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Dakota Lithium | 180W Folding Solar Panel


Built for rugged packability and high performance in extreme cold, this 180 watt solar panel is the optimal size for large power stations and solar generators and will charge any 12V Dakota Lithium battery. In full sun it will charge a Powerbox+ 60 in 7-10 hours, turning it into a solar generator that collects and stores power, allowing you to run many electronics indefinitely.

Built in a rugged, military spec nylon case, this solar blanket is waterproof, shatterproof, and half the weight of a glass panel. MC-4 connectors provide universal compatibility. Can be used while power is being drawn from the battery. Designed to hang from a tent, tree, or wall, or lay flat on the ground facing the sun.

This panel was first developed by Dakota Lithium for a mountaineering expedition to the Alaska range where it powered basecamp radios, cameras, and electronics during sub zero temperatures. Use multiple panels for a faster charging time or for charging very large solar generators. 11 year warranty.

Suitable For:

✔️ Charging 12V Batteries On the Go
✔️ Charge Your PowerBox While Off-Grid
✔️ Camping, Hiking, Boating
✔️ Charging Solar Generators
✔️ Charging Power Stations
✔️ Emergency Backup Power Storage
✔️ RVs
✔️ Replacing Gasoline Generators
✔️ Camper Vans
✔️ Overland Trucks

  

Features / Specs

POWER
180 Watts, Maximum Power Current is 8.57 Amps

HOW LONG TO CHARGE MY BATTERY?
Divide the Ah (capacity) of your battery by 8.5 to determine how many hours to charge your battery. For example, a Powerbox+ 60 has 60 amps, divide by 8.5 = 7 hours. Connect two solar panels to double the charging speed.

SIZE FOLDED
431.8 x 292.1mm x 25.4mm (17in x 11.5in x 1in) folded. Small enough to fit in a pack. Big enough to fully charge your battery.

SIZE UNFOLDED
889mm x 422.275mm x 9.525mm (35in x 16 5/8in x 3/8in) unfolded and in use.

COMPATIBILITY & CONNECTION
Charges any 12v Dakota Lithium battery with universal alligator clips. Clips stow away in a zippered pocket when not in use.

RUGGED DESIGN
Waterproof, Weatherproof, Shatterproof. All protected by a military spec nylon case.

WEIGHT
11 lbs 8 oz

MAXIMUM POWER VOLTAGE
21 Volts

SOLAR CELL TYPE
Monocrystalline (a very flexible, lightweight, and durable solar cell)

STAND INCLUDED
Legs fold out to optimize the angle to the sun.

CELL EFFICIENCY
Greater than or equal to 22%

UNIVERSAL WIRING KIT
MC-4 connectors with free ring terminal kit adapter included

FAQ

Twice the power?

Yes! Here at Dakota Lithium we build all of our batteries with lithium iron phosphate technology which has many distinct advantages over traditional batteries. Including 60% less weight, a charging speed that is up to 5X faster, and a significantly longer lifespan (5-10 years longer on average). One of the most noticeable advantages however is the flat voltage curve. Unlike a lead acid battery where the voltage drops as you use the battery a Dakota Lithium battery has a steady voltage for 99% of the battery's charge. That means you get all the power down to the last drop and double the usable power of traditional batteries.

 

Are Lithium batteries safe?

Dakota Lithium batteries are 100% safe & reliable. Our signature chemistry, Lithium Iron Phosphate (LiFePO4), does not contain rare earth elements (like Cobalt) or heavy metals, is non-toxic, including no lead or acid, is non-corrosive, does not off gas, requires no watering or maintenance, can be placed in any orientation, and unlike other lithium batteries will not explode or catch fire. In addition, each Dakota Lithium battery is protected from over heating, over charging, and short circuiting, by a battery management system (BMS) microchip that also extends the lifespan and is contained in a rugged, waterproof case (although enough water can conduct electricity between the terminals, so don't submerse the battery). For best performance & reliability we recommend using a LiFePO4 charger.  

 

How do I charge a lithium battery?

Dakota Lithium batteries perform best when charged by a lithium compatible charger. Lead acid or SLA chargers, on-board chargers for AGM batteries, or other non-lithium chargers will charge a Dakota Lithium battery but only to 70-80% of capacity. This is because Dakota Lithium iron phosphate (LiFePO4) technology charges and is full at a higher voltage then traditional batteries (Dakota Lithium charges at 14.4 Volts). Chargers with a lithium battery setting or designed for lithium will charge at the appropriate voltage. See our full catalog of LiFePO4 battery chargers here. All batteries 54Ah and larger include a free LiFePO4 compatible charger. For troubleshooting tips download the Dakota Lithium battery user manual here.

 

Will cold weather affect my battery?

Your Dakota Lithium battery will discharge normally between a range of -20F and 120F (-29C to 49C). DL batteries are commonly used among ice fishers for their flashers and ice augers, so they are quite resilient and are frequently used in cold climates. In cases of extreme cold however, it is recommended that the batteries be insulated. We also do not recommend charging our batteries below freezing temperatures. If you are planning to regularly charge your battery below freezing temperatures we recommend the DL+ 12V 135Ah battery which has an internal heating element and is optimal for use in cars, trucks, RVs, off grid solar, and any application where the battery will be charged regularly in extremely cold environments (like a North Dakota winter).

 

Can I use this to start my car/boat engine?

Our DL+ line of batteries have 1000cca of engine starting power plus the same legendary deep cycle capabilities of all Dakota Lithium batteries. That means you can use them for starting a boat, car or truck engine. Our standard deep cycle batteries do not have this cold cranking ability and can not be used for a starting battery.

 

What Trolling Motor Battery do you recommend?

Dakota Lithium is a proud sponsor of over 200+ professional athletes in the fishing industry. Here's batteries sizes recommended by our pros depending on the size of your trolling motor: Motor Thrust / Max Amp Draw (A) @ Voltage (V) / Recommended Battery

 

What battery do I need for my RV or Camper Van?

The industry standard house battery size used in most RVs, Campers, and #VanLife builds is the  DL 12V 100Ah Battery. This is a drop in replacement for AGM and most lead acid batteries. If you are charging off your engine's alternator we recommend a Victron DC-DC smart charger. If charging off solar panels we recommend a Victron Smart Solar charge controller, or if you have a solar charge controller choose the lithium setting. A handy size chart for number of batteries needed by size of RV is available here.

 

Free Shipping to US & Canada

Free Shipping to Lower 48 US States + Canada*

 

United States: Dakota Lithium will ship your batteries for free anywhere in the lower 48 US States (excludes Alaska and Hawaii). Batteries ship UPS ground freight and will arrive in 5-7 days to most of the US. You will receive an email with a tracking number after your order ships. The USPS does not allow for batteries to be shipped to Post Office boxes (PO Box). Please use a street address. Larger batteries (over 300 watts) require hazmat shipping. We pay the cost of Hazmat and freight (typically $90 to $150 a battery). You pay $0 for shipping.

 

Canada: Dakota Lithium can ship to most Canadian provinces served by UPS or FedEx. Canadian shipping is free for most Dakota Lithium products. *For select items that are out of stock in Canada but available in the US the cost to ship from the US, including duty & GST will be calculated. Free shipping is via ground, and ships from Dakota Lithium's warehouse in Delta, BC.


Warranty

Eleven Year Warranty

We stand behind the quality of our products:
  • 1) 30 day money back guarantee on all orders. If you are unsatisfied for any reason with one of our batteries you can return it for a refund up to 30 days after purchase.
  • 2) 11 year manufacturer defect warranty on all batteries. If we made a mistake building your battery we will repair or replace it. See warranty & return policy for details.
  • 3) Lifetime technical support. Reach out to sales@romeosolar.com for help from our team of experts.
  • 4) 1 year warranty on chargers, powerbox case, and accessories.

 

30 Day Money Back Guarantee

If you are unsatisfied for any reason with one of our batteries you can return it for a refund, less a 5% restocking fee, up to 30 days after shipping date.

 

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