Review: Renogy Rugged Power Pack

A review of the multi functional portable solar generator called Renogy rugged power pack.

Renogy Rugged power pack

Renogy Rugged Power Pack

Yet again Renogy gives us a high quality product on which you can rely on in case of unexpected blackouts and power outages. Suitable for camping, road trips and it will always give power to your devices. The 400Wh Lithium ion battery can be recharged with AC power, car power and solar power (120W max).

It get’s better

This solar generator has a large LCD screen which shows capacity, error status and charge-discharge. It also has three buttons with LED indicators. As far as protection is concered it has a short-circuit one and also over charging and discharging protection. Another great feature is the Battery Management System that prevents over-temperature, over-current and over voltage.

When it comes to application, there is a broad choice of usage, such as power car devices, laptops, phones, tables iPads, Bluetooth devices, digital cameras, e-readers,display monitors as well as LED bulbs.

Here is a useful charging chart:

Renogy rugged power pack charging chart

Renogy rugged power pack: charging chart

What’s in the box?

The package has the following contents: a portable power supply, jump starter clamps, user manual, a 2-year warranty Card and three types of chargers: AC wall charger, car charging cable, solar charging cable.

Renogy Rugged power pack contents

Renogy Rugged power pack contents

 

Dimensions and specifications

The dimensions of the product are 9.1 x 5.8 x 9.3 inches and it weighs 12.5 pounds.

Technical specifications:

  • Battery: Li-ion battery (400Wh)
  • AC Wall Charger: 7~8hours (70W)
  • DC Car Charger: 10~11hours (48W)
  • PV Input Voltage: 120W Max (14~40Vdc)
  • AC Output Rated Output Power 300W
  • Peak Output 600W
  • Output Voltage 100V/110V/120Vac/220V/230V/240Vac
  • Output Frequency 50Hz/60Hz
  • Overload Ability 116%
  • DC Output 4XUSB Port 2x5V 2.1A;2x5V 1A
  • 1X12V Car Port 120W
  • 2XDC 6mm Port 2x12V 3A

THE PROS

  • Affordable price
  • Great quality
  • Portable solar generator
  • Various application
  • Excellent capacity
  • Secure usage

THE CONS

  • If are hear any I’ll let you know.

Final verdict

The rating of the Renogy Rugged Power Pack of 4.4 stars by users on Amazon speaks for it self. The users are the most honest critics and they only have words of praise for this product. The unit is very light but it holds a lot of power. Due to the protection systems it never get’s hot and the three types of charging are also a nice touch. A solar power pack worthy of your money, highly recommended.

The best portable solar generator 2018: Renogy Phoenix review

The best portable solar generator in 2018 is presented in this article.

Imagine you are watching your favorite movie with your loved ones and suddenly the power goes out. You might think that your night is ruined, but have no fear, Renogy Phoenix is here.

Renogy Phoenix portable solar generator system

Renogy Phoenix

It is praised to be one of the best portable solar generators on the market and I agree.

It doesn’t matter weather you are getting ready for a road trip, a camping trip, or simply taking your girl out for a romantic weekend in the wilderness under the stars, Renogy Phoenix is the the right choice for you.

The portable briefcase

A briefcase contains important things, well this one possesses a solar power system ideal for off-grid applications as well as emergencies. Sounds important, right? This all-in-one portable system represents the combination of extremely efficient 20W Monocrystalline Solar Panels and also has the possibility of expansion up to 100 watts with additional solar panels. The replaceable 16Ah lithium-ion battery bank is placed on the bottom of the unit. It is made of lithium-ion NMC (nickel-manganese-cobalt) cells and has the lifespan of around 1500 charging cycles.

The charging process can be done in three ways:

  • by solar power (from 6 – 8 hours)
  • by AC power
  • by car power

The thing that interests most people is the types of devices this solar generator can power. It can support AC appliances and devices up to 150W. It also has outlets for both AC and DC power types and a built in pure sine wave inverter.

Here is a useful charging chart:

Charging chart for Renogy Phoenix

Charging chart for Renogy Phoenix

Dimensions and Specifications

The dimensions are 13.8 x 16.1 x 3.9 inches and it weighs 12.8 pounds.

Renogy phoenix right side of the solar kit

Renogy phoenix right side of the solar kit

On the right side:

  •  4 USB ports (5V 2.4A)
  • two 12V ports (3A)
  • a 12V 12.5A cigarette socket
  • a standard 3-prong 110V AC outlet

 

Renogy Phoenix portable solar generator left side

Renogy Phoenix left side of the solar kit

 

On the left side:

  •  input ports
  •  an AC plug
  •  a 12V input for car charging
  •  2 ports for additional solar panels

 

And now the power specifications:

DC Output: 2 x 12V@3A max (6A Total)
USB Output: 4 x 5V@2.4A max (6A Total)
Cigarette Socket: 12V 12.5A
Output AC Voltage: 110 vac
Output AC Frequency: 60 Hz
Min Inverter Efficiency: 80%
Max Continuous Output Power: 150 w
Overload Protection: 170W Max

Also check out Renogy Solar Bundle Kit

PROS

  • Portable and suitable for off grid usage
  •  Very versatile (4 ports for mobile devices with USB connectors)
  •  Good for emergency cases
  •  Quick charging
  •  Full package: panels, connectors, wiring, plugs
  •  Emergency LED light built in
  •  Pure sine wave system (no damage to expensive tech gear)
  •  Possibility of expansion by adding more solar panels
  •  MPPT (maximum power point tracking) which helps you locate the best position for panel charging
  •  The case prevents dust entering when system is not in use
  •  Easy swap battery
  •  Affordable price

CONS

  • Not for powering the entire house or large appliances
  • Sensitive to heat; don’t leave it out in the sun on hot days unless it’s charging

User review

I ordered it and it arrived the next day. I wasn’t very optimistic about it, frankly I thought it was too good to be true. I’m glad that Renogy proved me wrong! It just works like a charm. The case feels and is a high quality one, the usage has never been simpler and the number of cables which provide both the charging and consumption are a great addition.

Renogy 400 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer

Start your solar adventure with a Renogy Starter Kit.Four Renogy 100-Watt monocrystalline solar panels can be connected in parallel by three pairs of branch connectors. Ideal output: 2000Wh per day; can fully charge a 200Ah battery from 50% in 3 hours (depending on the availability of sunlight). The charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy’ s new 30A PWM Negative-Ground Charge Controller – the Renogy Wanderer. One pair of 20 feet MC4 connectors adaptor kit extends the cables and makes the system ideal for remote control.

Renogy 400 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer review

Renogy 400 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer

What’s in the box?

 This kit comes a bit crowded but in a good way: four Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Solar Panels, a 30A PWM Wanderer Charge Controller, a 20ft 10AWG MC4 Adaptor Kit, an 8ft 10AWG Tray Cable, three pairs of branch connectors, and four sets of Z-brackets. All that you need is here, and for the money given it better be working.

Dimensions and specifications

 Dimensions are 47 x 21.3 x 8 inches and the total package weighs 16.5 pounds.

Specifications

Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Solar Panel:

  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A

(All of this times four!)

Renogy 20ft 10AWG MC4 Adaptor Kit (A pair):

  • Length: 20ft
  • AWG: 10
  • Rating Voltage: 600/1000V
  • Temperature: -40°F to +185°F

bracketsRenogy Solar Panel Mounting Z Brackets (Set):

  • Four Z Shape Solar Panel Brackets
  • Four M6-16 Hex Cap Bolt and Eight #11 Self-Drilling Cap Screw and Plastic Retaining Ring
  • Four M6 Split Lock Washer and Eight M6 Flat Washer
  • Four M6 Hexagonal Nut

Renogy MC4 Branch Connectors (A Pair)          :

  • Withstanding Voltage: 1000V DC(TUV), 600V(UL)
  • Protection Degree: IP67, mated
  • Wiring Size Range: 10, 12, 14 AWG
  • Temperature: -40°F to +195°F

The Renogy Wanderer – 30A PWM Negative-Ground Charge Controller:   

  • Nominal Voltage: 12 VDC
  • Rated Charge Current: 30A
  • Max. PV Input Voltage: 25 VDC
  • Max. PV Input Power: 400W (12V)

Review

This kit comes with almost everything you need to charge a battery or battery bank that is either 12 or 24 volt. I was VERY pleased at the ease of installation and use. The controller was very basic and not hard to understand at all. I thank you for a TOP NOTCH system for both the entry level solar enthusiast. Perfect! Off grid and doing what they said it would produce.

Boris P.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • High performance Monocrystalline panels
  • Solid built panels with Al frame
  • Panel output is consistent on all 4 panels
  • Hardware included and easy to put together (use electrical common sense)
  • Reasonable price

Cons:

  • I’ll let you know if I find a flaw with long term usage

Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit

This solar kit offers a solution that can help make your camping trips as smooth as possible. It is also called Renogy 200W Watt 12 Volt Solar RV Kit. And it promises to take you on a RV trip of a lifetime. It silently recharges your batteries so you can enjoy the great outdoors without the extra noise. Solar panels also allow you to run limited low watt electrical equipment without a power hookup. It has an ideal output: 1000Wh per day; can fully charge a 50Ah battery from 50% in 1.5 hours (depending on the availability of sunlight).

Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit review

Renogy 200 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit

What’s in the box?

In the box you will find: Two Renogy 100-Watt monocrystalline solar panels which can be connected in parallel by a pair of branch connectors, one pair of 9 inches MC4 connectors’ adaptor kit which extends the cables for remote control, Renogy PWM 30A charge controller which protects the system from over-charge, over-discharge, over-load, and reverse-connection.

Dimensions and specific features

The dimensions are 47 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches and it weighs 16.5 pounds, same as Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle.

Specifications

Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel:

  •  Maximum Power: 100W Optimum
  • Operating Voltage (Vmp):18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)

Renogy  30A PWM Charge Controller (Positive Grounded):

  • Nominal System Voltage: 12V/24V Auto recognition
  • Rated Charge Current: 30A Max.
  • Solar Input Voltage: 42V Max.
  • PV Input Power: 400W (12V), 800W (24V)

Renogy 9In MC4 Adaptor Kit :

  • Length: 9In AWG: 12

Renogy MC4 Branch Connectors :

  • Withstanding voltage: 1000V DC(TUV), 600V(UL)
  • Contact Resistance: 1m

Review

The panels arrived safely and right on time. Setup was EXTREMELY fast and easy. I am no professional and it took me about 20 minutes from the time I started opening the box until my RV batteries were charging. The connectors and cables seem expensive but after you hold them in your hands, you’ll see they are worth it. These are high quality panels and have an excellent warranty.

Petar Levi

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Reliable
  • Efficient – high module conversion efficiency (approx. 15.46%)
  • Expandable – you can expand your system up to a maximum of 400W
  • Spacious

Cons:

The kit does not come with extension cables, z-brackets or wire from the charge controller to the batteries.

Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit Review

The Starter Kit is great for off-grid applications, such as RVs, trailers, boats, sheds, and cabins — providing many benefits, including, but not limited to, quiet power production and grid independence. Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Starter Kit is designed specifically for customers new to solar. And since you are reading this, I guess you belong to this category. The kit now includes an 8ft 10AWG Tray Cable to connect your charge controller and battery, and the charge controller has been upgraded to Renogy’s new 30A PWM Negative-Ground Charge Controller – the Renogy Wanderer. Ideal output: 500Wh per day; can fully charge a 50Ah battery from 50% in 3 hours (depending on the availability of sunlight). You also have a 25 year transferable power output warranty on the panels.

Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar

Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Bundle Kit

What’s in the box?

This solar kit comes with the tools necessary for a new system: a Renogy 100W 12V Monocrystalline Solar Panel, a 30A PWM Wanderer Charge Controller, a 20ft 10AWG MC4 Adaptor Kit, an 8ft 10AWG Tray Cable, and a set of Z-brackets. Start your solar adventure with a Renogy Starter Kit.

Dimensions and specific features 

The dimensions are 47 x 21.3 x 1.5 inches and it weighs only 16.5 pounds. A bit lighter than the Polycrystalline one. 

Specific features

Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel:

  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp):18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)

solar charge controllerRenogy 30A PWM Charge Controller (Positive Grounded):

  • Nominal System Voltage: 12V/24V Auto recognition
  • Rated Charge Current: 30A
  • Max. Solar Input Voltage: 42V
  • Max. PV Input Power: 400W (12V), 800W (24V)

Renogy 9In MC4 Adaptor Kit:

  • Length: 9In
  • AWG: 12
  • Rating Voltage: 600/1000V
  • Temperature: -40°F to +185°F

Review

I purchased the kit at an amazing low price. These type of monocrystalline panels used to sell for over $500 each. If you need an off grid or on grid system this company is the place to get it.The instructions that come with it seem a little sketchy but if you go to their website they have all the info you need for an easy install including videos. Now I am able to run my flat screen TV, all of the lights, and most anything else in my living room.

Ron R.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • Expandable – you can expand your system up to a maximum of 400W
  • Efficient – High module conversion efficiency (approx. 15.46%)
  • Reliable
  • Improved – the Renogy Wanderer

Cons:

When purchasing online, you might not get what you asked for so be careful to check everything when the package arrives!