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    I'm restarting this cos i cant find my discussion from early Dec.

    I [THINK] I need 2 x ABOUT 90w panels to keep 2x 105 batteries happy via a HcDP charger to run ONE NL 80lt Fridge. [they will be charged via a HcDP DC-DC whilst driving. ]

    I was at 'a' solar panel supplier this afternoon and was met with SUCH vague information etc etc etc........... i wanted to RUN away.

    WHICH make of panels and where to buy [I'm in Centurion]

    I'm happy to drive a bit to get a good deal BUT BUT ........EVERY CLOWN OUT THERE has the BEST........[.and I MUST NOT LISTEN TO ANYONE ELSE..]....................... i see knows the LEAST......

    who/where do i get decent panels at a DECENT price.
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    Just drive to 4x4Direct and buy the FULL set of equipment you need.

    You are going to spend more on fuel trying to save two cents on each item at different outlets ...


    At least they KNOW their products and what it is to be used for !!

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    yes, as a tyro , you're probably right but i find those guys in their 2 tone shirts quite tiresome........they 'know' even more that my wife!!

    how does this look http://www.ecoficiency.co.za/content/node/68
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Chaos View Post
    yes, as a tyro , you're probably right but i find those guys in their 2 tone shirts quite tiresome........they 'know' even more that my wife!!

    how does this look http://www.ecoficiency.co.za/content/node/68
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    Have you looked at www.bushpower.co.za? Bought mine from the a couple of years ago and am very happy with it.

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    Maybe give Jacque from Bushpower a call. They are in Midrand ... www.bushpower.co.za

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Chaos View Post
    yes, as a tyro , you're probably right but i find those guys in their 2 tone shirts quite tiresome........they 'know' even more that my wife!!

    how does this look http://www.ecoficiency.co.za/content/node/68
    For the Roma 200w you're looking at R5736 http://www.ecoficiency.co.za/content/catalogue_romagear BushPower also sells a fold up (without regulator) for R4950 http://www.bushpower.co.za/product/b...0-watt-no-reg/

    If you're looking for the cheaper option you can just buy the Renewsys panel and frame at R1595 per 80w panel http://www.bushpower.co.za/product/s...kit-80w-diy-4/ You'll have to rig up stands, cabling etc. yourself obviously.

    Another place that has good panel pricing (but is in Randburg) is Sinetech http://www.sinetech.co.za.

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    Go And see Bushpower, you won't be sorry. I bought 2 x 80W panels and a controller, plus all the hardware needed and have never had a problem. They advise based on their experience.
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    Thanks - think I'll shoot over to Bushpower - credit card in hand.

    Just need the panels - got a HcDP Dc-DC to handle the rest.

    thanks all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Chaos View Post
    I [THINK] I need 2 x ABOUT 90w panels to keep 2x 105 batteries happy via a HcDP charger to run ONE NL 80lt Fridge. [they will be charged via a HcDP DC-DC whilst driving. ]
    2 x 90 watt panels are fine, (around R10 or lower per watt). You can go for less watts but than you will have sometimes to rely on a drive. These kits you buy are quit expensive. If you buy the parts and to it yourself work out much cheaper. Even a Chinese solar panel works good enough.


    I hinged them together and made a padded canvas bag for it. If the HCDP charger dont have a solar connection, than you need a 15 amp or higher controller. A PWM control dont cost much, and it works, just manage the position of the solar during the day for maximum sun, else get MPPT controller, it will cost more but it is a bit more efficient.

    2 x 105 Ah batteries is maybe a bit of a luxury but if you have the space than do it.
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    not intention to Hijack.

    Correct me if I am Wrong. One would want a panel with at least 8.odd amp output max. is this where the chinese ones are lacking (cheapies)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dwayne P View Post
    not intention to Hijack.

    Correct me if I am Wrong. One would want a panel with at least 8.odd amp output max. is this where the chinese ones are lacking (cheapies)
    Yes, always better to buy from a reliable outlet. 90 watt will be in the range of 5 amps spec.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Chaos View Post
    yes, as a tyro , you're probably right but i find those guys in their 2 tone shirts quite tiresome........they 'know' even more that my wife!!

    how does this look http://www.ecoficiency.co.za/content/node/68
    Maybe I authored a couple electrical text books.


    Even possible that I have USED these systems in various SADC countries, experiencing first hand how the systems stand up ...


    It is just possible that I have BUILT a few systems ....


    And just maybe I DID walk each shop checking out all the systems, and staff .....



    But hey, your absolute right to pay the school fees if you so wish ....

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    I'm off to Bushpower for their input. THANKS!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Christoff View Post
    For the Roma 200w you're looking at R5736 http://www.ecoficiency.co.za/content/catalogue_romagear BushPower also sells a fold up (without regulator) for R4950 http://www.bushpower.co.za/product/b...0-watt-no-reg/

    If you're looking for the cheaper option you can just buy the Renewsys panel and frame at R1595 per 80w panel http://www.bushpower.co.za/product/s...kit-80w-diy-4/ You'll have to rig up stands, cabling etc. yourself obviously.

    Another place that has good panel pricing (but is in Randburg) is Sinetech http://www.sinetech.co.za.
    The 80W Bushpower "package" is very expensive, contact Sinetech (Strydompark) as above they supply top brands in SP's and controllers at very compatable pricing. A 80W solid panel (with connectors and +/-1m cable) price was about R850 and they also supply the necessary cables and connectors to do your system. They are extremely helpful and will give the basic advice you need to DIY. Ask to see their demo room and chat to their PR guy when their.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Capt Chaos View Post
    Thanks - think I'll shoot over to Bushpower - credit card in hand.

    Just need the panels - got a HcDP Dc-DC to handle the rest.

    thanks all.
    When you say "got a HCdP DC-DC to handle the rest" do you mean a HCdP Mk5 or Mk6? These have a installed PV controller.

    Phone around don't rush! As said doing your homework is par of the course and can save you bucks!!

    I have 3X80W panels in parralel feeding a HCdP Mk 5 to keep 2 X 102Ah Deltec batteries going. I had 2X80W panels which just did no handle my long stays (+4 days) in the bush when cloudy so I then went for 3 panels. Each panel supplies 4A thus a max of 12A.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    I have 3X80W panels in parralel feeding ...

    Yes also have 3 x 80 watt, less hassle to watch the sun, long cabling to get to a sunny spot the between the trees etc.

    But the 2 x 90 watt panels works as good. The 3 x 50 watt panels I started off many years when they were very expensive, was sold with my previous equipped vehicle.
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    more info

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    When you say "got a HCdP DC-DC to handle the rest" do you mean a HCdP Mk5 or Mk6? These have a installed PV controller.

    Phone around don't rush! As said doing your homework is par of the course and can save you bucks!!

    I have 3X80W panels in parralel feeding a HCdP Mk 5 to keep 2 X 102Ah Deltec batteries going. I had 2X80W panels which just did no handle my long stays (+4 days) in the bush when cloudy so I then went for 3 panels. Each panel supplies 4A thus a max of 12A.

    Got the latest HcDP...
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