Solar On The Side – Portable Solar Panel Review

Solar On The Side by Go Power

I have a portable solar panel and I purchased the Solar On The Side because my RV is set up for it.  These are complete kits and include the charge controller, they also come with the standard battery clamps if your RV isn’t set up with the outlet.  This solar panel system works!solar panel

My Experience

We purchased an new RV and took it out the first time and the batteries wouldn’t stay charged, so we ran a generator every day.  When we went back to the dealer, they told us that it had a residential refrigerator. Due to that, the batteries alone couldn’t provide the power needed. I had the dealership install four AGM (absorbent glass material) batteries and purchase the solar panel kit. I really should have checked Amazon because they had exact same kit for less than the dealership charged.

The next time we took the RV out we didn’t have to run the generator at all.  I was very impressed with how well this panel worked to keep the batteries charged. charge controllerWe only had to run the generator if we wanted to use the microwave or the fireplace.

This solar kit is a folding panel with the charge controller and an area to store the plugs. It’s compact and easy to store and keep everything in one place. The charge controller automatically senses which type of batteries you are using and displays the voltage they have currently.

My Recommendation

If you like camping off-grid, like we do, I would recommend getting a solar panel kit. When camping for extended periods, they are a great investment. Do your research first, unlike I did. If I’d done my research, I could have saved a lot of money, instead, I went back to the RV dealer.  When we build our cabin, I will be getting a solar panel system for it, I have shared those plans here.

Amazon has a lot of Solar Options and they have a variety of AGM batteries. Go Power and Renogy both have many options for the folding portable solar panels. There are even some that are flexible. Things to keep in mind, you want a system with a charge controller, as it prevents your batteries from being over charged. Take into consideration the length of the leads.  You’ll need longer ones if your placing it on top of your RV so you may have to buy an extension.

Please feel free to leave your experiences and ideas in the comments below.  Happy Camping!

 

 

 

12 thoughts on “Solar On The Side – Portable Solar Panel Review”

  1. Jesse Lee says:

    Great post!
    I have always wanted to learn more about the solar options out there. This looks to be a great investment and I especially like how easy it would be to move around.
    Amazon usually has the best deals. I have definitely spent more money on a product only to later look on Amazon and see that I could have saved a lot buying it there.
    My uncle recently bought one solar panel that is similar to this and has quickly found it to be worth buying.
    I look forward to one day owning one of these portable solar panels.
    Thanks for sharing the information about this product!

  2. Rob says:

    I didn’t realize the solar panel kits were this affordable. I expected them to be more. Thanks for bringing this information to light.

  3. Eric says:

    Well, I have to say, I never thought that solar panels were affordable. I knew very little about solar panels before reading this article, thinking that they were expensive if you were to live in a large house. But you put that myth to rest, and I’m impressed with the information you shared.

    If I ever own a house at some point, I’ll definitely consider looking at some of these solar panels you recommend. Very good article, thanks for sharing!

    1. Stevie says:

      Hi Eric,

      I’m glad you found the information useful. I was really upset when I found out how much cheaper my solar panel was on Amazon versus what I paid at the RV dealership.

      Have a great day!
      Stevie

  4. Solar is such a great option for campers, and many people don’t realize that you can use it to run pretty much anything! We live in our van full time and wouldn’t be able to do it without the use of solar panels. Ours aren’t portable, they are fixed to the roof, but a portable solar panel is a great option for supplemental power like you’re talking about. Great info!

    1. Stevie says:

      Hi Jessica,
      I was amazed how well they work and we’re going to be building an off-grid cabin and we will have a complete solar system for power with a generator back up. I’ll be posting the things I learn so stay tuned.
      Stevie

  5. I live in Barbados and this is the first I’m reading about solar kits especially folded ones.
    I’ll check to see if any shipments are available for Barbados. Thanks very much for this information.

    1. Stevie says:

      There is a large variety in the states. Good Luck in your search in Barbados.
      Stevie

  6. Justin says:

    I had been looking similar things up about certain solar panel options. I love going camping with the family and this information can really help out!

  7. Hori Wiringi says:

    Thanks for the informative review. I camp the old way, without too much stuff.
    But our home has off the grid systems I have made but I have not tried building a solar system but why bother, when it’s so cheap on Amazon! Thanks.

  8. Ali says:

    What a nice post you wrote! I really enjoyed reading it and I could not be silent about your post so I decided to leave my comment here and say Thank You for sharing this quality post with others.
    Actually this is exactly the information that I was looking for information about the side portable solar panel review and when I landed on your website and read this post, it answered all my questions in detail.
    So I’m happy that you decided to write about this topic and share it with people. It’s very useful and can definitely be used as a great source for everyone who is interested in this topic.
    I will come back to your website again for sure and I’m looking forward to reading your new posts.)

    Thanks!

    1. Stevie says:

      Hi Ali,
      I am glad that you found my review useful. Helping everyone by sharing what I have learned is my goal.
      Have a wonderful day.
      Stevie

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