XTM solar panels

Submitted: Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 15:53
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I have noticed that BCF are running a special on their 160 watt folding solar panels. Has anybody had any experience with them?
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Reply By: Nomadic Navara - Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 16:25

Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 16:25
Their website XTM 160W Folding Solar Panel is a little short on details. What are the dimensions of the panel? What is the brand and model number of the solar panel attached?

I would not care to reply without being able to consider those sorts of things.




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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 16:44

Monday, Oct 19, 2020 at 16:44
The Super Group have been selling these panels for five or more years, starting with 100 watt, then, 120 and now 160, with extra panels each time the wattage increases. AFAIK they work OK, a mate has used the 100 watt version for several years to charge his Tvan 100AH agm, running a CFX40, initially with the supplied controller and now through a Projecta DC-DC charger. I have the 100 watt as well but have not spent enough time off grid to really give it a good test as I have a 3-way fridge, so a 100AH battery goes a long way just for lighting. Other forum and posts on this one have not found any issues with them. All I caution is that the 'mounting' loops pull out easily so are not really useful .
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Follow Up By: Member - Warren H - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 17:04

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 17:04
My apologies I was confusing the folding solar panel with their folding solar blanket, my comments relate to these.
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Reply By: CSeaJay - Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:44

Tuesday, Oct 20, 2020 at 10:44
I have one.
Replaced flexible solar panels.
Works well, the structure and legs are nice and sturdy. It comes with controller but wired so that you have a choice to use with its regulator or unregulated to feed your own car/van mounted controller.
The bag is handy and looks like it will last, comes with an anderson - to - anderson lead.
Only downside is that it is heavy - but that is not isolated to this brand.
Works well, no expert but can say through my BMS that I get more amps through at any one time than the panels I replaced.
The only downside
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