iGOpower Solar Kit is lightweight and easy to use, and is perfect for powering weekend getaways. iGOpower solar kits feature integrated kickstands, as well as rigid plastic handles with built-in USB chargers, and magnetic closures. Solar charge for your portable power station!
Sets up in minutes - simply unfold and connect to battery
Built-in USB charging in the rugged plastic handles
Magnetic closures keeps panels protected in transit
Place in the sun, park in the shade
Built-in lithium capable Solar Controller prevents batteries from overcharging
Easy-deploy folding legs
Maintenance free and no installation or mounting required
Folds into carrying case for easy transport
Heading out into the wilderness or hitting the open road helps you leave behind the daily stresses of work and life. However, when your emergency weather radio battery runs low or your phone is down to a 10 percent charge, it changes everything. A portable solar panel allows you to enjoy the freedom of the great outdoors without worrying about your camping gear or your devices running out of juice.
When setting up a portable solar power panel, angle it toward the sun to absorb its energy. Connect a battery to hold the stored energy or, for quick charging, connect your device directly to the solar panel. Finding the best portable solar panel for your next adventure depends on your power requirements, size and weight restrictions, and several other factors described here. This list of top products will help you find the best portable solar panel for your next outing.
Types of Portable Solar Panels
Portable solar panels can be classified into three types based on the material used to make their cells, including monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film.
Constructed with silicon wafers cut from a single silicon crystal, monocrystalline solar panels rank best in both energy production and efficiency. The purity of the solar cell increases the ability of the solar panel to absorb energy from the sun, allowing these panels to output a high amount of electrical energy.
This type of portable solar panel is easy to recognize because the solar cells are black and thicker than thin-film products. The silicon wafers are typically assembled into rows and columns to form a rectangle. These high-quality panels cost more than either polycrystalline or thin film.
On polycrystalline panels, the solar cells are blue, not black, because the silicon wafers used to make the solar chargers and solar panels comprise silicon crystal fragments that have been melted together, not a single silicon crystal. This manufacturing process reduces the price, so they’re less expensive, but it also lowers the energy output. However, polycrystalline solar panels are still more efficient than thin-film solar panels.
Thin-film portable solar panels, which are made with a variety of different materials including cadmium telluride (CdTe), amorphous silicon (a-Si), and copper indium gallium selenide (CIGS), typically incorporate conducting layers made of glass, ethylene tetrafluoroethylene (ETFE), or aluminum or steel. Thin-film portable solar panels are the least-efficient type of the three, but they’re generally more affordable than both polycrystalline and monocrystalline panels.
What to Consider When Choosing the Best Portable Solar Panel
Whether looking for a portable solar panel for the RV or a smaller solar panel for backpacking, learn about the various products’ features and specifications to make certain it’s the best portable solar panel for your purposes.
Size and Weight
Size can actually refer to both the physical size and the size of the power output, but here, the focus is on physical size and weight.
A solar panel’s size can be limited by its intended purpose. For instance, hiking with a 36-by-24-inch solar panel in the backpack might be difficult, but this size solar panel is an excellent option for an RV. Choose a solar panel that’s large enough to gather the required energy, but small enough that it’s not a burden. A lightweight portable solar panel could weigh as little as 1 pound, while a heavy-duty portable solar panel can exceed 60 pounds.
The efficiency rating is typically dictated by the type of portable solar panel.
Monocrystalline portable solar panels have the highest efficiency rating because they use a single piece of pure silicon crystal. Their efficiency ratings can exceed 20 percent.
Polycrystalline portable solar panels, with an efficiency rating ranging from 15 to 17 percent, are close to monocrystalline in efficiency, but they fall just short because of the impurities in the silicon wafers used to make the solar cells.
Thin-film portable solar panels vary in efficiency among products because they’re made with a variety of different materials. However, they typically have an energy efficiency rating of just 11 percent.
Higher efficiency is always better, but these products also cost more than low-efficiency solar panels.
Because of the differences in materials used to make the solar cells and the number of solar cells in a panel, power output also depends on the type of solar panel.
Monocrystalline portable solar panels are the best choice for power output. Some monocrystalline solar panels have power capacities that exceed 200 watts (W).
Polycrystalline portable solar panels and monocrystalline solar panels come in standardized sizes, including 60, 72, and 96 solar cell variants, and often hit a maximum of 200 watts.
Thin-film portable solar panels vary between products, but thin-cell solar panels rarely have power capacities of 100 watts or more.
More than 10 years experience in BMS, Power Bank and Power Supplies industry; 3 years production experience in Portable Power Station; Over 200,000pcs portable power station sold to North American, Japan and European market over 3 years since 2018.
We provide 5 years guarantee with iGOpower brand products.
Strictly runned under ISO9001：2015 quality management system, 100% tested & aged by advanced automatic equipments, our defective rate low to 0.3%.
OEM/ ODM Service
There are more than 35 R & D engineers, and 12 of them are for Portable Power Stations, we are enable to provide you OEM/ODM service.
With rich experience in energy storage management system, and manufacturer base, we are confident in providing quality products and competitive price as well.
1, What cells you used for your products?
The cells we selected are with top quality, like Bake, Cham or equivalent.
2, What’s the life time of the products? How many years guarantee for it?
The life time we design is more than 5 years. We offer 5 years guarantee with iGOpower brand products.
3, How does your factory do regarding quality control?
Quality is priority. Each production process must be checked and aged 100% by QC team.
4, What is your after-sale service?
We offer 100% guarantee on our product, if there is quality problem on our side, we’ll compensate. We work with many internationally renowned companies.
5, Can you accept customized orders? OEM & ODM orders?
Yes, we can! Customized order are always welcome, as well as OEM & ODM.
6, Which country is your main market?
Our main markets are North American, Japan and European.