My soon to be installed Complete Solar Setup.
This is how the package arrives from Amazon via UPS. Instapark needs to take note from Renogy and protect the contents of their packages better. The box that contained the solar panel was thin grade cardboard and was just big enough to house the panel. No padding included at all.
This is what is advertised on Amazon.
This is what was received. You can see the discrepancy in the panel’s voltage and current output.
I called Instapark directly which is located in California and the representative I spoke to gathered my information and said she would call back after she looked into the matter. She spoke to a technician there and state that the new panels (like the one I received) are more efficient than the ones displayed on Amazon. She also said something about the factory hasn’t updated the solar panel labels or something to that effect. Not buying that. Anyways she was very nice and apologetic. She offered to send me a Return Label in order to return the panel for a full refund or…. a 10% refund on the purchase price. I opted for the $22 refund.
I met a Vanagon owner named Sam at Buses by the Bridge this year that spoke very highly of his Instapark Solar Panel and his panel had the same data sheet as mine. I’ll stick with the solar panel and see how it fairs over the next few months. It’s definitely got to be better than the single 50 watt panel I was using.
Sam’s data sheet matches mine. He’s been a happy customer with the output of his panel so I’ll go forward with mine and run some real world tests on it.