New Solar Panels

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 21:56
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Finally received my new solar panels.Two 80w for $803 door to door. Now all I have to do is get my piano hinge and handles and wiring. Should give me 9 - 10 a/hr I'm told.Jack at sleep
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Reply By: brianm - Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 22:58

Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 22:58
Nobby
I have two 75w pannels in a frame lying flat on my roof. I know i am not getting full benifit but it does what I want. I run two 40lt engels and lights at night,two
batterery chargers for our detectors. I go through a controller to Two 6volt
deep cycle batterys. Solar power is the way to go when bush camping.
brian
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Follow Up By: joc45 - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 11:56

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 11:56
I go with this idea also - the output is down by about 20%, but for most of the time, I still get enough output, and I only have 120w output. To a degree, this method solves the security problem and the stowing problem. It also means that the panel is charging if you stop anywhere for a few hours.
I can mount mine either on pack bars, or on the roof rack, depending on whether I need the roof rack or not. When mounted on the roof rack, I can tilt the frame upwards (for access to the insides of the rack frame) which then allows full output from the panels, but I rarely have to tilt the panels.
Gerry
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Reply By: Brett - Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 23:05

Saturday, Feb 21, 2004 at 23:05
any hints on where I may be avle to look at buyiny a couple of panels like that?

stt@stt@bigpond.com

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Regards

Brett
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Reply By: Member - Peter (York) - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 01:16

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 01:16
What are the sizes (millimeters) of the panels Plus brand please99 GU Patrol 4.2 TD
Peter York 4x4
Whiskey 4501
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Reply By: Member - John - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 08:44

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 08:44
Nobby, where abouts did you get them from please, very keen to buy. Thanks in advance. John
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Follow Up By: Member - jtb - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 10:15

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 10:15
hi john the cheapest i can find is $550 for 1 80w sanyo panel ,would like more info on yours, as we are getting 2 x 40w panels shortly cheersrather be fishing
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Follow Up By: Big Trev - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 21:00

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 21:00
John, see my post below for a good contact in Victoria.
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Reply By: Member - Nobby - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 10:25

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 10:25
To All.. Got them on E-Bay from a mob called Speciality Magnetics in Detroit Lakes, Minasoota(?) USA. Their address is 25218 Broadway Av, Detroit Lakes, Mn,56501. Ph: 218 841 8339, E_Mail testdist@yahoo.com ( I think that is it). Size of each panel is approx 1200 x 550. Go to Matrix Solar Panels on the net and you will get all the spec. on them, then go to E-Bay and go to Solar panels and there are usually some for sale. I got mine for $499 US plus freight of $92US =$802( at the time of exchange. Took about 5-6 weeks for them to arrive( which was a bit concerning after handing over the money). Now that I have mine I couldn't be happier. Beats paying 1500 or so over here. They also have( I have spoken with them) solar panels made in the shape of a house roofing tile, which not only supplies all power to your house but also acts as a roof. What a great idea. Hope you do well.Jack at sleep
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Follow Up By: goingplatinumcomau - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 11:31

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 11:31
Interesting concept

After my recent ring around for a Solar hot water system for house it did not take long to get the drum on Solarhart they are Franchised and have all the usual Franchise mentality..........Tell lies bag the Opposition.

In the end i brought a edwards made in WA and have a Marine grade stainless Tank and were half the price.

As always no wonder what your buying ask the questions and cross reference them.That is where this forum is Fantastic and a Credit to owners.
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 12:02

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 12:02
We brought our solar panel from a gentleman in Tassie. Very happy with the service and only took 4 days to get to NSW. Great price too! Cheapest we could find after days of looking around. We like to keep our money in Australia !!!!!!!!!!!!!!Kind Regards
Karen & Geoff
(Happy holidaying)
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Follow Up By: Member - John - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 16:06

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 16:06
Karen & Geoff, where abouts in Tassie please? Thnaks in advance
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Follow Up By: Member - Geoff & Karen - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 18:51

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 18:51
Hi John, It is
Tasman Energy PO Box 266, Deloraine Tas 7304
1800226626 0363623050
www.tasmanenergy.com.au
We brought a Kyocera 125 Watt solar module for $990.00 and a PR 1210 solar regulator for $88.00 and the freight to NSW was $25.00. The fella was so nice and ever so helpful. We probably thought he was so nice to because where we are NO ONE deals in solar panels, so we had to turn to the net. It only took to 4 days to get here so that was good too! John give this bloke a try and see how you go, I'm sure you will be happy with him, and he has some good specials too.
Hope this helps
KarenKind Regards
Karen & Geoff
(Happy holidaying)
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Follow Up By: Member - Nobby - Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 22:12

Sunday, Feb 22, 2004 at 22:12
While I fully support " Buy Australian Made" I can't see why we should have to pay more than 100% mark up. I own a business and can at my discretion import product that will save me probably 40% on my base product. I however buy locally and support a Melbourne Business( I'm in Bris) at a fair bit of extra cost to me. If the Solar Panel retailers made it a little competative more than a rip off I certainly would have shopped locally. Maybe they have to realise that the market is not City, State or Country but now World wide and if they did we would be all buying things a little cheaper.I own a business that has to compete with imported products and have learnt to deal with it, so should they.Tell me one camper that would rather pay $1500 than $800 and give me his address.I'll sell him something( not to sure what but i'll find something)Jack at sleep
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Reply By: Sandie - Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 19:40

Monday, Feb 23, 2004 at 19:40
If a few people are going to buy panels, please drop me a mail: goldbem@d2.net.au, as we could reduce cost on freight or get a better deal.

Thanks
Marty
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Reply By: Big Trev - Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 20:56

Tuesday, Feb 24, 2004 at 20:56
Rather than go to USA, there is a guy who owns Battery World in Shepparton (Vict) who is a specialist in Solar Power, he used to work in the solar field for years before buying into this store, his contact details are:

Battery World
186 Numurkah Road
Shepparton 3630
(03) 5831 3176

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