[Canadian Tire] 100w solar panel kit - $150 (for RV)
- Deal Link:
- September 26, 2018
- Canadian Tire
What makes the deal good is that each kit comes with a 30 amp charge controller which should be enough to connect 3-4 of these 100W panels. Then you can sell the extra controllers. Canadian tire charges $130 for a similar 30amp controller, so they should be worth a few $$ on kijiji. I am not sure how many panels are required to run an average RV yet but it seems like 300W is a good start (3 kits). This is a great price to get started, probably on sale since it is the end of the RV season. This kit is intended for charging a 12v battery bank, such as 2 or 4 costco 6v golf batteries.
One criticism in the reviews is that the cables included are too short, but of course you will need to get more wire to combine the panels and install them into an RV. I see a product called a solar hub for $50 at Canadian tire which can connect multiple solar panels. Connecting only 100W x 2 can be done by splitting wires but connecting 3 or more may require some more components, maybe a bigger diode?
If you are thinking about adding some solar, this is a great price point.
*NOTE: mounting clips not included. Some ppl use 3M VCT tape to install the panels cheaply. I think I would like to keep mine portable in case there are a lot of trees around where I parked the RV.