Solar panels. I’m sure you've heard of them and maybe even used them. You may even be an expert or like me an absolute rookie. But something we should all know is that they are one hell of a great invention.
As the market is flooded with so many companies offering an array of portable solar panels, it can be a bit of a headache finding a panel that is right for you. Recently on a 3-week roadtrip around Tasmania, we took REDARC's 120W Portable Solar Panel and put it to the test.
First, I must admit that I was a little optimistic about the capacity and size of the solar panel, with concerns around whether it would be big enough for our needs. But like in many cases I was wrong. The 120W portable solar panel combined with The Manager30 Battery Management System provided more than enough power throughout the day to keep both the 65L fridge and 40L freezer running, whilst also giving the batteries more charge.
Another aspect of REDARC's solar panel that stood out to us was the sheer toughness of the unit. Our panel spent its time travelling in the back of our vehicle bouncing around between boxes of camping gear, and if that wasn’t enough tough love, the solar panel also received a few good drops and knocks when unpacking and fumbling around for other gear. Even after a tough introduction to life, the panel remained undamaged and more importantly fully operational.
Now when I say I have little knowledge and understanding of electricity and power I wasn't joking. You might as well start talking about intergalactic travel, but luckily the portable solar panel has been designed so well that anyone can easily set it up and be producing their own green power in a matter of minutes.
Another great feature of the solar panel, was that the dimensions of the actual panel are small enough that it packs away nicely without taking up too much room. It's also lightweight which is a great bonus, especially if you’re going to be setting up and then packing up regularly.
The REDARC solar panels also come with a carry bag. These bags are well designed with plenty of padding to protect the panel during transit.
Overall the 120W Portable Solar Panel proved to be an absolute winner. It proved its worth well and truly changed my opinion on smaller solar panels. The 120W Panel combined with The Manager30 kept our batteries topped up, resulting in us having peace of mind in knowing we could stay in remote places for longer with our accessories and batteries having adequate charge.
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