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    Smile Portable Solar Panels

    These these two products have finally landed!

    Take the power with you - a choice of two powerful solar panel solutions!

    Eiger 200W Folding Solar Panel
    Eiger 200W Solar Blanket


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    Finding it difficult to choose?
    Both have their pro's and cons...
    The Folding panel is easy to set up as it is a solid, self-supporting structure with adjustable stand. It is heavier and takes up more space. If you have a caravan/trailer then this one is for you.
    The blanket is for those who want a more compact solution. It cannot support itself so needs to lay on the ground, across your vehicle or tent etc.
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    psyphinable did a great test and review for us on the Solar Blanket.


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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Honestly - add a half decent battery, and what more could one ask for.

    Simple, clean, compact, portable.
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Dogbert I would like to support you and if Fluffy says it is a good system it must be! No pressure.

    I am interested in the solar blanket.

    Do I go through you or go to the website?
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    Quote Originally Posted by walkabout View Post
    Dogbert I would like to support you and if Fluffy says it is a good system it must be! No pressure.

    I am interested in the solar blanket.

    Do I go through you or go to the website?
    Don't worry I bothered to read your signature after posting...
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    The review link is followed by a review of a similar blanket vs a foldable blanket (JJ’s review). This review indicates that the blanket current drops to zero amps if part of the blanket is in shade where as a foldable panel will still give amps if partially in shade.

    Your comment on this when compared to your blanket?

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    Dogbert Prices look good. I followed the product links but can’t get to the specs sheets of either. Can you please post the details on this thread.

    Cheers

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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    The review link is followed by a review of a similar blanket vs a foldable blanket (JJ’s review). This review indicates that the blanket current drops to zero amps if part of the blanket is in shade where as a foldable panel will still give amps if partially in shade.

    Your comment on this when compared to your blanket?
    If I understand your question correctly, no the current will only drop on that panel and not on the entire blanket - see the video review around 4min

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Dogbert Prices look good. I followed the product links but can’t get to the specs sheets of either. Can you please post the details on this thread.

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    The specs are on the website below the product pic and price - scroll down - if there is info missing please let me know

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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    I wonder if one of the blankets will survive permanently mounted on the roof of a caravan? There has been talk on the forum in the past of vibration killing these flexible panels over time, but it's not as if you drive with your caravan on gravel roads for 365 days of the year.

    Also wonder how one would mount it, usually you want to leave a gap under panels for airflow, but with this it would be tempting to secure it directly on to the roof for a low profile and wind resistance.
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Great products - I see both comes with solar controller and wiring to the battery included. This normally ads a considerable amount to final cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Johan Engelbrecht View Post
    Great products - I see both comes with solar controller and wiring to the battery included. This normally ads a considerable amount to final cost.
    That's what I thought Johan. I have been told one gets better solar controllers, but I will probably use it once or twice a year, so as long as it works as well as the more expensive SC's it should be fine for my purposes. I mainly want to run a 40l Engel off it.

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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Johan Engelbrecht View Post
    Great products - I see both comes with solar controller and wiring to the battery included. This normally ads a considerable amount to final cost.
    The controllers that comes with these setups cost less than R300-00.

    https://www.batteryfix.co.za/product...4v-20amps-pwm/

    https://www.takealot.com/20a-solar-c...4/PLID53811594

    But they do the job!

    I am not sure if its worth your while to get a more expensive one?
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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert View Post
    If I understand your question correctly, no the current will only drop on that panel and not on the entire blanket - see the video review around 4min
    Thanx Dogbert.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    The review link is followed by a review of a similar blanket vs a foldable blanket (JJ’s review). This review indicates that the blanket current drops to zero amps if part of the blanket is in shade where as a foldable panel will still give amps if partially in shade.

    Your comment on this when compared to your blanket?
    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert View Post
    If I understand your question correctly, no the current will only drop on that panel and not on the entire blanket - see the video review around 4min
    Hi Dogbert, I managed to get to the portion of the video you directed me to. What I see is that reviewer only holds his hand over a portion of one section and then states that shade is no problem. I don't think that this is a proper test. What happens if one whole section is closed off/covered whilst the rest are in sun shine?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dogbert View Post
    The specs are on the website below the product pic and price - scroll down - if there is info missing please let me know
    First time my link only took me to the summary sheet of each product. Thanx sorted out. When I now click on the product I get the full spec sheet.

    The weight difference is significant but unfortunately one loses out on the amps with this benefit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Hi Dogbert, I managed to get to the portion of the video you directed me to. What I see is that reviewer only holds his hand over a portion of one section and then states that shade is no problem. I don't think that this is a proper test. What happens if one whole section is closed off/covered whilst the rest are in sun shine?
    Shading only a portion of the panel can be an issue on solar panels, have a look here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PsyPhin View Post
    Shading only a portion of the panel can be an issue on solar panels, have a look here.
    Thanx for your reply PsyPhin I get it. Did you look up JJ’s YouTube video. I have 3X 12V 80W - each about 8kg panels and 1X 48V 240W - about 22kg panel which operate (as explained in your post) in the shade with lesser efficiency depending on the amount of shade.

    The Waeco blanket referred to and reviewed in the other link shuts down if one of the sections is completely covered.

    I am now looking at getting a lighter and/or smaller option similar to the products advertised. Thus my query is specific to verify that the “blanket” works with one section closed off. Clarification to this will be greatly appreciated.

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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Thanx for your reply PsyPhin I get it. Did you look up JJ’s YouTube video. I have 3X 12V 80W - each about 8kg panels and 1X 48V 240W - about 22kg panel which operate (as explained in your post) in the shade with lesser efficiency depending on the amount of shade.

    The Waeco blanket referred to and reviewed in the other link shuts down if one of the sections is completely covered.

    I am now looking at getting a lighter and/or smaller option similar to the products advertised. Thus my query is specific to verify that the “blanket” works with one section closed off. Clarification to this will be greatly appreciated.
    I had a look at the other video. For interest I did some tests.
    Not as bad as the panel in JJ's video. One panel does not kill the entire blanket.

    Covering a small portion of one panel is the same as covering a whole row. You lose about 50%.
    Covering a panel on the top and at the bottom simultaneously will kill the blanket.
    So do not get shade on top and bottom at the same time.

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    Default Re: Portable Solar Panels

    Thabx so much for the feedback. So in short the better option, ignoring the weight difference, the foldable panel will outperform the blanket plus you get about 3A more?

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