solar blanket

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Just trying to find out about the hard core solar blanket been looking at the 160 w with the controller has anybody got one and how good are they.thanks
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Reply By: RMD - Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:54

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 10:54
John m85
Haven't used one, just looked at their site, but,
The "Hard Korr" solar blanket in 160w is $549 without controller of some sort. That is an horrendous price for the power output you will get. Maybe if you require stow away feature it is ok.
For $549 it should at least include a decent sized Deep cycle battery too. You can triple the output with fixed panels of same value if you are able to fit one or more to the roof/roof rack/bars. Plug in with an Anderson lead when required with controller near batteries. If controller can accept the voltage input of two panels in series, you can wire roof top panels in series and gain earlier start to charging and later finish because of the higher, more efficient use of the energy. Even better if the controller is an MPPT unit to take even more advantage of the higher energy level.

I like the croc skin they say is part of the system. Not sure what that really means.
A mate of mine had some fixed panels which had a textured surface, if similar, it degrades and collects dust and dirt and significantly lowered each panels' output. He got rid of them.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:43

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 11:43
Thanks for that advice RMD the price is high for what you get I think I will stay away from that one.
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Reply By: Gusthebus - Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 13:20

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 13:20
Ive got 2 x projecta 120w compact panels and cant fault them. They pack up really small and are sooo light. 240 w solar with less weight and room of the more solid ones. Ive had one of them for about 4 years. Used daily on 6 mth trip and are very easy to maneuver.
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Follow Up By: john m85 - Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 14:57

Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 14:57
Thanks for that i will look at the projector panels.
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Reply By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 09:08

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 09:08
I am not an Auto Elec, but from what I have read on this forum and elsewhere written by Auto Elecs, the Solar Blanket will give you more “bang for your buck” with regard to power output. They are more efficient than fixed or folding panels. This efficiency comes at a premium price.

There are several Auto Elecs on this forum, who would be better placed to answer your questions.

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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 13:07

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 13:07
Not correct. You pay more because they are a blanket and they output less because they have gaps between the panels to allow them to fold. We tested a Redarc side by side with a straight panel and the customer has since sold the blanket and purchased two fixed panels. The main benefit with the blanket is in the space they take up when stored. Another downside is they are difficult to direct toward the sun as they are designed to be layed on to off something.
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Follow Up By: RMD - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 13:27

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 13:27
Ivan is correct. The bang you get is in the hip pocket nerve, They are convenient but same technology as fixed panels so they cannot output more Amps than a fixed panel of same area. Impossible. Just yesterday I connected two Aldi120w folding panels in series to provide 40v and today in very poor overcast day, the Ecoworthy MPPT controller was putting in 6.5 Amps. Simply using the higher energy level which an MPPT unit can use to good advantage. It also starts charging much earlier than when panels are in parallel.


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Follow Up By: Member - McLaren3030 - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 15:31

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 15:31
I stand corrected, but I was sure I read on this forum from an Auto Elec, that the blankets were more efficient.

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Follow Up By: IvanTheTerrible - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 15:56

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 15:56
I am an Auto Elec Macca
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Reply By: rumpig - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:08

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:08
Before you buy one, consider exactly how you will use it....i used to own a Projecta folding blanket, I sold it to a friend because I never liked leaving it out at camp whilst away for the day due to it's value, was just worth to much money. The item itself was fantastic, especially it's size for transport in the vehicle, but now I have a heap of room in the back of my vehicles canopy (previously owned a wagon), I ended up buying a much cheaper solid panel I am happy to leave out at camp all day.
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Reply By: Boris K - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:49

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 10:49
Sun Yee has them a lot cheaper. Ive bought all my 3 solid panels of them and they work well
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Reply By: Tomdej - Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 14:51

Sunday, May 12, 2019 at 14:51
I moved from folding panels to a solar blanket because it is much lighter and smaller. Because is it much easier to set up and put away I use it much more often. I bought a solar blanket from Super Cheap Auto when they had a sale, bought an MPPT controller from ebay and didn't use the PWM controller that came with the blanket.

The MPPT works much better for me. It is permanently connected to the auxiliary battery and, in my experience, produces more power to recharge the battery than the PWM did.

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Reply By: NeddySmtih - Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:02

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 12:02
Yeah i was looking at getting a solar blanket but for the price you pay i just can justify it, currently have a 160w folding, but looking at changing over and getting a couple of flexible panels a go. Seen you can get 200 - 250w ones for around the 150 mark, not sure if they are true 200w panels, however, they are are very thin and lightweight, only 3-4mm thick and weight about 2kg, so if can be stored flat thinking they would be perfect.

Thoughts???
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Reply By: marie j - Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 19:35

Thursday, May 16, 2019 at 19:35
You can find a hard core solar blanket from Nest Bedding coupons. I have been using their blanket but not hard core for years and literally, it is worth buying.
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