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Go Power! Weekender ISW Charging System – 170 Watts by Go Power (RV Solar Panels)
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Speaker 1: Today we’re gonna be taking a look at the Go Power Weekender ISW Solar Charging System, part number is 34282551. Now the Weekender ISW Kit is designed to give you really everything you’re gonna need whether you’re connected to power or if you’re off-grid. We’ve got our solar panel to generate energy. We’re gonna have our inverter. Now the inverter’s designed to take 12 Volt power and turn it into usable power for hair dryers, small appliances, and things like that. We’ve got our transfer switch, fuse, we’ve got our control for the inverter, we’ve got our solar controller for our solar panel, then wiring, bracketry, and everything we need to get it all set up.
Now this kit’s better suited for your one- and two-battery style setups. If you have additional batteries, you have more storage capabilities in those batteries, and we can go with larger kits to deliver more power. Essentially with this kit, it’s gonna help to get us through a weekend of powering our AC, appliances, and things like that, maybe even a long weekend if we’ve got some really good sun. Combine that with the inverter that we’re able to plug in, and when we have that access available, it’s really gonna maintain everything and keep everything charged up.Now the solar panel that’s gonna come with your kit, it’s 170 Watts. It’s gonna deliver about 8.8 amp hours of charging power for you.
Now this is one of the higher end panels that is out there available. They typically make solar panels in two ways. One would be what we have here, which is a mono. A mono type panel is basically, they draw one big in get out, they slice it, and that’s kind of why you see the edges are trimmed here and around. The other type is a poly type, so basically it’s almost like a particle board, they take a bunch of pieces of silica, they put them all in a big box, they bake them, and essentially the benefits while they are very slight with the mono panel would be that it handles the heat better.
So as this is in direct sunlight all day, it’s gonna heat up. Even as it heats up, it’s able to deliver that power. You typically get more wattage out of it, it’s gonna deliver more power down to your batteries.So all in all, while it is slight, this is one of the better panels that we’re gonna see. It’s also gonna be completely encased in aluminum here. We’ve got a good quality glass here on the top that’s designed to resist the hail and other elements that we’re gonna encounter.
And if you notice on the back, got really nice plugs here. These are designed to, of course you’re not gonna plug these together when it’s in direct sun, but these are designed to slide together with the additional cables that you’ll get. We’re gonna have an O-ring right here that prevents any moisture from getting in there and causing corrosion. To maximize the capability of your solar panel, of course you want it to be really clean, and you wanna keep it in the sun. If you pull your RV in underneath a tree, it’s going to get some sun, but it’s not gonna be nearly as much what we get out in full sun. So couple things there to keep in mind.Now even though it is a very high-quality panel, weight isn’t really high. It’s about 26 1/2 pounds, so overall gonna get a lot of power out of it without adding a lot of weight.The solar controller that’s gonna come with the kit is a 30 Amp controller, so we’re able to expand this kit up to a total of three panels. That’ll deliver up to 30 Amps if you decide you need a little bit more power. This is a post lift modulation solar controller, so it’s gonna get the power that we need to our batteries, and it can all be displayed right here so we can kind of fine tune it. Additionally as a little benefit there, there’s also a USB plug-in, so if we wanna plug in one of our chargers directly in there, we can also do th