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Hi everyone, we would like a bit off advice on which solar panels to buy for our slide on. Really like the look of solbain CP 125, but just wondering if they are to good to be true, being light weight & flexable & portable etc. The cost is arouud $1000, is that about what you would pay for 125 watts? Appreciate any feed back.
Also we are heading to Birdsville for the races in Aug and wondering if our optus mobile will work out there.
Cheers zippy lou
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Reply By: Member - Bucky - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 07:32

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 07:32
zippy lou

You can do a whole lot better than that price


I got my 120 Watt folding for under $320, on Ebay but then I put on a MPPT regulator for $90

Below is another
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Cheers
Bucky
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Follow Up By: zippy lou - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 08:52

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 08:52
Thanks Bucky, thought solbian was a bit expensive.
Cheers zippy lou
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Reply By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:08

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:08
Hi. I purchased this one last month for $260 and this month they are down to $235. I also added a 20 watt regulator for $89.
Solar Panel
Solar Regulator
The regulator has quite a good readout menu and cutout voltages are adjustable although it is not an MPPT. There are also similar panels on bit.deals but they are lighter and the frame does not seem to be as strong. Cheers,Bob
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Follow Up By: zippy lou - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:20

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 10:20
Thanks toyocrusa, does the solor panel come with lead that connects to the battery
Cheers zippy lou
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:44

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:44
Hi. Yes it does. It also comes with a small, cheap 10amp regulator glued to the back of one panel that would be enough to get you started. The wiring is a bit light in my opinion so I changed mine to heavier wire and better regulator. I may be a bit pedantic but it gave me something to do and get the brain cells working. lol. Bob.
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Follow Up By: zippy lou - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:51

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 11:51
Lol Bob,sounds good enough to me, and the price is right.
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Follow Up By: Member - Toyocrusa (NSW) - Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:27

Monday, Jun 11, 2012 at 12:27
Hi again Zippy Lou. Just a bit more "useless" information. I have two 90 watt fixed panels on the roof of my van through an MPPT controller. The best I have seen them produce is 8 watts. The 120 watt folding panel is consistently up around 7 watts purely from being able to face it more directly to the sun. Not as easy to transport and weighs 15kg but sure performs better. I will also use it to charge the car battery when we are stationary for a longer time as the car has a 40ltr Waeco in it.
If you scroll down to the photos on the listing you can see the regulator and the wiring. Cheers again, Bob.
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