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120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review

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Having a 120W portable folding solar panel or system has many benefits and numerous applications that you can use it for as such system gives you great mobility and flexibility.

Such solutions are ideal for camping, boondocking, RV, beach and generally any application where you need energy on the go.

To choose the perfect 120W portable folding solar panel for your application, you need first to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What is your budget? (panel/system vs. quality)
  • Do you need an integrated system or just the panel?
  • Does the charge controller have an LCD? (You don’t want to bring your multi-meter to the beach, right?)
  • Do you need a DC and/or AC output? (i.e.: do you need inverter and plug?)

 

My recommended 120W portable folding solar panel / systems list for 2017:
Brand Eco Worthy Go Power! PowerFilm

EBAT

Renogy
Part number AM-L02FM120H GP-PSK-120 F-120-KHA Solar Portable 120W RNG-ELM-PHOENIX
Picture 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review
Panel type Mono / Poly Mono Thin film Mono Mono
Power 120W 120W 120W 120W 20W*
Charge Ctrl PWM PWM No No MPPT
LCD No Yes No No Yes
USB No 1 port No 1 port 4 ports
Inverter No No No No Yes

110V/60Hz

Battery 12V

Not included

12V

Not included

12V

Not included

No

(18V output)

Li-ion 16AH

(14.8V)

Dim. (in) 32.4x23x4.6 32.5×19.9×2.8 14.7×14.3×2.6 21.3×6.7×2 13.8×16.1×3.9
Weight (lbs) 26.5 28.7 7.55 5.3 12.8
Carrying bag No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Comp. fold No No Yes No No
My Rating 7/10 8/10 9/10 7.5/10 8.5/10
Price index $ $$$ $$$$ $$ $$$$
Choose for Budget Value for Money Portability

Limited Applications

All-in-One
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* Can be expanded up to 120W with an additional panel, buy a separate 100W panel from Amazon here

 

As you can see above, sometimes it is not easy to choose but here are my guidelines on how to choose the perfect 120W portable folding solar panel for your application.

 

Question and Answer:

Q: I want max portability and budget is no issue.
A: Then get the PowerFilm F-120-KHA, still you’ll need to buy charge controller, battery, cables and maybe inverter if needed.

 

Q: I want a system for battery charging and load terminals.
A: in this case, I suggest the Eco Worthy one (if you do not need an LCD or USB) or the Go Power! one if having a USB and LCD (and a bunch of wiring accessories) is necessary.

 

Q: I want a panel ONLY to charge my laptop and smart devices.
A: Then the EBAT panel is your perfect solution, it has no battery but it supplies you directly with 18V/1.1A DC power to charge your laptop and a 5V/2.1A USB socket to charge your smart devices.

 

Q: I want a small system that I can use to recharge my smart devices and has an AC output.
A: Phoenix is your best pick here; it has four USB sockets and 110V AC output. It is an all-in-one solution but its wattage is limited to 150W.

 

120W Portable Folding Solar Panel ReviewMy Favorite 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel:
And the Winner is: Go Power! GP-PSK-120

Although you may pay more for that system, Go Power! Portable System serves almost all the basic needs for camping, boondocking, RV, beach and emergency applications. The system is durable and I am a fan of Carmanah Technologies products.

The Go Power GP-PSK-120 includes:
  • 120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review Carrying bag.
  • 15’ cable.
  • Solar controller with LCD display.
  • One USB socket.
  • Battery clamps.
  • Ring terminals.
  • Quick-connect cables.
  • SAE solar plug adaptor.
  • XLR-style solar plug.

 

Go Power! 120W portable folding solar panel Pros and Cons
Pros:
  • Value for money
  • USB socket
  • LCD display
  • Durable casing and brackets
Cons:
  • Not completely foldable
  • 10A max charge controller current

 

120W Portable Folding Solar Panel Review

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