HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Review

HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel Review September 13, 2017Leave a comment
HQST 100Watt 12Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel
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If value for money is an important factor in deciding which solar panel to buy, this HQST 100 Watt solar panel scores very highly for you. With solid build and design features that allow for fantastic durability and high energy efficiency, these panels, much like the Renogy panels we discussed, give you excellent bang for your buck. If you live in an area not known for its sunshine and still want to be able to use solar energy effectively, we highly recommend these panels as they have a special feature that allows for low light solar energy capture.

With an anti-reflective glass panel that uses the least amount of iron in its constructions, HQST panels are built to withstand nature’s tough elements while also being able to produce significant amount of energy in low light conditions.

What You Get

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The panel comes with an in built junction box that has an IP 65 rating, protecting it against low pressure water exposure and also against environmental factors like wind and snow. The panel itself can withstand snow loads measuring up to 5,400 Pa and wind loads measuring up to 2,400 Pa. If you are buying these panels with versatile uses in mind, wanting to use it for your home project, then your RV and then maybe also your boat, you will love the fact that it comes with a mounting setup that will allow you to hook it up to pretty much any mount out there. From pole mounts to tilt mounts to the very commonly available Z-bracket mount, this solar panel latches on like a charm!

The real value for money however lies in this panel’s ability to convert solar energy even in low light conditions. While similarly priced solar panels struggle to give you any usable power in bad light conditions, HQST’s bypass diode design ensures very satisfactory performance even while your panels lie in shade or under a very cloudy sun. Power drops related to bad light conditions are kept to a minimal or very reasonable amount, while other panels throw up numbers that are pretty dismal when sunlight conditions are even a little less than ideal.

Also to appreciate in the solar panel design is the fact that the solar panel contains many layers of laminations giving the surface better energy efficiency as well as extreme durability. Boxed into an all-aluminum frame, the entire setup is designed for robust outdoor use, even in weather conditions where temperatures oscillate between the extremes.
The panel comes with easy to connect MC 4 connectors and produces maximum power of 100 Watts or a maximum of 5.62 A if you need the max output in amperage.

Dimensions and Weight

It weighs in at 16.5 lbs. and has footprint dimensions of 39.7 x 26.7 x 1.4 inches. HQST is a brand you can trust and they have a customer service line (toll free) open from Monday through Friday. Though not available on weekends, it is heartening to know that your solar panel’s manufacturer will have someone ready to assist you on the phone, with technical support, with sales support and with other issues that you may have. Remember, when it comes to solar panel manufacturers, many companies don’t even give you a way to get in touch with the manufacturer. It is not the case with HQST who allow you to make clear contact to help you address issues that you might be having with their panels. Besides manufacturing solar panels for the retail consumer, HQST is also involved as a B2B provider, providing OEM services to companies looking to deploy enterprise level solar energy solutions. This company is definitely here to stay, boding well for your HQST solar panel purchase.


Now that you have read through this quick HQST solar panel review, you may feel ready to put down your money on your very first investment in renewable energy that will last you a very, very long time!

HQST 100 Watt 12 Volt Polycrystalline Solar Panel. One of the best solar panels for home
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Updated August 5, 2018

David West

David West

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David is a tech journalist who has previously worked for several tech sites. He loves tinkering with technology and in his spare time he likes working on electronic engineering projects.

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