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HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Off-Grid Polycrystalline Review

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HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Off-Grid Polycrystalline Review September 13, 2017
HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Off-Grid Polycrystalline Portable Foldable Solar Panel Suitcase with Charge Controller Review
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If portability is important when it comes to your solar panel, it doesn’t get a whole lot better than the HQST 100 watt foldable solar panel in a suitcase setup. It has a maximum output capacity of 100 Watts or 5.68 A. With 36 cells packed into one panel, this is the most energy efficient portable solar panel you are ever going to find. Unlike other portable solar panels that greatly compromise on output to enable portability, HQST’s portable panel gives you the best of both worlds.

PROS

Portable and powerful

Comes with a convenient folding design and a travelling carry bag and accompanying 20 A controller allows for fantastic solar charging of either 12 Volt Batteries or 24 Volt Battery setups.

CONS

No option to buy just the portable solar panel without the controller, allowing you to save a few bucks

Review

When folded, this portable suitcase solar panel from HQST has dimensions of just 20 x 27.3 x 3.1 inches. When unfolded, the footprint expands to 40 x 27.3 x 1.5 inches. Weights comes in at a mere 21.75 lbs. Now, you can see why this is obviously the best seller when it comes to portable suitcase solar panels.

Price & What You Get

Though it retails for a very reasonable price over just $200, many DIY enthusiasts want to buy the solar panel without the controller that it comes with. Unfortunately, the company has made this product available only in a combination offer where they will ship it with the 20 A PWM controller with 10 feet of wiring. If you are one such person not wanting the charge controller and just want the panels, we highly recommend that you buy the panel with the charger as the charger provides you with excellent energy efficient optimization. This is particularly true if you live in an area where the temperature drops rather significantly through the day, even while sunlight is around.

Not a lot of people know that changes in temperature can rather acutely affect solar power performance. Having a charge controller will negate that drop in efficiency. With an easy to read LCD display, the charge controller also protects your panels and batteries against over-charging, over-discharging and short circuits. It will also give you options like a boost charge option, to help you harness as much solar energy as you can in a period of 2 hours, with just a bit of programming on the charge controller.

This panel is just perfect for campers or boondock enthusiasts who want usable solar power. Most portable solar powers produce wimpy amounts of power that can just charge cell phones or tablets and not do much else. This suitcase style panel however means serious business when unfolded. It is also a great purchase for a DIY enthusiast who needs solar power to power just one small appliance in different settings. For example, one might want to power their small television while using their RV or a high powered flashlight when out boating. Using this panel will allow them to put the panel to use for both purposes, without having to buy two solar panels.
One small complaint with these panels is that the connecting cables aren’t very long. Though this is a simple fix with a cheap extension wire purchase, it would have been nice if the cables right out of the box were long enough.

As for the manufacturer HQST, it is an up and coming company with a strong presence in the solar panel field. Their products are competitively priced and designed with engineered features that you usually only see in much higher priced solar panels. HQST makes over 100 solar energy products and thousands of accessories and are an active OEM manufacturer to companies as well, catering to solar projects all over the world. You can be rest assured that you are buying from a reliable brand when you buy this HQST portable solar charger.

Summary

We hope this HQST solar panel review let you learn more about what is easily the best suitcase solar panel charger out in the market today.
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