This 17W solar panel by Voltaic is rugged, lightweight, frameless, and waterproof with an output of 17 Watts at 18V… the correct type of panel for charging 12V & universal solar battery packs. You can easily slip this panel in a backpack for portability or mount it wherever you need power.
This 17 Watt, 18 Volt panel is the most compact panel in the market at this power level. It is designed to charge the Voltaic V88, and can also work with the Goal Zero Sherpa 50, Sherpa 100, Sherpa 100AC, and other batteries that charge in the 12-14 Volt range. This includes deep cycle marine, AGM, and Gel cell batteries.
Applications and Charge times
With a few exceptions for ruggedized laptops, we recommend charging laptops via a battery like the Voltaic V88 or Sherpa 100AC, (ie not directly from a solar panel). Cameras can be charged directly from the panel as most camera cradles are looking for 12 to 24 Volts.
- UV resistant
- Compact and lightweight
- Monocrystalline cells – 19% efficient
- Open Circuit Voltage: 20.0V
- Peak Voltage: 17.5V
- Peak Current: 1.05A
- Peak Power: 18.45 Watts
- Urethane coating
- 3mm Aluminum/Plastic composite substrate
- Mounting and Cables
- 8 screws on back corners of panel allow multiple mounting options
- Output cable is 8.5 inches, 22cm long and has 3.5×1.1mm plug
How To Use This Solar Panel…
1. In your solar power projects
A great option for school science classes, electronics, and alternative energy studies. Cost effective, rugged, and efficient. Connect to your projects using the 3.1×1.1mm barrel connector on the end of the panel’s output cable.
2. To charge your 12V devices
Connect directly to 12V car chargers & devices using the optional circuit boxes & CLA connectors. Note that the panel’s output current will vary with daylight intensity, and this may not make some devices happy. In these cases, your best option is to connect the panel to a storage battery pack (like the V72) that can deliver consistent power to the level your device wants (see the next option…)
3. Store power in a battery pack
This is by far the best option for powering your gear. Connect the panel to a storage battery (like the V72) using the optional circuit box connectors. The power you store from the panel can be used any time, day or night, to charge your smartphones, GPS receivers, cameras, iPads, computers, or just about any other device.
Connect Additional Panels Together
Want to combine several Voltaic solar panels together to create a more powerful solution?
Check the Voltaic page to see the various plug-n-play circuit boxes available for doing just that. Be sure that you have a battery pack that can handle the extra power (or use a charge controller)
Want to use this solar panel to power your gear while out in the wilderness?
You will want to consider the following accessories…
Panel Straps – Secure the panel to your pack
Ansmann Vario – Universal charger for AA/AAA, and most camera battery packs (3.6v-7.4v)