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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    Sitting on the Zambezi and the Eigar has failed in the African sun on the 1st trip. You get what you pay for and this seems to be rubbish.
    Looks like a puncture and air got in? Or did the plastic melt?
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    It has been used for 3 days now in fairly shady conditions and worked perfectly and today we got the first proper sun and voltage from it just dropped to zero and after inspecting it found this issue.

    I would say the heat. Definitely no impact though possibly a manufacturing issue made worse by the heat.
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    I managed to buy a second hand 200W that works pretty well for me. It however came without the support rods/thingies to put it up at an angle. Any idea where I can buy these support rods separately?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Basil Peetz View Post
    I managed to buy a second hand 200W that works pretty well for me. It however came without the support rods/thingies to put it up at an angle. Any idea where I can buy these support rods separately?
    I'm going back to a rigid panel. I have 200watt glass panels now that have saved my ass.

    I'll get another set of 200watt to replace this turd.
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    What did the supplier/retailer say?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Serious? View Post
    What did the supplier/retailer say?
    I'll see next week when I get back. It was bought online from Camp&Climb so maybe Dogbert can give his input ?

    But i will update when I have more feedback though. Will happily send it in for them to take a look at as well.

    I wasn't using there cheapy controller but it was plugged into a Victron MPPT so doubt it could be related to that. It looks like it has melted.
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    It really does look melted but the surrounding panel seems fine. They all had the same exposure, odd.

    Is it still supplying power? I can imagine that little piece would cut the overall panel by around 25% unless it broke a series connection. You should still be getting at least 50% from it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsyPhin View Post
    It really does look melted but the surrounding panel seems fine. They all had the same exposure, odd.

    Is it still supplying power? I can imagine that little piece would cut the overall panel by around 25% unless it broke a series connection. You should still be getting at least 50% from it.
    Zero output because it is in series. Mate here has the solar blanket and seems to be working alright.
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    H there, please take the panel back to one of our shops so it can go back to the supplier, or expedite things by sending directly to our hq:
    Unit 3, De Waal Park, 60 Greenville Road, Diep River Town, 7800, Tel: 061 344-3656
    We will get it tested and sorted!

    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    I'll see next week when I get back. It was bought online from Camp&Climb so maybe Dogbert can give his input ?

    But i will update when I have more feedback though. Will happily send it in for them to take a look at as well.

    I wasn't using there cheapy controller but it was plugged into a Victron MPPT so doubt it could be related to that. It looks like it has melted.
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert View Post
    H there, please take the panel back to one of our shops so it can go back to the supplier, or expedite things by sending directly to our hq:
    Unit 3, De Waal Park, 60 Greenville Road, Diep River Town, 7800, Tel: 061 344-3656
    We will get it tested and sorted!
    Thanks, John. I appreciate the offer.

    I have just arrived back in JNB and will arrange for Courier Guy to collect it on Monday and send it to your head office.
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    A little update.

    I sent the panel directly to Camp & Climb in the Cape. They called to say their supplier has inspected it and are replacing it.

    It arrived at my door yesterday. I did ask about what caused the failure but the person I spoke to didn't seem too technically inclined so I dropped it.

    Thanks @dogbert for the assistance. Verdict is still out on longevity of this panel but A+ for Camp & Climb for backing their products.
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    A little update.

    I sent the panel directly to Camp & Climb in the Cape. They called to say their supplier has inspected it and are replacing it.

    It arrived at my door yesterday. I did ask about what caused the failure but the person I spoke to didn't seem too technically inclined so I dropped it.

    Thanks @dogbert for the assistance. Verdict is still out on longevity of this panel but A+ for Camp & Climb for backing their products.
    I have my personal panel for 2 years now without any problems we supply these panels as part of our caravan packages and never had a return or warranty yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Byron View Post
    A little update.

    I sent the panel directly to Camp & Climb in the Cape. They called to say their supplier has inspected it and are replacing it.

    It arrived at my door yesterday. I did ask about what caused the failure but the person I spoke to didn't seem too technically inclined so I dropped it.

    Thanks @dogbert for the assistance. Verdict is still out on longevity of this panel but A+ for Camp & Climb for backing their products.
    I would really want to know the reason for the failure, otherwise trusting it on an overland excursion would be a tall order.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bex View Post
    I would really want to know the reason for the failure, otherwise trusting it on an overland excursion would be a tall order.
    It does appear as if there was a 'dry joint' caused by inaccurate stitching of the panels into the cover ie. they sewed over a part of the circuit - this can cause a fault that may not be picked up during initial testing, and use - then one day...
    These are rare but they do happen - and the factory is also aware and has been taking steps to avoid this via extra qc.
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