Monday, January 16, 2017

Travel With Renogy Charge Controllers

If you’ve been following Renogy, you’ve probably seen all of the new products introduced in 2016. From new solar suitcases to generators, Renogy has been hard at work designing products to better suit customer needs. When Renogy first launched years ago, it only carried basic 10A and 30A PWM solar charge controllers. While these controllers were inexpensive, they weren’t entirely user friendly and customers often had to call in with questions. It wasn’t long before we figured out that customers would be willing to pay a little more for a better designed charge controller, so we set out to develop a state-of-the-art line of controllers that are both easier to install and use. We decided to call this new line the “Traveler Series,” keeping in line with the company’s outdoors and adventure theme.

The earlier introduced “new and improved” charge controllers included the Adventurer 30A PWM Charge Controller and the Wanderer 30A Charge Controller. Unlike the basic controllers that Renogy previously carried, the Adventurer and Wanderer are compatible with sealed, gel, and flooded batteries. The Adventurer Charge Controller features an LCD display screen that shows the current power generation, temperature, voltage, and charging current. Perhaps most importantly, the Adventurer is designed for clean flush mounting in RVs, trailers, and boats. The LCD and mounting features were not found on many of the first generation charge controllers. Renogy has received a great deal of positive feedback from customers, especially those using the charge controllers in recreational vehicles. The Adventurer 30A Charge Controller is included in all RV Solar Kits and the Wanderer 30A Charge Controller is included in all standard Starter Kits greater than 50W, all standard Premium Solar Kits, and all standard Complete Kits.

In mid 2016, Renogy introduced the Commander MPPT Charge Controller. The “MPPT” stands for Maximum Power Point Tracking technology, meaning that this controller will more efficiently charge the battery bank. This controller is also compatible with sealed, gel, and flooded batteries, making it more versatile than the original MPPT controllers offered by Renogy. In addition to MPPT technology, this controller also features Multiphase Synchronous Rectification for improved system performance. Although it is a pricier option, its tracking efficiency is as high as 99%, while the conversion efficiency is up to 98%. The Commander Charge Controller is offered as an upgrade in the Starter, Premium, and Complete Solar Kits. The Commander is offered in three options: 20A, 40A, and 60A.

For more information on the Wanderer 30A Charge Controller, visit

For more information on the Adventurer 30A Charge Controller, visit
For more information on the Commander Charge Controller, visit

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Eclipsing Competition: The Renogy Eclipse Solar Suitcase

If you’ve shopped with us in the past, you’ve likely taken notice of our highly efficient 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panels. The standard Renogy Monocrystalline 100W Solar Panels feature module efficiency rates of 15.47% while the 100W Polycrystalline Solar Panels have efficiency rates of 14.56%. These efficiency rates meet or exceed those of other market competitors. Within the past year, Renogy introduced the Eclipse 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panels to its store inventory. The Eclipse line of solar panels feature module efficiency of 18.35%, allowing the panels to be smaller in size and about the same weight as a standard 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel.  Of course, a smaller panel allows for easier storage and transport, but it still leaves one to wonder how to set up the panel while on the go.

Without a portable stand, one must tilt their solar panel on another object so it can be angled toward the sun. Depending on the environment, it may not be easy or safe to do so. That’s why Renogy developed the 100W and 200W Eclipse Solar Suitcases. Each suitcase includes built-in stands and a built-in 30A Adventurer PWM Charge Controller, making setup easier. Unlike the older PWM Charge Controllers, the Adventurer features an LCD screen for ease of use and improved monitoring. The new stands allow for easier adjustment by tightening, loosening and angling, so you can be sure to place your panel in direct light. At the moment, the 100W and 200W Eclipse Solar Suitcases are sold out; however, more will be in stock within the next two months.

In the meantime, if you’re looking for a 100W Solar Suitcase, Renogy still has the standard 100W Monocrystalline Suitcase- with or without a built-in charge controller. Like the Eclipse Suitcases, the standard suitcases feature stands and a handle for easy towing. For more information on the new 100W and 200W Renogy Eclipse Solar Suitcases, visit: