Searching for a Solar Panel

Submitted: Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 at 16:08
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Hi,

Looking to buy a 200 or 250W folding panel to take care of our 120A AGM battery.

There's a bundle of flea bay sites selling 'Saronic' panels, which are supposed to be the highly rated, yet despite asking, none have come back to confirm they are in fact saronic cell panels, which obviously is a little concerning.

So has anyone purchased any panels recently and got what they were expecting in terms of output etc etc, and if so where from ?

Thanks in advance,
Mike
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Reply By: Member - nick b boab - Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 at 22:28

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 at 22:28
I,v bought panels & other stuff from Bit~deals on Ebay that have been fine
last one i got came with no regulator & was able to put my own reg on :-)
sum....lol...most panels come with cheap regulators on these sites ...IMO
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Qld - Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 at 22:48

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018 at 22:48
I bought a 200w panel, not folding, from Bit Deals too, Mike, a couple of years ago. Fitted it to the roof of our alloy canopy and haven't had any dramas that I'm aware of.

Cost about $205, and as I recall had it in hand within 7-10 days, to Western Qld. Would recommend them, as do many others.

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Reply By: mike39 - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 08:38

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 08:38
Couple of years ago bought a 200w. folding panel from ebay seller "sunyee-au"
$205.00, fast and free delivery.
I removed the panel controller and cable, connected the 2 panels in series to provide a 44v. output with a longer, heavier cable to a Victron 75/15 mppt controller located closer to the batteries being charged.
In full sun the measured input to the batteries is 11-13 amps at up to 14.1v.at which point the system goes into float.
Very happy with the performance of the panel setup.
mike
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Reply By: andrew t - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 08:39

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 08:39
Have a talk to the guys at low energy developments, they have a shop and an ebay store they should be able to help youo out
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Reply By: Member - Gary R M (VIC) - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 13:10

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 13:10
G'day Mike, I bought a 160W Redarc Panel from ARB 4 camps ago, very happy with it's performance although it cost a bit.
Cheers, Gary M.
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Reply By: Barry H12 - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 15:13

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 15:13
Bit deals x 2. Bought a 160w solar set up from them about 6 yrs ago, faultless performance.


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Follow Up By: Batt's - Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 at 18:27

Thursday, Mar 01, 2018 at 18:27
I have fixed panels not folding from Bit Deals a 170w ,110w they work well, no problems with delivery and great price. Both are riveted to my canopy roof using alloy angle with a 10mm gap for air flow. I expect their folding panels would be just as good.

My neighbour has a 130w folding panel fro Aussie Batteries it works well worth checking out as well.
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Reply By: Mike L4 - Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 18:29

Wednesday, Feb 28, 2018 at 18:29
Thanks for the feedback and responses, gives me a bit of confidence buying from specific flea bay stores when some one has and had good results.

I'll also check out the non-flea bay sites mentioned.

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