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Old 05-15-2016, 07:03 AM   #1
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Portable solar panel

I am considering the purchase of a portable solar panel kit. I am curious what methods others have used to secure them from theft. I don't plan to place them on my roof.

We hike for several hours each day and they will be unattended during peak charging period.
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I use a portable Renogy 100W unit, but I've never secured it when leaving for a short time. I suppose it would be possible to run a cable through the handle and padlock it to something.
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Old 05-15-2016, 07:47 AM   #3
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Use a bike lock.
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Portable solar panel

We have two 100w panels made portable to augment the six 100w panels on the roof. Have never secured them and have not had a theft issue. I guess they could walk away but are replaceable for about $300 so while not an inconsequential amount of money not big amount either. I do have a 35' security cable and lock that I use on a portable generator and portable satellite dish, which I think more likely to walk away.
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Be more concerned about the wind blowing them over and shattering the glass than theft.
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When I used to boo dock regularly, I used GoalZero. They do more than one thing and they're a pretty cool company.
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Would a 120 lbs pit bull work?
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I also have the Renogy 100 watt suitcaes solar set-up. Used it twice at two 4 night stays in a VT. State Park. Never really even thought about a "walk-a-way" issue. More worried about a storm rolling in and blowing them over.

On mine I added some felt pads to where the aluminum legs rest against the back of the glass panels inside when closed. Leaving for Alaska soon where they will come in handy.

Jamaica State Park Southern Vermont Renogy set-up
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My Renogy 100 Watt unit at Valley of Fires in NM. It blew over once, but no damage. And it did a great job of keeping our battery fully charged. We did a lot of dry camping on this trip this past Feb-Mar.

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My Renogy 100 Watt unit at Valley of Fires in NM. It blew over once, but no damage. And it did a great job of keeping our battery fully charged. We did a lot of dry camping on this trip this past Feb-Mar.

Do these just hook on to the house batteries? Do u need a controller or does it come built in etc.
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All the suitcase style solar panels I've ever seen come with a charge controller. Some trailers are pre-wired for external solar in some way. Mine isn't, so I just run the charging wires to the house batteries and attach them with spring clamps.

I have Z-Amp panels, and I'm very happy with them. All I need is good sunlight and it feels like free energy.
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On the Renogy 100 watt suitcase you can order it with or without the charge controller. With the controller it was $279 on Amazon. It comes with a 15' cord. I bought extra connectors and made a extra 10' cord, just in case I needed it.

The GoPower 120 watt suitcase was like $579 last summer.
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I use a 20 foot long tow chain that I keep in the back of the truck that I have a paddle lock on each end, wrap it around the front of the trailer and then around the legs of the solar panel. I think if anyone wanted they could unscrew the legs or handle and take the unit but the bulk of the tow chain when viewed from the road looks to formidable for most people to even want to mess with. I figure if I need a toe chain I have it and use it for security as well. I also use this for the Generator when I am not using the solar panel.
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