different solar panels

Submitted: Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 11:19
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Just a quick question?
I currently have a BP solar panel and would like to purchase another panel.
Would it be best to purchase an identical panel or would it not matter IE unisolar, kyocera etc.
I think they may have a slightly different voltage output.
Can i assume that this will not be a problem as the regulator will sort this out?

Thanks
Chris.
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Reply By: David N. - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 12:49

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 12:49
Not a problem- you assume correctly.
While Unisolar are "unbreakable", they're much bigger for similar output and the surface can become discoloured and "sticky".
Try Tasman energy for prices on Kyocera

http://www.tasmanenergy.com.au/index.htm
Cheers
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Reply By: Cobes - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:14

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:14
Hi David,
Do the Hard back Unisolar panels also become glazed and sticky?
I thought that it would only occur to the flexible ones.

Thanks
Chris.
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Follow Up By: David N. - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:48

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:48
Yes, the unisolar hard back can become sticky- I've seen one!
The Kyocera are great... though if abused they CAN be broken as it is (very tough) glass.
Having said that, I've not seen a broken one, and I've given my Kyocera plenty of abuse and no problems at all.- good as the day it was made. I recently bought a second.
I guess they all have their weak points. The thing which turned me off the Unisolar was
1. weight vs output and
2. size vs output.
But your needs may vary.
Hope this helps. Cheers
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Reply By: murranji - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:32

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:32
What is the model of your panel.I have one I have never used and it may either suite you or yours may suite mine for a pair .Mine is a S R model
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Reply By: Cobes - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:37

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:37
Hi I have two BP SX60 models and was thinking of buying a second hand Unisloar 64watt unit for $300.00.
The Unisolar is 2 years old.

Cheers
Chris.
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Follow Up By: David N. - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:51

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 13:51
If it's in good nick the price sounds about right!
Cheers
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Reply By: Member - Roger - Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 17:20

Friday, Sep 12, 2003 at 17:20
Cobes,
I have had both the unisolar and the BP panels and have found that the BP panel is superior to Unisolar much to my distaste.
So take it from one who uses a solar panel regularly do NOT get the Unisolar.
A.W.S. handle the truth carelessly about Unisolar.
RegardsDodg
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Reply By: Willie - Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 14:09

Saturday, Sep 13, 2003 at 14:09
There is agood article on Solar Panels in the October 2003 edition of 4x4 Monthly Magazine.

Cheers,
Willie
Never a dull moment
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