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    Well my LC is about 7 years old now and has survived some of the worst corrugations Kgalagadi can offer. Maybe I was lucky!


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    I have 2 x Willard Liesure batteries in my van which are LC and they are doing very well after about 3 or 4 years now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I have 2 x Willard Liesure batteries in my van which are LC and they are doing very well after about 3 or 4 years now.
    Never heard of these. Have you got the specs and some pictures?


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    Quote Originally Posted by mikeml View Post
    Never heard of these. Have you got the specs and some pictures?
    Might be the willard solar 105. 2 batteries doing the same job as 1 will last much longer than twice the life of one.
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    I got 2 x of these when I bought my caravan. I do not think the previous owner was a fuss pot and looked after them in about a year to 2 years he had them . I must say I am impressed. The photos are when I took them out to check water levels and each battery after standing in garage for 4 days. They are evailable in 50a/h, 70 a/h and 105 a/h.
    See specs here at bottom of chart on page 10 : https://willard.co.za/wp-content/upl...ION-Proof2.pdf
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    Has anyone used/tested the Snomaster 150w fold up solar panel and controller? Would like to hear your comments on efficiency etc.

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    Outdoor Warehouse prices are usually high.
    I don't know the Snowmaster solar brand.

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    The Snomaster products are good quality and well priced, especially their 12V camping fridge/freezers.

    This panel is not on Snomaster's website so it's probably an ODW exclusive, hence the price tag?
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    Quote Originally Posted by lirritma View Post
    Thanks Rooikop. Do you have the BC-6CNFJ-90 or the BC-6CNFT-100 ?
    Sorry for the late reply, I have the BC-6CNFJ-100.

    One thing, and probably my biggest reason for moving to LC was that family had the normal deep / high cycle batteries installed from the caravan manufacturer, and after a service was it found that one of the batteries were leaking fluids, which in turn created quite a mess and caused considerable damage. If only for this, I will be sticking to the LC's and most probably replace with the same ones once these are done.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    Outdoor Warehouse prices are usually high.
    I don't know the Snowmaster solar brand.
    BAJA105 - 30A MPPT REGULATOR - CAMPING SOLAR KIT BY FLEXOPOWER, 105W - R 8,502.00

    https://flexopower.co.za/collections/camping-solar-kits

    Not sure about the quality/efficiency difference between Snomaster and Flexopower?

    Flexopower states as follows: Manufactured with high-efficient (20,4%) mono-crystalline solar cells (Solarworld Germany) using 5BB perc cell technology.

    ODW doesn't give any real details.

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    I don't think this is the same company which makes the fridges!

    I saw some Snomaster electrical gadgets from offshore once.....

    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    The Snomaster products are good quality and well priced, especially their 12V camping fridge/freezers.

    This panel is not on Snomaster's website so it's probably an ODW exclusive, hence the price tag?

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    I have Flexopower and can highly recommend but for some reason they are only selling a 105W now at increased price mine (the previous range) are 120W - think I paid around R6 500 (no regulator).
    Correction - the price is the same which now includes a regulator but wattage is lower 105W versus 120W.

    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    BAJA105 - 30A MPPT REGULATOR - CAMPING SOLAR KIT BY FLEXOPOWER, 105W - R 8,502.00

    https://flexopower.co.za/collections/camping-solar-kits

    Not sure about the quality/efficiency difference between Snomaster and Flexopower?

    Flexopower states as follows: Manufactured with high-efficient (20,4%) mono-crystalline solar cells (Solarworld Germany) using 5BB perc cell technology.

    ODW doesn't give any real details.

    Not sure what that means?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    I don't think this is the same company which makes the fridges!

    I saw some Snomaster electrical gadgets from offshore once.....
    Yes, I don't see any branding on the ODW photos but the OP's shows the Snomaster branding.

    They do make some other products like this Portable Battery Box.

    https://snomaster.co.za/shop/camping...e-battery-box/

    The controller on the ODW product looks like a scaled-down version of the ones used by Flexopower so the whole setup might be a rebranded Flexopower build.

    Still doesn't help the OP.
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    Interesting!
    (Thanks for the link on the battery box.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul Dold View Post
    I don't think this is the same company which makes the fridges!

    I saw some Snomaster electrical gadgets from offshore once.....
    The product is supplied by Snomaster, the same company that is doing the fridges, ice makers and battery boxes.

    They had the 150W solar panel with the controller and connecting wires at the recent (22-24 February 2019) caravan and camping show at Midrand and was selling the complete kit for about 5K.

    Stocks were sold out when I visited their stand at the show and hence my enquiry as to the efficency of the units, as I would possibly like to order directly from their business outlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Advocatus View Post
    The product is supplied by Snomaster, the same company that is doing the fridges, ice makers and battery boxes.

    They had the 150W solar panel with the controller and connecting wires at the recent (22-24 February 2019) caravan and camping show at Midrand and was selling the complete kit for about 5K.

    Stocks were sold out when I visited their stand at the show and hence my enquiry as to the efficency of the units, as I would possibly like to order directly from their business outlet.
    The Snomaster products are of good quality and competitively priced.

    It's about R500-00 cheaper than the Flexopower, which is 50W smaller, it's maybe not as fancy but I will definitely go for the Snomaster in terms of value for money.

    Contact Snomaster and order direct from them!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rooikop View Post
    Sorry for the late reply, I have the BC-6CNFJ-100.

    One thing, and probably my biggest reason for moving to LC was that family had the normal deep / high cycle batteries installed from the caravan manufacturer, and after a service was it found that one of the batteries were leaking fluids, which in turn created quite a mess and caused considerable damage. If only for this, I will be sticking to the LC's and most probably replace with the same ones once these are done.
    Thanks Rooikop. Too long for the National Luna battery box . Box can take 355mm and the battery is 408mm
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    Thanks for the info!

    Quote Originally Posted by Advocatus View Post
    The product is supplied by Snomaster, the same company that is doing the fridges, ice makers and battery boxes.

    They had the 150W solar panel with the controller and connecting wires at the recent (22-24 February 2019) caravan and camping show at Midrand and was selling the complete kit for about 5K.

    Stocks were sold out when I visited their stand at the show and hence my enquiry as to the efficency of the units, as I would possibly like to order directly from their business outlet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sneaky Pete View Post
    I got 2 x of these when I bought my caravan. I do not think the previous owner was a fuss pot and looked after them in about a year to 2 years he had them . I must say I am impressed. The photos are when I took them out to check water levels and each battery after standing in garage for 4 days. They are evailable in 50a/h, 70 a/h and 105 a/h.
    See specs here at bottom of chart on page 10 : https://willard.co.za/wp-content/upl...ION-Proof2.pdf
    Visiting their website I see they have a 25 month warranty period. It sounds like you must register your battery online.
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    Attached for R4000, 160W panel with controller to use straight to the caravans Anderson plug.

    is this a good buy or what is electrically not good.
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