solar panels brisbane

Submitted: Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 19:37
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Looking for some solar panels for the camper trailer, any body in Brisbane or someone who can tell me the specs of how you work out what I need. Also what brands are the best, and take a bit of knocking around when we go bush any help greatly appreciated Dags
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Reply By: sandyngraham - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 20:24

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 20:24
G'day dags,

We bought some solar panels for our CT from Solarpanelxpress up at the Glasshouse Mountains, we went for 2 x 60 watt Kyocera brand panels, which fold together to create a compact unit, together with a 6 metre lead, regulator and simple alligator clips to the battery(ies), works an absolute treat. We run 2 x 12 volt lights and 80 litre Waeco indefinately when out in the bush.

When we are travelling we store the panels in the CT laying on the mattress with a soft cover over.


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Follow Up By: Member - Phil [Sunshine Coast] - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 21:26

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 21:26
Hi graham, if u dont mind what was the cost? they are just down the road so I might give them a hoi . thanks... Phil
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Follow Up By: sandyngraham - Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 12:08

Monday, Feb 13, 2006 at 12:08
Hello Daggs,

The complete set ready to go (twin 60watt panels, sunsaver regulator, 6mm heavy duty cable, clips) cost around the $1500 mark, and they were delivered to Katherine in the NT for us. Got a quote locally when I purchased them for around $900 for a single 80 watt panel.

I believe Springers have sprung up (humour?) in a few places through SE Qld. and have a very good reputation, a lot of caravan dealers / manufacturers are using them to set up their rigs.


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Reply By: Member - Paul P (Bris) - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 20:28

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 20:28

Your local Springers will do a calc for you and price a setup in a suitcase. Just tell them what you want to run/charge and they will do the calculations for you.


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Reply By: Member Boroma 604 - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 20:58

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 20:58
Agree got to Springers at Strathpine, they certainly seem to be switched on.
Cheers boroma 604.
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Reply By: techo2oz - Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 21:29

Saturday, Feb 11, 2006 at 21:29
G'day Dags,
I "made" a fold up unit by putting a couple of hinges and some fold out legs onto a pair of 68 Watt Sola panels. Works a treat. I run them via a regulator into a 200AH battery bank and this is all I need to run some lights, a radio at times, an 80 litre weaco on fridge/freeze mode and every so often even run an LCD Tv to catch up on the news.

On cloudy days I have the reserve of the batteries to keep me going and more often than not the solar panels have put back what has been used overnight by lunchtime the next day.

I also have some solarex panels which I set up back home which keep everything topped up for the next Soire. I don't know which brands etc are best, just know that this setup works extremely well for my style of camping.


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Reply By: Member - Jeff H (QLD) - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 01:09

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 01:09
Good to see you going Solar.
We bought locally (c.Qld),but would have been at least as well off using Solarpanelexpress. Can't comment on the other source mentioned in the thread.
We ,(NO,I)have learnt the hard way not to short the battery outlets from the Sunsaver controller. Otherwise the Sharp 123w. setup has served us brilliantly.
May the sun seldom be clouded (or we're on to Bundy and water)
Jeff H.
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Reply By: dags666 - Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 07:47

Sunday, Feb 12, 2006 at 07:47
thank you every one very helpfull dags
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