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Thread: Anyone have genuine 200watt flexible panel?

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    Anyone have genuine 200watt flexible panel?

    I have just returned form a 2 week trip where I got to check out the 150watt flexible panel that I bought a while ago.
    To my disgust it only showed a max of 6 amps and more generally 5 amps which is less than my previous 120watt folding panel. The reason I have a flexible panel is that I can lay it flat on top of the bed of my rear fold camper trailer and have stiffened it with a aluminium frame. At 3kg This beats the bulk and 14Kg weight of the folding panel being under the bed although it would put out 7 amps under ideal conditions.

    To complicate matters I have found my GSL MPPT controller goes to float at 14.1 volts, which then reduced the input to my 100AH Century wet deep cycle battery to about 2 amps, which meant that it never recharged fully. I have bought a cheapo MPPT controller that claims to go to float at 14.5 volts. We shall see.

    I have looked allover Ebay and Google looking for a genuine 200-240 watt flexible panel ie a 200 watt that will put out 10 amps or more. I get to the negative comments on ebay to find lots of people complaining that the panel outputs from normally good suppliers are nothing like claimed.
    I have looked at Sunyee who claim to have a real 200watt panel.

    My question is does anyone have good experience with a 200-240 watt flexible panel actually putting out 10 amps plus?
    Regards Philip A

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    Mark French who built the EV Suzuki 4x4 that crossed the Simpson on Solar spent a lot of time (money) testing flexible panels till he found one that actually was half decent .

    Im not sure you can see the brand in the photo but these the the best he found, he reckons the whole array is 100kg , not sure if that includes the metalwork.

    you should be able to track him down from one of the websites on the car.





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    Hi,
    I have 2 Sunyees, but have yet to wire in the rest of the electrics to use them.
    I was not really happy with the cable connection to the panel. It looked like any strain would break the glue holding the connector, but a few small holes drilled in the appropriate spots and some cable ties seems to hold them down nicely.
    Cheers

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    The Suzuki panels look much smaller than a 200watt , more like 100watt. I cannot make out the maker details by blowing up the pictures, but they are quite unusual compared to Chinese ones as they have rear diode packs where the Chinese ones usually have front packs. Proabably Sunpower USA ones as they are the best output with 22%.

    I had a look on Google and many of the sites are down. The Facebook page has been inactive since last year.

    Austastar get that act together and give the Sunyees a test. I hope they are not like the rest and give about 120watts instead of the 200 specified!
    Regards Philip A

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