We believe a fundamental shift needs to happen in the way non-residential solar is approached, and this begins with designing products with the end use in mind. A foldable, extremely thin panel takes advantage of what you have plenty of away from home–open areas–while being conscientious of what comes at a premium–weight and storage capacity.
You wouldn’t pack your bedroom mattress for a road trip, so why bring a solar panel designed for your house on an adventure?
Don’t get us wrong, monocrystalline panels have their perks: their efficient and affordable. And if weight and space aren’t an issue, we’ll be the first to admit they’re a great choice. But, adapting a technology built for residential areas for remote use ignores some pretty key factors in the needs of remote users:
Storage space comes at a premium, open space does not
We’ve all been in a situation where our backpacks are brimming, our dry box won’t close or our duffels are completely maxed out. The smaller the better in these cases, and efficiency and cost don’t really matter if you don’t have the space to bring something.
Open space. It’s awesome. And turns out it’s pretty key for generating solar power…and readily available outside of residential areas. So why not take advantage of it? Our panels are designed to expand (you might say we’re growers, not showers), to maximize the open space we’re all after in the first place.
Light = fast (or room for more stuff)
Outside of the gym heavy stuff sucks (could say inside the gym as well). Why carry more than you need on your back, in your car or on your horse, pardner? Utilizing thin-film solar cells our panels are able to produce up to four times more power per pound than traditional monocrystalline panels. The less weight you’re carrying the farther you can go…or the more beer you can carry, whichever is your priority).
We also believe in producing as much power as you can, when you can. We designed our products with fast charging USB-C ports and SAE connectors to able to store as much power as possible, as quickly as possible. Charging should fit in around your plans for the day, not the other way around.
Most importantly, we’ll always communicate honestly what our products are capable of. Solar panels are rated using Standard Testing Conditions (STC), which apparently are not very standard as we’ve never run into these conditions in the field. We’re not sure exactly where these conditions exist, but it’s an industry standard that tends to be misleading and frustrating. If you purchased a car that got 20% less MPG than advertised, you’d be pretty bummed, yet this seems to be a standard practice in the solar industry. While we include this standardized rating, we’ll also include what you can expect under typical field conditions when solar input can be reduced by sun angle, temperature, latitude, atmospheric particulate and a myriad of other factors.. We believe this transparency will allow you to calculate your solar needs more effectively…not to mention just being the honest thing to do.