Solar panels for camping - input please




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    Default Solar panels for camping - input please

    Before the Rand makes all solar panels uber expensive, I need to buy 2x 120W

    Any suggestions on brands and suppliers other than 4x4direct (R10/w)? Just want to weigh up all the options

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    Default Re: Solar panels for camping - input please

    Bush Power they are great http://www.bushpower.co.za/

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    Default Re: Solar panels for camping - input please

    Are you sure you need 2 x 120W - they are BIG and difficult to handle/pack - please check dimensions and wheights

    What about 3 x 80W

    I use 2 "suitcase" sets of 2x80W = 320W total
    Easy to handle and gives me the option to set up 1 set (160W) or 2 when required.
    On extended stays (6 and more days) I take a 5th 80W along
    (My DC-DC Charger HcdP20A can handle 400W input)
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    I’ve had great service from Bushpower (personal and knowledgeable) and Sustainable.co.za (efficient and reasonable if you know exactly what you want).

    Problem at the moment with the Bushpower website, phone them or mail them.

    Edit - I see it’s up again. Good guys at Bushpower
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    Default Re: Solar panels for camping - input please

    Depending on how much space you have, consider the semi-flexible ones from 4x4direct. They are very pricey but the weight difference makes a huge difference. I couldn't bring myself to buy them when I bought solar... but in retrospect.
    Having said that, panels are somewhat commodity products. If I had a limited budget I would spend money on a quality MPPT or DC-DC charger and rather buy cheaper panels.

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    Default Re: Solar panels for camping - input please

    I have limited experience on my panels but here it is:
    - No fancy battery. Only one. Charged during driving. Some years old.
    - 2 x 80 W panels on long thin wires
    - DC/DC to reduce/increase V

    Have been in a camp few days. Some sunny some cloudy. Fridge and lights, inverter for some charging. No issues. Panels are hard type and previous owner made a nice place for them.

    There have been good discussions on how much is actually needed.
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