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.

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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.

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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!!!