Thursday, 20 September 2018
Renogy Solar kit

Renogy 400 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Starter Kit with Wanderer


Reviewed by:
Rating:
5
On June 27, 2016
Last modified:June 27, 2016

Summary:

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

Post Comment