Suntech Freedom 80W

Submitted: Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 13:35
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Looing at purchasing the Suntech Freedom 80 (2x40w Folding Kit) From the promo's it looks like it's easy to use and claims it will run you average 12v fridge. But will it run the fridge and put charge into you battery or do you have to turn the fridge off for a while to put charge into your battery etc.
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Reply By: bruce - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 14:09

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 14:09
It will do what you ask no problems...I have a 85w Suntech and it keeps my 105ah battery charged and runs a 40l engel , powers the lights in the van, charges the phone battery, etc ....and furthermore it is for sale , only 18mths old..nothing wrong with it...great panel ...used it twice , both times for 3 week stays...depending on where you are it could be a lot cheaper option than the folding kit....bruce350@ripper.com.au .. with your ph no. and I can ring you if you are interested....(do hope I am not breaking any rules).....cheers










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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:47

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:47
Where are you bruce? My email is mattbrook(at)pgsr.com.au

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Follow Up By: Rocky_QLD - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:56

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:56
Ditto Bruce
My email is gcind(at)bigpond.com
In QLD
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Follow Up By: bruce - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:26

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:26
I am in Portland Vic. ..unfortunately for you guys ..I did try to get some quotes for delivery but you would think from the responses that I received that I was trying to send a bomb and a big one at that....I can ring anyone during 7pm - 8pm time thanks to Telstra and thier free hour....cheers
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Follow Up By: Paul Grabonski. Vic - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 21:16

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 21:16
Bruce what are you going to use to power your Engel when you sell the solar panel?
Do you have some other magic device like a fuel cell in preference to the solar panel?
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Follow Up By: bruce - Friday, May 23, 2008 at 10:46

Friday, May 23, 2008 at 10:46
It is being replaced with either a Uni-Solar 64w or a Kaneka 55w...yes, yes, I know that I will be told that they will not do the job , but I am a grey headed stubborn fool so just let me do my thing....nothing at all wrong with the Suntech ....works like a charm...but I just think that in our situation one of the others would be better suited to our needs and someone else could make better use of the Suntech......cheers
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Reply By: EaglePatrol - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:35

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:35
We have one and use it with the waeco raps 36 battery. Changes the battery and runs 40L engle fridge no worries (in good sunlight). I found the ali' props to be a bit clumsy so changed them to something more ridgid. Great unit and easy to pack away.
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Reply By: Member -Dodger - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:43

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 15:43
e have one and it runs the Engel (40ltr) plus charges the battery up. I installed an amp meter on the back thus it shows the amps it is producing. When the battery is charged the solar panel goes into float mode and when the engel cuts in (cycles) then the panel kicks in with enough power to run the engel and a little for the battery. After an overnight stop I find that the panel puts out it's max until the battery is back to full charge then again goes into float mode as above. The best bit is you can camp in the shade and put the panel out in the sun.
I used to have a handle on life, but it broke.

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Reply By: Sand Man (SA) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:05

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 16:05
It depends on the type and size of your fridge and whether you are running it as a fridge, or a freezer.

A 40 litre Engel pulls a maximum of around 2.4 amps (depending on vintage).

An 80 watt solar panel should produce somewhere around 5 amps in good conditions.

I used to charge my portable battery system (75 A/h Thumper) with a 40 watt panel, while running the 40 litre Engel as a fridge and after 3 days still had a battery showing "charged".

I have since doubled the capacity to 80 watts, but haven't been camping for an extended period to obtain further data.

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Reply By: Inland Sailor - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:20

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 17:20
Thanks for those replies. I'm looking at the folding unit for it's storage ability.
I'll be running a 55l Evacool Fridgemate from the unit.
Reads like I also be able to hook it upto my campers battery to top it up as well once the cars has been charged.
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Reply By: Member - Mick O (VIC) - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 18:46

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 18:46
What are they asking price wise. I looked at these units 18 months ago at the caravan and camping show. Ended up getting a 100W bifold unit fromABR (Not ARB). Found the quality of the unit was better, more robust and the support and controller of better quality.

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Follow Up By: Inland Sailor - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:35

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:35
Searchhing around on the web, around $950.00 seems to be the mark!!!
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Follow Up By: Brian - Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:48

Thursday, May 22, 2008 at 19:48
I also have the 100W Bi Fold from ABR..... can't fault it!! It kreeps the battery charged enough to power our 70L Trailblaza no problems!!

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