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180 Watt Solar Panel by Bouge RV Review

Bouge RV 180W Solar Panel

Solar Panels are getting cheaper every day, and the 180 Watt solar panel is fast becoming the standard for off-grid solar panel systems. Of course, some people still prefer the smaller, easier-to-handle 100-watt solar panels, but more and more people like the 180-watt solar panels. In this article, I take a closer look at the BougeRV 180 Watt solar panel that has taken the solar panel market by storm.

The 180W BourgeRV Solar Panel is a Monocrystalline Solar panel.

There are a few things to consider when purchasing the BourgeRV 180 Watt Solar Panel.

How Much Power Does it Output?

The 180 Watt rating on the BourgeRV solar panel refers to the peak power the panels can output when placed under direct sunlight. It is the ideal case. In reality, you will not get this peak power throughout the day. If you have direct sunlight for 5 hours, the solar panels should ideally Output (5 x 180) = 900 Watts of power. If you have 8 hours of daylight, you should ideally have (8 x 180) = 1440 watts of power per day.

You can check the amount of daylight per state in the USA.

This means you can use the solar panels to supply 900 Watts of power to your battery or any direct current load that may be connected to the panels. In my 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 there is some shade, some cloud, or your placement does not allow for adequate sunlight to your panels, the amount of power output will be affected.

BougeRV 180W Solar Panel

8.6 out of 10

The BougeRV 180W solar panel is a quality-made panel that is well-priced in the market. BougerRV has been manufacturing solar products for several years, and its reputation for producing well-made panels continues to increase.

Durability
9/10
Ease of Use
9/10
Customer Service
8/10
Price
8/10
Performance
9/10

Pros

Responsive customer service

Panel performance/output

Improved packaging

Cons

Still occasional shipping damage

What can you use the BourgeRV 180 Watt Solar panel For?

These panels are suitable for various applications. From my research, they have been used for RVs, Caravans, Marine, and Off-grid applications (this means that they can be used within a complete system that does not depend on the electric grid from the city).

They can also generate solar energy, fed back into the electric grid; some people have installed them on their boats, etc. They will function anywhere electric power is needed as long as you have a way of placing them in direct sunlight.

The 180 watts BourgeRV solar panels can be used in any application that requires charging a 12 volts battery. It can also be used for 24-volt and 48-volt battery systems; however, you will need to connect more than one panel in the series.

bouBouge RV 180W Solar Panel Ratings

BougeRV 180W Solar Panel Installation

You may need to purchase the BourgeRV Solar Panel with the Z brackets required to install the panels. You will also need an extension cable. The cable attached to the panel is only about 36 inches long.

You may need to purchase more materials for mounting your panels on a roof if the included z brackets are not enough. You may need extension cables. An MC4 removal tool may come in handy. You may need it to unfasten the connectors if you misconnected them or you need to disconnect them for any reason.

The 180-watt BourgeRV Solar Panels come with male-female MC4 connectors. These are the standard connectors that come with solar panels. They are designed for easy connection without a tool, but they do not easily come apart. However, you will need a tool to pull them apart. This is so that they don’t accidentally come apart once they are in place.  

I suggest you estimate the distance between your batteries and the solar panel and purchase an extension cable. For example, I have my panel installed on the roof, so I needed about 50 feet of extension connector.

Pre-drilled holes for Easy Installation

The 180 Watt BourgeRV Solar Panels have pre-drilled holes that make installation on the rooftop and other places easy. These pre-drilled holes are almost standard on most solar panels of this size. However, installing solar panels on the roof can be tedious if you drill the holes yourself.

BougeRV 180W Solar Panel Construction

Corrosion-resistant aluminum frame for extended use

BourgeRV 180 Watt Solar Panel efficiency

The 180 Watts BourgeRV Solar panel is well-built with a corrosion-resistant aluminum frame. It feels good to know that your solar panels have been built to last. The aluminum frame is anodized, which means it will maintain a beautiful shiny look for a long time.

Since the panels will be kept outdoor for years and years, an aluminum frame is ideal for preventing corrosion. In addition, according to the manufacturers, the panels have been tested to withstand high winds of up to 2400 Pa, approximately 50 pounds per square foot. This means the panels can withstand winds that feel like a 50-pound weight of about 1 foot by 1 foot is placed on it.

The panel can withstand up to 5400 Pa, approximately 112 pounds per square foot for snow loads. Think about your weight; you can guess how much snow load your solar panel can withstand. Again, this has become a standard for most solar panel manufacturers. It is good to know that the 180 Watts BourgeRV Solar panel is not substandard. I did not test this.

BourgeRV Solar Panel – Anti-Reflection Coated Glass

The glass covering on the front of the BourgeRV panels is 3.2mm thick, tempered and patterned. This ensures the glass is not quickly broken while driving around with the solar panels on your RV or boat. It also protects it from little things that may drop on it on a windy day.

BourgeRV Waterproof IP-65 Rated Junction Box

The Bourge RV Solar panel has a junction box at the back through which the solar panel is connected to your batteries or direct current devices. This junction box contains electrical components that must be protected from dust and moisture.

The BourgeRV panels are IP-65 rated, which means they completely protect against environmental particles and low-pressure water jets.

They, however, are not protected against continuous submersion in water. To protect against continuous water submersion, the junction box would have to be IP-68 rated. The second 8 represent a higher level of protection against moisture. Solar panels only need protection against rain, so an IP-65 rating is more than adequate.

Where are the BourgeRV Solar Panels Manufactured?

Well, you guessed right. For this price, the panels are not manufactured in the USA. Instead, BourgeRV Solar Panels are manufactured in China. According to the manufacturers, BourgeRV panels are shipped from a USA warehouse. The panels have been tested and will ship out to you quickly. Their customer service is excellent. You can easily see that from the reviews.

BougeRV Solar Panel Specifications

Max. power voltage(Vmp): 18±5%
Max. power current(Imp): 10±5%
Open circuit voltage(Voc): 21.6±5%
Short circuit current(Isc): 10.5A
Series fuse rating: 15A
Max. system voltage: 1000V DC
J-Box IP Rating: IP65
Dimensions: 26.38 x 58.27 x 0.38 in
Net Weight (kg / lb): 10.9kg / 24 lb.

The size of the solar panels is good for most applications.

BourgeRV 180 Watt Solar Panel Warranty

BougeRV promises a 25-years warranty and lifetime warmhearted service. Unfortunately, I did not find a detailed warranty certificate or statement.

Most solar panel companies, however, offer 25 years warranty that the panels would operate at least 80% of the rated efficiency.

BougeRV 180W Solar Panel Pros

  • Construction meets the necessary standards for solar panels.
  • Monocrystalline Solar panel.
  • BourgeRV has been around for a few years. Not very long, but long enough to have a reputation to protect.
  • Cost-effective. It competes very well.
  • Installation is easy
  • Customer Service is good

BougeRV 180W Solar Panel Cons

  • Panels are relatively new to the market when you compare them with Renogy, Eco-worthy, NewPowa, HQST, or Richsolar.
  • The connecting cable attached to the panel is too short. It’s just 90cm (3 feet) long. So you would need to buy an extension cable.

Customer Reviews

The 180 Watt BourgeRV Solar Panel has a customer review of 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon. Many of the reviews were five stars, and a good number of the reviews were from repeat buyers.

Many buyers mentioned that the panels produced close to the rated voltage and current and were happy with the customer service.

Other BourgeRV Solar Components

What is the difference between Monocrystalline or Polycrystalline Solar Panels?

Conclusion

The 180 Watt Solar Panel by BourgeRV gives good value for money. This is one way to go if you are going for a large or small installation. If you need one panel, there is no significant difference between the BourgeRV Solar Panel and other brands. Go for the BourgeRV Solar panel because it delivers good quality at an affordable price.

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