If you are
considering using solar panels on your RV, there are a few things you
need to take into consideration. The most important thing is to check
and see whether or not your RV has a built-in power inverter to convert
direct current (DC) into alternating current (AC). Most newer model RVs
will come with a solar
power inverter, however if you have an older model you
may need to purchase a solar inverter as well.
There are several
different types of solar RV panels available: trickle
chargers which are designed to slowly deliver energy into your battery
to keep it constantly fully charged; and also RV solar units
which come with their own battery that can be used to power any of the
electronic devices in your RV. Listed below are a few of the more
popular brands of RV solar cells on the market today.
Ganz Eco Energy Boat and
RV Solar Panels
Ganz produces a line of
three different solar panels designed for use
on boats and RVs, available in 6, 12, and 30 watt versions. These
panels are designed to charge a 12 volt battery, such as the one in an
RV. The amount of time it takes to charge the battery depends on the
wattage of the panel, as the 30 watt charger will obviously charge the
battery much quicker than the 6 watt panel will.
Ganz claims that
panels are unbreakable due to their plastic and aluminum construction,
and they are much more weather resistant and damage proof than glass
panels which can easily be cracked or broken by rocks or hail.
the RV solar cells by Ganz are some of the higher quality panels on the
market, although the price also reflects this- the 6
normally sells for around $90, while the 12
around $225 and the 30
watt panel is around
This makes these
panels quite a bit more expensive than many of their competitors.
Nonetheless, these panels also have quite a few advantages as well,
including a longer than normal cord for attaching the solar panel to
the RV or boat.
Another huge advantage is
the warranty which Ganz
offers on each of their products. Ganz Eco Energy panels have a 2 year
materials warranty and a 20 year power output guarantee, so you can be
confident that you are getting a long lasting product for your
Sunforce 50022 5-Watt
Solar Battery Trickle Charger
If you’re in the
market for a
slightly cheaper alternative to the Ganz
Eco Energy 6 watt panel, then the Sunforce
may be the ideal product for you. This charger is designed to slowly
deliver a small amount of energy to your 12 volt RV battery in order to
keep it fully charged.
The panel can be attached
directly to your RV,
and also comes with four holes pre-drilled in it and four stainless
steel screws for installing it on your RV or boat.
Sunforce is a very
reputable manufacturer of solar battery chargers and this particular
panel is extremely weather resistant, and even rated to withstand the
impact of hailstones at fifty miles per hour.
The solar panel itself is
also quite efficient and can charge your battery, even on cloudy or
rainy days. Another advantage of the Sunforce solar RV battery charger
is that it can be plugged directly into your vehicle’s cigarette outlet
or connected directly to the battery with alligator clips. Overall this
is quite a good product especially considering the price, as it can
usually be purchased for around $50, but you need to be aware of the
limited charging capabilities of any smaller voltage solar panel.
HQRP 30 Watt RV Solar
If you’re looking
cheaper alternative to the higher wattage Ganz
Eco Energy solar panels, then perhaps you should check out the HQRP
30 watt solar battery charger which is ideal for
use on RVs,
and boats. The HQRP 30 watt panel is quite efficient at charging a 12
volt battery and is also capable of charging a battery up to 18
The panel itself is quite
flexible which makes it possible to install
it virtually anywhere you please. It’s also quite durable and weather
resistant as well. However, the biggest advantage of this product lies
in its price: it can normally be purchased for around $150 which makes
it less than half of the price of the Ganz Eco Energy 30 watt panel.
Nonetheless, there are a few things which make this product slightly
inferior to the Ganz model.
The main disadvantage of
this product is
that it comes with a very limited one year replacement warranty, while
the Ganz 30 watt panel has a full 20 year power output warranty. This
means that you may have to replace this panel several times over the
course of 20 years, which may make the Ganz panel cheaper in the long
run. On the other hand, this product is still quite an efficient and
effective battery charger, an can be recommended for those who don’t
want to splash out the large amount of money it costs for a higher
quality, longer lasting panel such as those which Ganz produces.
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