Rockpals 100w Solar Panel Review

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With a Rockpals 100W solar charger always in your vehicle you have a sense of freedom that comes with portable electricity. You can recharge your portable electrical appliances during any day the sun is out.

Sometimes when you go away for the weekend, do you just get into your car and go? With no plans, you drive to somewhere like a beach or a forest and park, pull out the folding chairs and table, and then go for a walk to soak up the bliss of nature.

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Maybe you are not the spontaneous departures type, to drive off in all kinds of weather, just you, your partner and vehicle with a few snacks and the basic necessities. However your gadgets like DSLR camera for video and pictures or mobile phone for some tunes on the walk can lose power during your time away.


Having a portable solar charger can help you extend the pleasure of being out on the road. You might want to top up those camera and phone batteries.


Yes, this is possible from a solar panel charger. A foldable portable solar system is one that you can pull out from your vehicle, unfold in the sun, then plug-in your phone and continue playing. The Rockpals charger is awesome; it keeps you recording your smiles even when you are walking miles and end up miles from a working power point.

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This durable solar charger pumps out a massive 100W to be ideal for outdoor camping, supporting activities such as climbing, hiking and picnics.
Rockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator / 8mm Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 240, Webetop Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports



 

Features Of The Rockpals 100W

  • Field reliable: it’s durable and waterproof covering. Constructed with durable nylon and equipped with four adaptors that will operate almost every common solar generator.
  • Packaged with 8mm DC Adapter, 5.5mm x 2.5mm DC Adapter and 3.5mm x 1.35mm DC Adapter and for added convenience 3 x 5V USB devices
  • Solar panels using high efficiency monocrystalline silicon cells technology to gives 21.5% - 23.5% efficiency of charging
  • 10.8 pounds weight of magazine sized easy to carry solar charger loaded with 100Watt (16-18V) power
  • 3 x USB ports, which automatically detects and delivers the optimal charging current for connected devices; up to 2.4A maximum 5V DC per port or 6.0A maximum overall when used under direct sunlight.

Constructed using premium Sunpower solar cells with a charging efficiency of 21.5% - 23.5%.


Rockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator / 8mm Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 240, Webetop Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports

This solar charger will power your portable devices directly from the sun whenever you are outside.


Portable - solar chargers need to be light enough to carry, set up, and use. The solar charger at 10.8 lbs is heavier than the palm sized chargers but it folds out in seconds and ready to go in the same time. It’s capable of generating 100 watts and operating between 0 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit.


Smart - the technology detects and delivers the optimal charging current for any connected device. The technology ensures your devices get the fastest and most efficient charge. When under direct sunlight, all three ports are individually capable of reaching 2.4A.


Hang It or Lay It –open it up and stretch it across a tree, place it on the ground, put in your vehicle or hang it off your tent. If the weather changes, the waterproof covering protects the solar panels. There’s the outside pouch near the handle that ensures your devices stay dry while they charge.

Rockpals 100W Product Description

You can embrace more of the sun’s power with this solar charger.


The solar charger Rockpals 100W solar panel with a durable 4 Foldable waterproof outer leaves and three USB Ports and for Smartphones, Tablets and Camping Travel is a large portable solar powered charger. It exploits more of the sun's rays to charge your smartphones and tablets quickly.


In your package you get:

  • 1 x Rockpals 100W Four-Port Outdoor Solar Charger:
  • One (1) DC 12V Port (Max.Output Power: 100w)
  • Two (2) 5V USB Ports (Max.Output Power: 10W)
  • One (1) QC3.0 USB Port: 9V 2.5A
  • 3 x adapters:
  • One (1) 5.5mm x 2.36mm DC Adapter
  • One (1) MC4 to 5.5mm x 2.1mm DC Adapter
  • One (1) 8mm DC Adapter
  • One (1) User manual

The Specifications Of The Rockpals 100W

  • Product Dimensions: 64.5 inch x 20.5 inch x 1.2 inch (unfolded) or 20.5 inch x 14.2 inch x 2.6 inch (folded)
  • Item Weight: 10.8 pounds
  • Solar Panel Wattage: 100 Watts
  • Solar Panel Type: Mono-crystalline
  • Number of DC 12V Port: 1 (Max. Output Power: 100w)
  • Number of 5V USB Port: 2 (Max. Output Power: 10W)
  • QC3.0 USB Port: 1 x 9V 2.5A
  • Max Open Circuit Voltage: 16 - 18V
Rockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator / 8mm Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 240, Webetop Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports

The Pros

  • A durable water resistant solar panel design
  • Very HIGH 100W fast compatible solar charger! Excellent charger as a result of its size!
  • Monocrystalline cells that are 21.5-23.5% efficient
  • 2 x 5V USB outlets
  • 1 x DC 12V Port
  • Four-folded magazine sized solar panels that open out to a powerful portable charger unit
  • Numerous DC adapters for a range of appliances
  • Fantastic BUILD Quality
  • There's a waterproof pouch that houses the USB ports on the outside
  • Simple to fold out in sunlight, plug in your appliance and charge it

The Cons                               

  • It's a charger only - there are no internal batteries to store power so consider adding a charger store
  • The pouch won't keep out heat if the charger is in the sun and high temperatures affect the panel efficiency and thus the rate of charging so put your device that's being charged inside the backpack or in shade. Please keep your device cool while charging. Phones and battery packs can't handle heat.
  • It is the size of a hard cover briefcase when its folded up. You can’t easily lay it out on your dashboard unless you have a good sized truck.
  • It is not recommended to charge laptops.
  • Don’t try to charge with the DC port and USB ports at the same time. The charging efficiency better using one or the other.
  • The solar panels are waterproof but the junction box is not so you need to keep the junction connectors dry.
Rockpals 100W Foldable Solar Panel Charger for Suaoki Portable Generator / 8mm Goal Zero Yeti Power Station/Jackery Explorer 240, Webetop Battery Pack/USB Devices, with 3 USB Ports

Customer Q & A Feedback


Customers liked this multi-purpose solar charging device.


Q: Do the solar panels bend in a backpack or break?

A: They fold compactly into a briefcase-sized package.

     The panels are stiff, sturdy and do not break easily.

     They are somewhat big and flexible but when folded fit into a backpack.


Q: Can I charge 6v & 12v batteries.

A: The pack has a DC 12v port for charging batteries, and they’re rapid at charging small devices in full summer sun. 


Q: Does heat (45 Degree C) affect their efficiency?

A: The charger will operate at 120degF (or 48.5degC) temperature although at these high temperatures efficiency starts to reduce albeit you have more sun. Usually direct sun and heat go together so keep your phone, power banks, torches and battery operated devices in the shade when they are being charged because they can’t handle much heat.


Q: Does it have internal batteries to store power?

A: No. The Rockpals 100W Solar Panel Charger unit with its ample sized collector will provide power to your devices or external batteries, which you bring with you to store the solar energy. The RAVPower Portable Charger, for example, can supplement the outdoor-oriented solar panel charger. 


Wrap Up & Our Recommendation

 

The Rockpals 100W Solar Panel Charger unit has a large foldout four-panel collector for catching sunlight to keep your portable electronics running, and if you plug this solar panel charger into a portable lithium battery pack during the day while you are out walking, your power needs will be provided for when you get back and the sun sets.


It is very easy to plug your Rockpals 100W panel kit USB into a power bank. And the Rockpals 100W panel kit is compatible with all popular types of plug-in electric generators.


There is a broad range of plug-in storage solutions from the huge capacity Rockpals 300W Lithium Portable Power Station 75000mAh, through to medium capacity RAVPower Portable Charger 25000mAh or many a smaller solar charger with built-in battery, like the Jetsun 16750MAh.


Lay the Rockpals 100W Solar panels out in the full sun during the day but remember to protect your phones or what you plug in to it by shading (because with the sensitive lithium battery will be damaged by heat). Maximise your charging results by making sure your solar charge panels are not shaded.


This Rockpals 100W solar charger is a bit big for attaching to a backpack to charge while you walk. There is a smaller portable 30W version, however, why would you want to carry around more than a camera with you when walking? The power from this big charger will top up any mobile device in super quick time when you get back from the track, and keep you being a happy camper.


I like and I definitely recommend this Rockpals 100W portable solar charger as the perfect portable charging companion for RV excursions and camping.


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