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Old 01-31-2024, 10:26 PM   #1
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Mike Sokol, Renogy & SoftStartUSA

SoftStartUSA, Teaming With Electrical Expert Mike Sokol and Renogy, Develops a Complete Do-It-Yourself RV Solar Kit

Jan 30, 2024
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Complete do-it-yourself RV solar power kit includes a soft starter for the RV air conditioner, allowing the A/C to run on the RV solar power system


Mike Sokol, Mr. RV Electricity, designer of the new SoftStartRV Solar Kit


As RV solar power kits become more popular, and manufacturers offer more and more options, RVers have also become more confused about how to choose the right system for their rigs. To help simplify things, SoftStartUSA teamed up with Mike Sokol, a 25+year RV electrical expert known as Mr. RV Electricity, to develop a one-of-a-kind RV solar panel system with inverter, batteries, and everything else needed for a complete solar energy installation.

According to Mike Sokol, the new SoftStartRV Solar Kit delivers the power load that typical motorhome and travel trailer campers truly need while also delivering other qualities that make this system much better to live and travel with. "With the latest RV solar components that you can mix and match, and all the different kits that many companies make, a lot of campers and people at rallies have told me how confusing it can be,” said Mike Sokol. “So what we set out to achieve with the SoftStartRV Solar Kit is balance. We took into account quality, practicality, portability, ease of installation, and an affordable, realistic cost,” Sokol continued.


Partnering with a Proven Solar Power Provider

After evaluating several solar power equipment makers, Sokol chose to design the unique SoftStartRV Solar Kit with Renogy® products. Since 2010, Renogy has been making premium-grade solar power systems that feature lasting performance and maximum power conversion efficiency. With Renogy products, Sokol has designed a fast-charging 2400 Wh (watt-hour) RV solar package that provides stable performance as both a campground backup source and primary off-grid power source for boondocking.

The SoftStartRV Solar Kit includes two 200-watt solar panels; two 100 amp-hour self-warming lithium batteries; a versatile 3000-watt power inverter/charger; a 30-amp charge controller with outstanding conversion efficiency; all the cables, fuses, connectors and hardware to complete the installation; and easy-to-understand instructions and tech support. Along with all of that, it also includes a bonus item that truly sets it apart from other solar power kits.


The Only RV Solar Kit with a “Cool” Bonus

Because RV air conditioner/heat pump units require a startup power spike that exceeds most RV solar power system specs, most RV A/C-heat pump unitss can’t be powered through standard inverters. However, that isn’t the case with this breakthrough solar kit. To assure that the SoftStartRV Solar Kit delivers at-home comfort like no other, it includes a SoftStartRV soft starter that connects directly to the rooftop A/C-heat pump unit. This reduces the startup power demand of a typical RV A/C unit by up to 70%. As a result, instead of spending thousands more on a larger solar power kit just to meet the A/C’s high startup demand – or worse, going without cool comfort inside the RV – the SoftStartRV Solar Kit enables the solar-charged system to work flawlessly with the A/C-heat pump no matter where the RV travels.

Regarding RV cooling power, Sokol explained that “this solar kit can give you approximately one hour of air conditioning per 100 amp-hours of lithium battery capacity. So the stock kit with 200 amp-hours of battery storage will provide around two hours of continuous air conditioning before going to bed, or it will let you run it off and on all night like at home. And an upgrade to 400 amp-hours of battery capacity will give you around four hours of air conditioner time. Plus, you’ll be able to upgrade the solar to beyond 400 watts if you have room on the roof of your RV for the extra panels. Having more solar panels helps recharge the batteries faster,” Sokol continued.


Making Solar Easier to Install

To make installation of the complete SoftStartRV Solar Kit easy, Mike Sokol is also producing a series of online videos to complement the comprehensive instructions produced by Renogy for the solar components. Access to all installation content, including SoftStartRV wiring diagrams for all rooftop A/C models, is available online at the SoftStartRV Solar Kit website.

Read the full press release HERE
For complete details, visit SoftStartRVSolar.com or contact SoftStartUSA's Doug Curtis at
954-298-1648

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very cool package!!!

the soft start looks like the only non traditional solar part.... idk much about solar but ....seems like a simple solution to ac
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Really highlights the brutality of A/C's power draw.
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A smaller A/C unit draws between 500W (eco mode) and 1000W. With those two batteries (12V, 100AH), you might get 2 hours of run time. The batteries die at night, and 2 panels (~400W) on the roof won't run the A/C during the day. Somehow removing the inductive starting surge doesn't change the power draw overall.

The webpage link says as much. Not seeing what the breakthrough is.
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Agree with Alphahare and Turf that there was a "breakthrough" back when the SoftStart unit was designed. Mike is a smart guy and created a better mousetrap which is a bit more expensive than others (~$350 vs ~$200 if I remember correctly) which makes some sense as they provide lots of support.

To me, this new "package" seems more marketing than anything. I've heard that Renogy is trying to find new avenues for its products which are at an intermediate price and quality point IMHO. So the collaboration with Mike Sokol will probably be good for both of them.

The odd thing for me is that it advertises a package to allow solar to run A/C but they are not including or identifying the A/C. Many big inefficient units can use 1700 watts and so would only last ~40 mins per 100Ah/12V battery. Often, the most important element of design for a system that needs A/C to run on batteries is the selection of the A/C unit with mini-split systems winning the efficiency match-up. My guess is that there will be some disappointed folks if they pair this system with an inefficient A/C unit.
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Agree with Alphahare and Turf that there was a "breakthrough" back when the SoftStart unit was designed. Mike is a smart guy and created a better mousetrap which is a bit more expensive than others (~$350 vs ~$200 if I remember correctly) which makes some sense as they provide lots of support.

To me, this new "package" seems more marketing than anything. I've heard that Renogy is trying to find new avenues for its products which are at an intermediate price and quality point IMHO. So the collaboration with Mike Sokol will probably be good for both of them.

The odd thing for me is that it advertises a package to allow solar to run A/C but they are not including or identifying the A/C. Many big inefficient units can use 1700 watts and so would only last ~40 mins per 100Ah/12V battery. Often, the most important element of design for a system that needs A/C to run on batteries is the selection of the A/C unit with mini-split systems winning the efficiency match-up. My guess is that there will be some disappointed folks if they pair this system with an inefficient A/C unit.
lol - I'm agreeing with you it's a marketing piece. 2400WH runs a lot of LED lights, but not much A/C.

Industrial soft start devices aren't new - maybe his is cheaper, IDK.
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