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How To Bypass Solar Charge Controller On Renogy Suitcase. Renogy solar setup

How To Bypass Solar Charge Controller On Renogy Suitcase. Renogy solar setup

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    Why Do We Want to Bypass the Solar Charge Controller?

    UPDATE 2021: Renogy has released panels with a built-in bypass. For example, the Renogy 200W with kickstand, so you don’t need to add it yourself.

    It’s two 50 watt panels connected that folds and stores easily in an included bag.

    They’re a great option when you want portability and not a permanent solar install.

    The Renogy 100W Suitcase is sold both with and without a charge controller.

    I bought one of each. The charge controller included is the Renogy Voyager (click to view on Amazon), a 12V controller that can handle up to 20A.

    Related Product: If you want a portable solar panel to recharge both 12V batteries and a power station/solar generator, I recommend taking a look at the Acopower 100W portable solar panel kit (click to view on Amazon) which has a built-in bypass.

    Why Get A Solar Panel With A Charge Controller?

    So why did I buy one with and one without?

    Because I wanted to be able to use both panels with my Yeti 1000 but also my 12V RV battery. The panels come with alligator clips, ready for a quick connection to an RV battery.

    To connect them to a Yeti power station, however, we want to bypass the solar charge controller since there is already a controller built into the Yeti.

    This is what I ended up doing.

    In the picture above, it’s ready to be connected to a 12V RV battery.

    Note that in the image above I have also cut the alligator clips shorter to be able to make an extension cable out of the alligator cable.

    When I want to connect it to my Yeti 1000, it looks like in the next picture below (except I use an extra extension cable in between to reach the Yeti).

    How To Bypass The Solar Charge Controller

    The main thing I have done as seen in the pictures above is to add MC4 connectors between the conjunction box on the left solar panel and the charge controller.

    By doing so, I can easily connect and disconnect the panels from the charge controller.

    What You’ll Need

    • MC4 Kit (click to view on Amazon) – This is a kit that comes with a wire stripper, a crimper tool, and 5 pairs of MC4 connectors. If you already have a wire stripper there are other kits that only include the crimper.
    • Box cutter/ knife – To remove the protection on the cables before we strip them.

    How It Looks Out Of The Box

    Before we get started, I want you to understand how the panels are set up with the charge controller when it’s shipped by Renogy. It is as follows:

    • The right solar panel is connected with one cable to the left panel. This wire has both a positive and a negative. It goes into the conjunction box. We’re not going to mess with this wire at all.
    • In the conjunction box, the left panel and the right panel are connected in parallel.
    • One cable comes out of the conjunction box and goes into the solar charge controller. Note that the positive (red) wire goes into the connection on the charge controller input with a picture of a solar panel. The negative (black) cable goes into the – input.
    • From the solar charge controller, a cable with two MC4 connectors on the end comes out. As with the solar cord, the positive is red, and the black is negative.
    • These MC4 connectors can then be connected to the included alligator clips. They only fit one way, but always make sure you connect positive to positive and negative to negative.

    Bypassing The Renogy Solar Charge Controller

    Now that we know how it’s all connected before we mess with it, let’s get started.

    One quick way to do this would be to cut the current wire between the solar panel and the charge controller, then install MC4 connectors.

    However, I felt like there wasn’t enough cable between the panel and the controller to where I could do this without putting a lot of strain on the cable each time I connected/disconnected it.

    I removed both connections going into the solar charge controller first.

    To do this, lift the weather protection piece and unscrew the screw on the back until the cables can be pulled out.

    Then I cut the cable I took out of the charge controller with MC4 connectors on the end. I cut off about 7 inches.

    Now we have to get access to the positive and negative wire on the cables we just split.

    I used a box cutter, but you can also use a knife or a razor blade. This is pretty tricky since you have to be really careful and not cut into the red or black little wire.

    Slowly work your way around, cutting into the thick outer protection on the wire, about two inches onto the cable.

    I bent the protection while cutting to make it easier. In the picture below, I cut it twice to make it easier to understand what I am talking about.

    After you have cut both wires we cut earlier you should have one with wires coming out on both sides, and one with wires on one side with MC4 connectors on the other.

    Now we need to install MC4 connectors on one end of the cable that has wires coming out of both ends, and the solar panel wire we disconnected from the charge controller.

    Installing MC4 connectors is an easy process, as seen in the video made by Renogy below. Watch the whole video, and then we’ll go over which connector goes where.

    Since we’re going to make an MC4 connection between the solar panel and charge controller, we must put a male part on the positive (red) cable coming out of the conjunction box, and a female part on the negative (black) wire.

    As seen in the picture below. Remove the protection, strip the wire (16 gauge) with the wire stripper, and install the MC4 connectors.

    The short cable with wires coming out of both sides is going to make a connection with the cable seen above, so we need to put a female connector on the positive (red) wire, and a male connector on the negative (black) wire.

    When that is done, you should be able to connect the positive (red) MC4 connector from the solar panel to the positive (red) MC4 connector on the short wire.

    This wire can now be screwed back into the charge controller. is positive (red), – is negative (black).

    If you removed the black protection from the longer cable you cut in step 2, you can go ahead and use the wire stripper (16 gauge) to remove about an inch from the positive and negative wire to expose the wires.

    If you haven’t removed the protection yet, do so before stripping the wire.

    Now connect the cable with MC4 connectors on the other end to the side of the charge controller with a small battery on it.

    Connect the positive (red) wire to the. and the negative (black) wire to the

    It should look like in the picture below when you are done. The little rubber piece protecting the connectors can be put back on by wiring the wires through it.

    Now you can decide whether you want to connect the MC4 connector coming out of the solar panels to your Yeti with an adapter, or if you want to keep the solar panels connected with the charge controller, and then the alligator clips to your 12V battery.

    Bonus Info

    As mentioned earlier, I also cut the alligator clips off and put MC4 connectors on each, then put MC4 connectors where I cut it, to make an extension cable I can use to connect two 100W panels.

    You can connect two panels to your Yeti or charge controller by using a MC4 Connectors Y Branch Parallel Adapter (click to view on Amazon).

    The way you use it is that you connect the positives, and the negatives together separately. Then you connect them to the adapter for the Yeti, or into the connector we made to the charge controller.

    Note that if you’re using a Goal Zero Yeti, you must bypass the solar charge controller since the Yeti already has one built-in.

    I’m not the best at describing how to do things, so please leave a comment if you have any questions and I will do my best to help you. There might be better ways to do what I accomplished above, but it worked for me and didn’t take too much work.

    by Jesse

    Jesse has always had an interest in camping, technology, and the outdoors. Who knew that growing up in a small town in Sweden with endless forests and lakes would do that to you?

    21 thoughts on “How To Bypass Solar Charge Controller On Renogy Suitcase”

    We have a Boulder 100 solar panels and want to use it to charge our 2 6voltnbattetsy in our Tab camper. What to I need to attach it? Reply

    Hey Chandra, What you need is a Guardian 12V Plus Charge Controller. It appears that they’ve been discontinued by Goal Zero though, so I suggest giving them a call to see if they could sell you one. Jesse Reply

    Jesse, Little confused on your connection noted above in ‘Extras’ where you disconnect the alligator clips and connect MC4 wiring to connect your two 100w panels together? Your alligator clips go to the controller, don’t you want to by pass the controller? Do you have a picture of these two panels connected together along with the solar generator? I am using this same setup for my Bluetti Reply

    Hey Barry, sorry for the late reply. Correct, when I use it with my power station I don’t go via the charge controller. But when I need to charge my 12V trailer batteries I wire both panels through the charge controller together. So in your case with the Bluetti, you’ll just connect the two panels to each other and not use the charge controller at all. Jesse Reply

    I am thrilled that you have a solution but I am having trouble understanding how our “problem” might be fixed, it seems very complicated… and I am very new to this. In our case we have a van with two170ah Renogy batteries and two 200-watt Renogy solar panels with the built in mppt charge controller. connected in parallel. So, apparently if we want to take along our Yeti 1500 for extra power we cannot use our Renogy solar panels because of the charge controllers. I really do not want to buy additional solar panels for the Yeti because we have nowhere to store them in the van and also because of the expense. I have spoken to both Renogy and to Goal Zero and neither has a solution. do I understand correctly that you are only using one of your 2 renogy panels for your Yeti? If we are using both of ours would that make this set up a little less complicated? Reply

    Hey Charlene, Just so I understand, your current setup is two 200W panels connected in parallel on the roof of your van, wired down into the van where there is a charge controller and two Renogy batteries? And you want to be able to charge both the Renogy batteries and the Yeti at the same time? Jesse Reply

    I just openedy new Renogy 100w suitcase with charger. It came with the modification you just detailed. Straight from Renogy! None of the images or description indicated the cable from the junction box into the controller had the MC4 connection added. It now functions exactly as your mod does, under warranty. Reply

    Hey Bill, Thanks for letting me know, that’s awesome. I’m going to update the article to let people know this. Jesse Reply

    Hi Bill, that is really good news as I was about to get one. Just to make sure this is the one you are talking about yes? Reply

    Hey, thanks for information. I have a 200 watt renogy suitcase that I would like to use in series with others to charge ac200p AND have option to use for lead acid recharge when needed. Is series possible? Please help…. Reply

    Hi, Regarding the AC200p, yes a series connection is fine as long as the total voltage stays between 35 to 150V. To use the same panels with lead acid batteries you should probably stick to a parallel connection, although it depends on what charge controller and battery system you plan on using. Reply

    I am researching how to bypass my controller on my suitcase 120w panels. I have a new campervan with grey Anderson Plug for solar input but I must bypass the suitcase controller/regulator. Would I use the same plugs as you have, or use grey Anderson plugs to keep the same system? Reply

    Hi Jenny, sorry for the late reply. You could do either, but it’s easier to install Mc4 connectors unless you have a soldering gun. Just make sure the positive wire from the panel gets a male Mc4 connector, so you can use this adapter (click to view on Amazon) to hook it up to your camper. Reply

    My goal: Get a solar panel without a charge controller (or one that I can bypass) and plug it into the “Solar On The Side” port on our Winnebago Micro Minnie FLX trailer. If I touch that connector with a multimeter, it’s showing about 36.5v, and is wired into the existing MPPT charge controller. The trailer has 2 x 180w panels on the roof, in series. Sounds like one of the Renogy panels (with charge controller bypassed) MC4. SAE cables would do the trick, eh? The newer Renogy ones already have the MC4 cables attached? Also to clarify, Anderson the SAE (or solar on the side) plugs are not the same. right? Cheers! Reply

    Interesting, didn’t know they did that. I’d want to make sure that the MPPT charge controller can handle another panel and its voltage. If you have the model that can handle up to 30A and 100V you’re fine. The Renogy panels do come with MC4 connectors so you’re just going to need an MC4 to SAE adapter (click to view on Amazon) if that’s what’s on the side of your camper. Might want to get some Mc4 extension cables as well. Before you connect the panel to the port on your camper, check the polarity with your multimeter. No, Anderson and SAE connectors are not the same. There are different types of Anderson plugs but none of them will directly connect to an SAE connector. Reply

    As someone else noted, the Renogy panels I purchased last year came with the bypass built in and all I needed to get was one of the SolarEnz SAE Solar Connectors. Once I put the polarity reverse adaptor inline, it works well. The Renogy panels provide about 66W of power to charge my Jackery. Reply

    I already have a Renogy 200W 12V foldable suitcase with the “bypass” wired in from factory. I received a Jackery Exlorer 300 for X-mas. The “bypass” combines both panels prior to going into the controller, so I don’t have any easy way to just use one of the 100W panels to charge the Jackery. It looks like it can take a max input of 90W. Any suggestions? Am I screwed/missing something? Would it be insane to just throw cardboard over one of the 100W panels when plugged into the Explorer 300 and call it a day? Reply

    Hi, I have used a 200W panel with an old Explorer 500 that maxed out at 74W input. I think you will be fine plugging the panel into the Jackery even with the full 200W. But to answer the question, no that is not insane and it would work if the panels are wired in parallel. I don’t know how Renogy wire them, but you can definitely cover a panel and see what it does to the input watts. Reply

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    All Renogy fixed solar panels, solar panel kits and flexible solar panels are sealed and completely waterproof.

    Are Renogy lithium batteries good?

    Renogy lithium batteries are made to the same exacting standard as all other products, but are bristling with industry-leading features not found elsewhere for the same price.

    LiFeP04 batteries are inherently deep-cycle and last up to 4 times longer than traditional lead-acid. They are also much lighter (up to 3 times lighter).

    Do Renogy batteries come charged?

    Yes, Renogy battery are delivered fully charged and ready to go!

    Where does Renogy ship from?

    Renogy has branches in several countries, with warehouse facilities in each. Notably, USA, Canada, UK, and Australia. They also can ship internationally.

    How to install Renogy solar panels

    A great way to get into solar power is to purchase a Renogy starter solar kit. Complete instructions make it super easy to install the solar panels and associated gear.

    How to connect Renogy solar panels?

    Renogy solar panels use the industry standard MC4 connectors, which make it impossible to connect the wrong polarities.

    All Renogy products come with very good instructions for connecting and setting up solar systems.

    How to mount Renogy solar panels?

    The standard method of mounting Renogy fixed rigid solar panels is to bolt them to aluminum rails. This ensures array rigidity and spreads the load across roof timbers.

    Flexible solar panels can be mounted over irregular surfaces but should also be mounted above any flat surface, such as RV roof. Solar panels get very hot and need circulating air for otpimum operation.

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    How to install Renogy solar panels on RV?

    Fixed and flexible solar panels should never by mounted directly to the surface of an RV roof. Always mount of rails so that there is a gap for air to circulate for heat dissipation.

    Is Renogy a Chinese company?

    No. Some of the products may be made in China, but the company was born and bred in the USA.

    Is Renogy going out of business?

    Not at all. Renogy is going from strength to strength and rapidly taking it’s place at the forefront of the solar industry.

    Renogy’s 400W solar panel kit with 30A charge controller powers your summer RV trips at 391 in New Green Deals

    Have you been looking for a solid way to cut down on your carbon footprint at home or on-the-go? Well, Renogy’s 400W solar panel kit is perfect for the task. It includes four 100W solar panels, all the wiring you’ll need for it, and even a 30A Wanderer PWM charge controller. Coming in at 391, you’re saving 79 here and also enjoying a new low that we’ve tracked. All you’ve got to do is supply the batteries to recharge. We also have a wide selection of Tesla and e-bike discounts in today’s New Green Deals, so you won’t want to miss that either.

    Head below for other New Green Deals that we’ve found today and of course Electrek’s best EV buying and leasing deals. Also

    Renogy’s 400W solar panel kit includes a 30A charge controller

    Amazon is offering the Renogy 400W Solar Panel Starter Kit with 30A Charge Controller for 391.19 shipped once you clip the on-page coupon. Down from 470 at Amazon, it just fell to 461 there and today’s deal saves another 70 to mark a new all-time low that we’ve tracked. This kit gives you basically everything that’s needed to power your off-grid lifestyle, be that an RV, shed, or anything else. You’ll get four 100W solar panels here, the Z brackets, the Y branch connectors with pre-drilled holes, and even a 30A Wanderer PWM charge controller. With all of this, the only thing you’ll need to supply are the batteries to charge and you’ll be ready to go.

    What could you use a system like this for? Well, it would be a great way to provide power to an RV while you’re on-the-go. The solar panels could be permanently mounted to the roof and provide up to 2kWh of electricity per day with just five hours of direct sunlight. That’s enough to run accessories in the RV while you’re traveling to or from a park without having to rely on other forms of generators. It’d also be great for offsetting some of your carbon footprint at home, too, thanks to how much power is generated by these panels. In fact, this system could entirely power your off-grid shed or tiny home if you have minimal electronics inside, keeping batteries charged for use in the evening when the sun goes down.

    Segway Transformers GT2 electric SuperScooter now 700 off alongside Bumblebee GoKart PRO at 1,900

    Last fall, Segway teamed up with Hasbro to begin launching a series of Transformers-inspired electric vehicles. Today we’re seeing the latest release go on sale, with the Segway Transformers GT2 SuperScooter dropping down to 3,299.99 shipped courtesy of Amazon. Today’s discount arrives as only the second chance to save since launching earlier in the year. It’s down from the usual 4,000 price tag, beating the last discount by an extra 200, and marking a new all-time low for the GT2 SuperScooter across the board at 700 off.

    Segway’s new SuperScooter GT2 arrives centered around a more capable design with 6,000W 2-wheel drive motor system. There’s a massive 1,512Wh battery that powers the experience, which allows you to hit up to 43.5 MPH top speeds while accelerating from 0 to 30 MPH in just under 4 seconds. That pairs with a 55.9-mile range, integrated transparent OLED display in-between the handlebars, suspension system for a smoother ride, and dual hydraulic disc brakes. All of that comes wrapped in a slick gray color scheme that’s themed around Megatron. There’s some small Transformers accenting throughout, but the electric scooter largely blends in with other EVs.

    Also joining the lineup, one of the more signature Autobots is getting in on the savings. On sale for one of the first times, the new Segway Ninebot Bumblebee Electric GoKart PRO drops to 1,899.99 shipped. Typically fetching 2,299, you’re now looking at 399 in savings to go alongside the first price cut in months. It has sold for less, with the all-time low arriving back in March at 64 under this discount. Today’s offer though is the second-best price we’ve seen to date.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re a dedicated Transformers fan or not, the Ninebot GoKart PRO can handle zipping you or the kids around the block at up to 23 MPH top speeds with a 15-mile range. Its durable design can also be folded down for transportation, and pairs with other features like an electric brake, integrated headlights, and taillights. You can also detach the included Ninebot S MAX which powers the experience for a self-balancing scooter ride alongside the go kart fun. But of course this is the Transformers variant, which comes decked out in a vibrant yellow color scheme fitting for the Bumblebee inspiration.

    Juiced RipCurrent e-bike delivers 45 miles of riding per charge

    Juiced Bikes is currently offering its RipCurrent e-bike on sale for 1,249 shipped with the code RIDE50 at checkout. Normally 1,699, today’s deal comes in at 450 off and delivers a new all-time low that we’ve seen here. In fact, this is one of the first discounts on the RipCurrent model, as we typically see the RipCurrent S go on sale. While the more expensive RipCurrent S has over 70 miles of range per charge, today’s deal can travel up to 45 miles before it’s time to plug back in. Add that to the eco-friendly design as it can be recharged at home, through a portable power station, or even with a solar setup, and you have a green ride to use this summer.

    Not only does the Juiced RipCurrent run off battery power, but there’s a lot of other features that make it an eco-friendly summer ride. For instance, the torque and cadence pedal sensors measures pedal force 1,000 times a second to “precisely apply power proportional to your own effort.” This means that the bike can be run under its own power, but also combined with your own legs for an even longer range. You’ll also find hydraulic disc brakes here to for improved stopping power, an LCD display to show your speed, remaining battery, and how far you’ve ridden, and more here. Plus, the e-bike can reach speeds of up to 28 MPH, which means you’ll be able to ride to work quickly, efficiently, and without any fossil fuels as well. Learn more about Juiced e-bikes in our previous coverage.

    New Tesla deals

    After checking out the Renogy 400W solar kit on sale above, if you keep read, you’ll find a selection of new green deals that will make your Tesla experience better in multiple areas. From storage to keep recordings on to phone mounts, car chargers, and anything else we can find, it’ll be listed below. Each day we’ll do our best to find new and exciting deals and ways for you to save on fun accessories for your Tesla, making each trip unique. For more gift ideas and deals, check out the best Tesla shop. Keep reading on for e-bike, Greenworks, and other great deals.

    • Spigen All-in-One Cable Holder Wall Mount for Tesla Model 3/Y/X/S: 24 (Reg. 30) | Amazon
    • SimpleTire offers up to 20% off thousands of tires
    • Discount Tire offers up to 100 off or more on Cooper, Bridgestone, and other tires
    • Model 3 CupHolderHero: 12 (Reg. 14)
    • Spigen OneTap MagSafe car mounts now up to 38% off starting at 27 via Amazon
    • Bring MagSafe to your ride with iOttie’s premium Velox car mount at 42.50

    New e-bike deals electric scooter discounts

    If you’re looking to get out and enjoy the sunshine still after using your new electric mower, than we recommend you experience it than on another e-bike or electric scooter you just got at a fantastic price through one of our deals and sale below. You can use it for fun, exercise, or even transportation to and from work or the coffee shop. We have several people here that will regularly commute to coffee shops or offices on their e-bike, as it cuts down on fossil fuel usage as well as allows them to enjoy some time outdoors on nice sunny days. Below, you’ll find a wide selection of new e-bike deals and electric scooter deal in all price ranges, so give it a look if that’s something you’d be interested in picking up. As always, the newest e-bike deal and electric scooter discounts and sales will be at the top, so shop quick as the discounts are bound to go away soon.

    • Save 700 on Rad Power’s RadRover 6 Plus eBike at 1,399 low
    • Segway’s Ninebot P65 electric scooter has never sold for less with 33% discount to 1,000
    • Juiced e-bikes 0% APR financing available
    • Micah Toll’s favorite low-cost folding electric bike, the Lectric XP 2.0: 999 (Reg. 1,099)
    • Kent Electric Pedal Assist Mountain Bike: 698 (Reg. 998)

    Additional New Green Deals

    After shopping the Renogy 400W solar kit on sale above, be sure to check out the other discounts we found today. These new green deals are wide-ranging from outdoor lawn equipment to anything else we find that could save you money in various ways, be that cutting gas and oil out of your life or just enjoying other amenities that energy-saving gear can bring. As always, the newest deals will be at the top, so shop quick as the discounts are bound to go away soon.

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