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Old 07-23-2014, 09:55 AM   #1
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Has anyone purchased the Go Power Portable Folding Solar Kits? I am looking at purchasing one or a decent quality alternative portable kit. We are mostly in the Northeast and in tree covered sites so the portable is needed. Minimum I'm planning on is 120 watts as I want to maintain my dual 6V batteries for running the LEDs and the water pump when boondocking. Batteries are good for a few days now so I don't need a huge amount of wattage as I can fall back on the generator if need be. I've seen all the videos. Just looking for feedback on the quality of the Go Power and your experience with one or a good alternative from anyone that actually has and uses one.
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Have a link? What's the price?

Generally, solar panels are solar panels with some differences in longevity that you probably won't care about for 10 years.

As a "kit" you'll probably pay a bit more. Might consider a flat panel at 120 watts (could fit in storage) and a simple charge controller. Assuming you can do basic electrical, you could install the quick-connectors of your choice. You'd just need a way to set the panel tilt/ground mount.
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I have two 100w panels that I set out on the ground as needed to augment another 600w on the roof. Trees, low sun in the winter, cloudy days, etc.

Just regular panels wired in parallel to the charge controller. A few pieces of PVC pipe to create a tilt stand. Store them under the bed when not in use.
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I considered making my own but a foldable kit with a storage case will work better for me in the long run. Have two different uses for it and the foldable will fit better for where I want to store it in the RV.
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On Amazon, the 120w kit just dropped in price, but I ended up getting the 100w Renogy kit for about half the price and it appears to be good quality.
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