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||
|Part number||AM-L02FM120H||GP-PSK-120||F-120-KHA||Solar Portable 120W||RNG-ELM-PHOENIX|
|Panel type||Mono / Poly||Mono||Thin film||Mono||Mono|
|USB||No||1 port||No||1 port||4 ports|
|Choose for||Budget||Value for Money||Portability||
* 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.
My 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:
- 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
- Value for money
- USB socket
- LCD display
- Durable casing and brackets
- Not completely foldable
- 10A max charge controller current
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