Updated May 11, 2019 by Karen Bennett

The 10 Best Solar Panels For Boats

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in May of 2019. You can power your boat’s appliances in a dependable, cost-effective way by installing solar panels. These models are designed to stand up to the particular challenges of use on a watercraft, which can include limited space, curved roofs, and harsh weather. Here we list the most reliable options, ranked by durability, price, and ease of use, so you can choose the right one for your vessel. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best solar panel for boats on Amazon.

10. Nature Power 55702

9. BougeRV 100W

8. HQST Polycrystalline

7. Acopower Mono

6. Dokio DSP-100W

5. Suner Power 6W

4. Newpowa High Efficiency

3. Renogy Foldable

2. WindyNation Off-Grid

1. Renogy Flexible

Editor's Notes

May 08, 2019:

For boat owners, solar panels are a cost-effective, convenient way to maintain your battery bank and help power appliances and electronics. They’ll help to provide you with the comforts of electricity when you’re mooring away from shore power. Our list features some highly flexible choices that are great for placement on uneven surfaces on your watercraft. These include the thin-profile, easy-to-mount Renogy Flexible, as well as the BougeRV 100W, which features reinforced corner holes that make it simple to hang anywhere.

For the convenience of an all-in-one kit (sans inverter, which some may need for converting DC to AC power), look to the WindyNation Off-Grid, which offers a durable panel along with a pulse width modulation charge controller to manage the current sent from the panel to a battery (not included).

No matter which selection you choose, be sure to install it in a dedicated area safely out of the way of foot traffic and other activity. This could be your cabin top or a fabricated mount. Ultimately, it should be in a spot that will get optimal exposure to sunlight. Allowing air to flow underneath will boost performance, if possible.

Always have your panels set up by a licensed installer, as solar power use is often a big commitment (both cost and time), so you’ll want panels that are sure to hold up, when it comes to the construction and the assembly.

Karen Bennett
Last updated on May 11, 2019 by Karen Bennett

Karen Bennett lives in Chicago with her family, and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found practicing yoga or cheering on her kids at soccer games. She holds a master’s.degree in journalism and a bachelor’s in English, and her writing has been published in various local newspapers, as well as “The Cheat Sheet,” “Illinois Legal Times,” and “USA Today.” She has also written search engine news page headlines and worked as a product manager for a digital marketing company. Her expertise is in literature, nonfiction, textbooks, home products, kids' games and toys, hardware, teaching accessories, and art materials.

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