Flexible vs Rigid Solar Panels: Comparison

We’ve put together for you a flexible solar panel vs rigid comparison guide.

In this guide we’ve compared two panels – the rigid Renogy panel, and the flexible Windynation panel.

You get the key specs of each panel, along with differences, similarities, and which might be better for you.

Let’s look at these flexible and rigid solar panels in more detail…

 

Flexible Solar Panels vs Rigid: Comparison, & Which Is Better?

 

Flexible Solar Panels vs Rigid: Comparison

So you can get an idea of what a flexible and a rigid solar panel look like side by side, we listed some of the key features of the Renogy and Windynation models:

 

Renogy 100 Watts 12 Volts Monocrystalline Solar Panel

NOTE: the Renogy 100 watt also comes in a polycrystalline model.

  • Designed for most off-grid applications, but can be used for on-grid inverters too
  • 100 Watts
  • For 12 volt battery charging
  • Dimensions – 47 X 21.3 X 1.4 inches
  • Weight – 16.5lbs
  • Weather Resistant including to wind, and snow loads
  • Corrosion resistant aluminium frame with pre-drilled mounting holes
  • Comes with junction box and cables
  • Can also buy in a kit with solar controller and brackets
  • More price competitive than the Allpowers – better value for money on a price per watt basis

You can read more about the Renogy 100 Watt Rigid solar panel in this guide.

 

Windynation 100 Watt 12 Volts Bendable Sunpower Solar Panel

  • Designed for most 0ff grid applications including but not limited to RV, boat, cabin, tent, or mounting to any
    other irregular surface
  • 100 Watts
  • For 12 volt battery charging
  • Dimensions – 41.7″ x 21.3″ x 0.1″ inches
  • Weight – 4.1 lbs
  • Weather resistant
  • Bendable up to 30 degrees
  • Sealed junction box, MC4 connectors, and pre-drilled mounting holes

You can read more about the Windynation 100 Watt Flexible solar panel in this guide.

 

Flexible Solar Panels vs Rigid: Differences

Flexible solar panels tend to weigh less

Flexible solar panels might be bendable – on average up to 30 degrees

Flexible solar panels can be temporarily laid out on a surface, or temporarily installed – then when finished charging, stored away and used elsewhere. Rigid panels are usually permanently installed with mounting brackets. So, flexible solar panels tend to be more portable – unless you are ok with using the rigid panel without mounting it

Flexible solar panels are more vulnerable to sharp or rough objects through tearing or scratching

Rigid solar panels tend to cost less per watt of power that you get in the panel – you pay less generally for a 100 Watt rigid solar panel compared to a flexible solar panel

Rigid solar panels are less prone to tearing, but if struck with decent force – can crack or break

Although there are good flexible panels on the market, rigid solar panels overall seem to be higher quality overall – better established companies offering rigid panels with the resources to make high grade products

With a more established brand like Renogy, you have a higher chance of guarantees on warranties, and current and future compatibility of the panel with other solar panels and accessories on the market

The Renogy comes available in a kit with a solar controller, whereas the Allpowers doesn’t

 

Flexible Solar Panels vs Rigid: Similarities

Both types of solar panels come in 100 watt models

Both are for 12 volt battery charging

Both need to be in direct sunlight for optimum operating performance

Both can be used for off-grid and on-grid applications

Both come standard with junction box and cables

 

Flexible Solar Panels vs Rigid: Which Is Better?

You might get a flexible solar panel if…

You want a lightweight, thin, sometimes bendable, and more portable option that can be temporarily used in one location and transferred to another

 

You might want a rigid solar panel if…

You want a cost efficient, reliable, high quality panel that you don’t mind isn’t bendable, and probably isn’t as portable as a flexible panel

 

Flexible Solar Panels vs Rigid: Resources

1. https://www.renogy.com

2. http://www.windynation.com/

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