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OptiMate Portable Solar Panel with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel

OptiMate Portable Solar Panel with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel

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This portable 60-watt solar charging system lets you place the solar panel where you need it for maximum sunlight. Helps extend your off-grid campout if you have low energy demands, like charging a single portable power station. Great Prices for the best portable solar panel from OptiMate. OptiMate Portable Solar Panel with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel part number MA96JR can be ordered online at etrailer.com or call 1-800-940-8924 for expert service.
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OptiMate Portable Solar Panel - MA96JR

  • With Solar Charge Controller
  • AGM
  • Flooded Lead Acid
  • Gel
  • 51 - 100 Watts
  • 0.1 - 5 Amps
  • OptiMate

This portable 60-watt solar charging system lets you place the solar panel where you need it for maximum sunlight. Helps extend your off-grid campout if you have low energy demands, like charging a single portable power station.


Features:

  • Portable solar system provides an off-grid charging solution for low-energy demands
    • Park in the shade and place the solar panel in the sun for maximum charge
  • Polycrystalline solar panel charges your battery at 60 watts an hour in optimal daylight conditions
    • Weatherproof materials stand up to the elements
  • 5-Amp PWM solar controller automatically adjusts solar panel output for a consistent charge
    • Allows panel to stay connected safely for extended periods
    • Displays charge progress and charge level with LED indicators
    • Can save a dead battery from as low as 1V
  • Kit includes all major components (hardware not included)
    • 1 Solar panel with built-in solar cable and adjustable stand
    • 1 Solar controller with SAE connector
    • 1 Battery clamp cable
    • 1 Ring terminal cable
    • 1 Heavy-duty nylon carrying case


Specs:

  • Application: 12V batteries from 2 to 240 amp-hours
    • Works with AGM, gel, and flooded lead acid batteries
  • Solar panel rated power: 60 watts
  • Controller charging amperage:
    • Maximum average current: 5 amps
    • Pulse current: 3 to 5 amps
  • 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
  • Solar panel IP rating: IP54
  • 3-year limited warranty


This portable Optimate solar system can help extend your off-grid campout if you have low energy demands. It provides an easy way to charge your RV batteries with clean, renewable power. Using the 60-watt solar panel, this system collects solar energy to create DC power that passes through a solar charge controller into your battery. The kit includes adapters to suit your charging application. It also comes in a heavy-duty, nylon carrying case for convenient transport and storage.


It's great if you only run lights or a fan on the single battery of your small travel trailer, or if you have a portable power station for keeping your phones and chargeable devices topped up.


Polycrystalline Solar Panel


Optimate solar panel standing on adjustable legs

The charging process starts with the solar panel, which has folding legs so you can park in the shade and still have it angled directly at the sun. The corners of the panel also have holes, allowing you to mount the panel permanently with screws or other mounting hardware (sold separately). When solar energy interacts with the silicon cells in the panel, it generates a flow of DC electrical current that charges your battery. And in optimal sunlight conditions, the panel produces 60 watts per hour.


Smart Solar Controller Charges and Protects Battery

The solar controller prevents harmful overcharging by adjusting the power generated by the solar panel before it reaches your batteries. It uses pulse width modulation technology to regulate the output through pulses that provide a consistent charge. Typically, PWM controllers are a good fit for smaller systems with lower voltages compared to more expensive MPPT solar controllers.


Using a multistage charging system, the controller automatically switches voltages while the battery bank charges. This accelerates the charge, but also helps extend battery life by adjusting the voltage during the different modes. The controller is compatible with multiple battery types and includes preset charging profiles for sealed/gel, AGM, and flooded/wet cell lead acid batteries.


Charging Modes

  1. Save: When battery save mode is in progress, the solar charge controller is detecting a battery lower than 12V. It can save a battery discharged as low as 4V.
  2. Charge & Optimize: In this mode, the controller will be actively charging the battery. The battery is optimized by continuing charging for at least 10 more minutes.
  3. Maintain: The battery will be maintained in this mode as the charger delivers a holding voltage between 13.3V and 13.6V.

Optimate solar charge controller

LED indicators provide information on the current solar panel output. The lights will tell you if the panel is providing a charge, if the battery is deeply discharged and in save mode, if the battery is moderately charged and in charge & optimize mode, and when the battery is fully charged and being maintained. It automatically detects battery type and chooses the appropriate charging profile.


Easy-to-Use Adapters for Battery Connection


Optimate cables for attaching panel to battery

This kit includes two cables for temporary or permanent attachment to your battery. The SAE plugs connect to the charge controller and attach to your battery using ring terminals or alligator clips. The ring terminals are good for creating a port on your motorcycle, ATV, golf cart, or RV so you can park it and quickly attach the solar panel with zero fuss. The alligator clips are a good option if your battery is easily accessible and you only occasionally plan to hook up the solar panel.


Heavy-Duty, Nylon Carrying Case


Optimate solar panel carrying case

The durable, nylon carrying case has a soft interior to help protect your panel during storage and transport.



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Installation Details MA96JR Installation instructions



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Video Transcript for OptiMate Solar Duo Portable Solar Panel with Controller Review

Hi everyone, it's Evangeline here at etrailer and today we'll be taking a look at our OptiMate portable solar panels with controllers. You can get this in some different sizes. I have the 10 Watt here. The main purpose of the solar charging system is to charge or maintain the batteries of your vehicle when you're out camping. So it's not really there to power your coffee pot or run your refrigerator, but rather it's a smaller panel because it has a smaller purpose. So in that case, with a 20 or 10 or 40 Watt options, you do have a lighter, more compact option for you and it's also portable, just not as powerful as some other setups out there.

So included with this kit is gonna be your carrying case. You have some easy to use handles for the whole thing and when you open up the case and undo the zipper, you then have access to your panel which has the suction cups as well as your pouch. So your pouch is gonna have all of your different cords and your solar controller and if you have other tools you wanna include, you can put them in here. So this has suction cups included with it as well as a wingnut in the back in order to secure it. So when you store it I do recommend putting the suction cup where the panel is facing that we have a little cushion inside of your bag but when you're ready to put it onto a flat surface, flip that suction cup around so it's facing the back.

The trick to a proper fit is holding down the wingnut as you turn the suction cup as well as making sure your surface area is clean and free of debris. Once you've done all that, then you just push up against that surface and the cup suction and then your solar panel is secure. Having those suction cups gives you more versatility for where you can put this panel. So try to get it as close to your battery as you can. So for example, with this 10 Watt panel, we have 80" of the cable that actually is only 72" or six feet because of where it sticks out of the panel.

So this will help you figure out how much space you have left over. For mounting it to the battery, you have two options. For the quick and easy one, you have these clamps and make sure to attach them positive and then negative. Now I personally prefer to use the second option which is the quick mount so you these attach to your ring terminals and that way you can keep them on there and not have to worry about install every single time. I actually use the OptiMate system with my own vehicle.

So I just connect the ring terminals to the battery and I just leave this on here for months at a time. Make sure that the dust cap is at the end so it's protected from the dust and debris. And then when you wanna connect your solar panel, you set up the solar panel, you get your quick connector, you line up the polarities and you push them together. Now we have our solar controller and you wanna make sure you're connecting the correct sides. So there's in where you have the sun that means that's where the solar panel goes. Then you follow the arrows to the out and that goes towards the battery. So after you double check that, you can then plug them together. There's going to be one, two, three, four and five different light bulbs on this monitor. So number one is just gonna show you if it's charging or not. This will change depending on how much sun you have and the speed will change too if it's really bright outside or overcast. Now two, three and four are gonna be for most of your AGM batteries, your usual 12 volt batteries. So if it's a dead battery and it needs to be saved, you'll see the two when you go about halfway and you need to charge, there'll be the three and then finally the fourth one is 100%. Your fifth light is gonna be for your LFP or your lithium batteries. So the portability of this panel is really helpful because then you can move your panel around to get the best sunlight. You are limited though by your flat surfaces as well as it being vertical or horizontal. So if the sun is angled this way, you're gonna have to deal with just this way. Now where this really shines though is gonna be your solar controller because depending on the sunlight it switches between a continuous charge and a pulsing charge and it also optimizes whichever is best for your battery. So it checks out the different voltage and it changes how much pulse it's giving that battery. That way you can charge it and maintain it. So it is different from your heavy duty solar panel set ups that are designed to run heavy duty things. This is designed to keep your battery alive, to keep your battery going or to save your battery. That way you can still get from point A to point B or you're able to leave the campsite when you're done with your big adventures. So this is gonna be a polycrystalline solar panel which is also weatherproof. So you do have your metal sides to help give you that good frame to protect that panel on the inside. What's gonna happen here though is that it's not as efficient as a monocrystalline panel. Like it still works really, really well. But when you want efficiency when it comes to space, you then start looking at those monocrystalline panels. In our case here, what you could do is either upgrade from the 10 Watt to the 20 Watt or the 40 Watt to compensate for that space. Now you can get this as a non portable version without the bag or the suction cups. It's gonna work the exact same way. You can find them all here at etrailer. Check out our pages, our descriptions, as well as our pictures to help you find the best fit. But this right here was a look at the OptiMate portable solar panels with included solar controllers at etrailer.com. My name is Evangeline and I hope you enjoyed the journey.

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OptiMate Portable Solar Panel with Controller - 60 Watt Solar Panel - MA96JR

Average Customer Rating:  4.0 out of 5 stars   (5 Customer Reviews)

This portable 60-watt solar charging system lets you place the solar panel where you need it for maximum sunlight. Helps extend your off-grid campout if you have low energy demands, like charging a single portable power station.

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VERY WELL BUILT. WORTH THE MONEY



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Worked great. Charged out battery as we were dry camping.



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