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OptiMate Solar Charging System with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel

OptiMate Solar Charging System with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel

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This permanent mount solar charging system lets you mount the solar panel where you need it for maximum sunlight. 60-watt panel provides DC power to charge your vehicle's batteries. Charges lead-acid batteries. Lowest Prices for the best rv solar panels from OptiMate. OptiMate Solar Charging System with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel part number MA36JR can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 800-298-1624 for expert service.
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OptiMate RV Solar Panels - MA36JR

  • Roof Mounted Solar Kit
  • 60 Watts
  • OptiMate
  • Rigid Panels
  • 1 Panel

This permanent mount solar charging system lets you mount the solar panel where you need it for maximum sunlight. 60-watt panel provides DC power to charge your vehicle's batteries. Charges lead-acid batteries.


  • Permanent mount solar system provides an energy saving charging solution for lead-acid batteries
    • Attach solar panel with included corner mounting brackets (hardware not included)
  • 60-Watt polycrystalline solar panel uses sunlight to charge your vehicle's batteries
    • Made from weatherproof materials to stand up to the elements
  • Solar controller adjusts solar panel output for a quick, consistent charge
    • Automatic multistage smart charging system helps extend battery life
    • LED display provides charge progress and monitors charge level throughout the night
  • Dual method smart charging system helps efficiently charge the battery in any weather
    • Provides continuous charge in full sun and a pulse charge in low light
    • Saves your dead battery from as low as 1V
  • Kit includes single solar panel with built-in solar cable, solar controller with SAE connector, battery clamps, and ring terminals


  • Application: 12V batteries from 2 to 240 amp-hours
  • Battery types supported: flooded, AGM, and gel batteries
  • Solar panel rated power: 60 watts
  • Solar panel voltage: 12V
  • Controller charging amperage:
    • Maximum average current: 5 amps
    • Pulse current: 3 to 5 amps
  • Controller input voltage: 15 - 22V
  • Solar panel IP rating: IP54
  • Cable lengths:
    • Solar cable: 80"
    • Controller cable: 40"
    • Battery clamp lead: 20"
    • Ring terminal lead: 20"
  • Panel dimensions: 27" long x 25-1/2" wide x 1-1/4"" deep
  • 3-year limited warranty

TM523-6 OptiMate Solar DUO + 60W Solar Panel 6-Step 12V / 12.8V 5A Sealed Solar Battery Saving Charger and Maintainer

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Video Transcript for Review of OptiMate RV Solar Panels - 60 Watt Roof Mounted Solar Kit - MA36JR

Hi there. I'm Michael with Etrailer.com. Today we're going to take a quick look at this OptiMate Solar Duo Solar Charging System. This is going to provide the 60 watt polycrystalline solar panel that will convert the sun's rays into electricity to charge up your batteries while you're off the grid. This is going to work with your two to 240 amp hour 12 volt Flooded, AGM, Gel, and Lithium Iron Phosphate batteries. This is designed for a permanent installation, so you can see it is right about 27 inches wide, little over two feet by 26 inches tall.

Again, just a little over two feet. So it's not going to take up a whole lot of room. It's only about an inch and a quarter of an inch thick. So very easy to get mounted in place. They don't include any hardware for you to get it mounted, but just a couple of screws and that sort of thing.

To some of these holes on these mounting brackets will allow you to get this permanently mounted in place where it's going to absorb that sunshine, to convert into electricity, to charge up your batteries. Now, if you're not familiar with solar panels, there's a couple of things to keep in mind. One, this probably isn't going to charge your battery super quick. Most solar is like a trickle charge, so it takes a while for it to charge up your battery, depending on the size of battery, and how long you want to be off the grid, that sort of thing will determine how big of a solar array you're going to need. So this is probably going to be more on the small end.

We do have larger systems available here at Etrailer.com. So if you're wanting to do a long weekend off the grid using only solar power, I would recommend a little bit a heftier system, but this is going to do a decent job of trickle charging your battery. It does have that polycrystalline construction, which isn't the most premium construction. The best on the market is a monocrystalline. So in my mind, it's a comparable to plywood or poly board versus a solid hardwood board.

So that kind of gives you the idea of how the construction is a little bit different. Really, all you need to know is that the polycrystalline is going to be a little bit less effective or efficient. The monocrystalline is the most, but this is still going to do a great job for you. Just depends on the quality that you're wanting to invest in. The monocrystalline does tend to be a little bit more expensive. So if you are just looking to get that energy to your batteries, you don't really care about the efficiency. This is going to do a great job for you. I think you'll be very happy with it in the long run. So one of the most important components of this system is gonna be our controller. So on the back of our panel, we do have this cable that's got this SAE connector. This cable is right about 80 inches long. So that'll kind of give you an idea of where this needs to be mounted so that it can reach to your battery. But you're going to plug this into your controller. Looks like this. Zoom in a little bit for you, so you can see that better. So our controller is actually kind of the brains of the operation. This is going to ensure that our battery is being charged appropriately. So it's got an automatic multi-stage smart charging system to help extend your battery's life. You can see the LEDs there help to provide the charge process and allows you to see if your battery is really lowly in charge, versus as it goes up. Also helps you to monitor the charge level, so as you use power, it's going to go down. So really important to see that, but then also this is going to ensure that it knows what your battery is doing so that it's going to pump the right amount to your battery, rather than having unregulated power coming from your solar panel. This is kind of help to make sure that it's fitting to your battery in an appropriate way that's not going to overcharge it or be damaging to your battery. This does also have a dual method smart charging system that helps to efficiently charge the battery in any weather. So if you have full sun out, it's going to provide about five amps of continuous charge. If you have low light, it's going to provide about three to five amps of pulse charge. So that's going to do a good job of helping the battery. It is going to help save dead batteries from as low as four volts. So if your battery is extremely discharged, this will help to bring it back again with that kind of trickle charge mentality. So, as I said, our solar cable is right at 80 inches here. And when when we plug it in to our controller, our controller has a cable length of 40 inches. And then on the ends, we've got a couple of different ways to connect this to our battery. So we've got ring terminals. So if you're going to be installed to one battery, almost exclusively, you can mount this onto your battery posts and just have that plugged in. Very easy to do. Like so. So that's going to to connect your battery to your solar panel. If you want to switch out, you have an auxiliary battery, a secondary battery, you're helping someone on the side of the road, you can put on these clamps so that you don't have to take this portion off your battery. That can stay there. And can hook up to these clamps, get attached to your battery posts and charge up for a short period like that. So a couple of different options here. But each of these are going to be 20 inches long. So if we combine the 80 from the solar panel, the 40 from the charge controller, and then the 20 inches from our clamps or ring terminals, we're going to have just a little over 11 and a half feet of length here to work with. So we can connect this solar panel to our battery. So keep that in mind, when you're determining where you're going to mount your panel, you obviously want to be able to reach to your battery so that you can get everything connected and charge that battery up. So, like I said, I think this is going to do a good job for you. And that 60 watt output is gonna be decent, but it is on the lower end of the spectrum. So if you are needing a lot of power, I would recommend maybe adding other panels to it. We do have other systems that have multiple panels to 'em, but if you're just looking for a basic trickle charge to your battery, I think this is going to be just fine for you. You'll be very happy with it. So that's going to complete our look for today. Again, I'm Michael with Etrailer.com. Thanks for watching..


Ask the Experts about this OptiMate RV Solar Panels

  • Replacement Solar Panel For 2006 Lance 951 Truck Camper
    The panel dimensions of the OptiMate Solar Duo Solar Charging System with Controller, # MA36JR are 27" long x 25-1/2" wide x 1-1/4"deep. This is a 60 Watt panel that best matches what you describe from our current available options. If you want to consider an upgrade and the room for it on your roof, I suggest the Go Power Eco Solar Charging System with Digital Solar Controller, # 34272627. This is an 80 watt monocrystalline solar panel with dimensions of 34.65" long x 26.4" wide x...
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