“We are living in a world that is in dire need of a transition to renewable energy. In such time solar energy is one of the promising alternatives we have at our hands. In the past solar energy generation was limited to solar energy power stations. Then it moved to our household.”
Old solar panel models were quite heavy. Installing them took considerable time, and most of the time, those were permanent establishments. There was no way to disassemble and assemble solar panels back in a few hours. That is when we found out about flexible solar panels.
Flexible Solar panels are much easier to install. And you can fix flexible solar panels on a mobile unit such as RV as well. Out of all the flexible solar panels available in the market today, I thought of writing a review about Renogy 175 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Solar Panel after testing it out by myself.
The package included only the Renogy 175 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Solar Panel. It came all the wires attached to it. From the first look, I could tell that it is a well-made product. And flexibility was quite noticeable. The dimensions of the panel were 59.2 x 26.5 x 0.08 inches. I hope you noticed the thickness of the solar panel. It’very thin compared to the other products. It is also very light weighted. Wight of this panel is 6.2 lbs.
Where can you fix these flexible solar panels?
- Camping grounds
Technical Specifications of the Renogy 175 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel
- Max Power at STC: 175W
- Open Circuit Voltage: 23.9V
- Short Circuit Current: 9.50A
- Optimum Operating Voltage: 19.5V
- Optimum Operating Current: 8.98A
- Operating Temperature: -40°F to 185°F
- Maximum System Voltage: 600VDC
- Maximum Series Fuse Rating: 20A
The top-selling point of the Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel is its flexibility compared to its competitors. As I experienced, this has two advantages. First, it will fit many surfaces, whether curved or flat. Additionally, it will be much easier to install because you don’t need mounts to attach it. Due to the extra flexibility, the solar panel will expose to more sunlight. That’s the second advantage. We all know more exposure to the sun means more energy production.
You can mount Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel on a mounting system you previously owned as well. You will find six metal reinforced mounting holes useful for that purpose.
High Efficiency and Extra Energy
- Monocrystalline Solar Panels
Renogy Flexible Solar Panels are Monocrystalline solar panels. Based on the technology, the Monocrystalline solar panels conversion rate is higher than the conventional solar panels. The efficiency rate varies between 15 – 20% on monocrystalline. Therefore It’s the most space-efficient solar panel as well.
- Transparent Dots That Trap Sunlight
Besides that, Renogy Flexible Solar Panels have unique features that increase the efficiency of the panel. If you look closely, you can notice tiny transparent dots on the surface of the Renogy Flexible Solar Panel. These dots can collect sunlight from every direction. Because of this, more sunlight comes into solar cells.
As you know, every surface reflects light. The same theory applies to solar panel surfaces. Because of reflection considerable amount of sunlight gets sent back without absorption of energy. But because of the previously mentioned dot design, reflected sunlight sends back into the adjacent dot. More sunlight hits the solar panel because of this. The final power output rises significantly because of this.
I also experienced the high energy conversion on my Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel compared to its size.
- Stable Power Output
Solar panels can not get exposed to direct sunlight all the time. There are times it goes under shades. But this could affect the stability of the power output of your solar panel. Eventually, end up harming the power storage devices. To minimize this effect, the Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel has built-in bypass diodes.
Quality Durable Build
- Flexible But No Cracks
Other than everything, Renogy boasts about its product quality and its durability. As I see it, they have taken extra measures to stand by that words. Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel can achieve an arc of 248°. In many flexible solar panels, we have seen cracks when bending like this. But even with higher arc angles than others, Renogy solar panel models remain uncracked.
- Weather Proof
The solar panel is an outdoor type of equipment. So It should have the ability to withstand any adverse weather condition. According to the data give, Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel can withstand wind loads of 2400Pa and snow loads of 5400Pa. If you are mounting the panel on a corrosion-resistant aluminum frame, these panels will last for decades.
- Can Withstand the Scorching Sun
Other than that, multi-layered sheet laminations enhance cell performance and ensure long service life for these flexible solar panels. Although solar panels absorb energy from the sun, one of their main enemies is heat. Without proper thermal conduction under the scorching sun, solar panels can die in a short period. But TPT back sheet dissipates heat on the Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel to ensure smooth performance over a long period.
In general solar panels are waterproof. Rain can not harm solar panels. But the junction box of these panels gets easily damaged from the rain. The junction box of the Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel has been made waterproof with IP68 ratings. No rain can harm this solar panel.
Highly Versatile Solar Panel
Having just one Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel might not be enough for your power requirement. In such a case, you can install two or more solar panels in series or parallel.
Having only a solar panel is not enough to get power. You need a battery, a charger controller, and an invertor. Renogy 175 Watt Flexible Solar Panel is compatible with both on-grid and off-grid inverters.
There are many flexible solar panels available in the market these days. But are they truly flexible? If you read this article, you might already know the answer to that. And do other solar panels have a revolutionary energy conversion capability? What about extra durability? There is one solar panel that has everything. It’s Renogy 175 Watt 12 Volt Flexible Monocrystalline Solar Panel.
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