The Self-Install Solar + Battery Kit

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  • 1-on-1 installation via Zoom - Included
  • 1 x 540Wh battery / controller / 500W pure sine inverter - $499
  • 1 x 100W Flex. Solar Panel, Zipties - $159
  • 2 x 20 ft solar connector - $25

The problem

Apartment renters need the landlord’s permission to install anything on their rooftops. This makes installing solar difficult for people who rent. Because most of the world lives in urbanized areas where renting is common, I think this is a problem standing in the way of solar adoption.

An additional speed bump is the complexity of installing solar: regulation around net-metering. Grid-tied systems. Installation permits (even if you do own your property). Getting quotes from different installers. Solar financing. All complex processes inherited from the construction industry which slow down mass private adoption of renewables.

We attempt to bypass both these problems by building a standalone solar power plant on for windowsill, rooftop or garden with off-the-shelf parts, and discuss the pros and cons of this approach to solar.


A possible solution

A windowsill solar system we install ourselves solves both problems at once: Renters don’t need permission from their landlords to place things on their windowsill and rooftops if it’s not altering the building, and it’s a one-click, direct purchase with no regulation as long as it’s not tied to the grid (which this one is designed not to be). Two birds with one stone. This makes the solar buying process more like buying a consumer electronic.

Our mission is to make purchasing solar/storage as easy as purchasing any other consumer electronic, as we believe in a bottom-up approach: once renewable energy does not require a professional it will spread as rapidly as other consumer electronics like satellite dishes and window AC units, etc.

Satellite Photo by Paweł Czerwiński | Air Conditioner Photo by Chromatograph

Solar as a modular consumer electronic - like satellite dishes and air conditioning? (Satellite Photo by Paweł Czerwiński | Air Conditioner Photo by Chromatograph)

What if decentralized electric generation could be added room by room to a household (like window A/C units)?

If we look to the car, the smartphone, the window A/C unit — these devices spread like wildfire across the globe because they were off-the-shelf products that required no configuration but great benefits. Identical appliances were churned out at an industrial scale for a global audience. They were “plug n play”. Plug n play solar has been around for a while, but has never taken off (probably because behind-the-meter power is still sketchy and poorly understood). The potential for plug n play solar is huge — it could mean cheap, zero-configuration solar energy spreading to consumers at the pace of the smartphone, the car or air-conditioning.


How it works:


Great for: Off-Grid Apartments & Condos, Power Outage Backup, Backyard or Balcony installation, RVs, Camping, Boating, Van-Living, Tiny houses and more.


Power anything up to 500W:

Questions about whether it can run your device? Reach out!




Features:

Easy
Install.

Electrician-free. Permit-free. Screwdriver-free.

Apartment
Compatible.

Moving? Take it with you. Roof damage? Never.

Backup.

In Wildfires. Hurricanes.
 Blackouts. Reliable, fuel-free power.

Outdoors.

Great portable system
 for camping & outdoors.
 Clean. No Noise. No trace.

Live in the Future.

Make your own energy. Be independent.

Running cost?

Nope. It generates electricity worth $25 a year.

18650 Cells

Same lithium battery type used by Tesla. 540Wh of them.

Power

Run a mini-fridge. TV. Laptop. Lighting. Phone.


How to install (It is easy!)

Step 1: Receive packages

Your kit will arrive within 2-3 weeks. It will look like below:

Step 2: Zip-tie panels in place

Assembly is simple – zip-tie to the panels anywhere in your garden, on your rooftop, to your balcony, etc. We zip-tie them so that strong winds don’t blow them away.

Step 3: Run cords to battery indoors

We then pass the cables through to the window inside…

Step 4: That’s it – start charging. Energy Independence!

… and plug it into the inverter indoors. Close the window on the (thick) wires and you’re good to go. We shall be offering a window transmission system soon, too.


Use Cases

These are some of the places we’ve seen the sunboxlabs testing kits in action.

Use case 1: Blackout Resilience & Power Outage Backup

In case of brownouts or blackouts, this is be a helpful way of wirelessly charging communications devices without the grid. This 500W, 540Wh system can even keep full-size, 120W refrigerator running for 4 hours to conserve food, or 10 lights running 24 hours.

During a utility power outage backup for any reason – be it hurricanes or a scheduled wildfire blackout your sunboxlabs system can act as a clean, quiet backup generator. It’s not “grid-tied”, so you’ll have to re-plug your device into the device’s socket or move it near the device you want to run. We will offer an option to plug it into your central fuse-box soon, too.




Use case 2: Camping, outdoors & off-grid uses.

Be it burning man, music festivals, or a weekend getaway – you can run speakers and lights off this system for many hours.




Use case 3: A fun start into clean energy.

Make clean, off-grid power in your garden or on your apartment rooftop (south-facing, slightly slanted or flat surfaces strongly with some hours of direct sunshine preferred). The cable should be able to run indoors, or you can provide power to your greenhouse, etc. If our initial run is successful, will offer expansions for you to upgrade to a full household-sized solar system and storage solution to take your home completely off-grid.


Shipping & Order Details

Free shipping anywhere in the US. You will receive a follow-up email with exact instructions.

Questions or want to say hello? Send to hello@sunboxlabs.com or on WhatsApp +1 (917) 704 3031.

A portable outlet that runs on sunshine.

How to build an easy mobile micro-grid for renewable independence.

Due to popular demand, we have decided to offer mobile apartment solar kits with hand-picked and tested components guaranteed to work reliably together, distributed, sold and supported by sunboxlabs. If you’d prefer, you can still order components separately and assemble them yourself. This system is around 5x more powerful than the other ones on the site. We tried to build the best system we possibly could at the lowest possible price.

  • For this initial run, we are taking a very small margin (under $100).
  • Additionally, we will offer with every sale a 1-on-1 personal installation session over Zoom with Niko, the founder of Sunboxlabs.

The System’s Components

Order your Mobile Apartment Solar Kits, and you’ll receive in 2 boxes by us hand-vetted and tested components:

  • 100W flexible solar panel with standard MC4 connectors. incl. 4 x zip ties to attach to balcony/RV/rooftop/garden structure. Other attachments can be discussed.
  • 20ft solar cable (2 cables - 1x 20ft positive, 20ft negative) with MC4 connectors on both sides.
  • Indoor Storage Battery with integrated MPPT solar charge controller, 540Wh of storage, a 500W Pure Sine inverter with two outputs (alternating current), 3 x USB-A, 1 x USB-C, 1 A/C out (220V, 110V, up to 500W). 3 x DC out, 1 DC solar in. Personalized Zoom session with sunboxlabs founder for installation help. Money-back guarantee.


Planned future expansions

  • Daisy-chain the batteries and solar for a bigger system up to 4kW Solar / 10kWh Storage.
  • Grid-tie them to your fuse box to run your household seamlessly during a power outage.
  • Window transmission (currently there will be a gap for the wires to pass through).
  • Energy trading between separate households and selling back to the grid (demand response, etc).
  • Eventually, we want to manufacture domestically in the US.

FAQ

1) How green is it?

Does it have an impact on my CO2 footprint? Let’s calculate:

Production footprint mono-cristalline PV:
4200kWhee/kW [1] * 0.1kW = 420kWh embodied energy

Production footprint li-ion 18650 battery:
321kWhee/kWh [1] * 0.5kWh = 161kWh embodied energy

Total Footprint: 581kWh

Annual energy production system: 155kWh/y

Payback period: 581kWh / 155kWh/y = 3.7 year CO2 footprint payback

It’ll take 3+ years of usage until this system is CO2 net-positive.

2) Will this system save me a money?

What’s the payback period for our solar battery system? Will it save me money?

Payback period for 100W, 540Wh system
System cost: $499

Yearly energy creation: 365d * 4.26hsun/d * 100W = 155kWh/y

Yearly value creation: 155kWh/y * 15c/kWh = $24/y energy created

100W system payback period: $499 / $24 = 21 years until payback

In San Francisco, the payback is 10 years. The further south you are, or the more expensive energy is in your area, the shorter it’ll be. This system will not save you money until after that, and even then is definitely not a “money-saver”. It will however be more valuable in the event of backup generator needs, at camping/outdoors, and of course it’s just generally cool to be independent from the grid and make your own renewable energy.

3) How much electricity will it make?

Short answer It can charge all your laptops and phones and run your speakers and power your lights. It’s a powerful solar system with a powerful battery and inverter attached. It cannot run your iron or laundry, but it is enough to back up a full-size, family fridge for a 4 hours a day in summer if the power goes out, or easily power a mini-fridge at the beach for 24 hours. Have fun! :)

Longer answer is in SF it’ll make on average 4.26 * 100W = 426Wh (0.426kWh) per day. Of course in winter it’ll make less (around 300Wh), in summer more (around 800Wh). Of that 540Wh will be stored. And if you’re further north, maybe you will want a second panel for winters. And if you’re further south, even in winter your batteries will always be full even when you’re using energy all day from the system.

Any questions? Get in contact above.

4) Where can I put the panel?

Here are our main suggestions but you can get creative! Let the sunlight inspire you!

  • Rooftop
  • Off-Grid Apartments
  • Condos
  • Balconies
  • Backup during blackouts, hurricanes, earthquakes, etc
  • Backyard experiments
  • RVs
  • Camping
  • Van-Living
  • Tiny houses

5) Can I charge this panel off my car?

Full Tech Specs

Panel:

Lightweight: 4.8 lb / 2.2 kg
Thickness: 1/8 in / 3 mm
Flexing up to 30 degrees
Stainless steel grommets in the panel, easy and low cost installation
25 year limited power output warranty
Maximum Power(Pmax): 100W
Maximum Power Voltage(Vmp): 18.7V
Maximum Power Current(Imp): 5.35A
Open Circuit Voltage(Voc): 22.3V
Short Circuit Current(Isc): 5.70A
Maximum System Voltage(Vmax): 600VDC
Temperature Range: -40°C ~ 85°C
Maximum Series Fuse Rating(A): 15A
Weight: 4.8 lb
Dimensions: 41.1 x 27.2 x 0.11 in

Battery:

Capacity: Lithium battery 50AH/540WH
Continuous Power: 500W
Over-load Protection: 550W±50W
Peak Output Power: 1000W
Output Waveform: Pure sine wave
DC Adapter Input Charge: DC 24V/3.75A
AC Output Voltage: AC110V±10% 60Hz/AC220V± 10%
Output Real Power: 87%
Quiescent Current:<3.5mA
Under-voltage: 8.5±0.5V
Over-voltage Protection: 13±0.5V
Fuse: 3*30A
Overheat Protection: >65°C
Cooling Fan: Temperature control fan
Short-circuit Protection: Have
USB Output: TYPE-C+2.4A+2.4A+QC3.0
DC Output 1: Cigarette lighter 12V/8A
DC Output 2: 12V*2 output ports (4A+4A)
LED Lighting: 4W LED Light
LED Instruction: Battery level, percentage, time, fan, DC, USB, AC output power, over temperature, as picture
Solar Input Charging Panel(Optional): Voltage 18V 100W-200W
Solar Panel Voltage: DC12V-24V
Size/Weight: 10.24*6.7*6.82in / 5.5kg (12.13 lb)



Plug & Play Solar Battery Bundle
$699 $499 Pre-Order Price (2 left)
Order Now 〉
🔒 Secure Checkout powered by Stripe

$116/mo $84/mo for 6 months (Paypal Credit)

Ships by July 10.
  • Free Shipping
  • 1-on-1 installation via Zoom - Included
  • 1 x 540Wh battery / controller / 500W pure sine inverter - $499
  • 1 x 100W Flex. Solar Panel, Zipties - $159
  • 2 x 20 ft solar connector - $25

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