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Renogy Eclipse panels?
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I'm currently a weekend warrior hoping to go full-time in about 9 months.

My power consumption seems pretty mild, and by that I mean I ran my 2 x 100Ah AGMs down from 12.9v to 12.5v over 5 days running my fridge, fan, pump, and lights. I know that isn't the most informative data, but it's the data I have. As you can see, for short trips I don't need solar. But to go full-time I will.

I'm leaning towards an MPPT kit (I know there are disagreements on this topic, let's not debate MPPT/PWM here please).

My thought is to start with 200W and increase to 300-400W only if necessary. I know I can put two panels on my roof without any concern, and I'm pretty sure I can mount three-wide (but I haven't mounted my cross bars yet so that's a little TBD). I could probably get creative with a fourth if I had to but my roof fan is in the middle of the van and I plan to use the rear for a cargo rack. 

My question for this thread is: panel selection

I've been looking primarily at Renogy panels. I've searched here for information about the Eclipse line, but I don't see too much mention of it. For those who have the Eclipse, do you feel they were worth the extra money? Has anybody had experience with both the standard and Eclipse Renogy panels to compare?

Below is information from Renogy's site regarding their 100W panel options (I've rounded some values slightly for simplicity):

100W 12v polycrystalline panel - $120 - 40" x 27" - 14.56% efficiency
100W 12v monocrystalline panel - $140 - 47" x 21" - 15.47% efficiency 
Eclipse 100W 12v monocrystalline panel - $220 - 41" x 21" - 18.35% efficiency 

By my calculations, using the poly panel's cost and efficiency as a "100%" baseline:
  - the mono panel adds 6.25% more efficiency for 16.7% higher cost

  - the Eclipse panel adds 26.03% more efficiency for 83.3% higher cost

I'm not sure how real these efficiency numbers are, so this comparison may not make sense.

Aaron 

Aspiring full-timer
2004 Extended E-350 SuperDuty build in progress 
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Renogy Eclipse panels? - by HumbleBeginnings - 11-22-2017, 12:09 PM
RE: Renogy Eclipse panels? - by frater secessus - 11-22-2017, 04:33 PM
RE: Renogy Eclipse panels? - by frater secessus - 11-22-2017, 04:35 PM
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RE: Renogy Eclipse panels? - by KathyC - 11-22-2017, 11:25 PM
RE: Renogy Eclipse panels? - by UptownSport - 11-23-2017, 09:25 AM
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RE: Renogy Eclipse panels? - by jimindenver - 11-24-2017, 02:41 PM
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RE: Renogy Eclipse panels? - by HumbleBeginnings - 11-28-2017, 05:59 PM
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