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Old 05-25-2016, 04:46 PM   #1
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Renogy 200w solar starter kit?

Is anyone familiar with the Renogy 200w 12v monocrystalline starter kit? Thoughts on it?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCRG22A/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_RMGrxbD0YPKND

I had somewhat decided not to go with solar at all, at least for the time being, but after stumbling upon this kit on Amazon for the price and with such good reviews it's got me reconsidering.

But I'm curious to here fellow skoolie thoughts.

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Old 05-25-2016, 05:52 PM   #2
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Is anyone familiar with the Renogy 200w 12v monocrystalline starter kit? Thoughts on it?

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00BCRG22A..._RMGrxbD0YPKND

I had somewhat decided not to go with solar at all, at least for the time being, but after stumbling upon this kit on Amazon for the price and with such good reviews it's got me reconsidering.

But I'm curious to here fellow skoolie thoughts.

Thanks!
from what i have seen renogy is a great piece of solar but they expect you to know a little bit about solar energy and wiring. Dont forget you will need an inverter unless you plan to go full DC and have no AC
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Old 05-25-2016, 06:21 PM   #3
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Have it, like it. Keeps my 4 Dekas well charged. Run a 4.5 cf fridge even 'docking they do well. The fridge draws .8a (measured with Killawatt) plus the Xantrex invertor which is 2000w and 90% efficient.

Plug and play, easy install.
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Old 05-26-2016, 07:36 AM   #4
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Thanks guys. Yes I realize I will still need and inverter and what not for the AC side of things. But I think this will be a good start for us. I just couldn't get over the price. I feel like I was seeing people spend 3-5grand on solar systems which gave me sticker shock. I realize some of their systems were probably far more advanced, but I question if we really need any more than this one. As it is we don't have a TV or spend much time on computers and whatnot even in our regular house. I don't foresee us needing a very big power system in the bus.
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:22 AM   #5
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Thanks guys. Yes I realize I will still need and inverter and what not for the AC side of things. But I think this will be a good start for us. I just couldn't get over the price. I feel like I was seeing people spend 3-5grand on solar systems which gave me sticker shock. I realize some of their systems were probably far more advanced, but I question if we really need any more than this one. As it is we don't have a TV or spend much time on computers and whatnot even in our regular house. I don't foresee us needing a very big power system in the bus.
The 3-5 grand is the range i see for systems that can power an entire house. Also they include the price of solar specific batteries, when just about any deep cycle battery will work.
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I just ordered this kit and it will arrive Monday! I am very excited, and i just found Trojan t105 batteries, here in Virginia, for a superb price.



Did you decide yet?
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Old 06-24-2016, 09:32 AM   #7
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I just ordered this kit and it will arrive Monday! I am very excited, and i just found Trojan t105 batteries, here in Virginia, for a superb price.



Did you decide yet?
No we havent ordered yet. I havent done enough research to decide exactly what size system we will need, or if we should go PWM or MPPT. Which did you go with and why?

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mppt

an mppt will get probably you 5% to 10% more power out of their panels than a pwm, they are at their best (compared to a pwm) when the sun is low and the outside temp is not hot,
the mppt's work best with high voltage panels, a 12v panel usually puts out 16v at the panel but for an mppt it is better to get a panel that puts out about 18v,
I like and use a morningstar mppt
Many wont get an mppt unless they have larger panel arrays, must calculate the difference in getting another panel or an mppt for the extra power
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Have the 300 watt renogy kit, a 225ah bank, and a aims 2000w inverter/70amp built in charger.
My goal for that system was to run the fridge, some fans and electronics for the pups when I'm gone.
Have the Rooftop AC run to a 30amp receptactle, where I plug in to from my 3000 watt gen (champion)
Works well for me, and the 300 watts of solar run my fridge, charging without a problem.
If the batteries go low, I can either drive the bus, or bring the gen to charge them up.
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Old 06-24-2016, 01:33 PM   #10
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Yep they arrived and are installed. I went with 2 Trojan t105 deep cycle bats. if yoy are in VA there is a dealer her and the price is superb. I just have a little black and decker modified sine 500w inverter, but so far it has been wonderful, and i even used a corded drill the other day.

I really dont use much power with led lights and laptop and cell phone, plasma tv, cordless batt charger, fan, stereo, but i have ran it all for hours at night and haven't had a problem. I am considering plugging my mini fridge in just to see if it saps the power down.

Renogy makes great products. I may purchase 2 more panels in the future if i find more uses for electricity, but for now the 200w is more than adequate.
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