Are you still struggling with how to choose solar panels? This article will introduce you to the significance of solar panel parameters and list the parameters of 5 different 100w solar panels.
1.Material-polycrystalline or monocrystalline
This is the constituent material of the solar panel, which determines the conversion rate of the solar panel.The solar panels used for charging are basically divided into two categories in the market: single crystal and polycrystalline, wherein single crystal is divided into ordinary single crystal and sunpower single crystal. The conversion rate of solar panels using sunpower cells can reach 23%, and the ordinary one can only reach 19.8%, so we often see slogans with a conversion rate of up to 23%.
2.Item Dimensions-The smaller the size, the better at the same power
Under the same power, the smaller the size is, the better, so that it is more convenient for us to carry it when we go out. Of course, this refers to the folded size.
3.Item Weight-as light as possible
I don’t think there is much to say about this parameter. It must be as light as possible. No one wants to bring a big barbell when they go out.
4.Connector Type-3 different types of interfaces usb/dc/type c
USB:Most solar panels are usb output ports, but having a fast charging port will definitely make you feel happier.
DC:The higher the power, the faster the charging speed.
Type C:Provides more charging possibilities.
5.Power Voltage/Power Current/Open Circuit Voltage/Short Circuit Current-The higher the value, the better
These parameters are some fixed properties of solar panels, ordinary users do not need to consider too much, and the value of this parameter is basically the same for the products on the market.
6. Cell Efficiency-The higher the better
This parameter determines the efficiency of converting light energy into electrical energy.This parameter is basically enough to reach 23%, because this is the highest efficiency of most solar panels assembled with sunpower cells, and it may be higher, but it depends on the random probability.
7. Waterproof Rate-IP65 is already good
You must konw,it is just water resistant not waterproof.
8. Temperature Range-The higher the temperature range, the better
After introducing the meaning of these parameters, let’s take a look at the specific parameters of five 100w solar panels.
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||48 x 21 x 0.2inches||48 x 21 x 0.2inches||47.3 x 20.9 x 0.2 inches||48 x 22.2 x 0.1 inches||47.7x21.3×1 inches|
|Dimensions(folded)||24 x 21 x 2.8 inches||24 x 21 x 3.9 inches||23.6 x 20.9 x 1.06 inches||24 x 22.2 x 2 inches||25.51 x 23.15 x 2.99 inches|
|Item Weight||5.5 Pounds||7.71Pounds||9.92 pounds||10.83 pounds||8.4 pounds|
|Open Circuit Voltage||21.6V||21.6V||21.6V||21.1V||21.6V|
|Short Circuit Current||6.1A||6.1A||6.2A||6.1A||6.1A|
|USB-A Output||5V-2.4A||5V-3A||5V-3A||5-20V/3A||5V3.4A/9V2.5A/12V2A Max|
|USB-C Output/Type C||5V-3A||5/9/12/15/20V(3A)||5V-3A||5-20V/3A；20V5A（Max）||5V4.5A/9V3A/12V3A/15V3A|
|QC3.0 USB Port||–||18W Max||–||–||–|
|DC Charging Port||18V/5.55A||6-28V/6A||18V/5.55A||–||18V/5.55A|
|Operating Temperature Range||-10-65°C||–||14 – 149 ℉||–||–|
Solar panel brief introduction
Jackery SolarSaga 100W Portable Solar Panel
【EASY SETUP & KICKSTAND INCLUDED】 The Solar Saga 100 features 2 kickstands that can be placed firmly on any surface ground.
The TPE rubber handle allows you to carry around easily when taking off-grid adventures.
【COMPATIBLE & VERSATILE】 This solar panel is compatible with Jackery Explorer 300/500/1000/1500 power station (sold separately), ideal for off-grid camping and unexpected power outage.
Pros And Cons:
High solar conversion efficiency of up to 23%.
Implemented with various safety certifications.
Simple and elegant appearance design
Pricier than other models.
Ericsity 100W Portable Solar Panel
【Convenient Carrying】 A practical carrying bag is included for easy transport. Magnetic pads on the solar panel allow the solar panel to be folded up tightly and carried on your favourite off-grid journeys.
【Excellent Conversion Efficiency】 Advanced solar cells on the solar panel provides a higher conversion efficiency of up to 23%, outperforming comparable solar panels – producing more power under similar conditions.
【Instant Setup】 With a few seconds to setup, the solar panel stands firmly and securely thanks to its 3 kickstands.
Pros And Cons:
High solar conversion efficiency up to 23%
SunPower® solar cell technology
Including USB-A , USB Type-C ,and QC3.0 USB Portoutputs
The new brand is not well known
LUVKNIT 100 Watt Portable Solar Panel
【Compatible with Most Solar Generators】 100W Portable solar panel equipped with different size of connectors , can be compatible with the most solar generators.
【High Conversion Efficiency】Foldable solar panel is covered by monocrystalline silicon solar cells with max 23.7% efficiency, convert more solar power into usable energy.
【Waterproof & High Durability】IP65 rating against water and dust, endure for any weather conditions, now you don’t have to worry about a sudden shower of rain.
Pros And Cons:
Compatible with most of portable power station
Portable Solar Panel for multiple 12V batteries
10* port converters
no fast charging port
ALRSKA 100 Watt Portable Solar Panel
【DURABLE】The ETFE-laminated case is durable enough to extend the lifespan of the solar panel.
【HIGHER ENERGY CONVERSION RATE】Covered by monocrystalline silicon solar cells, the solar panel adopts multi-layered cell technology to generate energy from the sunlight and perform better with higher conversion efficiency that up to 23% than other conventional panels.
Pros And Cons:
Magnetic Connection：The Alrska Protable solar panel 100 WATT is closed with two magnets attached to each other for easy outdoor use
High Compatibility：Different sizes of DC connectors for 95% portable generators
Sometimes does not provide precise 100W output
Togo power 100 Watt Portable Solar Panel
An EEF durable solar panel and high-efficiency monocrystalline silicon cell are included.
It is easy to carry it around with the rubber handle.
The IP67 waterproof design resists damage due to different outdoor conditions.
Pros And Cons:
Multiple safety features implemented
Excellent performance in cloudy weather
Reliable and safe power for different outdoor adventures
Pre-installed cable limits the compatibility with other products
From the above parameters, it can be seen that the overall difference between each product is not much, and the difference is in the details, such as color shape design, interface type, supporting wire, etc. You can pay attention to the details and choose your favorite solar panel.