Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator Review

The Renogy Phoenix is the updated and better model of the previous Renogy Firefly.

It is an all-in-one solar generator, so it comes with almost everything you need to start charging AC and DC devices while only really needing to plug your device into the generator with the cables/connectors provided.

It is great for charging appliances while travelling, or while you’re in a remote location off-grid, and also makes a great back up power source.

The Phoenix has newer technology, slightly better input/out, can accept a wider range of external panels, and charge faster than the Firefly.

You can read a direct comparison of the two models here if you like.

If you’d like to read a review specifically on the Phoenix, you can read on below.

 

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Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator: Review

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What’s Good About It, and What Are The Features?

  • Designed to power several on-the-go appliances for mobile and off-grid applications, OR to be a back up system emergencies
  • Consists of two 10W Monocrystalline Solar Panels
  • Has capacity to expand up to 120 watts with additional PVs (so, you could at max add another 100 watt panel to charge this generator with the 2 x 10 Watt panels on the generator already, for a total of 120 watts)
  • Provides up to 210Wh of energy
  • Can be charged by solar, AC power, or 12v DC car power
  • Comes with AC Charge Cord MC4 to 4.5mm DC IN Cord CIG to 4.5mm DC IN Cord 5.5mm DC to 4.5mm DC IN Cord 5.5mm DC to Light Bulb Socket
  • It has 4 USB ports, 1 AC port, 2 DC ports and 1 CIG/12V Car port
  • Renogy provide all the necessary cables for the above outlets/inlets
  • Includes a replaceable 16Ah Li-ion(NMC) battery
  • The case feels super well built, and solid – which points to it being very durable
  • Comes with some great built in features like Multi-mode 3 watt LED Light, MPPT Charging Technology (look at PWM solar charging compared to MPPT), 150 watt built-in Pure Sine Wave Inverter (an inverter is for AC power)
  • MPPT (maximum power point tracking method) technology finds the maximum operating point for your panels, and is up to 99% efficient
  • LED light can be set to full, dimmed, or flashing mode
  • Examples of AC appliances you might charge with this generator are electric lamps, coffee makers, and heaters.
  • Examples of DC appliances using batteries, such as flashlights and battery power sources
  • To give you an idea of what the Phoenix is capable of on full charge- you can get around 32 charges into a standard smartphone, with each charge taking about 2 hours
  • As a very rough estimate, in direct sunlight, you might take 1-2 days to charge fully. If you add one 100 watt solar panel to help charge, you will likely be able to fully charge the generator in less than half a day.
  • Case feels solid and is water resistant
  • Dimensions are 16.24 x 11.95 x 3.94 inches
  • Weighs only 12.8 pounds
  • Power output has a 25 year warranty, and the materials and worksmanship has a 5 year warranty. There is a 1 year warranty on the accessories – always check conditions of warranty through third party sellers
  • Fan cools the generator when it heats up
  • If you over or under load the generator with voltage, or the BMS stops discharging, you get a specific error code which you can call tech support about

 

What Could Be Improved?

  • Make sure you check the limits on input and output charging to make sure it’s suitable for your devices
  • Sometimes can have issues with overheating if you leave it in the sun too long – but, not common or a major concern.
  • Won’t run super heavy energy appliances like large fridges
  • It’s not a cheap generator – but, considering the performance and technology, the price is justified for those who need it

 

What Else Might You Need?

  • No extras really needed – maybe a device specific cable, but most cables and connections are provided

 

Where To Check Out

View the Renogy Phoenix on Amazon

 

Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator: Buyer’s Guide

What Is The Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator?

It is an all-in-one solar generator which uses solar, AC and DC power, to charge DC and AC devices up to a certain limit.

It supersedes the Renogy Firefly.

 

What Is The Renogy Phoenix Used For?

It has two primary purposes:

To charge AC and DC devices (check limits of devices that it can charge) on the go, or off grid in remote locations away from mains power

To act as a backup power source in the event of emergency

 

Who Is The Phoenix Good For?

People who want a better performing version of the Firefly, with newer technology.

People who travel, go camping, have a remote cabin or holiday house, are away from house AC power, are out of a boat, or need a backup power source would benefit greatly from it.

It is an all in one generator, so, you can basically begin charging devices simply by plugging them in.

 

Renogy Phoenix – Accessories & Extras

The great thing about an all-in-one generator is that they come with basically most things you need to use them.

You may need connection or cable specific to a particular device you are using – but it comes with most connectors and cables you need.

You may also choose to get extra solar panels externally for charging the Phoenix faster.

You might like to read a review/guide of the Renogy 100 Watt panel here.

It is estimated with the 100 watt panel, you can charge the Phoenix in around 2.5 hours, compared to 1-2 days with the 2 x 10 Watt built in panels that come with the device.

 

Renogy Phoenix Solar Generator: Resources

1. https://www.renogy.com/

 

 

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