I have been reading posts on this forum and on the web trying to educate myself on portable solar. I wanted your opinions on what I am planning and recommendations on which brands to consider.
The van: 2001 E350, v10, Quigley, EB50 SMB with PH top
Electrical demand: 2 way (12/120 volt) fridge, Suburban heater, Suburban hot water, Surflow water pump, misc LED lighting.
Battery: 12 Volt 4D Centennial Deep Cycle 210 AMP Hour
Existing battery charging: Shore power to stock SMB 120 to 12 volt converter (Progressive Dynamics Intellipower) with plug and play “Charge Wizard” controller. Also, battery charges from engine alternator when engine is running. Battery monitor with voltage and amps in and out.
I would like to get a soft portable suitcase solar system that will keep up with the demand of the fridge and the heater primarily. I estimate that we use around 30 to70 Amp Hours per 24 hours (average around 45 Amp Hours) depending on the weather while we are camping.
I think I need the following:
Soft solar panel suite case
Charge controller - I would like the controller to be sized to accommodate adding more portable panels in the future possibly.
Connector for side of van to connect to the van’s 12 volt house system
60 - 70 feet of extension cable for panel placement flexibility
Alligator clips with quick connector for optional hook up to van starting battery.
I am considering the Lensun 200 watt portable suitcase which includes a 15 Amp MPPT controller. The new version has 4x50 watt (the prior model had 5x40 watt - I saw that Scaf77 has this older version). Here is a link: https://www.lensunsolar.com/index.ph...product_id=381
They also have this panel with a different charge controller that is cheaper. Not sure what the difference is and if the more expensive one is much better. https://www.lensunsolar.com/index.ph...product_id=317
Is the Lensun kit a good option? What other brands should I consider that make a soft and lightweight folding panel kit?