Updated August 8, 2020
Wether you are planning to get solar panels for a RV, your boat or your off grid farm house, solar panels are becoming cheap enough for many situations. This Eco Worthy Solar Panel Review is a simple followup on my research for the solar panel I recently installed as part of the power backup system in our home in Africa.
The Eco-Worthy brand is becoming more and more popular because they offer good quality panels at competitive prices. Don’t get me wrong. I am not saying that the Eco Worthy Panels are the best panels out there. What I am saying is that if you want solar panels that work, these panels will serve you well for the money.
The most popular Eco-Worthy solar panels are the 100 Watt Polycrystalline. They also have the monocrystalline 100 Watts panels for a little more money. Although the 100 Watt panels are very popular, I can see the Eco-worthy 160 Watts 12 volts monocrystalline solar panels becoming even more popular. I just ordered a set of 150 Watt panels for our home in Africa. A few months ago, the 150 Watt solar panels were not easily accessible and the 200 Watts and 250 Watt panels are usually 24 volts. With a 24 volts solar panel, you will need a 24 volt bank of batteries to maximize your panels.
Find below my review of the Eco-Worthy 100 Watts Polycrystalline Solar Panel. These panels share a lot in common with the other panels with different power ratings. If this review is helpful, you will be able to decide wether to go for this or any of the other Eco-Worthy Solar Panels.
You may visit my review of the top 3 100 watt solar panels to give yourself other options.
ECO-WORTHY 100 Watts Polycrystalline or Mono Photovoltaic Pv Solar Panel review
Here are a few of the things to take note of when considering the purchase of the 100 Watt Eco Worthy PV Solar Panel Kit.
How much Power does it Output?
The 100 Watt rating on the Eco Worthy 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 Watts of power.
This means you can use the solar panels to ideally supply 500 Watt 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 output will be affected.
What can you use the Eco Worthy Solar panels For?
These panels are suitable for various applications. From my research, they have been used for RVs, Caravans, 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 be used to generate solar energy which is fed back into the electric grid, some people have installed them on their boats and so on. They would function any where electric power is needed as long as you have a way of placing them as directly as possible under the sunlight.
Basically the 100 watts Eco-worthy solar panels can be used in any application that requires the charging of a 12 volts battery. It can also be used for 24 volts and 48 volts battery systems, however you will need to connect more than one panel in series.
ECO-WORTHY Solar Panel installation
With this particular package, some of the materials you will need to install the panels are included. You will 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. A solar charge controllers included in the kit. A MC4 removal tool may come in handy. You may need it to unfasten the connectors if you connected them wrongly or you need to unfasten them for any reason.
The 100 watt Eco-Worthy Solar Panels comes with male- female MC4 connectors. These are the standard connectors that come with the solar panels. They are are designed for easy connection without a tool, but they do not easily come apart. 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 that you estimate the distance between your batteries and the solar panel, and purchase an extension cable as needed. I have my panel installed on the roof so I needed about 50 feet of extension connector.
The extension can also be purchased on Amazon (Check Prices here).
Pre-drilled holes for Easy Installation
The 100 Watt Eco-Worthy Solar Panels have pre-drilled holes that makes installation on roof top and other places easy. This pre-drilled holes is almost standard on most solar panels of this size. It can be very tedious to install solar panels on the roof if you have to drill the holes yourself.
Eco-worthy solar panel conStruction
Corrosion-resistant aluminum frame for extended use
The 100 Watts Eco-Worthy Solar 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 that 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 to prevent corrosion. According to the manufacturers the panels have been tested to withstand high winds of up to 2400 Pa which is approximately 50 pounds per square foot. This means that the panels can withstand winds that feel as if a 50 pound weight that is about 1 foot by 1 foot is placed on it. And for snow loads, it can withstand up to 5400 Pa which is approximately 112 Pounds per square foot. Well think about your weight and you would be able to 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 100 Watts Eco-Worthy Solar panel is not sub standard in this regard.
Eco Worthy Solar Panel – Anti-Reflection coated glass
The glass covering on the front of the Eco-Worthy panels is 3.2mm thick, tempered and patterned. This ensures that the glass is not easy broken either while driving around with the solar panels on your RV or on your boat. It also protects it from little things that may drop on it on a windy day.
Eco-Worthy Waterproof IP-65 Rated Junction Box
The 100 Watt Eco-worthy 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 which must be protected from dust and moisture. The Eco Worthy panels are IP-65 rated which simply means that they are have complete protection against environmental particles as well as low pressure water jets. They however are not protected against continuous submersion in water. To be protected against continuous submersion in water, the junction box would have to be IP-68 rated. The second 8, representing the higher level of protection against moisture. Solar panels only need protection against rain so an IP-65 rating is more than adequate.
100 watt eco worthy solar panel dimensions
- 26.2 x 39.3 x 1.4 inches (6.5 x 3.5 x 100 cm)
- 22.1 pounds (9kg)
The size of the solar panels is good for most applications.
ECO-WORTHY SOLAR PANEL specifications
Cost of the 100 Watt Eco Worthy Solar Panel
At the time of my review, the 100 Watt Eco Worthy Solar Panels was the most competitive on price on Amazon. Although the solar panels are polycrystalline, they are rated to output the same 100 watts that the monocrystalline one would out put. The price difference may not be much when buying just one panel, you would recognize the savings if you have to buy more than 5 panels. It is not unusual to require 10 -15 panels to completely take a 3 bedroom cottage off the grid.
100 Watt Eco Worthy Solar Panel Pros
- It is well built
- It delivers the rated power consistently and even when the sunlight is not intense, it continues to deliver some power
- It is cost effective. It is not way cheaper than all the other panels but, the last time we checked it gave the best value for the money.
100 WATT ECO WORTHY SOLAR PANEL Cons
- The connecting cable attached to the panel is too short. It’s just 90cm (3 feet) long. You would need to by an extension cable.
- The documentation for the panel is not fantastic. This is not so much of a problem because solar panels do not have many moving parts. It is possible to reverse the polarity of the connectors so it is important to pay attention. Most solar chargers are designed to protect against reversed polarity so if you make a mistake and your system does not work properly, simply reverse the polarity.
The 100 Watt Eco-Worthy Solar Panel has a customer review of 4.5 out of 5 on Amazon. Many of the reviews were 5 stars and a good number of the reviews were from repeat buyers.
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The 100 Watt Eco-Worthy Solar Panels give good value for the money. If you are going for a large installation (10+ panels), this is the way to go. If however you simply need one panel, there is no major difference between the Eco Worthy Solar Panel and those of other brands. Go for the Eco Worthy Solar panel because it delivers good quality at an affordable price.
You may also read my Renogy Solar Panel Review