Reviews on Maxray solar panel kits

Submitted: Sunday, Nov 02, 2014 at 20:14
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I'm currently in the market for a 120w folding solar panel kit. I've found the Maxray 120w kit on eBay and they look pretty good but cant find any reviews on the web. Has anyone on this forum purchased a Maxray solar kit and if so how have they performed? http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/MaxRay-NEW-Folding-Solar-Panel-Kit-140w-12V-Caravan-Camping-Power-Mono-Charging-/290920906453
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Reply By: Member - Stephen L (Clare SA) - Sunday, Nov 02, 2014 at 22:13

Sunday, Nov 02, 2014 at 22:13
Hi JagerBroncs

I purchased the very unit you are looking at. They offer great service, with very quick delivery. The only reason why I went for this mob, and not one of the cheaper units was from their little video demo, and it makes very clear and common sense.

These units have the regulators away from the back of the panel, while others have them mounted to the very back, and will absorb a lot of the heat, which like they say is a killer of electronics.

Very happy and works a treat.



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Follow Up By: JagerBroncs - Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 20:54

Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 20:54
Thanks Stephen, that's good to know
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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 07:34

Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 07:34
Some of us on the forum have bought solar panels through Bit Deals and are happy with the purchase.
Bit Deals Folding Solar Panels

The Bit Deals panels come with MPPT solar regulators which are supposedly superior to a standard panel.
I added another cable circuit bypassing the "built-in" controller, so I can connect the panel to the solar input port on my Ctek D250S Dual dc-dc charger, which also has an MPPT controller built-in.
The best place for a solar regulator or controller is at the end of a cable run, close to the battery bank being charged.
I use the original circuit when connecting the panel to the auxiliary battery in the vehicle from time to time and rely on the MPPT controller to manage the charging process.
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Reply By: Member - Rowdy6032 (WA) - Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 11:13

Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 11:13
Thread 109917 may be of some interest to you before you deal with this company.

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Follow Up By: Member - Bruce C (NSW) - Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 12:42

Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 12:42
I guess that thread says it all Rowdy.

Look Elsewhere I think, is the general drift of that thread.
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Follow Up By: JagerBroncs - Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 21:39

Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 21:39
Thank you for the heads up regarding the previous outbaxcamping post and poor service. Seems like the post was related to their generators though. They have a very good feedback rating on eBay 99.9% and do offer a 30 day return warranty so I think I'm going to take my chances and see how it goes.
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Follow Up By: Member - phantom - Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 22:54

Monday, Nov 03, 2014 at 22:54
Hi,
We have a 140 Watt from bit deals and an excellent product. Currently using it on the Darling and no issues powering our 40l Engel, LED lights snd various chargers, even in overcast conditions.
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Reply By: Member - Jamo52 - Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014 at 10:05

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014 at 10:05
Just make sure they use hardened glass. The cheaper ones will shatter relatively easily
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Follow Up By: JagerBroncs - Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014 at 21:35

Tuesday, Nov 04, 2014 at 21:35
The ad says 3.2mm tempered glass and "hail resistant"?
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Reply By: fisho64 - Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014 at 01:29

Wednesday, Nov 05, 2014 at 01:29
also Bitdeals for me, 120W with MPPT reg, which I mounted away from panel for my boat mainly.
$180 delivered, more than happy with it and them.
Have had it over a year
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