HQST Solar Panel Review – 100 watt Monocrystalline and more

HQST solar panel review

I installed a 200 watt solar panel in my home in May 2016. Since then I have been researching solar panels. I think I am becoming a solar energy enthusiast to say the least. This is an HQST Solar Panel Review. I believe that solar energy is the way to go when it comes to being energy efficient. After installing my first Solar Panel and reading a few solar panel reviews, there are a few things that I look for. I believe anyone who is interested in buying a solar panel and is not a solar panel “expert” will benefit from this review of the HQST 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel and other Solar panels.  

 

How much Power?

Hqst solar panel plateThe 100 Watt rating on the solar panel refers to the peak power that the panels can out put when placed under direct sunlight. It is the ideal case. In reality you will not get this peak power all through the day. If you have direct sunlight for 5 hours, then the solar panels will ideally output 500 Wh of power.

This means you can use the solar panels to ideally supply 500 Watt hour of power to your battery or to any direct current load that may be connected to the panels. In my own case I bought my solar panels to charge my 200Ah battery.  It is more realistic to assume that the panels will only supply 80% of the max power rating even when you have an almost ideal situation. If however there is some shade, some cloud or your placement does not allow for adequate sunlight to your panels the amount of power outputted will be affected.

Solar technology has advanced greatly such that you can easily find a solar panel in just the right size to suit your electrical/electronic needs. Purchasing 100 Watt solar panel is a great choice if you merely want a small solar PV system for your home or your RV. This HQST Solar Panel Review will give you an insight on the HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel; its features, pros, and cons including a list of other quality HQST solar panels.

 

HQST Solar Panel Specification

  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Max. System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
  • Weight: 16.5 lbs
  • Dimensions: 47 x 21.3 x 1.4 inches

FEATURES

  • The tempered glass and corrosion resistant aluminum frame allows each panel to withstand high wind (2400Pa) and snow loads (5400Pa), increasing durability and value.
  • High Module Conversion Efficiency. Its bypass diodes ensure excellent performance in low light environments.
  • Monocrystalline panels come with high-efficiency solar cells that increase space efficiency.
  • Pre-drilled holes on the back of the panel allow for easy and secure mounting.
  • Off-Grid Rooftop/Ground Mounted.
  • Advanced encapsulation materials with multilayered sheet laminations to enhance cell performance and prolong service life
  • IP65 rated junction box provides complete protection against environmental particles and low-pressure water jets.
  • TPT back sheet ensures smooth performance over a long period of time.
  • 5 years material and workmanship warranty including 25 years power output warranty.

Benefits of HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

  • This solar panel is easy to install.
  • It is ideal for both residential and rural use
  • Pre-drilled holes on the back of the panel provide a fast and secure mounting option.
  • Its monocrystalline solar cells give you more efficiency per space compared to polycystalline solar panels.
  • It is reliable, having a high conversion efficiency and simple mounting advantage.
  • This solar panel is quite durable. The cells laminated into the plastic makes it stronger than glass or aluminum options.

Shortcomings

  • It comes with no bare wire MC4 Connectors

This product has a lot of positive reviews on Amazon, costing $112.99 with a rating of 4.4 stars out of 5 and 84 customer reviews. Most of the customers had nice things to say about the product. To see reviews on Amazon, click here.

In Conclusion,

This product seems to be a great one so far. HSQT Solar Panels have proven to be true over time. They deliver quality products that last overtime with an amazing warranty plan.

Some other solar panels marketed by HQST include:

150 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Flexible Solar Panel

HQST 100 WATT 12 VOLT POLYCRYSTALLINE SOLAR PANEL

HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Panel Kit with 30A PWM LCD Display Charge Controller

HQST 100 Watt 12Volt Off Grid Polycrystalline Portable Foldable Solar Panel Suitcase with Charge Controller

 

HQST 200 Watt 12 Volt Monorystalline Solar Panel Kit with 20A PWM LCD Display Charge Controller

HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Monocrystalline Solar Marine Kit

HQST 400 Watt 12 Volt Solar Panel Kit (MPPT40)

Renogy Vs HQST vs Eco-Worthy vs WindyNation Solar Panels

There are 4 major players when it comes to buying solar panels online. These four companies sell very identical solar panels and you may be wondering what the differences are. In this article I compare Renogy vs HQST vs Eco-Worthy vs WindyNation 100 watt monocrystalline solar panels.

  • Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 47 x 1.4 x 21.3 inches
  • 16.5 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$$)
  • HQST 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 47 x 1.4 x 21.3 inches
  • 16.5 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$)
  • ECO-WORTHY 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 47.6 x 1.2 x 21.3 inches
  • 17.6 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 17.3 V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.78A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.6V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.13A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$)
  • WindyNation 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel
  • 40 x 1.2 x 26.4 inches
  • 20 pounds
  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.56A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.6V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.11A
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty
  • Price ($$$)

Renogy Vs HQST vs Eco-Worthy vs WindyNation Solar Panels comparison criteria.

Here are the categories under which we will be comparing these solar panels.

  • Physical Appearance
  • Cost
  • Warranty
  • Reviews

Please find below the images of the 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels from the 4 different companies.

Renogy 100W Monocrystalline Solar Panel

The Renogy solar panel is 47 x 1.4 x 21.3 inches and 16.5 pounds in weight.

  • Maximum Power: 100W
  • Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
  • Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
  • Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
  • Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
  • Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A

Warranty

  • 25-year transferable power output warranty: 5-year/95% efficiency rate, 10-year/90% efficiency rate, 25-year/80% efficiency rate
  • 5-year material and workmanship warranty

Cost

The renogy solar panel is the most expensive of the four panels. It is identical to the HQST panel but about 20 – 30 dollars more expensive.

Reviews

The Renogy Solar Panel has the highest number of reviews. It also has a good customer service. I guess the higher cost is compensated for by providing good customer service and better marketing.

See Details on Amazon

HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

Dimensions: 47  X 1.4  X 21.3 inches
Weight: 16.5 lbs

Specifications
Maximum Power: 100W
Maximum System Voltage: 600V DC (UL)
Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.9V
Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.29A
Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 22.5V
Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 5.75A
Dimensions: 47 X 21.3 X 1.4 In
Weight: 16.5lbs

Warranty
5 year material and workmanship warranty

Cost

The HQST Panel is the most cost effective. It had the lowest price although it has exactly the same specs as the Renogy Panel. In my opinion, these panels have the same source. They are just being marketed by different companies. If you choose to buy from HQST, you will be getting the exact same panel as Renogy. However since they are not the same company, the experience would not be the same.

See Details on Amazon

Eco-Worthy 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

47.6 x 1.2 x 21.3 inches and 17.6 pounds in weight.

Specifications
Maximum Power: 100W
Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 17.3V
Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.78A
Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.6v
Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.13A

Warranty
5 year material and workmanship warranty

Cost

The Eco-Worthy 100 Watt Panel is just one dollar more than the HQST panel. This is technically similar pricing because the prices on Amazon go up and down from time to time. I believe that this price is the adequate price point for these panels.

WindyNation 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panel

40 x 1.2  x 26.4  inches and 20lb

Maximum Power: 100W
Maximum System Voltage: 1000V DC
Optimum Operating Voltage (Vmp): 18.V
Optimum Operating Current (Imp): 5.56A
Open-Circuit Voltage (Voc): 21.60v
Short-Circuit Current (Isc): 6.11A

Cost

The WindyNation Panels are also $20-30 dollars more than the Eco-Worthy and HQST Panels. They offer similar quality as the other companies. You choose to pay the extra for the service they render.

 

Video Comaprison – Renogy Vs WindyNation Polycrystalline Solar Panel

 

Conclusion

The HQST company seems to have discovered the manufacturers of the Renogy Panels. They purchase the same panels and sell them for less. This is my guess. I may be wrong. If you like the Renogy, you may as well go for the HQST but be ready to deal with the “smaller” company. From my research, there has been no major complaint about the customer service of HQST. Renogy on the other hand has been around for a while and so they have a name to protect.

Eco Worthy and WindyNation are also in the market to make some profit. If you like them go for them. My suggestion is this. I find the Renogy Solar Panels quite good and as such I would buy from them or HQST.  When buying a lot of pieces, the different in prices add up. So the verdict is in. Buy the HQST 100 Watt Monocrystalline Solar Panels if you are willing to support the newer company or Go for Renogy 100 Watt monocrystalline Solar Panels if you are looking for a trusted brand.

I think I would save the $20- $30 plus on each panel. Just Saying!!!