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    Good day All

    I am in the market for a fold up solar panel kit for use in a camping trailer. I have a 105 amp hour battery running a NL 50l fridge and LED lights.
    The trailer is fitted with an HCDP Mk4 power management panel. From previous posts in the forum, I would guess that 2x 80W panels would suffice for the 105Ah battery ?
    I would appreciate any advice on which panels to use, as well as DIY and ready made options. Obviously, size and weight are also a factor. Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    The HCDP unit has a 180W solar charge controller so you canít go larger than that.

    Someone is selling a fold up solar panel here in the classifieds, R2000 for 120W
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    Why fold up? I have 2 x 80 W panels from Bush power (highly recommended ). I have mounted them on the underside of the top indide my trailer. They slide into a frame I constructed using Connect It aluminium square tubing and plastic fittings. Works very well, travelled some mean rough roads and never had a problem. Also uses a space inside the trailer which is often under utilised. Difficult to photograph, but you can see them in the pic attached.
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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    Quote Originally Posted by Robinr22 View Post
    Good day All

    I am in the market for a fold up solar panel kit for use in a camping trailer. I have a 105 amp hour battery running a NL 50l fridge and LED lights.
    The trailer is fitted with an HCDP Mk4 power management panel. From previous posts in the forum, I would guess that 2x 80W panels would suffice for the 105Ah battery ?
    I would appreciate any advice on which panels to use, as well as DIY and ready made options. Obviously, size and weight are also a factor. Thanks in advance.
    PM if you are interested in something like this. Folds up to the size of a briefcase and comes in 120w, 160w or 200w. The photo is the 200w set.
    Be warned though that this is the super thin and very durable monochrystalline type panel and they are stupidly expensive. The 200w set sells for just under R10k, BUT it will be the last set you will ever need to buy. Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks Dave - will definitely check it out. How are the panels connected once deployed ? Did you make up individual stands for each panel, or do they interlock ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    PM if you are interested in something like this. Folds up to the size of a briefcase and comes in 120w, 160w or 200w. The photo is the 200w set.
    Be warned though that this is the super thin and very durable monochrystalline type panel and they are stupidly expensive. The 200w set sells for just under R10k, BUT it will be the last set you will ever need to buy. Click image for larger version. 

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    Thanks Munnika. I have reviewed these and would love to own one, but unfortunately beyond my price range...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    PM if you are interested in something like this. Folds up to the size of a briefcase and comes in 120w, 160w or 200w. The photo is the 200w set.
    Be warned though that this is the super thin and very durable monochrystalline type panel and they are stupidly expensive. The 200w set sells for just under R10k, BUT it will be the last set you will ever need to buy. Click image for larger version. 

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    I own 2x150W sets together they produce good charge

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robinr22 View Post
    Thanks Dave - will definitely check it out. How are the panels connected once deployed ? Did you make up individual stands for each panel, or do they interlock ?
    I made up 2 different length supports that clip into receptacle mounted on the inside frame of the panel, 2 different lengths to give you a choice of angle to the sun.
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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    Dave, nice simple panel stand, but you need to make a plan as a gust of wind will collapse this setup very easily.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mozguide View Post
    Dave, nice simple panel stand, but you need to make a plan as a gust of wind will collapse this setup very easily.

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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    PM if you are interested in something like this. Folds up to the size of a briefcase and comes in 120w, 160w or 200w. The photo is the 200w set.
    Be warned though that this is the super thin and very durable monochrystalline type panel and they are stupidly expensive. The 200w set sells for just under R10k, BUT it will be the last set you will ever need to buy. Click image for larger version. 

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    Hi Munnika
    What brand is ? I am looking for something to keep a 65 l trailer fridge going
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    Hello Rob, we import these panels from a manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China. It is one of the 4 tech hubs from that country, the others being Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. We have been importing from this particular OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer) for the last two years because of its superior quality.
    So to answer your question we have been given the option to purchase our products and custom brand it, like so many other importers of specific products are doing. So right now we import it unbranded, although distributed by MunnikA Trading (PTY) Ltd.
    Our brand design is nearly complete and we hope to import these panels with a brand name of our own very soon.
    We distribute the foldable panels like you saw in the picture of an earlier post, but we also do monochrystaline flexible panels in 100w and 150w. These panels are truly amazing. They weigh around 2kg per panel (100w) and are only 3mm thick. In a recent test, which I conducted myself on my Afrispoor Cheetah, I was able to get 8.6 charging amps from two 100w panels connected in parallel. Best thing is that they are almost 50% less expensive than the foldable panels.
    I believe a 160w foldable set or 1 x 150w flexible panel will be more than enough to keep your fridge going. Only two things determine your choice, budget and space you have to mount/store the panel.
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    Hi Munnika
    What brand is ? I am looking for something to keep a 65 l trailer fridge going
    Kind regards
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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    These panels are truly amazing. I was able to get 8.6 charging amps from two 100w panels connected in parallel.
    Itís not that amazing if youíre only getting 8.6A from 200W solar?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrTolbos View Post
    Itís not that amazing if youíre only getting 8.6A from 200W solar?
    I agree. That is actually very poor output. But maybe the battery was almost full?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Toks View Post
    I agree. That is actually very poor output. But maybe the battery was almost full?

    I consistently get just over 6A from a 120w panel in good sunlight.

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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    My experience dont buy the Smart Fold up kits in shiny Suitcases from 4x4 Shops ..Rather go to the real experts that install and customise solutions for large users from Game Farm Cool Rooms in remote areas ..I did and they nmade from scratch my Fold like a book 2 x 80 w Panels with the CORRECT thickness cables etc ..They work keeping my National Luna working properly for weeks on end on my bush trips
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    Default Re: Looking for fold up solar panels for camping

    You can have a look at these guys - they are in Vanderbijlpark.

    https://www.solarpanelenergy.co.za/p...r+Camping+kits

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    I of course neglected to mention that the "test" was done in less than ideal conditions, in this case cloudy at around 3 o'clock in the afternoon and in a very short time period.
    This particular 100w panel has a 5.83A Optimum Operating Current and Short Circuit Current of 6.11A.
    From experience SP current output is a much debated topic and is like a car manufacturer opinion on paper regarding fuel efficiency. Frankly, it becomes a matter of opinion as there are many conditions that influences performance such as weather, position of setup, connections etc.
    My Afrispoor on which I tested at the time also had 2 fully charged 105Ah batteries.
    Quote Originally Posted by MrTolbos View Post
    Itís not that amazing if youíre only getting 8.6A from 200W solar?

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