Silicon in Solar Junction Box? Do you remove?

Submitted: Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:21
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Hi All,

I have just purchased a couple of 80w Sharp solar panels of Ian from RV Powerstream. Highly recommended and very helpful seller.

My question is; inside the junction box where the wires for the oput connect up to the panel, is filled with silicon. What do you normally do? Buy a cable that plugs into the original wires or take the silicon out and reconnect?

Any ideas greatly appreciated.

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Reply By: Geoff (Newcastle, NSW) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:27

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:27
Hi Matt,

What does Ian recommend?

That's the way I'd go.

Maybe remove the factory silicone, terminate your new wires and replace the silicone with new.

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Reply By: stephen looking - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:33

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:33
I wouln't stuff around just get a good plug and cable.

But call the seller he knows his products.


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Follow Up By: Matt(WA) - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:37

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2009 at 22:37
Steve,

Will give him a call tomorrow. Just wanted to see what the general idea was. That and I am impaitent.

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Reply By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 12:32

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 12:32
There is more then one type of silicone. Don't use acid cure (smells like acetone).

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Follow Up By: Member - Mike DID - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:07

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:07
I think you mean it smells like Vinegar.
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Follow Up By: Member - Kiwi Kia - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:27

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:27
Oooops, Absolutely right Mike.

Please note Matt, don't use the acid cure silicone (smells like vinegar).

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Follow Up By: KiwiAngler - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:25

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 17:25
and Vinegar smells like Acetic Acid :-))))
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Reply By: RV Powerstream P/L - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 13:19

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 13:19
Hi Matt
Dont touch the junction box just cut the plug off the existing cable and do a basic connection with the size cable you need .

You can buy plug kits to join them but the average person does not want the added cost of cable kits that may or may not suit them.

If you want anderson plugs there appears to be some good deals on ebay at the moment.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:50

Thursday, Jan 29, 2009 at 21:50
Derek sells them at the right price as well and is probably him on Ebay as well

www.sidewinder.com.au




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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:54

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 15:54
Yes Graham there are a few that sell on ebay including Derek with good gear at good prices but I doubt that they sell the complete kits as some of that is patented and currently not readily available unless from a selected outlet.
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Follow Up By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 19:34

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 19:34
Was referring to the Anderson plugs as that is what you said were available on Ebay
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Follow Up By: RV Powerstream P/L - Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 20:11

Friday, Jan 30, 2009 at 20:11
Graham

That is what I was refering to also.

Complete Anderson Plugs kits with all components necessary for a water resistant and dust resistant assembly in use.

It is new.
Ian

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