:

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

The monocrystalline module has been praised for its lightweight structure, durability and its adequate wattage for most home functions.

Customers also appreciate that the monocrystalline panels are very easy to install.

 

6. Mighty Max Battery 100W Solar Panel

 

Price:                           $104.95

Voltage:                       12V

Power:                         100W

Weight:                        17.35 pounds

Dimensions:                 40 x 27 x 1.4 inches

 

Features:

- Not as well known of a brand as some of the others

- Structure may get warped after some use.

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.3 out of 5 from both experts and buyers.

Users have found it to be a great and an easy addition to their existing solar panel systems.

 

7. ECO-WORTHY 10W PV Solar Panel System Kit

 

Price:                               $34.99

Voltage:                           12V

Power:                             10W

Weight:                            1.45 pounds

Dimensions:                     337 x 204 x 18 mm

 

Features:

- The charge controller helps to prevent over charging and damage to devices connected to the solar panel system.
 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.3 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

 

Most prominant complaints from customers relate to to receiving adequate assistance from customer service.

Faulty units received by some customers.

A complains pertaining to water damaged were also received.

The panel has been praised for its ease of use and intuitive design.

 

 

8. Renogy RNG Photovoltaic Solar Panel Module

 

Price:                               $251.98

Voltage:                           12V

Power:                             100W

Weight:                            16.5 lbs

Dimensions:                     47.3 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches

 

 

Features:

- Two pieces of Renogy 100-Watt Monocrystalline solar panel

- Advanced encapsulation material with multilayered sheet laminations

- Corrosion-resistant aluminum frame for extended outdoor use

- Anti-reflective, high transparency, low iron-tempered glass with enhanced stiffness and impact resistance

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.7 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

Some Customers may have trouble with it since it is not a standard conduit ready junction box

Amongst Amazon’s Choice products. It is one of the best rated solar panels on Amazon. And according to a great number of customers, rightly so, considering the superior quality of materials used, warranties given, and efficient monocrystalline cells.

 

9. DOKIO 80 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Foldable Solar Panel

 

Price:                           $119.99

Voltage:                       12V

Power:                         80W

Weight:                        4 lbs

Dimensions:                 40 x 22 x 0.2 inches

 

Features:

- Powerful and lightweight

- Foldable and portable design

- High conversion efficiency

- Can work without a battery

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.3 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

 

The units' powerful performance, in spite its relatively small size, has been highly praised along with the fact that the panel does not heat up when used.

The length of the alligator clips provided with the panels has been criticized to be excessively long and not waterproof.

 

10. HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

 

Price:                         $106.99

Voltage:                     DC 600V

Power:                       100W

Weight:                     16.5 lbs

Dimensions:              46.9 x 19.7 x 1.4 inches


Features:

- Similar to Renogy (number 8 on the list) in design and functionality, but several dollars cheaper than the former.

- High module conversion efficiency

 

Summary of Reviews:

Average User & Expert Rating: An average 4.7 out of 5 from both experts and buyers

One of the best rated solar panels out there, HQST's best selling product has garnered lots of praise for the quality and standard of the product.

 

 

 

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