To reduce our dependence on fossil fuels such as coal, oil and natural gas as source of supply for our current electricity, to relieve the pressure of rising price of these supplies and to combat climate change, renewable energy sources have emerged to address these issues. Solar energy is a great alternative energy option since the solar is literally abundant in supply without any time of exhaustion.
Making your own solar system is getting more and more popular and it is the mainstream trend in the solar energy market so far. Because it is a more affordable solution to have the solar system built in many households.
To make you easier to evaluate how the solar panels are doing, I have summarized five purchase criteria of selecting a solar panel. These are efficiency, durability, features, value for money and support.
Sunforce Solar Kit Review – Features and Durability
This solar charging kit is featured with four 15 watt amorphous solar panels (dimension: 38 L x 13.5 W x 0.75 H) with durable plastic PVC frames for mounting panels, a 200-Watt modified sine save power inverter, a 7-Amp solar charge controller, and a wiring kit with accessories for easy installation. This wiring kit includes 12V DC plug, alligator battery clamps, mounting screws and extra wiring, 4 in 1 wire connector and 12V DC socket for powering 12V products.
The solar panels can take on temperatures as low as 40 degrees F below zero, which is standard in the industry. The panels can work well in high heat up to 176 degrees F.
This solar charging kit is able to charge any 12-Volt battery such as deer feeders and landscaping pumps. This solar kit can power automobiles, recreational vehicles, tractors, all-terrain vehicles, boats, electric fences, telemetry and more.
The efficiency rating of this solar charging kit is 15%-18%, which is also good to high efficiency. The efficiency rating is lower than monocrystalline, and the price is also much lower than monocrystalline.
Amorphous solar panels are created by spraying silicon on to glass in very thin layers, and are commonly known as thin film solar panels.
Sunforce offers 5 years of warranty and warrants the buyer that this product is free from detects in materials and workmanship for one year.
For this lower end product, the demand for customer service is generally lower, though Sunforce customer service is relatively less than satisfactory generally speaking.
Sunforce Solar Kit Review – Advantages
One thing I liked this solar charging kit is the unbeatable price for four solar panels with a complete kit. It saves lots of money as compared with buying some higher priced monocrystalline standalone solar panels with higher efficiency though. It is a great starter kit.
In terms of value for money, it is on top of the best seller list, especially if you are looking for more affordable solar panels.
Sunforce Solar Kit Review Disadvantages
This solar charging kit is one of the best selling items in solar panel though, the parts came with it are not of quality looking. Since the kit is quite cheap, the quality of these parts is also lower than the higher end products in order to lower the cost of charging kit. For example, the frame is PVC made instead of aluminum, which usually came with the higher end monocrystalline solar panels.
Sunforce Solar Kit Review – Summary
If you are prepared yourself to buy the complete solar kit in a very tight budget or at the most affordable price, this solar charging kit is the best buy in the market. With only one third of other higher end solar panels price, you will be happy with this solar charging kit as long as you don’t set your expectations to have the same looking and performance of higher end products.