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    Since we only do off-grid camping our solar panels are an essential part of our setup.

    For years I have been lugging around my fix solar panels (2 x 120w and 2 x 150w) on the rack of my Challenger trailer, the setup was heavy but it performed great.

    Three weeks ago I bought a Conqueror Courage trailer and realized that there is no space for the big panels with this trailer and that I will have to look at foldable panels.

    My search led me to the Flexopower MOJAVE220 @ R11,872.00 and the Snomaster 200W SOLAR PANEL (SP-200) @ R12,499.00

    I then found Munnika Trading in Cape Town with a 200w panel @ R7 902-00

    I ordered two 200w panels @ R14 223-00 (R7 111-00 each) + R300-00 for courier from Cape Town to Polokwane. (I got a 10% discount for the double order.)

    This past weekend we went camping at Bendito Ranch, in the heat wave, with temps up to 35 and the batteries stayed full and the beer cold!

    The panels, controllers, cables and accessories are all of good quality and I am very happy with the purchase

    Thought I would share this with other budget minded forum members.
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    You're making me very jelly.

    I have 2x 80W fixed panels which are great, but they take up space. They're also comparatively heavy, at 15kg or so.
    They were significantly cheaper than a flexible setup.... R1800 compared to yeah. R7000+
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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Since we only do off-grid camping our solar panels are an essential part of our setup.

    For years I have been lugging around my fix solar panels (2 x 120w and 2 x 150w) on the rack of my Challenger trailer, the setup was heavy but it preformed great.

    Three weeks ago I bought a Conqueror Courage trailer and realized that there is no space for the big panels with this trailer and that I will have to look at foldable panels.

    My search led me to the Flexopower MOJAVE220 @ R11,872.00 and the Snomaster 200W SOLAR PANEL (SP-200) @ R12,499.00

    I then found Munnika Trading in Cape town with a 200w panel @ R7 902-00

    I order two 200w panels @ R14 223-00 (R7 111-00 each) + R300-00 for courier from Cape town to Polokwane. (I got a 10% discount for the double order.)

    This past weekend we went camping at Bendito Ranch, in the heat wave, with temps up to 35 and the batteries stayed full and the beer cold!

    The panels, controllers, cables and accessories are all of good quality and I am very happy with the purchase

    Thought I would share this with other budget minded forum members.
    Nice setup. Thanks for sharing

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    Quote Originally Posted by DC Polokwane View Post
    Since we only do off-grid camping our solar panels are an essential part of our setup.

    For years I have been lugging around my fix solar panels (2 x 120w and 2 x 150w) on the rack of my Challenger trailer, the setup was heavy but it preformed great.

    Three weeks ago I bought a Conqueror Courage trailer and realized that there is no space for the big panels with this trailer and that I will have to look at foldable panels.

    My search led me to the Flexopower MOJAVE220 @ R11,872.00 and the Snomaster 200W SOLAR PANEL (SP-200) @ R12,499.00

    I then found Munnika Trading in Cape town with a 200w panel @ R7 902-00

    I order two 200w panels @ R14 223-00 (R7 111-00 each) + R300-00 for courier from Cape town to Polokwane. (I got a 10% discount for the double order.)

    This past weekend we went camping at Bendito Ranch, in the heat wave, with temps up to 35 and the batteries stayed full and the beer cold!

    The panels, controllers, cables and accessories are all of good quality and I am very happy with the purchase

    Thought I would share this with other budget minded forum members.
    Would you mind sharing the folded dimensions of one panel? Also the weight ??
    I can't find a website for Munnika?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Would you mind sharing the folded dimensions of one panel? Also the weight ??
    I can't find a website for Munnika?
    Folding size (MM) 470*620
    Folding thickness(MM) 65
    Net weight (KG) 9.50 KG
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    Would you mind sharing the folded dimensions of one panel? Also the weight ??
    I can't find a website for Munnika?
    Best way to contact them is through Andrew Munnik @ 082 469 6932

    Andrew is also a forum member (Munnika) so you can also PM him.
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    DC

    That brad harrison connection looks very different and very good

    I like that cap on the other side for when not in use

    Could you plse post a photo or 3 of the side where the wires come in as that is new to me and looks good

    Havent seen these before

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    thks for that link

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    So these bits were the cabling goes into the BH is from the panel manufacturers. I would love something like this that secures the cables on that side of the BH. Click image for larger version. 

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    So the centre piece - black - is where the 2 cables need to feed in ?

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    Some more pics.

    The quality, attention to detail and finishing off is good!

    Velcro at all the strategic places to keep things together and heat shrink to keep dust and water out.
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    Man I would love some of those,maybe in a thicker diameter, but thats the answer.Click image for larger version. 

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    Got my set today, what can I say, awesome, looks and feels very very durable, plug and play, the weight and size an absolute winner. Can only echo what DC Polokwane has said.
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    Thanks for the posts Deo and Johan, appreciate the support. We now have many of these panels out there happily keeping the beers cold somewhere in the bundus.
    My only challenge is keeping up with demand. We have very limited stock left in both the foldable and semi-flex models. Our next import orders have been placed but we are now experiencing 2 to even 3 months delivery times. Let's hope this gets better over time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    Thanks for the posts Deo and Johan, appreciate the support. We now have many of these panels out there happily keeping the beers cold somewhere in the bundus.
    My only challenge is keeping up with demand. We have very limited stock left in both the foldable and semi-flex models. Our next import orders have been placed but we are now experiencing 2 to even 3 months delivery times. Let's hope this gets better over time.
    MunnikA Trading imports and distributes the Fitorch flashlight range and Flagsun solar products.

    Do you have a web page for your products that you selling
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    Quote Originally Posted by Munnika View Post
    Thanks for the posts Deo and Johan, appreciate the support. We now have many of these panels out there happily keeping the beers cold somewhere in the bundus.
    My only challenge is keeping up with demand. We have very limited stock left in both the foldable and semi-flex models. Our next import orders have been placed but we are now experiencing 2 to even 3 months delivery times. Let's hope this gets better over time.
    MunnikA Trading imports and distributes the Fitorch flashlight range and Flagsun solar products.
    Looks great. How much will they be without the controller?
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    What amp would a set of 200W mentioned in this thread push back in to a battery? I have a 102ah that only runs 1 x fridge and lights. I've read and asked on this forum, some say 2 x 100W, some 2 x 120W - will this 1 x 200W suffice? These foldable are just SO much easier to lug around

    I have a 20A victron charge controller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Morne - Skip View Post
    What amp would a set of 200W mentioned in this thread push back in to a battery? I have a 102ah that only runs 1 x fridge and lights. I've read and asked on this forum, some say 2 x 100W, some 2 x 120W - will this 1 x 200W suffice? These foldable are just SO much easier to lug around

    I have a 20A victron charge controller.
    Potentially around 10amps best case scenario.
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