Folding solar panels

Further to my request for help on the purchase of solar panels.
There seems to be some well priced solar panels on ebay and other sites that would seem to suite my requirements, one of which is a 160w kit with everything including an anderson plug for $260 delivered from My Topia.
But my research has thrown up a Projecta monocrystaline folding panels at less than halfe the weight, either an 80wat for $390 or a 120w for $549 on special at Repco.
My questions is am I justified spending the extra money?
I want to be able to charge up the van battery(s) and laptop etc. Plus run my 80ltr Waco fridg/freezer.
As previously I will take all advise seriously
Many thanks
Stay well & stay safe
PeteM
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Reply By: Slow one - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 07:10

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 07:10
Many seem to be very happy with

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 07:23

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 07:23
You are right slow one.
I missed the point of the number sold.
I will ask about an anderson plug for it
Many thanks
PeteM
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:32

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:32
Peter,

If you check further into Bit Deals site, they have Anderson plugs for sale, at ridiculously low prices. Packs of 10 or more, some with covers and handles. Buy plenty and be a source of A plug replacements for your fellow travellers...........think the going rate is bottle of wine/plug. :-)

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:51

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:51
Fortunately I noticed them before I emailed a question to them
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Follow Up By: kevmac....(WA) - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:53

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 11:53
I bought my 160w folding solar kit from bit_deals on reccommendation of my brother & couldnt be happier. Without any load on have obtained 6 - 7 amps on an overcast day going into battery. Most tell you is intended to hold load rather than just charge battery, and quite capably holds the load of my 40ltr Engel
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:48

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:48
Re your OP, Peter. If you are in a van, then storing the bulkier Bit Deals unit will be less of a problem than say if you were just in a wagon. The flexible panels, being lighter and more compact, would suit most SVT's, or camper trailer folk. Not sure what the longevity of the flexy panels is either, especially if they get a hard life. Imagine they would be good in some instances, just place 'em on the bonnet or roof while having smoko or lunch. Lot of loot though, could buy 5 cartons of beer in Winton with the change from Bit panel. :-)

I've been checking out the 160w folding panels from Bit. They are less than $250, and would pump out over 8 amps in good weather. Same physical size, and weight as the 140. Can never have too much solar, eh!

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Follow Up By: Member - Peter M (QLD) - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:53

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 08:53
Good thinking
It looks to me like the way to go is as you (and others) have suggested
I love this forum, over the last few years I have had some great advice without feeling like a fool for asking for help
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Follow Up By: Member -Hilton Hillbillies - Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 09:11

Sunday, Aug 31, 2014 at 09:11
G'day Peter,
You should never feel like a fool for asking a question.
The only foolish questions are the ones not asked.
Besides your'e amongst friends here.
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